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18 September 2014
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Britain's emergence as the world's first industrial power was due to the move of production out of the home and into the factory. The transition wasn't smooth. The economy swung between boom and depression, and there were violent demonstrations against new technology- but the tide of change was unstoppable.

Like today, investment in rapidly expanding sectors which used new technology was risky. Some entrepreneurs made fortunes from the new cotton industry but many of the factory start-ups went bust. Success depended on a variety of factors which we will encounter.

Our game starts in the 1820s. Our potential investor lives in modern-day Cumbria - though this area was then comprised of the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire 'north of the sands'. We have simplified many other complex factors but this is still a game of tough choices.

Choose well, make money and the business will survive. Choose badly and the businessman could end up in debtors' prison.

As you play the game your stacks of money will rise and fall depending on the choices you make. Do you have what it takes to make a cotton millionaire? Play the game to find out.

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