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Advertising From Yesteryear…Dragon Strike

Sometimes an ad is more of a teaser, showing just enough to get the reader to investigate further.  This 1993 ad, found on the back of a Marvel Comic, is in this category.  Dragon Strike was a board game from TSR, the makers of Dungeons & Dragons, released to compete with Milton Bradley’s popular HeroQuest.  It used miniature player tokens, 3-D tokens representing monsters, had multiple game boards for varying game play, and involved completing many adventures, killing monsters, casting spells, and gathering loot.  The ad, however, points out another interesting feature of Dragon Strike: it used a 30-minute VHS video to “set the mood” for playing the game.  To call the Dragon Strike video cheesy is to insult all Ed Wood movies.  It must be seen to be believed…but a warning: what has been seen cannot be unseen!

1993 ad for Dragonstrike

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