On the material component system

Inspiration struck yet again. The key to a sustainable ~ in this case, referring to the player's ability to effectively use without burnout or boredom ~ set of rules for material spell components is to make them optional. Of course, I said as much before. Where inspiration struck me was when I realized that I... Continue Reading →

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The Philosophy of Magic: Storytelling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbZMqS-fW-8 Home viewing also allowed for a less "adult" form of privacy, a kind of comfortable intimacy with friends or family that you can't get in a theater. Getting together on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and the blow of a television to watch a scary movie is an oft-repeated familial ritual, in... Continue Reading →

On the hierarchy of illusion magic

If the reader will recall, I wrote before about the need to categorize magic¬†according to principles drawn from modern observations and scientific understanding. A counter-argument came to me that I want to explore. We might argue that the literature ~ in fantasy fiction, mostly, but also in RPG products ~ doesn't support this approach. Further,... Continue Reading →

Memory Charm

Malcolm Gladwell has a podcast titled Revisionist History. It's an examination of "something misunderstood or overlooked." Like most of Gladwell's work, it's worth its weight in gold. If you haven't heard of it before now, you need to take a moment and listen. I recommend starting with the episode about McDonald's French fries. I recently... Continue Reading →

Magic on the Battlefield: Grease

One of the things I love about digging into spells is that it brings up all sorts of interesting questions about rules that I might not have clear answers for. For example, if you use the¬†grease spell against a charging horse, how much damage should the animal and/or rider take from the fall? I figure... Continue Reading →

Magic on the Battlefield: Color Spray

Since spell range is such a critical element when discussing this topic, I feel it's equally necessary that we establish some standards concerning the movement and actions of battlefield units. First, we'll look at foot soldiers. Infantry units may be armed with swords, daggers, spears, and sometimes pikes or halberds. Other weapons are possible but... Continue Reading →

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