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Wendell
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The details behind journalist Barrett Brown's incarceration would take us to RSP land, so that's not my topic. But his latest article describes playing D&D in prison, and Brown's time designing a game on Watergate based on Steve Jackson's GURP.

Link: I am fully capable of entertaining myself in prison for decades if need be.
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    Shouldn't this be in the Gaming In Prison forum?
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Amazing story, in all respects.
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Sagrilarus wrote:

    Shouldn't this be in the Gaming In Prison forum?
RPG forums.

But I think a sentence of decades playing GURPS is a bit harsh.
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Disappointed, thought this would be about rocket propelled grenades in prison.
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wifwendell wrote:
The details behind journalist Barrett Brown's incarceration would take us to RSP land, so that's not my topic. But his latest article describes playing D&D in prison, and Brown's time designing a game on Watergate based on Steve Jackson's GURP.

Link: I am fully capable of entertaining myself in prison for decades if need be.


This guy must have been hanging out with guys who don't have a clue. You can buy all the roleplaying books you need from Noble Knight Games and have them shipped to the prison and Noble Knight will even take books of stamps as payment. Then you get one of your buddies in Unicore to make dice for you and with paper and laminate you can make a battle grid with one inch squares and then make one inch cardboard squares and have an artist make your characters and enemies and your good to go! cool
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jamesl59 wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
The details behind journalist Barrett Brown's incarceration would take us to RSP land, so that's not my topic. But his latest article describes playing D&D in prison, and Brown's time designing a game on Watergate based on Steve Jackson's GURP.

Link: I am fully capable of entertaining myself in prison for decades if need be.


This guy must have been hanging out with guys who don't have a clue. You can buy all the roleplaying books you need from Noble Knight Games and have them shipped to the prison and Noble Knight will even take books of stamps as payment. Then you get one of your buddies in Unicore to make dice for you and with paper and laminate you can make a battle grid with one inch squares and then make one inch cardboard squares and have an artist make your characters and enemies and your good to go! cool


That's good of Noble Knight. But the author notes, in some prisons RPG materials are NOT allowed.
 
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Get your buddies to drop it off by drone in the courtyard.
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wifwendell wrote:
jamesl59 wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
The details behind journalist Barrett Brown's incarceration would take us to RSP land, so that's not my topic. But his latest article describes playing D&D in prison, and Brown's time designing a game on Watergate based on Steve Jackson's GURP.

Link: I am fully capable of entertaining myself in prison for decades if need be.


This guy must have been hanging out with guys who don't have a clue. You can buy all the roleplaying books you need from Noble Knight Games and have them shipped to the prison and Noble Knight will even take books of stamps as payment. Then you get one of your buddies in Unicore to make dice for you and with paper and laminate you can make a battle grid with one inch squares and then make one inch cardboard squares and have an artist make your characters and enemies and your good to go! cool


That's good of Noble Knight. But the author notes, in some prisons RPG materials are NOT allowed.


It's an issue in state prison and a state to state issue not federal prison unless things have changed.
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My story isn't nearly as fascinating as the author's, but I can attest to the presence of D&D in prison. There were several different campaigns going on at once among various inmates and they showed great creativity in designing campaigns, making minis, and getting into their characters.

It was a nice break from what was on offer from the recreation room. They had what you might expect: chess and checkers and a smattering of "standard" board games like Monopoly, Battleship, and Risk, which normally were missing dice. Cards games were very popular (all kinds of poker). I introduced many people to the wonders of contract bridge and even was able to institute some bridge tournaments.

What I am most proud of is having sets of rules mailed in and creating from scratch our own copies of Carcassonne, Catan, Tigris & Euphrates, Manoeuvre, Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack, and my favorite, Twilight Struggle. The boards and pieces were all made from construction paper and the cards and whatnot were text-only pieces of paper, but it was great to introduce lots of folks to really good games. (It also helped pass quite a bit of time.)

The most impressive thing I saw was someone who had already been in for quite a while (and had a long long time to go) - He had probably thousands of Magic: The Gatheringcards that he had hand-made. He ran tournaments and was almost always getting his Magic on - until I stole him to be my bridge partner!
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wifwendell wrote:
Steve Jackson


Now there's irony.

From the article: "As it happens, I’d actually learned about the prevalence of tabletop games among inmates a few months before my own incarceration, in the days after the FBI first raided both my apartment and my mother’s home in March 2012 and seized laptops and papers without yet making an arrest."

Raid on Steve Jackson Games: "On March 1, 1990, the offices of Steve Jackson Games, in Austin, Texas, were raided by the U.S. Secret Service as part of a nationwide investigation of data piracy. The initial news stories simply reported that the Secret Service had raided a suspected ring of hackers. Gradually, the true story emerged. ... The only computers taken were those with GURPS Cyberpunk files; other systems were left in place. In their diligent search for evidence, the agents also cut off locks, forced open footlockers, tore up dozens of boxes in the warehouse, and bent two of the office letter openers attempting to pick the lock on a file cabinet. ... In the course of that visit, it became clear that the investigating agents considered GURPS Cyberpunk to be "a handbook for computer crime.""

http://www.sjgames.com/SS/
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Amazing story. I am glad that I will never have to play RPGs prison.
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GeoffreyB wrote:
Amazing story. I am glad that I will never have to play RPGs prison.


Not with that attitude you won't.
 
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