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10/30/2000

The History Channel premeirs a

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The History Channel premeirs a new miniseries tonight: The History of Britain. (Surprisingly, the page at the other end of the link is just a brief description. You’d think that they’d have done something more fancy for such a “landmark documentary.”) The show begins at about 5000 B.C. and will move through the Elizabethan era. I’ve always been fond of BRitish history, so I’ll try to catch all three parts. Avalon Hill used to sell a game called Britannia, now out of print, that allowed 3-5 players to play the various groups that inhabited Great Britain from the coming of the Romans to the Norman Conquest (one of my favorite historical events — I’m such a history geek (no, scratch that. I’m just a geek, period) that I’ve named my sourdough starter after one of the key players in the event). It appears you can’t buy the game anymore, but there’s a handful of pages on the game out there, including this detailed summary of a play-by-mail game and this collection of computer code and playing aids. It really is a fine game. I wish I knew people who’d play it with me.

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