History VideoGame / TheOregonTrail

19th Apr '16 6:31:57 PM Nicoaln
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* GuideDangIt: Fishing in the second game. It wasn't until the third edition that it became its own minigame, so in the second game, you had to have a fishing rod (or fishing net) and rest at a riverbank. This doesn't even guarantee that you'll catch fish.
16th Apr '16 1:42:43 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** How much you lose in the event of a failed river crossing is determined only by whether the crossing succeeded or failed. It's possible to survive a ferry wreck while crossing the Mississippi at the height of spring floods and only lose a couple bags of flour, or to drown your entire party in one shot in the 2 and a half feet deep Platte river.

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** How much you lose in the event of a failed river crossing is determined only by whether the crossing succeeded or failed. It's possible to survive a ferry wreck (you read that right; the safest possible option can ''still'' result in failure) while crossing the Mississippi at the height of spring floods and only lose a couple bags of flour, or to drown your entire party in one shot in the 2 and a half feet deep Platte river.
10th Apr '16 11:47:39 PM FordPrefect
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* MagicAntidote: Half played straight, half averted - Some stuff like gradually warming frostbitten areas and [[SuckOutThePoison sucking out snake venom]] [[WorstAid (though the latter is not recommended in the modern era with a modern first aid kit)]] can actually work. Heck, ''Peppermint'' actually really helps if you administer it to someone with Cholera (the menthol actually eases the symptoms and allows the immune system to fight off the infection).

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* MagicAntidote: Half played straight, half averted - Some stuff like gradually warming frostbitten areas and [[SuckOutThePoison sucking out snake venom]] [[WorstAid (though the latter is not recommended in the modern era with a modern first aid kit)]] can actually work. Heck, ''Peppermint'' ''peppermint'' actually really helps if you administer it to someone with Cholera cholera (the menthol actually eases the symptoms and allows the immune system to fight off the infection).
10th Apr '16 11:42:11 PM FordPrefect
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* AnyoneCanDie: The game. Anyone can be killed by random chance. Whether they are crushed by a wagon, drowned in a river, catch some horrible disease (Cholera being the main offender, despite dysentery's memetic status, sometimes causing instant death), gored by an animal, frostbite, or shot. Hope you brought that medical book and wrote down the treatments!

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* AnyoneCanDie: The game. Anyone can be killed by random chance. Whether they are crushed by a wagon, drowned in a river, catch some horrible disease (Cholera (cholera being the main offender, despite dysentery's memetic status, sometimes causing instant death), gored by an animal, frostbite, or shot. Hope you brought that medical book and wrote down the treatments!
19th Feb '16 3:05:48 PM DaNuke
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''The Oregon Trail'' was successful enough to spawn four sequels (and that's without counting the text-based version that preceded the beloved Apple II version) and a number of spinoffs, such as ''VideoGame/TheAmazonTrail'' (which had a rather bizarre plotline involving a lot of TimeTravel) and ''The Yukon Trail'' ([[RecycledInSpace recycled IN]] [[CanadaEh CANADA!]]). It remains a cultural icon and a gaming classic which helped raise American dysentery awareness significantly.

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''The Oregon Trail'' was successful enough to spawn four sequels (and that's without counting the text-based version that preceded the beloved Apple II version) and a number of spinoffs, such as ''VideoGame/TheAmazonTrail'' (which had a rather bizarre plotline involving a lot of TimeTravel) and TimeTravel), ''The Yukon Trail'' ([[RecycledInSpace recycled IN]] [[CanadaEh CANADA!]]).CANADA!]]), and ''Thule Trail'' ([[RecycledInSpace recycled IN A ROAD TRIP FROM CHICAGO TO LOS ANGELES USING A THULE™ BAGGAGE RACK!]]). It remains a cultural icon and a gaming classic which helped raise American dysentery awareness significantly.
12th Dec '15 6:04:56 PM tropette
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** Can ''also'' be a problem if you forget to buy enough food in the early stages of the trail and find yourself running low in arid Western territory with few settlements and scarce wildlife. This is, of course, TruthInTelevision.
5th Nov '15 2:01:50 PM Usagi1992
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* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: In OTII, choose Salt Lake City as your destination and then choose to continue when you get there (as most people would)--which basically means trying to make it through the freaking enormous Great Salt Lake Desert, and then crossing the Sierra Nevada. If you chose the exact same year (1846) as the Donner Party, you indeed get the exact same snowstorm they got stranded in. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything The dev team thought of everything.]]

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* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: In OTII, choose Salt Lake City as your destination and then choose to continue when you get there (as most people would)--which basically means trying to make it through the freaking enormous Great Salt Lake Desert, and then crossing the Sierra Nevada. If you chose the exact same year (1846) (1847) as the Donner Party, you indeed get the exact same snowstorm they got stranded in. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything The dev team thought of everything.]]
8th Jul '15 10:31:49 AM Anorgil
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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The soundtrack, such as it is, consists of 8-bit renditions of songs from the public domain when you reach the landmarks, such as "Yankee Doodle" in Independence, Missouri; "Billy Boy" when you reach Fort Laramie; "Charlie is My Darling" when you reach the Soda Springs...
7th Jun '15 9:18:06 PM GoldenSeals
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** In Taxman's LP of Oregon Trail II, the Goons told him to (predictably) bring tons and tons of laudanum. Sick with absolutely anything whatsoever? Have some laudanum! Got to love 19th century medicine. For those of you who don't know, laudanum is whiskey diluted with grains of opium, and prior to opium becoming a controlled substance, people actually would take laudanum for their headaches and such. As you might guess, taking what amounts to a whisky/heroin cocktail might fix your headache, but causes some very real other problems.

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** In Taxman's LP of Oregon Trail II, the Goons told him to (predictably) bring tons and tons of laudanum. Sick with absolutely anything whatsoever? Have some laudanum! Got to love 19th century medicine. For those of you who don't know, laudanum Laudanum is whiskey diluted with grains of opium, and prior to opium becoming a controlled substance, people actually would take laudanum for their headaches and such. As you might guess, taking what amounts to a whisky/heroin cocktail might fix your headache, but causes some very real other problems.
30th May '15 1:17:07 PM Kalaong
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** And a fan-made [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie version]], [[http://hatsproductions.com/organtrail.html Organ Trail]].

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** And a fan-made [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie version]], [[http://hatsproductions.com/organtrail.html Organ Trail]].VideoGame/OrganTrail.
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