Sometime you read a story and it takes a lot of re-reading and double checking before you can bring yourself to accept it truly is legitimate. This is one of those stories.
The seventh circuit of the United States Court of Appeals has just published a ruling on a case heard last September. Let us peruse the opening line and consider whether this may be the greatest legal ruling in history:
After concluding that the popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons (“D&D”) represented a threat to prison security, officials at Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution took action to eradicate D&D within the prison’s wall.There is more at this story on FoxNews.com.
This reminds me of the crap press that lead to the negative public perception that AD&D was "a game of the devil" where kids cast spells on each other and the figures are possessed by demons. As usual it is/was the players that are to blame. Players that forget ITS A GAME, caused the rest of the players to lose their game playing privileges in this example and the in the past caused all the negative press.
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I proudly continued to play AD&D all the way through 1991 when the responsibilities of family and lack of time forced us to retire the campaign. My friends save one didn't take the game all that seriously. It was important to keep perspective. I lost many a character in many a campaign but I didn't threaten to commit suicide or burn down the DM's house, I said, "well shit" and started a new beer and a new character.
My friends all turned out successful. Three doctors, owner of an engineering firm, an owner of an IT company, me (whatever it is that I do), director of IT, owner of a green house, lawyer, magazine publisher/editor, insurance salesman, and that is just one of the groups I played in.
So on behalf of a former AD&D player...don't lose your head, and remember its just a game.
Hors d'Oeuvres, 15th Level Grand Druid
Nigel Knockwurst, 23rd level Halfling Thief