Dungeons and ……. Fill it in and you get the other D word. Synonymous in the game that made our hobby but how often do they get used? And how do you play them when you do use them? I am thinking about all of these reptile related questions and realised that as a creature I have really under utilised the Dragon in my games for an extended period.
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This is an unreal situation when I think about my history with the Dragon. I was once accused when I ran Shadowrun of having a book that opened naturally to the Dragon page. Now while that literally may not have been the truth it is reflective of my use of the beast as a plot device in that game. I moved on to Earthdawn after Shadowrun and found a new plot device, the Horror and the Dragon and I fell out of sorts. They didn’t even write!
I have been playing Pathfinder a long while now and I have never used a Dragon yet. I have been tied up with a few adventure paths (Skull and Shackles, Reign of Winter and Serpents Skull) and so far two out of those three have no Dragons anywhere in the plot. I am now having to think about it again and I have to say I have done some reading in the interim that I am a little overwhelmed with information.
There are official Pathfinder campaign books that look at the roles of Dragons in the game but the book I chose the last time I was in a gaming store I opted for a third party book instead, Von Graaf’s Journal of Dragons from Mongoose Publishing. It is a beautiful book with a load of information in it about Dragons and their organisation.
It is great that Dragons have been so fleshed out but wow! I got hugely overwhelmed! I am looking at a full on book the size of a regular roleplaying game in itself full of information covering the role of a Dragon, the followers of Dragons, Dragon hoards, Dragon feats and oh so much more. As you can tell I am a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information I am now processing in relation to this, one of the most integral parts of the fantasy game. I am not being negative about this book in any way either. If you want to run a campaign in Pathfinder that centres around a dragon or a council there of GET THIS BOOK. It is just that I am a little out of practice with the large and scaly so would love some other points of reference.
So, I throw a lot of information out looking for help, and now I am hoping to get a little back. Let me know how to handle a Dragon? Should it be simple and straight forward or should I go with an elaborate setup where the Dragon toys with their prey before they attack? If it helps I am looking at a juvenile Dragon who is probably on a mental par with a Goblin.
Give me a hand! Let me know what you think I should do!