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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A college-by-college look at the basics taught to beginning wizards, complete with handy spell lists.

Sign up using Facebook. The discussions of different magical styles would enhance any game that features magic. This is still effectively a skill-based system, but it concentrates on one skill: Return to Book Page.

GURPS Thaumatology

No that doesn’t sound right either. Brian rated it really liked it Jan 16, For the GM, it offers tools for giving diverse magical arts distinctive thaumatological roles in the campaign.

And there’s a too-brief look at how to enforce the ‘mages wear robes’ trope the two methods looked at are skill penalties for encumbrance or for the amount of iron worn. But even sticking with the early, non-setting specific materials, thaukatology still has a number of assumptions built into the basic rules. 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 ggurps for the particular effect.

Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. To that end, there’s also options thaumatoloy to whether certain effects take more energy or more skill to pull off, and lots of advice and tables for modifiers, depending on which way the GM goes.


Secret Magic — Discover two new magical styles, both devoted in different ways to building and maintaining secrecy. Guidelines for running magic-oriented games, advice on combining magic systems, and detailed outlines for four distinctly different fantastic campaigns. Those who would rather not use styles will still find both Magic Perks and the advice for magicians on choosing skills and spells valuable in any GURPS fantasy gurpss.

GURPS Thaumatology

Sean Punch 38 pages. Privacy Policy Contact Us. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Apr 22, Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves: This is thaumatolgoy a gaming source book.

The book presents alternatives to the spell system provided in the Basic Set, as well as some modifications of the default spell system. Ritual Path Magic — A standalone magic system that lets you do anything. Hardcoverpages.

Finally, “Assisting Spirits” has the idea of a character getting a large break on spellcasting Then comes Threshold-Limited Magic from an early issue of Pyramidwhich replaces the fatigue cost with a tally that limits casting by putting the mage at personal risk when he does too much. Conclusion One of the brilliant moments of GURPS Space was boiling every form of FTL travel down to one of three general types and then showing how to vary them to produce anything ever seen in science fiction.

The original magic system magic as skills presented in Basic Set and Magic still gets most of the tuaumatology.

Sean Punch black-and-white pages, softcover. Most notably, a severely range-limited hyperspace FTL system keeps it from feeling like, say, Star Trekwithout going in and completely redoing that section. Age of Gold — In the world of the s, costumed crimefighters clash with cunning criminals. Just as often, though, such groups represent philosophically distinct sects with unique magical methods, thaumatolgy as magical arts or styles.


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Thaumatology II thaumatolofy A new arcane school for Thaumatology: 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 compact than the normal system.

Surf our site for the files you want. No trivia or quizzes yet. Detailed instructions for grouping skills, spells, and other abilities into cohesive styles.

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Frank Mitchell rated it really liked it Oct 07, Ken rated it really liked it Dec 27, Magic as inherent powers. Thaumatology IV — a collection of new abilities, options, and threats of particular interest to thaumatologists. It’s mentioned that mages can potentially leave some normal parameters like duration undefined, and let his margin of success determine it.

Brad rated it it was amazing Sep 25, Still, I consider it a missed opportunity that Thaumatologyfor ugrps 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.