8-1 | Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds

Book Review

Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds

Joseph P Laycock
Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015. Notes, bibliography, index. 349 pp. $29.95 paper. ISBN: 9780520284920

by Drew Chappell

First Paragraph:

I am old enough to remember what Joseph P. Laycock describes as the 1980’s “moral panic” concerning Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). I was a casual player of the game at that time, and I also enjoyed the Saturday morning D&D television series that aired from 1983 to 1985. My parents, to their credit, never bought into the anti-D&D hype that Laycock explores—I think they harbored a fundamental mistrust of evangelists such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson—yet, neither did they join in my or my sister’s game sessions or even ask much about D&D.