Angle's RPM Guidelines For Dungeon Fantasy
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In this variant, Mages use Ritual Path Magic for their casting needs. Ritual adept is lowered to costing 30 points, as it no longer contains the connection component - Spells ALWAYS require a connection to work, there is no -5 option. Vision is still an acceptable connection, however.

Wizards prepare their spells before hand, while sorcerors cast their spells spontaneously. Wizards can use either spells they've memorized, or spells they have in a spell book, while Sorcerors can only use spells they have memorized. Either sort of caster may choose to specialize in a specific tradition of magic, if they do they may take "Limited: Standard Tradition, -20%". on their magery. See Pyramid 3-66: The Laws of Magic for more options.

Wizard

Wizards prepare their spells before hand. They get their magery with the modifier "Ritual Mastery or Grimoire Only, -40%". At your discretion, you may allow them to purchase Ritual Adept in whole or in part.

Attributes:
ST 10 [0]; DX 12 [40]; IQ 15 [100]; HT 11 [10].
Secondary Characteristics:
Damage 1d-2/1d; BL 20 lbs.; HP 10 [0]; Will 15 [0]; Per 12 [-15]; FP 11 [0]; Basic Speed 6.00 [5]; Basic Move 6 [0].
Advantages:
Magery 5 (Ritual Mastery or Grimoire Only, -40% (Levels Only)) [35]. • 30 points chosen from among DX +1 [20], IQ +1 [20], Will +1 to +5 [5/level], ER (Mana Reserve) +1 to +10 [3/level], Eidetic Memory [5] or Photographic Memory [10], Gizmos 1-3 [5/level], Intuition [15], Language Talent [10], Languages (any) [2-6/language], Luck [15] or Extraordinary Luck [30], Magery 6, 7, or 8 [6, 12, or 18], Mind Shield [4/level], Ritual Mastery [1/ritual], Signature Gear [Varies], Spirit Empathy [10], Wild Talent 1 (Retention, +25%; Focused, Magical, -20%) [21], or Spellslinger [25].
Disadvantages:
-15 points chosen from among Curious [-5*], Frightens Animals [-10], Obsession (Become the world’s most powerful wizard, a lich, etc.) [-10*], <Whatever>mania [-5*], Skinny [-5], Social Stigma (Excommunicated)† [-10], Unfit [-5] or Very Unfit [-15], Unnatural Features 1-5 [-1/level], or Weirdness Magnet [-15]. • Another -20 points chosen from among the previous traits or Absent-Mindedness [-15], Bad Temper [-10*], Clueless [-10], Combat Paralysis [-15], Cowardice [-10*], Hard of Hearing [-10], Klutz [-5] or Total Klutz [-15], Loner [-5*], Low Pain Threshold [-10], Nervous Stomach [-1], Oblivious [-5], Overconfidence [-5*], Post-Combat Shakes [-5*], Sense of Duty (Adventuring companions) [-5], or Stubbornness [-5].
Primary Skills:
Hidden Lore (Demons, Magic Items, Magical Writings, or Spirits) and Occultism, both (A) IQ [2]-15; Alchemy (VH) IQ [8]-15; and Thaumatology (VH) IQ [16]-17.
Secondary Skills:
Hazardous Materials (Magical), Research, Speed-Reading, Teaching, and Writing, all (A) IQ-1 [1]-14; and Meditation (H) Will-1 [2]-14. • Either Shield (Buckler) (E) DX+2 [4]-14 and Smallsword (A) DX+1 [4]-13, or Staff (A) DX+2 [8]-14. • One of Innate Attack (any) or Thrown Weapon (Dart) (E) DX+2 [4]-14; Throwing (A) DX+1 [4]-13; or Sling (H) DX [4]-12.
Background Skills:
Nine of Fast-Draw (Potion) (E) DX [1]-12; Climbing or Stealth, both (A) DX-1 [1]-11; Body Sense (H) DX-2 [1]-10; First Aid, Gesture, or Savoir-Faire (High Society), all (E) IQ [1]-15; Cartography or Hidden Lore (any other) (A) IQ-1 [1]-14; Diplomacy, Physiology (monster type), or Strategy, all (H) IQ-2 [1]-13; Hiking (A) HT-1 [1]-10; or Scrounging (E) Per [1]-12.
Magic:
Distribute 24 points between Thaumatology, the nine path skills, and various ritual masteries.

* Multiplied for self-control number; see p. B120.
† Means that helpful clerical spells (such as healing) work at -3 on you. Harmful ones aren’t affected!

Sorcerors

Sorcerors must cast their spells on the spot. They get their Magery, Ritual Adept, and Gathering Mastery with Limited Scope: No conditionals, -20% and Ritual Mastery Only, -60%, and have both Ritual Adept [6] and Gathering Mastery [7] at the beginning of the game.

Attributes:
ST 10 [0]; DX 12 [40]; IQ 15 [100]; HT 11 [10].
Secondary Characteristics:
Damage 1d-2/1d; BL 20 lbs.; HP 10 [0]; Will 15 [0]; Per 12 [-15]; FP 11 [0]; Basic Speed 6.00 [5]; Basic Move 6 [0].
Advantages:
Magery 9 (Ritual Mastery Only, -60% (Levels Only), No Conditionals, -20%) [22], Ritual Adept (Limited Scope: No conditionals, -20% , Ritual Mastery Only, -60%) [6], and Gathering Mastery (Limited Scope: No conditionals, -20%, Ritual Mastery Only, -60%) [7] • 30 points chosen from among DX +1 [20], IQ +1 [20], Will +1 to +5 [5/level], ER (Mana Reserve) +1 to +10 [3/level], Eidetic Memory [5] or Photographic Memory [10], Gizmos 1-3 [5/level], Intuition [15], Language Talent [10], Languages (any) [2-6/language], Luck [15] or Extraordinary Luck [30], Magery (Ritual Mastery Only, -60%, No Conditionals, -20%) +1, +2, or +3 [2, 4, or 6], Magery (No Conditionals, -20%) +1, +2, or +3 [8, 16, or 24] Mind Shield [4/level], Ritual Mastery [1/ritual], Signature Gear [Varies], Spirit Empathy [10], Wild Talent 1 (Retention, +25%; Focused, Magical, -20%) [21], or Spellslinger [25].
Disadvantages:
-15 points chosen from among Curious [-5*], Frightens Animals [-10], Obsession (Become the world’s most powerful wizard, a lich, etc.) [-10*], <Whatever>mania [-5*], Skinny [-5], Social Stigma (Excommunicated)† [-10], Unfit [-5] or Very Unfit [-15], Unnatural Features 1-5 [-1/level], or Weirdness Magnet [-15]. • Another -20 points chosen from among the previous traits or Absent-Mindedness [-15], Bad Temper [-10*], Clueless [-10], Combat Paralysis [-15], Cowardice [-10*], Hard of Hearing [-10], Klutz [-5] or Total Klutz [-15], Loner [-5*], Low Pain Threshold [-10], Nervous Stomach [-1], Oblivious [-5], Overconfidence [-5*], Post-Combat Shakes [-5*], Sense of Duty (Adventuring companions) [-5], or Stubbornness [-5].
Primary Skills:
Hidden Lore (Demons, Magic Items, Magical Writings, or Spirits) and Occultism, both (A) IQ [2]-15; Alchemy (VH) IQ [8]-15; and Thaumatology (VH) IQ [16]-17.
Secondary Skills:
Hazardous Materials (Magical), Research, Speed-Reading, Teaching, and Writing, all (A) IQ-1 [1]-14; and Meditation (H) Will-1 [2]-14. • Either Shield (Buckler) (E) DX+2 [4]-14 and Smallsword (A) DX+1 [4]-13, or Staff (A) DX+2 [8]-14. • One of Innate Attack (any) or Thrown Weapon (Dart) (E) DX+2 [4]-14; Throwing (A) DX+1 [4]-13; or Sling (H) DX [4]-12.
Background Skills:
Nine of Fast-Draw (Potion) (E) DX [1]-12; Climbing or Stealth, both (A) DX-1 [1]-11; Body Sense (H) DX-2 [1]-10; First Aid, Gesture, or Savoir-Faire (High Society), all (E) IQ [1]-15; Cartography or Hidden Lore (any other) (A) IQ-1 [1]-14; Diplomacy, Physiology (monster type), or Strategy, all (H) IQ-2 [1]-13; Hiking (A) HT-1 [1]-10; or Scrounging (E) Per [1]-12.
Magic:
Distribute 24 points between Thaumatology, the nine path skills, and various ritual masteries.

* Multiplied for self-control number; see p. B120.
† Means that helpful clerical spells (such as healing) work at -3 on you. Harmful ones aren’t affected!

Grimoires

Grimoires contain detailed information on spells. They can allow wizards who don't know the spell to cast it, and give bonuses to any spell cast while reading them. For the most part, use the rules contained within Thaumatology:RPM, page 30. There are a few differences, however. For example, +0 and +1 grimoires exist, and most grimoires are compilations, with spells at +0 or +1, and maybe the occasional spell at +2.

Bonus Weight Cost
+0 1 lb. $35
+1 1.5 lbs. $70
+2 2 lbs. $140
+3 2.5 lbs. $350
+4 3 lbs. $700
+5 3.5 lbs. $1,400
+6 4 lbs. $3,500
+7 5 lbs. $7,000
+8 6 lbs. $14,000
+9 8 lbs. $35,000
+10 10 lbs. $70,000

Ritual Mastery

This perk gets you +2 to one spell. You can trade this for two spells at +1, and you can trade one or both of those for two or four spells at +0. These spells count as spells known for the purpose of limited magery.

Short Duration Buffs

Some spells in DnD, like time stop, give a powerful benefit, but only for a very short duration. RPM by default does not model this well. I order to do so, use the following modifiers to the cost of Bestows a Bonus, Affliction, or Altered Traits, applied separately from other modifiers:

longer than 30 seconds but less than a minute : -0%, no duration cost required.
30 seconds: -5%.
25 seconds: -10%
20 seconds: -20%
15 seconds: -30%,
10 seconds: -45%,
5 seconds: -60%,
1 second: -80%.

It is entirely possible to break the game with this, so any spells made must explicitly be approved by the GM, assuming the GM is even allowing spells to be created by players.


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