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Mike Smith
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As with the World War II original incarnation of QMG, this is a great game for the classroom or an after-school club.

I taught it and got the players playing in 20 minutes. We just had time in the 90 minute session of my after-school club to get to the point where it was clear that the Oligarchs would win. Next week, with the rules down already, we can take our time a bit more.

Sadly, in state schools in the UK the classical world is pretty much off the menu, so this was a welcome way to make the students aware of some ancient history.

The QMG game model is also very well-suited to history lessons because the rules are simple, and the cards do the work of bringing in the historical events without the need for convoluted special rules. I look forward to the World War I version.
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Ian Brody
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Well that's terrific to hear!

It's worth reminding the students that the quotes do not have the proper brackets and ellipses so if they have to write a paper, they'll need to look up the quotes themselves.

Meanwhile, you might complain about the UK schools, but look what's going on here in the USA. If you don't want to groan

http://brits-americans.livejournal.com/1450016.html

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/american-students-do...

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/04/more-pr...

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/0502_060502_...

http://ask.metafilter.com/54160/How-if-at-all-is-geography-t...

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/10/16/us-students-a...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/education/20geography.html...

I'll stop now. Let the race to the bottom begin!

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IanBrody wrote:


I'll stop now. Let the race to the bottom begin!



Shoot, in terms of history education, a lot of our schools tunneling at this point . . .

While I believe my children, through home schooling, will probably acquire a greater appreciation and understanding of history than some of their peers, I do plan to use games like the QMG series to help with that aspect. Because the cards all refer to real events or concepts, in some ways the QMG are even more useful as a teaching tool than some of the more complicated and involved strategy games.
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The silent partnership rules in Victory or Death are also great in an after-school club setting!

I had a table playing last night and they made much less noise than the normal squawk-fest.... On a Friday afternoon my head is reeling from five days of demanding verbal assault.

More seriously the silent partnership rule forces more timid young players to think for themselves and not be controlled by an older or more motor-mouthed partner.
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