Gaming & Simulation

Escape Velocity 2018 will feature a new Gaming & Simulation track, with panels and events covering both video games and boardgames, and will include a peek into the world of professional wargaming and simulation as practiced in the defense and intelligence community.

Meet game designers, learn about game history, and dive into some of the best panels at EV, including:

  • ‘Simulating Near-Future Conflicts’
  • ‘Aircraft Carriers in Space!’
  • ‘What the U.S. Navy Taught Me About Starfleet’
  • ‘Starship Troopers: What’s All the Fuss?’
  • ‘Strategic Overview of the Honor Harrington Universe’

Starship Horizons Bridge Simulator will be presenting the Starship Horizons Bridge Experience!

Starship Horizons is a multi-player bridge simulation experience allowing 2-6 players to work together as the ship’s bridge officers. The core gameplay experience is designed around players commanding their own starship as the bridge officers in the roles of Captain, Flight, Tactical, Science, Engineering and Operations.

Missions will run throughout the convention. To reserve a time slot with your click here. Learn more about the game check out and

Open Gaming Zone

The Open Gaming Zone has a huge library of hobby games – science fiction, fantasy, and historical – for all ages and at all levels of complexity. With your Escape Velocity pass, you can check out anything that sparks your interest (free of charge).

Play modern favorites along with some rare and unusual games dating back to the 1970s.

Try new games and meet fellow gamers – whether you plan spend a few hours in a battle of brainpower, or just relax for few minutes before your next event, the Open Gaming Zone is the place to hang out!

Ogre Battles in Washington DC!

Back for its second year! Play Steve Jackson’s classic game of science fiction warfare on a scale map of Washington DC.

In the 22nd century, the world is at war.

Jet-pack-equipped, battlesuit-armored infantry launch shoulder-fired nukes, combat hovercraft skim the ground at 150kph, while semi-autonomous tanks loose tac-nuke smartshells from electromagnetic cannons.

And the most powerful weapon of all has no human crew – the battlefield is ruled by gigantic sentient cybertanks called ‘Ogres’.

The year is now 2115. The world’s great empires are destroyed. After a twenty-year war with the Paneuropean Federation, the North American Combine has shattered into a thousand competing factions – The Factory States, ruled not by humans, but by Artificial Intelligences, some benevolent, some not.

Now, the last of the emergency power reactors has failed, and the automated defenses surrounding the former Combine Eastern Regional Capitol are clear. The long-abandoned city lies ripe for plunder. Six competing Factory States now send their forces to loot and burn Washington, D.C.

Order your tanks to roll up Route 66! Nuke the Wilson Bridge! Reduce your office building to radioactive rubble!

No rules familiarity required; all materials provided.