Now that the game is over and we've had a little time to look through the results we wanted to recognize some of the players and ideas that stood out. The blog post below is long, but we encourage you to scroll through it all.
Group 1: Leaderboard Awards
First on the list is to look at those players that played the game to win, and ended up with the most points in the leaderboard.
In Round 1 the top players were IS2, pepper1, and rcamp004. Interestingly enough, these three were on top of the leaderboard in the same order for the Exploration (card play) and Innovation (action plans) points. These three players were responsible for almost 22% of the total number of cards played in the first round!
Round 2 gave us some different names, with CorvusCorax on top of the Exploration points followed by paul61877 and Mobius. The Innovation points were slightly different, with paul61877 at the top followed by Grabo and then Mobius. Round 2 was weighted even more towards those top players in terms of card play, with the top 3 playing almost 54% of the total cards.
The overall scores are a mix of the two rounds. For the Exploration points pepper1 edged IS2 and CorvusCorax rounds out the third spot. For the Innovation points the top two stayed the same and Grabo was in third place.
Congratulations to our points leaders!
Round-based Idea Awards
Black Swan Task Force Award:
In addition to recognizing individual players we wanted to recognize some of the ideas that were generated, since the game was ultimately about ideas. The Task Force Award was given to the Action Plans/Cards from Round 1 that the game sponsors found most interesting. This is a subjective measure, but we still think these ideas were worth looking at.
For Suddenly we focused on Card 1779 written by JMan and the accompanying Action Plan 35. The authors of the action plan were bella, Bman, Futurescape, IS2, Jacko, JFeatherstone, JMan, MostlyHarmless, and rcamp004.
For Gradually we were interested in Card 2144 written by Razorwing and its accompanying Action Plan 11. The authors of the action plan were ajn124, cg_pjhr, Futurescape, IS2, JFeatherstone, Keemun, KETTLEBELL, Lycaedon, MostlyHarmless, pepper1, Pine in snow, Razorwing, rcamp004, Sheepdog, and shockwave.
We want to thank the people listed above and all of our players in Round 1!
Technology and Innovation Preparedness Awards:
We also wanted to recognize some of the ideas from Round 2. The TIPs Award was given to the Action Plans/Cards from Round 2 that the game sponsors found most interesting.
For Antifragility we focused on Card 5985 written by The Seer and the accompanying Action Plan 54. The authors on the action plan were Barkhan, dzviovich, Grabo, paul61877, pepper1, and The Seer. This AP had a good conversation in the Talk it Over section and some images posted as well.
For anticipation we looked at card 5815 created by ajn124 and the accompanying Action Plan 57. The authors on this plan were cg_pjhr, CorvusCorax, DitchDigger, FirstIvo, Mobius, paul61877, and The Seer.
Thank you to all of you for your creativity and collaboration in support of the TIP mission!
Additional Idea Awards
Science Fiction Award:
Every once in a while there is an idea that is creative and out there, but just believable enough that you wonder whether it could be true or not. This “Suddenly” card (card 3963) played by chunkymonkey in Round 1 fits that description. Whether or not this actually comes to pass, it’s the stuff that science fiction is made of, and if it happened it would be one heck of a black swan. There is a corresponding action plan, Action Plan 40, that was authored by chunkymonkey, CorvusCorax, DadzinCharge, Grabo, IS2, Jacko, JFeatherstone, JMan, MostlyHarmless, pepper1, pickle, and rcamp004.
Security Impact Award:
Another area we looked at was the security impact of the ideas represented. Again, these are just a few choices from many ideas that would have a huge impact on the world. Still, these stood out.
Round 1: Card 1348/Action Plan 33 was chosen due to its far reaching effects. First, there are direct impacts on the global economy as a whole. Additionally, sea lines of communication would be heavily restricted. Also, should this Action Plan come to fruition there would be great effects the regional stability by bringing opposing nuclear forces indirect confrontation with one another. Across the entire spectrum of national power with respect to all parties there would be diplomatic, informational, military, and economic dimensions of national power that would be faced with numerous obstacles placed on each. The card was authored by Long_Look and the action plan authors were ajn124, coch818, IS2, JFeatherstone, MostlyHarmless, nuc23, pepper1, rcamp004, and Zeo.
Round 2: Card 5696/Action Plan 64 was chosen due to the potential number of DoD-related uses and black swans this could effect. Military, commercial, and scientific activities taking place in orbit have become more and more critical to our operation as a nation. Having a capacity to protect space assets as well as gain back space-based capability in the event of a black swan would be critical. This concept has the means to provide that capability, which is a large security impact indeed. The Card was authored by CorvusCorax, and the action plan authors were CorvusCorax, Grabo, Mobius, paul61877, and The Seer.
Before Round 1 began, we asked Task Force members to recruit others who may be interested in participating in the blackswan mmowgli game. Below is the list of recipients of the Recruitment award for their excellence in well...recruitment!
- Blue Passion
Every so often, there are a few cards played in a mmowgli game that we refer to as "meta-mmowgli." It's that moment of clarity where the clouds part and a player plays a mmogwli card within the mmowgli game.
The first meta-mmowgli goes to pepper 1 for Card 6494.
The second meta-mmowgli award goes to a converation between JFeatherstone and dqtratus in Card 1058 and Card 1083.
Extra mile award:
Earlier this week, we recieved an email from player Longshanks who created a video for Action Plan 30. For this enthusiasiam and extra effort, we'd like to award player Longshanks with the Extra Mile Award. You can watch his/her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCnaJzRKsS4
Again, we want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for your participation in the game. It was widely successful because of you.
What comes next...
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