Matrix Game - Baltic Challenge by Tom Mouat

By Vicky Osborn May 16, 2019


Matrix games are different to normal wargames. They use words to describe why something should happen and the power of a compelling argument can determine the outcome of the game.  While traditional wargames can be quite difficult to master, a matrix game is for anyone who can communicate a point of view.  They are not designed to be fiercely competitive with clear winners and losers, instead they aim to shed light on a narrative. Matrix games are a growing genre that can be applied to a vast range of situations ranging from boardroom takeovers to the development of foreign policy. The Baltic Challenge, developed by British MAJ, Tom Mouatis a great game for beginners with detailed instructions on how to play. So what's in it for me? Matrix games provide a number of benefits such as:

  • Knowledge of various scenarios
  • appreciation of differing viewpoints (Through role play)
  • Understanding of the human aspect of conflict (psychology)
  • Ability to plan ahead (strategic thinking)
  • Communication skills
  • argument/counter argument development (debating)
  • A better understanding of how your 'opponents' think (social)

If you are up for a challenge, why not have a go? Or if you can recommend another matrix game, let us know.



Vicky Osborn

Vicky Osborn is an Education Officer posted to Headquarters Forces Command, Directorate of Professional Military Education. Previous postings include the Army Knowledge Centre (ALPC) and Army Logistics Training Centre.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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