Category: Esoterica

Magical Musings: Psychic Damage

You’re drifting off to sleep in your bed, when suddenly you startle and get the sensation of falling. Your eyes shoot open, and and your heart is pounding. You’ve just experienced a hypnic jerk, but whether or not you realize it, your body just experienced what might be considered the real world precursor to psychic…

Can You Play a TTRPG Wrong?

The answer to this question is a complicated one. We have to look at what “playing wrong” means. Unfortunately, the English language doesn’t like being very exact in its use of adjectives, so we have to make do with specifics. There’s a few different directions this question can go, so let’s be specific. You can…

Magical Intent | New Arcane Spell!

Spells are an integral part of Dungeons and Dragons. There is an entire third of the Player’s Handbook devoted to spellcasting alone. If someone were to suggest a low-magic campaign, or a no magic campaign, two-thirds of players would probably crinkle their nose in apprehension at the thought. If it is a huge part of the…

For My Next Trick- Mage College Update

You may have noticed that the picture above this intro is not work from any artist from Wizards of the Coast but instead a photo of me (yes, that’s me). Yesterday, I tweeted that there would be an announcement about the future of the Mage College. No worries, I’m not going anywhere, we just have…

Make Magic Magical!

As a start to our first magical week back in the Mage College in 2018, let’s address one major problem with magic: Magic sucks in Dungeons and Dragons. Not because it is a bad mechanic, per se, but the best you can do is hope you have a unique spell on your spell list, in…

The Sway of the Force: The Appeal of Lore

I can’t easily explain how the lore of Star Wars has such a magnificent appeal. I may not be able to tell you how at all. However, I think I can tell you why it has that power. Consider the first movie audiences ever saw, Episode IV: A New Hope. Back then, it wasn’t even called…