AD&D Shadow Magic – Part 2

Here is the second half of the Shadow School write up…. For the first half click here. Bleak Doom Level: 4 Range: 0 Duration: Special AE: Special Components: V ST: None CT: 2 This spell protects the next spell that the wizard casts. The mage must begin casting the spell to be affected in the […]

AD&D Shadow Magic – Part 1

As promised, here are the 2nd edition spells I wrote up for the school of shadow magic. Feel free to use them in your own campaigns if you want. D&D spells are pretty easy to convert between editions, so have at it. I’ll post the second half of the spell list later on. Burning Shadows […]

Sabbatic Spirit Flight (Magic-User Spell)

Sabbatic Spirit Flight Level: 1st Duration: Up to 12 hours (See Below) Range: Touch Area of Effect: One broom (though a distaff, pitchfork, pig, or goat can be used in a pinch). Effect: The magic-user prepares an ointment containing hensbane, belladonna, poppy, monkshood, hemlock, and mandrake. They anoint their broom and themselves with the noxious […]

Alternatives to Vancian Spellcasting

D&D is the archetypical RPG system. I love it (except for 4th edition which I’ve sworn never to DM again) but Vancian Spellcasting is a bit old hat at this point. Also it’s a highly specific and slightly weird concept. Wizards imprint spells on their brains and forget them after they’re cast. I can see […]