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Catastrophic Magic


Flexible, but dangerous magic!

Catastrophic Magic details a more flexible magic system where there's no more need to keep track of the number of castings per spell. Instead, it introduces a casting challenge roll.

  • Fail the casting challenge roll and face catastrophic consequences.
  • Existing rules are modified to fit with this new system.
  • Featuring new talents for the magician, both for those who focus on Catastrophic magic and some new ones for existing traditions.
  • New spells to force catastrophe on other casters or to protect yourself from it.
  • Trinkets and Relics that might help mitigate the more catastrophic results.
  • Both Arcane Catastrophes and Divine Wraths.

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Requires Shadow of the Demon Lord from Schwalb Entertainment.

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Jason C January 29, 2023 3:05 am UTC
What is the difference between the two pdf's including in this?
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Ra Press G January 31, 2023 2:53 pm UTC
It's just two versions of the same document. DTRPG keeps all versions per product as we revise them.
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Alexandre G November 10, 2020 11:02 pm UTC
Haven't had the chance to test it, but LOVE this option... Quite flavourful, and fits perfectly with SotDL: heck, just rule that the Genies are paying attention to those who use magic and they enforce the "catastrophes"!

The casting roll is a straight roll, affected mainly by just Power vs Spell Rank.

My question is: it doesn't specify in the document... but do boons/banes affect the casting roll? Like, say, due to Afflictions like being Impaired, for example.
Also, if yes, would you allow a Priest to use Prayer to help a caster?

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Ronny A November 11, 2020 3:39 pm UTC
Glad you like it! :D

Regarding boons/banes. The casting roll is described as a Casting challenge roll, so any effects that affect challenge rolls also affect the casting challenge roll. So that's a yes on the Priest's Prayer too :)
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Alexandre G December 01, 2020 1:14 am UTC
((Sorry for delay replying!))

Right... *face palm* Quite right. Thanks RA!
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Nelson R September 24, 2020 8:54 pm UTC
I LOVE this supplement! Very flavorful! I will need to test it out in play to ensure it doesn't break my game, but I think it makes magic more MAGICAL and fits in perfectly with the feel of SotDL.
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Ronny A September 25, 2020 7:15 am UTC
Glad you like it! As for breaking the game, we have playtested it alongside the RAW magic system and have found this to be neither better nor worse than RAW, in terms of balance. But I would love to hear your feedback when you have tested it :)
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