Stopping Casting or Being Interrupted

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Stopping Casting or Being Interrupted

Post by jrz » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:12 am

I'm wondering how other DMs handle this situation. I have not started our DCC RPG campaign yet, but I expect this situation will arise.

Per the core rulebook, casters make their spell check when they start casting because sometimes the results will quicken the casting time. However, some spells take multiple rounds to cast, so what's to keep the caster from just stopping if they are unhappy with the roll?

I've been planning to declare Castus Interruptus and say that those spell energies have started and need to be controlled, and if you stop casting then the spell still fires and we're treating it like you rolled a 1. However, to be consistent, I should apply that same principle if a caster takes damage and fails the concentration check. My concern is that doing so will make interrupting casters way too harsh. Then again, it's a harsh world, isn't it?

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Re: Stopping Casting or Being Interrupted

Post by dsmith14469 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:46 am

Maybe apply a penalty to the check based on damage took?
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Re: Stopping Casting or Being Interrupted

Post by GnomeBoy » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:30 am

In combat, I'd expect only 1 action or 1 round spells to be used. (Monster Summoning is one that takes multiple rounds, but could be shorter, but you're probably not going to launch into that after an Initiative roll, hoping to get a 30+!)

My take on the difference between those two is this:

1 Action: This just takes the one Action Die -- if the Wizard has two Action Dice (as at higher levels) they could decide to cast a spell like this twice, or two in one round. Or do something else and cast a spell.

1 Round: No matter how many Action Dice you have, if you're casting one of these, this is the only spell you're casting this round.


So there really isn't an easy way to "interrupt" the caster mid-casting. If Judges want to say the 1 Round spells don't kick-in until the end of the round, or until just before the caster's action on the following round, that doesn't necessarily mean the caster is "waving their hands" the whole time — they may do their mumbo-jumbo and then the magic coalesces over the remaining time. If you start a ball rolling down a hill, you don't have to run along with it the whole time making it happen, you start it off and watch it go, completely out of your control once begun.

As for changing your mind after you see the roll but before the spell "happens", well, rolling the spellcheck is committing to the casting. The player can see the roll — the character can't.


But your idea of treating the result of a 'cancelled' spell as an automatic natural 1 is cool. That could be useful if a spell is cast at a target, takes something longer than 'instant' to get there, and the caster decides they shouldn't have done that and 'calls the spell back' to themselves... :twisted:
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