As with the West Memphis Three and the Satanic Panic, everything you've been told by the corporate media about the "Dungeons and Dragons Panic" is a malicious mixture of half-truth, shameless distortion and flat-out lies.
The fact is that - like so much of our so-called "popular culture" - RPGs have their roots in military intelligence, and have unleashed a well-documented but underreported epidemic of crippling psychological dissociation on entire generations.
Which is why I'm happy to announce a summit with my man Recluse (of the must-read VISUP blog) where we will shine a light on the secret history of RPGs.
Dissolving your own psyche and immersing an altered ego in elaborate war-gaming may be just harmless fun and games for most, but there has been a serious, sizable and well-documented trail of bloody corpses in the RPGs' wake.
And the long-term effect of subjecting already-marginal personas and feeble minds to the techniques of psychological warfare is something you'll never hear about in deceitful corporate mouthpieces like Buzzfeed or Vice.
Take it away, Recluse:
The Farm & The Secret Sun Institute Present: The Secret History of RPGs Part I
It is with unbelievable pleasure that I'm hear to announce a joint Farm/Secret Sun Institute collaboration. The great Christopher Knowles and I will be taking the deepest dive of them all into the history of role-playing-games (RPGs) and related tropes (LARPing, first-person shooters, etc).While long dismissed as harmless, the amount of curious deaths linked to the RPGs, going back to D & D, is staggering. And things only got stranger from there. Over the next 40 + years they've been used to invoke pre-historic warrior cults, Lovecraftian entities and other sinister forces in a proto-hypestition fashion.By the '90s, full-blown cults grew out of the games, most notably Vampire: The Masqueradeand a certain cult in Kentucky it spawned. Inevitably, the body count continued to rise. We'll explore this subject with Farm/Secret Sun Institute Patreons over a pair of live streams, starting on 3/25/23 (Saturday). The festivities will start @ 9:23 pm EST. I'm up first and trust me, you don't want to miss this presentation.