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Save the dates: CONNECTIONS NORTH 2019 (and McGill Megagame)

PAXsims is pleased to announce the dates for the 2019 CONNECTIONS NORTH professional wargaming conference, as well as the 2019 McGill Megagame. CONNECTIONS NORTH: Saturday, 16 February 2019 McGill Megagame: Sunday, 17 February 2019 Both events will be held at McGill University, in Montréal. A call for papers for CONNECTIONS NORTH will be issued closer to […]

Connections UK conference registration now open

The Connections UK 2018 conference for wargaming professionals will be held at King’s College London on Tuesday 4 – Thursday 6 September. Registration is open. Go to the KCL eStore website and register now! Registration closes on Friday 24 August. Purpose. The purpose of Connections UK is to advance and sustain the art, science and application […]

Connections Netherlands – save the dates

The Connections Netherlands professional wargaming conference will be held on 1-2 October 2018.

“In-Stride Game Adjudication” Session at Connections US 2018

Invitation to participate as an expert panelist Many multiplayer events require adjudication to be performed simultaneously with play over a period of hours or days. This session will focus on the unique challenges for success in such events. After a introduction of the topic, each participant will spend 10 minutes outlining a specific challenge/problem of […]

CONNECTIONS NORTH 2018 wargaming conference report

On February 24, almost two dozen defence analysts, game designers, academics, and conflict simulation students met at McGill University for the CONNECTIONS NORTH miniconference on professional wargaming in Canada. It was a modest affair, but also a resounding success, I think—possibly the largest meeting of its kind ever held in Canada.  We were also buoyed, […]

Cunning plans: Connections UK 2017 feedback and 2018 sneak peak

Graham Longley-Brown has kindly passed on the following report on feedback from the Connections UK 2017 professional wargaming conference, and an early peek at what 2018 will look like. Many thanks to everyone who completed the Connections UK 2017 feedback survey, and a warm welcome to those who have expressed an interest in finding out […]

Connections North 2018

A couple of years ago we held a small CONNECTIONS NORTH miniconference on professional wargaming in Canada, bringing together game designers and national security analysts. We’ll be doing again on 24 February 2018 at McGill University, taking advantage of the fact that a number of Ottawa (and other) folks will be travelling to Montreal to […]

Connections US 2017 Proceedings

PAXsims is pleased to make available the collected proceedings of the Connections US 2017 wargaming conference—all 342 pages worth (pdf, 12.8MB). You’ll find the Table of Contents below. Many thanks are due to Stephen Downes-Martin for putting this document together. The 2018 Connections (US) wargaming conference will be held on 17-20 July at National Defense […]

Connections 1999: The long-lost AAR

Back in 1999, wargame designer Jack Radey attended the Connections professional wargaming conference. Shortly thereafter, and in the best traditions of gonzo journalism, he wrote an account of his experience. It was never published, however. PAXsims is pleased to finally present Jack’s article here, seventeen years later. Enjoy! Dancing With Mr. DoD by Jack Radey   Pulled into […]

Call for Papers: Connections 2018 wargaming conference

Connections 2018 will be held at National Defense University in Washington, DC, July 17-20. Connections is an interdisciplinary wargaming conference that has been held annually since 1993, with the mission of advancing and preserving the art, science, and application of wargaming. Connections participants come from all elements of the wargaming discipline, and include those in […]

Connections NL 2017 AAR

PAXsims’s very own Tom Moaut recently attended the Connections Netherlands 2017 professional wargaming conference, and has written up the following report. You’ll also find some slides from the event here, courtesy of Hans Steensma.   This year I had the privilege of being invited to the Connections Netherlands conference, which took place on 13 and […]

Connections North

CONNECTIONS NORTH is an email list and virtual community of practice devoted to the professional use of wargames (and other serious games) for education, training, and policy analysis in Canada. It is open to professional game designers, military and other government personnel, researchers, NGOs, and others associated with professional (war)gaming. If you would like to […]

Connections UK 2017 report

The annual Connections UK professional wargaming conference was held at King’s College London on 5-7 September. Three member of the PAXsims team (Tom Mouat, Devin Ellis, and myself) were there.     The first day of the conference included a “Wargaming 101” session for newcomers, but was mainly taken up with the Dire Straits megagame. […]

MaGCK launches soon at Connections UK

MaGCK—the Matrix Game Construction Kit—will officially launch on September 5 at the Connections UK 2017 professional wargaming conference at King’s College London. As soon as it does, we’ll update the MaGCK page here at PAXsims with a link to the order page at The Game Crafter. It all looks excellent, thanks to the graphic artistry of […]

Connections 2017 AAR

By Major Tom Mouat (UK Army). All views expressed herein are personal ones.   This year saw a welcome return of the Connections wargaming conference to the US Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia. The event took place in the General Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center Conference Wing—really excellent facilities, and great on-base […]