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Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Bureau

I shall drink as much as I want
June 1st, 2003
Score : 9.0 exceptional
Peasant She/Her
Storyline: This D-mod is based on some part of American History: the Reconstruction. The Freedmen’s Bureau was designed to help the southern states after the war since they should be part of the Union. Freedmen were former black slaves. The D-mod takes place in 1866. You play an agent of the Freedmen’s Bureau and it is your task to help the people.
This D-mod resembles 'New Shores: The Maori', since that one is also about a part of history.

Map and graphics: There is a walking horse in this game and it looks really good! The houses are a bit blurred, but add a nice touch, as does the railroad. There are bushes with white dots on them, to represent the cotton plantations.

Music: The music fits the situation.

Good: Before I read the explanation, I thought the Freedmen’s Bureau was some sort of P.I. Bureau. Since I am no US Citizen and since I never had this part of history on school, I did not know there was something like this Bureau. It was really interesting to learn more about this part of history and learning such things via a D-mod is very pleasant: not only a very different D-mod, but also some history lessons that are nicely wrapped up in a game.
There is a trivia included and you can (try to) answer the different questions and for each correct answer you will get points.
You can choose between different kinds of music when playing Trivia.

Not so good: There is no visible entrance to the houses, so you have to search for the warp. The hardness on houses is not done well, so you either can walk through them or get stuck in them. You have to talk to a lot of people, but almost none of them reply. It would be a lot better if some more information would have been given about this part of history through conversation. Since there is very little to do, the gameplay is not that good.

Overall: A unique D-mod since it is about history.

Fit for: If you want to learn more about this part of history.
February 9th, 2006
Score : 9.2 exceptional
Peasant He/Him Romania
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. 
This is a short historical quest, released by redink1. It is totally non-violent. You can't even punch.
The action take place in 1866, and you're a Freedman's Bureau agent. As I said before, this is a non-violent DMOD so you don't have to fight monsters. You just have an ammount of money that you can spend to help people. It's up to you if you want to help black people, white people, or both. That's why, this DMOD has several endings.
The music is good, and there are also some new graphics. The black people graphics aren't too good, they look like they have some dirt on their faces. The buildings look pretty good, but they could look better. The best new graphics in this DMOD is the horse graphics, too bad it's not involved in the storyline. The map is quite big, so you have to walk a lot.
redink1 also included a trivia game, that looks pretty good. It has great music(you can even choose which music to play), and you can play it alone, or against someone else.
Overall, this DMOD is an educative one, that taught me(a non-american), some things about the US history.
December 12th, 2002
Score : 8.5 good
This is your original historical dmod, set in the South after the Civil War. You're an agent of the Freedmen's Bureau, an organization devoted to helping people (mostly the freed slaves) after the United States' civil war. You have a set amount of money- use it as you will. Help the freed slaves, help yourself to a really expensive beer, whatever you wish. That's a major plus to the game. But the strongest point of this dmod is it's historical accuracy. There's no silly wandering around as Dink and punching people, no boncas astray wreaking havoc in the South. Some may find this boring, others (well, mostly just those who enjoy history a lot) will find it interesting, and yes, entertaining.
In summary, if you want to learn a lot about America's past, then go to your local library. But if you want to be amused and learn a little something along the way, or if you're a history buff, play Reconstruction.