Academic Writing

Several academic papers have been written about Troubled Lands and its predecessor The Farmers. Troubled Lands is a slightly simplified version of The Farmers, with new artwork and streamlined rules that are faster to learn.
  • Games Learning and Society Conference 2 page paper describing simulations of the cooperative, competitive, and independent versions of the game.
  • Simulation & Gaming special issue article on climate change version of the game.
  • Dissertation discussing the moral claims and moral foundations theory.

Classroom Activities

During / Immediately Following:

  • Interview your students. Ask each group to describe how they treated one another.


  • A game one teacher uses is: Civic Mirror
  • For university students, an article that might be good to read is the 1968 article on the tragedy of the commons by Garret Harding.