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Addicted to History’s Expedition Africa game

This isn’t the first time I have become utterly obsessed with a multiplatform game – the first was Discovery’s Shark Week game, Sharkrunners. That one claimed a lot of my ...
July 13, 2009

This isn’t the first time I have become utterly obsessed with a multiplatform game – the first was Discovery’s Shark Week game, Sharkrunners. That one claimed a lot of my spare time a few months back when I wrote a story on gaming and non-fiction TV.

Now up is the Expedition game that is part of the Expedition Africa: Livingstone and Stanley History TV event. It’s part history, where one must follow the 970-mile journey that Henry Morton Stanley himself traversed to find Dr. David Livingstone in 1871, and part Yahtzee.

There’s nothing I love more than rolling the dice to discover whether I can add porters to my posse, while also maintaining the right amount of food and covering a good swath of my journey from Zanzibar to Ujiji. At various check points along my journey, I also stop in the Uluguru Mountains or the Sagara Mountains, where I must make important decisions that affect my porters and my inventory. These are life-changing decisions, here.

I also get to own a machete, which hacks poisonous snakes to pieces, as well as a rifle, which needs to be well stocked with ammo in order to shoot the leopards and crocodiles that threatens my group. Needless to say, that’s a far cry from my everyday life.

Perhaps its the false sense of danger that keeps me playing time and time again, or maybe I’ve just always wanted to travel to Ujiji. I can’t say for sure what’s got me hooked, but on slow news days, I might be found rolling the dice.

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