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I Want My Magic Back! - Rank I Spells

I Want My Magic Back! - Rank I Spells


Welcome to the second in the "I Want My Magic Back!" series by Sigfried Trent. This series aims to encapsulate the old-school eclectic and wondrous feel of pre-4E magic in a 4E class.

One of the more dramatic changes made by 4E was the abandonment of the so called "Vancian" magic system. It was so named in honor of the fantasy author Jack Vance who inspired D&D spell memorization with his Dying Earth series. Instead of memorizing a series of single use spells from a large pool of possibilities, 4E wizards have a relatively fixed set of spells drawn from a far more limited pool. The range of what spells could do also shrank dramatically from near infinite possibility, to a more limited list of damage values and status effects focused mainly on combat with more utility-based effects shifted off into rituals.

The aim in this series is to recapture that old-school magic feeling, but in a way that is mechanically compatible with 4E. Maintaining game balance is important, but we will be stretching the boundaries from time to time in order to give our new spellcaster flexibility in their repertoire and capture some of that wondrous and eclectic magic feeling of yesteryear.

This short book details a wide range of Rank I spells, all suitable for use as a signature spell.  With this article and the first article in the series, you should have enough material to run a Vancian Mage of levels 1-3.


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This title was added to our catalog on May 30, 2011.