Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara – Part 1

Mike Matei / June 12th, 2017

Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara (Arcade) Part 1 – James & Mike Mondays


  • Weldin Dunn

    June 12, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    “Guess we can play Dungeons and Dragons until the end of time!”

  • June 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I’ve played this game so many, many, times. The thief’s backstab move is the best. There’s also a hidden stat system depending on the name/letters you input at the beginning. What I miss from the real arcade version is that gnome saying “Welcome to D & D world!”

    • June 12, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Well for example in LotR, the book, Hobbits are not a species. They are literally small humans, halflings. There are no goblins also, only orcs (referred as goblins sometimes). The movie though made them both distinct species. If I remember well.

      • June 12, 2017 at 10:46 pm

        Beholders are actually way older than madballs 😛
        D&D type games are the best board games, probably. But they are also the most annoying and impossible ones to set up.

      • Tragic Guinea Pig

        June 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        Sort of yes, and sort of no. Hobbits do not appear as distinct species the way that Elves, Dwarves, and Humans do, but they don’t fit as neatly into the history and mythology of Middle Earth as that.

        In fact, Hobbits do have a mythological counterpart: the Hob, which is a benign goblin-like earth creature, very similar to Brownies. In fact, Gollum is based on Tolkien’s exploration of the word “Hobgoblin”, in which he imagined a creature that was somewhat benign but also somewhat wicked, twisted, and cruel like the Goblin. And in Gollum (and with any of the Hobbits exposed to the power of the Ring), you see this dichotomy. Peter Jackson went as far as giving him Multiple Personality Disorder.

        In essence, Tolkien imagined Hobbits to be to England what Leprechauns are to Ireland.

    • frostare

      June 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Love Final Fantasy TRIED to steal Beholders

      • June 18, 2017 at 8:14 pm

        Yeah. Though, Malboro are awesome on their own too.

  • TheDers

    June 13, 2017 at 12:32 am

    The character is a thief, how the hell did you miss Little Red Robbing Hood?

    • SuperMcRad

      June 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Because it is “Robin Hood”…

  • mysterywolf

    June 13, 2017 at 1:09 am

    I got into Dungeon and Dragons- the old pen and paper stuff.

    It’s really fun to play IMO, but I don’t find it as much fun to watch. I’d suggest playing it, I wouldn’t suggest making a video of it.

    • Jarnor23

      June 17, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Haven’t seen the Aquisitions Inc. videos then? Hilarious.

  • Don Skiver

    June 13, 2017 at 1:33 am

    I love this game. The theif is my go-to character for lockpicking cheasure chests (stupid keys..I hate them). Also she has unlimted rocks for pelting. And lastly she can use swords and backstab with them. I like getting my theif decked out with the ice sword.

  • nekrokid

    June 13, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Dwarves and Gnomes are very similar. Dwarves tend to be the bigger of the two. Both are “earth dwellers”, Gnome literally means that. Gnomes tend to be considered Fey(faerie). Gnomes are to Dwarves as Halflings(hobbits) are to Humans. Mind you all these “facts” vary upon Mythologies and Franchises. BTW you do not want an Owlbear as a pet. They are smart and aggressive predators that eat any and everything

  • Tross

    June 13, 2017 at 2:11 am

    This game looks pretty neat, and I especially like that if two players choose the same character they don’t look exactly the same. I think when you both chose the same fighter or whatever the other one seemed to be a woman, but even the two she-elves look different. I remember buying this a while back as part of some collection on the PS3, so maybe I’ll look it up in my backlog of digital titles.

  • Slamraptor

    June 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    This is the best Beat Em Up in existence. No discussions allowed.

    • frostare

      June 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      I object! Nah, not really.

  • gagge garg

    June 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    You totally lost your knowledge regarding Halflings and Hobbits there. Just bring forth the bong that ure obviously hiding off-screen

  • gagge garg

    June 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Memberberries much? 🙂

  • Grandmasterp

    June 13, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    You’ve got to slay some dragons before you find your princess.

  • frostare

    June 13, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Can’t wait for the next part!

  • Tragic Guinea Pig

    June 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    21:30 – Actually, that Beholder reminds me of Jack Burton, “The Check Is In The Mail!”

    • Tragic Guinea Pig

      June 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      I think Beholders were a part of D&D before Mad Balls came out.

  • Don Skiver

    June 15, 2017 at 10:37 am

    James is like that one role player in your group who is completely fucking around naming his character “Capt Crunch” or “Boba Fett” when the rest of the group is trying to have a serious role playing session.

  • Guillaume Beck

    June 17, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I was really surprised to see you guys knowing so few about D&D and even Tolkien. No problem with that but D&D might be interesting for you since plenty mechanics used in video games nowadays come from roleplaying games. Life bars, XP, powers, skills, stuff, inventory and many many many more things. But well … D&D might not be the easiest to begin with and you should definitely begin as a player with a good game master to really see what it’s all about.

    • June 18, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      And considering how much of a trekkie and star wars guy those two are, you’d think they know a bit more about sword and sorcery lol.

  • Jarnor23

    June 17, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I would so watch them play actual D&D.

    The new box starter set is the best way to start. Great adventure and easy to learn.

  • Anthony33

    June 19, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I think I saw this in the arcade back in the day. If I find it again, I’ll try and beat it.

  • Anthony33

    June 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    This looks like a pretty cool game, kind of reminds me of Golden Axe.

  • Dan85

    June 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Holding a full double-edged sword like that just looks silly, but I guess ’90s kids dug that sort of thing. A lighter blade like a wakizashi would have looked awesome like that.

  • Dan85

    June 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    In Tolkien, the petty-dwarves and pukelmen are basically gnomes.

  • point09micron

    July 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    In Tolkien, “gnome” is used in the earliest versions of his writings to refer to one of the three main divisions of the elves, specifically the ones later called the “Noldor” in the finalized versions. These basically include all of the important elvish characters of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings except for Thranduil, Legolas, and Celeborn.

  • Charles Boswell

    September 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    In Mike’s know-it-all nerd voice: Gnyaaah! Mad balls is from the eighties. Dungeons and dragons creates the beholder in the 70’s. Seriously though, if you guys ever want to try out D&D and be surrounded by and exposed to hundreds of published and independent boardgames, card games and role-playing games, you should check out GenCon in Indianapolis. It’s the biggest non video game related gaming convention in the country. Pretty sure it would blow your minds.

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