Monday, March 11, 2013

[Let's Read] Playing With Fire, Part 3: Place in History

Here are some of the highlights of the "Satanic Panic" and Playing With Fire's place within them. Note this is not a complete timeline.


Disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III, supposedly in the Michigan State University steam tunnels playing D&D

A month later, he is found by William Dear, a P.I. hired by his family


James Dallas Egbert III commits suicide


Publication of fiction novel Mazes and Monsters by Rona Jaffe


Suicide of Irving "Bink" Pulling

Mazes and Monsters made for T.V. movie airs, starring a young Tom Hanks


Patricia Pulling sues her son's high school and TSR Hobbies, case thrown out of court

Patricia Pulling forms Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (B.A.D.D.)


Publication of The Dungeon Master: The Disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III by William Dear

--> Publication of Playing With Fire by John Weldon and James Bjornstad

Publication of Dark Dungeons by Jack Chick


60 Minutes episode about Dungeons and Dragons airs, includes interviews with Gary Gygax and Patricia Pulling


Publication of The Devil's Web by Patricia Pulling


Publication of The Pulling Report by Michael Stackpole

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