Fujian Trader is a victory-point strategy game built around a seventeenth-century trading map once privately owned by a Chinese merchant family and recently re-discovered in Oxford University’s Bodleian Library after nearly 300 years.
Players assume the role of Ming-era merchant families following trading routes in the South China Sea shown on the historic Selden Map (ca. 1619). Each family gains influence points by controlling and raiding ports, purchasing fortunes, selling goods for silver and using that silver to achieve a dominant position in the Ming provinces. During the final three rounds of the game as the Manchus invade and the Ming Empire collapses in 1644, players use their ports, fortunes and silver to successfully endure the cataclysm and compete for status. The game is designed for players ages 12 and up and is suitable for 3-5 players.
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The curriculum for Fujian trader is designed for 6th-8th grade students with an emphasis on 7th Grade geometry and history. It was designed using Common Core, Next Generation Science and 21st Century Skills curriculum standards with an eye towards meeting the project-based learning goals of STEM-intensive schools. It comes in six modules–four involving gameplay. For more information about the curriculum, please contact Robert Batchelor (batchelo[at]georgiasouthern.edu).