When playing with 3 or 5 players, the following changes are applied:
With 5 Players
Note: the 5-player game is longer and more difficult than the other variants. It is better to learn the game with the 3-player or the 4-player variant.
All the discovery tiles are used on the Development board: there are therefore three of each of the tiles with red and green backs. When a player develops a discovery on the first (red) or third (green) row, the third (grey) bonus is available for that discovery.
The player whose token is at the bottom of the starting pile eliminates 4 territories instead of 8, using one Territory token of each type to do this as in the 4-player game.
The initial cube distribution is formed of one of each type plus a random cube: each player is given one at random.
With 3 Players
Remove the discovery tiles with a 4 or a 5 on the back: they will not be used during the game. Sort the remaining discovery tiles by type: there will be two of each of the yellow and blue tiles, and one of each of the red, green and purple tiles.
When a player makes a discovery on the first or third row of the board (red or green backs), he may not choose the third (grey) bonus for that discovery.
The player whose token is at the bottom of the starting pile eliminates 12 territories instead of 8, using 3 Territory tokens of each type to do this as in the 4-player game. As in the 4-player game, at least one territory of each type marked with a star must be left available.
At the beginning of the game, each player receives a different resource cube, drawn randomly.