Next up in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide is a deluxe boardgame based on a memorable character from Homestar Runner, who was created in an episode of Strong Bad Emails.

Now, it may seem like this is an example of internet nostalgia, an artifact of the days of The Hamster Dance, Frog In A Blender and Happy Tree Friends, but the truth is that this board game was just released after a Kickstarter campaign a couple of years ago, and it’s a real treat for fans of the long-running internet phenomenon.

It’s the perfect gift for fans of role playing games and fans of Homestar Runner. If they’ve got a sense of humor and adventure, this is the game for them.

Trogdor!! The Board Game is a snarky twist on traditional role-playing games that manages to parody the entire genre while still providing an engaging sense of play. One of the strengths of RPG is that the gameplay is usually flexible enough to encourage outright absurdity, even if some of the people who play them refuse to admit that, and may not be that flexible themselves.

This game encourages players to not take things too seriously, and that is a breath of fresh air.

If you’re wondering where this comes from, check out these videos for the full origin and majesty of Trogdor!!!

Check out the description:

This DELUXE version includes collectible-quality painted plastic miniatures (seen right)*.

Trogdor!! The Board Game is a cooperative light strategy/area control game of burnination, majesty, and consummate V’s for 1-6 players from the Brothers Chaps and James Ernest. Choose to play as one of 9 Keepers of Trogdor, each with their own unique abilities, as you take turns controlling a beefy-armed dragon in his quest to burninate the entire countryside. Box includes:

25 thick cardboard terrain tiles
21 wooden meeples
19 painted plastic game pieces
12 Keeper Cards
12 Item Cards
36 Action Cards
52 Movement Cards
1 The Void Card
1 cardboard Trog-Meter
1 Stack ‘Em To The Heavens minigame cloth bag
1 instruction manual
*The plastic miniatures do not change gameplay, they are just fancier versions of the wooden meeples.

You can learn more about the game, the rules, the rules as downloadable songs and how to order less deluxe versions HERE. And you can order the deluxe game HERE.

Chances are you know somebody who would love this game. If you’re not convinced yet, check out the fully-orchestrated version of the Trogdor song…