Beaglebone Black Getting Started Issues

Hi all,
I dusted off my BeagleBone Black and decided to try out NodeRED, and I seem to be getting hung up on the "Getting Started" part.

I grabbed the latest IoT monthly snapshot from their forums:

Looks like it came with Nodejs v12 and NodeRED v3.0.2.

In particular, when I go to install node-red-contrib-gpio, the installer seems to be fairly consistently choking on its use of version 8.0.8 of serialport/bindings, which seems to want Nodejs to be at least v14?

Is there a workaround for this?