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Of Soldiers and Kobolds: A Holiday Story

Veni, Vidi, Dici!” (trans. “I came, I saw, I diced!”) ~ Battlecry of Ancient Roman Legionnaire Gamers

Over the years, I have made quite a few friends because of my favorite hobby – playing Dungeons & Dragons.  There is a real community amongst Gamers as a whole, whether they are playing of RPGs, board games, strategy games, or even MMORPGs.  And a number of my friends have served in the United States Military – and are to this day avid D&D Players.
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I am reminded of one guy I went to high school with who enlisted the Navy right after graduation.  We had played Advanced D&D all through high school, and when he went off to Basic Training, found that there were a number of his fellow trainees that were also Gamers as well.  He went on after Basic to become a sonar operator on a nuclear submarine, and was stuck in cramped living conditions onboard for up to six months at a time. 

He confided in me during a reunion, years later, that one of the most popular games among his fellow shipmates was, not surprisingly, Dungeons & Dragons!  After all, it only took a couple books, some paper, and a few dice to make for hours of entertainment for himself and a few of his bunkmates between duty shifts, drills, and inspections.

Even today, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of men and women in our armed services that kick back and relax by grabbing some dice and battling orcs, and trolls, and dragons for fun just like the rest of us D&D Players.  Of course, unlike us, they are serving in some very real and very dangerous situations in order to defend our way of life, and for that they deserve an extra dose of cheer at this time of the year.

And this is where Kobolds come in…

This month, the Staff over at Kobold Quarterly have started up a Contest to boost support for their Adopt-A-Soldier Sponsorship Program.  From now to December 31st, the D&D Gaming Community can show some support this Holiday Season by participating in the program:

Our Adopt-A-Soldier sponsorship program has delivered Kobold Quarterly gift subscriptions to service members stationed all over the world and far from friends and family. We’ve gotten a lot of mail from them, telling us what a difference your support and generosity makes.

We’d like to really crank this program up with your help. So this month, we’re going to run an Adopt-A-Soldier sweepstakes contest with two winners: one service member and one sponsor.

Whether or not you know someone in the armed services, you can still show your support for this program by purchasing an Adopt-A-Soldier sponsorship.  Sponsors can be matched up with service men and women around the world who have signed up for “adoption”, and by doing so, will provide those soldiers with a four issue subscription to Kobold Quarterly.  By signing up to become a Sponsor in this program, Gamers not only show support for their fellow D&D players overseas in the armed services, but also have a chance to win some amazing prizes:

10 runners-up receive

A “Small But Fierce” logo pack with a postcard and sticker

Grand Prize Package (retail value: $160)—The logo pack, plus:

3 dice sets by Q-Workshop: Pathfinder Rise of the Runelords dice, a set of Runic or Elven dice (winner’s choice), AND a set of Call of Cthulhu dice.

A signed copy of Soldiers of Fortune: War and Military Adventure in a Fantasy World, due out in March 2010

The Kobold’s Guide to Game Design Volumes I and II

Patronage in an Open Design project of your choice (or an upgrade to an existing patronage)

A profile and a hearty “thank you” in the next issue of Kobold Quarterly

Also, whichever of you gets the most soldiers and/or sponsors to sign up in December gets an awesome SECRET PRIZE. Winners will be announced the first week in January.

So make a small (but fierce!) difference during the Holidays this year, by becoming a Sponsor in the Adopt-A-Soldier program, and show your support for a Fellow Gamer serving in the Armed Services, far from friends and family.

So until next blog, I wish you Happy Gaming!

About The Author

Michael is an Adept of a Secret Order of Dungeon Masters, and dwells in a hidden realm with his two evil cat-familiars, deep within the Vale of Wolverines, called by some "Michigan". He has been esoterically conjuring D&D Campaigns for nearly a Third of a Century, and has been known to cast ritual blogs concerning Dungeons & Dragons every few days with some regularity. Michael has freelanced for Wizards of the Coast, and writes reviews of D&D and other Role-Playing Game products on EN World News.


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