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Profpatsch, January 11th, 2014, 6:17 am     Reply

I didn’t know this. But maybe I’m just not interested in chess. :)

Alexis_Royce, January 11th, 2014, 7:41 am     Reply

@Profpatsch: The rules are a little more complicated than stated above, but we didn't want to spiral off into a detailed description of chess rules above. (Okay, we totally DID want to, but we understood that that would bring the story to a screeching halt.)

But in case anyone's interested, I'll ramble a little here. In a serious game, if you ever touch a piece, you have to move it, or let your opponent know that you're just adjusting it on the square (because off-center pieces are distracting and obnoxious). Of course, players generally don't waste any time with their hands on the pieces because they're timed, and because you don't want to try out a bunch of moves in front of your opponent; they'll be able to follow your line of thought. And that's terribly disastrous.

Since nobody can see Billy casting, however, he does feel like he can try out all the moves he wants. The others are putting spells together, but with Billy's natural insight into Prime, as well as having Prime sight cast, he's better able to think about different ways to compose his spells.

Every Mage casts in a different manner. Billy thinks about it like board positions. Curio composes message board posts in HTML his head. How would you guys cast? I'm super curious to hear!

ArrN, August 14th, 2016, 2:55 am     Reply

@Alexis_Royce: I'd use Space magic by viewing the room in my head and manipulating it, essentially using 3D Photoshop.
Mind magic would be more like writing a book. I'd imagine how it would look from a literary perspective and what the "character" in question would think at that moment, or just dictate their actions.

Don Quixotes, January 11th, 2014, 8:14 am     Reply

@Alexis_Royce: Personally I would try to avoid having a tell at all costs-that sort of thing can be deadly if you find yourself confronting a skilled mage.

Can't read my, can't read my, no you can't read my pokerface
(In my head though probably music of some variety)

Minor bug to report however-If you click on the in-panel progression arrow of the previous update it doesn't cycle onto this one, and if you finish this update and click again it takes you back there as well.

shylarah, January 11th, 2014, 8:53 am     Reply

How to cast
@Alexis_Royce I agree with Don Quixotes about having a tell. Not necessarily a good thing. But I've got a lot of characters who are magic users of one sort or another, and the style I like most is pure energy manipulation. I'd probably visualize what I want to happen, and then exert willpower to make it so.

Alexis_Royce, January 11th, 2014, 9:08 am     Reply

One of the fun parts about the casting system in Mage is that spells generally don't need to have verbal or somatic components. It's all about what's in your head; making magic personal to you. So you can be sneaky and creative all at the same time. ^_^

Mindsword2 (Guest), January 11th, 2014, 1:03 pm     Reply

@Alexis_Royce: Having no way of knowing, I can only hypothesize. However, I am strongly reading focused with a fairly weak visual imagination. I'd probably need a somatic component, but I'd probably try for more of making a word or sentence real. Rewriting the world if you will.

When I play or run Mage games, I grab any and every idea I can think of. My favorite ones are rune casters, aka having some prewritten runes or perhaps simple runes that act as the focus and channel for the energy. So perhaps something like that might work for me as well.

ChibiSilverWings, January 11th, 2014, 2:28 pm     Reply

@Mindsword2: Good to be fair about your personal weaknesses. I think I'd need something outloud about it myself, I'm a very verbal person.

ElyssaJM, January 12th, 2014, 5:43 pm     Reply

Who knows what this is going to do to Billy's ego. He is probably going to demand the comic's name be changed to billY

burningtyger, January 12th, 2014, 11:13 pm     Reply

Wow. (Ahem, "versatile"? Naughty Amical. )

ChibiSilverWings, January 13th, 2014, 1:31 am     Reply

@ElyssaJM: He already demanded that, we had to negotiate it to be called morphE instead.

I kid, but in all seriousness the original title of our campaign was "Billy Thatcher and the Giant Ego". It was called that for several months.

Profpatsch, January 13th, 2014, 6:24 am     Reply

@Alexis_Royce “(because off-center pieces are distracting and obnoxious)”

The OCD is strong with this one.

About the casting:
I guess I’d visualize it like I visualize programming abstractions, in a functional style.

So my casting of the spell above would be something like (make-invisible chair) and
(defn make-invisible [item]
(bend-light :around item)).
Or (defn make-invisible [item]
(if (type item 'atom)
(bend-light :around item)
(do (make-invisible (first item))
(make-invisible (rest item)))))
If you prefer Billy’s second idea. Heck, it’s even recursive!

Lunaroki, January 13th, 2014, 12:43 pm     Reply

It took me a while to figure out how I would cast. At first I was thinking along the lines of some kind of vocal command structure, but it would be too easy for me to mess up with something like that, either failing to execute the spell properly or setting one off when I didn't mean to. What I realized I needed was a more intuitive casting system that I could master easily.

That's when I started thinking about what it feels like when I dream or imagine having magic-like powers. It's like there's an energy field flowing through me and around me. The energy flowing through me both powers and controls the external field, while the energy around me is what I manipulate to produce effects. If I want to remotely move something I reach out my hand toward it and the power flowing through my arm extends the energy shell around it to grasp the object. If I want to hover or fly, a downward flow of internal energy causes my external field to repel the earth. To launch an attack, I ball up some of my internal energy in a temporary pocket of my energy shell and throw it. More complicated effects can involve manipulating the natural energy fields of other objects. Intuitive for ease of use, but versatile enough to allow for more complex spell effects.

Profpatsch, January 14th, 2014, 7:19 am     Reply

@Lunaroki That kind of casting is very easy to imagine and intuitive but could block you from more powerful spells. Think about wanting to launch an attack bigger than what you imagine your inner energy to be.
Though everything but impossible (I guess), it could be blocked by how you imagine it, right?

Lunaroki, January 14th, 2014, 4:40 pm     Reply

@Profpatsch: The same can be said of any system where you wind up imagining a limit to your power that's smaller than what it really is, regardless of whether the system implies such a limitation or not. Just because I imagine the energy flowing within, around and through me doesn't mean I have to imagine that energy comes with some kind of power meter that tells me when I've used it up. Imagining the power as being inside me doesn't mean I imagine myself running on a set of AAs or something. I could as easily see myself plugged into a massive power conduit running straight to the power company. Seen that way the power is always there, being renewed faster than I can use it up. Now whether that will match up with how it really works is something that would need to be tested. After all, if one's magic power is NOT actually inexhaustible, that's something one should really find out before it becomes a major problem.