The Escapist Blog is a journal on the positive promotion of tabletop, pen-and-paper roleplaying games: dispelling the myths and misconceptions, educating the public about their benefits, encouraging new generations of players, and more. For more information on roleplaying advocacy, visit the Basic Gaming FAQ.

Google Search

Click these links!

Support the Escapist!
Buy your RPG PDFs through the DriveThruRPG Affiliate link!

The Committee for the Advancement of Roleplaying Games

Calimacil LARP weapons

Viewing blog post - The Escapist Blog

Return to blog

RPG Disclaimers - Bureau 13

Posted by WJWalton on Tue 15 of Dec., 2009 19:50 PST
At a certain point in the history of tabletop roleplaying games, the rumors and myths about the hobby became so bad that some game designers decided to add disclaimers to their games - either to protect themselves legally, or to illustrate how silly those rumors and myths really were.

In some cases it was likely a little of both, and often the author would take the opportunity to turn the claims around and show that rather than being dangerous, playing a roleplaying game could be very beneficial.

I've seen lots of them over the years, mostly in White Wolf rulebooks, but also in many others. Some took a succinct approach ("You are not a vampire."), while others were much more wordy and humorous.

My good friend Jason McCartan recently picked up a copy of the Bureau 13 - Stalking the Night Fantastic RPG from his local Half Price Books. While paging through it, he spotted a couple of disclaimers, and decided to scan both of them and send them to me.

These came from an RPG book that was first published in 1983. I'm not sure when the first RPG disclaimer was printed, or which book it appeared in, but I think that if this one isn't it, it's got to be pretty close.

Now, I've got an urge to go through all of my books to find the best disclaimers. What are your favorites? Do you know of any that predate Bureau 13? (Bonus points if you scan them and send them in, so I can share them here in the blog!)

Permalink Print Email This Post

Submission rules

PLEASE NOTE: Due to an excessive level of spam accounts being created, I have disabled automatic account creation. If you would like to create an account to post to the blog, forums, or wiki, please contact me with your desired username, and I will create one for you. I apologize for the inconvenience.

NOTICE: Before posting to the blog comments, forums, or wiki - be sure to read the submission rules & guidelines

Previous News & Updates

(Archives from the old site)
2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999 - 1998 - 1997 - 1996
The Escapist - Main - Features - FAQs - Forum - Projects - Resources - Support - Contact -
RSS feed Blogs