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3 begins a collection of statements that are meant to condemn the game.
Care should always be exercised with any quotes or statements provided
by Pulling and anyone involved with her - she was infamous for
mutilating quotes to serve her purposes. (Here's
a classic example.)
ERIC HOLMES - Holmes, a
staff physician at Los Angeles County Hospital and associate professor
of neurology at the University of Southern California School of
Medicine, was also the editor of the Basic D&D rulebook. The
attributed to him here comes from an article entitled Confessions of a Dungeon Master
that appeared on page 84 of Psychology Today in
November of 1980 (a PDF of the article can be downloaded here).
The article focuses on the personalities that players bestow upon the
characters that they play in Dungeons
& Dragons, and the way those character portrayals
change as the player grows older.
activity described here refers to the playing style of Holmes and his
gaming group, which as the article clarifies, are mostly adults, many
of them doctors, nurses, or graduate students. While it seems clear
that their games included scenes of rape and arson, it has been stated
before that these acts are not covered, condoned, or encouraged by the
rules of the game. The fact that some people add them does not make the
game a promotion of these activities.
is unclear why the parenthetical text refers to Page 9 of the Dungeon Master's Guide,
as Holmes had nothing to do with that book, and that page is actually
the first half of
Gygax's introduction to the DMG.
The reference to page 31 directly after it is also odd, as that page in
the DMG is
about hirelings. Likewise, pages 9 and 31 of the
basic D&D rulebook
(the one Holmes edited) are unrelated to this topic. This may have just
been a simple editing glitch.
RADECKI - It's true that many games of D&D
involve "armed violence," but if those are the only games he has ever
witnessed, then it's a shame he didn't get to see more than a handful.
Gamers know that a good session of any RPG can include much in the way
of drama, storytelling, and intrigue.
MARGARET BOCEK -
Citations of these studies, or even a mention of what they were
studying, what methods were used, and what experts were involved, would
have been helpful here. Merely looking at something and deciding that
you don't like it doesn't count as a 'study.' For some actual studies
on the effects and benefits of roleplaying games - ones performed by
actual experts, using actual methods of study - visit the studies page
RUPE - Rupe was a bank robber convicted for the murder of two bank
tellers, who was sentenced to death by hanging, but was able to avoid
his punishment due to his large size. His defense never seemed to
mention "losing touch with reality" through playing D&D
if it did, it appears to have failed (as the "D&D
defense" always does). How this "losing touch with reality" is
connected to his bank robbery is a mystery.
PIERS - I'm not sure how this quote is supposed to support B.A.D.D.'s
case. Unless I'm reading it incorrectly, it seems to be saying that
imaginary violence is good, but real violence is unacceptable,
something that most everyone can agree on. (And for the
record, her book is titled "The Gift of Play.")
FAULHAMMER - As mentioned on the previous page, Collins did not committ
suicide, but killed himself in a tragic accident. That he may have
taken his hobby too seriously (and engaged in some typical teenage
hyperdrama) is no reason to connect the game to his
GARY NORTH - Typical
fearmongering here. There is no evidence to suggest that D&D
and other RPGs are 'carefully researched' introductions to the occult.
If they were, the magic system would be more like Wiccan
traditions, and less like Lord
of the Rings.
for federal grants to specifically promote roleplaying games in schools
- I have never seen any evidence of this. While this is just another
example of North's fearmongering, it's a rare example of an
anti-roleplaying myth that I wish was a reality. Grant-funded RPGs in
schools would build a lot of friendships, keep a lot of kids out of
trouble, and introduce a lot of new members to a fantastic hobby.
TUCKER - It's not clear what Professor Tucker means by
the normal and making it abnormal' in this context - playing RPGs is
very close to childhood games of make-believe, telling stories, and
character acting, all three of which are very normal, natural
activities that people participate in all over the world. The
second part of his statement does not seem to refer to RPGs directly,
and is likely taken out of context.
ROBERT LANDA - Mr. Landa's
credentials don't seem to include anything to do with psychology, so
his 'research' is questionable, and none of his percieved 'adverse
effects' are listed for us to consider. I have attempted to
contact Mr. Landa for an interview, but have met with no success.
KELLY (SIC) JEAN POPPLETON - (Proper spelling is "Kellie.")
Kellie Jean Poppleton's murder was never solved. While she may have
enjoyed experimenting with playing D&D
while under the influence of drugs, that neither contributed to her
makes a case against the game. Many other drug addicts watch television
or go to the movies, paint pictures, or even write stories while under