BADD stands for "Bothered about Dungeons and Dragons" and was an organization founded by Patricia Pulling (June 30, 1948 - September 18, 1997). The organization was founded after Pulling's son Irving "Bink" Pulling committed suicide in 1982. It continued until her death in 1997.
Pulling blamed her son's suicide on D&D, saying her son was "cursed" in the game shortly before his death. She filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the publishers of the game shortly thereafter. (It should be noted that she first filed the lawsuit against her son's high school principal.)
It should come as no surprise that these lawsuits were dismissed.
In 1984, BADD was formed. Its targets were "violent-occult related rock music, role-playing games that utilize occult mythology and the worship of occult gods in role playing situations like Dungeons & Dragons, teen satanism involving murder and suicide, and pornography as it is affecting adolescent behavior and reshaping attitudes and values in a negative manner." The main focus was D&D.
In its heyday, BADD spread to Canada, England, and Australia, as well as giving lectures across the United States. It presented itself as a referral system for anyone concerned about violent entertainment.
Although BADD obtained some success and support from the church, even serving as legal council and eyewitness testimony in gaming-related lawsuits, it has largely been debunked. Based on Pulling's estimates, around 500 gamers would commit suicide a year (the actual number BADD documented is around 7 gaming related suicides a year). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control would later declare no causal link between fantasy gaming and suicide.
In 1997, Pulling died of cancer and BADD faded from memory. The anti-RPG hype all but died with her. Just kidding! These people never change. Pulling also wrote The Devil's Web: Who Is Stalking Your Children For Satan? which shows how little she knew about what she was fighting.
- The Escapist: As BADD As It Gets.