|part 10: Rain, Rain, Go Away...|
Have your student add to his timeline: 1850: Peak year of traveler's west, with approximately 55,000 travelers.
Tuesday: The Role-Play
(For those on the Oregon Trail)
The Snake River is just ahead. You will travel about 250 miles along the south side of the river. The Snake River is very difficult to cross. The common crossing is shallow, but 600 feet wide and moves very swiftly. There is one small ferry that takes wagons across. Sometimes it takes days to get across. Indians swim the River from morning to night and can assist for a price. You can chain the wagons together to cross or take the wagons apart and float them across the river.
Heavy rains being to fall and continue for several days. Your youngest party member was soaked when your wagon leaked. He/she caught pneumonia. 20% chance she dies. If so, lose 1 EF and 400 DP's for the delay of the funeral.
Rain has fallen now for seven days and the trail has become an impassible muddy mess. % chance your wagon has bogged down and mused be pulled out before you and the wagons behind you can proceed. 300 DP's for the delay.
You come to the Snake River crossing, but because of the high rushing river, your guide has decided to delay the crossing for several days in hopes that the water level will recede. Three days have passed and the rains continue. What do you do? 100 DP's for the time lost waiting do far.
If you decide that no more time can be wasted, and you attempt to cross the river today, the guide tells you that you must lighten your load to 650 BW units. What do you leave behind?
As you prepare for the crossing, you suddenly realize the importance of rope. Without enough rope, you cannot safely guide the wagon sd and pull them across the river. If your wagon train is not carrying 7 or more lengths of rope, you lose 1 EF and the chances of getting washed away grow %.
Roll a 6-sided die, a 1 or 2 means that a member of your wagon party falls off the wagon and drowns. Lose 1 EF.
Roll a 6-sided die. A roll of a 1 means that one of your draft animals drowns in the crpssing. Your wsgon, too, is almost lost, but friends rush to your aid and help you to save it.
Roll a 6-sided die. A roll of 1 means that a large tree, rushing down the river, smashes into your wagon and crushes it in the raging water. You manage to hold on to the lifeline but your wagon, your supplies and your draft animals are all lost. You must find another wagon on which your party can ride for the remainder of the trip. Lose 3 EFs for all your loss. If you roll a 2, your wagon swamps midstream. You manage to get across but you lose 60 BW units of supplies, including your flour and salt. What did you lose? Start with your flour and salt.
Have your student continue to work on his writing projects.