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Choose your own (war-ravaged country) adventure

This year as an optional assignment for my political science class on peacebuilding and civil conflict, I gave my students the option of writing an interactive story rather than the usual research papers using Inklewriter. Four groups decided to do so, and the result is four online…

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Added by Rex Brynen on May 9, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments

The Battle of Namgang (aka “The Battle of the Cauldron of Death”)

The Final Campaign of the Eternal Struggle Against Neocolonial Exploitation had begun, and the 1st Revolutionary Combat Brigade of the People’s Democratic Republic of East Norkea had been…

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Added by Rex Brynen on May 7, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments

MEJ review article on ME-themed boardgames

The latest issue (Winter 2013) of the Middle East Journal is on "Gaming Middle East Conflict" contains reviews of Persian Incursion, Labyrinth, Oil War—Iran Strikes, and Battle for Baghdad. It was nice to get a gaming article into a serious academic/policy journal.

You can access a pdf of the piece via PAXsims: http://paxsims.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/mej-gaming-middle-east-conflicts/

Added by Rex Brynen on February 5, 2013 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Roman ceramic game pieces were actually… toilet paper?

According to the Daily Mail, "Ancient artefacts thought to be early gaming pieces will have to be reclassified after new research which claims they were actually used to wipe bottoms."

More at…

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Added by Rex Brynen on January 25, 2013 at 12:01pm — 6 Comments

The Battle of Bakkala

The town of Bakkala was certainly one of the most famous in northwestern South Dakkastan. The dates, olives, and pistachios of the region were prized for their delicate flavour. The ivory-coloured wool of its goats was highly regarded for it softness and reputed ability to repel the undead. It was the site of the Clay Mosque of Abu Daoud, renowned…

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Added by Rex Brynen on January 15, 2013 at 12:57am — 2 Comments

Playtesting the "Unstable Gulf" variant of Oil Wars

I finally got around to playtesting my "Unstable Gulf" variant of the game Oil Wars: Iran Strikes....

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Added by Rex Brynen on January 6, 2013 at 9:16am — No Comments

A War of Choice

A War of Choice, this being the Fourth Instalment of the War between Lützelhard and Dautenstein, in which my brave forces face their first defeat.

Added by Rex Brynen on December 18, 2012 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Review of Persian Incursion

I've posted a (somewhat belated) review of Persian Incursion at PAXsims, including a brief game report and some discussion of its potential use as a serious/educational…

Added by Rex Brynen on December 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

28mm moderns?

No, its a Syrian rebel unit planning their (successful) assualt on a Syrian government SA-2 unit near Aleppo:…

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Added by Rex Brynen on December 1, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

ICAMES Zombie Preparedness Drill 2012

In an effort to sharpen survival skills, some colleagues and graduate students recent reproduced the campus of McGill University in 28mm scale and gamed the zombie apocalypse: …

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Added by Rex Brynen on November 27, 2012 at 12:56pm — 2 Comments

Oil War: Iran Strikes variant

So, I did some tinkering with Oil War: Iran Strikes to add a greater political element to the game. Here is the result...

Oil War: The Unstable…

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Added by Rex Brynen on November 12, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Review of Oil War—Iran Strikes

My review of Oil War—Iran Strikes (Decision Games/Modern War magazine/Strategy & Tactics Press, 2012), is now posted at PAXsims: …

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Added by Rex Brynen on November 5, 2012 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

Utilizing Convict Labour to Reduce Wargame Production Costs: A Historical Study

Based on extensive historical research*, I'm pleased to announce the (re)discovery of a method of wargame production that would dramatically reduce costs to the consumer.

*OK, not so…

Added by Rex Brynen on October 25, 2012 at 7:04pm — 1 Comment

Review: Lewin, War Games and their History

My review of Christopher George Lewin, War Games and their History(Stroud: Fonthill Media, 2012) is now available on PAXsims.

Added by Rex Brynen on October 15, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Israel vs Iran policy wargames

Newsweek magazine has the latest entry into the ever-growing field of policy-oriented seminar wargames regarding a potential Israeli attack against Iran.

For a constantly updated list of these, see the Israel vs Iran wargame compendium at Wargaming…

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Added by Rex Brynen on October 15, 2012 at 10:56am — No Comments

Der Schweinekrieg

With suitable apologies for the Google Translate German (a local dialect you see), the three-part saga of the mythical Schweinekrieg [Pig War] between the fictional 18th century armies of Lützelhard and Dautenstein:

Part 1: Der Schweinekrieg [The Pig War]

Part 2: …

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Added by Rex Brynen on August 30, 2012 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Connections 2012 conference AAR

My report from the recent Connections 2012 interdisciplinary wargaming conference at National Defense University: http://paxsims.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/connections-2012-aar/

Added by Rex Brynen on July 27, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

Connections 2012

Official conference website: http://connections-wargaming.com/

Wargaming connection (associated blog): http://wargamingcommunity.wordpress.com/

PAXsims updates: http://paxsims.wordpress.com/tag/connections/

Added by Rex Brynen on July 9, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Connections 2012

Conference website:

Wargaming connection blog:

Update at PAXsims: http://paxsims.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/the-connections-2012-gamelab-challenge/

Added by Rex Brynen on July 9, 2012 at 2:12pm — No Comments

COIN in Afghanistan: A Distant Plain (GMT game in development)

What more could you ask for? Volko Ruhnke AND Brian Train collaborating on a wargame of contemporary insurgency and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. I'm certainly looking forward to this...

http://paxsims.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/coin-in-afghanistan-a-distant-plain/

Added by Rex Brynen on July 7, 2012 at 2:54pm — 1 Comment

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