Some Spell-related Questions

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Jingo

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Some Spell-related Questions
« on: August 31, 2011, 12:52:23 AM »
Some magic/spell related questions. I'm using the print-layout version.

Invisibility
Level 1, Ongoing, Illusion
Choose an ally: nobody can see them. They’re invisible! The spell
persists until you make a move or dismiss the effect.


So, it says choose an ally. Is that supposed to include or exclude the castor? If the castor is included, perhaps this could be written as choose yourself or an ally.

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Another question.

Cast A Spell (Int)
When you release a spell you’ve prepared, roll+Int. On a 10+, the
spell is successfully cast and you do not forget the spell – you may
cast it again later. On a 7-9, the spell is cast, but choose one:
  • You draw unwelcome attention or put yourself in a
spot, the GM will describe it
  •The spell disturbs the fabric of reality as it is cast,
take -1 Ongoing to Cast a Spell until you Prepare
Spells again.
  • After is it cast, the spell is forgotten. You cannot cast
the spell again until you Prepare Spells.


The second bullet item:

The spell disturbs the fabric of reality as it is cast,
take -1 Ongoing to Cast a Spell until you Prepare
Spells again.


Is the GM actually supposed to apply an effect that "disturbs the fabric of reality"? Like, "Sure, you're fireball goes off, but something unexpected happens... it starts raining droplets of flame as well. Soon the trees around you are catching on fire. What do you do?". Or is that phrase just intended for flavor text for this -1.

Personally, I think it'd be fun (ie fantastic) to have a "weird" magic effect happen with that result, and going with the Agenda to make the world fantastic, I should probably do it, but was curious about the author's intent.

Re: Some Spell-related Questions
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 04:07:21 PM »
Invisibility
Level 1, Ongoing, Illusion
Choose an ally: nobody can see them. They’re invisible! The spell
persists until you make a move or dismiss the effect.


So, it says choose an ally. Is that supposed to include or exclude the castor? If the castor is included, perhaps this could be written as choose yourself or an ally.

Further, does it last until *you* make a move, or until the target does?
It says the former, but the latter makes more sense to me.

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sage

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Re: Some Spell-related Questions
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 12:33:04 PM »
Invisibility is castable on yourself and lasts until the caster makes a move (though we changed that in later versions). The new condition is that the spell lasts until the caster dismisses it, but they can't cast any other spells while it's ongoing.

Your instinct to play your agenda is spot on. The fabric of reality is disturbed, show that to the players.