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
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.
Thu Jul 18 12:52:14 PDT 2013