Game Sheet: American History Lux
(from the original archive of "The Linux Game Tome")


Learn Your American History:
Start with the colonization of North America and the rise of the United States. Follow with the World Wars and US overseas campaigns. Every war comes as a realistic map outlining the important cities and geography of the time. Background information and links to full Wikipedia histories complete your interactive learning experience.

Difficult Enough For You:
4 varying difficulty provide a good challenge for newcomers and experienced Luxers alike. Beat the game on General level and a special super-hard difficulty will unlock itself.

Author: Dustin Quasar SacksCompany: Sillysoft Games
Version: 1.07Category: Strategy
License: sharewareCost: $15
Votes: 1      Vote->      Rank: 4 / 5        N.A.
Source? No     Sound? YesXWindow (X11)? Yes     Console? No
3D Accelleration? Yes     Multiplayer? NoPlay Online? No     Submitter: dustin
Other requirements:
A java VM version 1.4 or higher is required, available from if needed.
Last updated: 2006-08-06 05:14:30


Date: 2006-05-11 05:25:08     User: nath     Subject: error loading map
I can install and start this game, but when trying to start a map, I always get "error loading map".
Date: 2006-05-11 06:56:15     User: nath     Subject: Re: error loading map
Ok, the installation as root doesn't seem to work like it should. I reinstalled the game as user and then could play the demo.
Nice risk version overall, though the sound is getting on my nerves.
Multiplayer would be nice, even if it was only hotseat.
Date: 2006-05-11 16:21:21     User: dustin     Subject: Re: error loading map
Thanks for your comments. Our game Lux Delux has multiplayer in it (both hotseat and via internet/lan) along with more options if you're interested in that.
Date: 2006-05-11 17:28:30     User: Nightwish     Subject: Not near Lux Delux...
This game is meant for people who don't play much Lux. Since i really don't play it much, and i had i discount, i bought it. It has some interesting maps, but they might annoy some people. Maybe i shouldn't have played at the more difficult level, but they ended up relying on key territory for people to win. I would recommend just playing Lux instead and downloading a crap load of maps. Or play online, which i haven't done much. But it's a good fix for Risk-like playability.
Date: 2006-05-12 06:07:28     User: anonymous     Subject: The big aggressor U.S.A.
yeah, just make a game out of 40.000.000 dead ppl which were killed by the U.S.A. in this wars.
glorify this undignified Army and be proud of the by far most victims, which were children, woman, elderly and innocent.

you might say:"this wars were fought for freedom!!!"

wars for freedom? *cough*
just show me one.

all wars mentioned in this game were for power, money or oil.

Date: 2006-05-12 08:48:29     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
I'm far from a flag-waving lockstep jingo, but this is a total troll. You're gonna claim the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War I/II were fought by the U.S. for power, money, or oil? WTF?
Hey, I'll even give you the post-WWII 'wars' (mostly cold war related -- in other words fought for power, but a few for money/oil) and the war of 1812, but it's a real stretch to say "all". Maybe you could make a viable argument for "most" in the sense of a larger number count, or in the sense of "most americans have a suggestion in mind as to where their government can stick it." But "all?" That's just as full of crap as the government itself.
Yeah, I know. Don't feed the troll.
Date: 2006-05-12 15:02:31     User: emceelam     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Let me think. Wars to end communism. Wars to end fascism. Wars to end nazism. Wars to end British tyranny. Wars to end slavery. Not all wars are bad. In fact, peace can sometimes be worse than war. Peace is often used as an opportunity for evil to subjugate people: Soviet crushing of Hungarian uprising after WWII, Southern oppression of black slaves before US Civil War, Castro's purges that depleted Cuba, and Hitler's takeover of Czechoslavakia. Peace is often times overrated. Peace is a solution, but sometimes it's a worse solution than war. Sometimes peace is the right solution, but other times war is the right solution. Depending on the situation, peace and war can alternate as the right solution. Now getting back to the topic of games. Everybody loves to play the hero, and when a gamer pulls a trigger, he is shooting up bad guys. The dispensing of violence upon bad guys is a justified and heralded act. Games are fun by themselves, but killing bad guys makes one feel that rights have been wrong, and the weak have been defended.
Date: 2006-05-12 23:01:30     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
I agree, but what is wrong with communism? It is just a matter of ideology
Date: 2006-05-13 12:24:06     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
the idea of communism was not the biggest problem i think, it's the dictatorship that governed it.
Date: 2006-05-13 14:54:02     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
What's wrong with it? Why, communism destroys America's precious bodily essences, that's what! I think we should stop worrying about this silly terrorism nonsense and get back to fighting the real threat of communism. I suggest we invade the Amish. Their anarcho-communist ways are a danger to today's impressionable youth, with their cool beards and hats, and those pimped-out buggies. Even better, they're all a bunch of sissy pacifists so it should be an easy victory. God knows the USA could use one of those right now.
It should only take a hundred thousand troops or so, and be done in a few months. Then we install an Amish President, a proper constitution, and set up butter-churning and barn-building corporations just like the baby Jesus intended. When we're through, they'll probably throw flowers at me and stuff.
US! Throw flowers at us. That's what I meant.
-- Your 'Friend' (tm), the Cable News Pundit
Date: 2006-05-13 14:57:10     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
OH! I forgot about the "Shock and Awe!" We can't forget the cool jets with the awesome bombs. They look great on TV. So, before we invade we have to bomb them back to the sixteenth century, which ought to take only about 15 minutes, and cost a mere $23 billion.
- YF(tm)tCNP
Date: 2006-05-13 21:56:05     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
That is completely true! I think that communism is only good in theory, it's too difficult to rules with that government, especially if the country is big...
Date: 2006-05-14 06:32:07     User: Pxtl     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Nothing is wrong with communism. Just remember that all the communist states that were/are America's enemies wore two hats: Communism (debatably fine) and oppressive totalitarianism (I'm pretty sure that's a bad thing). And I'm saying this as a leftist Canadian. Cuba might have good medical care, but Castro still throws gays and political dissidents into gulags.
Date: 2006-05-14 23:41:27     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
The problem with socialism is that it's completely unsustainable and immoral.
Date: 2006-05-14 23:43:47     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
> all wars mentioned in this game were for power, money or oil. That's right. It doesn't mean that they are not good. A defensive war is also for power -- not wanting to lose self-governance.
Date: 2006-05-15 05:31:37     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
O.K., lets speak about WW2 e.g. the U.S., especially Mr. Henry Ford, were on the same political line like the german Nazis. just read his book "The International Jew, the World's Foremost Problem" from 1920, which brought Mr. Adolf Hitler to some of his most condemnable ideas. The U.S. took part in WW2 not to save the jews, but to earn the power and money. they even nuked japan to get the japanese gold before the russians (this is history). a nation that kills 200.000+ people in minutes, elderly, woman, children, sick or invalid persons, everything, just to get money and to show power, is not to be called "a peace-loving nation".
Date: 2006-05-15 05:32:56     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
"wars to end communisn"? is communism a disease? the next "good war" in your eyes is the war to end "Muhammadanism", isnt it? you fuck*ng nazi.
Date: 2006-05-15 05:47:10     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
s this ironic and i dont get it or are you all just dumb? here i hear the same bad "commie-hunter"-arguments from the 60s. noone got smarter since then? what we know is, that capitalism creates bigger weapons and bigger machines. what we see is, that communism makes people more happy. (you perhaps dont know this, because you propably never have been to such a country in the european east or in south america.) but noone can say, which of this 2 models is the best one for eternity. perhaps in capitalism we all die in 20 years because of smog and pollution (did you ever hear about kyoto?). oops, i mentioned kyoto: its a fact, that other nations spend money in preventing pollution, where the U.S. just spend money for their army. when other nations invent smog filters and build cars which need less fuel, than is this something which is good for the whole world, even for the U.S. But the U.S. dont have the money for environment protection, because they need too much money for their wars. Every U.S. president started a war, when he got domestically problems. you know what? watch the movie "WAG THE DOG" with Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche, Larry Beinhart, Mark Knopfler and "godfather of country" Willie Nelson, this will tell you some things you perhaps dont know yet.
Date: 2006-05-15 06:02:27     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
what does the U.S. in guantanamo?

im pretty sure that a prisoner in a cuban jail has more rights than anyone in guantanamo.

and about "enemies of the U.S.": why has the U.S. so much enemies?

every 5 years this fu***** president declares another country to an "enemy of the U.S."

are we such stupid that we follow this every time?
ilke a trained dog we bite and bark, when our president tells us:"get him!"
even if it is very bad for our nation and even if the whole world is against us.
europe hates us, did you know this?
the people in europe earn much more, they are better educated, they have much better health insurance, they have much more culture because of the many countries, and they like each other, because they care for each other.
and they see, that the U.S. cares only for themselves, and would never give a cent to others. thats why we didnt accept kyoto, and thats why we only give money to our own companies, even in foreign countries.
war is an instrument for a gouvernment to suck money in their own pockets and to get votes, and our U.S. government has mastered this skill.
Date: 2006-05-15 07:09:08     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Wow, I must live in paradise without even knowing it. Or maybe someone is a bit deluded.
Date: 2006-05-15 14:04:29     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Yes it was satire, with a few grains of truth tossed in as needed. (the Amish do have an anarcho-communist society.) But I definitely wouldn't say that the communist nations of Eastern Europe made people happier than Western governments. There are a large number of Russians around here who would be tempted to punch someone who suggested that to them.
Date: 2006-05-15 14:20:08     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Hmm. I forgot about Henry Ford being made King of the United States. It seems to be missing from my history books. I had this idea that he was just another rich wingnut. Every country has wingnuts, most have rich wingnuts.
As for fighting WWII for money.... Wow. That is a staggeringly ignorant claim. Do you even know what the Marshall Plan was? Sure, our economy was improved during the mobilization for war, but that wasn't due to robbing little old ladies in Europe, it was due to finally shifting from a primarily agrarian economy to a modern industrialized one. Economics is not a zero-sum game, it's possible to have a gain without an equivalent loss elsewhere.
Noone ever claimed the US entered the war to "save the Jews" except perhaps some angry German-American Bund wingnuts and Father Coughlin types. We entered because Japan attacked us, and the isolationists in our country finally came around to believing that repressive foreign governments could represent a threat to their lives, and if they weren't stopped soon they would be too strong to stop later. Even then, it was a close thing and took a worldwide struggle involving all of the Allied nations to put a stop to it.
"Saving the Jews" was something that fell out in the final days of the war, when the world finally understood that no, Hitler really wasn't just kidding when he wrote Mein Kampf, and gave all those speeches.
Date: 2006-05-15 20:02:31     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Somebody doesn't know what socialism is. Hint: It's not communism.
Date: 2006-05-15 20:25:32     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Of course I knew that. Communism is a branch of socialism and therefore inherits its worst problems.
Date: 2006-05-15 20:45:42     User: emceelam     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Ummm, you are supposed to call me a capitalist dog. And yes I do like capitalism. Communism pays its people poorly, whereas Capitalism pays its people richly. I'd also rather not live in fear of a communist dictatorship that could drag me away in the middle of the night.
Date: 2006-05-16 12:44:50     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Ha! Nevermind. Waste of time, then.
Date: 2006-05-20 22:11:42     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Date: 2006-08-06 05:37:33     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
You have to be French ;) wwI, wwII for instance.
Date: 2006-08-06 05:38:49     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
lol. Stalin == Hitler communists == nazis
Date: 2006-08-07 01:09:36     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
No you much rather live under the thumb of psychopath capitalist dictator with megalomaniacal tendencies ;-P (well every US president seem to get the last bit.)
Date: 2006-08-07 06:54:18     User: mpr     Subject: American History Lux
Politics aside, what's a shareware game doing in this site?
Date: 2006-08-08 08:43:21     User: fydo     Subject: Re: American History Lux
This site is for linux games, regardless of their licensing.
Thats why you'll find tuxracer, quake4, and even this game; all on the same website! It's a modern miracle!

Date: 2006-08-12 18:34:55     User: Irrevenant     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
It's a simplification, but there's some truth to it.

The War of Independence was a colonial struggle against political and economic policies of the British Empire (see "Boston Tea Party").

The major cause of the American Civil War was abolition of slavery. The southern states resisted, because a lot of their economic and political power came from the holding of slaves.

"Power", OTOH is such a broad term it could mean almost anything. Yes, the Pearl Harbour attack was a "challenge to American Power", but since this included the "power" to not be blown up, their response was hardly an irresponsible expression of power.

In short, economic and power issues underlie pretty much all wars (Note: not just the ones that hte US were involved in). People generally won't go to war for ideals unless power or wealth are also at stake. But conversely it would be a mistake to say that ideals aren't a significant factor.
Date: 2006-08-14 13:59:34     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
Uhh--read your economics...Capitalism is a command economy, just like Lenin's "Central Planning" economy, and Maoism. If that wasn't the case, then Microsoft would be the king pubah(and we wouldn't even be on this site) and Chrysler would have gone the way of the Dodo. The US government backs who it sees fit, and craps on those who don't kiss its tail. Capitalism means that I have more choices of the same useless item, sold to me by souless marketers trying to one-up each other in order to get me to buy THEIR item. Snore...A true free-market economy would be based on word-of-mouth advertising, good ergonomics of said product being sold, and a good cost-to-earnings ratio that even GM and Ford would have to meet, rather than selling crap, storing money off to the side, and waiting for your class-action lawsuit. I am truly tired of people doing this 'binary dialectic,' this "he-said, she-said" of Political Ideology. Grow a forebrain on top of your brainstem...
Date: 2006-08-14 18:00:37     User: emceelam     Subject: Re: The big aggressor U.S.A.
But I am a student of economics. It's a requirement for my MBA program. I also own my own start-up business, I believe you are mistaken about the US government. For the most part, the US government does not legislate winners and losers in the US economy. That US car companies lose to Japanese car companies is a testimony to government non-interference. Same with outsourcing. Government does not interfere. And Microsoft has taken over the US software market for all practical purposes. Again, government does not interfere. I don't see any government directives. Therefore this must not be a command economy. As for the same useless items you mentioned, those products would not be on the market unless people are buying them. Consumer's free choice dictates whether products are successes or failures, whether profitable or unprofitable. What is useless to you is valuable to another. If you must complain, complain to your fellow consumers, not to the companies. Or if you really are so sure of your complaints, go build your own products and see if the customers buy it or not. It's one thing to complain about business, but it's a totally different matter to run a business.
Date: 2006-11-30 15:06:00     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: **** off.
Oh boy, another liberal wing nut that has no idea what he's talking about.
Date: 2006-12-01 12:17:11     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: **** off.
You ought to know all about not knowing jack shit.
Liberals != wing nuts. A wing nut is someone both unhinged and out on a political "wing", usually used for right wing, but acceptable for left wing as well. Liberal, on the other hand, is a moderate left stance.
Date: 2007-08-16 23:10:39     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: **** off.
Why are you all arguing about this on a gaming site? Do any of you honestly think this is going to impact the world in any way? Some people are trolls, some people have different opinions. Let it go.
Date: 2007-08-17 06:01:53     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: **** off.
Why are you casting a Revive Dead spell on this flamewar?
Date: 2007-08-23 00:27:39     User: anonymous     Subject: Re: **** off.
... oh, I didn't see the date. Hahaha. Disregard that.
Date: 2011-11-16 04:02:08     User: pylxwzhj     Subject: Re: American History Lux
Please note that you can get this in the current Humble Bundle for a price you decide yourself, until 12 October 2011. If you pay more than the average price (currently $4.59), you also get 5 extra games. I'd say this is one of the best tactical games for Linux. I also really like the cyberpunk style. There are some minor issues however. My biggest gripe is the CPU intensive AI calculations