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Old 09-18-2015, 07:52 AM   #19
Randyman
 
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Default Re: Making Magic Mysterious and Eldritch

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Originally Posted by malloyd View Post
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.
This is the tension - for players to use magic, it must be Tool. For magic to be as the OP desires it, magic must be Other.
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