Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games
Age recommendation: 12+
Time Investment: 90 minutes
Orleans is a worker placement game set in Medieval France. Your followers (workers) will be randomly drawn each round and placed to help you gain additional followers, move your merchant, gain goods, construct buildings, and advance on the development track. Each round is affected by an event, either negative or positive. If at any time you can’t pay the required cost of a tax, you must undergo torture and give up hard earned goods, workers, and more.
The game ends when the eighteenth round is complete. Final scoring is determined by victory points earned for goods, coins, trading stations, and citizen tiles. Whoever has the most points is declared the winner.
What Nicole says about Orleans:
I like that some of the phases happen simultaneously for all players. There isn’t a lot of down time in this game. I also like how many different paths there are to victory and the randomness of available workers each round. If I get crazy making workers, it will take longer to get to the ones I need. I also like that I can place what I got in this round and wait to take the action later in a different round if I didn’t get everything I need for action yet.
What Lee says about Orleans:
I really enjoy playing worker placement games. I love the artwork in Orleans and the quality of the components. The pieces are all made of thick cardboard and the board didn’t warp like some games made on thinner board. I like that certain types of workers can only go in certain places. The city hall is a great mechanism that allows you to get rid of workers you don’t want to use any more so that they aren’t clogging up your bag.
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