[dragonraid] Re: [DragonRaid] Re: Success stories

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From: "Scott M. Acker, M.D." <scott_acker@...>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 07:43:53 -0800 (PST)
On Wed, 17 Nov 1999 18:52:07 -0800 (PST), Kevin Robinson wrote:  

>  However, I don't think that is quite the same situation here concerning
>  Dragon Raid at Gen Con.  I'm telling you from experience, that people at those >  huge conventions are looking for the latest greatest artwork and flashy   
>  adventure worlds.  

There are also allot of aging gamers who came in during the 70's and 80's who are lost and looking for answers.  I know, I have talked to them at Gencon over the past few years.  The younger crowd is into glitz and glam but they often are unsure where they are going when you talk to them alone. Both of these groups will sometime open up and listen to the truth if you can present it with compassion.  
Since I was saved I have run secular games with an allegoric twist (Narnia providing some of the best framework for this).   Often at the end of these games players will go 'wow' were do you get that stuff etc.  This open up the door to a discussion of salvation.  Also I never make my players pay for any of there games, I run everything in the open gaming area.  Some people will play for free something that sounds interesting.
However this would not be easy.  You would be putting down the gauntlet at an event that has some very lost people.  Many of the people that come to Gencon are pagonist and there are some open satanists there.  We would likely be ridiculed by many and some would be openly antagonistic.  
I'm not saying that its a good idea to spend your limited resources on this event.  I do think there are people to be reached and a combined presence of card games, DR and other events might reach some of these people.  If this isn't the right way to support DR ok, but I am available to help if you are interested.

Scott M. Acker, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dermatology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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