Monday, March 07, 2005


Tzahal is finally taking steps against a too long ignored threat to Israel, fantasy role-playing gamers (via Metafilter).

Does the Israel Defense Force believe incoming recruits and soldiers who play Dungeons and Dragons are unfit for elite units? Ynetnews 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.

Fans of the popular role-playing 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.

Sure, D & D players are "detached from reality," as opposed to those who believe that a three thousand year-old tribal religious text should be treated as an enforceable deed of land ownership. I guess there's good crazy and bad crazy, at least as far as the IDF is concerned.

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