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Gaming the History of Civilization: Historia


Historia is a choose-your-own-adventure-styled civilization building and strategy game that covers 4,000 years of world history from ancient times to modern day. Historia combines the very best elements of pen and paper role play games with the most important decisions and advancements throughout human history. If you like Sid Meyer’s Civilization game series, and want a chance to rule the world and make history happen, then you should be sitting in this class!

You’ll spend the first day playing Civilization on the computer, focusing on the types of technologies, governments and cultures you encounter, establishing a framework for analysis and discussion, which will prepare student teams for the dilemmas and decision-making that fuel Historia’s game play.

In the beginning, your team travels through time to start its very own civilization from scratch by investing smartly in the pillars of the new country, like economy, education, military and science. Along the way, your team will discover the people and places that make Historia happen – like the Persian, Roman and ancient Chinese dynasties – to name a few.

As the story unfolds, and your team solves problems and makes decisions, your own history is made – round by round through interactive game play.

Will your team build an epic wonder of the world? Or raise mighty militaries and build a vast colonial empire instead? Maybe you should invest in education, science and technology and lead the way in innovation and exploration? That decision is up to the team and has far-reaching effects on the civilization you build.

Age Group

5th Grade to 9th Grade (Ages 10 to 14)

Who will like this Course?

Anyone who enjoys team based board games or exploring the evolution of our enlightenment.

Recommended Prerequisites

Curiosity and cooperation.

June 3 - 13 - Monday to Thursday - Two Weeks

UH-Downtown (Morning Session 9 am to 12 noon)

July 1 - 11 - Monday to Friday - Two Weeks (no class on July 4)

UH-Downtown (Morning Session 9 am to 12 noon)

Morning or Afternoon Session (TWO weeks)

Tuition: $ 315

On or Before March 31, 2019
$ 285
April 1, 2019 to May 20, 2019
$ 295
On or After May 21, 2019
$ 315

University of Houston-Downtown
1 Main Street, Suite 716N
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 221-8032

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