European History: The (semi?) Educational Game(s)
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Prompted by a friend looking for a game for her 15 yr old son, I posted this question in the forums:
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Can anyone think of a good game that might be helpful in learning about European History?

A friend just asked me this question:
"Can you suggest a game that we can use to help Max remember European History details?"

I asked if they were hoping for an overtly "educational" game or one where some knowledge might rub off more indirectly, and they would be happy to find either.


They're not limited to any particular era, although he's currently studying the Renaissance and Martin Luther.

There were enough responses so far, that I thought it'd be good to convert the question to a GeekList.
If you have any good suggestions, please add or comment on availability and complexity issues as well as content. Thanks!

Edit: the teenager is 15, not 13 - oops!
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Ted Torgerson wrote:
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He would learn more about Martin Luther playing Here I Stand than from reading his textbook.
 
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Britannia covers Britain from the Roman occupation until the Norman Invasion. Of my limited experieince/knowledge, one of the best games trying to stay as true to historical events as possible.
 
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Another ColtsFan recc.
 
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And another.
 
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Speaking of the ebb and flow of Dutch history, here's one of the seminal events of Dutch and Spanish history. It is also one of the vital conflicts that established protestantism as a permanent reality in Northern Europe.
 
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One of the best Dip games. Cheap at ebay.
 
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4 - the game play emphasizes the seige warfare and critical factors such as plagues and stuff that could influenced the historical conflict

Excellent game and plays in around 3-4 hours max, sometimes closer to 2 hours.
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Here's a free print and play game by Garry's Games (he also has a few others) that really cover the major figures in English history around the appropriate time periods.
 
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It's gotten mixed reviews on here; I like the game, but it took most of one play through to get the hang of it.
 
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If he's at the moment especially into Renaissance Europe, this seems to call for him. The game is not the lightes weight, the topic is mostly economic expansion, i.e. securing areas of influence. Historic flair enters especially through the card play. I am not so sure about the availability, especially in the US. Bought my (German) version back in 1999 at the Essen fair.
 
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This is my suggestion if you want to dive into Ancient History of Europe. Rare, but excellent !
 
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Wallenstein is about the 30 Years' War. Included is a booklet with information about the main protagonists.
 
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