At the recent South by Southwest Interactive Technology Festival in Austin, Texas, a panel group described the role board games are playing in training CIA officers. David Clopper is a Senior Collection Analyst who has worked with the CIA for 16 years, and since 2008 he has been designing board games for CIA officers. Clopper’s first game was “Collection”, a cooperative game where teams of analysts work against the clock to solve international crises. He has also designed a Magic: The Gathering like card game, “Collection Deck”, where card play is used to simulate intelligence strategies or bureaucratic hurdles. Another member of the panel, Volko Ruhnke, created a more commercial board game simulating the Afghanistan conflict.