Monthly Archives: April 2017


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I’m not going to claim to be an expert on guns. I’ve fired my share and had some fired at me, but I never had to use them on anyone, and I’ve only seen their effects on people a couple times. But since 2050 is set in a near-future scenario […]

Project 2050: Guns Are Not Death-Spraying Murder Machines


So, we’ve finished analyzing the individual schools, now what? We’re going to finish Phase I by completely reorganizing the spells in each school based on the underlying magical mechanism of that school (i.e.: Life = Vitae, Energy = Evocation, Mind = Enchantment, etc.). So, we need to start building the […]

Project Arcana: Abjuration (Neutrum) Spell List


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Matthew : Necro ended up pretty short. Can you give it a once over, please? Shawn : Need better form names. Hmm… Not ‘better’, so much as the same language part. Anyway, we’ve got ‘Soul’, ‘Lifeforce’, and ‘Necromancy’. Necromancy is a given, so the other forms need to have ‘-mancy’ […]

Project Arcana Weekly Dump: Chat Dump, Vol. 3



It feels good having finished the first big step of Project Arcana’s Phase I, which was a series of articles breaking down the schools of magic. We’re hard at work on the second half of Phase I, which will, hopefully, only take a couple weeks. In the meantime, we’re pleased […]

Project 2050


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Divination is all about knowing things that aren’t normally knowable. Most Divination spells reveal knowledge by extending the senses through the use of magic. In theory, this mechanic should allow all senses to be extended (Gene’s Enormous Tongue, anyone?), but in practice it’s generally specifically limited to sight and hearing, although […]

Project Arcana: Divination – in Sensurround!


If you’ve been following along with our Project Arcana work so far, you know that I’m not super happy with the way the powers-that-be have decided to sort the spells. That’s okay, we’re fixing that. However, while some of the organizational decisions are somewhat baffling, none are more so than […]

Weekly Dump, Vol 3: 5e Healing Is Borked…



Well, I’ve done it. This is my final article of the school breakdowns for Project Arcana (next week’s Divination piece is all Dad). I’ve got to say that it’s been a roller coaster of hatred, frustration, and sheer bafflement. Ultimately, I keep asking the same question: “Oh FFS, why!?” Transmutation, […]

Project Arcana: Transmutation


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Ah yes, the “dark art” of Necromancy. Why the quotes? Because once upon a time, the Necromancy was also a school that dealt with life, not just rotting undead things. However, let’s not put the cart before the horse. Here’s 5e’s description of the school: Necromancy spells manipulate the energies of […]

Project Arcana: Necromancy




Evocation… I’m evoking something. Like memories of a summer day, or laughter from children, or a bright streak that flashes from your pointing finger to a point you choose within range and then blossoms with a low roar into an explosion of flame! So, not pleasant memories of a happier time […]

Project Arcana: I’m Gonna Rock Down To Evocation Avenue.