Role-Playing Games and the Christian Right: Community Formation in Response to a Moral Panic

  title={Role-Playing Games and the Christian Right: Community Formation in Response to a Moral Panic},
  author={David Waldron},
  journal={The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture},
  • David Waldron
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
During the 1980s, the newly established industry and youth subculture associated with role-playing games came under sustained attack from schools, churches, parents and governments, instigated by the Christian Right via organizations such as B.A.D.D. (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons). While both the organization B.A.D.D and its claims linking Role-playing games to youth suicide, drug use and Satanism eventually were discredited, the impact of these accusations lingers on to the present… 

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