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ERIC Number: ED469400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
de Rosa, Peter L.
"Stratagem" is an abstract simulation of international conflict. The player controls a country in a specific historical period and uses its resources to accomplish certain objectives. Victory points are earned by reaching these objectives. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins. The game is designed for large, introductory history courses at the college level, and is suitable for students who have no experience in this type of activity. Historical simulations illustrate the role of hindsight in studying the past. Students assume the role of historical figures and attempt to solve the kinds of problems their counterparts faced. Game techniques allow players to manipulate this model to explore decision-making alternatives and gather information. The paper considers 11 elements: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "How to Start Play"; (3) "How to Play"; (4) "Resource Factors"; (5) "Conflict Resolution"; (6) "Presence"; (7) "Diplomacy"; (8) "How to Win"; (9) "Notes"; (10) "Optional Rules"; and (11) "Optional Combat System." The paper provides an example of play, an instructor's guide, and four historical scenarios with instructions. (BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A