I wouldn't consider that "work," but to each his or her own.The "disregarding hints" part is what I was referring to.
No the dragon wasn't compressed, quite the opposite actually. I made my 4e monsters more dangerous (I posted some 4e gods here when the WotC forums went down and you can see what I mean). For example:It depends. Is he compressed too?
(This was an issue people sometimes don't get about really old school D&D; while you didn't want to do the equivalent of the old-red-dragon-versus-first-levellers thing I mentioned (because it was entirely possible if they didn't see that coming for everyone to be in a breath weapon and therefor dead right in the first round, and even if they didn't it was unlikely there was much they could do unless they ran immediately and the dragon didn't decide to pursue), the gap between higher level monsters and lower level PCs was not as profound as it was by at least the D&D3 era.
MM ancient black dragon breath weapon: 24 (4d8 + 6) acid + 15 acid ongoing & -4 to AC.
My version: 36 (4d8 + 18) acid + 15 acid ongoing & -4 to AC.
It doesn't seem like much of a difference, but it is at the level they faced it.