It is late 12th century England, and the country is divided. King Richard I, known far and wide as Richard the Lionheart, is in the Holy Land commanding the Third Crusade against the forces of Saladin. Meanwhile, John Lackland, youngest son of Henry II and younger brother of Richard, sits on the throne and commands as king. His allies, most notably the Sheriff of Nottingham, are putting down resistance across the land and working to ensure that Richard does not return.
In Richard the Lionheart, you are a character sided with either King Richard or his brother, John Lackland. During the game, you will travel throughout England to both influence the ongoing crusade in your faction's favor and earn Prestige Points for yourself. It is imperative that you work alongside the other players aligned with your faction to ensure you King ascends the throne!
The winner is the player who not only collects the most Prestige Points, but also belongs to the Winning Faction at the end of Richard's Crusade in the Holy Land. Only one player will be victorious.