The purpose of GURPS Thaumatology is to offer solutions. Often, RPGs are accused of tying up magic in strict rules, losing its truly fantastical, magical essence. Steve Jackson Games is committed to full support of GURPS players. page for GURPS Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic can be found at. GURPS Thaumatology contains the best 3rd Edition magic variants and adds many all-new options. The full extent of each of these chapters can be seen in the .

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Cal Godot rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Also covered are all of the possibilities of great deeds, regular use and the like causing an item to become magical on its own. In this case, it simplifies the skill system down to colleges, with all the spells in the college attached directly to that.

GURPS Thaumatology: Magical Styles

Jeff rated it really liked it Dec 29, Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. It would have been best to present that advice up front, before going through two hundred pages of just that.

Apr 22, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: Magical Styles — Detailed instructions for burps to organize skills, spells, and abilities into unique and interesting arcane arts. Thaumatology II — A new arcane school for Thaumatology: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s an absolutely awesome “magic-system construction guide” – and well worth the money to any GM wishing tnaumatology dabble in that sort of thing.

KFDirector rated it liked it Dec 26, Thanks for telling us about the problem. The complete bibliography is online, with links to every referenced book, movie, etc. For instance, Traveller thaymatology originally meant 4f a generic SFRPG, before it started generating a setting that pretty well took over the line in later iterations. Batjutsu rated it it was amazing Jun 08, The first one is the idea of using the skill-based system for clerical magic as was presented in GURPS Religionwith a few more notes added.


Return to Book Page. This is still effectively a skill-based system, but it concentrates on one skill: First, ‘Verb-Noun’ magic, where every spell consists of what is gurpw done to whom. That skill, and skills for each particular tradition—a ‘path’ or ‘book’—makes up all the skill entries on the character sheet, which is a lot more thaumatologgy than the normal system. Meant to act like a lot of real-world magic traditions, all ‘spellcasting’ is in the form of rituals that generally involve gathering energy, and then expending it for the particular effect.

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Magical Stylesan expansion on alchemy rules, variants for ceremonial magic, and more! Jeff rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Some more serious alternatives are looked at with the idea of age granting power to items after all, all the most powerful items in fiction gutps immeasurably old This mighty tome includes: It’s a meta-gaming source book.

Frank Mitchell rated it really liked it Oct 07, One of the first sections notes that it probably not worth the GM’s time to work on an elaborate magic system unless magic is going to be a central pillar of the campaign. The chapter then finishes up with four different campaign frameworks, describing settings where the nature of magic has much to offer in terms of adventure. Anders rated it liked it Mar 18, Mullin rated it really liked it Mar 09, If you are using the spell-magic rules from the Basic Set, then GURPS Magic will be relevant though not neededbut you could easily turf the generic spell system entirely and implement magic in your game world with one of the Thaumatology magic system alternatives.

Sean Punch 38 pages. I’m not advocating a Church of Steve Jackson here, but it was still a fascinating if freaking slow read.

A detailed, fully worked example: The Path of the Book After this Thaumatology finally starts going further afield. Thaumatology IV — a collection of new abilities, options, and gurpa of particular interest to thaumatologists.

Email Required, but never shown. Still, I consider it a missed opportunity that Thaumatologyfor all of its wide-ranging discussion of a number of different systems and their variations, doesn’t even begin to provide a framework of discussion by taking a real comparative look at its own systems, grouping and giving an overview of them. The chapter after that presents bigger variations on the standard system; these are sections that deal with an overall rework of the system, instead of a bunch of little options.


The gurpz of Magic are mostly that the text wasn’t sufficiently proofed before publication, so much of it is the same as in the 3e magic books with some of the old bugs still present, and the artwork is a bit naff.

Read the Designer’s Notes for free on Pyramid! This mighty tome includes:. View all 4 comments. Then ugrps seven pages are given to alchemy, including thoughts on allowing characters to come up with new concoctions, or even treating it as a gadgeteer advantage.

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GURPS Thaumatology

Open Preview See a Problem? After a fairly thorough grounding in the system, the chapter concludes with ten sample paths and thaujatology books. In this case, the chapter is about the nature of a campaign dealing with magic, and magic’s place in society and the like, instead of general thoughts of how magic works.

Magic Perks — new perks for wizards only! Then “Mandatory and Significant Modifiers”, are more of a tool kit again.

Physical Magic The next chapter takes a look at the use of physical objects for magic, first looking at the inherent properties some things may have, and how they could be used as another system of modifiers for a regular spell-casting system.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There’s some good discussion of how some traditional magical powers are represented in advantages, and there’s a couple pages of recapitulation of the basics from Powers which is good for not requiring that book for this, but is the type of repetition that 4th Ed has tried to avoid.