Not Saussure

November 13, 2006

War on Terror Games

Filed under: Iran, Iraq, War on Terror — notsaussure @ 8:01 pm

Now I know what I want for Christmas! I’m indebted to Rachel, not only for mentioning me in her blog but also for drawing my attention, in a comment to another post here, to what looks like my sort of game;

Everyone starts with the best intentions. Then things start to get cramped. Then you notice your neighbour has more oil than you. Before long, war is waged, nukes are dropped, revolutions are fought and terrorists are doing your dirty work, before turning on you…

War on Terror, the boardgame: A quality boardgame for 2 – 6 players, lovingly illustrated and politically correct (in a very literal sense). Playing it will bring out the nastiest, greediest, darkest, most paranoid aspects of your character. It’s all great family fun.

It appears to be on the same lines as Risk, only sort of … erm.. asymmetrical and satirical, and comes with a black balaclava for the person playing the Evil Empire to wear (selected, apparently, by using the Axis of Evil spinner).

It might be considered in poor taste — The Sun clearly thinks so, which is doubtless why it appeals to me — and the designers do address this in their explanation of they came to create it:

Back in 2003, we were shouting at the TV. We weren’t drunk and confused (actually, that’s maybe a lie), we were incredulous and angry.

The invasion of Iraq was imminent and in preparing the public for a war of dubious legality, various government representatives from both sides of the Atlantic were mentioning ‘terrorists’ and ‘Iraq’ in the same sentence. It was increasingly evident that ‘terrorism’ was a handy and powerful tag that any world leader could place on a troublesome spot and ensure the rest of the world would immediately line up behind them, no questions asked.

No one mentioned how one-time allies can turn into terrorists overnight simply because they stop playing ball. It felt like a game. A bizarre and macabre game where lying, duplicity and inconsistent morals are the instruments of winning and the rules made up by those in the lead.

Wouldn’t it be funny, we thought, to make a game based on the War on Terror. We didn’t actually think it would be that funny until we had a vision of the Axis of Evil being a spinner in the middle of the board. This summed up perfectly for us the arbitrary labelling of ‘bad’ and tactical finger-pointing that underpinned world politics. War on Terror, the boardgame was born…

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Meanwhile, on the subject of poor taste, I discovered Kuma/War: The War On Terror,

a compilation of missions that recreate critical battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Visit the frontlines of the War On Terror, as you get on the ground in real military hot spots. Comes with FREE month of Kuma/War online service – 3 new missions delivered each month

and all for free. They’re working on — I swear this no word of a lie, and you can visit the site to see for yourself and play a beta version — Assault on Iran,Part III, but in the meantime, you can download and play

Fallujah Vigilant Resolve – As part of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, you and your troops move into the flashpoint city of Fallujah, Iraq and tactically maneuver a “cordon of death” operation. Encircle the insurgents and advance strategically, using improved fighting positions, sniper overwatch protection, wall apertures, and well-placed fighting holes

or

Baghdad: Mahdi Army Assault – You are a member of the Army’s First Cavalry Division in Sadr City, Baghdad, and your most stubborn enemy is the swarm of Mahdi Army militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Having seen more than 80 straight days of combat, you set out on June 29th to patrol the slum with your Bradley Fighting Vehicles. You must navigate the waves of Mahdi Army insurgents who are targeting you with IEDs, trying to incapacitate your transport and lure your men out into the open

and soon they’ll have available

Baghdad Checkpoint Attack

Baghdad, Iraq—August 24, 2005: Insurgents launch stunning acts of violence against soldiers tasked with the most dangerous of operations: roadside checkpoints.

US soldiers and Iraqi police regularly face suicide bombings and ground assaults while conducting routine checkpoints across the nation. Using vehicle-borne IEDs, insurgents unleash their wrath with a deadly charge that ignites police and civilian vehicles all around, wounding and killing soldiers, police, and innocent civilians.

In western Baghdad, Iraqi Police manning a routine checkpoint are cornered after insurgents in ordinary vehicles approach the roadblock and launch a barrage of machine gun fire, rocket propelled grenades and hand grenades. Vehicles are on fire, the populace is hysterical, and there are dead and wounded everywhere.

In the playable mission, lives depend on your intuition and training as you control the checkpoint operations in Baghdad. Can you determine if an incoming vehicle is friend or foe? There are civilians, so move with caution. Insurgents attempt to make devastating suicide runs, but they also launch vicious ground assaults on your position. You must keep one eye on the road.

And one hand on the trigger.

september12.gifFor a less technically advanced, though, I fear, ultimately more realistic version of all this, though, I commend September 12:
This is not a game.

You can’t win and you can’t lose.

This is a simulation.

It has no ending.september12a.gif

It has already begun.

The Rules are deadly simple.

You can shoot.

Or Not.

This is a simple model you can use to explore some aspects of the war on terror.


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2 Comments »

  1. My copy of War on Terror – the Boardgame should be arriving soon. I will post a review once my circle of friends have managed to destroy all civilised, inter-cultural life on Earth.

    Comment by Andrew Bartlett — November 17, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

  2. Gun mann Chow would have greatest American president in future, to intiate ne w wars in middle east and else where,, , and gum man like chow are the product of American gun and crime culture, and sad for all the deaths, but Gunman Chow would have been a great American soldier and a marine, to do the blood shed in Irak and else where, In american army there are so many Gunman CHOWS, who are professional killers by the product of american agressive gun and porverity and suffering, and the anwser to find is in American army or do killing of innocent in school and unvercities,, American children of frusration of american culture, are inventers od unjustful wars and Abugarib prison attrocities, and proud to kill, to be happy and the destiny, CHOW is no different, than yet Greater CHOW the president of united States, whose hands are full of blood of innocent, So many AMERICAN CHOWS are killing the irakis in sadre city and Baghdad, ny AMERICAN CHOWS; DOING THE PROXY BOMBING AND KILLING OF INNOCENT WHO DONT LIKE AMERICAN ACCUPATION; Aftwer American CHOWS in IRAK are BOMBING BY SECRET PROXY BOMBING; AND KILLING SO MANY CITIZENS; AND LATTER CLAIMING THE TERRORISTS HAVE BOMBED AND YET CREATING THE CONFUSION AND CIVIL WAR ; TO MAKE ANS LIEING EXCUSE TO STAY LONGER IN IRAK;; AMERCAN CHOWS ARE THE PART OF THE PROBLEM IN IRAK; BUT NEVER A SOLUTION; IRAKIS CAN GOVERN THEM SELVE; WITHOUT AMERICAN KILLER CHOWS;THESE AMERICAN KILLER CHOSY LIES TO ATTACT IRAK; LIED AT ABU GARIB PRISON; DID PARTICIPATE IN TERRORIST ACTIVITIES AND BLAMED OTHERS ON MEDIS; KILL ALL ANTI AMERICAN IRAKI SOLDIERS AND POLICE MEN IN IRAK; AND BLAMED OTHERS FOR IT; WHY SOME ONE DOESENT RAISE A BIG SOME OF MILLION DOLLERS ; AND REWARD ; TO AMERCAN SOLDIER; WHO OPENES THE SECRET HOW AMERICAN ARE AND CIA; INFILTRATES LIKE TRERRORISTS TO DO THE PROXY KILLINGS; AMERICAN LIES; THE TRUTH IS SECRET; THAT WORLD REMAIN INNOCENT; AND SUSPECTS AMERICA; YET STUDENT CHOW WAS HONEST A PRODUCT OF AMERICAN ARROGANCE; WOULD BE MORE HONEST AMERICAN PRESIDENT OR SOLDIER; NOR LIES LIKE PRESIDENT BUSH; WHO HAS KILLED SO MANY SINCE HIS POLITICAL OFFICE IN TEXAS; AL TIL HIS PRESIDENCY; A KILLER PRESIDENT WHO ENJOYS KILLING AND MAKES LIVING BY THE WAR; AND MASSACRES;
    pRESIDENT BUSH THOUGHT AND SAID LIKE MANY TIMES BEFORE; THAT THESE 32 GREAT AMERICAN STUDENTS AT VIRGINIA TECH DIED FOR A NOBLER CAUSE; AND GUNMANN CHOW A PSYCHIC SIMILAR TO PRISIDENT; DID THE JOB OR MISSION FOR HIGHIER MISSION THAT MANY AMERICAN DONT UNDERSTAND ;SIMILAT TO WHAT AMERICANS DONT UNDERSTANT THE WAR IN IRAK; FOR A NOBLER CAUSE; PRESIDENT BUSH DOES UNDERSTAND GUNMAN CHO BETTER; BUT WOULDENT SAY IT OPENLY; :IF ONE LOOKS AT THE GUNMAN CHO AND BUSHES; THEY HAVE VERY SIMILARITIES IN LOOK AS FAR AS LIPS AND COLD LOOK; DEEP INSISE BUSH WAS CHO MODEL FIGURE; AND ROLMODEL;hE WOULD HAVE BECOME SECOND TO BUSH BEST WAR PRESIDENT;; THERE ARE SO MANY MASSES LIKE GUNMAN CHO IN ARMY ; IN AMERICAM CONGRESS; IN AMERICAN SOCIETY; AND AMERICAN MEDIA; IN PANTAGON AND CIA; COMPARE GUNMAN CHO WITH RUMSFELD; ;AMERICAN AMINISTRATION WOULD HAVE FOUND THE GUNMAN CHO EARLIER AND SEND HIM TO IRAK; LIKE MANY OTHERS; JUST LIKE MANY HOMOCIDE MURDERERS ARE FREED IN IRAK BATTLEFIELD: TO DO KILLINGS TO BE HAPPY AND BLAMING ON THE ANTIAMERICANINSUGENTS;;;
    THERE WILL SOON DEGRIDATION IN AMERICA DUE TO THE WAR AND IT BITTER REALITIES; AND PEOPLE WILL BE FRUSTRATED AND FEEL EMPTY AND IN RESULT INVENTS ONE MORE GUNMAN CHO TO BREAK ALL THE FORMER RECORDS OF KILLING MORE AMERICANS; AS SACRIFISE THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA MORE VULNURABLE TO START NEW WARS TO KEEP ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE REAL AMERICAN HOME PROBLEMS; TO FRUSTRATE AMERICAN; TO GIVE BIRTH YET TO ANOTHER AND MORE CRAZIER GUNMAN CHO WHO WILL MAKE AMERICA FAMOUSE ;JUST LIKE GUNMAN PRESIDENT BUSH MADE AMERICA SO DISGUSTING DUE TO THE DIRTY IRAKI WAR BASED ON LIES AND HATE AND FOR THE CONTROLE OF OIL; WELL I AND MANY FEEL VERY SORRY ABOUT THE ALL THE YET §” INNOCENT STUDENTS ; THERE ONLY FAULT WAS THAT THEY BELIEVED IN AMERICA; BUT NOT THE HORRER THE OTHER AMERICAN ARE CAUSINT TO REST OF THE WORLD AND TO THE POOR AND PEACE LOVENG AMERICAN AT HOME; GUN AND THE WARYS ARE WAR OF ADVANCED LIVING IN AMERICA; AND THEY ARE FORCING IT ON THE REST OF THE WORLD;
    PROBABLY THE PRESIDENT BUSH AND GUNMAN CHOW MEANT THAT THESE INNOCENT MURDERED STUDENTS THEY DIED FOR THE HIGHER AND NOBLER CAUSE; ; IDONT UNDERSTAND; BUT I AM TRIENG TO FIND WHAT MANY AND PRESIDENT THINKS; OR THE GUNMAN CHO THOUGHT; THAT THESE §! INNOCENT STUDENTS IF SURVIVED WOULD HAVE DESERTED THE THE AMERICAN ARMY OR MARIENS; IN CASE OF A DRAFT; OR OR JUST IN CASE THEY WOULD HAVE GONE IRAK THEY WOULD HAVE KILLED MILLIONS OF IRAKIS IN IRAK AND FEEL PROUD ABOUT IT;; THERE ARE SO MANY CONRIVARCIES; CAUSE D BY BUSHES COWARDNESS AND HIS STUBBORNESS AND FOR NOT ADMITTING THE WRONGS AND LIES AND THE HATE OF HIS ANEMIES;;
    THESE DEAT INNOCENT STUDENTS BEING SHOT AND KILLED IS SO SAD; REMINDS MANY AMERICAN AND OTHERS OF SOMEONE IN SIMILAR SITUATION WHO WAS ONCE AMERICAN FRIEND: THE SADAM HUSAIN AT THE GALLOS OF DEATH BY YET ANOTHE GUNMAN CHO CHARACTERED PRESIDENT BUSH; BUT THE INNOCEN DIE; BY THE HANDS OF COWBOYS AND CRIMINALS; HOW MUCH SACRIFIES AMERICA HAS TO GIVE FOR THE WRONG DEFINITIONS AND FOR THE WRONF DIRECTIONS;; ;AS LONG AMERICANS ARE PROUD OF THIER WRONG AMERICAN ARROGANCE; TO SHUN THE HELPLESS WORLD AND TO DICTATE THE DEFENCELESS WORLD; THE HUNGRY WORLD; AGAINST THE MASSES WHO WANT TO BE FREE FROM AMERICAM BYCOTTS AND ECONOMIC SACTIONS; AND AMERICAN SUPPORTING WHO FEEL PROUDE ABOUT WHATR BLOOD STAINED PRESIDENT IS DOING ; THERE IS HIGHER JUSTICE FROM THE HIEGHIER POWER TO SHUN AND PUNISH AMERICANS AND GANG WHO SUPPORT THE KILLING AND AGRESSION ARROUND THE WORLD ; TO BECOME SELFSTILLED POLICEMAN OF THE WORLD TO DICTATAT THE WORLD; PEOPLE ESPACIALLY INNOCENT AMERICAN WILL HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE; FOR THE SINS OF AMERICAN WAGBOND PRESIDENT WHO CHARACTER NP DIFFERENT THE GUNMAN CHO;

    Comment by Chaim — May 15, 2007 @ 12:11 pm


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