View Full Version : New approach to Vancian spellcasting

2007-07-04, 05:35 PM
Hear this:

A wizard has to chose a certain number of school from which he can cast spells. He can either choose to focus in a school (with some limit) (becoming a specialist), or spread his knowledge among many schools (being a generalist). The more he knows about a chosen school, the more powerful spell he can cast of that school.

(this whole school-learning has to be improved, but the good part comes)

A wizard both has to prepare the school for his spell slots, but he can spontaneously cast any spell of the school he prepared.

For example, a 1st level mage has 3 spells from the 1st levle to cast today. He chooses to prepare an Enchantment Spell, an Evocation Spell, and a Transmutation spell. He can cast any evocation spells he knows (of 1st level or lower), but that will consume the Evocation spell slot he prepared.


2007-07-04, 06:28 PM
First idea: Vague.
Need more info!

Second idea: Eh.
The Wizard's purpose: Versatility at the cost of flexibility.
This adds flexibility.
In other words, it'll make the sorcerers all pouty.

2007-07-04, 08:01 PM
to do that you must fix the sorceress too.
what about for then to "lear" a new spell by "absorving" what it's writen in some scrolls?

2007-07-05, 01:23 PM
scrap the sorcerer class.

And yhea, you can learn new spells out of spell books and scrolls, off course. But remember this: the more spell a wizard has, the more he is powerful. He adds versatility the more he knows, which, IMHO, should be very wizard-like.

After all, some spells you never prepare, except on scrolls. That way, every small spells could be available.

2007-07-05, 05:28 PM
The main problem is that the second idea can add too much versatility. All one has to do is take the illusion school and use the shadow spells to pretty much instant cast almost everything.

Clerics already have a pretty sharp limitation when it comes to spontaneous casting. Giving wizards an even larger opportunity to spontaneously cast is a bit much.