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Random Article Table: Slaying stereotypes, roleplaying soldiers in Iraq, and more

Posted by WJWalton on Wed 02 of Nov., 2011 08:56 PDT
October is always a busy time for me, and this year was no different - which means I have another backlog of articles to post to the Escapist blog! So, without further ado, and in no particular order:

Slaying the Stereotypes - Following in the tradition of positive RPG coverage in college newspapers and websites, Jason Krell writes about the roleplayer stereotype at the Daily Wildcat, the news organization of the University of Arizona. Read his full article here.

Soldiers escape to magical world - This article from DVIDS, an organization that provides news for and about the military, explores a group of roleplaying soldiers based in Cob Adder, Iraq, and the benefits to teamwork and camaraderie that tabletop roleplaying games provide.
“Everyday I walk around post as Pvt. Anderson, but a few times a week I get to be Zander, the magic-user, and fight on the various quests he is on,” said Anderson. “For those few precious hours I get to forget the day-to-day worries of a solider and be somebody else; and at least in my head, be somewhere else.”
Read the full article here.

Interview with the LARPer - The Onion's AV Club featured an interview with Anne Zellmer, Head Storyteller of a Mind's Eye Theatre LARP group based in Milwaukee. It's an interesting look at the challenges of organizing such a club, trying to draw new players into it, and creating stories in a fictional world that has gone out of print in the real world. You can read the full article here.

CNN Geeks Out on RPGs - And last but most certainly not least, CNN Geek Out featured an interview with Enrique Bertran (NewbieDM) about his made-for-kids RPG titled (appropriately enough) RPGKids, and the benefits of playing RPGs with young people. You can read all about it here.

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