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Moderator: Forum Gods. Remember me. Post Reply Print view. But first, I'd like to talk about something tangently related to this subject. That being the Magic chapter in the Basic Set One includes about 13 pages in which various spells are listed.
They don't introduce any new spells in Thaumatology at least, not for the 'normal' spell system , more on this later. If you want any more spells, see the supplement GURPS Magic, which also technically listed more colleges in which to categorise those spells. It sounds confusing at first, but it's really just kinda annoying. So this supplement has been put out mostly just to offer different options for magic other than the standard in Basic Set and GM advice on magic-centric campaigns.
They sort of already did this in Basic Set and Magic, but only in a sidebar at least or a single chapter at most. Intuitive art or numerical science? Insanity or perfect control? Quest for divinity or demonic blasphemy? Take your pick. Maybe it's everything at once. Every myth, fantasy story and anthropologic study has its own ideas on the subject,.
The problem is how to handle such visions in game terms -- how to make them work as imagined but also in a consistent and playable way. And there's still about more pages to go. As with any toolbox, you shouldn't try to use everything simultaneously -- and by "you", we mean whoever is responsible for designing and maintaining the campaign , usually the GM.
Not every concept belongs in every game; if you try to use it all , you'll probably go crazy and, worse, your campaign will collapse! Player or GM, you should consider reading the entire book before making any decisions. Publication History Thaumatology features something old, something new and quite a lot borrowed.
Asmodai Essence 6. What doesn't kill you, makes you Daerim Essence 5. FlenceburgExile Benevolent Clockwork Overlord. Contact FlenceburgExile. Website AOL.
To the point that many moons ago when I was but a small gamer, I emailed some random Steve Jackson Games employee I think it was their webmaster? They even answered my follow-up questions. Say what you want about the system or the writing, but they mean what they say about their dedication to their customers.
Last edited by FlenceburgExile on 13 Aug , , edited 1 time in total. Did you think you would be saved by the gods and idols you have made? Kailan Essence 7. Contact Kailan. Just saying. Text in red is modvoice. This signature was foretold Logos Invictus Essence 3. Contact Logos Invictus. Not actually doing a read through before you decided to snark about the book. Nice effort I suppose, but it all seems so pointless.
Also, like Flenceburg said, I don't really see the point in doing snarky reviews of gaming books. Except for gaming books like Synnibarr, and I'd keep that one to myself mostly because I don't want to admit to reading Synnibarr. If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a tinkling symbol. And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
But I can tell you they are wrong. Time is an ocean in a storm. You may wonder who I am and why I say this. Sit down, and I will tell you a tale like none you have ever heard As far as the snark goes: idk, you aren't trying to pick fights or anything so I won't redtext you As a result, this post just isn't funny.
Hint: You might want to try 1 snarking a game you like. I know that sounds weird, but ask anyone who recaps these things on a regular basis. They'll tell you it's a lot easier - and much funnier - if you're enjoying the material you're poking at. I'm not sure why it does that. I can ask, I suppose, but I think it's a property of the current version of phpBB this board uses. Contact bassist On another forum.
You know soft spoken changes nothing. Muda da. Shikaiyaku Shinken wa muteki da. Chapter One: What Is Magic? The fiction is about a centaur giving a public speech or lecture to a bunch of guys at least two of them wizards. He shows them a tool "from another reality" that mimics a fire spell and runs off a rare fuel. One guy, we'll call him Moron Heckler, shouts out that the centaur is wasting time with mundane tricks.
The centaur responds that he's free to leave, if he wants. Moron Heckler takes him up on this offer, but as soon as he leaves the room by one door, the centaur teleports him back through the other door and everyone laughs at him.
But So Is Moron Heckler. It wouldn't surprise me if they've done work on Basic Set and other GURPS stuff, and they all deserve kudos for their work on this book, too. Three things about the opening chapter artwork I've noticed; 1 Magical Centaur Lecturer looks like Abe Lincoln, without the stovepipe hat and with the lower body of a horse. In case you needed further proof that he's awesome.
Another point in this book's favour. The Idea of Magic. The term arcane has a similar history. The infamous Aleister Crowley coined a variant spelling, magick , to distinguish "the true science of the Magi" from "counterfeits".
Conceptions of Magic. Magic might consist of knowing the "cheat codes" of reality -- perhaps literally, if the universe is really a computer simulation! The Laws of Nature Perhaps magic is essentially a science -- a weird science, but fundamentally a matter of comprehensible systems derived from fixed natural laws. Places of Power Ley Lines and Similar. Now we've got to the subsection; Laws of Magic. The Law of Contagion To harm an enemy, burn a piece of his hair. To gain a maiden's love, steal her scarf and sleep on it.
The Law of Sympathy "Like affect like" -- that is, things that look or act alike are alike, and can affect each other magically. Sympathy's most common uses are bluntly practical: the shaman clutches eagle feathers as his spirit flies.
Words and Names Christan occultists point out that when God gave Adam dominion over the birds and the beasts, He told Adam to name them. More Magical Laws Magic Workers. Natural Ability Working magic often requires an innate ability. The standard way to represent this in GURPS is with the Magery advantage, which isn't necessarily available after character creation. Magic and Genetics Dangerous tests could also involve limited resources, which might restrict magic to a brave, lucky or obsessive minority.
No problem. Eat the entire heart of a dragon. The bigger the dragon, the mighter your powers will be. Last edited by boneless on 21 Aug , , edited 1 time in total.
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Moderator: Forum Gods. Remember me. Post Reply Print view. But first, I'd like to talk about something tangently related to this subject. That being the Magic chapter in the Basic Set One includes about 13 pages in which various spells are listed. They don't introduce any new spells in Thaumatology at least, not for the 'normal' spell system , more on this later. If you want any more spells, see the supplement GURPS Magic, which also technically listed more colleges in which to categorise those spells.
GURPS 4th Edition: Thaumatology
GURPS 4th edition has a lot of magic systems, as well as rules for designing your own. How can you choose which one s you should use in your new campaign? One could discuss this from the mechanics end of things, but I think it's more useful to consider it in a narrative sense: what should magic feel like in the game, what should player character magicians be able to do? Any given set of magic rules will carry with it a "feel" for what magicians are good for. One can usefully distinguish two overall classes of magic system: the sort where one just needs to set a few parameters and it's ready to hand over to the players, and the sort that takes a bit more effort on the GM's part. The older ones tend to be closer to "ready-to-run". This was designed first to allow dungeon-bashing magicians to stand up next to dungeon-bashing warriors, and magical effects tend to be quick cast in a few seconds and obvious.
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