Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Connections UK: Conference Programme

The Connections UK 2018 conference programme looks like this:

Day 1. Tuesday 4 September
The programme includes Lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm and Supper from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.
  • Introduction to wargaming for newcomers (This will be a day-long course, interleaving example games and presentations):
    • Introduction: Why Wargame?
    • Example Game: Tactical Kriegsspiel.
    • Types of Wargame.
    • Example Game: COTS Game.
    • Wargaming Effects.
    • Example Game: Matrix Game.
    • Concluding Discussion
    • OR
  • Megagame (This will be an all-day game on a contemporary topic)
  • Component production (An informal evening session)
Day 2. Wednesday 5 September
  • Introduction: Relating the conference to the MOD Wargaming Handbook.
    • Design (Matt Caffrey)
    • Dilemmas and Trade-Offs in wargame design (Phil Sabin)
    • Game Design as a form of Journalism (Brian Train)
    • Challenges in Wargaming Design (Anna Nettleship)
  • Development (Graham Longley-Brown)
    • Analysis in experimentation wargaming (Dr Nigel Paling and Col Dickie Taylor)
    • Developing the KCL Crisis Simulation (Nick Reynolds)
    • Developing a High North nested games family (Dave Manley and Jeremy Smith)
    • Model calibration (Volko Ruhnke)
  • Games Fair Introduction (Phil Sabin)
Lunch: 11.00pm to 2.00pm
  • Games Fair Session 1 (includes a drinks break from 3.30pm to 4.00pm)
  • Keynote addresses
    • Wargames and systems thinking (Volko Ruhnke) and
    • Creativity in game design and mechanics (Brian Train)
Supper: 6.10pm to 7.00pm
  • Games Fair Session 2
Day 3. Thursday 6 September
  • Execution (Howard Body)
    • Play as Pedagogy (Aggie Hirst)
    • Wargaming case study: 'Cheese, butter & milk powder' (Erik Elgersma)
    • Empowering Defense wargaming through automation (Dr Karl Selke)
  • Validation (Brian Train)
    • Selecting, playing and assessing a COTS wargame (A Distant Plain) (Lt Col Neil Stevens & Lt Col Ranald Shephard)
    • Wargaming and reality: a case study of the Ukraine conflict 2014-2018 (John Curry)
  • Refinement (Graham Longley-Brown)
    • Wargame refinement (Phil Pournelle)
    • Wargaming lessons identified: a Senior Officer's perspective (Lt Gen (Retd) Sir David Capewell)
Lunch: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Analysis (Colin Marston)
    • US/DoD analysis best and worst practice (Lt Col Rob Burks)
    • Designing analytical wargames with a view to successful data capture, management and analysis (Peter Williams)
    • In the eye of the beholder? Cognitive challenges in wargame analysis (Rex Brynen)
  • Facilitation Clinic: A panel session (Graham Longley-Brown, Rex Brynen, Jim Wallman, Tom Mouat, and Paul Strong)

I will be taking part in the Megagame on Day 1 and running a game during the Games Fair Session 1 on Day 2. Other than that, I will be sitting back, listening and learning.


  1. Replies
    1. Geordie an Exiled FoG,

      The proof will be in the eating! (I suspect that some bits might be a bit intellectually indigestible.)

      All the best,



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