Watch and Weep: DragonStrike's 1993 Video Tutorial


New member
Oct 22, 2008
I got this when I was like, ten, and I watched the video over and over because of how awesome I thought it was. I know now that it's lame, but this video is probably the main reason I now play tabletop RPGs.


Thread killer
Nov 20, 2009
God.. I remember this. I owned this when i was an early teen. It was basically my introduction into the world of D&D. So much so when I played my first game of D&D I was kinda stunned there was no board and was perpelexed by all this card nonsense.

It was alright, but honestly, I didnt really have enough people to play it with or people with enough patience to try and figure it out.

I was so nostalgic, that I looked this up on amazon and the thing sells supposedly new for 250$ I might be nostalgic, but not 250$ worth.

There was also another game similar to this that came out at about the same time with a large playmat about the size of a round dinner table, divided into hexagons and had miniatures. The game played sort of like a primitive RTS. Would love to know what that game was called now.


New member
Aug 11, 2009
Just watch the spooney one riff on this instead of watching the actual video. One of his better works.


New member
Jun 18, 2008
This was the perfect game (as an 8 year old, it was my older brother's) to just completely disregard the rules and screw around and have fun with. When my brother and his friends decided to actually play for real they would start out by watching the VHS (the video shown in that youtube link) and by the time it was over we would play for about 5 minutes and go play something else or go outside lol. I still think we have the box in our basement somewhere.

Recently, I showed this video to my college friends. It's very funny/quotable.


New member
Jul 25, 2008
Spoony One riffs on Dragonstrike:



Your friendly Yandere
Jun 10, 2010
Ahh yes....i remember casting the "pause" spell several times before.

But not with Dragon Strike,i didn't cast pause spell on it,i casted EJECT spell on it.

Rad Party God

Party like it's 2010!
Feb 23, 2010
I... can't... stop... watching... too... much... cheese...

Seriously though, I watched the whole thing and I tought it was pretty funny, I laughed so hard in parts anyone else would cringe and slap their foreheads.

I think I'm in love with 80's and early 90's cheesiness.


Residential Idiot
Oct 24, 2008
ArmorFan said:
too late, the avgn did it already. lol
I've never cared for the AVGN. For some reason, his angry swearing just doesn't have the well placed impact that Yahtzee's does. Where I find Yahtzee funny, AVGN just gets on my nerves some. So this is new to me. Man, I love some bad movies like that...but I just couldn't watch it now.

Big Phil

New member
May 4, 2010
The movie is not all that bad if you treat it as a video-manual. I mean how many board games come with a video tutorial?
P.S.: The warrior looks more lika a barbarian or a member of the Manowar band. The rogue is pretty hot, though.

Cursed Frogurt

New member
Aug 17, 2010
My friend had this video. We were really impressed with the "graphics" at the time. The make-up-as-you-go rules hark back to D&D.

Dragonstrike was like a more subjective Hero Quest, of which we played much more.


Bored at Work
Jan 30, 2009
Here's a link to the Angry Video Game Nerd/Board James' review of the game. He focuses more on the actual game than just the video, but does make some comments on it.


Citation Needed
Nov 28, 2007
The_root_of_all_evil said:
Therumancer said:
"Mazes and Monsters" actually has a somewhat legitimate excuse though, because it's very loosely based on real events.
In the same way that The Philadelphia Experiment was based on true events...

Totally made-up excuse for something that never happened, and then over-dramatised in a horrible film that set out specifically to attack the demon of the time.

In fact, about as "true" as Faux News report on the "unbridled virtual sex" of Mass Effect.
No, and it's that attitude that brings a lot of problems down on fandom communities. Sometimes what is being said is BS, sometimes there is truth in it.

In this paticular case James Dallas Egbert III, who had a lot of various problems, really did get lost in a set of Steam Tunnels, and did commit suicide while being heavily involved in the game. It's also very true that the steam tunnels were being heavily used for early LARP and SCA type events.

As I explained, the crux of the matter is in how Gary Gygax handled the situation with the media though.

The problem with the "Mazes and Monsters" movie is that it's based on a novel (fiction) which was based on real events. Thus your seeing it through a lot of filters, and the movie got taken a lot more seriously than it should have due to being promoted as being based on a true story... which it was only very loosely, but a number of the facts in a very basic sense are pretty much correct.

The problem with the fandom community is that we tend to attack indiscriminatly and focus on specific aspects of a situation, rather than the big picture. Just because we're right on some things does not mean that the other side has no legitimate points, even if they are wrong over all.

Lumping books like "The Dungeon Master" or the things that derived from it (like this movie) into the same catagory as say Chich tracts (Jack Chic's stuff, like the Dark Dungeons Pamphlet) is a mistake, and arguably is one of the reasons why the contreversy lasted as long as it did, since the community was very much skirting around an issue that had some grounding in reality.

A more recent example of this is if you look up the "Vampire Clan" killings, or the allegations of Child Abuse through games like "Vampire The Masquerade", there are actual incidents connected to the whole thing where people have used the gaming groups as a doorway to get people to do other things.

Now, there is a lot of truth to the fact that someone has to be mentally unstable to begin with before something like an RPG or computer game will put them over the edge, and it's a valid point. Egbert for example was known to have a lot of problems. However the degree to which those problems must be present is debatable, as well as whether these forms of escapism can make those problems worse. As gamers we will argue "no, of course not" the other side is going to of course argue that they do. Being totally dismissive of the arguement however makes us look callous and arguably pours fuel on the flame to keep the arguements going.


New member
Mar 2, 2009
I LOVE this movie, one fun thing to note is that both the Dungeonmaster and the Warrior appear in the Terror T.R.A.X game as Doctor Hemos and Officer Graves. Also, i think the Warrior is actually played by Malibu from American Gladiators.