tabicat wrote:I'm trying to learn how to play Terra Mystica. I've attached a screen shot that I don't understand.
I'm playing the Mermaids. According to my terraforming cycle, I can transfer from Forest to Lakes (my home territory) in one step.
So what does the top bar mean? What does "Long way" mean, and why does it show more than 1 step, when all I need is 1 step to get to Lakes?
According to the Transformation cycle, you can transform Forest to Lake with one spade counterclockwise, or with 6 spades clockwise.
In most cases, the player chooses to spend the smallest number of spades, i. e. the shorter way. In rare cases, the player can get some benefit (e. g. VPs) in choosing a higher number of spades, i. e. the long way : the matching transformations are not usually displayed, because this could lead to errors.