Fundamentals of historical miniatures gaming – The Vikings are coming, Grades 5 – 9
Summer Historical Strategy Games Two-Day Workshop is a program that teaches the fundamentals of historical miniatures gaming. While examining an historical time period, students will learn about social, economical, and political reasons for conflict and its ramifications. Students will paint and command 28mm miniatures on three-dimensional landscapes. Dice and rulers are used to resolve conflicts and move distances. Students will reflect on their historical understanding, examine outcomes, and identify better solutions for dealing with these kinds of conflicts.
Originally beginning as raiders from the North, vikings eventually began to besiege and conquer lands they had previously raided. One of their campaigns led them through modern day France where they ended up sieging Paris. The battle we will be focussing on took place between the Viking and French naval forces who fought over control of the river Seine.
Students will examine archaeological evidence on viking ship building, learn historical background information, explore how humans organize themselves during times of struggle, and identify the catalysts and consequences that resulted. Students will reflect upon better solutions and outcomes for dealing with conflict, but overall students will have a whole lot of fun!