A Megagame is a multi-player game in which the participants are organised into teams, and those teams into an hierarchy – all playing different aspects of the game, or different elements that interlink.

Megagames are challenging, interesting, and fun. Teams of players take on specific roles – for example as a military headquarters, or a national government, and they interact with other teams representing their opponents or allies.

Control and players at the first Infinite Horizons

2016 run of Infinite Horizons in Southampton

Megagames can be described as a RPG meets a board game, with a slice of wargaming, sprinkled with a topping of chaos.

The GIC, commanded by Jim Wallman of Watch the Skies fame

The GIC, in negotiation with Universal Banking Group

What is involved in playing a Megagame?

Generally, the games start around 09:30 in the morning, and we go on to about 17:00 in the afternoon. At the end there is a short debriefing, and usually a longer debrief in a local pub or restaurant afterwards.

BET Pharmaceuticals - don't drink the little blue one
BET Pharmaceuticals – don’t drink the little blue one

If you are interested in playing, please contact us with details of the game (and in some cases the specific team or role) you like the sound of. Once we have enough players we will ask for an up-front payment to secure your spot in the game; this is due to the large cost of hiring a venue, preparing game materials, posting materials to the players and so on.

A typical game will currently cost around £30 for a player; for the volunteers in the ‘control’ team who help run the game the free.

A couple about a month before the game, we assign everyone a role and team. A few weeks before the game, we send out the game briefing materials – this typically takes the form of a booklet with the rules and background you’ll need to play the game.

For a list of all megagames being run around the world head to the Megagame Assembly calendar

If it is your first megagame, you can find the beginner’s guide here –  it has some good tips about how to get the most out of the day and what to expect.

 (All photos from from Southampton games)