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The Elements of Magic (Original)

The Elements of Magic (Original)

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The Elements
of Magic

Written By: Matt Blakeley
Page Count: 52 pages
Illustrated by: Robin Blakeley, Chris Shepard, Matt Blakeley, Aaron Morgan

The Elements of Magic is a rules module designed to replace the "fire and forget" spell system of the d20 Core Rules. The d20 spell system, while balanced and usable, is not flexible enough to model the magic users from most fantasy books and movies. Few wizards have ever memorized or prepared a spell, and even fewer forget them immediately afterwards. In the Elements of Magic, each character has only a single spellcasting level, no matter how many types of magic she learns in her career. The Elements of Magic gives characters many times the options of the standard d20 rules. Individual spells are replaced by spell lists. Instead of learning a fireball spell, for example, a mage could learn the Evoke Area Fire spell list, which is very flexible as to its usage and appearance. Nor is the mage limited to fire evocations ? with 20 elements to choose from, she could learn Evoke Area Ice or Lightning, or an even more exotic spell list, such as Imbue Creature with Lava or Shadow. It would take thousands of standard spells to duplicate the effects of the spell lists in this 100 page book.

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Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
July 24th, 2009
This supplement presents a magic system so different from the normal one that it stands alone, permitting magical practicioners to concoct their own spells from various concepts - the elements, good, evil, and so on. This building-block style has been [...]
January 4th, 2006
Like it, always wanted the Ars Magica magic in D20. One thing missing, is predefined spell effects but your players can make those up as they go along. Just require people to name each spell as it is generated and record them for later re-use.<br> [...]
August 3rd, 2005
vary good, but prefered the rewrite, was over burdend with tables and a little complercated to read and get your head around. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br> [...]
October 23rd, 2004
This was an excellent resource. There were some very original ideas.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br> [...]
June 30th, 2004
Great ideas, piss poor execution. Still, with some work this could be made into a great product. [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on November 25, 2002.