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4/29/2019 11:36 pm  #1


How to cast a spell

I have read over the spells section a few times and am still not seeing how to cast a basic spell.  I see there are instructions on spell memorization and things like that but it seems to neglect actually stating how a basic spell is cast in the first place.,  Am I missing something? Does a spell go off automatically if you are not struck while casting and if the spell does not stipulate some kind of casting roll like an attack roll or something?

Last edited by Spellbinder (4/30/2019 9:23 am)

 

4/30/2019 4:56 am  #2


Re: How to cast a spell

Yes, spellcasting is automatic as long as nothing impedes (bound or gagged caster) or interrupts (silencing, being struck or distracted, etc.) the casting attempt. In the "Spell Casting" section it states this:

"The sorcery of magicians requires both verbal incantations and complicated hand gestures. Sorcerers who are prevented from speaking or from moving their hands are unable to cast spells. Weapons must be sheathed, shields shouldered, and other handheld items dropped or stowed. The sorcery of clerics is less restrictive; because their sorcery is almost exclusively verbal, they are able to maintain their weapons and/or shields whilst casting. If a spell caster is struck before his spell fires, his spell is disrupted."


"My own concepts in this regard are easy and clear, and I am sure that the word 'simplistic' will be used by my critics. These folk are callow and turgid of intellect; I am reassured by their howls and yelps."
Jack Vance, The Face
 

4/30/2019 5:42 am  #3


Re: How to cast a spell

You also might reference VOL. III, p. 252: COMBAT ACTIONS, magic.

 

4/30/2019 9:22 am  #4


Re: How to cast a spell

Thanks, all.  I was a tad confused because it didn't seem to spell out implicitly that the spell goes off automatically unless the caster is somehow interfered with or the spell has some kind of qualifying roll associated with it.  I wanted to ensure I was understanding it correctly.  I appreciate it.

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4/30/2019 11:53 am  #5


Re: How to cast a spell

Although Ghul and DMPrata have done an "Astonishing" job (see what I did there?) with the rule-set, specifically as related to making them as user friendly as possible, it seems like some understanding of the rules definitely benefit from having a background in OSR games/gaming, or a familiarity with the games/rule-sets that inform the OSR ... such as Spell Casting for example.

 

4/30/2019 1:59 pm  #6


Re: How to cast a spell

Well, I did used to play red box D&D and AD&D but it was many moons ago.  I also own Labyrinth Lord, Castles & Crusades, the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, etc.

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4/30/2019 2:15 pm  #7


Re: How to cast a spell

Yes, unless there is some other section of the rules which explicitly states something to the effect of "Spells are automatically cast unless..." it is an assumption that casting is automatic (a good assumption, though, based on the rule pedigree).


"My own concepts in this regard are easy and clear, and I am sure that the word 'simplistic' will be used by my critics. These folk are callow and turgid of intellect; I am reassured by their howls and yelps."
Jack Vance, The Face
 

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