All gang members start off playing Dungeons & Dragons

It took 20 pages for the U.S Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to decide that convicted murderer Kevin Singer was not allowed to play Dungeons & Dragons in prison because it could lead to gang activity. (Sidenote:  I saw this story first on a website I visit daily — www.syfy.com -- which I always type in as www.scifi.com. All of you nerds know why. It even had a link to a great Above the Law article on the subject.) I had some friends in junior high school who played D&D.  They were all nerds (I say this lovingly — I was and still am a nerd). Every last one of them embodied at least 75 percent of the stereotypical nerd description — unpopular, academic, lacking in sports knowledge, lacking the ability/desire to play sports, routinely bullied and with a severely compromised ability to interact with the opposite sex. None of them grew up to be gang members. Or criminals. In fact, most of them are professionally successful, married, and know the basic rules of baseball. All that jazz in the 80s about D&D leading to satanic worship, murder and suicide is highly exaggerated.  I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, but I bet more people have been killed from fights with fans of opposing sports teams.


  1. This is the sort of commentary one expects to see on ATL, the best blog written by and for adolescent boys, but it’s a little strange to see it here. Is it an audition piece? If so, it’s probably too late since ATL just filled all of its open blogger spots.

  2. That’s funny because I’ve always thought you looked like Wil Wheaton. Now excuse me my while I dig out my copy of Battle of Evermore.

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