Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?

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Re: Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?

Post by Atlatl Jones » Mon May 23, 2011 2:33 pm

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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Re: Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?

Post by Ravenheart87 » Mon May 23, 2011 8:35 pm

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.
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Re: Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?

Post by finarvyn » Tue May 24, 2011 2:21 am

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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