Visiting my blog, eh? Wise move. I think we should all try to understand other people, no matter how stupid their beliefs.
Title: The Satanism of my youth Posted: May 26, 2009 (09:25 AM)
Between years 7-9 in high school I ran several D+D and AD+D campaigns for friends. Occasionally we would play other RPGs - TMNT, Heroes Unlimited, MERP (Middle Earth), even Judge Dredd and Toon for about five seconds each – but AD+D was the stayer, and I was the mainstaying DM.
Sometimes at weekends I'd run a game for my friend Craig and his little brother over at their house. Craig had an older sister I'll identify as N. N had used to listen to Twisted Sister, but was falling in at the time with a strongly peer-pressuring group of militant Christian friends. Their influence cut off the Twisted Sister for starters, and I seem to recall N transforming with a degree of zeal. This was not the case of a young woman reluctantly changing her habits in response to friends' chiding. She was enthusiastic about her new way of being.
I only saw these people a few times, but their presence kind of frightened me because they had the aura of unthinking possession about them. One day they swept through my friend's house while I was visiting, and one young guy from their party, after eyeing my AD+D manuals, asked if he could look at them. I felt a bit uneasy about this but I let him. He had assured me he would return them in a little while, and he did. I can no longer remember who told me or how, whether it was the Christians themselves, briefly but directly, or my friend through hearsay later, but I later discovered that the Christians had assessed the AD+D materials as being satanic and dangerous, and were all concerned about their presence.
Fortunately I never saw these people again. They had always made me uncomfortable, as infrequently as I encountered them.
I did see N again a few years later. I spotted her up on a music shell stage with some other people while I was on holiday at an oceanside location up the coast. She was helping distribute religious paraphernalia.
User: JANUS2 Title: Posted: May 26, 2009 (10:56 AM)
I thought you were building up to a DUNGEON MASTER vs. CHRISTIAN FANATIC showdown.
User: jerec Title: Posted: May 26, 2009 (04:57 PM)
Anything with magic is demonic and evil. If you were playing a game where you roleplayed being a missionary and building churches, they would have left you alone.
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