in Spain the players of D&D, like me, are very stigmatized: In 1994, a pair of assholes killed a man in a bus stop by night, in madrid, they told to the judge, they was playing a RPG, and the media, was hungry in that time for shocking news, RPG games movement was starting in spain for that date, and almost was destroyed by television news. (Crimen del Rol)
Few years later, int the year 2000, in Murcia, another asshole,(Asesino de la Katana) he killed his parents and his sister with a katana, he was very fan of Final Fantasy VIII, and media started another campaing against the RPG. My mother then asked me if i was a member of a sect... i was shocked.
That year a few bastards made a prank in the "paso de semana santa" in Seville, they started a human stampede, and the media fueled the madness.
Later the community of spanish players, become a fucking pain in the ass of sensationalist newscasters, we started a campaing of protest against bad practice in the news, but was too late, in the later years we was under surveillance by the "policia nacional" (National Police).
My RPG club suffered few attacks, haters threw stones against our place, they started a fire in our place (we saved all the books without loss, over 200), the neighbours was afraid of us, and they called every day to the "Policia Local" with false complaints,
In fact, in my RPG Club, we had during a few months, a policeman as member, because they was investigating us, because some fucking idiots was killing goats in the woods, and a kid killed himself by seppuku.
in perspective, it was a sad, very sad history, for a long time, many times it was a pain in my heart, tears and rage, but i love throw a d20 with my sorcerer on saturdays, with my friends, i wont change that for nothing in this damn world
LONG LIFE TO DUNGEONS & DRAGONS