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How to train your dragon setting Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:32 UTC+1 No.32957918 Report

Okay.. So my players and I have watched the HTTYD movies and read some of the books. We love the setting, the ideas etc.
So they decided that it is up to me to be the GM and create a world/figure out a system to use.

So I come to you dear /tg/ I am a slightly below average gm that usually takes the inspiration from books, movies, stories etc. and then throw my own spin on it. I mean I could easily make a world that is undiscovered and have the PCs go on exploration quests but that just seems so.. Boring. But that would be my fault. How do you make exploration exciting? What sort of dragons should I introduce, should there be characters Like Hiccup III, Alvin the treacherous etc? Or should I go with completely new characters? And (And this is where most of you will start flaming me) my group is very focused on using a d20 system. So should I go with a modified dnd 3.x system or?

Other than that: How to train your dragon /tg/ edition thread?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:34 UTC+1 No.32957953 Report

I statted out Hiccup and Toothless in Mutants and Masterminds, which is d20-based.

Unfortunately I had to delete the files because they were on my work computer.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:40 UTC+1 No.32958037 Report

Well I would go for viking classes. Berserker, dragon rider (there has to be one of those classes somewhere),

You could even involve the romans, the berserker isle or whatever it was called, Dragos master or apprentice? He must have learned how to do that thing somewhere (see how I was spoiler friendly there?)

But how would you do the dragons? Stat them all out and make the players pick a dragon? Or use one of the monster classes and let the dragon level up with its player?

I like the books and the movies (and to a lesser extend the show) but it seems hard if you want to shoehorn it into the d20 world
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:42 UTC+1 No.32958068 Report

You could just classify spells as dragons and buy them in packets. Tie a few complications based on injury or whatnot and you've got a flying bundle of caster bait, which is essentially what they were in the movies.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:45 UTC+1 No.32958106 Report

So.. Toothless would be a flying Fireball with the energy substitution force (or plasma) feat?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:47 UTC+1 No.32958140 Report


Then just stat out a basic animal template and slap your spell packet on it.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:50 UTC+1 No.32958200 Report

and as you bond more with your dragon you can unlock more of its natural weaponry.

Like what Valka did to Toothless when his "spine-flappers" appeared. That was basically a level up and Toothless unlocked a new ability.. a ability that.. erm.. gave him a slight boost to his flight speed and upgraded his maneuverability to perfect?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)19:15 UTC+1 No.32958547 Report

so instead of breath attacks.. you could upgrade your dragon with spell booster packs?
"Get anything good?"
"Naah.. Just create water. I guess I could combine it with fireball and have my dragon shoot boiling water,, or steam"
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)19:41 UTC+1 No.32958957 Report

Nah man just stick the PC's in not- Mid-Late high Age Europe introduce ALL the Dragons make a encyclopedia on that shit get creative and maybe magic if that's your thing and go fucking nuts. If you make them young Vikings and well Vikings had fucking ragers for adventure and loot that's motivation right there at some point you can Segway into PLOT
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)19:44 UTC+1 No.32958995 Report

I could have the timeline be way before the movies and have them be the vikings that decided to make the dragon-dex.

But I don't really know about magic. It always sounds so broken when you people talk about it. Maybe limit it to a certain spell level? At what level do wizards and the like become horrible overpowered?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)19:49 UTC+1 No.32959079 Report

When they can alter nature on the regular with no disadvantages

That's why I kinda like a magic system that fucks with you the more you use it then again magic doesn't have to b a thing
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)19:54 UTC+1 No.32959152 Report

>magic system that fucks with you the more you use it
tell me more about this. I like the idea of wizards studying all throughout their lives only to cast a handful of spells before going all vegetable
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:02 UTC+1 No.32959302 Report

The way I saw it at one point was that you'd have mana, magicka, chi, butt juice, whatever you'd name it and have it literally be tied into their life force

So basically if you use all your spells you'd pass out unless you pass a check. If you somehow do manage to stay standing congratulations you can still cast but you'd have to keep passing a check and your magic would start going into negatives and if you'd reach a certain point you die.

Young people would dude to having large amounts of energy would have a higher base limit compared to old man billy from across the street.

You'd be able to have a higher limit by practicing a lot like really a lot, high endurance and willpower, rituals, acquiring artifacts, and whatnot.

Just some thoughts on how I would do it not including creatures like vampires that's a different story
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:08 UTC+1 No.32959400 Report

Well.. that might be a bit.. Wait no. Where did vampires originate from?
I guess they could be used as the weird traveler from the south
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:34 UTC+1 No.32959795 Report

>weird traveler from the south

Pretty much last I checked they originated in the Germany / Russia / Eastern Europe areas I think

They'd be OP in a way though because nearly everyone would be in a way walking mana potion which don't really exist
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:38 UTC+1 No.32959870 Report

I actually like the idea of using lifeforce as spellslots. So.. lvl 1 spells cost 1 hp, lvl 9 spellslots costs 9 hp and cannot be healed but have to regenerate naturally? Does that sound useable?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:41 UTC+1 No.32959914 Report

There also needs to be some sort of synchronization level with your dragon that depends on both the temperament of your dragon (tied in part to its species, but maybe rolled from a table) as well as your preferred method of training (Savage dragonfolk rattlestaff, Bloodfistian shouting and hitting, Berkian just talking to it, all of which should have their own pros and cons) and other things I'm probably forgetting.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:42 UTC+1 No.32959928 Report

They actually did mention an oceanic dragon in the first movie that shot face-meltingly hot boiling water instead of fire.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:43 UTC+1 No.32959942 Report

Yeah pretty much
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:43 UTC+1 No.32959947 Report

I know. That's what I was referencing
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:44 UTC+1 No.32959972 Report

My bad. I think one of the most interesting parts of the HTTYD movies/book is how almost the entire ecosystem has been taken over by some species of dragon or another.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:44 UTC+1 No.32959976 Report

Someone needs to make a "control dragons by yelling at it" skill. Clearly Drago had that shit maxed... Or was it the twirling stuff around your head while maintaining eye contact with the dragon?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)20:50 UTC+1 No.32960099 Report

The movie referenced the original books. In their book of dragons it said "Yell at it" and that is what Drago did. They finally had a viking do what the book said.

That'll do Drago. That'll do

no worries dude. My comment came out sounding way worse than I intended. I would have added a smiley but this site apparently has a thing against them
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)21:19 UTC+1 No.32960505 Report

>The movie referenced the original books. In their book of dragons it said "Yell at it" and that is what Drago did. They finally had a viking do what the book said.
I noticed that from the very first time he yelled at one. I also must say that the movies painted a more compelling world than the first book.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)21:31 UTC+1 No.32960672 Report

I am not gonna go into an argument in which is better. I am just gonna state that there is the httyd movie-verse and book-verse. Both are great.

That have been said.. I wish the movie-verse had done Alvin right. He should be Gobber though thinner.
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