Booz Allen, a government contractor with $4 billion in annual revenues, is a big believer in tabletop war games. Every year for FOSE (Federal Office Supplies Exposition) they create a mammoth war game to illustrate some technical concepts in an effort to educate the players (federal employees) as to why they should be adopting new technology.

This year’s effort was on Cloud Computing, and the six demo games, each of which was 5 by 7 feet and took up its own converted craps table, combined elements of poker, card picking, and decision making. Previous efforts have tackled CIOs and homeland security.

There’s a brief glance at the game in this video about midway through:

One source indicated that the messages imparted by the game were not so straightforward. The game will be making the rounds at client sites within the government.

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