Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon Conversion for In Harm's Way: Dragons!

Well my printer/scanner/copier died so I still don't have the images I needed for my cryptid post so instead I am going to make a series of posts for In Harm's Way Dragons!
 
This rpg allows for playing dragons and their riders during the Napoleonic wars much like in the Temeraire novels by Naomi Novik.  Not much has been done to support this game so I decided to fix that with a supplement for playing in the Orient.
 
I am currently working on a Viking expansion and that immediately got my family wondering about the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. While my version is historical I figured out a way to convert the dragons in both the books and movies to In Harm's Way statistics.
 
To make things easier on my fingers I am going to abbreviate How to train your dragon to HTTYD and In Harm's Way: Dragons to IHWD.
In order to get the flavor of the world of How to Train your Dragon several changes must be made to the dragon breed generator in IHWD. If no entry is given then assume that that feature is the same as in the basic rules.
 
Sizes, Attributes, and Vigor
 The dragons of the Barbaric Archipelago come in many sizes from rodent-sized nanodragons to the colossal Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus. To reflect these variations in size roll on the chart below instead of the one on page 110 of the basic rulebook...
Dice Roll
Size Equiv
Const Adj
Damage Base
Maneuv Mod
Accel. Mod
Ceiling Mod
Break
Range Modifier
01-05
Nanodragon (-3)
+2
0
+15
0
+11
1
X 3
06-10
Cat (-2)
+3
0
+10
+1
+9
2
X 3.5
11-15
Small Dog (-1)
+3
+5
+10
+1
+9
2
X 4
16-20
Large Dog (0)
+4
+10
+10
+1
+9
2
X 4.5
21-35
Pony  (1)
+4
+15
+5
+3
+7
3
X 5
36-55
Horse (2)
+5
+20
+5
+3
+7
3
X 5.5
56-71
Draft Horse (3)
+5
+25
+5
+3
+7
3
X 6
72-85
Hippo (4)
+6
+30
+0
+5
+5
4
X 7
86-90
Elephant (5)
+6
+40
+0
+5
+5
4
X 7.5
91-95
Mammoth (6)
+7
+45
+0
+5
+5
4
X 8
96-98
Small Whale (7)
+7
+50
-5
+7
+3
5
X 9
99-100
Large Whale (8)
+7
+60
-5
+7
+3
5
X 10
 
Dragon Attributes: While on the subject lets get the attribute numbers for the new sizes out of the way...
 
Strength
Size
Nanodragon
Cat
Small Dog
Large Dog
STR
4
5
6
7
 
Agility
Accel
1
2
3
AGY
5
6
7
 
Endurance
Range
42-51
52-61
62-69
END
5
6
7
 
Growth
Full Size
Const x 1
Hatchling
Const x .25
Youngling
Const x .50
Dragonlet
Const x .75
Nanodragon (Rat)
Small Insect
Large Insect
Mouse
Cat
Large Insect
Mouse
Rat
Small Dog
Mouse
Rat
Cat
Large Dog
Rat
Cat
Small Dog
Treat all the other results the same as in the chart on page 116 of the basic rulebook. Just treat a small dragon's vigor as if the dragon was pony sized.
Special Abilities
The dragons of this setting have many more special abilities than the dragons in the basic rulebook. Most also have a breath weapon AND a special ability. For example a Monstrous Nightmare breathes fire and can also set its own hide on fire as a defense mechanism. To reflect this just roll on the special ability and the dragon breath table (unless, of course, you get no breath weapon) on the chart below.
Roll
Special Ability
Effects or Edges
01-06
Breath Weapon Only
Dragon only rolls on the Dragon Breath chart and has no special ability.
07-13
Burrowing
Dash 2 Sneak 2
14-20
Chameleon Skin
Undetectable 4
21-27
Dive & Swim
Swim 2 Dive 2
28-34
Elemental Aura
Dragon can cover its skin in a dangerous substance (fire, venom, electricity, etc. Treat this ability as petty breath with a point blank range. This ability can be dangerous to the rider.
35-41
Herd Mentality
Teamwork 4
42-48
Hovering Flight
Landing 4
49-51
Hypnosis
Convince 2 Entice 2
52-58
Motion Detection
Motion 2 Sight 2
59-60
Multiple Appendages
The dragon has an extra head, extra pair of limbs, or an extra tail (choose one). This allows the dragon a second attack with that appendage (two bite attacks, two claw attacks, etc.)
61-67
Night Vision
Night 4
68-72
No Breath Weapon
The dragon has no breath weapon. Roll again on this chart disregarding any roll of 'breath weapon only' or 'No Breath Weapon'. Alternately one can pick Petty Breath.
73-79
Speaks Norse
The dragon can speak Norse or another human language
80-86
Venomous Spikes
Dragon has venomous spines that it can shoot at attackers. Treat as petty breath at the normal range.
87-93
Venomous
Dragon can inject venom with a natural attack. Treat this ability as petty breath with a point blank range adding the damage to either bite, claws, horns or tail sting
94-100
Two Special Abilities
This dragon can roll or choose twice on this chart ignoring any rolls of this entry. If Breath Weapon only is rolled than that dragon has two breath weapon types, one normal and one a Petty Breath, but no special abilities.
Languages: The dragons in this setting can understand but not speak human languages. The dragons instead speak Dragonese. In order to speak a human tongue a dragon needs the Speaks Norse ability.
 
Dragon Breath
 
The dragon breath chart works the same as in the basic rules in regard to times per day and damage however the type of breath is much more variable in this setting.  For type of breath use the following chart...
Dice Roll
Type of Breath
01-14
Poisonous Gas
15-28
Water
29-42
Fire
43-56
Frost
57-70
Wind
71-84
Acid
85-98
Lightning
99-100
Special: breath  may stink like a skunk, cause overwhelming fear, cause paralysis or otherwise impair the target without causing damage
 
Dragon Type
These features have no game effect but can help describe your dragon. They are in addition to the Ornaments on page 125-124 of the basic rulebook.
 
Roll
Ornament
Description
01-10
Winged Serpent
Your dragon has no legs but looks like a winged snake. This dragon lacks claw attacks. Winged serpents with bat wings are called pithons while those with feathered wings are called amphiteres.
11-30
Wyvern
Your dragon has no forelegs but either walks upright like a bird or crawls along on its wings and hind feet like a bat. All claw attacks are with the hind legs.
31-40
Lindwyrm
These dragons lack a pair of legs, either having front paws but no rear or looking like an armless theropod dinosaur. These dragons cannot fly but are either excellent swimmers or runners (choose one). See below for the Swimming or running rules.
41-80
Guivre
This is a typical great dragon with four legs and two wings.
80-95
Knucker
These dragons either have no wings or their wings are tiny and useless. They resemble large lizards or dinosaurs. These dragons cannot fly but are either excellent swimmers or runners. See below for the Swimming or running rules.
95-100
Wyrm
These dragons lack both legs and wings and resemble giant dragon-headed snakes. These dragons cannot fly and can only run at half normal speed but are excellent swimmers. See below for the Swimming or running rules.
 
Swimming Rules: These dragons cannot fly but are excellent swimmers even if that edge is not given. In these dragons Acceleration is how fast it can swim and Max Speed is how quickly it can sink under water. Ceiling equals how deeply the dragon can dive while Range is how far it can swim. Maneuverability and stability is when in the water, the wider the back the less rocking.
 
Running Rules: These dragons are both flightless and non-aquatic. In these dragons Acceleration is the speed on the ground while running and Max Speed is not used. Ceiling is not used and Range is how far it can run before needing to rest. Maneuverability and Stability is while the dragon is bounding along the ground.

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Next Post: Showing how to convert the movie and book Gronckle using these charts.