Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development


AFTERSHOCK: A Humanitarian Crisis Game returned today to the classroom of the Canadian Humanitarian and Disaster Response Training Program at McGill University. This time we had 18 students participating in three simultaneous games.


For added realism the fire alarm rang—twice—during set up. Unlike our Chilean colleagues, we didn’t arrange it, but it certainly helped to get everyone in the mood.

IMG_0058Eventually, however, we were able to move on to our fictional earthquake in Carana and start the game(s).


All three teams achieved positive outcomes, with Team 3 doing very well indeed in addressing the crisis, and Teams 1 and 2 managing to achieve narrower success.


Student feedback was again very positive:


We’ll be running several demonstration games of AFTERSHOCK in the coming months:

  • Ottawa on May 17 (at CanGames)
  • Exeter, UK on May 27 (at the University of Exeter)
  • Washington DC in late June (TBC) and again in late July (at the Connections interdisciplinary wargaming conference)
  • London, UK in early September (at the Connections UK interdisciplinary wargaming conference)
  • Springfield, Missouri (at Missouri State University) in the fall (date to be confirmed).

If you are interested in learning more about the game or arranging a demonstration, please contact us.

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