Programme Updated 15 Aug 14 and Wargaming 101 Pre-Reading added
This is the website for Connections UK, an event in the UK similar to the annual 'Connections' conference held in the US. See the Connections US website to get a flavour. Matt Caffrey, the US organiser, is delighted that we extend the 'franchise' and has made many useful suggestions.
Purpose. The purpose of the event is to bring professional wargame practitioners together to share what we are doing and spread best practice. To quote Professor Phil Sabin (Kings College London): 'the trouble is at present that there is too little awareness of what other individuals are doing, and we are losing in terms of mutual support and the sharing of good practice.'
Aim. The aim of Connections (UK) and Connections is 'To advance and sustain the art, science and application of wargaming'
Target audience. A mix of: military wargame users; military wargaming practitioners (designers and analysts); and academics. Beyond that we see selected invitees from industry and recreational wargaming. Example organisations that might be interested include: Dstl, DCDC, The Defence Academy (e.g. JSCSCS, RCDS), the Warfare Centres, various universities, QinetiQ, Corda, GD etc. The key criterion for attendees is that you have something to say. We anticipate that, as wargame practitioners, everyone will have experiences and good practice to share; so expect to be a speaker! We are working closely with our US colleagues' and Peter Perla, Rex Brynen and Matt Caffrey all managed to attend the 2013 Conference.
Cost. Connections UK is not a money-making enterprise; it is a service to the wargaming community. Charges will be as small as possible, sufficient to cover food, venue and whatever minimal administration is required.
Dates. The 2014 dates are Tues 2 Sep 14 (Wargaming 101) and the main conference on Wednesday 3 Sep 14 & Thursday 4 Sep 14. - Update here.
Location. The 2014 location will be Kings College London. The Strand Campus - Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre.