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Connections UK 2016



I'm just back from a very productive and enjoyable time at the Connections UK 2016 professional wargaming conference at King's College London. You'll find my trip report here: https://paxsims.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/connections-uk-2016-aar/ 

...and an…

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Added by Rex Brynen on September 11, 2016 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Women and wargaming

A recent readers poll at PAXsims found that 99% of our readers were male, which led to this discussion (primarily about expanding the pool of women able to contribute to professional wargaming in the national security community):

https://paxsims.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/gender-and-national-security-gaming/

Which in turn led to this post on women and hobby…

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Added by Rex Brynen on March 10, 2016 at 11:18am — No Comments

More ISIS Crisis

I've played "ISIS Crisis" a few times in the last couple of months--with folks at the Military Operations Research Society, the Royal Military College of Canada, and most recently at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. You'll find a write up of the latter game at PAXsims: …

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Added by Rex Brynen on October 28, 2015 at 4:42pm — No Comments

AFTERSHOCK published

It's not so much a conflict simulation as one of military operations other than war—specifically, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief—but I'm very pleased to announce that AFTERSHOCK has now been published via The Game Crafter.

AFTERSHOCK has its origins in the 2012 Connections interdisciplinary wargaming conference “game lab,” which focused on HA/DR…

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Added by Rex Brynen on July 20, 2015 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

AFTERSHOCKing the Canadian Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program

AFTERSHOCK is an educational game that examines interagency coordination in a humanitarian crisis, designed for university and professional audiences. We recently ran several games for the Canadian Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program--you'll find the results here.…

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Added by Rex Brynen on April 2, 2015 at 9:01pm — 1 Comment

Revisiting the “ISIS Crisis”

Recently a group of us assembled at the University of Ottawa to matrix-game the current conflict regarding the self-styled “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria. For practical reasons and to limit the number of players/teams, the game largely focused on Iraq. The purpose, as with an …

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Added by Rex Brynen on March 1, 2015 at 11:10am — 21 Comments

Zombies: A Bridge Too Far?

Zombies, school girls, escaped convicts, psychotic pig-hunting country folk, and (of course) the one and only Dick Danger:

A full report at …

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Added by Rex Brynen on December 29, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Gaming the Syrian civil war

The final instalment in Alex Langer's class project at McGill University to design a conflict simulation that captures the key dynamics of the ongoing Syrian civil war:…

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Added by Rex Brynen on December 4, 2014 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Connections UK 2014 conference reports

Two reports on the recent Connections UK interdisciplinary wargaming conference are now available on PAXsims:

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Added by Rex Brynen on September 5, 2014 at 3:12am — No Comments

Refighting the war of 1812

A report on our recent game of 1812: The Conquest of Canada at the Generic Gaming Goodness blog: …

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Added by Rex Brynen on June 6, 2014 at 6:10pm — No Comments

PAXsims review of A Distant Plain

My review of A Distant Plain, at PAXsims.

Added by Rex Brynen on October 31, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Iraq Risk

The full AAR from our latest game of Iraq RISK (a home-made RISK variant) can be found …

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Added by Rex Brynen on October 6, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Grand Death Auto

Grand Death Auto

Five groups of survivors.

One zombie-infested city.

Who will live… and who will die?

(Really, we do play boardgames too--but the miniature games are so much more…

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Added by Rex Brynen on September 29, 2013 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

Foreign correspondents in a simulated civil war

An interesting piece by Lisa Lynch (Concordia University) on using a conflict simulation to train journalism students. (In this case, the simulation is a class roleplay exercise, not a published board game):…

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Added by Rex Brynen on August 7, 2013 at 12:53pm — 1 Comment

PAXsims review of Andean Abyss

My review of Andean Abyss, at PAXsims.

Added by Rex Brynen on July 15, 2013 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Star Wars Episode 4: A Deadly Skirmish

Episode 4: A Deadly Skirmish

A Star Wars battle report, using Comic Life 2.…

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Added by Rex Brynen on June 22, 2013 at 3:39pm — 4 Comments

Star Wars, Episode 4: A Deadly Skirmish

Episode 4: A Deadly Skirmish

A Star Wars miniatures battle report, using Comic Life 2.

Added by Rex Brynen on June 22, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Star Wars miniature game, using Comic Life 2 for the battle report.

Star Wars miniature game, using Comic Life 2 for the battle report.…

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Added by Rex Brynen on June 22, 2013 at 3:35pm — No Comments

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