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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

Got any game books crowding your shelves that you never use? Here's a great cause to donate them to. Spread the word.

We would love anything we can get. We do have a White Wolf game here, but not much in the line of books, mostly the older editions. We will have a small LARP game that we are trying to get permission to have happen at the Ziggurat for which the con is named (A LARP at a historical site that has been around since Biblical times - WOW). Gamer related material would be absolutely awesome!! It takes 2 weeks or less when shipping Priority, so you still have time.

My address is as follows:
SPC David Amberson
A Co 86th Sig Bn
APO, AE 09331

Thank you so much for your support,

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doombot_jen From: doombot_jen Date: April 18th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too bad I don't still have my GURPS books. I'd send them. =/
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 18th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
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chaotic_nipple From: chaotic_nipple Date: April 18th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
We didn't have Cons when _I_ was in Iraq. Damned troops are spoiled these days, I tell ya... :-P
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 18th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw well....another reason there's no place like home.
At least I'd like to think we can help distract the troops...

How exactly does one mail fangirls tho?
I shudder to think the new heights CONFunk could be taken to tho!
daland From: daland Date: April 18th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
prepare for more comments than you've ever dreamed of. you made bOINGbOING.
sertrel From: sertrel Date: April 19th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
If everyone who commented sent an item...
tacky_tramp From: tacky_tramp Date: April 19th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I just linked my gamer friends, and will definitely put some dice in the mail. Thanks!
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
We can steamroll this puppy thru to the otherside!
jellynuttz From: jellynuttz Date: April 19th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a ton of books in pdf... this sounds like a wonderfull idea.. roleplay is a good way to get some anger and stress out..

I have no dice myself...or i would be shipping them off right now...thanks for bringing this to our attention
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Every little bit helps!
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jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I have posted this info on my NY Gaming Forums!

aphephobia From: aphephobia Date: April 19th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
That is such a brilliant idea!

All the best with it. :)
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
I hope we can Rock the CasbahZiggurat !
fanatic From: fanatic Date: April 19th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Wish I could help more then this..
I'm in Idaho and well we KNOW a thing or two about being stuck in the middle of nowhere..

that said I cross posted a link to THIS post on 3 forums of Idaho Fandom.
first I posted to Ichidan's forum they are a cosplay and theatre group out of the Boise area.
www.ichidan.com is their website and I said if it is possible to do I would spring for a copy of thier DVD from last year's performance of Another Side at Fandemonium which is a general fandom con.
WHich I also crossposted to.. www.fandemonium.org
als I crossposted to the forum for the WORLDS BIGGEST LITTLE ANIME CON, Anime Oasis which is in Boise, www.animeoasis.org
there's plenty of gamers and such..
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for your help!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)


Don't donate these guys anything. Ordering anything online is incredibly easy, even from Iraq. I'm sick of freeloaders pulling the soldier card.

And anyone who has the time to set up or participate in an AD&D convention obviously isn't pulling their weight. Fobbit scum.

-Infantryman in Baghdad
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jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Unbelievable....

Funny, for someone who claims to be in Iraq, your IP address tracks bacl to Amsterdam.

Too bad your not smarter than a geek
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pentane From: pentane Date: April 19th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Warren Ellis linked this as well.
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup I sent him the link for the trackback. Hopefully it means word will get around and the troops will a little bit of geekdom out in the field.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


I'll be cross-posting this on Gamingoutpost.com, and maybe I can find some game stuff I don't use (seeing as I live five miles from nowhere), or even game stuff I've written to send to our defenders.

Too bad I don't have a real Ring of Human Influence to send them.

But, First GamingCon in Iraq is just so kewl. All gaming geeks need to get involved if they can.
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: cross-posting

Thanks for helping get the word out.
jaegamer From: jaegamer Date: April 19th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you soooo much for spreading the word! I first read about it at Gamegrene (http://www.gamegrene.com/node/790) and have been doing my best to get the word out everywhere. I've set up a web site (www.toys4troops.org) as an info clearinghouse.

jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
It falls to us the geeks at home to support the folks who live and die in a faraway place.
Politics aside, I support them, just not the madman who sent them there.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

The word is spreading...

Be prepared for an Insta-lanche. Your blog has been linked to by
the Blogfather - Instapundit. What is going to happen is NOT a DNS
ambrcat From: ambrcat Date: April 19th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Instalanche inc!

This is awesome, I'm going to send this to some friends and see what I can drum up for y'all. Some mini's and such would probably be nice, doncha think?
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Instalanche inc!

Anything that helps this effort out is most welcome.
Thank you!
From: jforsythe.pip.verisignlabs.com Date: April 19th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Have you considered virtual tabletop gaming?

My DnD group decided to try the model a few years ago in order to play more than just the occasional Thanksgiving when the group happened to be back in the hometown and we could all sneak away from the wives for an evening.

Today, our group is spread out all over the world, yet we have been playing a weekly 4 hour campaign using primarily KloogeWerks ($), Teamspeak (free) and d20srd.org (free) for just about 1 year.


No physical dice, books or character sheets needed. Everyone has in-session sand out-of-session access to their xml charactersheet. The DM can manage the campaign resources, campaign maps, fog-of-war etc, character modifiers, NPC's, mobs, notes, etc.

After you understand how to play in a digital environment, sessions get much more productive. We even use it when play in-person because we can just flip open the laptops, join an ad-hoc network and pick up where we left off. No need to setup the maps, pencils, DM screen, etc. Of course, in-person we get to supplement the yelling and cheering with victory dances and DM threats.

We still need books to take advantage of any non Core rules, so if you plan using supplementals, you will need those.

jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Have you considered virtual tabletop gaming?

I think the idea here is to interact, hence the larp.
Those are really good ideas!
juannavarro From: juannavarro Date: April 19th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)


This is very cool of you all, and I will do what I can to support and send some game stuff your way for sure.

jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow..

Thanks for helping spread the word.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)


Hey David,

Go to my site:


Find my email address (it's at the bottom of every page).

Shoot me an email and I'll send you a local copy of the site. You'll then have a complete d20 rules reference that you can put on any device that will render HTML. It even has a dice roller.

Hope you guys have fun.


Jans Carton
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Dave's not here...

*an internet cookie if you get the reference*

You can contact Dave at the email address listed above.
maggiemaybe From: maggiemaybe Date: April 19th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Old World of Darkness, or new? Also, old WOD LARP books, or new? I'm part of a LARP in Georgia, and a lot of us have friends in the military. I'm going to make an announcement about this at our game this Sunday, and see what we can round up. I'm an obsessive collector of dice, myself. . . I know a lot of us have books for systems we don't play anymore. As for LARP materials - we have CDs with all of the old WOD LARP rules and all the old V:TM clan books (purchased from Drivethrurpg.com) that we could send out, if CDs will be helpful.
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anything and everything would be very much appreciated.
From: pseudoidiot Date: April 19th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

board games?

what about board games? I've got an extra set of the old Heroquest boardgame in pretty good condition; maybe a few pieces missing.
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: board games?

That question would be best directed at Dave at the email listed above.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

sent book

Just ordered a 3.5 Dungeon Master's Guide from Amazon to you guys. Enjoy.

jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 19th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: sent book

Thank you for support!
From: bonghit_baby Date: April 20th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been talking about the con with some random people while playing World of Warcraft and a few of them are going to send some books, dice and a big box-o-magic cards.

I just hope this doesnt turn into "Bomb the infidel nerds con"
scs_11 From: scs_11 Date: April 20th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, did you post at the perfect time! We just had a little SF con here in Ann Arbor, MI and the upshot is that I have six large boxes of books donated for servicemen overseas. Can I ship to your APO? Got room to store six boxes of SF, mysteries, graphic novels, etc? Each box is about the size of a carton of copier paper. You can email me as steve c simmons (with dots between the three parts) at gmail.com.
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 20th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Please contact Dave at the email listed above. Thanks for helping with the effort.
notwolf From: notwolf Date: April 20th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
..interested in any Magic cards? and i'm not talking about piles of commons, either...
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 20th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Please drop an email to Dave, listed above THANKS!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2007 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
All the Star Frontiers stuff is a free download, thanks to Wizards of the Coast. http://www.starfrontiers.com/ It only uses D10 dice.

There's a funny Warhammer 40K spoof called Toymallet 40 Cents here http://jenniverse.com/toymallet%20main.html

If you want simple boardgame action, there's "Pickle Me Cthulhu" http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20061210&mode=classic
jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 22nd, 2007 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Dave's still not here

You might want to forward the info to the email above..
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

MechWarrior Minis?

When you say Mechwarrior Minis are you talking about the "Dark Age/Age of Destruction" clicky minis from WizKids? If so I will put a package together, a donation from the Games Club at BF Middle School in Ridgewood NJ.

jettcat From: jettcat Date: April 22nd, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: MechWarrior Minis?

Shoot Dave a note at the email listed above.
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