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Old 11-01-2017, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Anyone remember a "Limited Mana" Pyramid article?

For some reason, I remembered an old Pyramid article today--during the HTML version--and was wondering if anyone ever used it. In short, it was the idea of making mana a limited resource (herbs, rocks, mana organs, water from a magic spring, etc.) that had to be harvested, carried, and consumed to power any magic. You don't recover magical energy. You went out and dug it up.

Just found it, available as a sample. I misremembered some details, it looks like.
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Anyone remember a "Limited Mana" Pyramid article?

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For some reason, I remembered an old Pyramid article today--during the HTML version--and was wondering if anyone ever used it. In short, it was the idea of making mana a limited resource (herbs, rocks, mana organs, water from a magic spring, etc.) that had to be harvested, carried, and consumed to power any magic. You don't recover magical energy. You went out and dug it up.

Just found it, available as a sample. I misremembered some details, it looks like.
You may be thinking of Ars Magica.
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: Anyone remember a "Limited Mana" Pyramid article?

I think you may be mixing two things up.
Threshold Magic was originally called Unlimited Mana and I think first appeared in Roleplayer.
The other bits related to carrying magic could be from Thaumatology and the Pyramid article Material Magic, though that was for enchanting.
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:29 AM   #4
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I think you may be mixing two things up.
Threshold Magic was originally called Unlimited Mana and I think first appeared in Roleplayer.
The other bits related to carrying magic could be from Thaumatology and the Pyramid article Material Magic, though that was for enchanting.
I'm well aware of Unlimited Mana, this was a different system entirely (see the sample article I added to the OP). The mana batteries in Limited Mana cover the carrying of magic as a physical object.

I feel like I'm still conflating it with an article from about the same time that featured the idea of mana as a resource gathering operation, though, for more of the "there's mana in them thar hills" feel. Perhaps a primitive version of The Material Difference that was focused on enchanting but combined well with Limited Mana.
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You may be thinking of Raw Magic?
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