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Old 10-11-2018, 03:33 PM   #41
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Found something else that powerstones can do and manastaffs can't.

ITL page 163: "replace ST lost through spell-casting or other fatigue."

I can find no mention of staff mana doing this.

The only mention of using mana for anything is here:

ITL 148: "Each point of mana can be spent like a point of ST to power spells."

This page also mentions "The wizard must be holding or wearing the staff for it to be useful." So pay $70 to the Wizard's Guild to put five conceal spells on your fine silver dagger and then just keep it in your pocket.
I wonder if Wizards play "Rock, Scroll, Staff"?
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Old 10-11-2018, 07:16 PM   #42
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I don't see anything that allows a staff's occult strike to be powered by its own store of mana either...
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:16 AM   #43
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GM: "The multi-thousand dollar stone is revealed to be a 20 point powerstone. Do you pick up the cheap wooden staff that it is embedded in?"
Find a kind of slime that eats wood but not gems. Drop it on the staff and stone. Wait.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:00 PM   #44
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ITL Page 23 (Draft version)
"By spending XP, the Mana stat can be increased from its starting 0 up to the level of the wizardís IQ."

Powerstones still have their place.
Except I was forgetting Staff V
"Like Staff IV, except that the Mana stat of the staff may be raised, by spending XP, up to twice the wizardís IQ ..."

Oops!
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:12 PM   #45
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Kind of side point.

I remember way back when, there were powerstone charging racks.

No idea where I saw this, but I definitely remember reading it, not house ruled.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:07 PM   #46
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I remember way back when, there were powerstone charging racks.

No idea where I saw this, but I definitely remember reading it, not house ruled.
One of the GURPS Magic Items books mentioned them, if memory serves.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:27 AM   #47
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One of the GURPS Magic Items books mentioned them, if memory serves.
That's probably (?) because GURPS powerstones recharge themselves from ambient mana, but have to be separated by some distance or else they compete with each other for the available mana.

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Old 11-08-2018, 12:44 AM   #48
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Buzzardo, Skarg

Thanks, I knew I remembered reading that. Just couldn't for the life of me remember where/when.
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