Son Of Sun Tzu blog
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Weeknotes for Wargames, Wizards, and Warriors.
As fifty percent of my readership complained about the breathless bulleted format I’ve been using, which is a very fair point to make, I’m …
Free and online cyber security solo games
As a result of this year’s PlaySecure conference coming around again I’ve made more of a point to look at online games that illustrate …
When is a card deck a card deck?
Mainly as a result of discussions at the CardStock meetups, along with Nick Kellet’s release of the Deckible platform, and a couple of …
If work is fun it's still work
A summary of what I’ve done over the last month or so. I attended: I went to a Sarah Le-Fevre event where Nick Kellet demonstrated some …
Alchemy, by Rory Sutherland
( My reviews are strictly aimed at helping you decide whether you should read something, rather than assuming your meaning of “good” or …
The Lost Key
Once Upon A Time I’ve updated a small interactive game I wrote, you can play the Lost Key game in a browser window. There’s a feedback form …
CyberSecurity Strategy in the New Era
By Nick Drage, a cybersecurity strategist, and Indy Neogy, a coach who specialises in how we deal with the future. This is a “personal blog” …
Electricity and I are not friends
The last three… threeish… weeks… I played games I finished Untitled Goose Game - well, the main storyline anyway. It’s a fun game, about …
There’s a lot of “thought leadership” online, especially on Twitter. Much of this consists of what I tend to call “gossamer aphorisms”. They …
Weeks Where Decades Happen
Edited highlights of the last couple of weeks or more. There’s a war on, and I’ve a few relatively well informed opinions… but so does …
The Good, The Bad, and The Meh
Edited highlights of the last couple of weeks. I finally made time to attend an online meeting of Liminal again, a provider of and example …
Weeks, and therefore weeknotes, are of an arbitrary duration.
The edited highlights for me over the last twenty days or so. I’m still catching up on email and Twitter bookmarks and other backlogs or …
A good film, stuck inside a bad film...
Synchronic I usually think, a lot… but for me the most enjoyable films are when that stops, and they just kind of sweep me out of that …
A week too far...
Highlights from the first few weeks of January I finally missed writing up a week of weeknotes, so here’s what I’ve been doing for the …
Strategy and games in all their forms...
Edited highlights of week 1 of January 2022 Putting together more thoughts around a series of impasse-breaking strategy cards, to prompt …
Megagame Adjacent Design
What can Megagames learn from LARPs and Immersive Theatre? In this recorded conversation, as part of the MegaCon Mini series, experienced …
Magic Houses, Magic Swords, and Santa Claus - Crimbo Limbo 2021
Edited highlights from my previous week I finished Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie, a surprise “Jolabokaflod” present. I wrote …
Agatha Christie, as compelling as Fortnite...
On finishing Agatha Christie’s “Passenger to Frankfurt”, some thoughts… I have a huge TBR ( To Be Read ) pile of books, to the extent that …
Losing, squeezing, bending.
My previous week: Teams and teamwork was a bit of a theme last week… this week, due to NFL scheduling shenanigans, the team I follow played …
Team sports as an emerging theme...
My previous week: Looking back on the previous week, I only realised that “playing as a team” was a common thread through the most …
Lies and Circuses
My previous week: Various tribulations with online stores. Maybe I’m getting old and weary, but it seems harder and harder to just pay for …
The future of trucks, and of photography.
My previous week: I attended a really interest critical thinking exercise by Sara Penrose Optimisation Training. Myself and several others …
The Cult of the Inventor
Three episodes of the WB40 podcast to listen to if you’re into Cyber Security Episode 209 - if you’re part of The Great Resignation, or …
Games, circuses, CISOs, and anti-submarine warfare.
My previous week: Provided some feedback for a game/exercise design, which was enlightening because it’s rare that I’m in that situation, …
My previous week: Thinking through different and underused game formats: board games that support simultaneous or asynchronous movement, …
A good week for games... well, mostly...
My previous week: I was kind of thrown into the role of Game Control for an online playtest - which I found a little stressful, but …
Cops and Robbers
Last Week: A very thought provoking conversation with a former Police officer about innovative tactics to use against organised crime. A …
Resting a little...
Last Week: I used FreeBusy to schedule some meetings, there’s still some problems with the way I use it to be ironed out, but I still think …
Is it me, or is software just awful?
Weeknote 25th October 2021 Taking a cue from Sara Campbell of the Foster writing community, I’ve come up with a more interesting title than …
Weeknote 18th October 2021
Last week Gave some training on common cyber security attacks, moving on to ransomware next session, where the challenge is limiting so …
Weeknote 11th October 2021
Last week Mostly work I can’t discuss. I’m behind on a lot of meetings, and thought it would be a good time to finally look at automated …
Weeknote 04th October 2021
Last week Mostly work I can’t discuss. Worked Control for another wargame, lots of thoughts about how to run a megagame with highly …
Weeknote 27th September 2021
Last week I appeared on the Circuit Podcast, describing the benefits of wargaming in all forms of security practice. I had a sales call …
Weeknote 20th September 2021
Last week I attended two days of the profesional wargaming conference Connections UK. This was well done, very interactive, with the team …
Weeknote 13th September 2021
Last week Enjoyed watching the first week of the NFL season, my team had a relatively calm beginning. Helped a friend think through their …
PC purchasing checklist
I’ve just been helping a friend think through buying a new “home office” PC, mainly because I’ve got through a similar set of thoughts …
The Game Of War
Thanks to Phil Huggins for putting me onto this episode of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. Dan discusses his background in miniature …
Weeknote 06th September 2021
Last week Did my fantasy football draft for the year. I have less time than I’d like for following the NFL, so I find fantasy football a …
Weeknote 30th August 2021
Last week Continued thinking on the American War of Independence mashup, this rapid summary on YouTube was thought provoking Acknowledged …
Weeknote 23rd August 2021
Last week Continued thinking on a “mashup” game ( maybe manual, online, or megagame ) about the American War of Independence… but that has …
Weeknote 16th August 2021
My further attempts at “working out loud”. I realised this should be called “weeknote”, learnt from Matt Ballantine’s latest post; I appear …
9th August 2021
Looking forward and back, 9th August 2021 I’m very wary of journals and journalling, but “work out loud” keeps being recommended more and …
2nd August 2021
Looking forward and back, 2nd August 2021 I’m very wary of journals and journalling, but “work out loud” keeps being recommended more and …
26th July 2021
Looking forward and back, 26th July 2021 I’m very wary of journals and journalling, but “work out loud” keeps being recommended more and …
On the benefits of virtual conferences I’ve just finished helping organise the online conference PlaySecure, running mainly on top of the …
The ( former ) subtitle of this blog is a bit much isn’t it, “I am the coxswain on my boat of thought”. But the phrase “train of thought” is …
What do you think of the colour scheme? I like the green, black, and white - based on the graphic I chose for my Twitter avatar an age ago. …
The first post, while I’m setting up a new blog The new blog posts will be on this site. You should be able to subscribe to the RSS feed …