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Deborah Teramis Christian's Blog

 

Teramis is a role playing game designer, science fiction and fantasy novelist published by Tor Books, and founder of the World Building Academy. For a list of her writing and design credits see this bibliography. Books by Teramis on world building and other topics can be found at Storybones, her online game design and publishing imprint.

 

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We tend to frame magic and religion as two separate things, which has implications for "clerical magic" and religious magic systems. Some thoughts on the problems involved.


The advice to worldbuild only enough to support the needs of a story or rpg adventure is based on three flawed premises, and often results in shallow, trite settings. I critique this advice and advocate for substantive world building instead.



Deborah Teramis Christian's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/29/2014 - 01:15]

Kurtz 's work in the ...

Kurtz 's work in the Deryni novels is certainly a great example of religious magic done well. She handles it so deftly neither element feels pasted onto the other. Agree with you about the challenges of modeling that mechanically in game form. I haven 't eyeballed it myself, but the ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/28/2014 - 01:23]

I like this: Make sure ...

I like this: Make sure you do something with your lore. That 's a perfect distillation of my screed. :

Comment In: [Blog - 11/11/2013 - 11:14]

I 'm so with you ...

I 'm so with you on the overuse and dulling effect of saving the world as a plot crutch. It seems to be the logical extension of the dramatic babies will die if X happens urgency-builder, but man is it overdone, and for most settings a personally unrelatable goal. r ...

Comment In: [Feature - 09/01/2011 - 05:05]

Interesting model, Bart, and very ...

Interesting model, Bart, and very well explained. One thing I think is unaccounted for, and which may have more impact on the dynamics than this model suggests, is the role of introversion/extraversion in the MB personality types. For instance, the IN types more introverted than ENs are not so likely ...