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the cover to go to the first page)
The front and back
covers of the book. The price tag reads "$1.00," but I'm pretty sure I
paid a little more than that for it. Just think, Pulling herself
probably handled this little blue booklet while giving it to a
concerned parent or stuffing it into an envelope to send it to a police
station for "police instruction."
The cover is pure 80s
small-press style, with erratic fonts and patchy printing, and the
inside is no different. It's oddly reminiscent of some of the early RPG
supplements, which were produced in much the same way. I'm not
responsible for the stains, which were there when I got the book, so I
can't blame myself for getting careless with my coffee this time.
The quote on the front
cover reads "The more I play D&D, the more I want to get away
from this world." There is no attribution to this quote, so we have no
idea who actually said it, or if it was really said by anyone at all.
Try to get used to that sort of thing while looking through these pages.
Handwritten on the back
is a note from a previous owner: "Page 220, 222, 228, Ravaged
By The New Age, Texe Marrs." By sheer coincidence, I have
that book as well (what can I say, I love to read paranoid
manifestos!). I picked it up at a gun show, where one of the exhibitors
was clearing out their collection of apocalyptic books. Pages 220 and
222 mention D&D only by name - but page
228 features this little gem:
ever-popular Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game is
ever-present in toy stores and department stores. This game is nothing
more than an introduction to the occult. Fantasies the players involve
and indulge themselves in include murder, rape, arson, pillage (sic),
terrorism, brutal torture, etc. Kids also take on the names of actual
In the same book, Marrs
warns us about the dangers of the Smurfs, the Pound Puppies, My Little
Pony, Photon, Shel Silverstein, clothing with peace symbols on it, and
the Montessori curriculum, to name very, very few. It's a wonder that
people like Marrs and his faithful readers can even bring themselves to
leave the house most days.