When I was in high school I played a lot of role-playing games, including Dungeons & Dragons. Many Christians in the 80’s and early 90’s were sucked into the “satanic panic” generated by some ministers and thought D&D was evil.
DragonRaid was created by Dick Wulf as a means to teach Christians how to memorize scripture and witness to non-believers through the vehicle of a role-playing game.
Unfortunately, DragonRaid was ostracized because, well, because there was a dragon on the red box. Naturally, it must be evil.
My youth pastor at the time was into role-playing games and we actually played a modified version of the game. We incorporated elements of D&D into DragonRaid to make it more like a game than a witnessing tool.
I spent many long nights rolling dice and quoting scriptures while in combat with evil creatures. I still played D&D, Cyberpunk, and many other role-playing games but the fun and camaraderie with my youth group is always what I stive for when playing games with friends today.
My son got his hands on an original boxed set from a friend in college. The books are in very good condition and there are plenty of blank character sheets. Memories started flooding back when he showed me the game.
I’m thinking about running a few campaigns with my kids. It will be a nice introduction to RPGs for them and hopefully we can forge some great memories.