I’ve done subjective comparisons of the Ritual Path Magic system before, but I haven’t ever spoken directly to the book in which it is contained. GURPS: Thaumatology – Ritual Path Magic. Yes, the much anticipated new supplement has been released upon the world, with little fanfare. THE MAGIC IN YOUR MIND U. S This book reveals a mental magic that assures success, consciousness THE_MAG GURPS Thaumatology: Ritual Path.

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Yes, of course, this supplement thaumatologg to include it, as the assumption was only that you have the Thaumatoloyy Set when you pick this one up. I have my own project to get all the abbreviated details I need on one page, but it’s a private thing because sharing it would be, you know, blatant copyright infringement. But the examples used to illustrate the rules were also verbatim copied from the MH materials, and while I’m sure they’re fine, there was a squandered opportunity to expand upon the global set of examples in circulation by using different ones that highlighted the same concepts in slightly different ways, without over-blowing word count.

GURPS Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic

A ritual’s energy cost is determined by the Verb being used; e. It’s intentional that “epic magic” requires similarly “epic” magic to dispel. In this case, you are making the choice for him. This is the chapter that gets into the mechanical nitty gritty of calculating how hard it is to cast a given spell based on the particular parameters in effect.

A very interesting sub-system for finding grimoiresbooks that thaumstology bonuses to casting spells, and for pricing them out is included, and I find it a surprisingly helpful and welcome inclusion.

GURPS Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic

The actual content of the book is great, it just needed a better organization of the mechanically heavy chunks, or a summary appendix. Much more language, with explicit numbers where appropriate, to help define the line between a Lesser Effect and a Greater Thaummatology.

Now, remember that you always have alternatives. The book does have a lot of things I think it does well, and a lot of things I think it could do better, but overall, that’s meaningless in the face of how awesome the system is underneath all of the physical trappings of the writings therein.

Let’s take a closer look then at this supplement and see what I like about it. Preview of the PDF.

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I’d expected a significantly larger Grimoire section. Completely mechanically anachronistic, and I wish there was a system that was based on turning rituals into enchanted items instead.

It is almost as much a maic as it is a guide-by-example, with each spell having a typical mechanical breakdown, allowing players and GMs to follow the pattern to produce similar spells as variations on a theme. The basic concept behind Ritual Path magic is that casters must learn Paths; each Path represents a subject think “Noun” or “Realm”; e.

There is an aside on p. It doesn’t count as “willing” unless the helper has a choice. This supplement empowers you to:. Instead, the fallout of a patj spell depends on the magnitude of its effect. Guess I’ll just have to write them pafh myself, get them vetted by the experts, and post them mqgic Ritual Path magic is a freeform magic system; the caster chooses a combination of Paths and effects, and the GM has the final say over whether this will achieve the effect the caster is looking for.

I think the system is one of the best alternatives to the vanilla magic system, though, right tool for the right problem, right?

GURPS Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic by Steve Jackson Games – PDF Drive

Privacy Policy Contact Us. This chapter is a decent sized catalog of different pre-configured spells using a variety of paths with myriad capabilities.

There are, in fact over 80 spells, which is a very generous offering in my opinion. Other than that, the pull quotes are good, and the art seems consistent. I’d have liked it in an appendix, but it is big enough that finding it isn’t too hard.

Acquaint yourself with the benefits and pitfalls of various methods for making spell-casting easier, including charms, elixirs, grimoires, thaumatologg of power, enchanted items, and more. This is a 56 page PDF, where the first chapter starts on page 4, and the main content ends on page 53 with a 2 page index after, giving us 50 pages of stuff.

That said, the rules are actually solid and easily applied. Where does it fall down for me? That said, running the examples in real life makes it click really quick. Thaumatology – Ritual Path Magic. Magic is a creative force, and those who can harness its full potential can change the universe. Posted by Benjamin Gauronskas at 2: Benjamin Gauronskas September 6, at 5: Sometimes, I take the reference appendices for granted, but this is one time where I feel like it is a critical omission.

Popular Posts December 12, There are then lots of modifiers to customize the spell e. No, for the same reason.