Ora et Labora

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Ora et Labora is a strategy game whose theme is the monastic economy in the Middle Ages. Players acquire land and construct buildings in order to gain resources and profit. Players start with only a small "heartland", which can be expanded through later purchases. The goal is to build a working monastery and to manufacture prestigious items – such as books, ceramics, ornaments, and relics – to gain the most victory points at the end of the game.

Ora et Labora has game mechanisms similar to those found in Le Havre and Agricolagames also designed by Uwe Rosenberg. These mechanisms include worker placement, and two-sided resource tiles that can be upgraded from a basic item to a more refined or productive version. 

The name of the game, Ora et Labora, is the Latin translation of the phrase "pray and work", which was the basic precept for the monastic life as set down in the Rule of St. Benedict in the 6th century AD.

  • 1 to 4 players
  • ages 13 and up
  • 150 minutes


© Karin Belanger 2016