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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Preview – Magic

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Magic is one of the defining aspects of the Old World. Here’s a sneak peek at how we’ve handled it.

Gone are the days of magic points or a discrete magic statistic: we use the same core system for casting spells as we use for all skills. Spellcasters simply make a Language (Magick) Test. If their Success Level equals the Casting Number of the spell, bingo! The spell is cast. Fail, and it isn’t. Fumble, and you’ve Miscast, and something bad is about to happen…

Miscasts can be really nasty. The Winds of Magic are extraordinarily powerful, and spellcasters must perfectly phrase their spells whilst carefully channelling the magic needed to power them in order to escape unharmed. The slightest error, and the magic will spiral out of control, sometimes to devastating effect. If lucky, the repercussions will be minor — soured milk, or your nose begins to bleed; if unlucky, the spellcaster, and any close by, may be torn apart by the wild, uncontrolled magic.Image 1

To cast more powerful spells (those with higher Casting Numbers) a wizard may use the Channelling skill to draw in the Winds of Magic. While this offers the spellcaster more power, it comes with an attendant risk, making miscasts even more likely.

 (Also making miscasts more likely is the pervasive influence of the Ruinous Powers, but good folk of the Empire never involve themselves with such horrors, so we should probably move on quickly…)

If spellcasters Overcast, which means achieving more Success Levels than needed, they may choose additional effects, such as additional range or duration. In practice, this means more experienced spellcasters can achieve more powerful outcomes.

Most wizards begin by manifesting tricks in the form of Petty Magic. Taking the Petty Magic Talent gives a wizard access to a handful of Petty Spells, and they may learn more by expending XP.

When spellcasters gain the more potent Arcane Magic Talent, they gain access to one spell from the lore of magic they are studying. More spells may be learned by expending even more XP.

Fortunately, there are many spells available to buy. Magic wielding players are spoiled for choice, with 135 to choose from in the core book alone.

That breaks down as follows:

  • 25 Petty Spells

Low-level cantrips with minor effects, like Magic Light or Protection from Rain.

  • 23 Arcane Spells

These are universal spells, representing the most common applications of Magic in the Old World. These include conjuring magical weapons, or armour, magic missiles or chain attacks, or causing foes to drop weapons.

  • 64 Colour Spells

These spells reflect the key attributes of the 8 Winds of Magic what blow through the Warhammer World. Spells from the Lore of Beasts allow Shamen to influence animals or change their form, while those for the Lore of Shadows are subtler, including illusions, spells of concealment, and the ability to choke foes with tendrils of shadowy magic.

  • 6 Hedgecraft Spells

These spells are used by Hedgefolk, rural witches who practice an ancient, and illegal, brand of magic that allows them to heal and protect, and to engage with the spirit realm.

  • 6 Witchcraft Spells

Practioners of witchcraft are rogue spellcasters, and their Lore spells are particularly nasty, allowing them to blight the landscape, or curse their enemies with bad luck or crippling pain.

  • 11 Dark and Chaos Spells

An initial selection of spells for Daemonology, Necromancy and Chaos Sorcerers are also included, aimed to bolster your NPCs with some unique, characterful spells.

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Spellcasters may learn spells from their own unique lore, and/or the Arcane spells. So a Magister of the Celestial Order may choose spells from the Arcane list and the Lore of Heavens, while a Witch may choose from the Arcane list and the Lore of Witchcraft. That gives players (and GMs) enormous versatility when constructing magic-using characters.

The magic chapter includes rules for ingredients, which can reduce the effects of miscasts (at a cost), as well as dispelling. It also explains how to add flavour to the Arcane spells, reflecting the influence of the wind of magic being channelled. For example, damaging Arcane spells cast by a Wizard with the Arcane Magic (Fire) Talent will set their targets on fire, in addition to other effects.

The rulebook also contains separate rules for clerics who can empower their prayers with divine might. This uses a similar system, and presents 19 minor Blessings, and 60 Miracles, with 6 for each God. Look out for more on those in a future post!

And that’s it for the Magic preview. As always, if you have any comments or questions, head over to our Facebook page, where we will have a member of our design team on hand again.

We’ll be back very soon with another preview and the latest news on the rulebook, which is within touching distance of being finished.

Actually, while you wait, let’s have a glimpse of what’s coming next…

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