So this is the post I have tried to not make too soon, but I have to make since I am effected by it personally. This post has to deal with the idea of D&D being “evil” and promoting “satanism”, “occultism” and/or “causing suicides or other crimes”. We have all heard them. You that are older lived it as well, mostly in the 1980s. All of the above claims have been debunked so many times it does not behoove me to reiterate the points made against them. This is more a claim of what is really good about RPGs and role-playing in general. These are just my observations and not indicative of every player’s or GMs view.
First, and most importantly, I have a major statement to make. I AM DEEPLY RELIGIOUS AND HOLD NO ILL TOWARDS GOD OR CHRISTIANS IN GENERAL. That being said, I hate the fundamentalist line that says if you play Dungeons and Dragons then you are “goin’ to hell!”.
Playing for almost twenty years has taught me many things about RPGs. They are too many to name here, but the most important are: teamwork, math skills and social skills. These three skills are vital in life and were imparted to me during my many hours of gaming.
If nothing else is learned from games like D&D it is that teamwork overcomes almost any circumstance! How many gamers have learned this lesson? I would hope a lot. The first rule in RPGs is to have fun. The next rule is to work together as best as you can. This increases the fun for everyone else and makes the GMs job so much easier. Having players who try to do everything themselves is boring and doesn’t promote fun. Teamwork is a major life skill to have as well. I have found myself in too many situations that I needed to work as a team. I found it much easier to do with the skills I learned at the game table.
I learned on the teat of THAC0. That means I learned a lot of basic math from Dungeons and Dragons in particular. I use these said skills every time I turn around. I use them when budgeting my money or when taking a math class in school. I have used them in the professional realm as well. If you didn’t learn in a system like THAC0 then I feel sorry, but you still learned basic math skills, I am sure. Not every game is a calculator masher (looking at Rolemaster here!).
I learned how to talk to people and to treat people with respect through gaming. You have to learn when to speak and when to allow others to speak. Yes, I know cross-talk happens and people do talk over each other, but in general you learn how to treat people through these games. I learned how to approach different people through playing with many different people. Hopefully you did too, o reader!
These are just highlights of what I learned at the table. What are some of the things that you learned at the table? How have they helped you in the “Real World”?