Monday, April 19, 2010

There are plenty of roleplayers in foxholes

There certainly are roleplayers in foxholes.
On Sunday I'll kick off my brand spanking new Barbarians of Lemuria campaign for two guys and a girl.
I intend to roll some dice, drink some beer, tell some tales and generally have an all around good time.
Sunday, April 25 is also Anzac Day here in Australia as well as New Zealand, a day that many outside of these two nations really know about.
Here it's a national day of remembrance to commemorate and honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli, in Turkey in WWI.
Now it also is reserved as a day to honour the fallen in all wars - from the bloody fields of WWI, to WWII, Korea, Vietnam and modern conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the numerous peace keeping operations Australian troops are involved in around the world.
I served with the Australian Army Reserve and while I'll attend the dawn service, dig out my one solitary medal and raise a glass to former and serving members of the Australian Defence Force, I'm also planning to commemorate the day by DMing this game.

I know a lot of former and still serving members of the defence force who are war gamers and roleplayers.
I had a regular group of guys from my section who gamed together, taking it in turns to GM. As a teen I regularly wargamed and even roleplayed with my father a Vietnam vet and still serving soldier.
Thankfully when I think of these blokes this weekend, none of them have been killed or seriously injured.

Lest we forget.


  1. I don't have too many friends who play D&D, and none in the armed forces. However, I do play World of Warcraft, and I can tell you at least one in 10 people in that game are in some form of military. Seemed that the Marines were the most common.

  2. Welcome aboard Matt! Good to have you

  3. It is interesting because I have been in almost 16 years (the US Army) and i have rarely met too many that play, though there really are many. Seems we just do not advertise it too much, still seen as a bit of a 'weird' thing here. There are however, tons of people that play WOW and other computer/console games.