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Connections 2020 Game Demonstration and Playthrough Schedule (last updated 11 Aug 2020 1330 EDT)
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Notes: all dates and times shown in US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Please contact the event host at e-mail address provided for any specific questions.
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Event Type (Demonstration, Meeting, Playthrough)Event Title (alphabetical order)DescriptionDate(s) and Time(s) (EDT)Platform Platform for Audio/Voice (if different)Contact E-mailMaximum number of players or participants (if applicable)Minimum number of players or participants (if applicable)
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Demonstration
Battle of Smolensk - The Logistics Dimension
Wargames can be enhanced using a map-based logistics simulations where game pieces from the wargame are also created in the logistics simulation, then dragged and dropped to place them on a map just as they are on the wargame playing board. This simulation quickly does the calculations and shows the logistics network or supply chains required to support any move in the wargame. Players are not bogged down with complex calculations, and are empowered to explore strategies and tactics in more realistic detail. They can easily run different logistics simulations to refine the strategic and tactical ideas that emerge in the wargame. We'll use a wargame depicting the 1941 Battle of Smolensk to illustrate this concept for adding the logistics dimension to any wargame.11 Aug 1600
https://zoom.us/j/97864478723?pwd=QmRQVHdCQ2xqdWZuVFU4eG14c2F0dz09

Meeting ID: 978 6447 8723
Passcode: 043686

mhugos@scmglobe.com
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DemonstrationCombat MissionCombat Mission (By Battlefront / Matrix Games) Combat Mission is a tactical land warfare simulation that accurately models company and battalion level engagements across arrange of environments.
Developed by the Battlefront team, it is currently being converted from a commercial video game to a full professional tool in cooperation with DSTL, but is already being used in classified wargames. It models morale, visibility, cover, fatigue, comms and a range of other features that make it one of the most realistic simulations of modern warfare. Due to its commercial gaming background it also comes with an approachable UI making it easy for the novice user to pick up and play immediately. For more information go to Caution-https://www.matrixgames.com/pro-software.
11 Aug 1600
https://www.twitch.tv/slitherinegroup
iain@matrixgames.com
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DemonstrationCommandCommand is a tactical to operational scale multi domain battlespace simulation that uses real physics to model everything from ISR to weapons engagements, designed for the defense industry. Developed by the Warfaresims team, it is in use across the US DOD, UK and a host of other countries and contractors for a range of purposes from future force, COA, training and analysis. As it covers air, maritime, land, space and cyber it is also being used as part of DARPA's Gamebreaker program as a training ground for AI. Its massive database covers almost every front line aircraft, ship, sub, sensor UXV and weapon for every country in the world from 1946 to near future. For more information go to Caution-https://www.matrixgames.com/pro-software. 10 Aug 1600
https://www.twitch.tv/slitherinegroup
iain@matrixgames.com
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PlaythroughConflict of Heroes - Blood and TearsBiringen - Orderly Withdrawal from a Village under Assault.
This is the first Mission from our upcoming game Conflict of Heroes: Blood and Tears - France 1940.
We will teach the system to new players.
Played on Tabletopia for easy access.
11 Aug 1700TabletopiaGoogle Hangoutuwe@AcademyGames.com42
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PlaythroughCOVID 19 Dilemma From COVID-19 Matrix games hosted in the past months both in the Netherlands and in Canada, we derived a number of dilemma's that will challenge our national level policy decision makers in the months to come. As those policy makers don't have the time nor inclination to play out a full Matrix game, we have condensed those dilemma's within a so called dilemma game format. This format challenges policy makers with a series of complex decisions within a timeframe of about 45 minutes.

The game presents a series of complex policy dilemma's, for each dilemma the player has about 5 advisers that will all give their own perspective on the issue at hand. Even with that advice, the fog-of-crisis remains, the information will be incomplete and ambiguous and the decision to be made will have economic, health-related and societal consequences, no matter which option is selected.

Offering two sessions to accomdate for different time zones.
To be able to play the COVID-19 dilemma game please contact okke.lucassen@tnonl or anja.vanderHulst@tno.nl Tell us which slot you intend to play (Wednesday or Thursday) and we will send you 1) a Zoom link, 2) a login to the COVID-19 dilemma game (this login will be personalised) and 3) a Mentimeter reference.  Please note that the COVID dilemma game can only be played using Chrome, Firefox or the new Edge (the one based on Chromium).
12 Aug 0800
13 Aug 1630
Zoomokke.lucassen@tno.nl
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DemonstrationFlashpoint CampaignsFlashpoint Campaigns (By On Target Simulations / Matrix Games) Flashpoint Campaigns was an operational scale commercial land wargame set during the cold war when the USMC started to adapt it for professional use.
Developed by the On Target Simulations team, it is near the end of year 2 of a 5-year development plan as part of the ATHENA project, which has added a modern USMC OOB and red forces. It is also in use and development for DSTL to add a British OOB and additional data logging options to help with detailed analysis and a host of other features to support defense industry wargaming. For more information go to Caution-https://www.matrixgames.com/pro-software.
12 Aug 1600
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkceusqjIsHdf9EKewha8qHqqyU7DCEjok
iain@matrixgames.com90
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PlaythroughScythe Join us for some friendly competition! Playing digital version of Scythe via Steam (online gaming platform), all experience levels welcome. Depending on player interest, will either run a single game or a tournament. Scythe is a highly rated Euro and war game hybrid set in a fictional post-WWI Eastern Europe (requires purchase of game via Steam and a free Steam account). Running two sessions to accomodate for different time zones. Please contact Mark by 13 Aug 1500 Eastern at connectionsgaming@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions.
13 Aug 1930SteamDiscord (optional)
connectionsgaming@gmail.com
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MeetingWomen's Wargaming Network Welcome to the launch of the Women's Wargaming Network. The intent of the network is to create networking and mentorship opportunities for women in professional wargaming. Sessions I and II are repeats and meant to accommodate different time zones.12 Aug 0900
13 Aug 1900
ZoomN/Ayunawong@gmail.com
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MeetingDiscord Social for the Connections 2020 conference. BYOBOnline version of annual Connections icebreaker10 Aug 1600-1800https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81586485152?pwd=UWozeHZKbThtSjk5ang3UVVtV0pJUT09

Audio only:
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 815 8648 5152
Passcode: 654321
caw@kentaurus.com1001
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PlaythroughBattle for Moscow
Learn to play Battle for Moscow, an excellent introductory wargame, and learn to use VASSAL for distributed wargaming at the same time!
11 Aug 1600Vassal
Blackboard: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/1f40a7f576a54f66af48e405bb53e293
james.sterrett@gmail.com121
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PlaythroughTriumph & Tragedy
Use all elements of DIME to win supremacy in Europe from 1936 - 1945!
12 Aug 1600Vassal
Blackboard: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/1f40a7f576a54f66af48e405bb53e293
james.sterrett@gmail.com122
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DemonstrationTabletop Simulator
Want to port a game into a virtual tabletop? Check out Tabletop Simulator (TTS) on Steam. I will walk you through a card based game that was ported into TTS and show some capabilities and lessons learned from the experiment. Please e-mail Mr. Hyong Lee if you are interested in participating.
11 Aug 1600Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86441670498?pwd=eHdLOEltdFNiOG02Zk4ybCtvUFNNZz09
hyong.m.lee.civ@msc.ndu.edu
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MeetingNew Wargamer Meetup
Are you new to the wargaming community? Don't know anyone else at the conference? Want to make some professional connections? Want to play some games and hang out? Join us on discord.
12 Aug 1600
Discord
https://discord.gg/Vv7VShQ
chance.m.baxter@gmail.com
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