Tapestry

The gospel according to Dungeons & Dragons

Religion scholar Joseph Laycock says that even though D&D was once a source of a moral panic, there is nothing satanic about it. Tapestry producer Arman Aghbali brings us the story of one player's attempt to resurrect his character and the spiritual challenge that occurred along the way.
Joe Manganiello, left, and Deborah Ann Woll help unveil the then new Dungeons & Dragons storyline, "Waterdeep: Dragon Heist," in 2018.
Joe Manganiello, left, and Deborah Ann Woll help unveil the then new Dungeons & Dragons storyline, "Waterdeep: Dragon Heist," in 2018. (Jordan Strauss/AP Images for Dungeons & Dragons)

Religion scholar Joseph Laycock has been playing Dungeons & Dragons for a long time. He says that even though D&D was once a source of a moral panic, there is nothing satanic about it. Instead, Laycock sees the game as its own kind of spiritual practice. He says the imagination has always occupied a strange place in spirituality - as though it's either a divine gift or some kind of curse.

Cat Van Wert and Mike McPhaden both play D&D with their respective families. They share the moments when Dungeons and Dragons felt like more than a game.

Tapestry producer Arman Aghbali brings us the story of one player's attempt to resurrect his character and the spiritual challenge that occurred along the way.

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