Connections Australia

A conference for the Australian professional wargaming community.

Connections Oz is on again in 2015. It will be held in the Steve Howard Lecture Theatre, Interaction Design Lab , Level 5, Doug McDonell Building, at the University of Melbourne 14-15 December 2015.

This year the format will be slightly different with short presentations on day one, and longer presentations and demonstrations on day two. We would like to have a broad range of practitioners from the military, emergency management, law enforcement, business and academia.

The intent is for speakers to discuss their experience, problems they encountered, solutions, lessons and advice. The open discussion will allow participants the chance to compare experience and share their own lessons.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Todd Mason , Mariana Zafeirakopoulos or Marcus Carter with a proposal.


Register through Eventbrite here .


Monday 14 December

Presentations and short demonstrations.
1000-1100 Session 1 State of Play
1 Connections International Rex Brynen McGill University
2 MORS Professional Wargaming Initiative Marcus Tregenza, Land Simulation, Experimentation and Wargaming, Defence Science and Technology Group
3 Emergency Management COA Planning Dereck Chong, University of Melbourne
1100-1130 Break
1130-1330 Session 2 Computer Simulation
1 Defence Experimentation and Wargaming Marcus Tregenza
2 Emerging Technology Marcus Carter, University of Melbourne
3 Virtual Paramedic Justin Dunlop, Ambulance Victoria
4 Visualisation of Natural Disasters Mahesh Prakash, CSIRO
1330-1430 Lunch
1430-1600 Session 3 Board and Map Games
1 Aftershock : A Humanitarian Crisis Game Rex Brynan
2 State Library of Victoria - Chess Collection Jan McDonald, State Library of Victoria
3 Gallipoli Map Kriegsspiel Roger Lee, Army History Unit
1600-1630 Break
1630-1800 Sesssion 4 Human Dimensions
1 Emergo Train: Emergency Response Training Ambulance Victoria
2 Human Factors in Games Peter Hayes
2 Bringing Wargaming into the Boardroom Paul Fitton
1900 Dinner

Tuesday 15 December

Day two will consist of a morning and afternoon session where there will be an opportunity to participate in demonstration games.
0900-1030 Sesssion 1a
Isis crisis Matrix Game COA gaming (DSTG)
1030-1100 Break
1100-1230 Session 1b
Isis crisis Matrix Game COA gaming (DSTG)
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1500 Session 2a
Aftershock Game Dev Workshop (based on last year's activity)
1500-1530 Lunch
1530-1700 Session 2b
Aftershock Game Dev Workshop (based on last year's activity)


There will be no cost for conference attendance, however a gold coin donation to cover tea and coffee would be appreciated. No meals will be provided (other than coffee, tea and biscuits etc.)

There are many cafes around the University campus and in nearby Carlton for lunch.


A conference dinner will be held on the Monday evening at Jimmy Watsons in the upstairs function room. Dinner will be a 2 course set menu (with 3 selections for each course - including a vegetarian option) and a private bar with pay as you go drinks. Please register if you plan to attend the dinner so we can confirm numbers. Note places are limited. Please contact the organisers if you have any dietary restrictions.

Further Information and Links

Archives of past conferences can be found here. 2014

Information on the US Connections conference can be found here , the UK conference here and the Dutch conference here .

Some after action reviews of recent Connections conferences can be found here:

PaxSims US Connections

PaxSims UK Connections

Bob Corery's blog

LinkedIn Group

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