aha! now we know where tom chick gets that "devils advocate" . . . uhm anyway, i remember seeing these jtchick tracts on my floor in college (usually lying on the cafeteria tables). . . somebody must have been a reborn on the floor.
btw, that cartoon reminds me of Mazes and Monsters with Tom Hanks. oh and we all know devil worshipers play Balders Gate.
By Mark Asher on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 07:35 am:
I'd like to see Mazes and Monsters again. It's been decades, literally, since I saw it.
My favorite Jack Chick strip is one where some missionaries from Africa are returning to the US to accept a prize. They're elderly and have devoted their entire life to building schools and offering medical care to Africans. The plane crashes and they are killed. Another passenger who was also killed and who murdered his wife but repented and accepted Jesus is admitted into heaven while the missionaries, who never accepted Jesus, are cast into hell, heh, heh.
Serves 'em right, those meddlers!
By Bernie Dy on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 09:18 am:
I'd like to see Mazes and Monsters again. It's been decades, literally, since I saw it
Yeah, I remember it...funny thing is how different people perceive it. I thought the message was that friendship transcends various challenges and hardships. It also seemed to me that the Hanks character was mentally disturbed before he got involved in gaming, due to the loss of his family member. The game just happened to be a vehicle that he exercised his disturbance through - it could have been anything...gambling, driving, stealing, murder, gardening.
But religious people I talked to saw it differently. One told me he felt it was a story about how the game warped the mind of the character and drove him to insanity. I didn't ask, "Uh, was the movie you saw the same one I saw?" but I should have!
A classmate at the time said he'd heard the author Rona Jaffe was pro-gaming, so I think my interpretation of the story was closer to the intended one. One of these days I'll read the book and figure it out :P
By Bub (Bub) on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 09:54 am:
All I remember is the cryptic message Tom Hanks leaves about "The Two Towers"... which turns out to be the World Trade Center.
That's all I remember.
Oh, I also remember have to explain to my saintly grandmother that D&D wasn't evil because of the hype surrounding that film and era.
By Felderin (Felderin) on Thursday, March 15, 2001 - 12:38 pm:
Yeah, I'm trying to get Jack Chick's permission to run his anti-D&D strip in an article that I have in the works (on the history of D&D). Funny stuff.
Mazes and Monsters, BTW, was based on a book (that is still in print, I think) by Rona Jaffe. Like the movie, it's really not very good.