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The Spell Writing Guide

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The Spell Writing Guide is an in depth exploration and explanation of an algorithmic way to write spells in any magic system with set spell features. Included is the stylised Spell Writing Guide, the plain text version, and a dictionary contataining some of 5e's Creative Commons spells. The SWG contatins an in depth mathematical exploration of how we created the system and the maths behind some of the graphics we see as well as a more qualitative explanation for those who are not so mathematically inclined. The plain text version is simpler to print and read but contains the same information, The Dictionary contatins SRD spells from 5e in the style I prefer for the system (but far from the only one possible). 

While 5e has been used throughout this is system agnostic and a full understanding will grant you the ability to use this system for any system. This book also contains all the information required to do so including cyclically unique binary numbers (that'll mean something once you've read it).

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Richard D November 04, 2023 11:43 am UTC
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I absolutely love this book and will be using it for any handouts for spell scrolls to my players. But, have you considered also releasing a blank "template"? Like 11 points in a circle, or other designs? Might help some of us who are less visual art inclined to print out to write the spells?
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Samuel M September 04, 2023 10:29 pm UTC
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First off, I love this whole concept. The book and dictionary are well laid out and, as a DM, will provide a ton of utility to incorporate this type of spell writing into the world. Have you thought about trying to list the breakdown into an spreadsheet to let individuals either sort by categories other than alphabetically? Or making an app to quick reference the preset spells or even make their own with inputs into the 'k=1'-'k=5' blocks?
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Franco P July 17, 2023 2:32 am UTC
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It's certainly an interesting concept, but the font is EXTREMELY hard to read. The concepts may be logical to those who have binary under their finger tips, but for those who don't (like myself) it gets extremely confusing in the first few explanations. I've got a background in math, and got honestly lost with diagramations and explanations. I very well love the concept and will give it another read another day, but as first impressions go, I'd love to see a better font, diagramations and a more gentle approach to the practical part before the theory.
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Franco P July 17, 2023 3:35 am UTC
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I take it all back. I did not see the "Clean" version of the book and I jumped to conclusions. This is fantastic.
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Gorilla O July 18, 2023 4:33 pm UTC
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Amazing, I'm glad you found the clean version which I included for exactly this ^_^
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Alan U June 21, 2023 5:11 pm UTC
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I love this concept, thank you! I am curious about ritual spells like Find Familiar without damage type, or Simulacrum. I'm sorry if you already covered this and I missed it.
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หิวจัง ? April 19, 2023 7:54 pm UTC
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Hello I'm DM of D&D 5e in Thailand, so in this moment my country has go very hype in D&D but in the reason of Language wall, I decide to translate some part of the content and share to the community, keep in mind that I just share some intereseting topic and also give credit to author. but I'm here to ask for the permission before I done that stuff about can I translate the content and share some of it to my commu?
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Henry C March 21, 2023 7:09 am UTC
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I was looking at the symbolic dictionary, and I might be heavily misunderstanding some basic concept, but I have a few questions for the "area" section. Namely why aren't they ordered based on their binary value, why are some binary values missing, such as 11001 (25), and why is there a "None" option for "area" but not for anything else. Again, I may be seriously lacking in my understanding of either your work or the d&d spell system as a whole.
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Gorilla O March 21, 2023 10:35 am UTC
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By design the system is rotationally asymmetric (i.e. you can't rotate "fire" and get "water"). The reason for this is just so that it's not technically required to know which point the original writer of the spell chose as their first or the orientation they wrote it in. Numbers such as 11001 are rotationally symmetric with 10011, 00111, 01110, etc. I believe 00111 is the one included but I may be wrong. Good Question though.

As for why "None" is in area, this is a hold over from the data used to build the Theory of Magic where one spell had None explicitly. Typically for the others I use the 000...0000 for "None".
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ID D March 16, 2023 1:07 pm UTC
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Very good book
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Gorilla O March 16, 2023 2:17 pm UTC
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Thank you! If you want you can leave a review but I really appreciate it none the less!
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zhao C March 14, 2023 2:54 pm UTC
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Dear author after i read the Spellwritingguide I think the Figure2.1 the picture k=2and3 has some problem
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Gorilla O March 14, 2023 6:05 pm UTC
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I'll look into it thank you ^_^
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Gorilla O March 14, 2023 6:41 pm UTC
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Having looked into it further I can say that they are right but I think I can see where there might be some confusion. The drawing starts from the bottom most point, the input is [10110], so for k=2: we connect the first point to the bottom left, moving along to the bottom point since there is a 0 in the input we draw a dashed line to the top left, for the bottom left we have a one again so draw a solid line to the top right etc. etc. I think the confusion may come from an unclear starting point so I really appreciate the comment
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zhao C March 16, 2023 12:12 pm UTC
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thank for your review, I thin I know what your mean
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