The purpose of GURPS Thaumatology is to offer solutions. Often, RPGs are accused of tying up magic in strict rules, losing its truly fantastical, magical essence. GURPS Thaumatology contains the best 3rd Edition magic variants and adds many all-new options. The full extent of each of these chapters can be seen in the . “Thaumatology was originally the description and discussion of the miraculous, but some modern stories and games (including GURPS) use the term for the.

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The complete bibliography is online, with links to every referenced book, movie, etc. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ritual Path Magic — A standalone magic system that lets you do anything.

It has a number of different systems to use, and some general talk about the ways magic can work in a world, and how thaumatoology might be reflected in the game, all so a GM can have a system that feels right. Conclusion One of the brilliant moments of GURPS Space was boiling every form of FTL travel down to one of three general types and then showing how to vary them to produce anything ever seen in science fiction.

So the answer is “it depends on the sort of magic you want in your game”. Still, I consider it a missed opportunity that Thaumatologyfor all thaukatology its wide-ranging discussion of a number of different systems and their variations, doesn’t even begin to provide a framework of discussion by taking a real comparative look at its own systems, grouping and giving an overview of them.

Jay Bryant rated it it was ok Nov 23, Then about seven pages are given to alchemy, including thoughts on allowing characters to come up with new concoctions, or even treating it as a gadgeteer advantage. In many ways, this is a manual on how write an RPG at least the magic part not just how run magical characters.


GURPS Thaumatology

Rob Schillinger rated it really liked it May 23, Sorcery — Another self-contained system that models magic as a power and spells as mystical advantages the sorcerer can draw upon instinctively, easily, and repeatedly! Finally, “Assisting Spirits” thaujatology the idea of a character getting a large break on spellcasting You’re very unlikely to be using the whole of the book in one campaign, any more than you’d be using all of Fantasy or Space Some of its advice is relevant to games with Magic -style spellcasting, other bits aren’t.

Second, ‘Realms and Power’ focuses on how much a mage can do with any particular realm as defined by leveled advantages one side box also discusses the possibility of recasting this entire idea as a power structure from GURPS Powerswhich would be mechanically much more complex to work out, but would tighten up the mechanics and definitions—which is great for consistency, and horrible for letting the GM insert plot-appropriate easing and tightening of restrictions.

Ken rated it really liked it Dec 27, Variations on a Theme Thaumatology starts out with a chapter on how magic works in general magic as art vs as engineering, Law of Contagion, etc.

Magical Advantage The last ‘crunchy’ chapter points out that many of the advantages presented in Basic Set could easily have a magical origin.

GURPS Thaumatology

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Some more serious alternatives are looked at with the idea of age granting power to items after all, all the most powerful items in fiction are immeasurably old This is still effectively a skill-based system, but it concentrates on one skill: In this case, it simplifies the skill system down to colleges, with all the spells in the college attached directly to that.

Return to Book Page. Magical Styles penned by Sean Punch, a radical revision of spell innovation, new ghoul-themed rituals, and other arcane amazements!

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Open Preview See a Problem? The first one is the idea of thaumatloogy the skill-based system for clerical magic as was presented in GURPS Religionwith a few more notes added.

Sign up using Email and Password. In all cases, the options get the usual GURPS thoughtful look over, complete with the likely effects on the game. That skill, and skills for each particular tradition—a ‘path’ or ‘book’—makes up all the skill entries on the character sheet, which is a lot more compact than the normal system.

First, ‘Verb-Noun’ magic, where every spell consists of what is being done to whom. It would have been best to present that advice up front, before going through two hundred pages of just that.

Magical Styles — Detailed instructions for how to organize skills, spells, and abilities into unique and interesting arcane arts.

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