Well, haven't been creating for a bit. After the winter 'break' of entertaining myself during flight cancellations, I started a new job. While still burned out from the last one. So it's been an adjustment, retooling myself to a different clientele and returning to a business sector I haven't worked in for a few years. And having to commute more than 20 feet. The Horror.
So my brain has not been in a creative space. I owe a review, and I have a couple of notebook pages of a mini-adventure outlined out. But that's all that's been rattling around up there, mostly.
Ok, get to work, you.
Character class revisions and reinterpretations are always fun. So let's return to the Dragonborn. I previously ginned one up for The Black Hack, but realized that I hadn't modded up the race for the B/X-OSE rulesets. An obvious oversight.
Daniel of Bandit's Keep allowed a dragonborn into a recent B/X one-shot - essentially a retooled elf that could cast "spells" via their breath. A creative, quick-and-dirty reskin. Always appropriate.
And I know that the race has turned up in other old-school character class works and blogs. But where's the fun in using someone else's interpretation, when I can cobble something together out of my own feeble brain?
Ok. The obvious stuff - natural armor, and the breath weapon. Old-school dragons get three uses a day, so does our scaly fellow. Like the Black Hack version, I kept it to six colors, selectable by a d6. Breath ranges are about a third (+/-) of an 'actual' dragon (but somewhat greater than their 5e counterpart). Damage is modest, similar to a missile or melee weapon, but it slowly scales with level.
A couple of "color" details for the race - I interpreted them as tough, rather than strong, adding a minimum CON. Their appearance and aura gives them the ability to boost the morale of allies, and harm that of foes (a nod to the CHA bonus of the Newer Edition). And a little touch from the standard dragon monster listings - all the colors have at least a chance to cast spells, so our B/X dragonborn gets a random 1st level spell.
And they can talk to dragons. Duh.