Today I spent my birthday money on a new gaming book. I couldn't decide between several different possibilities, but perhaps partly because I run two dragonlance campaigns, I decided on the Draconomicon. My first impression and personal opinion is that this book is SWEET!!! It may not be dragonlance, but it is DRAGON! It's great for players and DMs, in Dragonlance or any other campaign, with the answer to any question you might ever have regarding dragons.
The first chapter provides information on draconic physiology, life cycles, flight. Dragon society, combat and religion. The religion section would obviously need to be altered a little by players and DMs in the dragonlance campaign setting, but it does provide a nice starting ground.
The second chapter is for the DM. How to run dragons in random encounters, and how to create dragon NPCs. This includes feats, spells, magic items and even draconic prestige classes.
Chapter three is for the players, but I will be using it the most, I think. Strategies for fighting dragons, feats, spells, cleric domains for non-dragon heroes. It also has some nice magic items and dragoncraft materials, such as dragonhide. Following is a nice handful (handFULL) of prestige classes for players that interact with dragons, either helping or hunting them. It even includes a dragonrider prestige class, though I haven't compared it to the dragonrider in the Dragonlance Campaign Setting. The Platinum Knight is especially intriguing to me and something I'll have to consider in the future. Lastly, the chapter has lots of information on dragons as familiars, mounts, PCs and cohorts. Having once played a sorcerer with a silver dragon familiar in an epic D&D game, I wish I had had this second back then.
Then there's chapter four. This is 50 pages of new draconic monsters, including a zombie dragon and a ghostly dragon. Definitely stuff I'll be considering in my campaigns. Chapter five also has information on customizing your dragons, also useful to DMs of dragonlance campaigns. And finally, the book ends with an appendix on calculating the treasure in a dragon's hoard and a list of almost all of the dragons published in 3.5 (and some 3.0) materials with where to find them.
My first impression is that this book is AWESOME. I'm going to sit down and read it cover to cover right now. For those of you who haven't seen it, take a look at it? And for those of you who have (I know it's been out for some time now - I'm slow on the uptake), do any of you have favorite aspects of it for using in a dragonlance campaign? Creative ideas are always welcome in the realm of the dragon.
(X-posted to dnd_women