Sorry, Criminals: You Can't Play Dungeons And Dragons In Prison


Posted January 26, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

Dungeons And Dragons

According to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, convicted criminals in the Wisconsin penal system are not allowed to play the pen and paper version of Dungeons and Dragons. The court upheld an earlier ruling concerning Kevin T. Singer. Singer, a convicted murderer and presumably nerd, had his D&D materials confiscated from his cell by the guards at Waupun prison back in 2004.

Singer argued that confiscating his little D&D books and fruity dice and lead figurines of elves was a violation of his 1st Amendment rights. The courts disagreed. Can you guess why the State forbids D&D? Here's a quiz:

Q: Wisconsin banned Dungeons and Dragons material from prison because:

1) Potential inmate violence against D&D playing prisoners.
2) "Weapons Guide" information could be used to fashion actual weapons.
3) The only real prison is in the Mind, so anything that helps prisoners mentally escape incarceration is verboten.
4) Dungeons and Dragons promotes gang activity.

If you said "4," Give yourself a +2 to your intelligence modifier; you are correct, sir.  This case marks the one time in human history when a group of players of Dungeons and Dragons were considered a "gang" as opposed to "a bunch of damn nerds."

Source: Kare11

*Disclaimer: I still play D&D, so I can make fun of it. You non role-players better show respect.

Sorry, Criminals: You Can't Play Dungeons And Dragons In Prison


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