Wanted: Games for 9-10th Grade World History students
Allen Vailliencourt
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Greets!

A friend of mine teaches 9-10th grade world history in a local public school and he asked me what games would be good for his classroom. He is a pretty avid gamer but doesn't want something that will be too deep, but also something that's not too shallow.

Oh, and he has about a $250 budget to spend as well.

I told him I would post a geek list here and see what you all recommend.

Fire away!

~Allen
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1. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:503]
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He mentioned this game. I've never played it so can't judge. I've heard it's brutal though...
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2. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:156]
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I thought of this game but again, never played it and not sure if it has enough world history elements in it.
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3. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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I've seen this game played a few times. Heard it was pretty good. Has some world history elements in it. Good? Bad? Ugly?
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4. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:606]
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I think History of the World would be a good choice. It can teach the students about various civilizations throughout the ages. It also simulates the rise and fall of civilizations fairly well without much complexity.
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5. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:542]
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This game is a great history lesson, for ancient British history, from the Romans to the 1066 Norman conquest. It's amazing how many waves of invaders Britain experienced, I'm sure it's influenced the English language quite a lot.

This game will take about 6 hours to play, so be aware of that. But it's not too hard to learn.
 
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6. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1015]
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Planned for 2010 release, from the makers of Twilight Struggle and 1960: Making if the President. Worth keeping an eye out for.
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Either this or Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83 for the Revolutionary War
 
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8. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:951]
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For the Civil War
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12. Board Game: Origins of World War II [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:7386]
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This game was acutally designed by a teacher as a classroom teaching tool, though the game was originally designed for World War I. As a theme, it probably works better for World War I. The game works well in a large environment. The only down side is that I don't think it's a particularly good game. However, I think that one play in a classroom environment would be quite illustrative.
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This list is geared towards American History but some of it might help. It discusses the level of education contained within the game.
 
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While it does take some liberties with history, the whole point of the game is seeing the ripples of historical events and playing out alternate history "what if" situations. It could provide a great opportunity for discussion about why the "what if" effects of a given event turn out the way they do, and form logical extensions of those effects to theorize other changes to the world as we know it as a result of those altered events.
 
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