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Author Topic: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.  (Read 1278 times)

Zelen

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2021, 12:29:07 AM »
But honestly?  TTRPG gamers are often jaded and unimaginative enough that the idea of "just" an old chromatic dragon is boring to them.  Blame it on the GM if you'd rather, for not sparking some life in the encounter and its description.  So publishers churn out books of pre-imagined stuff, and people gobble it up to read (and maybe, just maybe, actually put in a game).  The idea that "variety equals interesting" is a lazy fallacy.

I do think this is largely a failure of GMing. If the GM tells you, "A red dragon appears!" then, yeah, that gets lame past the first few times. If all you have is the name that's on the tin then you need a new name on the tin to differentiate one creature for another. It's not a red dragon, it's a "LAVA dragon!"

It's really no different from describing a character. You can describe, "The shopkeeper is a human," versus, "The shopkeeper is one of these WACKY races" versus, "The shopkeeper eyes you with wariness, his body language tensing up as you approach. His moustache twitches as he lets out a gruff utterance you take as a greeting...""

Obviously stuff like Dragonlance is a different case.

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2021, 03:53:36 PM »
I fully expect it to suck and have no plans to buy it.

3E's Draconomicon was gorgeous -- I really dig Todd Lockwood's art, to be honest -- and it had some neat ideas and seeds for adventures. So no, I don't expect the 5E splat to be any better than expensive toilet paper. If I need to, I can probably convert any concepts or ideas from the Draconomicon into 5E crunch with minimal fuss.

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2021, 04:50:19 PM »
I fully expect it to suck and have no plans to buy it.

3E's Draconomicon was gorgeous -- I really dig Todd Lockwood's art, to be honest -- and it had some neat ideas and seeds for adventures. So no, I don't expect the 5E splat to be any better than expensive toilet paper. If I need to, I can probably convert any concepts or ideas from the Draconomicon into 5E crunch with minimal fuss.


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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2021, 04:54:14 PM »
But honestly?  TTRPG gamers are often jaded and unimaginative enough that the idea of "just" an old chromatic dragon is boring to them.  Blame it on the GM if you'd rather, for not sparking some life in the encounter and its description.  So publishers churn out books of pre-imagined stuff, and people gobble it up to read (and maybe, just maybe, actually put in a game).  The idea that "variety equals interesting" is a lazy fallacy.

I do think this is largely a failure of GMing. If the GM tells you, "A red dragon appears!" then, yeah, that gets lame past the first few times. If all you have is the name that's on the tin then you need a new name on the tin to differentiate one creature for another. It's not a red dragon, it's a "LAVA dragon!"

It's really no different from describing a character. You can describe, "The shopkeeper is a human," versus, "The shopkeeper is one of these WACKY races" versus, "The shopkeeper eyes you with wariness, his body language tensing up as you approach. His moustache twitches as he lets out a gruff utterance you take as a greeting...""

Makes sense, given that most of those "200 Ways To Redescribe A Dragon" type books are geared towards GM's.

I mean, there's stuff that's meant to be more Player-facing, but even that tends to get double-bought (or only-bought) by the GM as well.

Ah hell, maybe I'm just still bitter at all the lazy people playing World of Darkness games and insisting that they be allowed to play some asinine character build.  "You're playing Werewolf the Apocalypse?  Cool!  Here's my Vampire-Weretiger build.  What do you mean 'it's just a werewolf game'?!?!  Why are you trying to deprotagonize me?!?!"

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2021, 08:15:20 AM »
I fully expect it to suck and have no plans to buy it.

3E's Draconomicon was gorgeous -- I really dig Todd Lockwood's art, to be honest -- and it had some neat ideas and seeds for adventures. So no, I don't expect the 5E splat to be any better than expensive toilet paper. If I need to, I can probably convert any concepts or ideas from the Draconomicon into 5E crunch with minimal fuss.


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Seeing as how Hasbro is running diversity training that states toddlers are racist, I have no real reason to assume it will NOT suck.

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2021, 08:48:08 AM »
How is a Black Dragon inherently being evil in 5e not racist?

I mean c'mon!

And there is no representation of Yellow Dragons. My people are totally offended.

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2021, 11:14:07 AM »
How is a Black Dragon inherently being evil in 5e not racist?

I mean c'mon!

And there is no representation of Yellow Dragons. My people are totally offended.
Red Dragons also need to be renamed Indigenous American Dragons so they won't be offensive... and 4/5 of the chromatic dragons aren't evil, they're just misunderstood.

Only White Dragons are actually evil... from birth.

Personally, I'm expecting this thing to include Rainbow Dragons (reproduce by magic because they're all homosexual) and Transdragons (ex. a Blue who identifies as a Bronze) so they can say they're properly inclusive.

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2021, 11:59:41 AM »
Only White Dragons are actually evil... from birth.

Personally, I'm expecting this thing to include Rainbow Dragons (reproduce by magic because they're all homosexual) and Transdragons (ex. a Blue who identifies as a Bronze) so they can say they're properly inclusive.

  Rainbow Dragons have precedent:

https://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Rainbow-Dragons-Endless-Adventure/dp/0880380217

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2021, 04:08:53 PM »
And of course they want revenge...

it was right there in front of us all these decades.

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2021, 04:30:19 PM »
How is a Black Dragon inherently being evil in 5e not racist?

I mean c'mon!

And there is no representation of Yellow Dragons. My people are totally offended.
Perhaps Gold = Yellow?

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2021, 05:28:36 PM »
How is a Black Dragon inherently being evil in 5e not racist?

I mean c'mon!

And there is no representation of Yellow Dragons. My people are totally offended.
Perhaps Gold = Yellow?

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Re: FYI: D&D 5E will have it's Dragon Splat on October 19th.
« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2021, 01:58:09 PM »
How is a Black Dragon inherently being evil in 5e not racist?

I mean c'mon!

And there is no representation of Yellow Dragons. My people are totally offended.
Red Dragons also need to be renamed Indigenous American Dragons so they won't be offensive... and 4/5 of the chromatic dragons aren't evil, they're just misunderstood.

Only White Dragons are actually evil... from birth.

Personally, I'm expecting this thing to include Rainbow Dragons (reproduce by magic because they're all homosexual) and Transdragons (ex. a Blue who identifies as a Bronze) so they can say they're properly inclusive.


"Only White Dragons Are Evil"

Well played!!!
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