Just play-tested ‘The Troubles’, the cards from ‘1966 Nelson’s Pillar’ to ‘1970 General Election’. I’m no mathematician – and there will be some major balancing to do – but I’ve been really impressed with the historical narrative that unfolds with COIN-series games.
And that is why this type of simulation – complex as it may be – offers itself as a valuable educational tool.
Key events included: Battle of Bogside, Civil Rights March: Burntollet, Deployment of British Troops, UDR Act…
I’ve ordered some light blue cubes for the 1970 influx of UDR troops (represented by orange for now); I’ll also need to enlarge the map of Belfast.