It may take some retro-mindset to play this game of world conquest

October 11, 1991|By Jean Marbella

How uniquely politically incorrect! Here's a new game in which the goal is to explore new land, kill the natives, steal their gold and colonize the territories for the benefit of the motherland.

"That's history; what can I say?" said Don Greenwood, research and development director of the Baltimore-based makers of the game, Avalon Game company.

The game is called New World (not to be confused with George Bush's New World Order) -- a board game in which players take on the roles of colonialist countries such as Spain, England and France in the 16th through 18th centuries and try to conquer the Americas.

The players "are in a race to colonize the New World and extract the most wealth for their countries," said Mr. Greenwood. "They get involved in territorial disputes . . . and, of course, before you can claim an area you have to subdue the natives."

The company, which specializes in war, computer, sports and simulation games, is promoting the game as part of the 500th anniversary celebration of Christopher Columbus' arrival on our shores. The game, designed for two to six players aged 10 and up, is available for $25 at specialty and hobby shops.

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