Is Dungeons and Dragons Satanic? The answer is No. Dungeons and Dragons has never been and will never be satanic. Dungeons and Dragons is a simple “Role Playing Game,” which means that players step into the shoes of fictional characters that they themselves create and pretend to have adventures using a variety of books, dice, plastic and metal miniatures, and cardboard tiles. There is nothing satanic about it at all. This widely and ridiculously held belief probably came from the fact that there are demons and devils present in the Dungeons and Dragons game. However, there are also angels.
Dungeons and Dragons was started in 1974 by a company called “Tactical Studies Rules Inc.” This once simple game has evolved to encompass more than four editions, a ton of books, a complete line of plastic (and metal) miniatures, and many more gaming materials. It has also, unfortunately, gathered a wide variety of accusations from various people, ranging from sermons by over-zealous Christians to a comic book by a man named Jack Chick.
Jack Chick’s widely infamous (in the Dungeons and Dragons community) and factually incorrect comic book detailed two girls and their involvement with the game of Dungeons and Dragons. One girl’s character dies and she subsequently has a breakdown and hangs herself in her room. The other girl is told by her “Dungeon Master” that she is ready for “the real power”. She then joins a coven and performs occult rituals. At the end of the comic book she is “cleansed by the power of Jesus”. Needless to say, this comic is completely ridiculous and is written by the same man who wrote a comic about the Catholic Church and their “death cookie.”
Many of the accusations against the popular RPG were rooted in the incorrect belief that players could use the various manuals (which are actually used to cite manuals, statistics, and information about the game) to “summon real demons” and “cast real spells” and other such nonsense. The belief that Dungeons and Dragons is satanic stems from ignorance and an irrational fear in “magic” and “monsters.”
Also the “rituals” that players may cast are not real rituals, and do not do anything other than provide a boost or special ability within the game. Lies that players may curse people in real life or perform devilish rituals are just senseless babble, and should be ignored
If you are Christian, or Jewish, or Muslim, or any other religion there is nothing wrong with playing Dungeons and Dragons. It is a simple but fun game that you can enjoy with your friends. Sitting back and having an afternoon of gaming with your friends can be quite enjoyable, and provides something to joke and laugh about for weeks to come. Demons and Angels can both be enemies or allies in the game, according to the Dungeon Master’s plans, and just because a demon or devil is present in a game does not make it “satanic.”
There is no reason for Dungeons and Dragons to be labeled satanic. It is a simple game. If you feel otherwise and can rationalize your belief, please do so in the comments. If I’ve helped you learn something today, please continue educating the world in general and exterminating ignorance and fear and tell your friends that there really is nothing wrong with Dungeons and Dragons. It is just a game.