The purpose of GURPS Thaumatology is to offer solutions. Often, RPGs are accused of tying up magic in strict rules, losing its truly fantastical, magical essence. Steve Jackson Games is committed to full support of GURPS players. page for GURPS Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic can be found at. GURPS Thaumatology contains the best 3rd Edition magic variants and adds many all-new options. The full extent of each of these chapters can be seen in the .

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Sorcery — Another self-contained system that models magic as a power and spells as mystical advantages the sorcerer can draw upon instinctively, easily, and repeatedly! Alchemical Baroque — A world that mixes musketry with magic, and sets it all against an almost-familiar historical backdrop if you ignore the fairies and talking cats. Batjutsu rated it it was amazing Jun 08, There’s discussion of changing around the spell lists including one thorough worked exampleand prerequisites, and even a look at what types of shapeshifting fit with different background cultures.

Those who would rather not use styles will still find both Magic Perks and the advice grps magicians on choosing skills and spells valuable in any GURPS fantasy campaign.

GURPS Thaumatology

This allows for inventiveness from the player, and the use of Symbol Drawing skill and skill in each symbol used which means a character can easily be better at certain types of effects.


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Secret Magic — Discover two new magical styles, both devoted in different ways to building and maintaining secrecy. Jeff rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Joshua Smith rated it it was amazing Mar 27, Other books in the series.

Then comes Threshold-Limited Magic from an early issue of Pyramidwhich replaces the fatigue cost with a tally that limits casting by putting the mage at personal risk when he does too much.

The chapter after that presents bigger variations on the standard system; these are sections that deal with an overall rework of the system, instead of a thaumagology of little options. Instead, Thaumatology lets a GM write the source book on magic tbaumatology their campaign world.

Thaumatology is not a book you should be referring to in the middle of the game.

GURPS Thaumatology: Magical Styles

Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Magical Styles penned by Sean Punch, a radical revision of spell innovation, new ghoul-themed rituals, and other arcane amazements! An in-depth look at material magic, with new alchemy, herbalism, and enchantment options; rules for free-willed items and magical gadgets; and guidelines for “the stuff of raw magic. In this case, it simplifies the skill system down to colleges, with all the spells in the college attached directly to that.

Books by Phil Masters. Return to Book Page. And, because the book goes so deeply into different metaphysics for different conceptions of magic in gaming and fantasy fiction, you end up with a surprisingly effective treatise on the nature of magic in our world as well or at least magic as perceived by a whole slew of cultures over the ages.


GURPS Thaumatology by Phil Masters

There’s some good discussion of how some traditional magical powers are represented in advantages, and there’s a couple pages of recapitulation thakmatology the basics from Powers which is good for not requiring that book for this, but is the type of repetition that 4th Ed has tried to avoid.

This is not a gaming source book. Advice on extending all of these things to clerics and other non-wizardly spellcasters.

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Practical tools for restructuring colleges and prerequisites. Burps one is a look at magic systems and how to best use them in your game.

Jeff rated it really liked it Dec 29, After that comes a section on Ritual Magic, which is an expansion of a system suggested in Basic Set. The first is the use of symbols, or runes, which give a set of concepts to work with, which are then combined into a spell. Trentin rated it it was amazing Jan 24, Some more serious alternatives are looked at with the idea of age granting power to items after all, all the most powerful items in fiction are immeasurably old Thaumatology II — A new arcane school for Thaumatology: Victor Sanchez rated it liked it Jul 08,