Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hideous Zippleback & Snaptrapper: Two (or more) heads are better then one

It has long been said that two heads are better than one and in How to Train Your Dragon this is true of two breeds of dragon, the Hideous Zippleback and the Snaptrapper. Here are the statistics for these multi-minded wyrms for In Harms Way: Dragons.

The two headed Zippleback is also known as the Two-Headed Gormatron in the books. While often thought to have a head on both ends like a Pushmi-pullyu the picture does show a tail thus indicating that this is actually a case of wonky perspective. In any case it is obvious that the movie zippleback is based on this breed.

Original Version of the Zippleback, the Two headed gormatron

The other breed featured here is the Snaptrapper. Found only in the movies this breed has four heads and resembles a beautiful tropical blossom.

The lifecycle of the snaptrapper
So look below for the perfect breeds for those role players who want to share large dragon and can't agree who should be the captain. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Marsh Tiger & Monstrous Nightmare

Here are the two more How to Train Your Dragon breeds for In Harms Way-Dragons! The Marsh Tiger and the Monstrous Nightmare. These breeds are so similar they are hard to tell apart at first glance but remember four legs is a water loving tiger and two legs is a flaming nightmare.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Converting the Gronckle

The previous post gave the basic information needed to convert the dragons from the HTTYD franchise to the In Harm's Way: Dragons! rules. Here is an example to show how to use these charts and the first breed for this series of posts: the Gronckle.

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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Notice to Readers

I sorry to be taking so long on this blog. I had two chapters on African dinosaurs mostly written and an entire blog entry on the American Werewolf/Beast of Brey Road finished and just needing to be posted when my computer died. I tried to fix it but in the end have had to buy a new computer with a whole new operating system (windows 8) ugh. I also have to rewrite all my upcoming posts.

I am currently re-writing and gathering up the images I need for the "werewolf" post and hope to have it up by Halloween.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mokèlé-Mbèmbé, Part 5: “TheReal Brontosaurus of the Congo”

This very inaccurate  reconstruction of a Diplodocus is similar to what is being described from Lake Tele.

In the previous chapter, I told of the various expeditions to the Lake Tele area in search of a living brontosaurus. According to native descriptions the animal is 5-10 m (15-30 feet) long, much of which is neck and tail, with scaly reddish-brown to gray skin, a snake-like head that has a sort of fleshy frill on the back (which is often compared to a rooster’s comb in texture), and three webbed toes at the end of short legs. It may also have filaments growing on its head or neck and two pouches or pocket-like depressions near the junction of its neck and shoulders. The creature hides in the mud during the day with only its nostrils showing and travels and feeds mostly at night. It floats in the water, stretching its neck out to pluck fruit hanging from vines that lay low over the water. 

As any paleontologist will point out this description sounds nothing like a sauropod of any kind. In some ways, it is reminiscent of the older water dwelling dinosaurs of the 1020s to 1960s but in others, it is radically different that even those outdated theories.  This has caused some to dismiss the reports as either wishful thinking or accounts of a new species of lizard. However, there is a simple logical answer to the Congo sauropod reports and this answer was discovered way back in 1981.