magic

25 – Magic: An Overview

Fantasy science or deus ex machina? What is magic? Is it a set of physical laws that govern elements of your setting? Is it the unknowable will of the gods? Can it be learned, mastered even? Is it opaque and mysterious? Magic is ever present in fantasy (some would argue it’s the essence of the…

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Magic Systems – Magic. Must. Be. Hard.

This blog partly references a recent episode of the WorldCraft Club Podcast, check it out here. First, a point of clarity: I’m not saying ‘hard’ as in the worldbuilding term characterized by solid delineated rules for a given system but rather hard as in ‘difficult’, soft magic systems can be incredible. Prior to the podcast…

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Magic Systems – Magic. Must. Be. Hard.