But it seems that the same song is being sung again, updated for the latest fad. In the 80s, Fundamentalism was the "in" paranoia; nowadays, of course, National Security is the hottest thing going. And, yes, they're using D&D (link found thanks to BoingBoing):
This morning, they're doing bag searches again to get on the ferry. And the guy doing the searches pulls me aside and says, "Sir, I feel that I need to confiscate this book [a roleplaying sourcebook]."
I pause and say, in that tone of voice that most people would recognize as meaning, "have you lost your grip completely, chuckles?": "You need to confiscate... a book."
"Yes. I feel it's inappropriate for the other people on the ferry to be exposed to it."[. . . .]
My response: "Well, let me call the ACLU and have them come down here, and see what they think about your attempt to confiscate a book that was not in the plain sight of others due to your feeling it's not appropriate." [. . . .]
He gets all pissy at me and says, "Don't you understand this is for your safety?"
Ack ack ack! I just got so frustrated at this. On a Geek Army level, I was flabbergasted that this situation occurred due to a roleplaying book; it brought back flashes of the aforementioned Fundamentalist obsession. "What's next?"I thought. "Confisgating sourcebooks because they supposedly have the recipe for explosive powder?"
On a General Human level, though, I was even more put out. How could any book threaten anyone's safety, unless it was a book with razor-sharp pages and a nerve-toxin-laced cover? Is the paranoia really that bad in New York that the security guards feel that they need to confisgate a toy in book form?
I guess the moral of this story is: when travelling to New York, leave your Dungeon Master's guide at home.