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(Right Wing Watch)   Pat Robertson tells viewers to stay away from Dungeons & Dragons because it has "literally destroyed people's lives." Prevented lives from being created, maybe. But "destroyed"?   (rightwingwatch.org) divider line 347
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2013-04-18 05:19:41 PM  

downstairs: Wow, Pat.  Did you fly back to 1984 or something?

Damn, I haven't heard a D&D/Satanism reference in like 25 years.

Blast from the past.


I saw it mentioned as Satanic on a crime show, I think it was Forensic Files.

To the shows credit, it did say that these kids were falsely accused because of their hobby.

The sad thing is, this whole hysteria happened because of a 15 year old runaway boy played a D&D/LARP game at his college (He was a young genius). A PI the family hired thought the boy had accidentally been killed in a session and his buddies covered it up.

Mom runs to the media and publishes a book about it. Boy is found alive months later and is diagnosed with Schizophrenia and eventually commits suicide.

The D&D = Dangerous trend merged with the Satanic Hysteria of the 80's and we got what we have today.

I'd like to think thanks to the internet and video games we're experiencing a Renaissance in the table top games and RPGs

I'm currently playing in the Fark Pathfinder game right now and I could be happier. :) Getting into an awesome group is key.

/Liked 4 ed, hope for good things in 5.0
//Shadrowrun's 5.0 sounds really awesome as well
 
2013-04-18 05:19:59 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: He was probably referring to the cartoon.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 742x572]

Stars like Willie Ames and Donny Most really didn't have a career after this flop.


HEY! Step off my childhood! I loved that cartoon :)
 
2013-04-18 05:20:31 PM  
www1.pictures.zimbio.com

You guys, this is literally the most bonkers thing I have ever read.
 
2013-04-18 05:21:25 PM  

xanadian: 1983 called, it wanted its manufactured outrage back...


^^^
 
2013-04-18 05:21:30 PM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Fourth edition D&D IS a tool of Satan!

/Pathfinder is much better.
//Hero System 5th ed. is the greatest tabletop RPG of all time.
///Of. All. Time!


I dig me some Rolemaster.
 
2013-04-18 05:21:43 PM  

downstairs: Wow, Pat.  Did you fly back to 1984 or something?

Damn, I haven't heard a D&D/Satanism reference in like 25 years.

Blast from the past.


I bet his idea of the "dangers" of video games include losing a eye from that square ball in Pong.
 
2013-04-18 05:21:50 PM  

DerAppie: [25.media.tumblr.com image 714x429]


No he's-a not, he's a-wearin' a neck-a-tie!

/wrong bear
 
2013-04-18 05:21:55 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: I thought Pat would be blaming Boston or Texas on teh gays.

/No, not the states themselves, the incidents
//Boston isn't a state


2.bp.blogspot.com

also not a state, but probably involved with ruining a few young lives.
 
2013-04-18 05:22:31 PM  

Deadguy2322: Eddie T. Head: downstairs: jigger: Is he having flashbacks to 1978? This is what they were saying back then. Also Knights In Satan's Service.

All Children, Devil's Children

I remember it being Anti Christ/Devil's Children.

We Are Satin's People was another one.

Satin's People? Fabulous!


I deserved that one :/

We Are Satan's People is what I meant.
 
2013-04-18 05:23:30 PM  
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Lives? Maybe, but it did almost kill a young Tom Hanks career.

Thank God for the hysterical moms of the 80s.
 
2013-04-18 05:23:36 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Donny Most


Actually, it's Don Most now.
 
2013-04-18 05:24:00 PM  
Wait, it's 1987 again?

D&D made me kill my brother. Lots of times. I always took his stuff, too.
 
2013-04-18 05:24:12 PM  
Dementia is a sad way to go.
 
2013-04-18 05:24:34 PM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: No arrow to the knee reference yet?

/Y'all be slippin'


Oh please, Robertson doesn't even know what a com-pu-ter is yet.
 
2013-04-18 05:25:18 PM  

gilgigamesh: Katolu: xanadian: 1983 called, it wanted its manufactured outrage back...

No kidding. It's played by middle-aged professional family guys now.

My group consists of 7 guys. 5 of us are married, 4 with kids.

We're all in our thirties and forties, mostly with advanced degrees.

Thursday nights we get tore up on fine weed and craft beers, order pizza and run thru Temple of Elemental Evil, using 1st edition rules.

/yeah! Its thursday!


Yeah, I hadn't played in probably 20 years and started doing this sort of thing again a year or two ago.  I'd forgotten how much fun it is to play an rpg in person with a group using pencil, paper, dice and such.  We use 3.5, though.
 
2013-04-18 05:25:56 PM  
D&nD has created at least 1 life.  Wife an I met at a D&D game.
 
2013-04-18 05:26:51 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: He was probably referring to the cartoon.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 742x572]

Stars like Willie Ames and Donny Most really didn't have a career after this flop.


What are they doing in the Blasted Lands?
 
2013-04-18 05:27:13 PM  
This was literally the first chick trac given to me when I was a kid. It involved faces melting when looking in a mirror after playing. I remember our DND neighborhood group were more freaked out that some obviously skeezy guy was stalking us and handing out hilarious and retarded pamphlets than anything he had to say about what it would do to us.
 
2013-04-18 05:27:36 PM  

jayhawk88: [www1.pictures.zimbio.com image 360x240]

You guys, this is literally the most bonkers thing I have ever read.



Rafi rules!
 
2013-04-18 05:28:03 PM  
I guess he ran out of things to condemn so he went back to the 80s to find something.
 
2013-04-18 05:28:14 PM  

Felgraf: It's not a lightsaber! It's a psionic spirit blade!

/(I shall spread the buttery justice of Therin over the toast of your iniquity!"
//Such a good movie.


You're the first person I've seen outside my group of friends that knows that movies. Favoriting you with that quote. :D

/I seduce the priestess!
 
2013-04-18 05:28:36 PM  
Is this a repeat of 1985?
 
2013-04-18 05:28:40 PM  
Well yeah, 2nd edition of course.That goes without saying.
 
2013-04-18 05:28:59 PM  

BafflerMeal: Eddie T. Head: downstairs: jigger: Is he having flashbacks to 1978? This is what they were saying back then. Also Knights In Satan's Service.

All Children, Devil's Children

I remember it being Anti Christ/Devil's Children.

We Are Satin's People was another one.

After Christ, Devil Comes.


Oh, Satan, make our nauseating demos sell!
 
2013-04-18 05:29:07 PM  

orclover: D&nD has created at least 1 life.  Wife an I met at a D&D game.


This is kind of an unfortunate combination of name and comment. Just sayin'.
 
2013-04-18 05:29:17 PM  

jayhawk88: You guys, this is literally the most bonkers thing I have ever read.


Raffi-bomb?
 
2013-04-18 05:29:27 PM  

DerAppie: [25.media.tumblr.com image 714x429]


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2013-04-18 05:30:01 PM  

orclover: D&nD has created at least 1 life.  Wife an I met at a D&D game.


My husband and I did too.
 
2013-04-18 05:32:14 PM  
Wait till he hears about Magic The Gathering...
 
2013-04-18 05:36:12 PM  
As a female role play nerd who regularly wears a D20 pendant, screw you Pat.
And for the record, I'm not having kids but in the past D&D sessions has proven to be a good way to get some.

/D&D, Old World of Darkness, Call of Cthulu, whatever, I'm down if you have the books
//Formerly FFXI and WoW, currently a Marvel crossplayer
/see you at Anime Boston and A-Kon, farkers
 
2013-04-18 05:37:12 PM  
I don't know.  Have you seen the Dungeons and Dragons movies?
 
2013-04-18 05:40:51 PM  

downstairs: Wow, Pat.  Did you fly back to 1984 or something?

Damn, I haven't heard a D&D/Satanism reference in like 25 years.

Blast from the past.


1984's about the last time his brain hadn't yet been rendered into swiss cheese by senility, if ever.

Ringshadow:
/D&D, Old World of Darkness, Call of Cthulu, whatever,

So... hundreds of those lost lives were you, then?

//Once had a character not make it out of the introduction scene.  I think our GM might have been mistaking it for Paranoia.
 
2013-04-18 05:41:29 PM  
My sister-in-law thinks D&D is witchcraft. She thinks the same about Harry Potter. Somehow, Twilight is okay, though. Of course, she also thinks the earth is 6000 years old.

Sometimes my family makes me sad. But then I play some D&D and kill some monsters and take their stuff and I feel better.
 
2013-04-18 05:42:44 PM  
That Christian fundamentalist anti-D&D stuff is a very large part of why I no longer consider myself Christian.

I first dabbled in D&D circa 1991, when a classmate in Junior High was trying it out and wanted to put together a gaming group.  Knowing I had more friends, he was having me ask around for him.  Apparently somebody I asked thought D&D  = Satanism, because I got called into the school guidance counselors office and interrogated about trying to set up a satanic cult and that there were reports I was suicidal, all based on asking people if they'd like to try out D&D.

Well, the Guidance Counselor told my parents all about it.  My Dad was a devout, textbook Southern Baptist.  He strictly forbade me from ever playing D&D or owning D&D books, since he'd heard "all about this at Church".  Well, that was it for me playing D&D for years.  (I did play RPGs though, Star Wars especially, which my Dad didn't care about since they weren't "Dungeons and Dragons", he didn't even really know what D&D was other than it was satanic).

Bonus, the guidance counselor showed me "proof" that one of the kids had provided that D&D was Satanic.  It was some promotional piece from TSR selling gaming miniatures.  The miniatures of dragons were apparently "Idols" of "demons", and they were obviously selling satanic idols for worship purposes, the Guidance Counselor and Principal could see no other reasons at all for these tiny pewter statues.  Trying to explain any other use was futile, they'd already already decided everything.

Fast forward to 1998.  I've gone to college, and I've got a gaming group and are playing D&D on Saturday nights (and Star Wars on Tuesday nights).

I'm going to a different Church than my family did in '91, but in the same small town.  I had come to think of this Church as much more easygoing and less uptight than the one we used to go to.  I was starting to have tough theological questions, and was finding that detailed theological discussion was NOT what the Pastor liked.  Since I was 19 he liked to pawn all my inquiries off on the Youth Minister, who was basically more about playing the guitar and singing rock songs about Jesus than about spiritual growth and theology.

Well, I had been volunteering at that Church for years.  Every Saturday I would come in for a few hours and help out.  Usually it would be some light janitorial work, some maintenance and troubleshooting on the computers and sound system, general "handyman" type work.  Most of the time I was out by 2 or 3 PM.  My D&D game started at 6 and it was a 1 hour drive to where we had the game.

One day there was a lot of work to do.  Work was running late.  At around 5 PM I let the Pastor know I'd have to call it a day and head on.  He asked why was I leaving.  I, perfectly honestly, told him I was going to a D&D game.

The way he reacted, it was like I told him I was going to a Satanic Orgy and Virgin Sacrifice.  He basically accused me of doing just that.  I told him it was a harmless game that was fun and was one of my big social outlets.

The Pastor made it clear that unless I brought in all my D&D books and "satanic idols" to be burned at the Church and confessed and repented in front of the Church that I was secretly a Satanist among them and repented that sin, I wouldn't be welcome at that Church anymore.

I got my my car, and I drove off.  I haven't been back to a Church (for worship purposes, I've attended a funeral at one) since.
 
2013-04-18 05:43:37 PM  
I played D&D as a kid, and 25 years later I seem to be a well-adjusted adult with a wife and house and car and kids and cat and dog.  And I almost never sacrifice virgins and drink their blood.
 
2013-04-18 05:43:53 PM  
"Literally Destroyed People's Lives". Pat, as an avid player of fantasy based games, including D&D, I can tell you that that's a sheer impossibility. We have no lives, and therefore cannot destroy them.

One of the top comments on the YouTube Video.
 
2013-04-18 05:44:04 PM  

Silverstaff: The Pastor made it clear that unless I brought in all my D&D books and "satanic idols" to be burned at the Church and confessed and repented in front of the Church that I was secretly a Satanist among them and repented that sin, I wouldn't be welcome at that Church anymore.


I don't think any in history ever didn't happen as much as this didn't happen.
 
2013-04-18 05:44:31 PM  

Arachnophobe: Felgraf


It's really the best D&D movie ever made. (And they may be working on a followup? Can't recall)
 
2013-04-18 05:45:13 PM  
I played D&D exactly one time
It took the DM three hours to set it up
Three minutes into the game I was killed by an exploding golden pig

/I'm with Pat on this one
 
2013-04-18 05:45:19 PM  
When I was in high school I was very into D&D and other RPGs. At the time there was a media backlash, one of the first ones probably. At the time we had a house cleaner in once a week. One day my Mom said "the house cleaner found your D&D books, she was horrified and told me I need to make you stop playing". I was quite shocked. Then she said "so I fired her".
 
2013-04-18 05:45:52 PM  
I've been working on a rap song for a long time, but so far the only rhyme I have is:
Smokin' Ex Lax Like Gary Gygax
 
2013-04-18 05:46:26 PM  

tnpir: Pat Robertson? You mean he isn't dead and spooning with Falwell in the seventh circle of Hell?


Don't you mean 6th Bolgia of the 8th circle?
 
2013-04-18 05:46:48 PM  

Jim_Callahan: So... hundreds of those lost lives were you, then?

//Once had a character not make it out of the introduction scene.  I think our GM might have been mistaking it for Paranoia.


My brother GM'ed a game, and one of our characters forced a doorknob. I think he killed the entire party because we made him figure out the hardness of a doorknob.

But honestly? I had a half-elf priestess in D&D who died seven times in one campaign. Her life was Groundhog's Day.

/or that one episode of Supernatural
//TODAY IS TUESDAY
///IT WAS TUESDAY YESTERDAY
 
2013-04-18 05:48:21 PM  
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2013-04-18 05:51:06 PM  

digitalrain: orclover: D&nD has created at least 1 life.  Wife an I met at a D&D game.

My husband and I did too.


My wife and I did, too.  Stole her from the DM.
 
2013-04-18 05:51:19 PM  

Eddie T. Head: We Are Satin's People was another one.



Ohhh... silky.  I can I touch it?
 
2013-04-18 05:54:24 PM  
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Is Bunkers & Badasses okay?
 
2013-04-18 05:54:28 PM  
Pat Robertson:
Failing his save vs. personal delusion for decades.
 
2013-04-18 05:55:04 PM  

Vaneshi: Eddie T. Head: We Are Satin's People was another one.


Ohhh... silky.  I can I touch it?


www.forthemommas.com
 
2013-04-18 05:56:51 PM  

Felgraf: Arachnophobe: Felgraf

It's really the best D&D movie ever made. (And they may be working on a followup? Can't recall)


They are! It was Kickstartered and fully funded. It's called 'The Gamers: Hands of Fate'.
 
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