Actual Play

Savage Temeraire at Arisia 2019

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​It is 1798 and the French tyrant Napoleon Bonaparte is sailing an invasion fleet to the Eastern Mediterranean, hoping to wrest India (and its riches) from Britain. In pursuit of the French fleet, Admiral Nelson of Britain has a smaller fleet, with an eight-dragon support attachment. Varinia is one of the eight dragons, a middle-weight Yellow […]

Rules Lawyering

Savage Temeraire – Dragon Combat

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Some of the most exciting scenes in the Temeraire books are the aerial combats between dragons, or even whole formations of dragons. The question is, how would we approach that using Savage Worlds? For a formation level battle, the mass combat rules are certainly an option, but for smaller battles, I think the first approach […]

Gamemastering

Savage Temeraire: Longwings

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The Longwings are, with the Regal Coppers, the central combat dragons in the British Aviator Corps. What makes them unique is their acid-spitting ability, a truly lethal combat skill that can cause major damage to ships, fortifications, and enemy dragons alike. Longwings are also noted for the quirk of only accepting female captains, with the […]

Gamemastering

Savage Temeraire: Yellow Reaper

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The Yellow Reaper is a much more modest-sized dragon than the enormous Regal Copper, and is a staple dragon of Britain’s medium-weight forces. Yellow ReaperAgility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d12+4, Vigor d10 Size: +7, Natural Armor +1, Flight 24, Climb 2, Toughness: 13/12 Aerial Acrobat: Receives a +2 on Chase rolls for aerial […]

Gamemastering

Savage Temeraire: The Regal Copper

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OK, so we have an idea of what it would mean to build a dragon PC – let’s look at some specific races, starting with the Regal Copper. Since dragon breeding fixes characteristics such as size and strength, dragon PCs would have set values for attributes, but would be able to select skills and dragon-specific […]

Rules Lawyering

Just for Fun: Savage Temeraire

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Sometimes, you just have to get your Christmas present yourself. Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series was one of the settings on my Christmas wish list, so I thought I’d take a periodic stab at putting the setting together here. The Dragon in the Room To start with, we need to deal with the obvious question – who wants to […]