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Middle-aged Dungeons & Dragons aficionados still not getting the respect they deserve


Although D&D is celebrating its 40th anniversary, many participants are concerned that their contributions to society, heavy metal t-shirts and virginity have been overlooked. While other 80’s pastimes such as Tetris, rampant capitalism and heroin have achieved respectability, fans of D&D are still derided as ‘bespectacled geeks’.

The only meaningful erection in the role play world

The only meaningful erection in the role play world

Regular participants point to their comprehensive list of achievements – ‘slaying’ the dragon Tiamat, ‘escaping’ from the labyrinth of the spider-god Lolth and getting ‘spit roasted’ by a gang of wood elves. One Dungeons & Dragons fan said: ‘Band Aid may have saved a few lives in the 80s but I completed all the Against the Giants modules – G1 through to 3! And that’s despite being a level 7 Mage, still living with my parents and tolerating Sylvester McCoy as the new Dr Who!’

Rather than being seen as an imaginative individual, a D&D player is still wrongly assumed to be a ‘retainer-wearing social pariah’. One Dungeon Master commentated: ‘A good player needs a unique skill-set of poor hygiene, an obsession with statistics and willingness to dress up as Gandalf the Grey. Consecutive natural twenties is no small feat. It’s more than a roll the dice…die…dice?…die. Where would David Cameron’s Big Society be without orc-bashing, dwarf-baiting and goblin-twerking?’ He quickly dismissed historical accusations of satanic worship ‘…as we were never that interesting’.

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2 comments on “Middle-aged Dungeons & Dragons aficionados still not getting the respect they deserve

  1. Lindy Moone
    April 28, 2014

    And here I was thinking that I really should play D&D at least once, before I die… dice… die…

  2. Lindy Moone
    April 28, 2014

    Reblogged this on Belly-up! and commented:
    Heh heh heh…

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