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Ora & Labora (New Edition)

Ora & Labora (New Edition)

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Ora & Labora - Monastic economy during the Middle Ages.

Each player has a landscape with a Clay Mound, a Cloister Office and a Farmyard. He receives livestock, grain, coins or clay when he places his clergymen onto these buildings. How many goods he receives depends on the position of the goods indicator on the production wheel. Whenever a goods type is taken, the corresponding goods indicator is moved back to 0. Each time the production wheel is rotated at the start of a round, all production is increased.

There are two other goods at the start of the game: wood and peat. These can only be obtained when a forest or moor card is removed from a player's landscape. Players can buy additional landscapes to add? to their starting landscape. These landscapes provide room to construct buildings with building materials as well as settlements with food and energy. Some of the buildings are special cloister buildings. Since these must always be built adjacent to other cloister buildings, a cloister of ever increasing size develops that the player can be rewarded for with the House of Brotherhood.

The settlements are of special interest in the game. They must be cleverly built next to other buildings and settlements so that they are worth as many points as possible at the end of the game.? Whoever has best carried out God's work with prayer and hard work at the end of the game is the winner.

Ora et Labora can be played by 1 to 4 players in either a long, evening-filling version or a short version. The game includes two sets of game rules - a shorter, narrative set and a longer, more detailed set. A solo game lets players read the rules and immediately 'try out' the game.


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Game Details

Suggested Ages: 13 and up
Number of Players:
1 to 4
Playing Time:
2 to 3 hours

Designer: Rosenberg, Uwe
Klemens Franz
Publisher: Z-Man Games


city building, economic, manufacturing, worker placement, medieval, religious, territory building, solo play

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2 boards, 2 production wheels, 110 cards, 450 goods tiles, 22 landscapes, 22 wood pieces, 4 game summaries, 1 scoring pad and 2 rule books