Making History: The Breakup Microgame
by Nicolas W. Proctor
History Methodology Lessons Concealed in Banal Romance
Two contemporary college students break up. Sources differ regarding the cause. Players discover new wayts to sort them, which provides insights and deepens confusion.
This microgame is intended to introduce undergraduates to some of the issues involved in the use of primary sources to construct historical narratives. The scenario is a bit racy, but that tends to get them engaged quickly.
Using the Game
This microgame is recommended for classes with 12 to 30 students.
Nicolas W. Proctor
Nicolas W. Proctor grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. After completing his B.A. in history from Hendrix College, he received an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations from the University of Kentucky, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from Emory University. He is now a Professor of History at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where he has also served as department chair and director of the first-year program. Proctor is also the Chair of the Reacting Editorial Board, overseeing game development. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his family, a print shop, lots of books, five chickens, and too many Legos.
After completing a traditional historical monograph, Bathed in Blood: Hunting and Mastery in the Old South, he reoriented his research to fit the needs of a teaching institution and focused on writing historical role-playing games.
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