1. What does a “settler” represent in the general expansion of civilizations in history? Who do you think were the "settlers" in America?
  2. Why start with a settler and not a warrior in the game?
  3. What does the phrase "fog of war" mean in the game? What do you think is its meaning in real life?
  4. The character known as a scout in the game explores the surrounding countryside. What are the equivalents of scouts in real life through out history?
  5. What is the importance of cultural development in a civilization?
  6. Explain how the many characters created contribute to the growth of the civilization and not a single one.
  7. What is the growth evolution of a hut?

1. A settler represents someone who travels to countries to settle down and live there for a while. The settlers in American were the British.

2. We believe that it is better to start with a settler instead of a warrior in the game because settlers start off the civilization. Settlers begin a civilization and are helpful when creating one. Warriors just go to battle and fight, they typically do not start civilizations.

3. The term "fog of war" means an area of darkness or undiscovered land. In real life, this term could be used as a military term for an area of darkness or undiscovered land during a war.

4. The equivalents of scouts through out history in real life are explorers. Explorers are just like scouts because scouts explore land and so do explorers. Some examples of explorers are Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Lewis and Clark, and more.

5. The importance in cultural development in in a civilization is important because the more cultures there are, the more varieties, strategies of living, weapons, food, and techniques have to chose from. You will have many options to help you live in a civilization. The more cultures there are, the more foods, and weapons there are too! People can trade weapons and develop new ways of fighting and surviving.

6.The more characters you create, the bigger the civilization will grow. You need various talents and various people to contribute to the growing civilization. So if you have people who can do the same thing, you wont make much progress. The more people you have, with different skills, the better and more your civilization will grow.

7. The growth evolution of a hut is a house. Through out the years, people have discovered more techniques, different materials, and ways to make huts into something more. In current day we use houses or apartments, but they evolved from a hut.

  1. Sid suggests that a new City be placed where there is an abundance of Food, Production, and Gold. Using your knowledge from previous years, why do you think European's early settlers, chose the America's to begin settles?
  2. What is the relationship between the growth of Technology, Money, and Research?
  3. What can your team conclude from the passing of years and growth within a civilization?
  4. What encourages trade routes to be constructed? What can you deduce then about the Silk Road, and maritime routes, and modern routes like wagonway, railway, our current highway networks?
  5. Sid stated that civilizations often race each other to be the first to build a particular Wonder, why? What are your team's thoughts concerning at the wonders already built in real civilizations?
  6. It's not too early to being to think about how you might want to WIN when you begin playing the game. Which type of win does your team believe to be the best rout to go?
  7. What is the relationships between religion and the type of government?
  8. How does Sid define Civics?
  9. Why is slavery an option to be used? What purpose does it serve in this simulation? Does it justify why slavery was used through out history, and even still used today?
  10. Decades, even centuries pass by before a civilization acquires new technologies and advanced civics - why do you think it takes so long?

1. We think the settlers settled in America because they have a large supply of food, production, gold, and land.

2. The relationship between the growth of Technology, Money, and Research is they have all progressed over a span of time. They also have advanced in the way they are structured.

3. Our team concluded that as the years passed the growth of civilizations has become more advanced. Their methods of food, trade, money, and fighting have grown a lot over time.

4. We think that the need and desire for different types of food, weapons, clothes, and more from far away places is what encouraged trade routes to be constructed. We deduced that the Silk Road is a current highway, the maritime routes is also a current waterway, and modern routes are a wagonway and railway.

5. Civilizations race each other to build wonders so they can gain publicity, which they make money off of. Our team's thoughts concerning wonders already built are they would be neat to visit, and probably hold a lot of history, and tell stories of the past.

6. Our team believes that world domination would be the most fun way to win, but the most efficient way to win would be to make peace with other civilizations.

7. The relationships between religion and type of government is the government could have rules regarding religious beliefs.

8. Sid defines civics as the study of civilizations and government.

9. Slavery is an option to be used so you have less work to do. Its purpose is the same as real life, so you do less work.It does justify why slavery was used throughout history. Even though it is illegal today, people still use it.

10. We think it took so long for new and advanced technologies to develop because people weren't very well educated back then and because it took them awhile to discover new materials, methods of building, etc.

  1. What civilization did you choose and why?
  2. Are you leaning more towards defense or cultural development and growth?
  3. As you encountered other civilizations, did you establish trade or go to war? Was is the on going consequence of this decision?
  4. What type of government did your team decide to obtain? What were the choices? What are the differences between them all?

1. We chose the greek civilization because they offered the best overall balances of starting technology and stategies for living in a civilization.

2. Our team is leaning towards cultural development and growth because the more culture we have the more respect we'll gain from other civilizations, and that's a positive thing and will keep away enemies.

3. We would trade instead of go to war because if you go to war you create enemies, which could hurt your civilization. If you choose trade, you will gain items and possibly make alliances which is good.

4. We did not get to the point of choosing a government for our civilization. There were many different choices. The differences were just the amount of people ruling and who holds the most power.

Our strategy for choosing the American Revolution:

We want to build fences around our cities because the British are the ones who are likely to attack us and because we are already in a defensive position. We are surrounded by mountains which is a positive because only certain people can cross the mountains. That will help with our defensive. We want to wait for the British colonies to attack us because we will gain defensive bonus by waiting on our own city. We're also thinking about attacking St. Augustine because it's a smaller city and we're surrounding it.

We built walls in some of our cities. The British attacked and killed some of our soldiers. They claimed New York, but we got it back. We built bigger ships to attack their ships. The British attacked and destroyed our ships. We built frigates and attacked british frigates but they destroyed our frigate. Portland was captured by British. New York was captured again. We built cannons.

November 10th-
We plan to keep our cities and citizens alive and out of harm's way. We're going to do this by building up our defenses, training stronger soldiers, and build walls/barracks. We also want to try and take back the cities taken from us by the British, and conquer their cities. We also plan on building bigger weapons like frigates and cannons. We plan to take over Pensacola because they have low defense and population. It seems like an easy task.
We built walls & barracks in some of our cities to build up our defenses. The British reduced the defenses in some of our cities. When we attack them they always defeat us. Even though we have the same amount of defense. The bRitish have a frigate by almost all of our coastal cities. That has caused the cities defense to decrease.
We also built up defense in some of our cities by building walls and barracks. The British defeated our frigates and killed a few of our soldiers. But we defeated one of their soldiers. The British are currently after our coastal cities.We need to build up their defense so the British don't take over them.

November 16th-
We want to try to take over the smallest British city because it will be the easiest to take down. We plan to attack landlocked cities because we have trouble defeating their ships. Our team wants to build more continental regulars because they have more strength. We plan to attack Ft. Vincennes because it is landlocked and has a small poplation. We want to try and take New York back from the British. We're also trying to take over Montreal.
We promoted many of our continental regulars. Our team attacked Montreal using our cannon. We built more continental regulars and frigate. The British lowered our defense in Norfolk, Savannah, and Charleston to 0%. Finally, we lowered the defense in Montreal.
We need to build up defense on our coastal cities because the enemy ships are defeating them. My team agreed to plan to attack the smaller British cities because they're easier to defeat. We plan on building more strong soldiers. We all want to try to defeat the British ships. The team decided that we want to build strong ships to defeat the enemy ships.

November 22nd-
The members of out team are planning on conquering the little cities towards the north such as Detroit, Portland, and Ft. Vincennes. If you wondering why, it is because they are smaller, therefore they will be easier to take over. They also belong to the British whom we do not like. They are our enemies. We want to massacre these small areas. We feel this will be the best option because if we used a cannon for example, that wouldn't kill everyone in the city. It will be beneficial to take over these areas because the more land, the better.
Unfortunately, our plan failed. We attempted, but when we did, we lost the game. We should have chosen the British colony. If we did, our outcome would have been positive. We would have won the game if we joined the British because the British has better trained troops, weapons, and other materials.
Next time, we want to join the British side. If we did decide to join the American's again, we would not try to attack the small cities that are too far from our reach. We would lastly try to make more pacts with others. The war would have been easier to win with more people on our side.

December 1st-
This week, we have restarted the game and now joined the British side. We saw that they had better strengths than the American side. We also want to see a different point of view. We would like to accomplish taking over/down some cities. Our team wants to do this by making ships, and quickly attacking. We feel this would be the best method because most of the American cities are on the coast, therefore it would be the easiest.
As we were playing the game, two windows popped up that we summarized. The first one was about how in November 1775 the Colonial Continental Congress approved a measure to found the Colonial Navy. The Colonial Navy created havoc among the British The second window was about Thomas Paine and the book he wrote about common sense. After we closed out of the two windows, we continued with our plan. It worked, and we captured Albany so far. Next we want to go for New Orleans. Unfortunately for us, we lost many points. This happened because the Americans caught Boston. Now we want to gain our city back. We are still going to attempt to take over New Orleans because we could gain points from that. We have just declared a war with Spain. This could benefit us if we win.
In the end, we were all in agreement that we are probably going to lose again. We have accomplished a few things today. First, we took over Albany, then we summarized the boxes that popped up, and lastly we declared a war with Spain.

December 14th-
Today we would like to attack the coast of most of the American cities with our boats. Our boats are powerful, and the cities on the coast are the easiest target. We are going to do this by steering our boat up to the city. We already have ships in New York, Boston, Wilmington and Norfolk. So far, all four cities are under attack by us.
Now we are moving our ships around to attack other cities. We could not attack Philadelphia because the game would not allow us to move our boat over there. Now we decided to go for Boston. We want to take it back from the Americans, so we put them under attack. The French just took St. Augustine from us.
Through out the game, we have managed to build a lighthouse (because it helps our production over seas). We also built a british regular, so they can help defend our city. At the end of the class, we realized that we will probably lose, but not as bad as we did last time. We are doing better than the other time we played this game and we were on the American side. Our team also did better than last week.
Just like last week, we were asked to summarize the boxes that come up. In July 1777 AD, France declared war on Britain. That is what the first box was basically about. The second box was about how on October 1777 AD, France finally recognized the American Colonies as separate unites from Britain.