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As BADD As It Gets:
An Anti-Dungeons & Dragons Propaganda
Back in 2000, I
discovered the wonderful concept of buying books from used book stores
on the internet, and decided right away that I needed to put together a
collection of books that mentioned Dungeons & Dragons
and roleplaying in a negative light. I quickly acquired copies of Mazes
and Monsters, The Dungeon Master and The Devil's
Web,and even found books like Cruel Doubt
and The Embrace with ease, and began to build a
little anti-gaming library, for reference purposes.
During one of my
searches, I found a listing for a book called Dungeons
& Dragons, authored by none other than Patricia
Pulling herself. Immensely curious, I eagerly clicked the "Buy" button,
and waited by my mailbox for it to arrive.
What arrived was a digest-sized booklet with a
blue cover. A sinister-looking dragon lurked over the words Dungeons
& Dragons in a creepy typeface, and random words
were scattered around it: witchcraft... suicide...
violence... police... pastors... parents... educators... librarians...
What had fallen into my
hot little hands was none other than one of the booklets that Patricia
Pulling and her fellow members of Bothered About Dungeons
& Dragons would hand out to people - police,
pastors, parents, teachers, and librarians - to help 'educate' them
about this terrible 'danger.' It was a crowning jewel to any collection
of anti-RPG propaganda.
I've kept it tucked away
for years and have often considered scanning the full book and posting
the images on the site, but never got around to it. Recently (as of
this writing), videos of the 60
Minutes "Dungeons & Dragons" story were posted to
YouTube, which seemed to stir up some interest in the history of RPG
controversy. So, I thought this booklet might be of even more interest
- a glimpse into the mind of the people who deeply feared our little
games of make-believe.
One last word before you
proceed - I've thought about adding commentary at the bottom of each
page, but I realize that would take me months to complete. So rather
than hold off on posting the images, I've decided to put them all up,
and add my commentary when I find the time. That means that each time
you visit, you may find a little more that I have posted since the last