Niche Gamer Plays DOS Classics: Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession

DOS games are the new hotness nowadays. Thanks to DOSbox and GOG, an entire generation of gamers that has never had to configure an autoexec.bat or config.sys file are now neck-deep in classic pre-Windows PC games. While this is great, it also creates a new problem: Which games are fun and which games aren’t? What do you spend your money on in an age where thousands of on-demand classic games are ready to be bought?

I hope to solve that problem with a new series of videos here at Niche Gamer I am calling, simply, “DOS Classics”. These videos will not just showcase the game’s features and explain why it’s worth your time, but the video will also go through several aspects of gameplay, giving you a few hints and tips on how to play the game without becoming confused or frustrated – something that often happens when those who’ve never played these games first get exposed to them.

The first of these videos will be devoted to one of my all-time favorite Dungeons & Dragons games, Ravenloft: Strahd’s Possession. While time may not have been kind to it, the game is notable for being one of the “Darker” D&D games as well as being a very impressive early generation first person RPG. The writing is also especially good, with some exemplary voice work done for the game’s many NPCs.

So sit back, grab a drink, and enjoy the first of our DOS Classics videos!

Carl Batchelor


Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  • Master Bating

    Any chance we will see Crusader?

  • BurgerUnit

    Looking forward to this series.. You weren’t kidding about the fast paced combat; its like whack a mole.

    A couple games that come to mind

    Drakkhen – Only game I know of where constellations come to life to try and kill you while you are just walking around at night.

    Birthright – The Gorgon’s Alliance – Just watch the opening; its 90’s cheesiness + awesomeness.

  • scemar

    that dialogue, that voice acting, those scenes
    pretty good

  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    You expect me to watch someone play a videogame that isn’t screaming incoherently into the microphone to shitty 3D modeled animatronics?

    Christ sake Nichegamer, get it together.

  • orbo

    imo second edition is the best one.
    3.5 damage numbers started getting pretty insane no matter what class you were and introduced the sorcerer class which is the mage class for people too lazy to play a mage properly and things only gets worse in later editions.

  • Daryl Corey

    Yeah but 2e was so unintuitive with crap like THAC0.

  • dogmentation

    You shut your whore mouth! RIP thAC0. RIP.

  • dogmentation

    You know how it is with vampires. You drink blood, you turn into a bat, you throw fireballs. It’s just what you do.

  • dogmentation

    This was interesting, but if you’re planning to do more of these, may I offer a little constructive criticism?
    Plan ahead before you film. Make an outline so you don’t repeat talking points unnecessarily, make sure you have all your facts straight before you go into it, and don’t be afraid to edit the video. It’s an hour long, you have plenty of time to offer a concise yet thorough overview without making it one nonstop, rambling take. Tell us what’s objectively good and bad about the game, along with your own opinions. Maybe offer a quick history and backstory of the game itself; a cliff’s notes for the unfamiliar so illiterate viewers get a little perspective infodump.
    It’ll be good to see more uncommon gems from the command line era!

  • Daryl Corey

    Sorry Friend THAC0 was probably the worst idea in D&D history mechanically

  • Grey

    I’d add to this to maybe do a sound check too. The music in the game was so loud, it was frequently drowning out not only the in-game dialog, but Carl’s voice too.

  • dogmentation

    I know, I know, it’s just…like that one ugly girl you dated in high school, you don’t want to admit you were into it at the time.

  • DynastyStar

    so THIS is where all the video content from NicheGamer went… I was wondering why I haven’t been seeing any in my youtube subbox besides the rare trailer.