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New Directions In Wargaming

In 1980 Dr. Paddy Griffith, who was then a lecturer in War Studies at RMA Sandhurst, organised a conference entitled "New Directions In Wargaming". The conference was held at Moor Park College near Farnham, and lasted over the weekend of 23rd to 25th May 1980. It was at this conference that Wargame Developments was founded, and it set the pattern for all the subsequent conferences.

The First COW

The Moor Park conference was such a success that it was agreed that an annual conference should be organised, and in June 1981 the first COW took place. Because Moor Park College was unavailable, an alternative venue was sought and thus began WD's long association with Knuston Hall Residential College for Adult Education.

COW and Knuston Hall

Knuston Hall has proven to be a popular venue because its facilities suited the organisation's needs and requirements, and its location - in the Midlands, close to the motorway network - makes it accessible from almost anywhere in the UK.

Each conference includes plenary/core, workshop, and practical sessions. All rooms have private facilities, and single rooms may be available. Attendees who require vegetarian, vegan, non-meat, or gluten free meals should contact Knuston Hall at least a week before the course begins.


COW2014 will be taking place from Friday11th July to Sunday 13th July 2014. The cost of attending COW2014 will be 260.00 (Residential) or 230.00 (Non-residential).

A copy of the COW2013 Programme and Timetable can be downloaded as PDFs here and here respectively.

Please note that only existing or joining members of Wargame Developments
who have booked and paid for a place may attend COW

For further details or to make a booking 

For further details about COW2014 or to book a place at COW2014, write to:

COW2014 Bookings,
84, Eglinton Hill,
Shooters Hill,
SE18 3DY,

or send an e-mail to COW2014 Bookings.

If you wish to book a place, please send a deposit of 20.00 (please make your cheque payable to Wargame Developments) to the address shown above. You may also book a place by selecting one of the PayPal payment options shown below.

If you are writing for further details about COW2013, enclose a stamped and self-addressed envelope or IRC with your letter.

COW Sessions

To offer sessions for the 2014 conference, write to:

COW2014 Session Coordinator,
51, High Street,
South Anston,
S25 4AY

or send an e-mail to COW2014 Session Coordinator.

You can pay fees to Wargame Developments by PayPal.

To pay your COW2014 deposit of 20.00: To pay for COW2014 (Residential) IN FULL (260.00): To pay your COW2013 (Residential) balance of  240.00:
To pay for COW2013 (Non-Residential) IN FULL (230.00): To pay your COW2013 (Non-Residential) balance of  210.00: To pay any part of the cost of attending COW2014:

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The page was last updated on 24th September 2013

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