Govern Ancient Sumeria


In this game you direct the adminitrator of Sumeria, Hammurabi, how to manage the city. The city initially has 1,000 acres, 100 people and 3,000 bushels of grain in storage. You may buy and sell land with your neighboring city-states for bushels of grain--the price will vary between 17 and 26 bushels per acre. You also must use grain to feed your people and as seed to plant the next year''s crop. You will quickly find that a certain number of people can only tend a certain amount of land and that people starve if they are not fed anough. You also have the unexpected to contend with such as a plague, rats destroying stored grain, and variable harvests. You will also find that managing just the few resources in this game is not a trivial job over a period of say ten years. The crisis of population density rears its head very rapidly.


This program translated to Java, C and Pascal by Eric Olson from 101 BASIC Computer Games by David Ahl. In turn that program was translated from the original FOCAL program which was floating around DIGITAL in the late 1970's.


Last Updated: Thu Jul 18 12:52:14 PDT 2013