Thursday, 23 February 2017

Connections UK 2017: Outline programme details

The dates for Connections UK 2017 have been announced (Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th September 2017 inclusive) and it will be taking place at King's College, London as before.

The outline programme for the conference is as follows:

Day 1: Tuesday 5th September
  • Wargaming 101: A shortened theory session for newcomers and novices.
  • Megagame: 'Dire Straits' which has been designed by Jim Wallman and Rex Brynen to explore a potential crisis involving China, Taiwan, and beyond.
  • Informal gaming sessions during the evening: Bring a game, find a table ... and play.
Day 2: Wednesday 6th September
  • UK military Tri-Service and FCO wargaming examples.
  • Update on UK military wargaming doctrine.
  • Seminar and Matrix Games.
  • Current design ideas in hobby gaming.
  • Games Fair session 1: Attendees sign up before the conference for sessions that they wish to take part in.
  • Keynote speaker: Senior military representative (To be confirmed)
  • Games Fair session 2: Evening session that follows on from Games Fair session 1, and which gives attendees the opportunity to attend different sessions from those they attended earlier in the day.
Day 3: Thursday 7th September
  • Wargaming in education.
  • Modelling Human Terrain.
  • Wargame design.
  • Breakout workshops: The intention is to take a topical subject and develop several nascent approaches that tackle the issue at different levels (e.g. tactical or operational) using varied wargaming techniques.
This looks like being yet another excellent conference, and I certainly hope to be able to attend.

6 comments:

  1. If I had the money I'd be down there. Sadly it is needed to be spent on other things and would be a huge chunk out of my hobby budget too.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Pete.,

      It isn't cheap ... but I've always enjoyed going.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Bob, I'm planning on coming to this. Which of the Campus buildings is it in? In my day there was only one (The Strand), but now there are five and I want to book a hotel fairly nearby.

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    1. Martin Rapier,

      The conference is held in The Strand building, next to Somerset House. I think that the Strand Palace Hotel is fairly close, but I believe that some nearby student accommodation might also be available. (I don't know exactly what is available as I commute daily from home.)

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. If I'm working in Holborn I usually say at the Holborn Premier Inn. Classy! (but cheap and reliable).

    I was offered a place to do an MSc in Strategic Studies at Kings many decades ago, but the finances never quite worked out. Shame.

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    1. Martin Rapier,

      Holborn is only about ten minutes walk from the KCL site, and I'm sure that you should get a good deal if you can book early enough.

      With the upsurge of interest in wargaming, perhaps you could reapply for that course now!

      All the best,

      Bob

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