There’s a long thread about D&D, and the various ups and downs potentially associated with the fantasy genre. Personally, I’m approaching a point where I intend to just avoid that whole aspect of gaming because it is such a moral quagmire. There’s just too much to figure out regarding its standing, and that takes a lot of the leisure out of the activity.
I still have a passion for gaming, though, and so my thoughts have turned to other possibilities. I stopped by a local game shop today and perused the historical wargames section. I was quite impressed by the plethora of options for fans of military history. What do you folks think about games like these, where you re-enact historical battles in a board game? Does an activity like this promote a love of violence?
In particular, the one that I’m interested in researching further should I figure out wargaming’s moral acceptability is this one here:
It’s called the Advanced Squad Leader system, currently being printed by Multi Man Publishing. I’d really like to know what people think, and if possible, can you give some sources I could look into on how to sort out my constant questioning of leisure activities and entertainments. I’ve read some portions of the CCC about war itself (5th commandment section), but it didn’t really help me understand if playing at war games would be sinful.
It’s also worth noting that in these types of games, while everyone loves to play the “good guy”, someone has to play the “bad guy” and try to win at their role, too. So in a WWII game, someone has to play the Axis powers, and how should they feel about it if they “win” the game?
Anywho, I do intend to put in a call to my priest, see if I can schedule some time with him to talk about some of this stuff, as I’ve been having a hard time sorting a lot of it out. It feels quite scrupulous, but as a newer Catholic convert (from a fundamentalist Protestant church), I’m having a rough time finding moral compass. I’m hoping a couple of sessions talking about this stuff my help point me in the right direction.