Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development



Have questions about playing AFTERSHOCK: A Humanitarian Crisis Game? Submit them in the comments section and we will respond as quickly as possible. You’ll also find discussion of AFTERSHOCK at BoardGameGeek and ConsimWorld.

Q: Three newly arrived supplies are used to convert to a infrastructure counter. Does this conversion take place before or AFTER the supplies are brought in via the airport or seaport? If conversion AFTER the supplies are landed the seaport’s initial status of 1 supply prevents it being repaired by international aid. Is the intent to prevent any but the local government to perform this initial upgrade to the seaport? This is a key factor as the seaport is the only point that all parties warehouses are available for sharing.

A: The conversion takes place BEFORE the supplies/infrastructure “arrives.” An infrastructure marker still only counts as one item, therefore you are able to bring one into the port despite its initially heavily-damaged state.

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Q: It appears as if upgrading the airport is much more favorable than upgrading the port. When we played the game we just upgraded the airport and never had any issues with logistics/constraints to bring in supplies. We feel that we have missed something and would appreciate some guidance.

A: Generally it makes more sense to upgrade the airport, at least initially (and indeed this what was done in the Haiti earthquake).

The port does have some advantages, though: it ultimately can accept more incoming material, AND Carana has a warehouse there. That means players who bring in material at the port can, if they are in the appropriate cluster meeting with Carana, then pass on materials to Carana to distribute. Since Carana has the special ability to deliver one supply per district regardless of whether it has a team is located there, this can be quite effective.

By contrast, Carana does not have a warehouse at the airport, and so supplies there cannot be shared with it (even if you’re in a cluster meeting together).

If players aggressively upgrade either the Port or Airport they should be OK. Remember, however, that to upgraded you need to: 1) buy the upgrade, and count it against incoming capacity for that turn, 2) next turn, have a team allocated to the logistics cluster, and then 3) perform the upgrade in the special operations phase of that turn. It thus takes a while and is resource intensive.

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Q:  If a player decides to transform supplies (3 similar or 3 different) to an infrastructure marker, does that infrastructure marker count as 1 or as 3 when arriving at the port/airport?

A: An infrastructure token counts as one item for the purposes of port/airport capacity, regardless of how much a player “paid” for it.

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Q: For the respective local warehouses in the port/airport, is there any overall capacity limit? If I understood correctly, the logistics capacity constraint in the port/airport only applies to all new supplies brought in during one turn. The next game turn, the players can bring in equally as much, or… ?

A: There is no total capacity limit, and as you correctly note the logistics counters reset at the end of each game turn (not player turn). This means that it is the UN and especially the NGO player who may face problems bringing in material (Carana doesn’t have to worry about the restrictions, while HADR-TF moves early and so the port and airport are never full yet). This was a deliberate design decision: in Haiti, military then UN flights were given priority, while NGOs often complained they couldn’t get landing slots.

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Q: In the rulebook v5.0.2, page 6, the event card E-9 example box at the bottom, last sentence reads, “Further, Carana loses 1OP for the event.” Shouldn’t this read “team” instead of “OP”? Yes, both Carana and NGO each lose 1 OP due to the needs not being met which is stated in the prior paragraph. But the example doesn’t acknowledge the “needs not met” statement on the event card. That said, the paragraph at the top of the page, 2nd column, does reference this correctly.

A: You’re correct. The last line of the box should read “Carana loses one team as per the event.”

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Q: A player is in two cluster meetings during the coordination phase,  and draws two coordination cards. One of the cards is Clusterf**k. The other card is an “If participating…” card, and that player is not participating in that cluster meeting. May the player choose and play the second card (with no effect), or must the player choose and play Clusterf**k for its effect?

A: They may choose to play a “no effect” card to avoid the effects of a Clusterf**k card

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Q: For Carana player to trade 3 new supplies for 1 logistics infrastructure, do the cubes have to be of 3 different colors or can they be 2 same color and 1 different color?

A: They need to be three different colours.

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