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Thumbs up Wargaming Program at Origins



Get your Grog on at Origins this summer!

GrogHeads.com and GAMA are teaming up to bring wargaming back to Origins this summer with the creation of the GrogHeads Central Command. This new program is designed to engage wargamers in a variety of ways, but most importantly, by getting wargames back on gaming tables at Origins.

Our partners in this endeavor include Against the Odds Magazine, 1A Games, Lost Battalion Games, Collins Epic Wargames, Omega Games, and Columbia Games – all of whom will be present together in the exhibit hall, and sponsoring games in the gaming hall. And we’ve still got room to add a vendor or two, so expect this list to grow!

Gaming events run through the GrogHeads Central Command are all ticketed events that will be played in the gaming hall in their own dedicated area. Every event run through the GrogHeads Central Command includes at least one prize. Every participant in every game also gets a 5% discount card for any purchase from the vendors in the GrogHeads Central Command group in the exhibit hall. Vendors will even allow players to ‘stack’ several of these coupons for 15-20% off of a purchase! Games will include head-to-head and team battles, as well as a few “come learn to play” games with new products from the participating vendors.

In addition to the gaming events, each of the vendors will also host an evening session in the gaming hall, with either an opportunity to “Play with the Designer” or a Q&A on a game series. Non-gaming sessions will also be held in the GrogHeads Central Command in the gaming hall, but are not ‘prize’ events. These vendor-centric seminars are not the only seminars in the GrogHeads Central Command, as there will also be panels on wargame design and uses of games for training and learning. And don’t forget to stick around on Saturday evening for the GrogHeads raffle – every purchase, every game you play, every demo you try with the companies in the GrogHeads Central Command program gets you a raffle ticket for some great prizes.

Finally, the GrogHeads Central Command will also be hosting the Staff Wargaming Team, who had previously bunkered in up at the Origins War College. These innovative “team” wargames put players in the roles of military staff officers, charged with planning and executing a complex mission using a simplified version of the US Army’s planning process - and the coaches include current and former Army staff members and trainers. The Staff Wargaming Team events are all prize events, but the real prize is the great experience of the team dynamic in the wargame.

Look for events in the Origins Program Guide that are tagged as “GrogHeads presents…” to identify the events in the GrogHeads Central Command program. Check back regularly as we may yet add a few more events. And be on the lookout for the GrogHeads Central Command in the exhibit hall to support the wargaming companies bringing the wargames back to Origins. See you at the show!

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So here's what one of the staff wargaming exercises looks like during part of the exercise




What else can we tell you about the new GrogHeads Central Command at Origins?
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Looks like Wargaming.net is going to be there too - even more reasons to come to Origins!
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feel free to RSVP to the event on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/259426967563061/
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More info about the staff wargaming team at Origins

Interview w/ Dr James Sterrett about the wargames

WA: If I'm a new participant to this entire process, what should I expect when I walk in the door for one of these games?

JS: You’ll get a job! Well, at any rate, a job on a staff for the duration of the event. Jobs include roles such as the commander, the operations officer, and the intel officer. We’ll teach you the basics of that job, and then provide an overview of the US Army’s planning process. Then you start to do your job: you and the others on your staff use the planning process to create a plan for the battle. Once the plan is complete, or time runs short for planning, we transition to fighting the battle. At the end, we run a short After Action Review, in which we try to point out things that were done well (or poorly), and to discuss some of the learning points that might have been brought out if this were run at CGSC.



WA: When you're working out the design of the exercises - especially the learning process of the first 30 minutes or so - how do you decide what goes into the game and what gets left out?

JS: The point is to give people a sense of how exercises work and how a staff functions. The key constraints are time and inexperience: we have very little time to teach people (CGSC spends over a month on the planning process alone!), and we have to assume that the players have never done anything like this before.
Therefore, we focus only on the bare essentials, and we expect to do a lot of coaching. That said, players often come back again and again, and it’s great to watch repeat players get better and better with practice.
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Official Origins Events Listings for the GrogHeads Central Command

Note there are a few blank GMs. We have re-submitted the correct names to Origins; we're not going to leave anyone hanging!


Event# Prizes? Date/Time Length? Event Name.............................................. .................. GM
3277....Yes....Thu 1pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: A Test of Mettle........................................ Paul Rohrbaugh
3739....Yes....Fri 2pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Circle of Fire (ATO)....
4044....Yes....Sat 10am...3....GrogHeads Presents: Circle of Fire (ATO)....
3596....Yes....Fri 10am...3....GrogHeads Presents: Columbia Games Block Wargaming........................
4045....Yes....Sat 10am...3....GrogHeads Presents: Columbia Games Block Wargaming........................
9229....No.... Thu 7pm....2....GrogHeads Presents: Flashpoint Campaigns Q&A with the Designers............ Snyder / Crandall
9433....No.... Fri 6pm....2....GrogHeads Presents: Games & Sims for Military Training Seminar............ Guillory / Sterrett
9424....Yes....Fri 3pm....2....GrogHeads Presents: Learn to Play Flashpoint Campaigns with the Designers....Snyder / Crandall
3217....Yes....Thu 11am...3....GrogHeads Presents: Orange Crush (Civil War in the Ukraine)................ Brant Guillory
3218....Yes....Fri 2pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Orange Crush (Civil War in the Ukraine)................ Brant Guillory
3916....No.... Fri 8pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Play with the Designer - Ranger!........................ Bill Gibbs
3465....No.... Thu 7pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Play with the Designer - Sergeants! Miniatures Game.... Lost Battalion Games
3917....No.... Fri 8pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Play with the Designer - Spearpoint 1943................ Byron Collins
3886....No.... Fri 7pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Play with the Publisher - Circle of Fire................ Steve Rawling
3031....Yes....Wed 3pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Ranger!........................................... ..... Chris Pauquette
3564....Yes....Fri 9am....3....GrogHeads Presents: Ranger!........................................... ..... Chris Pauquette
3024....Yes....Wed 2pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Sergeants! Miniatures Game............................ Vance Strickland
3178....Yes....Thu 10am...3....GrogHeads Presents: Sergeants! Miniatures Game............................ Vance Strickland
3740....Yes....Fri 2pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Sergeants! Miniatures Game............................ Vance Strickland
4007....Yes....Sat 9am....3....GrogHeads Presents: Sergeants! Miniatures Game............................ Vance Strickland
4143....Yes....Sat 1pm....4....GrogHeads Presents: Sergeants! Miniatures Game (Team Game)................ 1A / Vance Strickland
3278....Yes....Thu 1pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Spearpoint 1943........................................ JR Sharp
4181....Yes....Sat 2pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Spearpoint 1943........................................ JR Sharp
9402....Yes....Fri 10am...4....GrogHeads Presents: Staff Wargaming - Battle From The Bulge................ Sterrett / Snyder / Graves
9605....Yes....Sat 10am...4....GrogHeads Presents: Staff Wargaming - Battle From The Bulge................ Sterrett / Snyder / Graves
9214....Yes....Thu 2pm....4....GrogHeads Presents: Staff Wargaming - Flashpoint Campaigns Red Storm........ Sterrett / Snyder / Graves
9630....Yes....Sat 7pm....4....GrogHeads Presents: Staff Wargaming - Flashpoint Campaigns Red Storm........ Sterrett / Snyder / Graves
3025....Yes....Wed 2pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Tide of Iron....
3312....Yes....Thu 2pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Tide of Iron....
3597....Yes....Fri 10am...3....GrogHeads Presents: Tide of Iron....
4222....Yes....Sat 3pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Tide of Iron....
4416....Yes....Sun 10am...4....GrogHeads Presents: Tide of Iron (Team Game)....
9230....No.... Thu 7pm....3....GrogHeads Presents: Tide of Iron series Q&A with the Designers............ Bill Jaffe

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I just got a call from 1A Games within the past 45 minutes or so, and they have pulled out of Origins.

We will be talking with GAMA about what their plans are to replace one of our anchor booths in the Central Command.

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Staff Wargaming team and the Central Command are in the area labeled as "Command Post" in the exhibit hall book.

Look for the giant blue canopy with the camp net behind it along the gold drapery

All of our events are in that area.
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So with the caveat that I know that no one on Armchair General actually gives 2 craps about wargaming, I'm going to ask anyway
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Now that we’re a little ways past Origins, and the annual ritual complaining about the convention seems to have subsided (except on the "board room" thread here on BGG), I want to ask the community for some constructive advice.

We all know wargaming has spent a few years on the wane at Origins - mainly through neglect rather than malicious intent - and would like to see it come back. This year, we took some first steps toward putting together a wargaming program to give grognards some dedicated events, in a dedicated space, with support from vendors. Included in that vendor support were playing events with the designers/publishers, as well as prizes for participants (and props to Lost Battalion for going *waaaay* overboard on their prizes).

Even with the advance notice, the vendor support, a generous location in the D-Hall, and full slate of events, we still had some fairly light participation. There was, on day 1, some confusion about where we were; that was quickly straightened out with the Tabletop HQ. But there were more than a few events with no participants, and quite a times where just our team were pushing counters around with each other, rather than other wargamers.

So I’d like to put it to you guys - what would you want to see in the wargaming program that would bring you to the table and have you playing in ticketed events with us?

- Different slate of games?
- Bad times on the events / wrong length on the events?
- Bad location?
- Couldn’t find the events in the program book?
- Personal jihad against GAMA / Origins that you’re unlikely to attend no matter what? (and if so, it seems odd you’d even be reading/monitoring this board)
- Confusion between us and the board room?
- Didn’t like the vendors that were participating?
- Didn’t even know the program was going on?


Now, we *are* looking at some changes for next year:
- Games times planned at 2-hr blocks instead of 3
---- only 1 generic token instead of 2 for the game session
---- more sessions for each game, instead of fewer/longer
- Big “event” games, such as the entire Eurofront game from Columbia one evening
- Tournament play for smaller/shorter games like Spearpoint 1943
- Better tie-in with the vendors / gaming area with cards for locations/schedules/times at both ends so vendors can better inform customers when their events are and player can more easily find vendors

Every year there's talk about bringing wargamers back to Origins. We stepped out there and tried something new this year, and we’ve got a commitment from GAMA for at least 2 more years to refine this program, so it’s going away and we’ve got some room to experiment.

What would *you* like to see? What would make *you* more likely to come and participate?

Please keep these comments focused on things we *can* control! We can’t affect the ticket price for the show, or move it Atlanta, or play on levitating tables. But within the things we can influence - scheduling, prizes, location, game choices, etc - what would you like to see?
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I think its gonna require long term intervention. Most people that I talk to don't consider Origins a wargame venue any more. Most of them gravitate towards the smaller, more local conventions. I'm glad to see the focus on a multi-year recovery plan.
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