A Designer’s Thoughts: Red Baby Dragons

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Check out what Designer Alan Copeland has to say about the Baby Dragons he created for The Sims 3 Dragon Valley! For more information about The Sims 3 Dragon Valley, and the Red Baby Dragon, click here.
The Sims has such a rich history of cool content that I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s sat around dreaming of my favorite items from a previous Sims edition that I’d like to see make an appearance in The Sims 3. Baby Dragons are one of those things that I’ve wanted to see since my first day on The Sims 3 Store team.



I loved how you could influence the temperament of your Baby Dragon in Makin’ Magic by how you treated the Dragon Egg, and I wanted to keep the flavor of that while reimagining it for The Sims 3. So depending on how you talk to your egg, you can impact the chance of that egg hatching into one of a variety of different colored dragons, each with its own temperament, personality, moodlets and powers!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be going over each of these little beasties in detail, but today I want to focus on the one that made the biggest impact during The Sims Live Broadcast in Dragon Valley teaser trailer, the Red Baby Dragon.
Red Baby Dragons pull their powers from fire and their personality reflects that, being impulsive and full of energy. They are the most physical and quick-tempered of all of the Baby Dragons. Much more of a chaotic troublemaker than evil in any way, Red Baby Dragons are great to have by your Sims side if you want to torment other Sims. Each Baby Dragon has a special Summon ability, so it’s no surprise that the Red Baby Dragon can summon a fireball attack that will leave your enemies Dragon Singed or smite your adversaries with Fiery Torment.



Each Baby Dragon is born with ancient wisdoms and your Sim can increase skills by talking about those things that interest them. For example, talking to a Red Baby Dragon will give your Sim insight into the Athletic skill.
Also, there are benefits just to having a Baby Dragon around. With the Red Baby Dragon, your Sim will get the Mark of the Red Dragon moodlet that lingers even after you’ve put them down or tucked the dragon in your inventory. The Mark of the Red Dragon helps with Energy and Hygiene, making it amazingly beneficial for working out longer.
There’s a bunch of fun interactions that all of the dragons share, and we’ll discuss all of those in the coming weeks, but the first one (and perhaps the most important) is naming your dragon. Naming your dragon creates a bond between the Sim and the owner. It keeps other Sims that are not in your household from wandering off with them. Once that bond is formed, Baby Dragons are content hanging out on your shoulder or around your home.


I’ll be back next week to discuss the next Baby Dragon, but in the meantime, contact me on Twitter at @SimGuruCopeland with all of your Red Baby Dragon questions.

– Alan Copeland