The STRANGER THINGS D&D Adventure Is a Good Place for People New to the Game to Start
I was recently given the opportunity to be the DM for a group of friends to try out the Dungeons & Dragons Stranger Things adventure. It should be noted that this adventure does not take place in the 1980s or feature the normal cast. However, it’s supposedly designed by Mike Wheeler. There are some cool touches such as notes written specifically for characters from Stranger Things, including Will struggling with staying in character. Another tie-in to the show is that *SPOILER ALERT* you do end up in the Upside Down for a part of the adventure and battle a Demogorgon.
Overall, I enjoyed being the DM for this adventure. Things were laid out pretty simply and for the most part executed splendidly. The catch is that there are almost no set lines of dialogue or descriptions to give your players. This can be freeing for some DMs or absolutely terrifying for others. Since this is designed for new players, I would say that this adventure is a pretty solid choice as long as the chosen DM can think on their feet a little with conversation lines and setting descriptions. My four friends did use the pre-generated characters, though, and everything seemed to move smoothly for them. So, if you don’t want to worry about creating a character, the pre-mades are sufficient.
I was given the adventure module for Roll20, so I thought I’d talk about my experience being a DM and using that tool. Overall, it was fantastic. The number one problem had to do with the Dynamic Lighting feature of Roll20. Most of my players were new to this feature, and since one of them was a Human, couldn’t really see anything in the caves and that bothered them. Also, since I was the DM, I thought I’d get the perspective of some of my players on their experiences with the adventure, characters, and using Roll20. Keep in mind that the players all have varying level of experience playing Dungeons & Dragons.
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As you can tell, overall we were happy with this, and if youwant to get into Dungeons & Dragons, this is a good one for first time players.