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"The Curse of South Spratly Island" game teaches students
how an infectious disease operates in the real world. It gives context
to a study of diseases, demonstrating how social and economic forces
shape the human environment that diseases live in. Plus, it's a pretty
fun simulation. Sharpens up your practical math skills!
HOW MANY CAN PLAY?
Probably from 5-16 people, plus a moderator. We had 6 players, but more
would have worked well. Here's how I would handle larger numbers of
- 5 - 8 players: 1 player for Hotel, 1 player for Curse, and the other
players are Village Leaders (up to 6 villages).
- 9 - 16 players: have 2 people cooperatively play each role, beginning
with the Curse (up to 6 villages). The players may want to divide
up the duties (in a village, one player may be the Master of Hunt
and Farm, and the other the Master of Work and Trade, for example).
A Moderator's Assistant or Co-Moderator would help too, if there are
WHAT YOU NEED:
A large paper sheet or whiteboard, for displaying a big map of the island;
sticky dots or Post-Its of various colors, to record the animal and
human populations of each village on the map; five decks of playing
cards; pens and pencils. You also need to download these worksheets:
- VILLAGE WORKSHEET (Excel
- HOTEL WORKSHEET (Excel
- CURSE WORKSHEET (GIF
You may also print out each player's instructions, or send players
to the appropriate URL:
You should read these instructions also, to understand what each player
knows (and doesn't know). Parts of the game are secret (especially all
info about the Curse!), so don't let the players access any other info
or URL but their appointed one.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Each year takes about 2 hours; a whip-crackin' moderator, however, could
easily reduce this to an hour. Four or five years makes a good game,
but you can go longer if you want!