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Old 11-18-2017, 04:58 AM   #11
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Uhm… Is Magical Toughening supposed to protect against spells like Dehydrate? From the description I'd say "yes" ("caused directly by magical spells"), but from the writeup in the table I'd say "no" (it would need Cosmic to protect against maledictions). I'm lost.
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:37 PM   #12
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Is Magical Toughening supposed to protect against spells like Dehydrate? From the description I'd say "yes" ("caused directly by magical spells"), but from the writeup in the table I'd say "no" (it would need Cosmic to protect against maledictions). I'm lost.
It works against spells like that:
. . . helps even against spells that say "Armor doesn’t protect."
Cosmic isn't necessary because this isn't a Malediction. It's a spell that happens to ignore armor, mostly because armor has the hidden limitation "Not vs. direct magical injury."
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Old 11-19-2017, 06:46 PM   #13
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I was trying to put the Teramantic spells into GCS, and I've noticed an erratum: the Shield spell is repeated twice on the spell list, once at Second Degree, and once at Third.

Also, I see Teragenesis is never given a spell type, though I assume it's Regular.

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Old 11-19-2017, 09:42 PM   #14
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I was trying to put the Teramantic spells into GCS, and I've noticed an erratum: the Shield spell is repeated twice on the spell list, once at Second Degree, and once at Third.
Dang, I'm not sure how I missed that. Strike it from the Third Degree list.

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Also, I see Teragenesis is never given a spell type, though I assume it's Regular.
It is. I'll ask Steven to fix these when he has a chance.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:58 PM   #15
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Dang, I'm not sure how I missed that. Strike it from the Third Degree list.
Just a note, the description of the Third Degree is explicit that there are eleven spells in that level, though Shapeshifting is potentially several spells. Fourth Degree likewise requires seven of them, which make me wonder if the second Shield was accidentally slotted in in place of some other spell.
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:07 PM   #16
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I'm going to be running a DF game soon. I have a guy who would love to play a Teramancer (Pyramid 3-109 p.17) but I'm not sure how to create a DF template for it.

Would it be better to alter a wizard template or start from scratch?
I think converting a wizard template is better, but I'd love some suggestions as to how.

Thx guys.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:32 PM   #17
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Just a note, the description of the Third Degree is explicit that there are eleven spells in that level, though Shapeshifting is potentially several spells. Fourth Degree likewise requires seven of them, which make me wonder if the second Shield was accidentally slotted in in place of some other spell.
In addition to the two errata I mentioned above, the description of the Third Degree should now say "ten spells", and Fourth Degree should require six instead of seven.
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I'm going to be running a DF game soon. I have a guy who would love to play a Teramancer (Pyramid 3-109 p.17) but I'm not sure how to create a DF template for it.

Would it be better to alter a wizard template or start from scratch?
I think converting a wizard template is better, but I'd love some suggestions as to how.
I would just use the wizard template. Lower Alchemy by one level and use those 4 saved points to buy the style's required skills. Then just select your spells from the Teramancy list (starting with the required ones, of course) instead of the normal spell lists.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:31 AM   #19
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Roger's review (from my blog):

Magnum Opus (James Amaral) expands alchemy to make it something interesting for player characters to do. There are four influences, based on the mediæval humours but not opposed to each other, each with a potential range of -2 to +2 (the author suggests that this should produce 608 combinations rather than 625, for no obvious reason). Multiple ingredients can be stacked together, but the ones that only give +1 or -1 to a single value are hard work to produce. Then they can be combined to reach the appropriate position in the coordinate space to produce a particular alchemical effect. There's less to this than I'd hoped for, but it certainly has potential not just as something for PCs but as a generator of odd clues for investigators.

The Mage-Hunter (Sean Punch) is a Dungeon Fantasy template for a non-magical warrior who can go up against magicians and survive – without having Magic Resistance, which makes him harder to heal. Much of this is done with new advantages to give defences against, and the ability to counter, spells; just how these are "non-magical" isn't really clear, but the principle is there.

Eidetic Memory: The Teramancers (David L. Pulver) deals with a group of magicians who specialise in monsters: controlling, and later breeding or otherwise creating, them. Mostly this is an excuse for strange monsters showing up, rather than something for PCs to get directly involved in, but one could readily put them on the other side and that might be rather more fun.

The Glorious Book of Valadir (J. Edward Tremlett) is a book of good magic to counter all those books of evil magic one reads about. It engages with casters' intent, but there are of course significant side effects. Um, yes, significant; this is essentially a campaign-defining artefact.

Designers' Notes: Incantation Magic (Christopher R. Rice and Antoni Ten Monrós) describes the genesis of the book (how it was adapted and modified from Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic), and includes some material cut for space.

The All-Scroll (Alice Turow) delivers magical knowledge… as something like modular spellcasting abilities, but only once for each effect for a single user, and only for a limited time. It seems regrettably arbitrary to me, but may appeal to others.

Random Thought Table: Too Powerful for Your Own Good (Steven Marsh) looks at limiting magical powers by making them too powerful (long in duration, damaging, etc.) for convenient use, with great skill needed to restrain them.

This is a good one; I don't use much magic in games, but there are ideas here that I'll gladly take and incorporate into various of my campaigns.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:12 AM   #20
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I would just use the wizard template. Lower Alchemy by one level and use those 4 saved points to buy the style's required skills. Then just select your spells from the Teramancy list (starting with the required ones, of course) instead of the normal spell lists.
Would they not get any other spells then?
If not shouldn't they get a modified magery cost?
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