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Friday, September 22, 2000

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Tropico Q&A
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A new interview with Tropico's creator Phil Steinmeyer has been posted at CheckOut Games. This chat offers a detailed look at this sim/strategy game, set on a tropical island with you as the dictator. They discuss Tropico's origin, the use of the Railroad Tycoon 2 engine, and delve into the strategies of the game. Here's a clip about the powers you have as dictator over your island peoples:

What are some of the more dastardly deeds players can unleash on their populace?

For would-be generalissimos out there, there's the old dictator favorite -- martial law. If your allegiances lie with the church rather than the army, you can unleash an inquisition to ferret out heretics (a heretic is basically anyone who opposes your enlightened leadership). Capitalists can gain sway through bribery. Finally, if your jails are overflowing, do as Castro did and give each of your prisoners an inner-tube and a good push in the general direction of Florida. All total, there are about 60 edicts you can issue, though not all are nasty attacks on your people as the above ones are.

Tropico is looking to be a very fun twist on the sim genre, and should be available next year for Mac and PC from Gathering of Developers. Check out the game's web site for more info.

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