Joanna G
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Hi,
I'm looking for recommendations for interesting economic games set in real historical periods. I'm most interested in late 1800's to 1980's American history, esp pre and post Depression era (1920's to 1940's) - I have no idea if there are games that simulate how the economy crashed and recovered, but that would be the most interesting to me. In general, I enjoy learning when playing games, so any game set in a real life historical period or range of periods is interesting to me as long as it has a strong economic engine behind it.

Thanks!
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Carel Teijgeler
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You can take a look at the 18xx family: 1830 being the best known.

Perhaps Arkwright if you still can find it. But I fear it is not that historically correct, haven't played it but browsed the rule books.




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Jeffrey Drozek-Fitzwater
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It's England, but I think Brass: Lancashire would fit the bill.
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Paul Procyk
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I can't say that I know of anything that fits your specific requirements in terms of a 20th century game of economics.

I think the game that may most closely fit your needs is Wealth of Nations.
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Joanna G
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Thanks for the suggestions - I've played and loved both Wealth of Nations and 1830.

I'll check out Brass, that's been intriguing me for awhile.
 
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It's not quite on target, but you might consider Polis: Fight for the Hegemony. It takes place during the very real Peloponnesian Wars, but it's not exactly a realistic depiction. Then again, the map is real and the various city states depicted are real. And it does convey the balance between army heavy Sparta and navy heavy Athens. And finally, it has a really cool and hard to manage economic system at the heart of the game. Battles matter but if you mess up your economy you're sunk.
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Cole Gibbons
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Another one for Brass. It's heavy, economic, beautiful, and very thematic. A terrific game. Don't let the fact that it's based in England rather than USA hold you back.
 
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Matt D
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Economic games are not my thing, so I can't recommend anything from personal experience. However I have heard from those that do enjoy such things that Tulipmania 1637 is a pretty decent game, set around the craziness of the tulip market of the Dutch golden age, which represented the first recorded speculative bubble.
 
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