Thursday, April 19, 2007

Calling all gamers!

Ziggurat Con needs your help!

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.

How cool is that?!?!

But, in order to make it a reality, they need your help! Camp Adder is literally in the middle of nowhere and these guys will be running games with whatever they brought with them, which isn't much.

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."
(Once again, of the big guys, it's SJG that steps up to the plate! ~k)

I'm going to be emailing the POC (that's Army for point of contact) and see if they can use some specific things I have with me, and then hit the games stores out here. If you want to help, here's the contact info from the original article (but go read more about what they're hoping to do too!)-

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


Here's a chance for the gaming community to really show their support, let's flood them with books and prizes!

If you're not a gamer, or haven't got a clue about gaming, you probably know some one who does, so please pass this on!


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2 Comments:

At April 20, 2007 1:25 AM, Blogger Alicia said...

Thanks--I appreciate your posting this + telling me about it, and we'll get together a group effort here. I have no idea how many gamers read my livejournal, but I'm posting a link anyway!

 
At April 20, 2007 6:39 PM, Anonymous Dee said...

Very cool! I'll see what we've got lying around.

 

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