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O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe?

Updated Friday, 30th August 2019

Pit yourself against fate by embarking on a journey into Europe during one of its most volatile periods: 1500-1700. Can your historical knowledge outwit tempestuous Fortuna?

Step back in time

Challenge fate in this game that transports you into Early Modern Europe. Will you prosper and gain riches, or will you fail miserably in these turbulent times? Use your knowledge to see if you can make some historically-sound decisions and outmanoeuvre Fortuna.

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