How long were you in jail for your crime?As a young adult, my brother got into a nasty divorce with custody issues. At some point in the various lawyer discussions I had been accused of "Forcing my nephew to stay up all night playing Dungeons and Dragons". The actual story is one New Years Eve my nephew and his friend asked me to play DnD so I did a makeshift intro game with some scratch paper and some yahtzee dice for about 20 minutes after the ball drop was on TV.
They're charging as much for a block of pamphlets as the MM costs. There's the real crime, right there, and also the telling truth of their motivation.This got me thinking about another incident in early 1984, a few months after I'd received Red Box Basic for Christmas. A kid at my elementary school was handing out pamphlets which had the words "Dungeons and Dragons" printed prominently on the outside. Seeing this, I became excited and started talking to him, chattering about how great a game it was, and did he play, and all that.
He just said I really needed to read the flier, handed me one, and wandered off.
Later that day, I actually read thing... and was a bit vexed and perplexed, because it didn't jibe with my (at the time very limited) experience of the game. I never interacted with that kid again after that, even though he was in my class.
I held on to the pamphlet for years, but finally tossed it during a move after college in the mid 1990s... and I've regretted that ever since. But after a bit of googling today, I finally found it again!
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(Clicking the pic links to a blog post; scroll down a bit to see images that include scans of the full text.)
What stood out to me as a 10 year old was that real, thinking adults would confuse a game book with a religious text. (And also its weird focus on quotes with words like "crotch" and "genitals" pulled from various FRPGs.)
As I've grown older, I've learned that adults really aren't nearly as bright as I thought they were when I was a kid.
I promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the LA underground. Today, still wanted by the government, I survive as a soldier of fortune. If you have a problem, and no one else can help, and you can find me maybe you can hire...How long were you in jail for your crime?