Non Zero Sum Games recently interviewed Sandy, asking some potentially sticky questions about his years in developing RPGs, that he handled with his typical transparency and dry humor.

I’ve read that you belong to the LDS Church. You were getting acquainted with D&D at the height of the so-called Satanic Panic. What is your recollection of that time and has history exaggerated the polarization of concerned parents fretting over their children’s hobbies?

No, they were pretty much up in arms over D&D. Of course they had their facts completely back to front. However, I have to say that the “Columbine Panic” hit me harder; I was doing video games in the 90s and my games (like Doom) got accused of literally murdering kids. I had politicians stand up in the Senate holding a copy of my game and denounce it.