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1. A game of "Oregon Trail" begins with a choice: as leader of your party, what is your occupation? Your decision affects several aspects of the game, from your available cash to the bonus added to your score. Members of which profession begin with the most money?
2. To many players, myself included, one of the most fun parts of "Oregon Trail" has always been choosing the names of the party members. Including the leader, how many people are there in each party?
3. Before you can leave "Independence, Missouri, 1848," you've got to purchase supplies for the trip. At Matt's General Store, a nifty little DOS interface allows you to spend your hard-saved cash on a variety of useful items. What doesn't Matt sell?
4. It's time to leave Independence and head to Oregon! You've got to decide what month to depart, what pace to set your team, and what rations to give your family. What combination of pace and rations is most likely to result in disaster?
5. After watching the black-and-white, pixellated scenery pass slowly by on your monitor, the appearance of a river to cross adds a great deal of excitement. Based on local conditions (like the depth of the river and resources available), you can choose from several options for the river crossing. Which of these choices is NEVER presented as a way to reach the other side?
6. You continue making your slow progress across the country, when disaster suddenly strikes in the text window. One of your party members (let's call her Mary) is suffering from dysentery! Which of these options (by itself) is most likely to help her recover?
7. Despite your best efforts, Mary dies from her illness -- she almost always does. So your thoughts have turned to mortality and philosophy (do video game characters go to pixel heaven?) when the text window informs you that you're passing a tombstone by the side of the road. What does this mean?
8. As your journey progresses, you notice a countdown on your screen: "Next Landmark: 25 miles ... 24 miles ... 23 miles ..." Finally, your wagon arrives at Independence Rock, illustrated by a colorful traveling scene, a change of music, and some new options for your party. What CAN'T you do at Independence Rock and other landmarks?
9. Your party is running low on food, so you stop the wagon, unpack the ammunition, and go hunting to replenish your supplies. A little stick figure (representing you) takes up a position among a few trees and boulders; you aim your musket using the arrow keys. You manage to shoot three buffalo, figuring they'll feed your party for months; instead, when you leave, you discover you can't take all three. What's the problem?
10. Finally, despite everything "Oregon Trail" can throw at you, you're almost done: you've reached the Columbia River, and all you need to do to get to Willamette Valley is to head downstream. You could take the toll road, but you find yourself short on cash. What is your other option?
Source: Author CellarDoor
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