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Stranger Things' Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

Post by Havard » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:44 pm

'Stranger Things' Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set Plays Mike Wheeler's Adventure

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At New York Toy Fair 2019, Hasbro / Wizards of the Coast unveiled something that we should have seen coming - a Stranger Things-themed Dungeons & Dragons starter set! As you will see, even experienced players will want to pick this up (and quickly).

According to the description, the starter set allows players "to experience the D&D adventure Stranger Things character Mike Wheeler created for his friends". It includes 5 Stranger Things character sheets that are based on classes used in the show (like Will the Wise and Dustin the Dwarf). It also includes two exclusive Demogorgon figures, one of which players can paint and customize. You can pre-order a copy of the set on Amazon or Entertainment Earth for $24.99 with shipping slated for May 1st, 2019. Something tells us you should secure one as soon as you can, because this is going to be a popular set. The official list of features can be found below.
  • Stranger Things themed Dungeons & Dragons: embark on an exciting Dungeons & Dragons adventure, Hunt for the Thessalhydra, "created" By the character Mike from the Netflix original series, Stranger Things
  • Great game for new Dungeon & Dragons players: whether players are new to D&D, or looking for a new adventure, this Stranger Things themed roleplaying game includes everything a group needs to PLAY
  • Detailed rules, adventure book and game dice: The exciting adventure book and colorful rulebook contain tons of information on how to play the game, strategy, and tips for players to advance a character beyond the Fifth level, plus 6 Polyhedral dice so you're ready to play
  • Stranger Things character sheets: play as a favorite stranger things character
  • Includes 2 Demogorgon figures: The game includes 2 Demogorgon figures, one that players can paint and customize

On a related note, the standard Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is ridiculously cheap at the moment - only $9.59 on Amazon. That's 52% off the list price and good for an all-time low. Even experienced players will have fun with this adventure, and at this price there's no reason not to own it.
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If you aren't a Prime member, you can also get the deal via Walmart with free 2-day shipping on orders of $35 or more. The three core D&D books are also on sale via Amazon: Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide.

The Starter Set does a wonderful job of simplifying the rules and making the game approachable to new players so they can dive in and start having fun right away. The set comes with everything a new player needs: five ready-to-play characters, six dice, the adventure book Lost Mine of Phandelver, a rulebook, and a character sheet.
Source: https://comicbook.com/gaming/2019/02/13 ... arter-set/

I dont know, but I think the 2 Demogorgon figures are based on the monster from the show, not D&D's demogorgon, but I could be wrong?

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Post by timemrick » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:33 pm

Havard wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:44 pm
I dont know, but I think the 2 Demogorgon figures are based on the monster from the show, not D&D's demogorgon, but I could be wrong?
IIRC, Mike's Demogorgon mini in the show was a replica of the very first minis of the demon prince ever made, by Ral Partha or one of their imitators. (It's been a while since I saw some links to articles about it online, and am feeling too lazy to hunt them up now.) The minis shown on that product preview is one of the "real" monsters on the show. That's misleading, and is just going to confuse people (non-gamers and gamers both) even more about what a "Demogorgon" is.
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Post by Havard » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:11 pm

timemrick wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:33 pm
Havard wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:44 pm
I dont know, but I think the 2 Demogorgon figures are based on the monster from the show, not D&D's demogorgon, but I could be wrong?
IIRC, Mike's Demogorgon mini in the show was a replica of the very first minis of the demon prince ever made, by Ral Partha or one of their imitators. (It's been a while since I saw some links to articles about it online, and am feeling too lazy to hunt them up now.) The minis shown on that product preview is one of the "real" monsters on the show. That's misleading, and is just going to confuse people (non-gamers and gamers both) even more about what a "Demogorgon" is.
Yep,
as a Mystara fan, I thought this would be a chance to get get another couple of real D&D Demogorgons. Not that I'd mind getting a mini of the monster from the show, but as you say it comes off as misleading and confusing.

Still, the box looks nice...

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Post by Tim Baker » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:14 pm

I hope it helps get new players into the hobby.

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Post by RobJN » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:55 pm

See, what we need now is a Kids on Bikes or Tales from the Loop iteration, where you play the kids, and then you can play the ST Starter Set adventure, playing as kids playing as their adventurer alter-egos.....
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Post by Tim Baker » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:24 pm

RobJN wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:55 pm
See, what we need now is a Kids on Bikes or Tales from the Loop iteration, where you play the kids, and then you can play the ST Starter Set adventure, playing as kids playing as their adventurer alter-egos.....
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Post by Dread Delgath » Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:35 pm

RobJN wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:55 pm
See, what we need now is a Kids on Bikes or Tales from the Loop iteration, where you play the kids, and then you can play the ST Starter Set adventure, playing as kids playing as their adventurer alter-egos.....
Your Euclidean maths skills, have just broken the 4th wall down within gaming permanently. Nothing will be the same from now on. :o

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Post by Tim Baker » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:45 pm

Here are some photos from an unboxing of the Stranger Things Starter Set: http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.ph ... tarter-Set

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Post by Tim Baker » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:49 pm

Tim Baker wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:45 pm
Here are some photos from an unboxing of the Stranger Things Starter Set: http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.ph ... tarter-Set
I'm not sure why the D&D adventure uses demogorgon from the Stranger Things world. In the episode, I believe the mini was the traditional two-baboon-headed demon. So this isn't the adventure that is being played in the series?

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Post by Havard » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:36 pm

Tim Baker wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:49 pm
Tim Baker wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:45 pm
Here are some photos from an unboxing of the Stranger Things Starter Set: http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.ph ... tarter-Set
I'm not sure why the D&D adventure uses demogorgon from the Stranger Things world. In the episode, I believe the mini was the traditional two-baboon-headed demon. So this isn't the adventure that is being played in the series?
In the show they used a miniature that looked like the traditional version of the Demogorgon. Looks like they replaced it with the monster the kids themselves encounter. Or perhaps the entire adventure is based more on the show itself than the adventure they (supposedly) played in the show?

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Post by Zeromaru X » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:07 am

I wonder if those demogorgons will be tied to THE Demogorgon in the general lore. If such a thing still exist in 5e, I mean.

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Post by shesheyan » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:23 am

Zeromaru X wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:07 am
I wonder if those demogorgons will be tied to THE Demogorgon in the general lore. If such a thing still exist in 5e, I mean.
It is well and alive in the Out of the Abyss 5e adventure book and in the 5e Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes :
https://dnd5e.fandom.com/wiki/Out_of_the_Abyss

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Post by Zeromaru X » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:30 am

I was talking about the general lore, :oops:

What is happening with those demogorgons is just the most recent case of WotC disregarding continuity. It seems that 5e is more about specific lore for a setting rather than interconective lore for all settings. Is something I miss from earlier editions.

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Re: Stranger Things' Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

Post by shesheyan » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:11 pm

As much as I like the series, I have zero interest in this product.

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