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A few good gamers

First seen with joncwriter. Full article here.

When President Bush ordered troops to Iraq, he probably never imagined that he would be ultimately be responsible for what very well could be the very first D&D convention/game day ever held in a war zone. Ziggurat Con, being held June 9 from 1200 to 2100 hours at Camp Adder/Tallil Airbase, is open to all allied military personnel and civilian contractors in Iraq.

KBR and MWR (the army’s Morale Welfare & Recreation Department) have graciously allowed service members to use part of the Community Activity Center to hold the Game Day. The Ping Pong room will be set up for RPGs (Role-Playing Games, not to be confused with the rocket propelled grenades which share the same acronym), and the DVD Movie room will be playing Anime Movies all day in support of the event.

The largest problem with running a Con in Iraq, of course, is that there are no local stores or game publishers, and few game books on the post. Even dice are in short supply, with many soldiers breaking the unwritten taboo held by many gamers and sharing dice. Thankfully, many game publishers have also lent their support, and have agreed to supply game products to help the Con along. aethereal FORGE, Sovereign Press, Final Redoubt Press, Goodman Games, Paizo Publishing and Steve Jackson Games are among those that have thrown in their support for the convention. But Amberson indicated that the soldiers could definitely use more.

"This convention is currently in drastic need of prizes and giveaways for the troops," he said. "Everything donated will go directly to the troops, or to MWR to use as loaner books for the soldiers."

For more information, contact SPC David Amberson at the following address: david.amberson (at) iraq.centcom.mil

Donations can also be sent to SPC Amberson directly at the following address:

SPC David Amberson
A Co 86th Sig Bn
APO, AE 09331

They’re planning to run the following games (and will be happy to get additional games):
Babylon 5 RPG, Cyberpunk 2020, D&D, D&D RPGA, GURPS, Historic Miniatures Battles, Magic Tournament, MechWarrior Miniatures, Rifts, Shadowrun, Starship Troopers, White Wolf System-Vampire, White Wolf System-Werewolf, XCrawl



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Apr. 14th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
That is so very, very cool. :)

(And who is that in your icon... I *so* think I should know, but I'm blanking...
Apr. 14th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Her icon is from Mythbusters! So very, very, very geek-cool. :-)
Apr. 14th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Damn! *That's* where I recognize her from! Dude! ;-)))
Apr. 14th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Hee-hee!! This has gotten all the Gamers attention. Our gaming club C.A.R.P. is planning on a CARE package to send as I type. *g*
Apr. 14th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
That is insanely cool. Can't keep a good gamer down, yeah?
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Awesome!! I've passed the link along to one friend that visits the Hero boards DAILY [Hero being the Champions--superhero--RPG producers], and our DM, who tends to visit gaming sites a lot himself, in the effort to get it passed around even further. ^_^

Thanks for the link!!
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
Keen! Of course, now I'm slightly worried that they'll get overwhelmed. Hopefully, being gamers, they know their own and have a plan for what to do with pretty-much-inevitable excess materials.

In a less volatile cultural environment, they could just donate them to schools or libraries, but in this case that would involve some tricky navigating around moral objections from parents and community leaders.
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
And of course, then I went back and reread the article, with the con chair saying that stuff would go to the rec department for everyone's use. Hopefully they won't get too much for that, but you never know!
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
This is so very cool! :-)
I hope they get =tons= donated :-)

And dude! They're playing the B5 RPG! ;-)
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
I expect that list consists of whatever the concom has on hand, so one of them must be enough into it to consider it the game that was important to bring. (Or possibly the most feasible; some of those corebooks are getting HUGE...) :-)
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