Just share what happened. For me, the person raised their hands, backed away and said "Please Don't Kill Me." I just left.
I can't top that.
What country/state were you in?
Over here in the UK, D&D doesn't have the stigma attached it seems to have in the States; it's just considered one of many eccentric hobbies.
Yep. You gotta love those Puritanical roots!! ;) We didn't stop screaming at light bulbs until about a year ago. It's true!
My fiancee once told a co-worker that we played D&D, and she was mortified. She started telling her about how it's a "bad game", and can get you into "serious trouble". The usual paranoid zealous thing.
Then, this co-worker proceeded to tell my fiancee how she loves vampires, and had always had this fantasy about being bitten and ravaged by a vampire, and turning into a "creature of the night".
She was completely serious about the entire conversation, too.
Them:"You realize you won't get into the Kingdom of Heaven if you play that game."
Me: "Are you gonna be there?"
Them: "Of course."
Me: "Then I find this arrangement satisfactory."
From a woman in my office:
"I thought only people in biker gangs were into that."
At that point I would have stabbed the creature in the chest with a sharp wooden stake, just to be sure.
I congratulate your fiancee on her self-restraint and ability to control the urge to break out the holy water and garlic.
Reverend: D&D? Don't you worship demonic stuff in that game?
Me: It depends. Dark elves and Gnolls do it a lot, but only if your alignment is evil.
Reverend: ....Isn't there Satan in that game?
Me: Yeah, but he was locked away for eternity on a demiplane. Now there's Demogorgon, Pazuzu, Lolth, Graz'zt, and Yeenoghu.
Reverend: ....Do you worship Satan?
Me: No, I'm a Banjoist.
Reverend: *Backs away*
Person: I heard that game is evil.
Person: cause you can't be Jesus in the game
back when i was a youngin', i obviously lived at home. My mom who was a super-christian (you know, armor of god, satan's everywhere kind of thing), hated that i played DnD.
Well, one time i left my books on the kitchen table. She called me down to the kitchen at 3 in the morning to take the books away because she "didn't want satan to get her through the books".
Gotta love parents, especially crazy ones.
I had on a DnD shirt one casual Friday.
Coworker: What does your shirt mean?
Me: It’s a DnD joke.
Coworker: You play DnD?
Coworker: My brother in law plays games like that, do you know him?
Me: Um, what’s his name?
Coworker: I don’t know, he is tall with dark hair.
Me: Oh him! His DnD name is Trogdor the Burninator.
Coworker: He doesn’t play DnD he plays something else.
Me: Oh, well then I don’t know him.
Me: I play dnd.
She: What is this?
Me: A game, kinda like a pc game but without the pc.
She: Nice, can i join?
Me: (thats not what u expect to hear from a barbie girl)
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When I tell that I play roleplaying games people usually stare and ask "is it that BDSM thing?" :embarrass
Holy Water to the Face.
I went to a Catholic high school. One day, the fire and bromstone vice principal came barging in to our session (held in the most veteran priest's classroom, no less. He demands to know which "son of Satan" is running the group.
So I stand up and say hello. For my troubles, I get doused in holy water. I just shook my head. "Look Jack Chick, I have a pulse and a - your water don't work on me." This woke the priest/teacher whose room we were using up.
Then the 70+ priest started yelling at Fire and Brimstone being an "ignorant, embarrassing example of how not to behave with the colar on."
It was glorious. :D