The Nation State Boardgame

How do we get people thinking about how we design our world and society? What if you could simulate and redo your choices everyday? Is the society you see around you the result of som serious systems thinking? And, if not, then why not? Can we make the world like a boardgame? And can we use games to make people act out their inner desires to build an empire without them damaging our only world in the process?

Are You A Civilisation Builder? [Simulating Society Building]

Being a politician and playing the game called “The Nation State” is just like when I play any Civilization boardgame or Logistics boardgame except for one big difference. I can redo my choices every time I play my game.

Clash of Cultures the Civilization Boardgame

Clash of Cultures the Civilization Boardgame

In my games there are always many schools, strategies and tactics you can use to build a great nation or economic engine. You can experiment and see what works from game to game. In real life it’s a bit more complicated. The biggest problem is that each individual has their own life at stake for the choices they make. Another one is that changing the system can’t be done in a couple of hours and then back again.


Ancient Worlds – Building a Civiliztion through Colonialism

This all comes down to a very slow and inflexible system where no one wants to innovate and try new stuff.

My idea is that all decision makers should play more boardgames where they run a Nation State where they are exposed to a myriad of other options into how to run a society. Wouldn’t it we great if everyone worked together to build a better society instead of just forwarding their own personal agenda. What is your idea on how to make a better society? Is the Networked Society changing all this? Will transparency and openness shine a light on what the people in power really are doing? Can we help them in some way?

Setting up a trading family inside the Roman Empire in the game Concordia

Setting up a trading family inside the Roman Empire in the game Concordia

Increase Your Cognitive Thinking [Design The World Around You]

Me, myself, love the both social and cognitive exercise, that playing modern designer boardgame is. Have you tried it? And have you then reflected on what systems the boardgame are simulating?

Bring your brain out of its default power saving mode (System 1),  by doing everything on routine, and instead into the creative curious high energy mode of learning new stuff every day (System 2) – Michael Sillion

We can do this. Try to se the world and things happening around you in new light each day. What is happening and why? Has someone deliberately designed the system or is just and emerging effect of other small steps and choices?

Lord Sillion
Captain Future & Holistic Thinking Ninja

All the Children Shall Lead #Blogg100

#012 [XII]
What do you leave behind? [Explore new paths every day]


3D-printed LunarBots

Today was the last Day of NASA’s Space Apps Hackaton. The largest in the world with 9000 participants. We finished making a prototype of our boardgame including 3D-printed LunarBots. Jens took a 20 minute course in Maya and learned how to make a basic 3D-models. And I learned how to make a Stop Motion presentation movie  with 144 frames using the simple app iMotion HD.


See our final presentation on Bambuser.


LunarBots presentation

Generations to come [What must they think of you?]

What I learned from the day is that we do this for our children. Let’s all think of and be like our children. With this being a space weekend we of course had to listen to some space music. And there is only one space music band for me: S.P.O.C.K. My favorite to songs is Dark Side of the Force and Wolf in the Fold.

Bu the song we feature here is the very striking All the Children Shall Lead.

I’m sitting in my quarters aboard the ship
thinking about this very special trip

400 people, destiny: our closest star
mankind has never ever been that far
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead
We’ll never see the world that lies ahead
long before we get there all adults will be dead

Then it is up to the kids we brought along
now they learn what is right and what is wrong
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead
As a bad example we show them how it used to be
before the year 2000 it was a total misery
Soon comes the future, then we will die
All the children shall lead

What path are you treading on? [Let’s craft a new path together]

Now is the time to invest in our children like never before. They must think us mad about the state we have left their Homeworld in. Change is happening all over the world. But in many places it is still on the wrong path. A path leading right of the edge of cliff. Are you on that path? If so you can help craft a new path for us and our children and their children’s children.

Life is about the journey and what we leave behind. What path do we chose to travel on?

If we teach our kids at a young age that don’t have to accept everything as it is happening to them. We can teach the to be curious about their own future. That they can be creative and design it them self. And spend their time crafting their own path.

We take our lifestyle for granted and think of it as the most natural thing in the world. That’s why we must study history. So that we can learn how different it was in the past. In this way we can see that the our future can be very different too in kind.

It only takes about 3 months for us humans to adapt to a new living condition to such a degree that we start thinking of it as “Normal”

@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]

PAX day 2 FTW #Blogg100

#041 [XLI]
Meeting my Heros [League of Legends Pub Crawl]

This is part 6 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Up early to go to a most exiting panel.

The Impact of Video Game Design Techniques for Boardgames

The Impact of Video Game Design Techniques for Boardgames

The Impact of Video Game Design Techniques for Boardgames. This is with Geoff Engelstein, Christopher Badell, Colby Dauch, Matt Morgan and Russ Wakelin among others who I have talked to on twitter before the event. I promised them to bring Swedish Fish – Salmiak Candy from Sweden. Witch they very much appreciated.

The panel was very interesting and I have live streamed it using Bambuser so that you can see it here.

As the gaming industry is booming, boardgame design can learn much from vidoegame design.

After the panel I got a chance to talk to both Russ and Geoff. Geoff who has designed 2 boardgames already is demoing his new Team Co-op game: Space Cadets Warp Duel. I have filmed the walkthrough if you want to take a look.

The Boardgame area

The Boardgame area

Me and Jerry Holkins

Me and Jerry Holkins

Cruising around

There is allot of raffles around the exhibition hall. We enter some of them. There is a very large crowd on the MSi one when the give away some graphiccards, Motherboards and in the end a whole gaming rig. Guess who wont it. After drawing allot of numbers that no-one in the crowd has the draws my Brothers number 🙂

Fredrik is a very Happy Camper

Fredrik is a very Happy Camper

The rest of the day we are just cruising hitting some panels and walk main hall talking to people. We find out that later tonight Riot Games are going to have a Bar Crawl spread out over 9 pubs each with a different role and character attached to it at 8pm. Then we all meet up together at 10pm at “The Nexus”. Very cool concept so we have to go.


League of Legends and Riot Games are extremely popular here in the US. In the swag bag of PAX we all got a bracelet showing 1 out of 5 roles you can have in the game. And there have been frequent trading and giving away to acquire all 5 of them. I myself prefer to play Jungle with Vi or Hecarim, Top with Vi or Nidalee and Mid with Diana

League Of Legends Pub Crawl

League Of Legends Pub Crawl

League Of Legends Pub Crawl

After having a delicious pizza at a place call California Pizza we move on to the pub to meet the fans and “The Rioteers”. The First question we ask each other is who do you play? Well I have palyed alot over the last year and my favorite characters are Vi, Hecarim, Diana and Nidalee. So Naturally we headed to the “Vi Pub” called The Vault on Water Street in Boston. Well there we met Mike Laygo @ohmikegoodness who is the animator behind Vi the Piltover. We have an awesome time. This what I love with the US. All the fist bumping and cheering of each other. They even have a special LoL drink list.

@LordSillion and @ohMikeGoodness

@LordSillion and @ohMikeGoodness

At 10 we move on to The Nexus only to find over 200 people in a long queue. At the front we finds out that this is a small pub and is already full. Maybe Riot Games underestimated how popular an event like this should be. Any how. I know there is a big party for WildStar at the hotel across from the convention center. So I head there instead. I meet some of the Awesome people from the Twitch VIP party yesterday and they got me on the VIP list here too 🙂 I meet a lot of awesome people in the gaming industry here. More Fist-bumping and cheering. Oh and I met VoyBoy on the Party too 🙂

LordSillion and VoyBoy

LordSillion and VoyBoy

Let’s get to the fun part!


Social Bonding #Blogg100

#076 [LXXVI]
Playing games face to face together [Spela spel ihop, ansikte mot ansikte]

Idag har vi varit ett stort gäng på Sverok Västs lokal Spelets hus i Göteborg och spelat brädspel. Denna livsstil som ligger mig varmast om hjärtat. Som jag håller som min heliga grej. Är väldigt social och varmt välkomnande. Alla som kommer dit blir varmt motagna. Man parar ihop sig i grupper och spelar del olika typer av spel som passar en. Jag är där med några av mina äldsta och bästa vänner. Det är verkligen som Jane McGonigal säger.

När man spelar spel ihop uppstår en fantastisk social bonding.

Idag blev det 4 av mina nya favoritspel. Terra Mystica, Spartacus, Key Flower och Clash of Cultures. 2 stora gäng ville prova att spela det gamla spelet Diplomacy från 1959. Ett bräde var överens om att det kändes som ett väldig gammalt spel. Idag känns Imperial och Game of Thrones mycket bättre i denna kategorin. Många brädspelare där är med i föreningen GoBo.


LordSillion, Champ, Samuel och Ölme

LordSillion, Champ, Samuel och Ölme spelar Clash of Cultures

2 Bräden Diplpomacy

2 Bräden Diplpomacy

Final standing in Terra Mystica 139 Darklings, 125, Dwarfs, 94 Swarmlings

Final standing in Terra Mystica 139 Darklings, 125, Dwarfs, 94 Swarmlings


Logistik-pussel är bara förnamnet i KeyFlower

Blood and Backstabbing in Spartacus

Blood and Backstabbing in Spartacus

Civilization games FTW #Blogg100

#077 [LXXVII]
A Civilization game done right

Have you ever played some of Sid Meier’s Civilization games on the computer?

My Civilization history

I have. For me it started with Civilization I on the Amiga. Then in 1996 came Civilization II. One of the most addictive games ever produced. I could wake up a Saturday morning just to play few rounds. Then when the sun came down in the evening I was still, A: sitting in my underwear, very cold with a stiff neck, and B: Very hungry from not eating anything for the whole day 🙂

So for me the best Civ computer game is Civilization Revolution. Because it’s very streamlined and therefore very short. Which means that I would not go a whole day without eating when playing it. Only 3-4 hours at max. They kept just the good parts.

Civilization boardgames

So it comes as no surprise that as a boardgamer we have long been searching for the perfect Civilization boardgame. There has been quite a few over the years. Some bad and some quite good but very long. Here are some of the games that I have played: History of The World,  Tempus, Civilization, Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization, Mare Nostrum, Rise of Empires, Runewars, Uruk, Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, 7 Wonders, After the Flood, Age of Mythology, Antike, Colonial, EclipseArchipelagio, Assyria, Alien Frontiers, Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game.

We had our hopes up Fantasy Flight games epic and official boardgame version: Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game. But to me it fell flat with a bad combat system and a horrible army build mechanic.

Terra Mystica

But this winter something happened. 2 very promising Civ game where released at Essen spiel. The first I got my hands on and played was Terra Mystica. It’s a very good game with lot’s of interesting mechanics and many difficult decisions each turn. The interaction is low and it’s not quite the traditional Civ game. It plays beautifully and is new favorite boardgame of mine.

Clash of Cultures

Tonight I finally got to play the second game. Namely Clash of Cultures. For me the best part in all the classic Civ games are the early part before anyone develops gunpowder and more modern technologies. In Clash of Cultures you only play in a antique civilization and that is perfect for me. This game captures all the classic ingredients for a Civ game. And does so in a very streamlined way with lots of tough choices.

I have link to a gameplay video in my previous episode: #081 [LXXXI] The Future is a co-op game we all can play and win!

Time will tell if it is the the game I think it is for me. Me and Martin played a 2 player short game tonight.

Civilization games FTW!


Game end. Martin won with as the yellow player

Game end. Martin won as the yellow player

I came in second as red

I came in second as red

I had mush less science advances than Martin

I had less science advances than Martin

Martin is a happy camper

Martin is a happy camper

Pecha Kucha in Varberg #Blogg100

#085 [LXXXV]
Pecha Kucha FTW

Tonight I done my first Pecha Kucha speech. It was about “Why are we so Groupish“, And how can we use this To build a better Society.

You can see it in Swedish on Bambuser recorded by MikuMaria or as my YouTube clip in HD but with the first 10 seconds missing.

LordSillion at Pecha Kucha

LordSillion at Pecha Kucha


Här är alla tal som var ikväll:

Stefan Wallner – Ecodesign, mer än bara ull och morötter
Jill Andersson – Custom Made Paperboards
Louise Morberg – Varje filmvinkel är ett moraliskt ställningstagande
Jennifer Cannon – Att ta från de rika och ge till de fattiga

Margareta von Rosen – Urban Gardening
Samuel Linde – Analogt spelande i en digital värld.
Michael Sillion – Why we are so groupisch
Anneli Andersson – Baka stenugnsbröd utan stenugn

Stefan Wallner – Visade oss alla dom fantastiska ECo- och hållbarhetshus som det experimenterats med under dom senaste 40 åren. Kolla in hans blogg Agent Stefan där han skriver om förändring och livsfilosofi precis som mig 🙂

Louise Morberg – Pratade om sin passion för film. Och trots att hennes mamma sa att hon skulle skaffa ett riktigt jobb har hon utbildat sig till filmvetare och lanserar nu Doc Lounge i Varberg nästa vecka. Gå in på deras Facebook sida!

Samuel Linde pratar om sin passion. Den nya brädspelshobbyn som blommat upp i världen de senaste 5 åren. Det är en helt ny typ av brädspel som även jag är helt såld på. Se hans tal på YouTube nedan.

Michael Sillion berättade för oss “Why are we so Groupish” och hur ska vi använda detta för att bygga ett bättre samhälle ihop. Här är text och bilderna till Mitt Manus. Nu på YouTube med!

Magnus Ohlsson Paglert stod för musiken som Dj Manoltio. Han är också min favorit Spinning instruktör i Varberg på Atletica.


1. Förstrå att alla håller något heligt. Även du. Angriper man det heliga försvarar alla det på ett orationellt sätt.

2. Vi måste sluta att hata och demonisera varandra. Inte gå på myten om ren ondska.

3. Groupishness must be managed! Vi måste hålla koll på varandras beteende och säga Aja Baja när någon gör fel. Längtan att vara tillsammans och göra saker ihop är starkare än de flesta andra krafter och det går lätt att utnyttja till fel syften. Alla vill passa in och känna sig behövda.

4. Gå med flera olika sociala grupper med olika intressen och inriktningar.

Dansa till extas tillsammans.
Spela spel tillsammans.
Åk på äventyr tillsammans!


Queens of Ice #Blogg100

#090 [XC]
Ice queens [Isdrottningar]

Today me and my daughters we went to the sea and walked in a windless, sunny and beautiful weather. There where some amazing ice sheets laying on the beach that we jumped upon. When large parts of the ice broke of, I took them and throw them high into the air. When they landed on the ice they shattered in hundreds of piece to my daughters delight 😉

Ice Queens

Ice Queens

Ice by the sea in Varberg

Ice by the sea in Varberg

Queen Bitch of The Universe

From my Queens to the next … The Queen of Blades … Today I finally got to see the new Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm trailer. And it looks amazing! Really looking forward to playing it when it comes this march. Better late than never as with all Blizzard titles. In the meantime I will play some League of Legends that just released the Season 3 patch today. And maybe some more of the “Free” World of Tanks. I also play Hero Academy on iOS each day but more on that in a later blog.

What do you play?


This week I also played one of my new favorite Boardgames: Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. Check out the Swedish review below by ConraDargo. And if you don’t speak Swedish check out The Dice Tower review. This one keeps growing on me and everyone else. Many think it is game of the year of 2012 🙂