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    Sounds fantastic!
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    several years of Connections info here, too:
    http://grognews.blogspot.com/search/label/Connections

    missed last year, but this has the 3 before that.


    It's unlikely I can make this year, but I'm not ruling it completely out.
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    Default More details on Connections 2014

    More details on the CONNECTIONS conference on professional wargaming, which will be held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, August 4-7, 2014.

    What it is

    Connections is the only national event dedicated specifically to professional wargaming. Since 1993, the annual Connections conference has worked to advance the art, science and application of wargaming by bringing together all elements of the field (military, commercial and academic) so participants can exchange information on achievements, best practices and needs.

    The theme for 2014 is “Understanding National Wargame Cultures”: a rare occasion to hear about the history and progress of professional wargaming in countries outside the United States.

    Who is coming

    THE Professor Thomas Schelling will be the lead keynote speaker! Thomas Schelling’s most influential works that touch on negotiation behaviours and game theory as applied to the military are The Strategy of Conflict (1960) and Arms and Influence (1966). His 2005 Nobel Prize in economics was for his work in understanding conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis. If you have spent any time studying negotiation or game theory, you will have heard of Schelling – don’t miss this chance to hear him speak!

    Other featured speakers include: Dr. Peter Perla, author of The Art of Wargaming, speaking on analytical wargaming; Dr. Joe Saur and Chris Weuve on wargame design, its basics and its pitfalls; and Matt Caffrey's comprehensive briefing on the history of military wargaming.

    Can I come too?

    Connections is open to all contributors to the field of wargaming: military, government, defense contractor, academic, and recreational. While not open to those who purely enjoy wargames, Connections does define “contributor” broadly. Connections welcomes everyone from the most senior wargame director to the newly assigned lieutenant, from the wargame publisher to the play tester. This is an unclassified event, so you do not require a security clearance.

    Parts of the conference will also be made available virtually.

    How do I sign up?

    Details on registration (and if you can't make it in person, how to participate virtually) are still coming. If you needed something else to help make up your mind, there will be ZERO registration fee for the conference. While there will be options to buy lunch, if you bring your own lunch and live within driving distance of Quantico this conference can literally be free!

    Contacts

    Consult the Connections website for agendas, content of former conferences, and registration instructions: http://connections-wargaming.com/

    If you have any questions, please contact me (brian.train@gmail.com) or Matt Caffrey at MatthewBCaffreyJr@gmail.com .

    Hope to see you there!

    Brian Train

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    Default Connections 2014 AARs

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Train View Post
    More details on the CONNECTIONS conference on professional wargaming, which will be held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, August 4-7, 2014.

    What it is

    Connections is the only national event dedicated specifically to professional wargaming. Since 1993, the annual Connections conference has worked to advance the art, science and application of wargaming by bringing together all elements of the field (military, commercial and academic) so participants can exchange information on achievements, best practices and needs.

    The theme for 2014 is “Understanding National Wargame Cultures”: a rare occasion to hear about the history and progress of professional wargaming in countries outside the United States.
    For those who weren't able to make it, we've posted some conference reports at PAXsims:

    http://paxsims.wordpress.com/2014/08...-first-report/
    http://paxsims.wordpress.com/2014/08...s-2014-update/
    http://paxsims.wordpress.com/2014/08...inal-round-up/
    http://paxsims.wordpress.com/2014/08...nections-2014/
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    Default Connections UK 2014 wargaming conference reports

    Two reports on the recent Connections UK 2014 interdisciplinary wargaming conference are now available on PAXsims:

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    Default Connections wargaming conferences

    There are several Connections interdisciplinary wargaming conferences being held in various parts of the world this year:

    Connections US
    9-12 August 2016
    Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL
    https://connections-wargaming.com

    Connections UK
    6-8 September 2016
    King's College London
    http://www.professionalwargaming.co.uk

    Connections Netherlands
    12 September 2016
    Venue Fort Altena
    http://saganetconnections.nl/Engels.html

    Connections Oz
    5-6 December 2016
    University of Melbourne
    https://connectionsoz.wordpress.com

    AARs of previous Connections conferences can be found at PAXsims:
    https://paxsims.wordpress.com/?s=connections
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    Default Connections UK 2018

    Thanks to a "lurker" for this pointer to the forthcoming conference in London in early September 2018. Check the Downloads section.
    Link:http://www.professionalwargaming.co.uk/index.html

    Rex Brynen has a report after he 2017 UK Conference.
    Link:https://paxsims.wordpress.com/2017/0...k-2017-report/
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    My report on the 2018 Connections US professional wargang conference can be found at https://paxsims.wordpress.com/2018/0...s-2018-report/

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    Default Podcast: Wargaming Today

    From Kings College London:
    On 4-6 Sept, the Connections UK wargaming conference, hosted by King’s College London, once again succeeded in bringing together wargaming users, practitioners and academics "to advance and sustain the art, science and application of wargaming." In light of this event, we are once again going to talk wargaming.Despite how it sounds, Wargaming is not necessarily a leisure activity. Although war games are interesting and thrilling to play, many of these games are played in order to simulate and model armed conflict without the actual use of force. Through these wargames practitioners in the armed forces and academics alike often seek to better understand the dynamics of past and even future conflicts.
    In this edition of the War Studies Podcast, we are going hear from three of this year’s Connections UK organisers and participants broadly about wargaming in the academic and professional contexts as well as wargame design.
    Interviewees:
    - Prof Philip Sabin, Prof of Strategic Studies
    - Jim Wallman, Director of Stone, Paper, Scissors
    - Anna Nettleship, Former Arabic Linguist in the US Military and War Studies MA Student
    Featured recording;
    - Prof Wyn Bowen, Head of the School of Security Studies
    Link:https://soundcloud.com/warstudies/po...-today/s-PeoiU
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