April 19, 2021

Connections Online



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


ConnexHexBlocks-1Connections 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:ConnexHexBlocks-2

  • 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.ConnexHexBlocks-3

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 NameEvent TypeCORE / ExtendedHost NamesStart DateStart TimeDuration (minutes)Streaming Link
Wargame Bootcamp - Learn to Use Discord, VASSAL, TTSSeminar PresentationExtendedKarl Kreder, Tim Porter04/10/211400180(not streamed)
Wargame Bootcamp - Learn to Use Discord, VASSAL, TTSSeminar PresentationExtendedKarl Kreder, Tim Porter04/11/211400180(not streamed)
Connections Online 2021 WelcomeKeynote PresentationCOREChris Weuve04/12/21100060https://youtu.be/XlVGNjscJmI
Wargaming for EducationPanel PresentationCOREJames Sterrett, Kristan J Wheaton, Kyleanne Hunter, Sebastian Bae04/12/211100120https://youtu.be/R_cd5A1CfaE
Distributed Wargame Tools & TechniquesPanel PresentationCOREMerle Robinson04/12/211300120https://youtu.be/XsX3xK_XkCg
Practical Design in WargamesKeynote PresentationCOREBrian Train, Mike Markowitz04/12/21150060https://youtu.be/YBao9alTEnQ
Welcome Social & Happy HourSeminar PresentationExtendedChris Weuve04/12/21170090(Conference attendees only; not streamed)
History of WargamingSeminar PresentationExtendedMatt Caffrey04/12/211900120https://youtu.be/0owwVyNu6CY
The Gettysburg Campaign & Insights into Multi-Blind WargameKeynote PresentationCORESean Barnett04/13/21100060https://youtu.be/vD8KcahPBlw
Recent Articles in WargamingPanel PresentationCOREJeremy Sepinsky04/13/211100120https://youtu.be/unzAFJaqsuI
The Georgetown University Wargaming SocietyPanel PresentationCORESebastian Bae04/13/211300120https://youtu.be/VMICXfQ8pwU
Western Approaches Tactical Unit - Analysis & PerspectiveKeynote PresentationCORETom Mouat04/13/21150060https://youtu.be/Ja29-h9ffjY
Across Suez (team wargame)WargameExtendedMarc Monnin, Mike Erickson04/13/211700240(not streamed)
A Falklands/Malvinas Seminar GameSeminar PresentationExtendedPeter Robbins04/13/21(cancelled)120cancelled; sorry!
Squadron Strike Teaching Game (Vector Movement)WargameExtendedKen Burnside04/14/212000240(not streamed)
Family of Connections ConferencesKeynote PresentationCOREMatt Caffrey, Rex Brynen04/14/21100060https://youtu.be/Gfvmvc_V3xk
Distributed Campaigns Over the Long HaulPanel PresentationCOREBrant Guillory04/14/211100120https://youtu.be/JScpmHKXiMY
SISO Distributed Wargame Working GroupPanel PresentationCOREStephen Downes-Martin04/14/211300120https://youtu.be/1z3J9ntHGAE
The Future of Connections OnlineKeynote PresentationCOREChris Weuve04/14/21150060https://youtu.be/SE4O5FF0_vI
Online Integrity: Conflict SensitivityWargameExtendedPaul Howarth04/14/211700120(not streamed)
Men Against Fire: Paddy Griffith's Sandhurst WargameWargameExtendedJim Owczarski04/14/212000180(TBP)
Exploring historical conflict w/ games: a modeling approachSeminar PresentationExtendedXavier Rubio-Campillo04/15/211200120(TBP)
Atlantic ChaseWargameExtendedKarl Kreder04/15/211300180(not streamed)
NSDM Revealed!Seminar PresentationExtendedMerle Robinson04/15/211500120(TBP)
Fog of War and Tabletop SimulatorSeminar PresentationExtendedTim Porter04/15/211600180(not streamed)
1985: Under an Iron SkyWargameExtendedKarl Kreder04/15/211700180(not streamed)
Research for Historical Role Playing GamesSeminar PresentationExtendedByron Salahor04/15/212000120(Discord / attendees only)
How to create game modules in Vassal or Tabletop SimulatorSeminar PresentationExtendedTim Porter04/16/211100120(not streamed)
Online Integrity: Conflict SensitivityWargameExtendedPaul Howarth04/16/211200120(not streamed)
A Nightmare Come True – The “1985” SeriesSeminar PresentationExtendedAnthony Morphet, Fabrizio Vianello04/16/211200120(TBP)
Megagaming in the Hobby EnvironmentSeminar PresentationExtendedMerle Robinson04/16/211500120(TBP)
Across Suez (team wargame)WargameExtendedMarc Monnin, Mike Erickson04/16/211700240(not streamed)
Wargame Bootcamp - Learn to Use Discord, VASSAL, TTSSeminar PresentationExtendedKarl Kreder, Tim Porter04/18/211400180(not streamed)
Event schedule as of 4/6/21 0900 EDT.

Core events will be freely broadcast through YouTube
Extended events may be made available afterwards, but are not planned to be broadcast live.


You can keep up with all of the Connections Conferences on Facebook

Note that future Connections Online conferences will continue to point to this page, and past conferences will be archived to their own separate entries.

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