So, @hardco is already demonstrating his usual mastery and understanding of the possibilities in this game ... whilst I am still operating with beginner's tunnel vision.
I thought that there was no way that I could exploit the second condition on our end of round one bonus tile ... but @hardco showed that it could be done twice over. Sheesh. Also, @hardco and @Chubbs have both managed to do better from adjacency than I have. Somehow. There are five more rounds to go ... but I seem to be behind the curve already.
So now I definitely feel like I am playing for a wildcard spot. But I have also learnt something.
Terra Mystica looks to be easy to play, hard to play well. I am enjoying it.