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An actual Chick tract was left on my door

Kannik

Adventurer
As the title says, I found an honest to Lathander Chick Tract on my door today! Well, a small one, "inviting" me to send away for more.

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Strangely, despite the magnitude it had (and still does) in stoking Satanic Panic and of its anti-gaming impact (even if it is unintentionally hilarious for how melodramatic it is), I'm more intrigued and amused than anything else. Having lived through that era but never having seen one in the wild, in a weird way it's like touching a part of gaming history...
 

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It's been a long, long time since I've seen a Chick tract in the wild.
Only about 10 years for me...

... When I was sending a student to the office for pushing religious tracts on other students in school. Student got some form of discipline... but I don't know exactly what. They were not returned to class...
 

It's been a long, long time since I've seen a Chick tract in the wild.

Same here. I've seen more parodies in recent years than real usage.

This thread inspired me to take a trip down memory lane and read Dark Dungeons again. I can't help but feel an uncomfortable parallel between what happened to Marcie and how some people responded to players facing emotional turmoil over their characters dying at the end of the Deaths in RPGs thread.
 
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JustinCase

the magical equivalent to the number zero
Wow, I'm hoping that whoever gave them to you was only thinking about how you'd appreciate that bit of nostalgia. If not...

Living in Europe, I've never seen a Chick tract in real life.
 




Longspeak

Explorer
Someone used to leave these laying around the student lounge in high school. No-one ever admitted it, probably because of all the loud mocking and laughter... but they also kept leaving them for a while. I don't think I've seen one in the real world since then. Just discussions of them on places like here.

The one that sticks with me. Woman doesn't know why her aunt seems less sad and lonely. Then there's a knock on the door. Aunt opens, and woman goes "Oh oh.... they're Mormons."

Other than that, I remember titles but few specifics. "Bad Bob." "The Death Cookie." "The Visitors." And of course, Dark Dungeons, which a friend of mine "reviewed" for a zine back in the day. "Why does Alex Trebek want by to burn all my D&D books?"

Since those days, I've discovered idiots are everywhere, and it takes too much energy to hate them individually. So I just hate them... generally.
 



Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Disappointed. Not Dark Dungeons.

We are, alas, not the center of the Universe. We are not even the center of Jack Chick's universe (or, the universe of the publishing company that survives him). Their website offers 271 tracts, so we are like 0.4% of their universe.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Strangely, despite the magnitude it had (and still does) in stoking Satanic Panic and of its anti-gaming impact (even if it is unintentionally hilarious for how melodramatic it is), I'm more intrigued and amused than anything else. Having lived through that era but never having seen one in the wild, in a weird way it's like touching a part of gaming history...

Two things-

The last time I saw a Jack Chick tract in the wild was ... oof ... I want to say 20 years ago? Maybe 15? I was walking to a MLB stadium, and someone was passing them out. Even then, it was kind of surprising.

That said, the other thing I want to say is this- these are easy to mock, and to parody. But ... they also caused a lot of damage. One thing I've become far too aware of is that things that I think are absolutely absurd, things that I think no rational person could believe, things that I think are such obvious lies no one could believe them (or could easily be checked by even a cursory google search) ... have an amazing power over people.

I'm more careful about what I think is amusing than I used to be.
 



ART!

Hero
I can't find a good link, but George Carlin had a great bit about never having seen "a Gideon", but if you called the front desk at your hotel and said there wasn't a Gideon's Bible in your room, they would have to send a Gideon up to bring you one.

I was way too nice to the JWs who - chatting with me at the front door - started offering their pamphlets about child endangerment and child abuse when they heard kids playing in my house. I about lost it, but that's not how I roll.

I recall a lot of Chick tracts floating around when I was growing up. I grew up in a very Catholic town, so I'm not sure who they were aimed at.

Dark Dungeons is an absolute masterpiece of hyperbole and completely failing to understand things.
 

dragoner

Dying in Chargen
Is Jack Chick still around? I have a collection of these from 20+ years ago when I used to eat at a little hole in the wall Korean joint that was near a project. They had a box near the register full of them and I would rummage out a new one every now and then.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Mod note:
Folks, while we may poke some fun at Chick's tracts, commentary about various religious groups is not where this thread is going to go. Please stop. Thanks.
 


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