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Connections North 2022 conference programme

The full conference programme is now available for the annual Connections North professional (war)gaming conference (online, 19-20 February). Registration is free, via Eventbrite.

Registration for Connections Next Gen is now open!

by Stefanie Game Registration for Connections Next Gen is now open! The Conference will be held over Zoom on March 12-13 (Saturday-Sunday), starting at 14:00 GMT. Imaginetic and members of the UK Civil Service have teamed up to show how realistic scenario simulations can be useful in any field, for any profession. This is a […]

Connections North 2022 registration open

Registration is now open for the Connections North 2022 professional (war)gaming conference, to be held online on February 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday). CONNECTIONS NORTH is an annual conference devoted to conflict simulation, wargaming, and other serious games. It is intended for national security professionals, policymakers, researchers, educators, game designers, university students, and others interested in the field […]

Connections US 2022 call for papers (and Connections North update)

Connections US has issued a call for papers for its July 2022 professional wargaming conference: Connections US 2022 is expected to be conducted in person at The Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) Alexandria, Virginia, July 26-29. We will reassess our plans should public health considerations warrant. The Call for Presentations is now open and can be […]

Gaming the Irrational — Connections US 2021 Working Group 3 Report

In this working group report Ed McGrady, Justin Peachey, John Hanley and Roger Mason discussed the problem of including counter-factual, irrational, or awkward elements in game play. While there are simple solutions such as “put it in as an inject” what they looked for was: a discussion of how to shape the game, and player […]

Connections UK at DSET 2022, March 9

Connections UK will hold a one-day in-person wargaming meeting on Monday 7th March at the 2022 UK Defense Simulation Education & Training Conference in Bristol UK. Click on the DSET logo for full conference programme and other details. From the DSET website: “DSET was set up in 2016 to facilitate military to military engagement; and […]

Save the date: Connections North 2022

We are pleased to announce that the next Connections North professional (war)gaming conference will be held online on 19-20 February 2022 (Saturday and Sunday). Panels will address a number of topics, which should be of interest to serious gamers in Canada and around the world: Wargaming and policy gaming in Canada Promotion de la coopération […]

Connections UK 2021 report

This report on the recent Connections UK 2021 professional wargaming conference has been written by PAXsims research associate Benjamin Gaches. I got to participate in Connections UK last week and wanted to share some impressions of the event as a newcomer to professional wargaming.  First, the facts: the event ran for two days online using […]

Connections Oz 2021

Connections Oz professional wargaming conference will be held online on 14-16 December 2021. For more details, see the Connections Oz website. If you wish to propose a presentation for the conference, contact the organizers at Conference registration is via Eventbrite.

IDA to host 2022 Connections US wargaming conference

The Institute for Defense Analysis will host the 2022 Connections US professional wargaming conference on 26-29 July 2022 in Alexandria, VA: ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 2021) — IDA will host the 2022 Connections Wargaming Conference on July 26–29, 2022. This in-person event will be held at our future headquarters’ location in the City of Alexandria’s high-tech Potomac Yard corridor. The Connections […]

Connections US 2021 Game Lab Report

Connections US 2021 Game Lab Report is now available Game Lab is an opportunity for short (40 minute) small group discussions of specific gaming-related issues among Connections participants. Originally conceived and organized by Scott Chambers, they were a highly successful feature of past face-to-face Connections conferences. This year at Connections US twenty-five wargamers brainstormed ten […]

Connections UK 2021 registration now open

Registration for the Connections UK 2021 professional wargaming conference (14-15 September 2021) is now open. Some key points to note about this year, courtesy of Graham Longley-Brown: Learning by doing remains the focus, with maximum participatory content. The overarching theme is building the community. There will be central plenaries and associated workshops on ‘Bringing on […]

Connections US 2021 YouTube Channel

Connections US has a YouTube Channel which is populated with this year’s conference events.

Game Lab discussion topics at Connections US

Short discussions on the following topics to be held online at Connections US (must be registered for Connections US) Wednesday and Thursday. Discussions run in parallel for one hour. Wednesday 23 June 1300–1400 US EDT Host Question Description Chuck Turnitsa 1. How can Simulation Systems assist with traditional (or not) Wargaming? Many organizations that are […]

Connections US approaches!

This is a reminder that the Connections US professional wargaming conference will take place on 21-25 June 2021.