1. Create the gameboard by arranging the tiles, white-side up, in a 5x5 grid.
The TRA tile goes in the center. The other tiles are placed in a random order so that the game is different every time.
Orient all tiles in the same direction.
2. The cube, i.e. the Time Breaker, begins on the tile in the upper left corner of the grid.
3. Each player chooses a pawn to represent themselves and places it on the TRA tile.
4. Shuffle the deck and deal 3 cards to each player.