Prof. Cassandra Newby-Alexander said that the history of the Underground Railroad, a network which helped slaves escape from the South in pre-Civil War days, is not well understood:
The underground Railroad was a much more complex issue than it’s been made out. When you push a person to a point where they have nothing to lose, that’s when you create a formidable enemy. Ultimately, human beings are going to be free.
When you ask people to describe the Underground Railroad, they think of Harriet Tubman on foot, with a gun. Most slaves didn’t escape that way. I don’t want to dumb-down the game.
Newby-Alexander is working with a local playwright to create a script for the game, which is expected for PC in 2011.