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Pope Turns Down Opportunity To Play Dungeons & Dragons

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30 Apr 2019 11:19 - 30 Apr 2019 11:22 #296284 by Sagrilarus
Father Robert Ballecer, noted Jesuit Priest and techno-nerd told a story this week on the This Week In Tech podcast of sitting in a crypt in the Vatican, playing Dungeons & Dragons with fellow priests. Apparently they play in the crypt for ambience.

Ballecer's short story indicated that the Pope ("very, very nice man who wears an awesome hat") came in, asked what they were doing and, when told, was excited that he was getting the opportunity to see what Dungeons & Dragons was. The game master asked if he'd like to join them, and his response was "I do not think that I would."

Starts around 1:10 in the recording if you're interested.

"Yes, but that doesn't matter your eminence. You need to roll a 13 or higher to turn the skeletons."
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30 Apr 2019 12:36 #296299 by Michael Barnes
Shucks, I was hoping for “Is there room for an Anti-Paladin in the party?”

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30 Apr 2019 15:36 #296328 by jpat
I noted that the hometown small-town newspaper recently referred to D&D players as "enthusiasts." Back in my day, they were referred to as budding occultists and satanists. Times have changed.
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30 Apr 2019 16:05 #296333 by Sagrilarus

jpat wrote: I noted that the hometown small-town newspaper recently referred to D&D players as "enthusiasts." Back in my day, they were referred to as budding occultists and satanists. Times have changed.


We had this conversation years back when Gygax passed away. Dungeons & Dragons turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry. Films like Excalibur and then Conan and other productions got made because of the core audience they could depend on, and then the thematics became mainstream after that. If you look in the 60s and early 70s you get some Sinbad stuff and the like, but D&D's core concept really changed the culture.

Given that people like me that played as kids are now at the age where we're supposed to be railing against it I think that attitude is gone for good. Given the other options available for children's spare time, reading and writing and making up stories looks downright wholesome.

I'm just amused that the denizens of the Vatican opt to go into the crypts to play instead of the cafeteria. When in Rome I suppose . . .
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30 Apr 2019 16:13 #296335 by WadeMonnig

Sagrilarus wrote:
I'm just amused that the denizens of the Vatican opt to go into the crypts to play instead of the cafeteria. When in Rome I suppose . . .

Shutting down the internet for the day. Sagrilarus won.

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