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Plug the Dragonborn Barbarian by chief-orc Plug the Dragonborn Barbarian by chief-orc
4E is slowly growing on me, like a cancer. The game-store I've been playing it at has Dark-Sun gladiator matches before the actual encounter games, where we get to use characters we make.

I decided to overhaul an old character I drew, Plug the dragonborn fighter [link] and use him as a barbarian for the arena fights.

Something I noticed about the character I rolled up was that, other than hitting stuff with his axe, Plug had various powers that involved roaring and bellowing, as well as an acid breath weapon, so, I really focused on the character's mouth, to make him look like a big, bellowing acid-pot.

I still think it's lame dragonborn don't have tails. He just seems incomplete without one.
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Kapturekid Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Who says Dragonborn don't have no tail I made a character whose backstory was he was a cursed human slowly mutating into a dragonborn but he was too different from normal Dragonborn to be accepted in either races community so he lived as an outcast with deformed wings and a forked tail, lol six if I went on a bit there just was trying to say you only limited by imagination and DM final ruling to what sort of extras your char has different, but it turned out me just rambling on l o l

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Planet-Zone Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Lol, chubby don't mean jolly! ^.^
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LotusArmor Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Ladies and Gents, THIS is how you play a Dragonborn. I am so amazingly sick of dragon obsessives and fetishists turning them into sparkly, charismatic Mary Sue fuel. It is far more pleasurable both for the player and the rest of the party to play a genuinely flawed character, and evading the stereotypical species image makes it all the more entertaining.
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Hey thanks! I appreciate it. I'm glad you could tell I was trying to play an extremely non-typical dragonborn. I gotta say, as much as 4E bugs me, this guy is a blast to use.
If you haven't seen it, I've got a nice little ortho of him here: [link]
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toonbat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Heheh! This is one of the best toony takes on dragonborns I've ever seen. Great stuff!

Agreed about the tail thing.

Also, if I may ramble for a moment, the Troglodyes were one of the few critters I really did not like the redesign for. The old frog-faced, spindly bodied, bow-legged 3.5 troglodytes are the troglodytes for me.
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Thanks!

I haven't seen the 4E trogs yet, but, I really haven't been keeping up on the books, I'll have to check it out now.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now thats just bad ass! Fantastic pose! :D
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Sir-Shadow Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
yea, my first thought was "where is his tail"? then I remembered... <_<
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Mchalftroll Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Needs tail, agreed! Also I have stop playing 4th and gone back to 3.5 lol.
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Hobo92 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Lovin' the new design. Looks awesome!

I keep meaning to check out DnD, though I always forget.
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Thanks!
If you get a chance to play, jump on it! Though, playing is kind of a team effort, so, you need to make some hopelessly nerdy friends.
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Hobo92 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Trust me, I've got a few ;)
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petrichild Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I'm happy that I still haven't experienced fourth edition. I'm happy with 3.5. Maybe you could tell me what redeeming qualities a system that gives magic to fighters might have?
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squattingturnip Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fighters don't really have "magic", it's more like they have a bunch of "moves". A lot of the moves, especially as you get to higher levels, start to get pretty fantastical and do stretch the bounds of not being magic, I'll admit. In my opinion, though, the advantage is that powers in 4E give you options that are more interesting than "All right, I hit it with my broadsword". To me, it ends up feeling a lot more strategic since each character in the party can do a number of interesting things beyond just deal damage. It also feels like a system that's built from the ground up to be ready for expansions and new classes and so on--everything sort of plugs into everything else, which makes it a little less likely that new additions totally break something. It definitely has a very different feel from previous editions, though.
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
3.5 is great. I'm slowly warming up to 4E though, it was nice to make a character in less then an hour, and you do have a lot of stuff to play with at really low levels, but, it just doesn't feel the same :(
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FlAmExxlOrD Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awsome man really cooL :D
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jeremymjack Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
i ABSOLUTELY love this... dead on with the "bellowing mouth"
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Thanks Jer! Dragonborn are just too damn pretty, gotta mix it up a bit.
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signature-skitz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Well I happen to LOVE 4th edition, but I can see why a lot of people are upset about it.

The trick to giving it a shot is not to think of it as Dungeons and Dragons but a completely new roleplaying game. ;)

And as a DM, I'm with MindFlenzing. Flavor is flavor. Although in almost all of my games I like to give the players one special thing, like an extra feat or something off the wall. So if a Dragonborn wants a tail that they can use, I'll let them have one and be eligible for the Tiefling tail feats. :)
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I've just been playing the "encounters" game at the game-shop, so, its much more of a strategy game than anything.

I don't even think this guy needs a functional tail, just a fat gila monster tail or something to balance that big head of his.
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signature-skitz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
lol... then give him one!

Like I said... flavor is flavor. :D

If it doesn't mess with the mechanics of the game then why not do whatever you want?

You want a human with horns and red skin? Then go for it! :D
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signature-skitz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I happen to be running an online, play by post, game right now, if you're interested in getting into the roleplaying aspect of 4th edition a bit more...

It starts this Friday but if you want in then I can add you in easily. :)
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Cool, thanks for the invite, sadly, I'm not going to be around a reliable internet connection this weekend, so, I think you guys would find my absence frustrating.
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signature-skitz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
lol... it's play by post... which means it's a full campaign that you can play anytime you're online. We don't all get on at the same time. Usually it's only about a post per day or so.

If you are interested then send me a note. :)

If you're not then it's not a big deal. :)
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I can't on this one, but, maybe I'll catch you on the next one, I've never played D&D online before, so, I'd be dead weight anyway.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tails on Dragonborn are the kind of thing I just add in defiance of the rules. With Plug I think a stub would work just fine.
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I may talk to the DM, though, everything is supposed to be regulation, but really, it would add nothing to the rules, and just be pure fluff.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any DM that objects to a Dragonborn having a vestigial stumpy tail or tiny useless wings is the kind of jerk who would also tell you that you can't have a shaved Dwarf monk, a Tiefling with yellow eyes, or a 6ft tall Elf. If it does not have any in game effect, no in world effect, and you ask nicely the guy would have to be a serious a-hole to say "no".
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! its also a shame they dont have wings either. i mean it seems hard to call him a dragon without those features lol. but i can see where they were going. awesome job :)
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Deriaz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
If I recall, there's a path thing (I forget the name -- the thing you select at level 10 or whatever) that gives them wings. I had originally planned to do that with my Dragonborn Ranger, but the campaign he was a part of never got off the ground.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Oh really? wondered how they looked with wings.
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Deriaz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Ah-ha! Found it. The path is called "The Scion of Arkhosia". I don't have the books, so I cannot say exactly what all it entails (I think you could fly your move speed, and some other little things), but I did find the picture that was in the book I saw it in:

[link]
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Wow now thats awesome. hes less fat lol. he also has awesome wings and armor too. hes really cool. the wings make them look a lot better.
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I dunno, I don't think they need wings, maybe they could be an optional thing, but, they'd look kind of fragile on this fatty.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
True True. i guess a tail would be needed a lot more.
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Cathto Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A cancerous infestation is a good description. I found that it IS actually possible to make a coherent character for this game... if you are willing to shell out for EVERY SINGLE BOOK! It is a cunning marketing philosophy to make it impossible to build anything coherent without ALL of the core books.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you want to go cheap, just buy (cough cough) a month of DDI once and then again if a particular month has a source book or powers you particularly want. For builds you don't need the fluff of a source book anyhow.

Personally I like the trade-off of limited and specifically defined powers for the ability to do awesome stuff that fits my theme from first level rather than waiting for a broken feat/ prestige class combo to give me those powers all the time (while simultaneously destroying the campaign, i.e flying).
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