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Joe Salamone
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African diamond mines?
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The 1890s phosphate boom (and subsequent bust) in Florida... complete with mining camps, drunken shoot-outs, claim jumping, ladies of easy virtue, and "salted" mines with fake deposits.

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Discovery of Phosphate in Florida

Some three decades after phosphate rock was first mined in England to be used in fertilizer, Dr. C. A. Simmons, who owned a rock quarry for building stone in Hawthorne, near Gainesville in Alachua County, had some of his rock sent to Washington, D.C. in 1880 for analysis. The rock was determined to contain phosphate.

Dr. Simmons launched the earliest attempt in Florida at mining and using phosphate in 1883. His attempts were short-lived, but by 1883 phosphate was also reported at other locations in Alachua, Clay, Duval, Gadsden and Wakulla counties.

Although Dr. Simmons is credited with the first discovery of phosphate in Florida, the Florida phosphate boom of the late 1800’s was triggered after the 1889 discovery of high-grade phosphate hard rock by Albertus Vogt near the new town of Dunnellon in Marion County. Mr. Vogt had noticed fossil remains of prehistoric animals in a nearby spring that reminded him of similar finds near phosphate deposits from years earlier when his family had lived in South Carolina, where phosphate was first found in the United States. Rock samples taken while sinking a well on his property were determined to have very high phosphate content. Vogt and a few other local citizens began buying up land in the area and the first hard rock production began in 1889 by the Marion Phosphate Company. This was followed by the Dunnellon Phosphate Company, in which Vogt had ownership interest, in 1890.

News of this great find spread. Thousands of prospectors and speculators flooded the area and the great Florida phosphate boom had begun. By 1894 more than 215 phosphate mining companies were operating statewide.

The boom brought wealth. Land that had been selling for $1.25 to $5 an acre sold as high as $300 an acre. It was written in 1891 that “many a cracker homesteader who went to bed a poor man woke up in the morning to find himself a capitalist.” The boom, however, was short lived. In 1892 there were 215 mining companies. By 1900 this number had dwindled to about 50 due to consolidation and over-capitalization.


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Cryptocoin mining. Building up your server farms of ASIC's and tracking which cryptocurrency is more lucrative.
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Here are some ideas, you could try deep sea mining or outer space mining. To build on the first one, you could do present day or futuristic (think underwater mining colonies and mining robots).
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Dwarfs and gemstones always work good together. :]

Then there is asteroid mining. Or can be set on a planet (Mars is popular right now).

Lastly, you can go with something completely unusual, like little creatures that you could call Gembolits who look like a crossover of a fluffy squirrel and muscled mole, and who use gems to make beautiful jewelry for the fairy Kingdom.
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Then I would stay away from dark themes, colors and too 'industrial' look of the game. Mining already sounds like a chore, make it at least bright and colorful. :}
 
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John Breckenridge
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Set it in ancient China and call it "Jewels for the Emperor" or somesuch.
 
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Two ideas.

1. Miners trapped in a mine trying to survive and get out.

2. An asymmetrical game where miners are trapped and trying to survive, while a team races against the clock to rescue the miners that are trapped.


Being a bitcoin miner, the suggestion above about crypto mining is also pretty cool.
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