Matrix games at the US Army War College

A very interesting blog entry appeared on Rex Brynen’s PAXsims blog last week.

It concerned the use of Matrix Games at the US Army War College, and as I was involved in the early developments of Matrix Games twenty years ago, I was particularly interested to see how much the concept has now moved into the mainstream of military wargaming.

To read this blog entry, please click here. Please note that the views expressed in this blog entry are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

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Rex Brynen is a Professor in the Political Science faculty at McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada. One of his research interests is professional political-military wargaming, including conflict, peace-building, and development simulation.

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When Empires Clash! … the book

If blogging is self-indulgent, then publishing your own book is super-self-indulgent … and I must admit to being just that!

Back in 2009 I wrote a set of wargame rules entitled WHEN EMPIRES CLASH! and made them available free online. I know that a few people have used them, and as part of an experiment I decided to turn my previously free rules into a proper book. I wanted to see just how difficult it would be … and discovered that it was in fact quite easy.

I am not expecting that anyone will buy the rules in their new book form … but if you are interested in buying a copy it is currently on sale via Lulu for £5.99 plus postage and packing.


Nugget 272

I collected the latest edition of THE NUGGET (N272) from the printer on Thursday afternoon, and posted it out to members of Wargame Developments on Saturday morning.

I have now uploaded the PDF versions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT to the Wargame Developments website and they are available for members of Wargame Developments to read online or to download and print.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is the eighth and penultimate issue of THE NUGGET to be published for the 2013-2014 subscription year, and that it is the last issue before COW2014 (the Conference of Wargamers 2014).


Nugget 271

I was able to collect the latest edition of THE NUGGET (N271) from the printer early this afternoon, and I now intend to post it out to members of Wargame Developments later today or early tomorrow.

I have already uploaded the PDF versions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT to the Wargame Developments website and they are available for members of Wargame Developments to read online or to download and print.


IMPORTANT: Please note that this is the seventh issue of THE NUGGET to be published for the 2013-2014 subscription year. It is still possible to subscribe, and this can be done online via the Wargame Developments website. Please note that the subscription costs rose with effect from the beginning of the current subscription year.

Nugget 271

The editor of THE NUGGET sent the original of the next issue (N271) to me last night, and I intend to take it to the printer tomorrow or on Wednesday. With luck I should be able to collect it from them on Friday or Saturday and to be able post it out to members of Wargame Developments by the following Monday.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this is the seventh issue of THE NUGGET to be published for the 2013-2014 subscription year, and there is one more issue before COW2014 (the Conference of Wargamers 2014).

It is still possible to subscribe, and this can be done online via the Wargame Developments website. Please note that the subscription costs rose with effect from the beginning of the current subscription year.


Nugget 270 download problems solved

Thanks yet again to some excellent work by the company that hosts the Wargame Developments website, I have now been able to upload the latest editions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT to the website.

Just in case there are any further problems, I will still be making the latest editions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT available via the following links for the next week or so:

I am sorry for the inconvenience that this may have caused to members of Wargame Developments who subscribe to the electronic editions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT, but the problem has been fixed as quickly as possible … and hopefully it will not occur again in the future.


Nugget 270 download problems … again!

For the second month running I have been unable to upload the latest editions of THE NUGGET and THE NUGGET COLOUR SUPPLEMENT to the Wargame Developments website. This appears to be due to yet another technical problem at the provider who hosts the website.

As a temporary measure I have uploaded them to another address, and they can be downloaded using the following links:

I do hope that this is only a temporary problem (they were able to cure it last month in a matter of a few hours), and as soon as I am able to upload the editions to their proper locations on the Wargame Developments website, I shall inform you.


Please note that the temporary links to NUGGET 269 and NUGGET 269 COLOUR SUPPLEMENT that I set up last month no longer work.