Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development


Several of us here at PAXsims—Rex Brynen, Tom Mouat, and Tom Fisher (who did the excellent artwork for AFTERSHOCK) are currently collaborating to produce MaGCK: The Matrix Game Construction Kit. The project is supported by the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).


Prototype box art.

MaGCK will include everything you need to design and play matrix games addressing almost any aspect of modern conflict:

  • A core set of matrix game rules.
  • Player briefings and supplementary rules for ISIS CRISIS, a matrix game that explores the rise and decline of the so-called “Islamic State” insurgency in Iraq. Two scenarios are included: “The Caliphate Reborn?” (set in June 2014) and “Road to Mosul” (starting January 2016).
  • Player briefings, map tiles, and supplementary rules for A RECKONING OF VULTURES, a game in three acts that explores coup plotting and political skullduggery in a fictional dictatorship.
  • 200+ large game tokens (in eight colours), together with 600+ stickers depicting various unit types, other assets, capabilities, and effects. The stickers are used to customize the game tokens, offering enormous flexibility for matrix game designers.
  • 80 smaller coloured discs, which can be used to indicate effects, damage, supplies and resources, political influence, or other characteristics.
  • Assorted dice.
  • Online access to additional maps and other resources. Purchasers of MaGCK will also enjoy access to sticker templates, allowing them to print as many additional stickers as they wish using widely-available 1”/25mm commercial sticker sheets and any laser printer.

We will be playtesting and revising the prototype version with Dstl in July, and plan to have the final version of MaGCK available for launch at Connections UK in early September. In the meantime you can follow our updates here at PAXsims:

The game will be made available for sale through The Game Crafter.


Prototype map and counters for A RECKONING OF VULTURES. The final version will differ slightly.

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