Emperor Qin Shi Huang has passed away. To protect him in the afterlife, a great army in the form of statues of faithful warriors must be assembled to stand guard in the Emperor's tomb. You will be among those tasked with building this magnificent army.
In Terracotta Army, you represent talented craftsmen and artists laboring to build the wondrous assembly of statues. During the game, you collect resources, upgrade your workers, and seek favor with the Emperor's advisors. Your goal is to play a crucial role in the process of creating the terracotta army, and your success is measured in victory points (VPs). During the game, you and your fellow players build the army together, but after the fifth round of the game is over, only one of you — the one with the most points — will stand as the winner.
During the game, you place warrior miniatures within the mausoleum, forming groups. A group's miniatures may belong to multiple players as denoted by the player bases on those miniatures. Multiple separate groups consisting of the same type of miniature may exist within the mausoleum.
You will have many opportunities to score points based on domination and presence. To achieve domination, you must be the only player with the most of the specific resource or type of statue currently being scored. (If you are the only player, you have domination.) To have presence, you must have at least one of the specific resource or type of statue currently being scored.
At the end of the fifth round, the player with the most VPs wins.
- There are 3 Action Rings wherein a player may resolve each action in the segment where the worker was placed starting from the inner ring and then outwards. Being able to maximize all 3 actions is a fun and fulfilling challenge.
- Dynamic Worker Placement Segments since each player can rotate an Action Ring before placing a worker.
- The mausoleum is ever-changing as players place warrior miniatures there. This doesn’t just keep each game fresh but it also keeps the players engaged even when it’s not their turn.
- Wet/Dry Clay Mechanic. Wet Clay is needed to add statues to the mausoleum. The catch is at the end of every round, wet clay turns to dry clay. This highlights careful planning to maximize every action you take.
- Domination and Presence scoring keeps the players engaged since they can only choose one to score each round.
- The abilities of the masters gives a player certain advantages which are fun to explore with different strategies.