November 6th, 2011


Don't Ask, Don't Spell — Does the Israel Defense Forces believe incoming recruits and soldiers who play Dungeons and Dragons are unfit for elite units? Ynet has learned that 18-year-olds who tell recruiters they play the popular fantasy game are automatically given low security clearance. "They're detached from reality and suscepitble to influence," the army says.

Have the Israeli commanders been reading … Chick Tracts?

Fans of the popular roleplaying game had spoken of rumors of this strange policy by the IDF, but now the army has confirmed that it has a negative image of teens who play the game and labels them as problematic in regard to their draft status. So if you like fantasy games, go see the military psychologist. …

"I told them I play D&D. And then they all moved away from me on the Group W bench…"

… Game enthusiasts are aware of their problematic image in the army and prefer to maintain their anonymity. Many of them are from the former Soviet Union, where the game is very popular. In Israel there are thousands of players, between the ages 16 to 35, and include lawyers, high-tech workers and businessmen. Matan, 22, and Igor, a 21-year-old IDF soldier, organize activities for groups of players. Soon hundreds of fans are expected to meet in a forest in the southern part of Israel for a two-day game of pure fantasy. … Igor says exposing soldiers who play the game could result in the soldiers being sent to a military psychologist or even being kicked out of the army. …

Military service is compulsory in Israel. Do you think D&D will become more popular if people see it as a means of avoiding that?