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Might Book 'O' Dragons 
14th-Aug-2004 01:47 pm
Disney-Mermaid MythandMagic
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 and dragonlancerpg)
14th-Aug-2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
Might be somehwat interesting given the parallels between Tiamat/Bahamut and Takhisis/Paladine
14th-Aug-2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm.... indeed. Especially with Takhisis and Paladine becoming mortal. A comparison betwene the Talon of Tiamat prestige class with Dragonlance's Knights of Takhisis is something I might have to glance over, just out of curiosity. Fastinating indeed...
14th-Aug-2004 03:55 pm (UTC)
dont forget the emissary of bahamut/knights of solaria. i seem to picture them pretty dang close.
14th-Aug-2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
i got that book not long ago either so its ok, youre not the only one slow on the uptake ^_^

my first impression of this book was nothing short of speachless. ive always loved the ideas of having to go against/setting my players up against, a dragon. this book, without a doubt, helps me to deal with this. its everything i think i coulod have asked for in a book about dragons. im currently reading it cover to cover too, but i tend to be slowed down by work (DARN BILLS TO HELL!!!!) :-P
14th-Aug-2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
*laughs!* *nods*

I'm so torn. I don't want to over do it, since the campaign storyline has very little to do with dragons. Butbutbut...!!!
15th-Aug-2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
14th-Aug-2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
And to top it off, I keep going back to the Book of Exalted Deeds and eyeing the Vassal of Bahamut prestige class. *whines*
15th-Aug-2004 04:39 am (UTC)
the Dragon feats and spells can make for very nasty dragon opponents for your players, but watch out for Find The Gap and Lower Spell Resistance, two spells for players that make it extremely easy to hit a dragon with physical attacks and spells respectively. They can definitely throw things off balance quickly.
15th-Aug-2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
That's easily my favorite optional book. I love the more "flavor text" that describes the physiology of dragons and their outlook on life. It makes it easier to make them seem more rounded when the PCs come face to face with one. That and I really liked the lair examples they gave.
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