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Podcast #72 Dungeons & Dragons and the Satanic Panic

This week, Morrus and Peter spend this Halloween season looking at the scariest time for roleplaying, the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. In the news, Tyranny of Dragons reprinted for D&D, Vampire: The Masquerade miniatures, Strange New Worlds released for Star Trek Adventures, a one-page random dungeon generator, and more! Plus Our Favorite Game in All the World and a brand new sketch!


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Hosts: Russ “Morrus” Morrissey and Peter Coffey
Editing and post-production: Darryl Mott
Kickstarter News Column used for the Kickstarter Game: Egg Embry
Theme Song: Steve Arnott
Kickstarter Game Theme: Lyrics by Russ Morrissey, Vocals by “drwilko”, Guitar by Darryl Mott
Malach the Maleficent played by Darren Morrissey
Darryl Mott

Darryl Mott


I’ll admit—you got me with that comic. Wasn’t until near the end that I realized it wasn’t a parody, but a tract. Welp!


From seeing this, one passes to the realization that our own age is also ‘a period,’ and certainly has, like all periods, its own characteristic illusions. They are likeliest to lurk in those widespread assumptions which are so ingrained in the age that no one dares to attack or feels it necessary to defend them.

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