posted Saturday, July 15th 2006 by
News, Reviews & Culture
Remember the news story from a while back that the Israeli military was stripping high-security clearance from soldiers who play D&D, on the argument that they “live in a fantasy world”? Seems like it was a bit of an overstatement. In a message board post on the Paizo forums, a sergeant in the IDF finally clears up this mess:
Now here’s what’s really going on: the Israeli LARP community is made of junkies, drunks and freaks (real ones) and in local slang is called RD&D (Real D&D) those idiots run about with real swords and armor and quite often really wound one another. Some general heard about them and said that these folks shouldnâ€™t get responsible jobs in the army because they live in a fantasy world. The aforementioned article, not making the fine distinction between D&D and RD&D wrote that D&D players are classified as â€œmadâ€? in the IDF and started all this mess.
So it seems the IDF don’t penalize soldiers’ security clearance for playing D&D after all. Common sense reigns once again. Feel free to link this on your own blog – we have trackbacks and pingbacks and all kinds of awesome stuff here.