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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CIA Releases Operational Board Games

Intriguing.   How useful these might be is unclear.  I recall seeing a board-style game with supposed espionage related origins that utilized game theory.   We edited some of the player parameters to get something that might be useful for real-life business.    It was suggested that the game could be used to set operational and strategic approaches for competitive activity. 

CIA’s in-house board games can now be yours thanks to FOIA request
After SXSW 2017 reveal, CIA releases buckets of marked-up board game design notes.  By Sam Machkovech  in ArsTechnica

Last year, the CIA used a South By Southwest festival event to reveal one of its weirdest training exercises: a series of globe-trotting, espionage-filled board games. If you're wondering why we're circling back to this news almost exactly one year later, we have four letters for you: FOIA.

A series of Freedom of Information Act requests, filed last June by Southern California tech entrepreneur Doug Palmer, finally bore fruit last week. The CIA has now released rules, art, and design documents for the two board games we played at last year's SXSW.  .... " 

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