1984, 86 pages
By John Weldon and James Bjornstad
The full title of this book is "Playing with Fire; Dungeons and Dragons
, Tunnels and Trolls
, and other fantasy games
From the back cover:
They are denounced by worried Christians and non-Christians alike who link the games to crime, suicide, and the occult.
Playing with Fire
They are defended as mind-expanding and relaxing by millions of players almost cult-like in their devotion.
What are the fantasy games?
Are they good?
Are they evil?
Or perhaps a mixture?
In this critique from a Christian perspective, you'll learn how they are played, the benefits and hazards of playing, and the possible effects on the players. And you'll investigate possible connections with the occult.
is exactly what it claims to be, a critique of role playing games
from a Christian
perspective. Despite the fact that it was written at a time when role playing games
were a hot-button issue, it's suprisingly objective. The authors make a point of quoting the manuals
of any game they're talking about and citing page numbers.
As someone who has played pen and paper role playing games
, I found it a very amusing read. Some of the quotations were taken out of context
, some of the concerns seemed blown out of proportion
, but that's what made it fun for me to read.