Even in a war zone, stress-relieveing, fantasy-fulfilling RPG play can go on, witness Ziggurat Con:

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.

“Here in Iraq, we do many things on the different Forward Operating Bases to help keep our spirits up,” said SPC David Amberson, the Con’s organizer. “Here at Camp Adder/Tallil Airbase, we have lots of sports activities — baseball, football, dodgeball, kickball — and we work with many marathons across the US like the Boston Marathon. This is a great way to improve morale among the troops, but what about those who prefer Role-Playing Games?”


  1. “Life’s a die, then you bitch.”
    Not too surprising. Back in my scifi days at the Original Ground Zero (Omaha, Nebraska, home of the Strategic Air Command), we had quite a few personnel from the air base participating at the annual cons.
    Also, I suspect they do more what-if-ing and strategy planning than most people. One hopes that the generals don’t play Risk…

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