The nobility have mysteriously vanished! Or are at least not around at the moment. It's up to you to unite the country by pretending it belongs to you while they're preoccupied. Unfortunately, everyone else has the same plan.
Each turn in Aristocracy, you reveal new tokens on the game board, then claim one type of token. Some of them let you place buildings to claim territory and build connections, some are resources that provide points at the end of the game. There are a variety of rewards for accomplishing certain things, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins!