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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Early Bird gets the...

...well in this case to keep more money in his pockets.

Register for Operation Least Weasel 16 by 31 May, 2016 and pay only $100! Spend that $25 you save on some cool gear or grenades if you want.

Even if you miss the 31 May cutoff you can still save $15 if you register before July 31st.

After that it is the full price of $125 until registration closes on 12 September, 2016.

We value those that plan ahead and we are showing this by saving you some money.

Read more about the event and register at:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Operation Least Weasel 16

CWG is proud to present the next installment of the ongoing conflict in the Central Grafsten Highlands.

This fall both sides will once again prepare for a last push before taking up positions to wait out the winter.

Pick your side, and sign up now.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

AAR for Aredeans at Swift Fox 16

This is the After Action Review for 2nd Troop, 5th Squadron 23rd Frontier Dragoons (Plamanec Brigade) on the actions of 1-3 April 2016 in Special Administrative Region 1, near Maros, Narseh.

Since this is a virtual AAR, the Troop Command Staff will start with the following. Read on for how you can contribute.

Plan: Perform movement into AO shortly after 0600 Friday 1 April 2016. Establish HQ and OP on ridge west of road 19. Conduct operations in the AO to identify Kitoy outposts, troops concentrations, supply depots and MSRs. Using this intelligence, develop plans to destroy or displace Kitoy forces by phase lines. NLT 1200 on 3 April, no enemy forces are to be present west of 15S UA 510 Easting.

Performance: Movement to AO was delayed approximately 2 hours so occurred in full daylight, though movement and setup was not in the end compromized. HQ was established as expected and reconnaissance patrols sent out by 1000 1 April.
OP was not entirely effective due to heavier than expected tree cover (even thermals were of only limited value), and radio issues.
Patrols, ambushes, and movements to contact conducted for remainder of operational window.
Enemy was not sited as briefed, so some time was wasted scouting areas with little or no enemy activity. Plan advanced to next step and a more forward posture was adopted. This resulted in repeated enemy contact, but limited manpower and transport reduced the ability to exploit gains in many actions.
Inconsistent security practices, poor communications due especially to hills, and lack of contingency plans resulted in some needless losses, displacement of forces and loss of time.
By 1200 Sunday 3 April, Kitoy forces were severely weakened but still had presence west of 15S UA 510 Easting with enemy reinforcements in the vicinity.

  • At least one light utility vehicle is a must for resupply and to assist units moving sustainment gear over larger distances or rough terrain. The M35 was used on initial deployment, and to pick up troops and equipment at end of game, but was far too loud, large and slow in such terrain for other purposes.  
  • Ribbon antennas for the PRC-68/126/128 radios instead of the short "rubber duck" both for ruggedness and to increase transmit/receive range.
  • Make plan to establish forward caches of water and ammunition as ground is gained, to help sustain the fight without long-distance supply runs. 
  • Better contingency plans for when unexpected contact is made, routes are cut off, or comms are down. 
  • Coordinate initial tactical movement better with event administration check in process to avoid tactical delays and risks. 

  • Use of the Commonwealth model of organization and tactics.
  • Broad issue of radios to teams, assisting with coordination and changes in plans. 
  • Use of heavier HQ staff as a filler, reserve and strike force.
  • Ability of HQ to both have a base camp to coordinate, and to move for command or support from the field. 

Please add your comments on Performance as you saw it on the ground. Post to the comments section here.

We want to hear from everyone! Add your Improve and Sustain items in the comments as well. Everyone can contribute, with anything as long as it's about the tactical and operational performance of the unit in the field.

Game related issues should go in the event feedback thread. Kitoy will get their own just like this, soon.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Event Feedback for Swift Fox 16

This is the first of several after action review format threads we'd like you to contribute to. All non-structured feedback and war stories we encourage you to place on the Central War Gaming Facebook page. We will of course read all of those as well to get a more complete picture of the event and what you all liked or disliked. This will help us prioritize what to fix or adjust and what you liked we need to keep doing.

There will also soon be tactical AARs for each side, covering how well you performed your mission. But to us running the game, our first mission was running a good game.

Plan: Conduct a  MilSim event Starting 0600 Friday 1 April and running until 1400 Sunday 3 April, 2016. Provide the storyline and logistics to allow attendees to conduct operations and get a feel of immersion into the fictional world.
Structure the mission objectives of each side such that the attendees need to conduct operations to build the intelligence picture and then exploit that information.
Target a good balance of fieldcraft with airsoft trigger time. Plan the logistics to allow minimal setup and tear down time.

Performance: Actual start time was nearly 2 hours late. Attendees then conducted operations until 1400 Sunday, though there was some miscommunication where some attendees/staff understood that it was to end at 1200. While individual percentages may differ overall each attendee did a balanced amount of field craft to airsoft trigger time.

  • Streamline Check-In even more.
  • Possibly delay planned game start to allow check in to be done in daylight. This may have to vary by season. 
  • Ensure both sides have at least one light utility vehicle to perform logistic resupply as well as move rucks over longer distances/rough terrain.
  • Ensure Endex is understood by all attendees (and staff) prior to event start

  • Keep the 'world model' and expand on the details
  • Keep the logistics level where it is as the set up and tear down are within the acceptable window

What we need from the attendees:
Now we want you to add more. We need your feedback as attendees of Swift Fox 16, both good and bad. We need them in a format that is clear, consistent and actionable.

  • Improves for areas where something needs to be fixed or adjusted.
  • Sustains to identify what is working as it should right now. So we do not change them.

Please post these in the comments as separate lists, much like our initial post. Even if somebody has already submitted something, if you feel the same submit it as well.

Photos from Swift Fox 16

We had a photographer posing as in-game press for much of the event, and have posted all those photos to Flickr. All Flickr photos tagged with the event name, including those, are up here:

We'd also like to see what photos or videos you have shot! As you tell us, or we stumble across them, we'll add to the list here. Please tag all photos you share as Swift Fox 16 so everyone can find them. 

Lost and Found: Swift Fox 16

To make sure there's a permanent list of lost and found items, let's try posting everything here. Just respond to this posting with what you lost and what you came home with you do not recognize or didn't mean to.

Every once in a while we'll update this post with a consolidated list of all of them. Please spread this around so everyone knows where to share their lost and found status.

I'll start!


  • Felco pruners, OD green. Last seen Sunday when I had Beik hand them to me at the HQ. Don't seem to have them, cannot recall where I put them - Steven Hoober
  • Blue handled EMT shears, probably fell out when I was rolling around machine gunning everyone that one time Saturday - Steven Hoober
  • Green, Pattern'58, poncho - Tom Ready
  • Black, King Arms, 90rnd L1A1 magazine - Tom Ready
  • USGI canteen, should have a red mark on the bottom - Mercy 
  • Medic Bag, I let Josh Pearson use my bag and at the end of the event he put the bag in with all of the medic supplies. It is a shoulder bag with a red and white cross on the front and I would say it is gray/green in color. It is some sort of foreign military bag - Dan Delaunois 


  • PRC rubber duck antenna, new in wrap. - Steven Hoober
  • M16 magazine, marked Fritz, found at Kitoy CCP - Brett Conklin 
  • Green kneepad, found at Kitoy CCP - Brett Conklin
  • Green pilot's helmet bag, found at Kitoy CCP - Brett Conklin
  • Kit, First Aid, OD cloth zipper case by ROTHCO. Was placed on my ruck Sunday and put in my ruck for loading up into the truck - Troy Buddenhagen 

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