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 Post subject: Re: Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?
PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 4:33 pm 
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I wrote a reply, but the board ate it, so here's another try:

I'm curious why spellburn can only be applied to physical attributes. Surely it's appropriate for a spellcaster to addle his wits, or damage his sanity, personality, or luck to improve their spellcasting. It's usually a bad idea, especially for the intelligence attribute, but in a desperate spot I'd find it fun for a wizard to blast so much power through himself that he becomes a drooling idiot, in order to get one last spell off.

For ritual casting, one simple alternative would be for it to give a better "ratio" on spellburn. That is, instead of burning 1 point for a +1 bonus, ritually cast spells could give +3 bonus for every 2 points burned. Or maybe vary it by the time spent: If you spend 1 minute per spell level, gain a +4 bonus for every 3 points burned; if you take 10 minutes/level, gain +3 for every 2 points burned; and if you take 1 hour/level, gain +4 for every 2 points burned.

Such a rule would also explain why ritual magic is so exhausting: it requires spellburn.


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 Post subject: Re: Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?
PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 10:35 pm 
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Atlatl Jones wrote:
I'm curious why spellburn can only be applied to physical attributes. Surely it's appropriate for a spellcaster to addle his wits, or damage his sanity, personality, or luck to improve their spellcasting. It's usually a bad idea, especially for the intelligence attribute, but in a desperate spot I'd find it fun for a wizard to blast so much power through himself that he becomes a drooling idiot, in order to get one last spell off.

Because the gods of the otherworld hunger for flesh and blood. And since you can't commit brain surgery on yourself during an adventure, it's easier to chop down your finger or cut your arm. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 4:21 am 
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goodmangames wrote:
Designer’s Diary Entry #2: What Do You Mean, “Vancian”?

Heh. I just caught this typo. Compare it to the title of the thead! :lol:

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