Article PDF: 6.3 Campaign Patterns

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Seven rules describing how our knowledge of campaign stages gives us more control over our situation.

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This article explains how we use the common patterns in campaigns to identify situations. Through the course of a campaign, the competitive situations that arise appear chaotic, but, as Sun Tzu pointed out 2,500 years ago, the chaos of competition is not random. There is a deeper order underlying it. We cannot see the patterns in it because we haven't been trained where to look. Today we know this type of chaos as complexity, the patterns that arises from the interactions of independent, adaptive agents. The emergent properties that arise in these environment cannot be predicted from their elements, but we can learn them from observation or training.