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Old 09-17-2015, 10:38 PM   #12
malloyd
 
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Default Re: Making Magic Mysterious and Eldritch

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Originally Posted by Randyman View Post
As for gaming, I concur with previous posters, because magic in the hands of PCs is inevitably magic as Tool.
The thing is, if you did succeed in making magic not a Tool, rational players would never use it, because they'd know it couldn't be made to do what they needed it to. And they would have a legitimate complaint if anybody else in the story did manage to make it do something they wanted, so it's difficult to justify the NPCs using it much either.

In some senses I suppose magic that never appears in play is pretty mysterious, but not in a very interesting way.
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