UNSOC Playtest After Action Report

UNSOC = Urban Nightmare: State of Chaos. UNSOC is Jim Wallman’s latest evolution of the megagame. After the 300 player Watch the Skies the next step was multiple simultaneous and linked megagames. I blogged about Urban Nightmare during its first run. I played as the emergency services with a friend. UNSOC is multiple cities in…

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Logistics of Megagames

Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics Continuing the theme of advice for new megagamers I’m going to talk about the logistics of playing in Megagame Makers style megagame (like Watch the Skies). This is player logistics though, not in game logistics (see the military player advice for that). Logistics of Megagames Megagames are juggernauts. Once they…

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Objectives – Megagame advice

Objectives form the basis of game play in megagames. I’d like to start here by reminding you of three things: The British Army’s master principle of war; Selection and maintenance of the aim is the master principle of war Clausewitz‘s most cited quote; War is the continuation of politics by other means the British Olympic…

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New Megagamer Advice

Advice for a new megagamer on how to get the best experience from a Megagame Makers megagame. Also handy for the experienced megagamer

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Soldier in the Sun (BBC 1964)

Soldier in the Sun is a newsreel type production of the British Army in the Radfan in Aden in 1964. Shot completely on location in Aden and featuring real soldiers talking unscripted about their experiences. I caught Soldier in the Sun on the BBC iplayer where it is still available more or less indefinitely. If…

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No Bombing Syria – it only helps ISIS

The UK Parliament has a vote this evening about bombing Syria. I’ve said before (On Syria, 2013) that I believe that bombing Syria would be a mistake. Here’s a summary of why it doesn’t help: No matter how careful we will kill civilians that we should be protecting It will cement the view that the West…

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OR Driven Wargame Rules

I’ve been tinkering with a set of small unit wargame rules informed by operational research rather than fashions in wargaming for a couple of years. The crux of these rules is the morale mechanism.  These haven’t quite got as far as I would have liked as I’ve not really had any time to complete or playtest…

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Watch the Skies 3

Last Saturday I was control for East Asia for Watch the Skies 3. This picked up where Watch the Skies 2 left off, with some modifications to rules and briefings etc to make it flow much better. There were a number of obvious improvements, the media being a prime example. Media Coverage There were more journalists…

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Megagame Don’t Panic offside report

Last Saturday I was political control for the megagame Don’t Panic. As mentioned previously this is a what if megagame about the German Invasion of Britain in 1940. The scenario necessarily changes history to remove some of the most obvious reasons why the Germans didn’t ever try this during WW2. Anyway my role was to…

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Could there have been a German Invasion of Britain in 1940?

Next week’s megagame Don’t Panic is an alternative history megagame about the German Invasion of Britain in 1940. It’s a popular what if and makes an interesting game for us British because the playing area is familiar to us from our everyday lives. At least it is familiar if you live in the South East….

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