Orléans in the middle ages. Merchants strive for fame and fortune in the Loire Valley. At their side are an illustrious carousel of a wide range of professions. Knights, craftsmen, sailors, monks, farmers and scholars are hired over the course of the game. What’s makes this different is that they firstly go into a bag from which the players draw new character tiles each round, in order to combine them with actions on their tableau. In this way, players travel through the region, collect goods, open new offices, expand their following, erect buildings in and around Orléans or use their works to serve the common good. There are numerous strategies and paths to victory: whoever has the most points at the end of the game will go down in history as the most influential merchant of Orléans.
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The jury’s explanation:
There is one thing above all that makes a successful merchant: their large number of business contacts. But which ones can you count on? Regularly drawing character tiles from the bag can sometimes result in disappointment and sometimes in joy – a great mechanic that cleverly combines luck with foresight. The versatile planning possibilities and quick turns make “Orléans” a fascinating game for strategy fans.