June 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm #23130kalnarenParticipant
If I’m visually depicting magic with visible effects I tend to stick to elemental colours that have at least some resemblance to the type of magic being used.
In my fiction though (the stuff I’m using to create my board game and characters here) very little magic actually has visible casting effects.
IIRC I’ve posted 4 or 5 characters with magical abilities, and Penelope is the only one with any “Spell effects”. That’s more related to the type of magic she uses and her personality.June 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm #23131
That brings us back to “what’s magic by the way ?” 😉 😛 (since you mention “types” of magic)
Since magic is, by definition, something that is only limited by the rules of the game (and, well, if the game is, say Marvel Universe, these limits are going to be pretty far fetched 😉 ), I like to let every GM be the ruler of his own setting on this point, for obvious reasons. 😛June 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm #23132kalnarenParticipant
Naturally. In my game I don’t even get into that -it’s abstracted out at far too high a level.
In my fiction (which was developed for stories, not games) I’ve created a magic framework to operate from that keeps magic use following consistent behavior, and more importantly, keeps behavior of characters using it consistent. Also prevents using it as a cheap plot device (usually a deus ex machina, akin to amazing pieces of technology seen only once in a Star Trek episode that never again makes an appearance).
As long as the reader feels the magic makes sense in the world you’ve created and the context it’s used in it doesn’t really matter what it is.
As an aside, interestingly enough, I’ve had a desire to run a Pathfinder or D&D E6 campaign because the magic in those settings gets so ridiculously over the top even by level 9. Once you hit 6th and 7th level spells it doesn’t even make sense in the world anymore (or really, even past 3rd). But that’s another conversation all together 🙂June 7, 2016 at 8:38 pm #23133
For the record, I don’t support games (that is games or publishers) who loose plot consistency just because they are games, so what you do for your stories, I most probably do for my games. 🙂
Indeed, this is another story altogether.June 7, 2016 at 8:50 pm #23134
den2k, fasoldgames and I had that argument not so long ago about what constitutes an RPG.
You should be able to find that in the forum’s archive and that should be everyone’s point of view in a nutshell 😉 (the three of us anyway, no need to do that again 😛 )October 11, 2017 at 11:58 pm #24440
Hello guys, it’s been a while I’ve been silent. Many things happened, mostly I changed PC a year ago and played everything I could not play on my old mule, I lost momentum for the creation of my campaign (also thanks to a player who keeps postponing sessions so we can’t play, we’re only three players and she’s my significant other so…) so no new characters in the last years and a half. Last but not least three weeks ago I finally got married <3
In a twist of fate I found a willing group of connationals who wanted to play D&D 5th edition, all people I "know" on Internet from a while and whith whom I have good relations, and the master is a huge nerd and a master of several role-fu systems so... here's my latest character for you!
(sorry but I can’t seem to upload anything here).
He’s Rael Stormwind, an half-elf warlock, whose patron is Pandorym, a powerful fiend of destruction.
His elven father was called back to his enclave, where his human mother wasn’t allowed. They lived not too poorly but sometimes had hard times meeting ends, until a local mage, Erasmus, saw magic potential in him and offered to teach and host him at the price of mundane services.
Rael always held dreams of adventures and admiration from the population, but his studies protracted for a lot of time without appreciable results, until… a fateful night Rael bumped into a book owned by his master, opened to a page which described a strange ritual. Using his not-excellent-at-all abilities in readong Draconic he understood that it was a ritual which gave a whole lot of arcane power.
Without his master knowledge and hoping to impress him, Rael prepared the ritual… and quickly found himelf stuck into a Pact with this horrible entity. Erasmus of course became aware of it and cast Rael away, with only his clothes and a handful of coins to survive.
Ashamed and disgraced he did not return home. His thoughts and emotions were twisted and warped by Pandorym, who quickly brought the young Rael into a downward spiral of crime, violence, cruelty and empty hedonism. Until…
A girl, a child actually, bumped his leg while running and playing. He saw her. The demon showed his thoughts. It was too much. In that moment the slumbering conscience of Rael woke up in all his might and fought a tremendous mind and soul battle against his Patron. A Pact is not something easily overlooked or canceled, if he did turn back his soul would be claimed by Pandorym right away, making him a selfess pawn.
Rael understood that all that Pandorym needed to have the Pact satisfied was destruction: illness, death, turning law to chaos and chaos to tiranny, good to bad and bad to worst and… self-destruction worked perfectly fine.
His mind now clear, his lost ideals now shining in the dark of his own deeds, he shields other people from his demon by living a risky adventurous life, taking hazardous choices, smoking and drinking way too much and giving himself to the kind of carnal pleasures that empty the soul instead of healing it. All this to keep his powers and sanity, to be used for good.October 12, 2017 at 1:00 am #24441
Congratulations on your Wedding, Den ! 🙂October 12, 2017 at 10:39 am #24442FasoldgamesParticipant
Nice picture and backstory again, but we’ve kind of come to expect that of you! 🙂
And congratulations also on your wedding!!October 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm #24443
Thank you guys :blush:October 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm #24448
Just the updated version (I made the first in a rush so it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be) here
And the substitute which would take his place should his fight for freedom end prematurely.
She currently has no name… she’s an half orc fighter, born out of affection between a female orc prisoner and a human soldier. They grew up the child together until a group of racist humans killed her father and forced the mother to flee with her.
Her mother couldn’t grew her in a Orc settlement as their racism and hatred is even worst that that of humans, so they lived a lonely and traveling life until she came of age – when she was encouraget to find her own way in a world that rejected both of them. As of now her mother is doing well living as a hermit.
I will expand a bit in the future – I needed the female barbarian pack to explore new aspect choices and I didn’t have the time to creatre a proper background or her character sheet.October 15, 2017 at 10:47 am #24449FasoldgamesParticipant
Nice, makes me want to try my hand at a bit of Epic Character Generator myself again 🙂
Bit jealous of your D&D group though, I wish I had one near me 🙁October 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm #24450gregParticipant
(sorry but I can’t seem to upload anything here).
Sorry, I missed this line.
You have to click on the Attachments button on the lower left of the input field, that makes the “Add Files…” part visible.October 16, 2017 at 11:05 pm #24451
Actually I had a couple of problems both with the attachment system (which I remember) and with the Gallery.
In the attachment system I could manage to attach the file but not to refer it inside the post, as I was used to do – the related button does nothing. Plus if I try to see the preview and then the editing again, an error message appears next to the image warning of the failed upload.
In the gallery I have a ungodly amount of time to wait after pressing the upoload button, only to get a standard HTTP error message as a result (something about the size of packets, I can’t remember well). I am sure that the file size is under the limits.
I was about to post in the relevant section, but I postponed it to a second time… when I could log exactly the passages that cause me the errors.
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