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Constantinople: A History of the Byzantine Empire, 330 to 1453

Admiral Trustun's Testimony - example game cardConstantinople is a solitaire game in which the player controls the Byzantine Empire from the 4th to the 15th century defending the empire against enemy forces and guiding the empire's social and economic development abstractly.  In this game, designed by Steve Ashing, the empire is beset by enemies from all sides from the Goths to the Turks, but perhaps they could be pacified by marriage into the imperial family or by conversion to Christinianity.  

The game is being Alpha test by my current World History to 1500 students who are also researching additional historical content for the game.  The department has been now granted permission from the designer/copyrightholder to release the game publically.


  • Educational Materials for Integrating the Game into the Classroom

Window showing the status of Burr's Expedition in the game with two cardsEducational Materials for the Classroom

Lesson 1: Background on 

  • Vocabulary Sheet

Lesson 2: Understanding the Events 

Lesson 3: Understanding the Design Process for Historical Games

Lesson 4: Making Your Own Event Card

How to Have Students Play as a Group Online

The Game's Jefferson Agenda Track

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