WARGAME WEDNESDAY: SPI, Silver Bayonet, Lee Se-dol, and “Magic Pill” Thinking

Wednesday , 9, March 2016 4 Comments

We’ve got a lot of wargaming content from the past couple of weeks here: Zac writes about miniatures gaming with Flames of War, Alex breaks out SPI’s Musket & Pike, and there’s my deluge of PrezCon reports as well.

For people that want even more wargaming news and discussion beyond even that, I suggest looking up the designers on Twitter. It was via Mark Herman’s feed that I discovered the Three Moves Ahead podcast discussing Silver Bayonet and the origins of GMT Games. Volko Ruhnke tweeted a link to a CNN article about the Go champion’s defeat at the hands of an AI opponent. Finally, Lewis Pulsipher has another game design video up on the “silver bullet” mentality:

Check it out!

PaxSims (Simulations)

Inside GMT (GMT Games)

Castalia House (Wargames)

Real and Simulated Wars (JC)

Ludic Futurism (Brian Train)


The Demo Gamers (David)

War in a Box (Warren Abox)

  • Alex says:

    I watched the first 45 minutes of the Alphago v Lee Sedol match with my DM and his brother, who are big Go fanatics, last night. They noted Lee made some strange choices choices early on, speculating that Lee was possibly gambling that Alphago might not know what to do if he made unorthodox plays, and even pulled up a virtual board to work out a few ways things might play out.

    My inability to grasp beyond the basic fundamentals of Go strategy makes me feel unserious as a wargamer. Those guys are hardcore.

    • Jeffro says:

      Yeah, well we’ll see if Alphago can go the distance!

      • Alex says:

        Microsoft’s next step for Alphago needs to be creating a steam-shovel-jawed automaton to place the pieces out on the board for it to step up that intimidation factor.

        Early game, Alphago took a really long time to make obvious opening moves and responses, but once play developed it stepped up the pace substantially. It was almost like it was trying to psych Lee out by taking as long as two minutes to play in those first few turns. Of course it could just be that with the incredibly limited amount of information it had in the first 10 or so turns it had more reasonable options it was just cycling through, with the most possibilities being the response to black’s opening.

  • Alex says:

    Analysis, Commentary and play-by-play recreation of the Alphago/Lee Sedol match here:

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