Netflix‘s Stranger Things has been nothing short of a revelation for many a viewer, bringing a tear to many an 80’s kid, or bringing the best bits of that awesome era to the young ‘uns that weren’t yet alive to experience it.
If you’re familiar with the show, then you’d have watched scenes involving the Dungeons & Dragons games Mike Wheeler plays with his friends, Dustin Henderson, Lucas Sinclair and Will Byers, and how most of their experiences throughout the two seasons have been heavily derived from their knowledge of the acclaimed tabletop role-playing game.
Come May 1st, you get to play out those exact games that featured in the show, with the Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set by Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast.
The box is inspired by the classic D&D “red box” design that first debuted in 1983. Instead of featuring the red dragon facing a shield-bearing knight, the artwork features the aforementioned Mike Wheeler squaring off against the show’s version of The Demogorgon.
In it, you’ll find basic rules of the 5th Edition of D&D, Stranger Things-themed character sheets, a set of polyhedral dice, as well as a short adventure entitled “Hunt for the Thessalhydra”, “created” by Mike Wheeler, as stated on the Amazon page. If you’ve been paying close attention, “Hunt for the Thessalhydra” was played out at the end of Season 1 of Stranger Things. These are all designed such that you and a couple of your friends can pick it up and play right out of the box.
Additionally, the Starter Set box comes with two miniature versions of the Demogorgon. According to the Amazon product description, you’ll be able to “paint and customise” one miniature, meaning to say that the other one is probably pre-painted.
Stranger Things has been one of the factors in Dungeons & Dragons‘ meteoric rise in popularity in recent years, so it should come as no surprise that the folks at Wizards of the Coast would’ve released an official version of the game based on the show. And if you’re one of those fans who’ve been curious about D&D ever since watching the show, now’s your chance to try it out for a low introductory price of US$24.99!
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.