Five children at an amusement park enter a portal into another realm
while riding on a rollercoaster, and find themselves in a strange
world harboring dangerous creatures and a multitude of strangers
who have alterior motives. The kids - namely Hank [Willie Aames],
Eric [Don Most], Diana [Tonia Gayle Smith], Presto [Adam Rich],
Sheila [Katie Leigh] and Bobby [Teddy Field III] are granted traditional
character classes of Dungeons and Dragons (Ranger, Cavalier, Acrobat,
Magician, Thief and Barbarian, respectively), by Dungeonmaster [Sidney
Miller]: a tiny grinning man who appears periodically to leave a
tidbit of information before blinking out of sight, without a trace.
Accompanying them is their 'pet' of a baby unicorn, simply known
as "Uni" [Frank Welker], who cannot talk but merely "baa"s like
premise: getting back home...which is not an easy task, as the kids
travel across vast and strange lands and encounter various monsters
taken directly from the role playing game itself. Their main concerns
are the wise yet vicious 5-headed monstrosity Tiamat [voiced by
Frank Welker], whose multicolored heads each spit a different element:
Fire, Ice, Lightning, Acid and Gas. Venger, their main enemy, is
a powerful and evil mage, and uses several henchmen to seek out
the kids, such as Shadowdemon - a spectre who scouts the kids' movement
throughout the realm.
series brought about a fascinating blend of styles, from its overall
serious, dramatic premise, to comedic elements (Presto's bottomless
pit of a hat, in which he pulled ridiculous items from - or Eric's
short temper and constant complaining), as well as the writer's
attempt to create a sense of abandonment and loathing in the characters'
situation of being far from home.