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2011
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1 − 4
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Best with 3 players
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13 and up
Playing Time
150 minutes
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12 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Ora et Labora
Alternate Names
Módl się i pracuj
祈り、働け
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In Ora et Labora, each player is head of a monastery in the Medieval era who acquires land and constructs buildings – little enterprises that will gain resources and profit. The goal is to build a working infrastructure and 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, Uwe Rosenberg's fifth "big" game, has game play mechanisms similar to his Le Havre, such as two-sided resource tiles that can be upgraded from a basic item to something more useful. Instead of adding resources to the board turn by turn as in Agricola and Le Havre, Ora et Labora uses a numbered rondel to show how many of each resource is available at any time. At the beginning of each round, players turn the rondel by one segment, adjusting the counts of all resources at the same time.

Each player has a personal game board. New buildings enter the game from time to time, and players can construct them on their game boards with the building materials they gather, with some terrain restrictions on what can be built where. Some spaces start with trees or moors on them, as in Agricola: Farmers of the Moor, so they hinder development until a player clears the land, but they provide resources when they are removed. Clever building on your personal game board will impact your final score, and players can buy additional terrain during the game, if needed.

Players also have three workers who can enter buildings to take the action associated with that location. Workers must stay in place until you've placed all three. You can enter your own buildings with these workers, but to enter and use another player's buildings, you must pay that player an entry fee so that he'll move one of his workers into that building to do the work for you.

Ora et Labora features two variants: France and Ireland.

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Components:

  • 2 game boards
  • 2 production wheels
  • 110 cards
  • 450 goods tiles
  • 22 landscapes
  • 22 wood pieces
  • 4 game summaries
  • 1 scoring pad
  • 2 rulebooks
  • 1 building/settlement index

NB: Lookout Games, the developer of this game, uses the title "Ora et Labora". Some licensees use this title, some use "Ora & Labora", and some are inconsistent and use both. Since the ampersand is actually a ligature of "et", this is more of a typographical inconsistency than anything.

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Italian first edition
Publisher: uplay.it edizioni
Artist: Klemens Franz
Year: 2012
Product Code: UPL003
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
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Release Date: May 2012
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Homoludicus Spanish edition
Publisher: HomoLudicus
Artist: Klemens Franz
Year: 2012
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
Spanish
Release Date: Jun 8, 2012
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Dutch first edition
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Klemens Franz
Year: 2012
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
Dutch
Release Date: May 2012
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German first edition
Publisher: Lookout Games
Artist: Klemens Franz
Year: 2011
Product Code: LOO052
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
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English first edition
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Artist: Klemens Franz
Year: 2011
Product Code: ZMG 7092
Size: Medium Rectangle (e.g. Agricola)
2.65 pounds
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Release Date: Jan 2012
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1 Tableau pour compiler les ressources (en francais) - version FRANCE
This grid was inspired by a previous poster. I worked out a grid which simplifies play by using a visual grid to track your tokens instead of the provided cardboard pièces. Copyright for the pièces (scanned) to the original editor of the game. Here is the grid for the FRENCH version of the game.
French
2015-01-26
1 Tableau pour compiler les ressources (en francais) - version IRLANDE
This grid was inspired by a previous poster. I worked out a grid which simplifies play by using a visual grid to track your tokens instead of the provided cardboard pièces. Copyright for the pièces (scanned) to the original editor of the game. Here is the grid for the IRISH version of the game.
French
2015-01-26
2 Samenvattingskaart
Als het een lange tijd geleden is, kan deze samenvattingskaart je helpen bij het spelen van Ora & Labora. Zo moet je niet hele tijd grijpen naar de spelregels!
Dutch
2014-12-01
17 Player aids showing the effects of all building cards in pictures
This shows the effects of all building cards in the France variant pictorially, separated by stage of the game (initial, A, B, etc) and by the number of players.
English
2014-07-21
2 Правила гри Ora et Labora українською / Ora et Labora rules in Ukrainian
Неофіційний переклад правил гри Ora et Labora українською, версія 1.0. It is an unofficial translation of Ora et Labora rules into Ukrainian, version 1.0 (posted with permission from Lookout Spiele).
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2014-03-13
0 Ora Et Labora Card Reference with german names - France
I took the english Card Reference sheet made by Bryan Thunkd (Thunkd) and added the corresponding german names in each raw. This way it's easy to find the right english card description from the german version of the cards.
English
2013-12-19
1 Summary in Chinese
祈祷与工作简体中文玩家帮助
Chinese
2013-08-26
7 Tablero de recursos en español / Resource board in Spanish
Tablero de recursos para Ora et Labora en español, para tener las fichas de recursos ordenadas y organizadas por tipo y utilidad durante la partida. Incluye versiones irlandesa y francesa. Versión en español del tablero de dyepbr, subida con su permiso. ------- Resource board for Ora et Labora with Spanish names. Helps organize resource chits according to their type and what they are good for. Includes both an Irish and a French version. Spanish version of dyepbr's board, uploaded with his permission.
Spanish
2012-12-22
13 Ora Labora Resource Grid
Stop fumbling with resource chits. Give one chit of each type to every player and have them place the chits on this grid. Then just move the chit to the number of resources. Keeps you from going back and forth to your box of chits and speeds up the game just a bit.
English
2012-12-03
18 Teaching Guide for Ora et Labora from "The How to Play Podcast"
Here is a short outline to keep with your game and assist you when you need to teach the game. The outline includes an opening hook, a step-by-step outline on a suggested order in which to teach the meat of the rules, and some beginning strategy. To hear an example explanation using this outline or to learn the game yourself, listen to "The How to Play Podcast Episode #42: Ora et Labora" available at www.howtoplaypodcast.com (Black/White version)
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2012-11-18
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