Orléans Stories is based on the bag-building mechanism known from Orléans, with this mechanisms having been further developed into a storytelling experience in which players go through different eras and face different challenges.
Players must farm and produce, found villages, and build fortresses and churches. They will experience times of prosperity and success, but also times of deprivation; they must defy hunger and plague, fight for their land, and perhaps conquer foreign lands to secure the lives of their settlers. In the end, however, there is peace and the joint administration of territories and villages.
Orléans contains two stories. These are “The First Kingdom” and “The King’s Favor”.
The First Kingdom – an epic story that spans eight so-called eras, and each era features different conditions and emphases.
The King’s Favor – shorter, simpler, and more suitable as an introduction to the game. Over five eras, certain tasks have to be fulfilled by the end of each era, and those who fail to do so will drop out mercilessly.
The different eras affect the parameters of play as well as the rules of the game, creating new strategic possibilities. This challenges players to constantly adapt to current conditions, giving you the impression of experiencing a story, but unlike in legacy games, these stories can be repeated as often as you like.
Orléans Stories is a board game for 2-4 players aged 12 and over with an epic playing time of 60-180 minutes. You can order it at: https://www.bgextras.co.uk/orleans-stories-i4155.htm