Wednesday, March 25, 2009


The game Révolution! is a fun and educational way to learn about the French Revolution. To begin the game, each of the four players will pick a game piece—King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Robespierre and Napoleon Bonaparte (players will begin the game in this order from the first space marked, “Start!”). To begin playing, the first player will draw a golden card from the stack on the left. There are four options on a golden face card—blue, white, red or Revolution! (Eugène Delacroix’s painting, “Liberty Guides the People.”) The card you draw will direct your piece to move forward to the corresponding space (much like the functioning of the game Candy Land…where drawing a red card would move your piece to the nearest red space.) If you draw a Revolution! card—as opposed to a color—you must draw a second card from the stack on the right with the face of “Liberty Guides the People.” These cards will either move your piece forward or backward according to victories or impediments in the fight toward revolution (forward or backward from the Delacroix space you have just moved to.) For instance, one card reads: “You have been sentenced to death by the guillotine! Go back to start.” The game proceeds as such, sometimes moving forward at an average pace, other times being thrust forward or backward as so often happens due to the forces at work in a revolution. One second you feel victory is within your grasp, the next you feel that it is simply beyond your reach. The goal, of course, is to be the first player to reach the last space marked, “Finish!” and achieve final victory in the Revolution!

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