Title text: A century later, the harrowing flight of the survivors from Oregon was dramatized in a popular video game.
| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: The "another video game" at the title text is still not explained. Oregon was not overpopulated, but maybe this is a reference to the end of the gold rush.|
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Most players were grade-school students. The game was very popular, and thousands of players played it monthly. In their youthful wisdom, most players brought the minimum amount of food and planned to hunt for their meals. Large animals (bison, bears, etc.) were very easy and rewarding targets, while smaller prey (rabbits, squirrels, etc.) were harder to obtain and provided less food.
The comic tries to document, as though in an historical fashion, what would have been the result if that was really how people had prepared for their journey on the Oregon Trail. With no other supplies or sources of food, the land would soon have been stripped bare, all large game slaughtered for meat, with hunger, starvation and disease soon to follow. Dysentery in particular was very common in the original game and perhaps the most infamous way to die, hence its listing as the most prominent epidemic.
The title text makes things rather recursive. In this alternate reality, hundreds upon hundreds of people fleeing from the overpopulated Oregon becomes the focus of another video game, much like Oregon Trail in our universe.
- [Timeline, with relevant images next to each date.]
- [Two men stand at the edge of a cliff. One has a walking staff.]
- Arrival of Lewis & Clark
- Early settlers arrive
- Oregon trail established
- Larger western migration begins
- [A horse is pulling a covered wagon. A gun peeks out the back.]
- Huge wave of 500,000+ settlers arrives from Missouri. Largely children and adolescents, most bring nothing but cartloads of bullets for hunting.
- [Two men with rifles aim at something.]
- Overhunting begins to devastate ecosystem
- Dysentery epidemic
- [Tombstones. Bodies.]
- Shooting deaths skyrocket
- Typhoid epidemic
- Measles epidemic
- Cholera epidemic
- All mammals larger than squirrels wiped out by overhunting.
- Massive famine
- [Sun low over a land, devoid of life. Scattered remains of corpses.]
- Last survivors flee
- Oregon territory abandoned
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