Watch the Skies

Watch the Skies

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International relations, conflict and high level diplomacy... and mysterious and threatening aliens from outer space!

The world famous Watch the Skies is a game about the world's technological, military and political response to the existence of extraterrestrial aliens.

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Outline

This is a megagame about international relations, conflict and high level diplomacy.
It also involves mysterious and threatening aliens from outer space.
The basic premise is that unknown aliens are increasingly visiting earth to abduct, investigate, terrorise and ultimately to subvert and take over or perhaps render earth weak enough to invade.
The main part of the game is about how humanity as a collection of political entities decides to react to this.

Game Play

The main element of game play will be the different national contingents attempting to coordinate their responses whilst at the same time meeting national objectives. This will involve high level diplomacy. Earth remains a politically complicated place, and at the same time as responding to the obvious threat of aliens, human governments will have the full range of human on human political rivalries, conflicts and crisis - none of which can be safely ignored. And the Aliens will be getting up to the usual unspeakably devious and alien activities. Abductions, probes, infiltration, cattle mutilation and terror raids cannot be ruled out.

Humans get to upgrade their capabilities or economies by researching captured alien equipment and personnel and thereby gaining knowledge. These can be shared or held – depending on how much the human players cooperate. Humans also have to decide how to use their resources to build better bases, upgrade existing weapons and so on. And who knows - maybe bring the war to the enemy?

The game progresses in one year game turns so decision-making is strategic - primarily about resource allocation, doctrine, policy making and, of course, diplomacy.

Ideal Audiences

  • Organisations wishing to practice negotiation and communication skills in a fun way.

  • Organisations seeking a very unusual team building challenge.

  • Students studying global politics, the United Nations or world issues.

Game Capacity

For 20 to 40 players


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