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GENTLE REMINDER: Things have been quite hectic with
the page and events involving it. If you have sent me a link or a
link correction, and it appears that I haven't reacted, please contact
me again. I'll do my best to get it posted. Thanks!
The links page will be getting a major reworking
soon, to reflect the new changes to the page. If you know of a link
that should be here, now is an excellent time to let me know.
The links below will lead you to the wealth of other
gaming pages on the web, pages that deal with much more than just advocacy...
They also have my personal stamp of approval.
First, I must plug the Gaming
Outpost, not only for supplying this great site, but also because it
is an excellent site for gaming news, reviews, and messaging. I make
a point of stopping by this site every day... so should you.
RPGnet is another
popular haunt of mine... more gaming news, and a lot of excellent articles,
as well as some advocacy resources.
The Fandom Directory
is the most comprehensive list of fandom all over the world. You'll find
much more than just games and gamers here.
RPG Resource Page, a great place to find convention info, and locate
gamers in your area with their gamer registry.
RPG Index: I have seen no other list that is nearly as comprehensive.
Go here. NOW!
Pro-Gaming Web Pages
I should probably mention first that Yahoo!
has devoted a section of their search engine to gaming advocacy: Satan
Worship and RPGs. Despite the awful name, it actually contains both
pro- and anti-game pages, including this one. I would make a comment on
the ratio of pro-game to anti-game pages, but every time that I do, it
Literature Foundation promotes roleplaying as a form of art, education,
and entertainment. And, they really know how to refute media attacks!
RPG.NET, an excellent
site that covers much in the way of pro-game material, including an archive
of all of David Millians' Gaming and Education newsletter.
On The Web, Pierre Savoie's home page. We share a bunch of the same
links (mainly because Pierre gave me a lot of these), but you can find
other links on his page, as well as some excellent comments on the situation.
Pulling Report: An updated and Web-ified version of Mike Stackpole's
excellent essay "Game Hysteria and the Truth." My personal favorite is
the section on NCTV's unorthodox book reviewing techniques. Check it out.
The Nonsense, the Italian campaign to prevent the banning of RPGs through
the entire country.
the web page for the Game Manufacturers' Association. GAMA holds meetings
that frequently deal with gaming advocacy.
Ontario Center for Religious Tolerance: An organization that attempts
to encourage religious tolerance and understanding. This is their page
concerning the believed "dangers" of RPGs, specifically D&D, and it
tastefully refutes them. Excellent.
the Christian Role-Playing Gamer's Association. Really. No kidding. Here
you can find many who are using RPGs to teach Christian history and values.
They also have a mailing list, and are (as of this writing) developing
a Christian MUD. This page is still under large amounts of construction,
so watch your step.
Club 252, a
German role-playing game club that has collected a number of sources from
news media and psychological literature on the controversy against D&D.
FAQ, a Frequently Asked Questions file from the rec.games.frp newsgroups
dealing with this particular topic.
as an Urban Legend: There are no solid references here, only the opinions
of the authors.
Unsuspecting People Read, the story of Pierre Savoie's successful bid
to have a Catholic anti-D&D tract taken off the market.
Jacob Schaller provides us with a rant about the gaming situation (although,
as rants go, it is very consistent and focused).
An interesting page, in which a self-professed satanist rants about
the fundamentalist attacks linking D&D with satanism. His language
does get a little "colorful," so please be forewarned.
Belief in the Paranormal, and Involvement with Satanic Practices Among
Young Adult Males: Dabblers Versus Gamers, a study by Stuart M. Leeds.
This is nothing more than a small, very dry blurb on the AFF
anti-cult home page. Basically, it examines personality surveys of gamers
and satanic dabblers, and finds many differences between the two.
Role-Playing Games: Good For You, by Kenneth Mencher. An excellent
paper, written in 1992, that covers the basics.
Truth About Dungeons & Dragons by Charney Cale. Another excellent
paper that covers the basics.
Effects of Role-Playing Games by John H. Kim. This is a collection
of studies done on the effects of RPGs on gamers. As far as I know, all
of these documents can be ordered from CAR-PGa.
This page also points out an interesting fact: a book entitled INNUMERACY:
Mathematical Illiteracy And Its Consequences, by John Allen Paulos,
uses the D&D "suicide rate" as an example of how statistics are misinterpreted.
Check it out.
Christians Should Have About Dungeons & Dragons, by Jeff Freeman.
This page starts out with a statement by a "reformed" player, then Jeff
takes the floor.
Anti-Gaming Web Pages
...and here you'll find the "bad guys," or pages about
them by fellow advocates. Keep in mind that many people's opinion of games
is cultivated by the reputation and bad press that they have received over
the years. Not everyone is out to steal our dice, burn our books, and tear
up our cards, and most of them think that they are doing us a favor by
trying to show us their version of the truth.
DUNGEONS, the Chick Publications tract against D&D. Hilariously
inaccurate, or tragically so, depending on your ability to laugh things
off. Volumes could be written about what is wrong with this little tract.
Although I believe that this has been posted by a gaming advocate, I've
put it in the anti-gaming section because of it's subject matter.
DUNGEONS: Text Only: This is the text-only version of the DARK DUNGEONS
tract (see above). The pictures, however, are more than half of the story.
Pierre Savoie describes this page thusly: "A pagan group reproduced a report
by FBI agent Kenneth Lanning concerning the whole Satanic Panic of the
1980's, which mentions that some Christian groups consider participation
in D&D as "entry-level" Satanism." I haven't checked this one out for
- The Healer and Exorcist, Apparently a page dedicated to the process
of exorcising demons, aimed at the Hebrew faith. Only a passing mention
of D&D appears, and it is well buried. According to this page, the
exorcist must rid himself and his subject of the following "wicked occult
objects" in order for the exorcism to be a success: "representations of
the Virgin Mary, the Lord Jesus, St. Peter, and the other myriads of 'saints,'
St. Joseph, Buddha, Angels... rock music cassette tapes, computer diskettes,
CD-ROM's, videotapes, video-games gadgets, compact discs and records, together
with posters, photographs of and reading materials on these rock music
artists... hallucinogenic cough syrups, cigarettes, liquors... images of
or real skeletons (human or animal), especially skulls and shrunken heads,
and skeletons of dinosaurs and other extinct animals, or their preserved
mummies... tarot cards, and the ordinary playing cards; computer diskettes,
cards, magazines, books, toys and other gadgets related to demonic games
such as: dungeons and dragons, garbage pail kids, dracula, vampires,
dinosaurs, aliens, robots, and other video games which are full of horror,
weirdos, violence, and filth... stuffed toys and animals, figurines (idols
really) depicting humans or animals; all sorts of guns and ammunitions,
grenades, swords (samurai or otherwise), spears, bows and arrows... starfishes,
shells... christmas trees, bells, lights and decorations" The list goes
on and on and on... This is actually a better example of Satanic Panic
than it is of game-bashing.
Gore on RPGs: Here's a snippet from Tipper Gore's Raising PG Kids
in an X-Rated Society, in which she, the wife of the U.S. vice-president,
spoke out against D&D.
Primer On Occult Philosophy, from the Christian Information Ministries.
This mentions D&D briefly, but lists a pamphlet that you can send for
that offers a "good critique of fantasy games."
Fellowship, an anti-cult organization, has two entries concerning RPGs
on their 1996 Index of Cults, Occult Organizations, New Age Groups,
New Religious Movements, and World Religions with Related Terms and Doctrines:
Dragons (sic), and Fantasy
Role-Playing Games. Both are terribly inaccurate. They also offer PLAYING
WITH FIRE, an anti-game book offered for a donation of $5.00.
Trust, an organization in England, has this non-confrontational view
And (sic) Dragons - Concerns For The Christian, and Press
Release From Washington, two documents found on the Christian
Connection Home Page. The former is a lenghty list of ecclesiastical
problems with D&D that contain Biblical scriptures mixed with quotes
from "doctors" of whom no credibility is given. At one point, a "source"
(no detail given) informs us that "60 suicides were directly attributed
to D&D in 1981." This is not only news to us, but to many of the anti-gamers
as well. The latter "press release" is terribly dated, especially since
it claims that Joyce Brothers is a paid spokesperson for D&D, and that
the D&D cartoon is shown every Saturday morning.
Just by poking around in this page, I have found
a few other allusions against gaming in the Cults
folder, including: demons01.txt,
in which some of the symptoms of demonic possession are "possession (known
or unknown) of occultic records, tapes, books, pictures, charms, tools,
games, etc... escapism through thrill-seeking, science fiction, soap operas,
or some other addicting hobby/activity."
Below are links that have died. If anyone knows of an
updated address for any of these pages, please let
me know. Thanks.
used to have an anti-gaming tract, but I can't seem to find it on
their page anymore. I'm going to take this as a good thing for now,
but please let me know if you find anything to the contrary.
About Dungeons & Dragons: This is a well-written little online
pamphlet that used to be on the old TSR Home Page. It doesn't appear to
be on the new one, and it also seems that I have misplaced it in the many
transitions I have made from house to house and computer to computer.
If anyone out there happens to have a copy of it, I'd greatly appreciate
it if you could e-mail it to me.
And Answers About RPGs: This also appears on the TSR Page (above),
but this one is written by GAMA. Excellent; I recommend capturing it, printing
it out, and handing it out! As above, this doesn't appear to have made
it to the new TSR page, and I will post it here if it doesn't. Until then,
you can always e-mail me for a copy.
Special thanks go to Pierre Savoie, who supplied
several of these links.
If you should find an error or a site that has moved
or no longer exists, or you would like to add your own favorite gaming
advocacy or anti-gaming site to my list, please drop
me a line and let me know. I would appreciate it.