Roleplaying “The Expanse,” SSICSIM style

I was doing a web search for material on The Expanse, the science fiction book and SyFy television series, when I came across the SSICSIM site. SSICSIM stands for Secondary School Interactive Crisis Simulation. Founded in 2011, it is an University of Toronto initiative that runs annual educational role-playing sessions for high school students, usually the model UN simulations with which many of us are familiar. In 2016, they tried something a little bit different, something that I think anyone interested in science fiction role-playing would like to know about. That year, one of the simulations was politics of The Expanse. The students involved were split into three factions (Earth, Mars, and The Belt) with six representatives each, plus two third-party delegates (an academic and a journalist).  The material that SSICSIM created for this simulation is a useful resource to someone wanting to do something similarly. They have put that material online. The Training Handbook provides the basic rules for participants in their Model UN simulations. The Expanse Background Guide gives the background for the issues that were at stake in the simulation. By the way, there is also a lot of material online for other past committees. A few are related to science fiction, most notably The Bajor Peace Conference for Star Trek and The Blockade of Naboo for Star Wars. So, if you are interested in the resource materials, go get ’em. If you are interested in being involved, they look for new Directors every year, and they have a Facebook page where you can stay in touch with what is going on.

Screen graphics from The Expanse, a HUD of the solar system, with orbits and other data

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About lostdelights

An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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