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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:

The 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 demons.

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.