Winter Thunder: now available on Steam!

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The computer version of Winter Thunder is now available on Steam for C$16.99.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/2167010/WinterThunder

Now features both German and Allied AIs, and you can play hotseat as well.

Nights of Fire: 60% off, for David Turczi’s birthday only!

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Today only:

In honour of David Turczi’s birthday, Mighty Boards is selling Nights of Fire for 60% off!

Great Ghu, that’s only $18!

https://mighty-boards.com/1/9/products/Nights-of-Fire-Battle-for-Budapest

Buy, folks, buy!

If not for me, do it for David… he recently welcomed a child into the world and he’s gonna need every royalty he can get!

 

Connections Online showcase now available!

The complete archive of presentations made during the one-day Connections Online event on 19 October 2022 is now available:

Connections Online Showcase 2022

My presentation on the QUICK is at the very bottom, at the end of a very long day for the people on the East Coast.

I’ll be reviewing these soon – great selection of topics.

I like the idea of a Reconstruction period political game, among others.

Connections Online: Showcase 2022

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Wednesday 19 October 2022: a one-day, all-day Connections Online project showcase for professional/practitioner game design. Each presentation will run 90-120 minutes and focus on a single use case of a game designed or adapted to professional military/ national security usage, including deep dives into the objectives/purposes, designs, mechanics, execution, and lessons learned from both the preparation and conduct of the games.

The event will be a single 12-hour event, with no overlapping presentations, broadcast over Youtube for people who register. All or most presentations will be made available to the public after review.

Here is the schedule:

 Schedule (all times EDT)

1100 MAJ Dan Warner Decisive Operations
1300 UKFC Take That Hill / (urban ops)
1500 Eric Price & James Sterrett / SAMS Root at SAMS
1700 Roger Mason  TBA
1900 Andrew Olson / Matthew Kirchman Malign / A Splendid Failure
2100 Brian Train QUICK

I will be giving a talk on the QUICK game, of course, and how it was designed and used at the 40th Infantry Division’s Urban Warfare Planners Course in July 2022. I’ll be at or near the end of the queue of presentations because of time zones: I am on the West Coast and need to get home after work to make the presentation.

Other presenters include two students from the Georgetown University Wargaming Society (Matt Kirchman on A Splendid Failure (Reconstruction in post-ACW US) and Andrew Olson on the Malign wargame design); Command and General Staff College student Dan Hauser on Decisive Operations and incorporating that game into the curriculum there; SAMS instructor Eric Price and the inestimable James Sterrett on integrating ROOT into professional military curricula; and a presentation of the UK Fight Club training game Take That Hill. Not sure what Roger Mason will be talking about but he’s always interesting to listen to.

Registration starts tomorrow (September 29). There is an event charge of $3 to cover their IT costs. Go here: https://tabletop.events/conventions/connections-online-showcase-2022

Hope to see you there!

[EDITED TO ADD]

Here is the link to the page with links to all the presentations made that day… some very interesting topics!

Connections Online Showcase 2022

La jeu de la guerre: now available for iOS and MacOS

A digital version of Guy Debord’s Meisterwerk (at least, the one he spent the most time and wine on) is now available on the App Store.

http://r-s-g.org/kriegspiel/index.php

From the site FAQ:

Is the game free?
Yes, the game is free. There are no in-app purchases. No advertisements. No Patreon. No GoFundMe. No monetization of player data. There is literally no possible way to take your money.

What are the system requirements?
iOS system requirements: Version 15.0
macOS requirements: Version 12.0 (“Monterey”)

Will the game be released for Android, Windows, or another OS?
The game is supported on two platforms (macOS and iOS). There are no plans to port the game to other operating systems.

Do I need a log in to play?
The game uses Apple’s Game Center for networked play. You may log in to Game Center using an Apple ID. If you are not logged in to Game Center you may still play in Practice or Tabletop mode.

How can I learn more about Guy Debord and the history of the game?
The “About” page contains a brief overview. For a deeper reflection on the history of the game, see section five on “Crystalline War” in Alexander R. Galloway’s book Uncomputable: Play and Politics in the Long Digital Age.

[Edited to add:]

If you don’t have a Mac or an iDevice, there is now a Web version of the game available on Freeboardgames.org, that you can play via your browser.

https://www.freeboardgames.org/en/play/kriegspiel

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Some more about Debord and the game here, in this Youtube video of an interview with the app designer Alexander Galloway:

Two Interviews: The British Way, La Jeu de la Guerre

From DSTL: Stuart Lyle on the Urban Operations Planner Course

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(photo credit: CA Army National Guard Public Affairs)

https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/stuart-lyle-international-knowledge-exchange-on-urban-warfare

Stuart Lyle of the UK Government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) writes about his experiences teaching and learning on the 40th Infantry Division Urban Operations Planner Course in July. I was really glad to meet Stuart and the lectures he gave were fantastic! He’s the one in the middle of the group, with the beard.

I also owe him a beer or three for helping me set up the game sets the night before we played the QUICK game, and for his introductory remarks before we started that set the context for the use of games in professional military education – he was far more articulate about it than I could ever be.

Consim Game Jam #2: 19-21 August 2022

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(everything starts with a prototype)

http://consimgamejam.com/

Consim Game Jam is a so-far-annual event where small groups of people from all over the world get together to create a wargame prototype, from start to finish, in 72 hours!

The last one was in October 2021 and the given theme was “Recycle an existing COIN game”. That is, using the physical components of a published GMT COIN system game, create a new design. This event shook 15 submissions out of the Idea Tree, and they are impressive in their variety and imagination.

http://consimgamejam.com/edition-1-submissions/

Now, the next one is scheduled for the weekend of August 19-21, 2022!

Theme hasn’t been announced yet, as far as I can find.

Go to the link at the top of the post, and/or register at this link to get further details.

http://consimgamejam.com/register/

I won’t be in this one, but I cannot wait to hear the theme and see what comes of this second exercise.

Connections North 2022: videos

The videos from the Connections North 2022 conference have been posted to Youtube.

One of them is me introducing a panel discussing “influence gaming”, with some remarks on two of my primitive efforts in that direction… Ukrainian Crisis and Kashmir Crisis.

REMARKS ON INFLUENCE GAMING 2022

Urban Operations Planner Course: story in the Digital Grizzly

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https://grizzly.shorthandstories.com/40thIDhostsweeklongUrbanOperationsPlannerCourse/index.html

A profusely illustrated story on the Urban Operations Planner Course in the Digital Grizzly, the  online version of the California National Guard magazine. (photos: California National Guard Public Affairs)

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Youtube channel: 40th ID Urban Warfare Center

The videos shot of the lectures during the recent Urban Operations Planners Course have been posted to the 40th Infantry Division Urban Warfare Center’s Youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF2zf038pwkv6N0mQfcskMw/videos

  • Non US Approaches
  • Information Warfare
  • Civil Affairs in Urban Operations
  • Protection in Urban Operations
  • Sustainment in Urban Operations
  • Intelligence in Urban Operations
  • Movement & Maneuver
  • Fires & Electronic Warfare in Urban Operations
  • C2 in Urban Operations
  • Subterranean Equipment /Tools
  • Subterranean Doctrinal Overview
  • Identify Threat Capabilities and Urban Tactics
  • Divisional Operational Approaches
  • The Liberation of Manila 1945
  • Joint Special Operations in Urban Environment (a long, entertaining talk by the very clever “Duc” Duclos)
  • Civil Military Integration in the Urban Operations Environment
  • Civilian Harm Mitigation (CHM) Practical Tools (one of two presentations by Ms. Sahr Muhammedally, an amazing person who has been at the centre of many major urban engagements and campaigns trying to prevent undue harm to civilians. This was a constant theme during the course.)
  • IPB in Urban (LTC Higgins, NYARNG)
  • Tools to Visualize the Urban Environment (goshwow presentation by technical folks from ESRI)
  • Urban Science: Trends in Urbanization Now and Into the Future (presented by the very smart Stuart Lyle of the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)
  • Urban 101 (another introductory lecture by COL John Spencer)
  • Historical Trends (presented by MAJ Jayson Geroux of 1 RCR)
  • Why is Urban So Hard (presented by BG Wooldridge and COL Spencer, this was really the keynote of the course)
  • Law of War & Rules of Engagement (also by Ms. Sahr Muhammedally)