In the twenty-fourth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I welcome friend of the podcast, psychologist in training, and long-time gamer Steve Discont to discuss the classic table-top role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.

In this episode, we each recall our experiences with role-playing games, from Dungeons and Dragons to MMORPGs and LARPing. The conversation focuses on the compelling reasons so many people have played such games, and how such games have influenced the concept of the American fan. Additionally, the discussion considers how role-playing can actually be educational and beneficial to people, thereby hoping to remove the stereotypes of such games that go back to the Satanic panic of the early 1980s.

The news story mentioned in the episode can be found here. The music at the end comes from the song “D&D” by Stephen Lynch and Mark Teich.

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