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D&D brings your spells from playful to patricide!

D&D brings your spells from playful to patricide!

Click on either image to see the full comic.

Click on either image to see the full comic.

 

Vancian Magic

AGNES: Tilly, shoot them with a magic missile.

TILLY: I can’t. 

AGNES: What do you mean you can’t?

TILLY: I forgot the spell.

AGNES: What do you mean you forgot the spell?

TILLY: It’s a thing. It’s not going to help us. 

RHIALTO THE MARVELLOUS, book IV of Jack Vance's influential fantasy series DYING EARTH.

RHIALTO THE MARVELLOUS, book IV of Jack Vance’s influential fantasy series DYING EARTH.

Click the above image of RHIALTO THE MARVELLOUS to read an informative blog post from The Evil GM on Jack Vance’s influence on D&D’s magic system (Vancian magic.) The basic theory behind this is that a wizard’s spells are so complex (s)he can only keep them in his/her memory until (s)he uses them, after which the spells are completely forgotten and must be re-learned. It is, indeed, a thing.

Also, the song “The Dying Earth” by the band “Wizard Eye.” Also a thing.

Freaks and Geeks

More D&D in popular culture! Here’s the the 2000 Freaks and Geeks episode “Disco and Dragons.” You can watch the whole thing free on youtube (subtitled in Spanish, but hey, Spanish lesson and D&D dramaturgy . . . two birds, one broadsword.) The show is set in a high school in 1980 – 15 years before SKM takes place – but it’s still a nice look at adolescent nerdhood in D&D’s heyday. The sound on the last part of the episode doesn’t work, but here’s a compilation of just the D&D scenes, plus the first four parts of the ep if you’re interested.

Alignment!

LILITH: Are you good, lawful, chaotic, unlawful, evil?

AGNES: I’m a democrat. 

All D&D Characters have an alignment, based on two shifting axes: moral and ethical. Your moral alignment describes your inherent intentions in the world (good, neutral or evil) while your ethical alignment describes how you function as an individual in society (lawful, neutral or chaotic). Choose your moral and ethical alignment, put them together and you have your D&D alignment! Still confused? This graphic helps to explain everything in universal terms:

Now we all understand.

Now we all understand.

If you’re still stuck, you can read more about alignments on the Wizards of the Coast website and take an Online Alignment Test.

Tillius the Paladin

Name: Tilly Evans aka Tillius the Paladin, healer of the wounded and the protector of lights.Class: Awesome!

Name: Tilly Evans aka Tillius the Paladin, healer of the wounded and the protector of lights.
Class: Awesome!

 

Paladins!

Paladins are awesome: Your knight in shining armor; your holy warrior of light and all that is true; your . . . hey wait, what else?

Here’s the official Wizards of the Coast paladin page written by Skip Williams, one of the developers of the 3rd edition of D&D. I especially liked the “Playing a Classy Paladin” section (take note Rob Najarian.)

 

Iconic "Paladin in Hell" image from 1st Edition D&D.

Iconic “Paladin in Hell” image from 1st Edition D&D.