TWiR: Courtesy of Laughing Squid: “D&D to a Fundie”

Our friends at Laughing Squid have posted this wonderful clip from a 1993 “expose” done by Pat Robertson and The 700 Club.

For a game that’s been so influential on computer games and in the modern, digital culture, it’s a bit hard to believe (I hope) that in the late 1970s and early 1980s, people who played Dungeons & Dragons were not only considered strange but also (to many) dangerous.

(As an aside: When I played D&D, my parents mostly reigned in their concerns. My mom convinced me to read the now-discredited The Dungeon Master: The Disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III, which only made me want to play D&D in underground university tunnel systems.)

Of Dice + Men

A rising tide lifts all boats, we say.

In the spirit of author friendship, you should keep your eyes out for a new book, Of Dice and Men, which hits the stores in August. I suspect this book would be a nice companion to ours, following D&D up to where our book begins and then moving in parallel.

One side note: I’m not buying the idea of the Moneyball connection because Sabermetrics has nothing to do with D&D. I suspect that’s some marketing mumbo-jumbo.

Other than that, I can’t wait to read it.

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