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The Oregon Trail–Virtually!

On the first day, we played a game called the Oregon Trail for technology period.  You had 4 other people in the wagon and could play as a banker, carpenter, or farmer.  I chose the banker because he started out with the most money.  First, you bought all supplies you needed including oxen, food, clothing, ammo (for hunting), and spare parts for your wagon.  After that you set off on the trail.  You could adjust pace, food rations, rest, trade, and hunt for food.  The game had landmarks like rivers, canyons, and cities.  When crossing rivers, you could walk across, take a ferry, or caulk the wagon across.  Theives, diseases. and fires plagued the journey.  It is the most popular game in the camp.

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