Report – University of Alabama shooter was a tabletop gamer

Wednesday, 17th February 2010 22:14 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


University of Alabama neurobiology professor Amy Bishop, who last Friday went on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting and killed three people, has been described as not a psychotic or a woman who just snapped  – but an “isolated” D&D player.

Hearkening back to the early 1980s when playing Dungeons and Dragons was considered something akin to devil worship, reports surfacing today (via GamePolitics) from the Boston Herald are just a bit ludicrous in an attempt at “news”.

Like most overly zealous media outlets looking for an sensationalist reason to cite a person’s hobbies as a catalyst for multiple murders – since Bishop was not an avid shooter game fan, the sources have suggested that it can partially be blamed on rolling a d20 on the weekends.

According to the Herald, a source claims that Bishop met her husband James Anderson at Northeastern University through an on-campus D&D club where Bishop and her husband “even acted this crap out”; however, Anderson claims the hobby was nothing more than a “passing interest” between the two.

“It was a social thing more than anything else,” he said. “It’s not the crazy group people think they are.”

The Herald cites certain “expert reports” that claim violent crimes can be a direct result of playing D&D, while other experts say it is “just a game”.

Other reports on Bishop mention her irrational behavior on many other counts, with one incident happening at an International House of Pancakes where she allegedly “punched another woman in the face for taking the restaurant’s last child booster seat”.

She was even once questioned over a bombing attempt of the Harvard medical doctor who evaluated her doctorate work.

So, once again, the media has started scouring the trash looking for a “gaming” reason to pin a person’s erratic and murderous behavior on a hobby, instead of just accepting the fact that they were bonkers to being with.

Next time we play D&D on a Sunday afternoon, we’ll be sure to notify our next of kin and police beforehand, just in case the Pyramid of Shadows campaign makes us want to go out and gun down a bunch of people in a psychotic, Cheetos-induced D&D frenzy.

If it happens, we’ll blame it on the Head of Vyrellis, because she talks too damn much.



  1. Gekidami

    potential killer.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Anthorne

    Now that is funny as all hell.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @ Gek – that made me laugh my ass off. Good one! :-D

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen


    #4 5 years ago
  5. Scyrenn

    lol :)

    “the fact that they were bonkers to being with.”

    Hmm? Killing people is perfectly reasonable behavior, is it not? You know, DNA and stuff, whatever, fuck off…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Golden

    she should have rolled lawful good

    #6 5 years ago
  7. RGW1982

    If She Was A Pothead This Never Would Have Happened.

    Smoke Weed Everyday.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    @7: I sincerely hope that 1982 at the end of your handle doesn’t denote the year of your birth.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. RGW1982

    Because I Smoke Weed?.. Are You Retarded?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gheritt White

    It’s got nothing to do with cannabis and everything to do with your level of puerility.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. RGW1982

    Don’t Try To Sound Smart, You’re Dumb So Use Words Like Childish, They’re More Towards Your Intellect Level.. & Yes You’re Retarded, I Have My Answer.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Gheritt White

    Well, at least you’re entertaining. That’s something, I suppose.

    #12 5 years ago

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