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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…Continue
Added by Rex Brynen on May 9, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Rex Brynen on May 7, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments
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
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."
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…Continue
I finally got around to playtesting my "Unstable Gulf" variant of the game Oil Wars: Iran Strikes....Continue
Added by Rex Brynen on January 6, 2013 at 9:16am — No Comments
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
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
No, its a Syrian rebel unit planning their (successful) assualt on a Syrian government SA-2 unit near Aleppo:…Continue
Added by Rex Brynen on December 1, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments
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: …Continue
So, I did some tinkering with Oil War: Iran Strikes to add a greater political element to the game. Here is the result...Continue
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…
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
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…Continue
Added by Rex Brynen on October 15, 2012 at 10:56am — No Comments
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: …Continue
Added by Rex Brynen on August 30, 2012 at 10:05pm — No Comments
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
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
Wargaming connection blog:
Added by Rex Brynen on July 9, 2012 at 2:12pm — No Comments
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...