Due to the connection of the first DragonStrike game to D&D, including the DragonStrike logo featuring the red dragon from the Black Box D&D Introductory set, would it be fair to say that there is a connection between DragonStrike and Mystara?DragonStrike was a 1993 adventure board game from TSR, Inc. based on the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. DragonStrike was intended to serve as an introduction to the D&D role-playing game, and used greatly simplified versions of the Basic D&D rules. The game came with several fold-out maps for use as the board, a number of plastic miniatures to represent the player characters and monsters, and various other game pieces. Also included were several pre-written quests available for play, including several single-player adventures. Its most distinctive feature, however, was the inclusion of a video tutorial on how to play the game. The method by which the players in the video play the game bears only a moderate resemblance to the actual game as described in the official rulebook. The video primarily used live actors, but was bolstered by then-cutting edge 3D graphics which were used to illustrate various magical effects and monsters, such as the game's titular dragon.
A later board game, also titled DragonStrike, had nothing to do with the original board game or the Dungeons & Dragons game. This later DragonStrike game was released by Hasbro (which had by this point bought out Wizards of the Coast, the company that owned TSR, Inc.), and had the players race each other to escape from a motorized dragon.
The reason I ask, is that there are at least two Endless Quest books said to be set in the world of DragonStrike; Dungeon of Fear and Forest of Darkness. Both written by Michael Andrews, with covers by Jeff Easley and interior art by Terry Dykstra. I just ordered Dungeon of Fear from Amazon...
With their association with the later era Classic D&D, perhaps they could be considered part of the Thunder Rift line?
Also, there is this 30 minute long and kind of embarassing video...
The Heroes of the video are:
- Forest of Darkness, by Michael Andrews (Game Book)
- Dungeon of Fear, by Michael Andrews (Game Book)
- The Elf's Tale, by Michael Andrews (Shared pseudonym used in this case by Bruce Heard)
- The Thief's Tale, by Michael Andrews (Shared pseudonym used in this case by Andria Haydey)
- The Warrior's Tale, by Michael Andrews (Shared pseudonym used in this case by Bruce Nesmith)
- The Wizard's Tale, by Michael Andrews (Shared pseudonym used in this case by Timothy Brown)
- Dragonstrike #1: Before the Strike, by Jeff Grub (Comic Book)
A second game, Wildspace, was planned but never published.