RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 8

Lazy Saturday post! We continue with the #RPGaDay2015 Challenge and we are venturing outside the realm of tabletop games and discussing about their appearance in other media.

Day 8 – Favorite appearance of RPGs in the media

Bear with me, this is going to be somewhat controversial. There are good appearances of RPG in other media, for example the RPG scene in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, ot the recent YouTube Series Titansgrave. And then there are bad appearances, such as Mazes & Monsters, or the razy 60 Minutes piece on D&D and all the 80s fears! While I’m sure that paranoia affected some people negatively, parents refusing to let them play, or destroying their books, Oscar Wilde said it best, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

With that being said, my favorite appearance of RPGs in medias is, Dark Dungeons.

Dark Dungeons

Bear with me and allow me to explain. The little religious tract was meant as an attack on role-playing and the perceived evils in the eyes of extremist fundamentalist religious nuts! But the whole thing is so ludicrous, so comical, it has spawned so many parodies, even a movie, that it’s become iconic in my mind, and is a well that doesn’t seem to dry up. Without that little tract, we wouldn’t have gems like these:

Dark Dungeons MST3K style parody

Dark Dungeons the Movie, not perfect, but I just couldn’t stop laughing…

I truly believe the paranoia and fears so common back then, and so clearly expressed in that pamphlet, meant that fans of the hobby had to engage in conversation, we had to know how to debunk those arguments and defend our hobby against baseless attacks, I really think we turned a negative into a positive. Dark Dungeons gives us a platform to address those concerns and speak to the truth of our hobby.  Some of those fears persist, but by and large, the concept of RPGs has entered the mainstream and that ultimately is a positive thing!

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let me know! See you all tomorrow…

Welcome reader, thanks for taking the time to find out just who I am! My name is Roberto, although in the Internet I usually go by the name of Sunglar. Long time pen & paper RPG player, mostly a GM for the better part of that time; some will say that’s because of my love of telling a good story, others because I’m a control freak, but that’s debatable… I was born, raised, and still live in Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribbean, with a small but active gaming community.

I’ve played RPGs for 30 years, and for most of that time I played D&D in all its various permutations, including Pathfinder and I'm currently playing D&D 5th edition. Other games my regular gaming group has played over the last few years include Mutants & Masterminds and Savage Worlds, but I have played many other games through the years, and plan to play many more. I am a compulsive homebrewer and rarely play a campaign I have not created myself.

You can follow me on Twitter as @Sunglar, and find me in Google+ also as Sunglar. I'm very active in Facebook where you can find me posting regularly in the Puerto Rico Role Players group. Looking forward to hearing from you!

7 thoughts on “RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 8”

          1. it would have been ’99 I think. I was working at the UIC College of Medical Education and I think it was before my son was born. I was still using “Web Warlock” as my nom-d-net to keep my gaming life and professional life seperate.

  1. I think I first read it about 3 jobs ago, in 2000 or 2001 and I printed it out to show to my gaming group since not all of them had Internet access. As much as I liked the Dark Dungeons movie, I still think your parody was better…

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