Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty Starter Set Is Bizarre And Hilarious
Dungeons & Dragons has had a recent resurgence in popularity. And another current cultural phenomenon is the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty. But what do these two things have in common? Not much, and yet somehow, they've come together for a D&D starter set that is bizarre and pretty funny.
Well, it's pretty much the same thing as the Stranger Things crossover starter set from earlier this year. Both Starter Sets have one thing in common, they're both very friendly to new D&D players and easy to dive into. Players are thrust into a game set in the world of Rick & Morty, and the story is written by the mad, animated scientist Rick Sanchez himself. Prepare yourself for madness, as we break open this game to see what's inside, which includes the rule book, adventure book, dice, character sheets, and more.
Rick and Morty News
For more on Rick and Morty, check out the Season 4 Easter eggs from Episode 1 and Episode 2. Additionally, check out our review of Season 4, Episode 1. Michael Rougeau said, "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat" doesn't tear any new holes in space-time, send the duo down any particularly existential tangents, or span entire galaxies with a story that redefines reality itself as a simulation inside a car battery or a VR game at a galactic arcade. It's just a solid, disgusting, shocking, disturbing, and hilarious episode of Rick and Morty. And isn't that what everyone really wants?"
Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty Starter Set will be available on November 19 at various retailers for $30.
What's in the box?
Here's what's inside of the starter set.
- Big Rick Energy DM Guide
- Dice set: 2d20, 1d16, 1d12, 1d10, 1d10 (percentage die), 1d8, 4d6, 1d4.
- Five pre-made character sheets
- DM screen
The game comes with five character sheets--four of which are created by characters from the show. Each of the sheets represents some of the classes and races you can play as in the game: Half-elf wizard, half-elf fighter, half-orc rogue, wood elf cleric, and a human fighter.
In all my years of playing D&D, this may be the first time I've ever seen a half-orc rogue.
You also get character portraits on each sheet, and Morty's half-orc rogue looks frightening.
Back of the sheets
Everything you need to know about leveling your character, its abilities, and spells--when applicable--is on the back of each sheet. This saves you a lot of time from thumbing through the Player's Handbook, which you probably shouldn't pick up unless you really enjoy this game.
The DM screen
A giant piece of cardboard sitting in front of the DM while they run the game may seem silly. However, this comes in handy when rolling dice or checking the monsters your players are fighting. You don't really want them to see all that information.
Other side of DM screen
There is a lot of important Dungeon Master info on the other side of the screen that you can reference while running the game.
The 64-page book contains everything you need to know before starting the game. Rick explains some of the rules in his own, comedic way, which is accompanied by the text of learning how D&D works. It's essentially a Cliffnotes version of the Player's Handbook.
There is lots of this happening
As previously mentioned, Rick puts his own spin on things. There are plenty of moments where he butts in to give deeper explanation to a rule or just make fun of it.
This 44-page book contains the story for your adventure. This is for the DM's eyes only. It will help guide you on the adventure while teaching you how to be a DM as well. Additionally, there is information on the monsters you'll come across in the campaign and maps for the dungeons that the players will traverse.
Much like the Stranger Things set, Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty is a fine starter set for those interested in Dungeons & Dragons but don't want to commit to picking up a bunch of different items, like dice, Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, Dungeons Master's Guide, and one of the supplemental story books.
This set gives you the tools to start playing in a simplified format before you dive into a major campaign--because D&D has a huge learning curve, this is a nice way to dip your feet into the water.
The only real "con" for this set is that outside of Rick and Morty fans, this doesn't have a lot of appeal. There are quite a few different D&D Starter Sets to choose from anyway. Regardless, Rick and Morty fans will be extremely pleased with this set as it encapsulates the comedy and randomness of the Adult Swim series.
Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty Starter Set
Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty goes on sale on November 19.
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