Religion in RPGs

WISH 75: Reli­gion and Con­tro­ver­sy (from Per­verse Access Mem­o­ry):
A lot of neogamers I play with are uncom­fort­able with tak­ing real reli­gions and putting them into play. With all the “Satanist” back­lash against D&D that there’s been, do you feel com­fort­able hav­ing any reli­gion in your games? Do you scrub it of any­thing controversial?

I’m not sure I count, since I don’t run games. But I don’t hon­est­ly see how you can have much of an RPG with­out some reli­gion sneak­ing in. Peo­ple tend to cre­ate or cling to reli­gions. I can­not see inter­act­ing with believ­able char­ac­ters of any sen­tient race very deeply with­out encoun­ter­ing some reli­gious belief or practice.

I don’t see much wor­ry about con­tro­ver­sy in our gam­ing group, which has includ­ed athe­ists, agnos­tics, pagans of var­i­ous sorts, LDS mem­bers, Sev­enth Day Adven­tists, Bap­tists, and (I think?) an Epis­co­palian. Reli­gion hap­pens. It’s in a fan­ta­sy world. Peo­ple in the D&D game tend to have either no or very per­son­al rela­tion­ships with their deities. Those who don’t get very religious/spiritual don’t care about such things until they need heal­ing for some reason.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
Posts created 4259

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Posts

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top