I have to credit Alex (of Cirsova) for helping me identify a problem I didn’t know I had. I have been operating without knowing or understanding the Rules of Magic.
I don’t really mean B/X magic, I mean my magic.
I’ve been playing Skyrim lately, and that’s probably helped too.
My rules are an amalgam of rules from several generations of D&D:
– Any character (of any class or level) can cast a spell from a scroll. The character must read the scroll to use it. The process consumes the scroll.
– A scroll can be copied into a spellbook by taking 8, 16, or 24 hours to do so (based on the spell’s tier). The process consumes the scroll.
– A magic-user can choose one spell to add to his spellbook per level. The new spell must be of his level or lower. The process takes 8, 16, or 24 hours (based on the spell’s tier). The same process is used for creating new spells.
– To cast a spell from a spellbook: the spellbook must be present, and the magic-user must have mastered the spell.
– A magic-user can master spells of his level or lower, but may copy scrolls of any level into his spellbook. (If the scroll is of a higher level, the character will have to wait to master the spell until after they’ve advanced.)
– Mastering a spell requires 8, 16, or 24 hours (based on the spell’s tier). The process can also take place at any time the magic-user adds the spell to a spellbook, whether copying it from a scroll or another spellbook.
– A magic-user can make a copy of some or all of his spellbook in half the time it normally takes to create spells. The spellbook must be present to copy spells.
– A magic-user can create a scroll in a similar process to copying a spellbook. The spellbook must be present to create the scroll, and the magic-user must have mastered the spell. The magic-user must pay any costs associated with casting the spell at the time he creates the scroll.
– Special Note. Magic-users can not read, copy, master, or in any way utilize the spellbooks of other magic-users without intervention. The Read Magic spell is the most common method of sharing spellbooks.
I think that might be it, but don’t quote me on that.
I’ve had big, long lists of spells waiting for me to sit down and write them up for some time now. Maybe I’ll even get around to it some day.