Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Daily Archives: 09/07/2012

The “Ruhnke-Train Effect”

PAXsims researchers offer dramatic scientific evidence that if you mention a forthcoming Volko Ruhnke/Brian Train counter-insurgency wargame, the number of visitors to your website more than doubles triples quadruples quintuples (update: we’re almost up to 900 today).

President Obama announces voting for the Charles S. Roberts Awards (sort of)

Like Hillary said, voting is now open for the 2011 Charles S. Roberts Awards(h/t Brant Guillory)

The Connections 2012 “GameLab” challenge

The Connections 2012 interdisciplinary wargaming conference will be held later this month (23-26 July) at National Defense University in Washington DC. It looks to be an especially impressive array of speakers and panels this year too.

As Winston Churchill notes, among the new elements this year is the Connections GameLab. Background material for the 2010 Haiti earthquake scenario we will be using has now been posted on the Wargaming Connection website—I urge everyone to have a look. Whether you’ll be a conference participant or not, you’re welcome to start discussing the game design challenge before the conference actually starts. How would you design this game? What would be its key features—and why? How would you link game mechanics to key learning objectives? Offer your own ideas in the comments section!

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