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New "Stranger Things" D&D Starter Set Announced

Parmandur

Legend
WotC is making a new Starter Set that includes what is ostensibly Mike Wheeler's adventure from "Stranger Things," with the kid's characters as pretend and 80's style dice, available for preorder now.

It was unveiled at New York Toy Fair, as reported by comicbook.com.

It’s available for pre-order on Amazon now for $24.99 with a May release date.

  • Stranger things themed of Dungeons & Dragons: embark on an exciting dungeon & 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.
UPDATE - over at Raging Owlbear, you can see a short Q&A with Stan! who wrote the adventures and who notes that "ST [Stranger Things] is set in 1983/84 and the FR [Forgotten Realms] boxed set wasn't published until 1987". Does this mean that the adventure is set in a different setting, such as Greyhawk?
 

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Dausuul

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jayoungr

Legend
Supporter
This is cool, but please tell me it's not replacing the original Starter Set? I mean, the original will still be available?
 



Jer

Adventurer
Yeah, probably? I'd expect, if anything, for this to be a limited edition item.

I would expect so too. This is a niche product for fans of Stranger Things. And a nostalgia product designed to pull at the hearts of gamers of a certain age - look at how they've broken out the Metzner-era "red box" design again for it.

I'm hopeful, though, that leads to them putting out more limited edition starter sets in the future. I think if they put out a Starter Set themed to work with the MtG Ravnica setting book they put out, that wouldn't be a bad thing at all.

(And if they want my advice for a nostalgia product - put out a limited edition Starter Set with a 5e version of either Keep on the Borderlands or Village of Hommlet in it.)
 

cmad1977

Hero
I wasn’t interested until I saw the ‘80s style’ dice mentioned.

Of course I could probably get those online anyways...
 



For the growth of the hobby having a new starter set that ties into a cultural phenomena is excellent. Since the Starter Set is in places like Target this could really help people get their introduction to D&D.

Other licenses that make sense would also cost a lot more.

I expect the next starter set to relate to whatever movie winds up actually made under the D&D umbrella.
 

Satyrn

First Post
I admit this time I am really surprised. I couldn't expect something like this.

I totally expected this.

The forum keeps talking about how WotC's goal with 5e is for it to be an evergreen product, like Clue and Monopoly. Like Monopoly has Catopoly and Harry Potteropoly, The Starter Set seems the perfect D&D product to do the same thing with.
 

Vexorg

Explorer
Weird that they didn't put an aspect of the real Demogorgon, the two-headed demon prince, who was the real villain of Mikes adventure. They used petalhead instead. Still, it will likely attract new players, so I'm all for it.
 

Weird that they didn't put an aspect of the real Demogorgon, the two-headed demon prince, who was the real villain of Mikes adventure. They used petalhead instead. Still, it will likely attract new players, so I'm all for it.

This could be why there are two Demogorgon minis?
 

Wait a moment! I am thinking. If this an agreement between WotC and Netflix... why not to think this is the first step? Maybe we will see Hasbro toys about some Netflix franchise, or cartoon videogames about some Hasbro's toy, for example a reboot for young adults of "Inhumanoids".

I would dare to say more things. Maybe WotC has plans with RPGs about some IP from speculative fiction, not only fantasy, but this would need a d20 Modern 2.0. and WotC is working about that.
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
80's style dice? Does this mean they are cheap plastic and uninked? Do they look like lame chewy candies? Does a crayon come in the box so you can fill the number indentations with wax so you can read the dice from more than 3 feet away? That's what I consider 80's style dice.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Wait a moment! I am thinking. If this an agreement between WotC and Netflix... why not to think this is the first step? Maybe we will see Hasbro toys about some Netflix franchise, or cartoon videogames about some Hasbro's toy, for example a reboot for young adults of "Inhumanoids".

I would dare to say more things. Maybe WotC has plans with RPGs about some IP from speculative fiction, not only fantasy, but this would need a d20 Modern 2.0. and WotC is working about that.

Dude. Stranger Things have happened. A new cartoon would be boss.
 

Lidgar

Adventurer
More from the product description:

The stranger things Dungeons & dragons starter set contains everything players need to embark on a stranger things adventure including the essential rules of the roleplaying game. It's a great way for new as well as seasoned dungeon & dragons players to experience the D&D adventure stranger things character Mike Wheeler has created for his friends. Pick your character -- will you be will the wise or Dustin the dwarf? Get your fireballs ready as you investigate the mysterious castle and battle The ferocious Demogorgon. Prepare for just about anything, because the game just Got stranger.

So the pregens sound like they are the PC's the movie characters were playing. Sounds like fun.

The dice look like the same starter set dice, and it looks like it is two mini's of petalhead (one is unpainted), not one of Demogorgan.
 
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storm_wolf

First Post
Interesting that it is being sold by Hasbro and not WOTC. There was a Demogorgon that was the smaller/near original size that was a FLGS bonus mini if you purchased the classic creatures set they did a while back.
 
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