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Role Playing (Games)

Operation Dice Drop for Zigggurat Con in Iraq 45

Posted by Zonk
from the i-suggest-the-shackled-city-guys dept.
LandGator wrote with some information about the upcoming Ziggurat Con. Their catch phrase: "Where RPG isn't just a Rocket Propelled Grenade." This very special tabletop gaming event will be held on June 9th of this year ... at Camp Adder /Talil Airbase in Iraq. For nine hours on that day, gamers currently deployed to Iraq will be able to forget about the conflict by rolling dice and playing games. The con organizers are looking for willing folks to donate games and dice to the soldiers, as well as a little recognition for the d20-rolleres in harms way this year. "The Con's historical landmark 'mascot' -- the Ziggurat -- can be found on the post, and hails from the ancient city of Ur. Nearby is the house where it is believed that Abraham (a large figure in the Bible, the Koran and the Torah) was born. Cool digs for a Con -- if not for the fact that there's a war going on. [Convention organizer David] Amberson, however, emphasized the need for soldiers to relax and kick back with enjoyable activities from time to time."
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Operation Dice Drop for Zigggurat Con in Iraq

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  • ...and the winner... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Wonko the Sane (25252) * on Saturday April 21, 2007 @10:44PM (#18829009) Journal
    of the "Most Incomprehensible Headline" Award goes to...
  • Is it just me or is it a bad idea to advertise this until after it is done with? I mean we have guys with mortars looking for easy targets, mention a bunch of guys are hanging around together in a small space in a set location.. well we know how that goes. Go at your own risk I'd say personally.

    Still hope the guys have fun and don't get blown up.
  • to offer a fukyeah on this one. I was and continue to be very polarised against this war, but had the chance to meet a soldier on leave while at a friend's house a couple of months back (unusual company for my rather rabidly anti-military friends).

    The guy was in a combat group that had lost a good number of soldiers while being deployed in some heavy fighting. This guy carried a gun and shot at baddies and all the rest.

    But under it all he was just a geek who had needed money and a way out of his tiny dead
    • Most of them aren't rabid psychopaths.
      • Prolly not, but all of my other experience with soldiers was through my crazy friggin uncle. They were definitely ALL rabid psychopaths.
        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward
          Wars are crazy and psychopathic.
          Not everyone makes it out ok mentally.

          Unlike what some would have you believe, the casualties are not anywhere near as bad as Vietnam or Korea or WW2 or WW1.

          I know a guy who was in vietnam, he lost 70 some odd percent of the guys in his platoon on the second day there. Then they promote him to just under the leader, cause everyone was pretty much dead. There goes the innocent 17 year old farm kid trying to get off the farm.

          Go insult people who deserve it.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      The fact that you need to remind us that all members of the military are not "raving psychopaths", as if this bit of information is revolutionary and surprising, shows an astounding lack of critical thinking and reasoning skills. This is probably not surprising since you and your friends are "rabidly anti-military", which is in and of itself a stunningly ignorant thing to be. As if being a member of the military somehow makes you responsible for those above you who make decisions you may or may not agree
    • by LandGator (625199)
      Like First Blogger Dr. Jerry Pournelle
      http://www.jerrypournelle.com/view/currentview.htm l [jerrypournelle.com]
      I was opposed to Shrub's Folly.

      But, I'm also a Red Crosser, and don't want GI Joes and Janes to have a maximally frackked experience.

      A little bit of humanity protects dogfaces from PTSD. It sucketh massively to grow another crop of PTSD'd zombie combat vets like so many of buds who went to 'Nam and left their souls there. I want to protect them, for if they don't turn into stone-faced killers, and stay human, they'll
  • When I was down there, myself (Army) and one of the civilians who ran the camp help desk would setup monthly LAN parties in one of the tents. We took a couple of backup switches, some of the briefing projectors, and several power strips and took over the MWR (Morale Welfare Recreation) tent for a night.

    I was on a transient camp in Kuwait that funneled Soldiers from all countries into Iraq, so there wasn't much of an infrastructure for these guys to get together for some gaming. We basically just told everyo

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