PAXsims

Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Bandera II: Ukraine matrix game update

In response to popular demand, matrix game designer Tim Price has updated his earlier Ukraine matrix game to address the current phase of the war.

You can download Bandera II below.

5 responses to “Bandera II: Ukraine matrix game update

  1. Bogusław Chruściel 23/05/2022 at 4:25 am

    Go to hell Bandera

  2. Tim Price 19/05/2022 at 4:10 am

    I am well aware of the dreadful actions of Stepan Bandera, particularly in regard to Polish civilians in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, his anti-semiticism, and ultra-nationalism. A few regard him as a liberator who fought against the Soviet Union,and Nazi Germany trying to establish an independent Ukraine, most (myself included) condemn him as a fascist and a war criminal who was, together with his followers, largely responsible for the massacres of Polish civilians and partially for the Holocaust in Ukraine.

    This game is not named after him (as is explained in the text). It is named “Bandera” from the title of a Ukrainian War Song by Serhii Faifura, discovered when reading Iryna Shuvalova’s PhD Thesis: “Voices of the War in Donbas: Exploring Identities in the Affected Communities Through the Prism of War Songs”, June 20193. See https://youtu.be/QJRhJhlWEbM and https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/1810/304292/Shuvalova%20-%20PhD%20dissertation%20-%20deposit.pdf.

    The point about the name was to highlight the fact this is not a situation where simplistic interpretations about national identity are appropriate, and the sins of our fathers fall on their children, because unlike God, people refuse to forgive and forget and heap past wrongs upon innocent generations.

    But if it is too painful, please simply tear off the cover, because it isn’t necessary to play the game. It is necessary, however, to educate ignorant people about the Ukraine’s troubled past, and the truly heroic efforts it is making towards a better future.

  3. Przemysław 18/05/2022 at 4:43 am

    In Poland Bandera is known as equally evil as Stalin and Hitler – all three are symbols of genocide on Polish people. Read about Wołyń Massacre in 1943, ignorants.

  4. Rex Brynen 17/05/2022 at 4:18 pm

    I’ll pass that on to the designer. (Yes, I understand your concern.)

  5. Michał Wasil 17/05/2022 at 4:15 pm

    Name of the game makes it unacceptable in Poland. Maybe another one?

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