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A learning mechanic for YAOSC

Some readers may remember that I’ve got my own “fantasy heartbreaker” tabletop RPG system perpetually on the back burner, whimsically titled YAOSC (Yet Another Old-School Clone). The basic design elements for most action resolution are: Roll equal to or under your … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – Thaumaturgic Tuesday? – They’re the faces of the stranger, but we love to try them on

Animal Mask “Animal Mask” is a generic term used in Order record-books for innumerable spells in which the caster takes the form of… a wild animal. To prepare for this spell, the caster must first venture into the Dreamlands (in … Continue reading

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Magic Monday – Mother’s Day Version

Birthing Charm A ritual beloved by midwives. When a woman is pregnant, the father creates a small stylized human figure and performs ritual actions over it for ten days. After it is complete, the man ceremonially presents it to the … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: Double illumination

– Two for the price of one this week! Variations on the basic “light spell” theme. The second owes a pretty obvious debt to Gandalf’s staff in Lord of the Rings. Werelight The caster summons a small ball of light … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: Finally, a spell!

Sight from Darkness Three hundred and nine number the words of Ekarmadedgon’s Whisper. Eleven of them, recited slowly, will bend the caster’s eyes: they will catch the light, not of this world, but of its Shadow, and see all things in … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: Introduction to YAOSC

+What is YAOSC? YAOSC is Yet Another Old School Clone. The name is a joke; the important thing to know is that this is an adventure game of wilderness exploration, dungeon bashing, and perhaps a little social climbing in a … Continue reading

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Magic Monday: Undoing, part 2ing

So last week we talked about counterspelling and dispelling rotes (normal “spells” in the D&D magic paradigm). This week we’re talking about the same for rituals and gnosis. Rituals This is magic-as-natural-philosophy. Like a chemical reaction or a Rube Goldberg … Continue reading

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