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Open ended magic- Instead of focusing on one set of laws or processes to achieve magical ends i have decided to go with an open ended system where many systems could be used seperatly to achieve the same ends.

For my campaign I have decided to no narrow my magical system into one set of rules or ideas. Instead I have done the opposite. We don’t know all science and how it interacts and so I am trying to create a magic "system" which relies on several dozen different magic systems which can be used separately to achieve similar ends.

Moreover I want to have these systems be able to work together in open ended ways, with the results being more predictable the closer the two systems are.

For example, the art of enchantment relies on binding magical forces to items in set routines. Runic magic relies on an ancient language of written words of power. The two systems are dissimilar but both require a lot of work and are usually used to create enchantments and so share some similarities. Thus, the interaction of the two could create somewhat predictable results. An enchanted sword of flame, inscribed with a rune for cold could thus burn and emit cold, cracking rock (or perhaps itself). Or the result could be a sword, which emits cold fire. Or perhaps one that does extra fire damage to creatures of cold etc. By combining systems could range from predictable to wildly unpredictable.

So my request and challenge to everyone is for different magic systems (means to ends, not ends) and how the various systems could theoretically interact with other systems.



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Kinslayer
June 14, 2008, 11:56
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Runebearer, Darkurthe Legends, Midian, and Palladium Fantasy all have various magic systems with that feature. An example is here: http://lostsouls.damnserver.com/Magic.htm#Traditions
MoonHunter
June 16, 2008, 16:55
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As for this idea, it is really not "done" at all. It stands as a declaration without any work done on it.

It needs examples. Even if it does not have specific examples, it needs general ones to illuminated. Then it needs one to three of your spell lists.

As it is right now, it is a 1. It is not well written, it is not well defined, and there is not enough material here to raise it beyond that.

Oh yes, can you capitalize the title?


I am also wondering what system you are used to looking at? Not that you need to stat thigns that way, but to give us a point of view. Your declaration is not stunning or innovative for most of us, as we are not used to Vancian magic or Locked spell lists.


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The Door

A nifty little encounter appropriate for any powerful sorcerer/magically adept monsters lair.

When the party have penetrated to an appropriatly impressive level/room they encounter The Door, this door is a vessel through which the Sorcerer/Monster can safely work against any intruders, the door is heavy duty iron bound studded oak wrought with craft skill and magic, set in the middle is a crystal orb, once the party get within a preset distance the orb flickers briefly as the door warns its "master" of the intruders, the master can then effectivly possess the door itself, this means that all movement the door is capable of (i.e. opening and closing) come under the control of the master, the master can also cast spells from the door as if he were there himself, all the while any damage that is inflicted in return merely damages the door, this will in effect ruin any of the parties chances of surprise, allow the master to assess the parties abilities while remaining safe and sound and finally will probably cause the party to waste some of their juicier items/spells on a chunk of wood and iron, and if the master happens to have a deadly spell or three it could also reduce the size of the party,

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