Is Dungeons and Dragons Demonic? (VIDEO)

I started playing Dungeons and Dragons when I was in middle school way back in the early 1980s. I was also a regular attendee at Piney Grove Baptist Church; which at the time was a cute little “fire and brimstone” Southern Baptist church in Cobb County, Georgia.

Turns out, that in addition to “rock and roll” and beer, playing D&D was somewhat frowned upon back then (and from what I’ve gathered from many of the comments you sent me in response to my video, it’s still occasionally frowned upon).

But why? Why would a fun, role-playing game like D&D end up in the cross-hairs of religious fanatics? Answer: they thought (and think) it’s “demonic” or “satanic.”

And believe it or not, I still get asked this question from time to time. So I thought I’d spend a few minutes explaining why Dungeons and Dragons is NOT demonic.

First, I’m not even sure what “demonic” actually means. I know that demons are fictional creatures, but I’m not sure what someone means when they call something else, “demonic.” For the purposes of this post, let’s just assume that “demonic” means some kind of bizarre devil worship.

Secondly and most importantly, the reason why Dungeons and Dragons is not demonic, is because there are no such things as demons!

Demons, like devils, gods, goblins, werewolves, vampires, and leprechauns, are creations of human imaginations. They have been drawn, written about, painted, and named, but they have never, ever been detected by anyone, anywhere at anytime. Zip.

So we can confidently say that in the absence of any evidence whatsoever that any of the aforementioned imaginary creatures are actually real, we can accept them for what they are: characters in stories.

Now, go play Dungeons and Dragons and have fun the way <insert your preferred deity> intended. 😉

 

New Year – New Project: Drinks & Dragons!

Sometimes you just need to mix it up a bit.

And after this past election season, I, yes even I who loves politics and who has a degree in Political Science, became sick of the spectacle. I didn’t publish anything on this page because I didn’t want to link my name with the political shenanigans I was seeing unfold. So I let the page go dark.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, my new creative outlet had been taking shape.

Perhaps it was sparked by my first visit to Dragon Con in 2016. Perhaps this is my latent nerd finally emerging from its nerd cocoon. Perhaps this is just my midlife crises! Whatever the spark, I have rediscovered after about a 30-year hiatus, the game of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D).

Ryan with the FSM
Ryan posing with the FSM at Dragon Con 2016.

I played D&D when I was in middle school but then high school happened and I became too busy, too cool, too whatever, and so I stopped. Let’s face it, the quarterback of the football team was probably not playing D&D. You know who was playing? The nerds.

Fast forward 30 years and do you know what people are calling those same nerds? Boss.

The world has changed. The richest most influential people on the planet are nerds. Gates, Jobs, Zuckerberg. These are the movers, shakers, and innovators. But to be honest, I’m not playing D&D again because geek is chic (which it is); I’m playing because it’s an absolute blast!

I’ll post more updates as we go, but believe it or not, I’ve started a YouTube channel combining a love of my new hobby (D&D) and my old hobby (beer)! It’s called Drinks & Dragons and sure, I expect it will have a VERY niche audience, but that’s fine too. I’ll still talk about other things from time to time, but the channel is as much an experiment on what it takes to start a YouTube channel, as it is my new creative outlet.

So I’m still around, but if you need me, I’m probably playing Dungeons and Dragons! Cheers!

-Ryan