I'll be running a play test of my nonviolent action rules, By Will Alone, on Sunday, April 1st. It will likely at my house.
On Sunday, April 15th, I will be running a play test of my Havoc game, In the shadow of Gdańsk, at the Hobby Bunker in Malden. Here is the game description:
Solidarność (Soldarity) rejoices its success at reversing Jaruzelski's attempt to impose martial law in Poland. While coup plotters flee to the Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact invades. With NATO unable and unwilling to intervene, union workers and their allies ready
themselves to stop the onslaught with the only tools at their disposal: their wits and determination.
Please contact me if you would like to help play test the rules and/or game at jokeefe at(nospam) jamesokeefe dot org. Thanks!
Sophie McNeill, a reporter with SBS Television Australia, has a blog with her reports on the nonviolent attempt to bring down the Lebanese government by Hezbollah and Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement. Her coverage seems pretty even handed.
I found the article Nonviolence can work wonders – even in the Middle East from the Christian Science Monitor about a gathering of nonviolence activists in Jordan. Interesting article.
There was another gathering called Celebrating Nonviolent Resistance held in Bethlehem in December 2005. I found out about it from this conference update.
I went looking for a list of nonviolent struggles in the world and found the Center for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies. They were formed by some of the people who organized the overthrow of Milosevic in Serbia in 2000. They have a useful (and free) guide for waging Nonviolent Struggle.
A few more good sites are:
I make no claim as to the ideology of these groups only that they have some useful information on practicing strategic nonviolent action.
A quick update on the game. I am in the midst of rewriting it and have the key game mechanics done. I borrowed some of the game mechanics from Crossfire, an innovative World War II company level miniatures combat game. The key things I borrowed from it are:
- No fixed turns. Players can continue to act while they have the initiative. When they lose the initiative, turn passes to the other player (or team of players).
- No measuring. Units move from feature to feature (street intersections for example) rather than fixed distances. Some units will be able to move more than one feature each time (i.e. vehicles).
My game also focuses much more on command and control than the previous version.
I also decided to change the title from With Weapons of Will to By Will Alone, though that isn't a definite.
I hope to start playtesting it in limited venues before January with larger play tests in January. I want to have a game ready for Havoc, a miniature gaming convention in Massachusetts in March.
Here's a note from nonviolent activist George Lakey about the Palestinian tactic of nonviolently stopping Israeli aircraft from bombing Palestinian leaders and activists (reported ). Matt Guynn posted it:
It's a great example of NV defense, though, innovative, and the kind of thing which, if I advocated as a US'er to some Palestinians I've known they would laugh it off as ridiculous because it wouldn't deter the IDF.
I love these spontaneous things that people come up with in the midst of struggle, even people basically committed to violent struggle, when they realize that (once again) nonviolent means are often more powerful than violent means.
Found this interesting article from the Guardian via Common Dreams: Palestinians use human shield to halt Israeli air strike on militants' homes. I believe that this tactic was also used by the Serbs to counter NATO bombings during the Kosovo War.
Found Nonviolence News from Matt Guynn's comment. Been working on my campaign for Massachusetts Treasurer so I did not notice it. The campaign will keep me busy until November. After that I hope to have a revised version of With Weapons of Will out for playtest. See you on the campaign trail.
A FORCE MORE POWERFUL – The Game of NONVIOLENT Strategy is now available.
It is a computer game that allows people to try their hand at defeating dictators, military occupiers, and
corrupt rulers–not with laser rays and AK47s–but with a non-military strategy
and nonviolent weapons.
It is only $19.95 plus shipping/handling.
It looks really cool and will be quite a useful tool for teaching nonviolent strategy.
Now if it had a US scenario.
The Christian Science Monitor reports on the start of non-violent protests in Azerbaijan. The objectives:
Azeri opposition leaders are hoping to harness
popular outrage over the flawed election to force authorities into
staging the voting again – with more democratic conditions.
Nuf said… for now.