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Rating: 8.8 Excellent
Players: 1-4 players
Playing time: 60-150 minutes

Official Site: Gaia Project

Created by: Jens Drögemüller, Helge Ostertag, Dennis Lohausen

Published by: Feuerland Spiele, Cranio Creations, DiceTree Games

Alternate Names: Progetto Gaia, Projekt Gaja, Projet Gaia, Terra Mystica: Projeto Gaia, Проект "Гайя"


Gaia Project is a new game in the line of Terra Mystica. As in the original Terra Mystica, fourteen different factions live on seven different kinds of planets, and each faction is bound to their own home planets, so to develop and grow, they must terraform neighboring planets into their home environments in competition with the other groups. In addition, Gaia planets can be used by all factions for colonization, and Transdimensional planets can be changed into Gaia planets.

All factions can improve their skills in six different areas of development — Terraforming, Navigation, Artificial Intelligence, Gaiaforming, Economy, Research — leading to advanced technology and special bonuses. To do all of that, each group has special skills and abilities.

The playing area is made of ten sectors, allowing a variable set-up and thus an even bigger replay value than its predecessor Terra Mystica. A two-player game is hosted on seven sectors.

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In Gaia Project , each player controls one of 14 factions striving to peacefully colonize the Terra Mystica galaxy. Each faction has different environmental needs to survive on a planet.

These needs have led the factions to master terraforming, enabling them to make different planet types habitable for themselves.

During the game, you will colonize new planets, upgrade mines into better structures, and unite planets to form federations. The choice is yours: will you expand near other factions, which might give you power and trade partners, or will you look for solitude, where you can expand more freely? …


Planet Type:Terra

Ability: During the Gaia phase, move the power tokens in your Gaia area to area II of your power cycle instead of to area I.

Planetary Institute: During the Gaia phase, when you move power tokens from your Gaia area to area II of your power cycle, you may gain resources as if you were spending that much power to take free actions.

Example: During the Gaia phase, you move four power from the Gaia area to area II, allowing you to gain one ore and one credit. …

When you are familiar with the basic rules, you can play with a more variable game setup.

Choosing Your Faction

Instead of choosing a faction from the list, the first player chooses any one of the seven faction boards, then chooses either of the factions on it and places the board on the table with that side faceup.

Continuing in clockwise order, each other player does the same with the remaining faction boards.

Placing Your First Structures

Instead of placing your starting mines according to the diagram, follow these rules: Starting with the first player and continuing in clockwise order, place one mine on any one home planet (matching your color) of your choice. Then, starting with the last player and continuing in counterclockwise order, place your second mine on a different home planet. …

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