Can we be honest for a second? Dragonlance sucks. Okay, I admit I loved that shiz in junior high; I had pneumonia for a month at the end of 6th grade and read the first trilogy and thought they were the best thing EVER. Then I read them again at the end of high school and wondered what was wrong with me back in the 6th grade.
As a game, the setting, plot, and characters are all the worst. It's a land of zero moral ambiguity (even though the dominant moral compass seems hopelessly out of whack), the damn thing is one big railroad, and the good guys are horrendous Mary Sues.
Still, I think we can work with this.
Instead of a Nice Guy Place where everyone has flowing hippie hair, what if we spun this as Dirtbag Krynn, a land where trailerpark denizens do battle against other inbred jerkwads over the fate of a meth-faced planet?
As long as we're being honest, we can admit that Tanis is lame as hell. His love-triangle plot is lame, his mixed-heritage outsider plot is lame, and he looks like he belongs in Fleetwood Mac. What if Tanis were more like this Red-Headed Stranger?:
How much cooler would Tanis be if he was a weed-smokin' country outlaw? So much cooler. I'm pretty sure Shotgun Willie would have no qualms about bedding both Laurana and Kitiara; hell, he'd probably maneuver them into a three-way.
It's a truth universally acknowledged that kender suck and if someone wants to play one in your game you should punch them in the nose.
Want to see what they serve at the Inn of the Last Home?
Dragons are, of course, a big part of Dragonlance. But in Dirtbag Krynn "dragon" is just what they call one of these:
Yeah, they come in different colors and shoot all sorts of killing-you-loudly stuff out the front. Done deal.
Dragonlances? Another nickname. For hyper-powered shotguns:
The Towers of High Sorcery? More like the Towers of Skynyrd, AC/DC, and ZZ Top. The Test of High Sorcery involves chugging Tussin and confronting the demons of rock, maaaaaaaaaaaan.
Nah, nah, son. Juggalos: