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  1. rsanford

    New Magic World Review

    Its well done and can be found on the big purple at https://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/17/17905.phtml. Let's discuss! For one I would like to see a new Magic World book (Yeah I know I am out of luck) that provides a more fleshed out nautical setting, and gets rid of the various typos and layout errors. What about you?
  2. Hello, everyone! Bit of a newbie question regarding MW: I have recently had the occasion to have a look at the book (since I had bought Advanced Sorcery and saw that it references MW), and noticed that there are more sorcery spells in MW than in the core BRP book. Seeing as how I'm planning to host a fantasy campaign with sorcery as the only form of magic, and noticing the differences, this has led me to wonder if there are any other fundamental differences between MW and the BGB. Having the BGB, should I also invest in MW? What would I be getting? If I have the core rules, could I just pick the ones used in MW and run my game like that? Beside the extra spells, is there any more content that might be of interest? Basically, any information regarding the comparison between these two books would be of use, rules- and content-wise, since I plan on doing the setting myself. Thanks for your time and patience with someone who's a bit lost!
  3. peterb

    magic_theory.pdf

    Version 1.0.0

    8 downloads

    This is a short text I wrote a long time ago in order to provide an "in world" explanation of how sorcerers believed magic worked. The knowledgeable reader will recognize most of the ideas in the text, because they are not new. It did fit into the project I had at the time, which I now, after many years have picked up again: to create a magic system for d100 systems that would make it easy to port d20 OGL spells into the d100 eco-system. Hopefully this text will find some use. /Peter Brink
  4. Auto-magical, form-fillable adventurer sheet for Magic World. The sheet has been tested pretty extensively by myself, and others have reported success with it. The latest version 2.0.0, is for all intents and purposes "final." The PDFs were created in Foxit PhantomPDF, and use a fair number of javascript functions to calculate all kinds of stuff throughout the sheet, to save you the headache of having to do all of the tedious data entry. Update 12/22/18 Created a version of the sheet that has no calculated fields. All of the form fields are still there, but you'll have to enter everything manually. Hopefully useful for those people that like to house-rule the hell out of their game (you can still import an image file into the portrait box if you want). Update 6/19/18 Lots of changes under the hood and some cosmetic flourishes. This is about as "final" as it gets (unless somebody reports a show-stopping bug). Changes: More easily track weapon skills in the weapons section (no need to use Miscellaneous entries) Type in a weapon type in the skill name field (swords, bows, spears, etc. and it should automatically apply the correct characteristic bonus (uses regular expressions with wildcards, so maybe it doesn't catch every permutation, but it captures a lot). Biggest change: base skills change based on species selected from the drop-down menu based on the default values in the bestiary. Fancy version with a decorative border (royalty-free, open-source art) and a plain, no-art sheet that's a little smaller (about 2mb vs. 1mb respectively). UPDATE 5/12/18: Hi guys, I figured out a way to somewhat elegantly combine the two sheets I was maintaining into one. You can choose standard Hit Points or Heroic with a toggle button now. Additionally, I added some check boxes to make it easier to adjust armor penalties on the fly (without having to zero out values or do the math in your head). and you can check a box if you become a champion of Light, Balance or Shadow and it will adjust Hit Points or Magic Points respectively and no longer references the Allegiance points in calculations. Also some other quality of life improvements, like an extra entry in the species drop-down menu for "human+" that will change the dice roller to 2D6+6 for all characteristics (Elric! style). Lastly I cleaned up some of the code so it should calculate fields faster and the file footprint was reduced by about 15%. Features: Characteristic Generator button (invisible when you print) for 9 species: Human, Elf, Dwarf, Halfling, Beast-man, Orc, Ogre, and Troll (Human+ uses boosted dice: 2D6+6 for every characteristic) Automatic calculation of derived characteristics like HPs, Major Wound, Characteristic rolls, Characteristic bonuses, Magic Points, MP regeneration rate, and damage bonus. Fields for tracking temporary changes to Characteristics, extra Hit Points, extra Magic Points. Distributed skills summed up to easily reference how competent your character is and for free form character generation. Extra fields for custom skills Skill penalties for armor automatically apply to Agility Roll, as well as Physical, Manipulation and Perception skills (toggle buttons to turn apply the penalties or remove them) Total Hit Points recalculated for characters who have become Champions of Balance (CON + SIZ + POW) Automatically recalculates MP for Champions of Shadow (get POW x2 MP) Grimoire section with fields to help you track spell levels in memory and Free INT. lots of hover-over tool-tips The sheet is in the style of the official adventurer sheet at the back of the book. It's unprotected, so if you have PDF editing software like Acrobat or Foxit Phantom, you can edit these however you see fit. The most up to date sheet below.
  5. Version 3.0.0

    52 downloads

    A custom form-fillable NPC/Monster sheet for Magic World. The sheet uses javascript to auto-calculate several fields dynamically and also includes other features listed below Main Features: (as of July 7th, 2018) Simplified skill list, with several custom fields Sums total skill points Helps judge how powerful an NPC/Creature is at a glance. Automatically Calculatates Things like: Hit Points, Major Would level, and characteristic rolls, most fields are editable. Characteristic generator Select a species from the drop down menu and generate characteristics, notes, weapons, damage, etc. Every creature from the bestiary, plus the Abomination and Jack-in-the-Green from Advanced Sorcery. Chaotic Features One-click random chaotic features pulled from the table in the book. All buttons are invisible during printing. Loot Generator Enter a treasure rank, click a button and your NPC/Creature has some walking money or a hoard. If you notice any bugs or have any suggestions on how to improve the sheet post a comment and I'll take it under advisement.
  6. Version 2.3.1

    136 downloads

    A custom form-fillable adventurer sheet for Magic World. The sheet uses JavaScript to auto-calculate many fields dynamically, includes a built-in dice-roller (species-sensitive), changes base skill values based on species (the eight mentioned in the rules), automatically applies the correct category modifier for weapons skills, contains numerous tool-tips, lets you import a character sketch in JPEG, BMP or PNG format, and more! Feedback welcome.
  7. Version 1.0.2

    340 downloads

    A collated list of the Magic World and Advanced Sorcery spells. Arranged alphabetically by category (Sorcery, Necromancy, Rune Magic, etc. MP cost Effects Range Source and page number. There is a field for "Type" that you are free to use or ignore which is for a house-rule I use for keeping track of Black Magic, and affects to Allegiance through spell-casting. The .docx file can be used to add/delete whatever want .
  8. View File Magic World NPC/Creature generator A custom form-fillable NPC/Monster sheet for Magic World. The sheet uses javascript to auto-calculate several fields dynamically and also includes other features listed below Main Features: (as of July 7th, 2018) Simplified skill list, with several custom fields Sums total skill points Helps judge how powerful an NPC/Creature is at a glance. Automatically Calculations Things like: Hit Points, Major Would level, and characteristic rolls, most fields are editable. Characteristic generator Select a species from the drop down menu and generate characteristics, notes, weapons, damage, etc. Every creature from the bestiary, plus the Abomination and Jack-in-the-Green from Advanced Sorcery. Chaotic Features One-click random chaotic features pulled from the table in the book. All buttons are invisible during printing. Loot Generator Enter a treasure rank, click a button and your NPC/Creature has some walking money or a hoard. If you notice any bugs or have any suggestions on how to improve the sheet post a comment and I'll take it under advisement. Submitter Nick J. Submitted 04/27/2018 Category Magic World  
  9. Version 1.2.0

    95 downloads

    A custom Magic World adventurer sheet inspired heavily by the official Chaosium adventurer sheet found in the back of the Magic World rule book. (There is a form-fillable version of this sheet available as well). Feedback welcome.
  10. funny_magical_sound

    Please explain how summoning/binding demons work

    Hi all I'm a total MW newbie and I'm having a hard time understanding how the whole summoning / binding process works. I have both the corebook and Advanced Sorcery and the info is scattered all over the place, sometimes it's repeated although slightly changed and it get's really confusing. Could someone please make step by step analysis including the Magic Points/ POW costs? Pretty please?????
  11. thefub

    Allegiance points.

    A weak spot in my adventures is the distribution of allegiance points and allegiance checks. I always seem to forget or have a hard time figuring out what works best. One of the ideas I have to help is, after a session, I could go around the table and use a democratic way of giving points and checks by asking the players how they saw the member of the party acting and what points and checks they should get. i am also going to try to write situations in the adventure to help remind me. How do you handle allegiance points and checks? Any ideas that could help?
  12. Chaosium announces end of Magic World product line Chaosium has no plans to do anything further with the "Magic World" product line, it was announced today. Magic World, published in 2012, was a reworking of earlier Chaosium RPG rules based on the Basic Roleplaying engine including Elric!, The Bronze Grimoire, RuneQuest Third Edition, and Sailing on the Seas of Fate. Statement by Jeff Richard, Chaosium Creative Director: "Chaosium is a small company with two main product lines: Call of Cthulhu and the Glorantha setting (HeroQuest, RuneQuest, 13G, etc). Anything else needs to be carefully chosen - it either needs to be something we think can financially support itself or be something we internally have a great artistic desire to produce. Unfortunately, Magic World does not fit into either category. We are far more interested in projects that push the artistic and creative envelopes than generic fantasy projects. That being said, we know that Magic World has a small but devoted following, and we have no issue with Magic World continuing on as licensed/fan-produced product. And we will continue to sell existing Magic World releases at chaosium.com and DriveThruRPG. We have written to authors working on speculative Magic World projects advising them of this decision."
  13. thefub

    Starting Character Example

    I was wondering if some one could post a starting character using the standard character sheet. There is not an example in the manual and I would like to see how it looks, especially the weapon and shield section. I am used to Elric!/Stormbringer's skill distribution and I feel like I may be missing something.
  14. Anyone else using freeform magic in your Magic World game? If so what rules are you using? What GM challenges have cropped up? As for me we use our own house rules The Second Way which is a take off of deep magic. My biggest challenge so far are the player's creative use of magic to solve problems in general and the availability of gate spells in particular.
  15. Sunwolfe

    Spell levels and INT

    Greetings MW-Users, My queries concern spell levels and memory. A 16 INT spell-caster wants to add Sorcerer's Talons (1-4) @ level-three to her repertoire, taking up three slots in her memory "...book shelf...". She now has 13 levels/slots left (16-3=13). All well and good, but then with narrowed eyes she asks, "I'll also be able to cast this spell at level one and two. I mean, I know it at level one and two...right?" Blink Can she...or to know all three levels of the spell, does she have to dedicate a slot for ST (1), two slots for ST (2), AND three for ST (3)...meaning she'd have had to dedicate SIX INT slots rather than three? Cheers, mates, and thanks for the replies.
  16. So while working on various modules for various projects, I have been developing my notes on a module for The City That Thieves. It is nowhere near done but though I would tease it a bit. The Dueling Houses System: Magic World by Chaosium Setting: The City That Thieves Blurb: Fighting between nobles is nothing new in The City. The latest flare up between the dueling houses of Fire Mares and Lost Knight threatens to get out of hand, however and a number of innocents have been wounded already. Looking to stay out of the whole affair has not worked, since The City has dogged your every step. Now you and some companions find yourselves in front of an old priest, praying in a dark alley. He speaks of a lost rose and a dead friend. Feverishly he employs the 'gods' to set things right and spare The City this madness. As quickly as he appeared the fog steals him away and leaves you with a mission, whether you wanted it or not. For 3 to 6 Players
  17. Sunwolfe

    Entangle

    Greetings all MW loyalists and Chroniclers, The Entangle spot-rule (86-7). I find the phrase, "A successful entangle prevents movement or attacks by the target, for the rest of this round and all the next round" (86), problematic. I cannot imagine an entangled target passively awaiting his or her or its fate during their turn to act in the round. I would imagine they'd resist at every opportunity or attack with whatever means remains at their disposal. I've done my homework, researching BRP BGB, RQ3, SB/E! versions of the rule. I am leaning hard toward Durall's "...there are few entangling attacks that do not allow for some method of attack, whether a kick or a head butt"(196). Before I adapt or qualify the rule and drift away from MW RAW, however, I thought I'd query what remains of the once mighty MW cadre (sigh) and ask how you handle this spot rule? For the sake of full disclosure, the spot rule in question is for a PC who is using a kusarigama with a 3m chain. Cheers!
  18. Hi folks. I have a player who wants to use potions, powders, gels..as their primary method of delivering magic. Basically anything you can whip up as a herbalist/sorcerer. Easy enough to transfer spell effects to a glass vial flung at someone but the issue I'm grappling with is how much they should be allowed to carry? My thought at the moment is they'd expend ingredients, magic points for spell effect strength and then perform a potions roll to brew the potion. The more powerful the spell effect desired the more magic point expensive and time consuming the brewing process. Is it then fair to allow someone to carry seven days worth of magic point expenditure as potions into battle with them? I'm thinking "Maybe run the MP spend for the player backwards incrementing from 0 upwards to character maximum with every potion used so the more magic potions used the more they can brew and carry later." I want to reward the player for the time the character spends in preparation but on the other hand I don't want them dragging a drinks cabinet of potions across the countryside. Any thoughts?
  19. So in those moments I am not working on Skaerune', I am working on a little setting for Magic World. I really like the game for the reason that I feel it is easy to get people into and writing the setting has been pretty intuitive so far. The City That Thieves This city is a taker. Over the years it has taken in more and more people then used them as bricks to build its walls and towers. If you try to leave, the city finds a way to bring you back and humble you until you have learned your lesson. Outside of its walls the world is on fire. Dragons and the mysterious Ice Lord have destroyed all the kingdoms of the north, man and elf alike. To the south, the madness of the Desert of Sarkh has destroyed the Third Empire. Each day the conflagration consumes another village or town and what is left of the Empire cannot stop them. Thousands flee east across the Endless Sea to Orealis, but even they are best by terrors and civil war. Only Hunburg, the northern sentinel, remains calm and every day refugees flock here. Everyone knows our time is coming to an end but the people of Hunburg don't seem to think it will happen to them. We think our walls are too thick and our will to strong. And the city itself... just keeps on taking. Welcome to the Fated World Change is coming to the world. Devils roam the forests and the gods seem to have forsaken the world. In Hunburg, the most powerful city left on the continent of Orhadam, the power brokers continue to play their games and the city continues to grow more mysterious. The Condotierre, the mercenaries and adventurers of the great masses grow rich fighting duels and rooting out the evils from the shadows of the city. A few are even brave enough to leave the comfort of the city to test themselves in a world full of enemies. But always, always they come back to Hunburg,, The City That Thieves, for she is a taker and her jealousy knows no bounds.
  20. View File Magic World & Advanced Sorcery Spell Index I simply collected all of the Magic World and Advanced Sorcery spells and put them in tables. Arranged alphabetically, show MP cost, effects, range, source and page number. There is a field for "Type" that you are free to use or ignore which is for a house-rule I use for keeping track of Black Magic, and affects to Allegiance through spell-casting. The .docx file can be used to add/delete whatever want and save out as PDF. Submitter Nick J. Submitted 10/19/2016 Category Magic World  
  21. There's a thread on RPG.NET where they are discussing Magic World. It can be found here https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?787461-A-thread-for-Chaosium-s-Magic-World You guys might want to drop in and share your thoughts! Best, Ronnie
  22. rsanford

    The Second Way Draft

    Version 2.0

    459 downloads

    The Second Way (TSW) is a set of homebrew freeform magic rules for Chaosium’s Magic World setting. The goal of TSW is to provide a definitive yet flexible way for crafting and scaling spells. Inspired by Chaosium’s Deep Magic and Atlas Game’s Ars Magica, TSW changes Deep Magic’s spheres and glyphs and adds rules for specifying spell range, area of effect and duration as well as for affecting mass, affecting character condition and casting spells against multiple targets. For maximum benefit readers will want to purchase Chaosium’s excellent Advanced Sorcery book.
  23. Hi all, I have uploaded rules that tweak Deep Magic's spheres and glyphs and adds rules for specifying spell range, area of effect and duration as well as for affecting mass, affecting character condition and casting spells against multiple targets. For maximum benefit readers will want to purchase Chaosium's excellent Advanced Sorcery book. You can download the file at Please message me if you find typos or unclear rules. Best regards, Ronnie Sanford
  24. tegeus

    Magic World Firearms

    I am setting Magic World Adventures in an old rundown world with varying levels of technology. There is magic but there are also black powder firearms. I borrowed the black powder weapons from RQ6 Firearms. I included the rules for Reload, Sneak Peak (AGLx5 or exposed), Steady weapon (+20% to hit), Take Cover, Damage weapon and Dual Firearms (-20% to hit for both to attack same rank). Also I have firearms bypass armour of the available to this setting types and make parry and dodge useless. Any thoughts. Has anyone else created rules for firearms in MW.
  25. colinabrett

    Converting from other sources

    Hi, This probably seems like a pointless question, given the work I've done on the 40K and LotR conversions, but I'm wondering what are the forum rules on converting from other sources? I have a small Magic World campaign, most of which is converted to BRP from an AD&D game I ran at college. However, the first adventure was originally published in Dungeon magazine and I don't want to get myself or BRP Central into trouble for plagiarism or copyright infringement. Would it be OK to upload the converted Dungeon adventure to this site? Names have been changed to protect the innocent but the overall plot and some of the quotes remain the same. Or would it be best to summarise this first adventure as "the PCs need to retrieve a potion from a mad wizard on behalf of a noble with enemies, while a bunch of thugs try to stop them". Any ideas or suggestions would be gratefully received. Thanks, Colin
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