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.

Living in the World of SHE KILLS MONSTERS

We’re well into our first week of rehearsals in the spacious Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. This first week of rehearsal is all about building vocabulary: stage combat terminology and basic moves; a thorough understanding of the script and all its references; and an immersion into both the fantasy and real-world settings of the play. Director Shira Milikowsky assigned the actors a series of tasks to flesh out characters and the world of the play.

The first assignment was for each actor to bring in three objects/images that encapsulate the world of the play. Take a look at our collection!

STACKS of comic books!

STACKS of comic books!

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Monsters galore

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Dragons, George R.R. Martin Books and useful kerosene lanterns — X-Men cards in the back there!

SNES and FF3!

SNES and FF3!

 

Tilly and Agnes? Paige and Jordan? Theatrical boundaries blurring? Cute kid photos? So much going on here.

Tilly and Agnes? Paige and Jordan? Theatrical boundaries blurring? Cute kid photos? So much going on here.

 

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.

 

Monstrous Manual

CHUCK: I keep her pretty busy if you know what I mean.

MILES: Doing what?

CHUCK: Fighting monsters, my man. Fighting. Monsters. 

You couldn’t go see a play called SHE KILLS MONSTERS and walk away without seeing any monsters. Fortunately for us, Qui Nguyen injects his Dungeons & Dragons-inspired Ohio fantasy world with plenty of D&D beasties to make any casual adventurer giggle with second edition delight. The majority of these creatures are referenced in the Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual, available in its entirety online. Click on the kobald to start the monster slideshow.