Connections NL 2023 will be held on Monday 13th November 2023 at the The Hague University of Applied Science (Haagse Hogeschool) in The Hague.  The program will be in English.


Cost: free admission and participation


Program (pending)


Morning program: 09:00 - 12:00
  1. Mega Game (approximately 1 hour)
  2. Keynote 1: Colonel Bart Houben, wargaming Netherlands Defence Academy
  3. Keynote 2: Alexander Nieuwborg on gaming resilience
  4. Explanation and details on game sessions (afternoon)

Lunch: 12:00 - 13:00 (lunch at your own expense)


Afternoon program: 13:00 - 16:15
Game session, 1 hours each.
  • WISE-AEGIS: wargame about resilience
  • TEAMWORK: tactical wargame for engineers
  • Command: wargaming software used by the Belgian MoD
  • OWS


Wrap up and Connections NL trofee award ceremony: 16:15 (plenair)


Drinks: 16:30


More information will follow. If you have any questions or want to add to the program, please contact Bas Kreuger.


On the games: (more to follow)


MegaGame (by Hans Steensma):

A MegaGame is a wargame played by tens and sometimes even a hundred or more players, each in a specific role; as commander of troops, general in overall command, politicians, merchants or presidents and royals.

The interaction between these players in their roles, under the pressure of time and ever changing circumstances, make it an exhilarating form of gaming. It is relatively free form, your orders per turn are interpreted by game masters and resolved into actions that are represented on a central map.


Teamwork (by Swen Stoop): Teamwork is a tactical wargame designed in 1997 in collaboration with the Training Center for Engineers (OTC Genie), Royal Netherlands Army. The purpose of the game was to offer engineers the opportunity to explore and experience the role of engineers on the battlefield. Teamwork has been applied in the classroom and in combination with battlefield tours.

In 2015 at Connections UK a Canadian Professor, who had observed combat operations in Libya, remarked that events in Teamwork closely resembled events as they unfolded during combat in Libya. The wargame remained true to its purpose: providing a relevant learning experience to its players.
WISE - AEGIS (by Diederik Stolk): On behalf of the NATO, CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) will demonstrate the WISE-AEGIS wargame. This game is about resilience at the national level. In teams participants need to come up with simple Courses of Action (COAs) to mitigate and deal with shocks. Diederik Stolk will demonstrate the workshop version of WISE-AEGIS. It is a shortened and simplified version of the two-day version of the game as originally developed by the Joint Warfare Center and the NATO CCOE.
Command (by Maxime Deprouw, Belgian MoD) Command is a software program both offered as a game and as a tool for professionals. Maxime Deprouw will demonstrate how this is used by the Belgian military to train personnel and analyse scenario's and platforms.  

Registration - Want to attent Connections NL 2023? Send an email to the organisation at or contact us through the contact page.

There is no admission fee for Connections NL 2023, but lunch and drinks are at your own expense.

The venue


Haagse Hogeschool (The Hague University of Applied Science). Johanna Westerdijkplein 75 The Hague


By car: there are several parking garages nearby. See Maps below for more information.

By public transport: by train, tram or bus to The Hague Hollands Spoor station. From the exit Laakhaven it is a three minute walk to the entrance. There is also a bus stop line 26 at the entrance of the HHS.