TitleMechanics of Secrecy: Military Cipher Machine Demo
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Game CodeSEM22209143
Start DateFriday August 05, 2022 - 10:00 am
End DateFriday August 05, 2022 - 11:00 am
Tickets Available57/120
Short DescriptionLearn how historical military cipher machines like the German Enigma work. See historical specimens and replicas from the Civil War to the Cold War. By Ryan of the NSDM staff.
Long DescriptionMilitaries throughout history have had a vested interest in keeping their communiques secrets. This lecture will provide an overview of mechanical and electromechanical cipher machines from the Civil War through the Cold War, such as the Vigenère cipher, rotor ciphers based on the German Enigma, and the Hagelin pin and lug machines. The role of the CIA and German BND in sabotaging cryptography will be discussed. Ryan of the National Security Decision Making Game staff is a cryptography collector and nuclear geek. He will display machines from his collection, including a replica Confederate encryption wheel, a modern Enigma simulator, 3D printed Enigma, and historic machines, including a Swiss NEMA, Russian Fialka, a US Army Hagelin M-209, and a Swedish Transvertex HC-9.
Event TypeSEM - Seminar
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Group/CompanyNational Security Decision Making (NSDM) Inc.
Minimum Players1
Maximum Players120
Age RequiredEveryone (6+)
Experience RequiredNone (You've never played before - rules will be taught)
LocationThe Stadium
RoomMeeting Room 1
GM NamesMark McDonagh, Merle Robinson, Ryan Pierce
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