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Smart History and Historical Simulation Games

Games that teach you history, and allow you to relive it, and see how you could change it... these games are amazing, as well as fun!  For a great article on using historical simulation games in education, read National-Louis University Summer Enrichment Program for Kids Uses Games and Simulations by Maureen Reed.

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Axis & Allies (or from FunAgain Games)
Spring, 1942: The World is at war. Axis and Allies places the military and economic destiny of the globe in your hands. Change the course of history in a few short hours!  Control the fate of the world in this incredible game of military strategy, courage, and cunning, updated by Larry Harris, the game's original creator.  Variations include Axis & Allies D-Day, Axis & Allies Europe, Axis & Allies Guadalcanal, Axis & Allies Battle Of The Bulge, and Axis & Allies Pacific
Britannia (or from FunAgain Games)
Welcome to a land that the Romans, the Angles, the Saxons, and a dozen other peoples warred over for a thousand years, the land of King Arthur, Alfred the Great, Harald the Ruthless, and William the Conqueror. Britannia is an historical board game that broadly depicts the millennia-long struggle for control of England, Scotland, and Wales. The game begins with the Roman invasion of 43 A.D., continues through the many struggles between Angles, Saxons, Picts, Norsemen, Scots, Irish, and other tribes, and ends with the Norman invasion of 1066, and allows players to re-create this epic history...
Carcassonne (10 to adult) Rio Grande Games
A clever tile laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious.  Game expansions, and other editions...
Carcassonne: 10 Year Special Edition
Carcassonne: The River 2
Carcassonne Inns & Cathedrals Expansion
Carcassonne: Princess & Dragon Expansion
Carcassonne: The Castle
Carcassonne Traders and Builders
Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers
Caylus by Rio Grande Games
Complex strategy game, to gather wealth and build castles...
Chrononauts Recommended
The card game of history!  Also try Early American Chrononauts! From the folks who bring us Fluxx 4.0 Recommended
A House Divided (or from FunAgain Games)
Simulates the epic struggle of the American Civil War that was fought over the twin issues of slavery and states rights. The period from 1840 to 1861 saw the issues brought to a boil, and in 1861 the nation became entangled in a terrible war that lasted four years. This game covers the war between the North and the South from the First Battle of Bull Run (or Manassa Junction) to Lee's surrender at Appomattox (or Grant's surrender at Harrisburg...). Each player becomes a leader of one of these two nations and makes the strategic decisions which determine the ultimate outcome of the war...
The Pillars of the Earth by Mayfair Games (or from FunAgain Games)
England at the beginning of the 12th Century Prior Phillip of Kingsbridge has a glorious vision. To build the largest, most beautiful cathedral in England. To accomplish the task, Phillip recruits the most renowned builders in the country. However, the fate of the Cathedral is constantly threatened by all manner of catastrophes and oppositions. Players join together to help build Kingsbridge Cathedral. Wisely deploy assets to overcome unexpected difficulties and shortages to prove yourself the greatest builder of them all! Will your efforts be recognized when the Great Cathedral at Kingsbridge is complete?
Puerto Rico (12 to adult) Rio Grande Games  (or from FunAgain Games)
In 1493 Christopher Columbus discovered the eastern-most island of the Great Antilles. About 50 years later, Puerto Rico began to really blossom--through you! Prospector, captain, mayor, trader, settler, craftsman, or builder? Which roles will you play in the new world? Will you own the most prosperous plantations? Will you build the most valuable buildings? You have but one goal: achieve the greatest prosperity and highest respect!
Ran Great Battles of History #12
the second game on the battles of the Samurai (following GMT's Samurai (Vol. V)). Ran covers several of the less famous of the Sengoku Jidai, the Age of Warring States (more or less), in which powerful Daimyo -- Japanese feudal lords -- strove to both maintain and extend their power bases while seeking to attain the office of Shogun, the power behind the throne of the Emperor. Ran simulates the highly personal form of warfare developed by the Japanese samurai, wherein formal battles played out almost as backdrops to individual feats of courage, bravery and devotion much of it outstanding, some of it rather foolhardy, all of it very Homeric...
The game of world conquest--features a tri-fold game board that is a map of six continents divided into 42 territories. It's a game of strategy as you battle to win by launching daring attacks, defending your territory, and moving across continents with your cunning plan! Or try the futuristic Risk 2210 A.D. or Risk Godstorm - a time of myths and legends!  Also Risk Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Risk 2003 Edition or Liberty Risk Edition
Road to the White House by Mayfair Games (or from FunAgain Games)
We all know that presidential candidates make and break the rules. Simulate the race to become the president of the United States, using all the campaign tools available to real candidates and their managers, players plot strategies, plan travel, raise money and react to events outside of their control. Three games in one; a light version that is quick to learn and play, a version that incorporates positions on issues and the use of dirty tricks, and an advanced version that allows players to develop their own candidates in a complete simulation of a presidential primary campaign. Travel the Road to the White House!
Settlers of Catan Recommended
Catan is an imaginary unexplored island, and players are explorers and settlers. The playing surface is made of hexagonal tiles that, depending on their placement, create a different environment each time the game is played. Settlers must use their resources to develop their island home, building roads and houses to create new towns. But watch out! There's a robber on the island...  Expansion sets include Settlers 5-6 Player Expansion, Seafarers of Catan, Cities & Knights of Catan, Starfarers of Catan, Settlers of the Stone Age, Settlers of Catan Travel Edition
Ticket to Ride by Days of Wonder, to learn more, visit Ticket to Ride website
Cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America...  Also Ticket to Ride: Europe, Ticket to Ride: Märklin, Ticket To Ride USA 1910 Expansion, Ticket to Ride Switzerland, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries and Ticket to Ride Dice Expansion

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Last updated October 20, 2013

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