Class Dive: What is a wizard, exactly?

This week I have the distinct pleasure of starting a new campaign and among the players, I have two who have not ever played a tabletop role-playing game before. Not since I taught my girls how to play D&D have I had new players at my table, so I’m excited to see how they do.…

Alternate Cantrips in 5th edition (Guest post by William C. Pfaff)

My man Brian Fitzpatrick is seeking some balance between 5E (and 4E’s) at-will damaging cantrips and the poor wizard of yesteryear who would cast sleep and then beg the party to do the same so he could get his lone spell back. I gave this some serious thought and then realized the answer may be…

Revisiting the Past: Squishy Wizards

Apparently my last post struck a nerve with some folks. I had a great conversation on Facebook with a bunch of folks with comments like: “It’s a different world. The sooner you come to grips with that, the easier it’ll get for you.” (Rob) “But can be used to cause damage. Like to light a…

Keep an eye out for the Charlatan… he’s loose.

Sometimes you’ll run into a character on the street, get some juicy tidbit of information, and be on your way, only to realize later that you were had. That might be the Charlatan. He’s a bit of a con artist, spinning rumor, magical talent, and roguish charm into whatever he needs at the time. Maybe…

The Art of Illusion

What is Illusion? The definition is broadly defined as “a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.” A wizard practicing the art of illusion uses the weaknesses of those same senses to fool their targets into doing or believing what the wizard wants them to do or…

Fear and Superstition

Superstitious people fear what they don’t understand, ascribing repeated events to strange, unexplainable, and sometimes unbelievable reasons. Many will prey upon the superstitious to gain power and influence. There is a brand of wizardry dedicated to the practice of this behavior… Superstitious Magic. “Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter…

Strange Alchemy: Creating potions and scrolls

In the Mazes & Perils books, we offer a list of various potions and scrolls your characters may find on their many adventures. But we don’t really talk about how those potions or scrolls get created… In the old Moebius Adventures system we were skills-based and a character could practice more than one type of…

That Old Book Smell…

As gamers, I think most of us appreciate the heft of a good book in our hands. The feel of the paper. An appreciation for a well-made binding or spine… And that smell of an old book. That sometimes musty, always amazing smell of aged paper that for me evokes images of my youth and…

Rituals Outside the Box and an Invitation

In my last post, I chatted about some of the difficulties I was having with Divine magic and how rituals fit into the mix. Warrior, Rogue, & Mage has a few different parts to the magic system. You have Mana, which is the magical energy a caster can use to create a magical effect. You…

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