Friday Links for October 9, 2009 (a day early)

Hi all! I’m going to be gone tomorrow, so I thought I’d post my Friday Links a day early. Yes, it might warp the time-space continuum, but oh well. No worse than the large hadron collider. 🙂 Unique Tavern Encounters from the Bard of Valiant. You know when you read the first thing in a…

The Art of Lesser Wizardry, or How to Dabble in Magic Without Singing Your Eyebrows…

What is Lesser Wizardry? Does it mean you’re less of a wizard than someone who practices something greater? Not at all. Think of Lesser Wizardry as the training wheels for a beginning wizard. Lesser Wizardry provides an opportunity for apprentices and students to learn the basics of wizardry without setting their hair on fire attempting…

Demons in my Soup (Elemental Magic)

In the beginning, there were wizards with spellbooks and monsters with special abilities. Then there were superheroes and villains with powers. But I never played in a campaign where there was a mix of traditional fantasy and super powers – so we created one. Immortals’ Wake is a world in which magic, both arcane and…

A Kind of Magic…

Hi there… No matter what form the magic takes – arcane, divine, or raw natural magic – it is a combination of concentration, ritual, and belief. Ritual components can be anything from gestures and words to actual physical or even spiritual elements. Physical components may even be tied to beliefs or holy symbols as opposed…

What if… Magic was made new again?

Hi there! Recently I’ve been reconsidering the role of magic in a roleplaying world and how a character might take advantage of it. In traditional RPGs such as D&D, Palladium Fantasy, GURPS, and so on, magic is a static thing. In the name of game balance, system creators have chosen to create schools of magic…

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