No, no, no, @Woodman, mucho apologies… Apparently, the impression I gave you was all wrong! That wasn’t at all what I was trying to get at. I was not trying to say that all D&D/RPGers are losers, and also not trying to say I thought you or other CoGers are losers. I’m trying to say that the folks I knew in high school who were into D&D were primarily drug and alcohol abusing metalhead losers who used the game to fantasize about using swords and interacting with dragons/demons/etc. That’s what I meant by issues. Heck, one jackass I knew knocked himself unconscious when he was going through the woods swinging a “sword” (no idea what it really was) and it bounced off a tree into his noggin. That particular melon-head also collected skull-themed items, like rings and bongs. Another one was kicked out of college because he spent most of his time getting high and playing D&D instead of going to class. (Frankly, several of us were shocked he graduated high school, much less got accepted to college.)
I also had a few buddies that leaned more toward the comic book side of nerdy than the computer side, who also played D&D. Whenever we went into town, they always wanted to visit a certain comic book shop that had game manuals and a bunch of the different varieties of dice. But the impression they made on me… they were friends who also played D&D, but it didn’t affect their identity and they weren’t losers. A couple friends tried to get me into it briefly, but it didn’t capture my interest at the time. The funky dice were neat, but when it comes to SciFi, I’m more a fan of lasers and space travel than spells and swords.