Favorite version: White Dragon [poll]

Preferred version?

  • AD&D

    Votes: 18 43.9%
  • 3e

    Votes: 5 12.2%
  • 4e

    Votes: 8 19.5%
  • 5e

    Votes: 10 24.4%

  • Total voters
    41

Sacrosanct

Legend
This is the start to a future survival thread of Chromatic dragons. But first, I'd like to see which version from which edition will be represented in that survivor poll. I don't know if it would make a difference, but it might because we all might be partial to one version over another. This is based on whatever reason you want: aesthetics, lore, mechanics, etc. Simply vote for which edition you liked best.

The candidates:

1e/2e (they were pretty much the same between editions)




3e:



4e:


5e:
 
Is this art or stats?

Either way, voting AD&D for 1e, not 2e. 2e took the 'self defense for dragons' thing too far, and I feel the 1e MM line art had a charm to it that no subsequent edition could.

But if I had to vote on just the art you posted, it'd have to be 3e. The AD&D one if just goofy, and the 4e & 5e look like they have beaks.
 

Satyrn

Visitor
Has WotC actually changed the dragons at all in the since time they "rebranded" then for 3e? I'm not sure rebranding is the right word, or even that they did anything more at the time than give consistent guidelines to their artists.

Anyway, my vote is for the 3e white dragon because I have a mini of it. Same for the blues and reds.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Has WotC actually changed the dragons at all in the since time they "rebranded" then for 3e? I'm not sure rebranding is the right word, or even that they did anything more at the time than give consistent guidelines to their artists.

Anyway, my vote is for the 3e white dragon because I have a mini of it. Same for the blues and reds.
3e seems to be when they went to super uber muscle dragons, and WoTC stuck with it ever since. Not a fan myself, but whatevs.
 

dave2008

Hero
[MENTION=15700]Sacrosanct[/MENTION] , as I voted for 1e I feel I have to point out that the image you provided was for the dragonlance variant of the white dragon, not the standard version from the MM. Also, there is almost no difference between the 3e-4e-5e versions.

All of the above is strictly regarding the art.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
[MENTION=15700]Sacrosanct[/MENTION] , as I voted for 1e I feel I have to point out that the image you provided was for the dragonlance variant of the white dragon, not the standard version from the MM. Also, there is almost no difference between the 3e-4e-5e versions.

All of the above is strictly regarding the art.
What's the difference between the 1e dragons and the 1e dragonlance dragons? I didn't know there was one that I can recall. Easley's dragons had a bit more muscly look to them over Elmore's but I don't recall any actual difference between AD&D and Dragonlance.
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
I prefer the AD&D ones, though I don't think that picture is the best choice for the white dragon (I say even though I'm a fan of Elmore).
 

dave2008

Hero
What's the difference between the 1e dragons and the 1e dragonlance dragons? I didn't know there was one that I can recall. Easley's dragons had a bit more muscly look to them over Elmore's but I don't recall any actual difference between AD&D and Dragonlance.
All 1e dragonlance dragons had their own art direction. In the case of the white dragon: the MM version had a single backward point horn/sail, while the dragonlance version had 5 backward pointing horns. It is clear in the 2 pictures you posted of the 1e white dragon.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
All 1e dragonlance dragons had their own art direction. In the case of the white dragon: the MM version had a single backward point horn/sail, while the dragonlance version had 5 backward pointing horns. It is clear in the 2 pictures you posted of the 1e white dragon.
Nah, it wasn't that dragonlance had it's own art direction, it was that each artist had leeway. That's why Easley's dragons look different than Elmore's, or Caldwell's, even if they were illustrating the same 1ed dragon type.

I fully admit I approached this poll flawed. A better poll would have been which artist's rendition of the dragons over the editions do people like better.
 

jayoungr

Adventurer
I feel sort of bad for voting for 5E, but I can't help it. Something about the way it's drawn in motion, trotting forward, looking like an actual beast, really grabs me--and the slight iridescence to the wing membrane just clinches it.

Second choice is 1/2E. I love how it looms over the ship.
 
It wasn't meant to be. I said it could be for any reason. People just gravitated towards the appearance.
I didn't catch that. But, I did also like the ways dragons worked in 1e - fear, subdual, hps/die based on age instead of a random roll, breath weapons that did their max hp in damage, etc - they were more clearly distinct from other monsters.
 

MechaTarrasque

Adventurer
Funny enough, that was the image I was gonna use at first

For the longest time, I would describe dragons as bipedal, like an eagle with 2 big legs, 2 big wings, and (I admit not very eagle-like) 2 smaller chest claws.....

I may go back to that to mess with some of my newer players (some of the old ones will be "not this again.").
 

Legatus_Legionis

< BLAH HA Ha ha >
In 1e, the dragons were mostly solitary creatures, and acted more like beasts than the intellectual ones from later on.

Those in Dragonlance, the evil aligned dragons worked with humans for a mutual goal, that of Takhisis, queen of the darkness.

Good aligned ones with Paladine.

They were treated like NPC's with personalities and motives all their own.
 

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