THE URB-COIN GAME
ABT ASSOCIATES INC CAMBRIDGE MA
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This report presents the results of a six month effort by Abt Associates, Inc., to develop a game to simulate some of the major aspects of the terror phase of internal revolutionary conflict in an urban environment and to explore the feasibility of developing a computer model of urban insurgency based on game findings. Research on twenty selected cases of urban insurgency preceded development of the game, known as the ARPA URB-COIN GAME, which has been played eight times to date five times in developmental test versions, and three times in its current operational form. Game rules and procedures have been refined toward increasing realism and playability after the successive manual simulations. At present, the rules approximate their final form, although modifications will doubtless be made after future demonstrations. This report deals with the URB-COIN game design, development and testing, and include the data from plays which have been held. The URB-COIN game has not as yet been played a sufficient number of times to provide a data base for quantitative research findings.
- Unconventional Warfare