Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Beware of D&D LARPers!

Beware! If your colleague plays D&D, and even acts that crap out*, she'll probably open fire at a faculty meeting. Me, I have a shield in my office and a chainmail bowtie, so I'd no doubt survive, except in the unlikely event that she would roll a natural 20.

Really, now. I could understand if she had pulled a blade, or if she were addicted to Call of Duty or some game with a gun, this might, might be relevant. Good job, Boston Herald.


* I'm assuming the "acted that crap out" means she did LARPs, or Live Action Role-Playing.

7 comments:

  1. Remember that stupid 1980s book and TV movie, "Mazes and Monsters"? That was based on another case where there was nothing more than speculation to link D&D to the individual's disappearance. But whoever let the facts get in the way of a good chance to geek-bash, right?

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  2. Actually, I thought the lesson here was "avoid people from Braintree." What's more Lovecraftian than that?

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  3. This is yet another one of those articles that reminds me why newspapers are losing so many readers. In a world where tens of millions of people are into online gaming, how many of the Herald's 203,000 daily subscribers, except for a few housebound senior citizens, are inclined to accept the insinuations of stories like this? It's like the reporter phoned it in from 1982.

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  4. It is just a stupid equation. I mean, consider all the murders committed by people who don't do D&D or LARP. If one took those two groups and considered which was proportionally more likely to have committed a violent crime, how likely do you suppose it is that the roleplayers would be the more dangerous? If this were spun right someone should be able to come up with a 'D&D players save you from murder!' story to counter this kind of idiocy.

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  5. Well, of course. Everyone I met over the internet turned out to be an axe murderer. Those who played online games always kept at least two spare axes in the back shed. I am quite an authority on this - I lived with two of them for several months up until four weeks ago, and can testify personally to the number of axes on their property. They fit very nicely in behind the baby stroller.

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  6. We dark kids had to put up with shit after Columbine. I'm sure Academia can figure out a way to handle it, too.

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