I don't think I've actually seen enough dragons in play at the table to have an opinion.
I do quite like the idea that all dragons are all colors, they just take on whatever color is associated with the current terrain. I'm not sure how exactly that would play out, but the thought seems nice.
I've always liked them, but now this is partly because I've been casting about for a family crest - now, the Irish one has 3 red dragons, and the Welsh one has 3 blackbirds. Although my name is from the Welsh side, dragons are way cooler than blackbirds. And the colour, well, I have a thing about blue.
I’m going to have to go with the Purple (Mottled) Dragon. After that it’s a tie between Black and Blue. But yeah, Purple all the way…
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Post by flightcommander on May 9, 2020 15:06:21 GMT -6
Wow, AD&D Beach Towel Dragon for the win
Honestly, my favorite dragon I've ever encountered (regardless of color) was the Black Dragon in the Hinterlands campaign run by waysoftheearth. I think it's difficult to make a dragon make sense in a dungeon, but this one totally did — kinda messed us up, too
Post by Punkrabbitt on May 9, 2020 18:32:27 GMT -6
Formerly going by "Coyotepunc"... I have playing D&D in various incarnations since the Holmes blue book... and a lot of other roleplaying games and miniatures wargames since then. I did a brief stint as a freelance developer for Dark Age Games, and have written articles in Harbinger magazine about Dark Age, and in Signs & Portents about Traveller.
IMC nearly all dragons are tan with brown markings and breathe fire. Gold dragons are rumored to exist but so rarely appear in draconian form (which is indeed gold and not tan/brown) the common man believes they don't exist.
Post by cometaryorbit on May 10, 2020 4:59:28 GMT -6
Reds are classic, of course, with their fire and generally Smaug-like nature. But I've liked black dragons since reading 'Dragons of Autumn Twilight' in middle school many years ago - that acid breath is scary, and feels almost "plausible" in a way.
Blues have always been my least favorite of the chromatics... lightning and deserts don't seem to go together as well as the other dragons' "elements" and their habitats. Red dragons are classic; green and black dragons have more "natural" or "biological"-seeming breath weapons which fit their more life-filled habitats; white dragons are savage, animalistic and go well with frost giants etc.; but blues are just kind of... there.
Post by ampleframework on May 16, 2020 17:33:06 GMT -6
If I go "by the book", then Reds and Blacks are tied. Reds are classic and they're great but Blacks appear deep in swamps and their heads rising slowly up like gigantic crocodiles (or very swiftly appearing to pull an unwary prey underneath!) is thematic and dark in the way that deep swamp encounters should be. I like to imagine they lord over the dinosaurs and the mermen.
"Beyond the reach of human range, A drop of hell, a touch of strange."
Black and green are about equal for me, but I have to hand it to green. It's my favourite colour, and lurking in forests has a pleasant fairy-tale feel that juxtaposes with the oddly sci-fi chlorine gas breath.
Also I don't picture the blue dragon as entirely blue anymore. Just like a red-winged blackbird does not actually have red wings, only red and yellow stripes that are not even always visible, a blue dragon, aka sand dragon, is primarily brown. The blue in the name comes from its blue underbelly, most noticeable when soaring overhead.