Connections Online 2021
WHAT: Connections Online Wargame Conference
WHEN: 12-14 April, with extended events from 10-18 April
WHY: To advance and preserve the art, science, and application of wargaming
WHO: Any serious student of gaming, regardless of their level of proficiency and experience
HOW: YouTube and Discord
REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Connections is an international series of conferences dedicated to advancing and preserving the art, science, and application of wargaming (to include gaming of business and non-war topics) by bringing together wargaming professionals (and some dedicated hobbyists) interested in the theory and practice of wargaming for analysis, education, and training — and fun, too.
Connections Online is proud to join the Connections family with an online-only conference on Distributed Wargaming.
Video will be livestreamed through YouTube, with additional interaction through a dedicated Discord server for registered attendees.
All core Connections Online events will take place from 12-14 April during core hours of 10am to 4pm EDT(UTC -4) – what conference director Chris Weuve calls “Los Angeles to London” hours. All core events will be recorded and available for future viewing.
A modest registration fee of $5 will be charged to partially cover our IT expenses, but the livestream and the recordings will be open to all. Registration cost includes:
- All presentations, panels, and keynotes (unlimited seats for participation), including ability to ask questions / interact with the speakers during their presentations
- Access to the Connections Online Discord server
- Ability to register for any extended conference events, on a first-come, first-served basis for limited-seat events
We also hope to have a robust schedule of “after hours”/extended events (with a goal of replicating Connection US’s famous Demo & Game Nights) running from 10-18 April.
Please note that all audience Q&A, speaker interactions, and extended events are limited to registered attendees, and not open to the general public. While we are openly broadcasting the sessions for anyone to view live, or afterwards, there will be no presenter or staff interaction with any live chat functions during the broadcast, except through the official conference Discord server.
|Event Name||Event Type||CORE / Extended||Host Names||Start Date||Start Time||Duration (minutes)||Streaming Link|
|Wargame Bootcamp - Learn to Use Discord, VASSAL, TTS||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Karl Kreder, Tim Porter||04/10/21||1400||180||(not streamed)|
|Wargame Bootcamp - Learn to Use Discord, VASSAL, TTS||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Karl Kreder, Tim Porter||04/11/21||1400||180||(not streamed)|
|Connections Online 2021 Welcome||Keynote Presentation||CORE||Chris Weuve||04/12/21||1000||60||https://youtu.be/XlVGNjscJmI|
|Wargaming for Education||Panel Presentation||CORE||James Sterrett, Kristan J Wheaton, Kyleanne Hunter, Sebastian Bae||04/12/21||1100||120||https://youtu.be/R_cd5A1CfaE|
|Distributed Wargame Tools & Techniques||Panel Presentation||CORE||Merle Robinson||04/12/21||1300||120||https://youtu.be/XsX3xK_XkCg|
|Practical Design in Wargames||Keynote Presentation||CORE||Brian Train, Mike Markowitz||04/12/21||1500||60||https://youtu.be/YBao9alTEnQ|
|Welcome Social & Happy Hour||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Chris Weuve||04/12/21||1700||90||(Conference attendees only; not streamed)|
|History of Wargaming||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Matt Caffrey||04/12/21||1900||120||https://youtu.be/0owwVyNu6CY|
|The Gettysburg Campaign & Insights into Multi-Blind Wargame||Keynote Presentation||CORE||Sean Barnett||04/13/21||1000||60||https://youtu.be/vD8KcahPBlw|
|Recent Articles in Wargaming||Panel Presentation||CORE||Jeremy Sepinsky||04/13/21||1100||120||https://youtu.be/unzAFJaqsuI|
|The Georgetown University Wargaming Society||Panel Presentation||CORE||Sebastian Bae||04/13/21||1300||120||https://youtu.be/VMICXfQ8pwU|
|Western Approaches Tactical Unit - Analysis & Perspective||Keynote Presentation||CORE||Tom Mouat||04/13/21||1500||60||https://youtu.be/Ja29-h9ffjY|
|Across Suez (team wargame)||Wargame||Extended||Marc Monnin, Mike Erickson||04/13/21||1700||240||(not streamed)|
|A Falklands/Malvinas Seminar Game||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Peter Robbins||04/13/21||(cancelled)||120||cancelled; sorry!|
|Squadron Strike Teaching Game (Vector Movement)||Wargame||Extended||Ken Burnside||04/14/21||2000||240||(not streamed)|
|Family of Connections Conferences||Keynote Presentation||CORE||Matt Caffrey, Rex Brynen||04/14/21||1000||60||https://youtu.be/Gfvmvc_V3xk|
|Distributed Campaigns Over the Long Haul||Panel Presentation||CORE||Brant Guillory||04/14/21||1100||120||https://youtu.be/JScpmHKXiMY|
|SISO Distributed Wargame Working Group||Panel Presentation||CORE||Stephen Downes-Martin||04/14/21||1300||120||https://youtu.be/1z3J9ntHGAE|
|The Future of Connections Online||Keynote Presentation||CORE||Chris Weuve||04/14/21||1500||60||https://youtu.be/SE4O5FF0_vI|
|Online Integrity: Conflict Sensitivity||Wargame||Extended||Paul Howarth||04/14/21||1700||120||(not streamed)|
|Men Against Fire: Paddy Griffith's Sandhurst Wargame||Wargame||Extended||Jim Owczarski||04/14/21||2000||180||(TBP)|
|Exploring historical conflict w/ games: a modeling approach||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Xavier Rubio-Campillo||04/15/21||1200||120||(TBP)|
|Atlantic Chase||Wargame||Extended||Karl Kreder||04/15/21||1300||180||(not streamed)|
|NSDM Revealed!||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Merle Robinson||04/15/21||1500||120||(TBP)|
|Fog of War and Tabletop Simulator||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Tim Porter||04/15/21||1600||180||(not streamed)|
|1985: Under an Iron Sky||Wargame||Extended||Karl Kreder||04/15/21||1700||180||(not streamed)|
|Research for Historical Role Playing Games||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Byron Salahor||04/15/21||2000||120||(Discord / attendees only)|
|How to create game modules in Vassal or Tabletop Simulator||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Tim Porter||04/16/21||1100||120||(not streamed)|
|Online Integrity: Conflict Sensitivity||Wargame||Extended||Paul Howarth||04/16/21||1200||120||(not streamed)|
|A Nightmare Come True – The “1985” Series||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Anthony Morphet, Fabrizio Vianello||04/16/21||1200||120||(TBP)|
|Megagaming in the Hobby Environment||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Merle Robinson||04/16/21||1500||120||(TBP)|
|Across Suez (team wargame)||Wargame||Extended||Marc Monnin, Mike Erickson||04/16/21||1700||240||(not streamed)|
|Wargame Bootcamp - Learn to Use Discord, VASSAL, TTS||Seminar Presentation||Extended||Karl Kreder, Tim Porter||04/18/21||1400||180||(not streamed)|
Core events will be freely broadcast through YouTube
Extended events may be made available afterwards, but are not planned to be broadcast live.
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Note that future Connections Online conferences will continue to point to this page, and past conferences will be archived to their own separate entries.