Because, while today was supposed to be my first post for the 2nd round of #RPGaMonth, I feel the need to chat about something I heard at work today.

 

A little context first, I work in public schools, and one of the schools I work in is an elementary school for children with emotional/behavioral issues. One of the teachers there is a fan of D&D, and has introduced it to his class. I think that’s awesome, and he’s doing it for all the right reasons. Teaching people to think collectively, teaching them narrative, and giving them a creative outlet. All of these are great things, and I encourage these kinds of efforts.

Sadly, at the end of the day I head two of our co-workers speaking, and one of them referred to D&D as a sort of “pagan thing” because of the presence of pantheons of gods, magic, and what not. He continued by saying the game “would make you gothic”.

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The guy that said this is about 35 years too late to the moral panic party. Still, I was a bit dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe someone could be so ignorant and judgmental. Not just of D&D, but of people who play it. How is it possible that people have clung to the idea that D&D will somehow corrupt you? I thought this had been phased out of the 80’s like Ronald Reagan or the Cold War. Guess I was wrong. Disappointed to hear it from one of my co-workers.

No matter, games are for everyone, and maybe one day my judgmental colleague will jon us at the table. Until then, we keep calm and roll for initiative. #RPGaMonth returns tomorrow.

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