Caution: D&D and SCA may lead to medieval scholarship

In an article for The Chronicle, John Gravois discusses his recent attendance at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, and looks at the connection between medieval scholars, reenactors and gamers.

From the article:

"In the weeks leading up to my trip, I had spoken to some youngish scholars who said they found their way to medieval studies via an adolescence spent playing D&D, the iconic role-playing game. I spoke to scholars at elite universities and scholars at sleepy institutions; to associate professors, adjuncts, and graduate students; to men and women. All of them had cast spells, slain goblins, and rolled the many-sided dice of Dungeons & Dragons."

Gravois' colleagues were skeptical that he would find a game among the scholars because there seems to be a reluctance for scholars to acknowledge their gaming - and re-eanactor - pasts, although many credit their interests and professions to gaming activities or membership in the SCA.