Role-Playing Games

05 Oct 2022 15:19

I am not the least bit embarrassed at how much time I spent playing these, all the way through my twenties; in fact I'd probably still be playing them if I had near-by friends who were also into them. But they are now old enough that these artifacts of my child-hood have a history.

I am at least half serious when I say that if you've never played these, it is probably hard to appreciate just how easy it is to take seriously something you have yourself made up, and to combine stuff you've borrowed from elsewhere with genuine (if not necessarily good) inventions. This in turn has implications for things like mythology and the history of religion...

See also: The "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s