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Dungeons & Dragons: getting reacquainted

Stranger Things has a lot to answer for. I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons for around 20 years now, primarily with a small group of friends that were into the entire role-playing thing to start with. In 2018 I am now a player in one campaign and a Dungeon Master (DM) for three. This feels slightly over-the-top compared to the years preceding it. And all because a Netflix-series decided to feature the game a bit more prominently in their nostalgia-induced tale. Truth to be told, while I always had at least one campaign on the back-burner, the fifth edition of…

“Satanism” in Dungeons & Dragons

It’s still insane to realise that there was a time that some people thought that a form of improvisation theatre combined with some game rules, dice, pens and paper made for effective Satanic rituals with dramatic results. But the cartoonist Jack Chick saw only evil in Dungeons & Dragons. Chick, a publisher of evangelical Christian comics, penned a tract called “Dark Dungeons” that portrayed D&D as a game of Satanism and witchcraft. In Chick’s story, a witchy (and pretty sexy) Dungeon Master brainwashes her innocent younger players, recruiting them into a coven and teaching them to cast spells on their…