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    Anyone picked up True Sorcery?

    It' available along with True Bestiary at the Green Ronin store.

    So did anyone pick it up? Impressions?

    Thanks

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    I'm waiting for it to hit RPGNow - hopefully that will be a week or less. I suspect others may be doing the same for their favorite online retailer.

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    I note that it is True Sorcery and True 20 Bestiary. True Sorcery is not a strictly True 20 product. It provides an alternate magic system (from Black Company) for use with True 20, Iron Heroes and Thieves World. A lot of people seemed to have it confused despite it lacking the True 20 trade dress and clear synopsis on the website.

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    I didn't realize it wasn't a True20 endorsed book until a day or two ago. If you go to the T20 Board, when people have questions or concerns about magic, you hear the common refrain "when True Sorcery comes out that should be fixed." I don't believe any GR personnel made the clarification about the book's intension prior to its release.

    I'm a bit disappointed because I was looking for better path definition for the adept - like Blue Rose has in its core rules. The other T20 book that came out last week (that coverts over most of the SRD classes) really flew under the radar, and perhaps it might be a better book (at least from a character-creation stand point). But for those of us who are grappling with how to create a Shugenja or Necromancer as an NPC, we're still sifting through the two different systems.

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    This is the info we released about the book months ago and it's pretty clear about what the book is. If people didn't choose to read it, there's not much we can do about that.

    True Sorcery
    A Magic Sourcebook for OGL Gaming
    Author: Robert J. Schwalb
    Cover Artist: Matt Cavotta
    Format: 128 pages, softback
    MSRP: Print $23.95, PDF $12.00
    Product Code: GRR1707
    ISBN: 1-932442-71-5

    True Sorcery introduces a flexible, dynamic, and innovative magic system that puts eldritch mastery into your hands. Forget slots and spells per day; True Sorcery gives you the power to build spells of your own design, letting you decide how fast, how far, and how potent your spells will be. With these rules, you become the true master of magic. Revised and expanded from the ENnie Award-winning The Black Company Campaign Setting, this system provides new spells, a slew of sample spell effects, feats, and an all-new magic item creation system. The book also includes conversion guides so you can use True Sorcery with Malhavoc Presss Iron Heroes, d20 Modern, Thieves World, and the hit True20 Adventure Roleplaying game. No matter what OGL game you favor, True Sorcery opens the door to a new world of magical possibilities.

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    Chris,

    Thanks for your reply. While I can't deny that you didn't put the information out there, I have two problems.

    1) Posters all over the True20 Boards were wet with anticipation on how this book would impact their True 20 game. I didn't see either you or anyone else trying to quell their comments on the board by saying that this book was really for D20 rules and would not be the definitive T20 magical guide.

    2) The book's title "True Sorcery" added to everyone's confusion. Why not name it something else? So far everything for the True20 series had "True" in the title. Tagging non-T20 specific books with the "True" moniker confuses your customer base and potentially make them feel like they've been misled.

    So far I've picked up several books from your company in the past couple of months and have been very satisfied. I know I'm going to be buying more as I convert my homebrew OA campaing from D&D3.5 to T20. Anything I have to support this - like the other two T20 books that came out this past week, will keep me a happy customer.

    I look forward to more great books from Green Ronin and other publishers supporting T20.

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    I have it. Bought it to use in my Iron Heroes games, since I didn't like the default Arcanist at all.

    My first impression was "WOW! It's perfect!" On further reading, I'm a bit...confused.

    The default magic system is basically the same as it was in the Black Company Campaign Setting, with new powers and some other things designed specifically to make it more D&D-ish. The default system is...comprehensible, if not totally comprehensive. There's a new advanced class called the "Spellcaster" and a Spellcaster advanced class for use with d20 Modern. The powers are great...although there's still a few missing.

    The editing is spotty. I've noticed more than a few instances of missing words, missing phrases, bad punctuation, poor math (NOT good when they're giving an example), and incomplete explanations of mechanics.

    Just a few examples...

    The Iron Heroes-specific section is an appendix. It's 5 pages and contains a new class. That new class uses a totally different method of magic balance. It's unclear how its mechanics interact with the default mechanics from the basic system. For instance, it introduces a "Fifth Magnitude" with no explanation of how it works except for one table. It says the Arcanist counts as a Dabbler, but from the tables, it seems that the Arcanist is only considered a "Dabbler" for purposes of Talent access. Mathematically speaking, the bonuses are the "Student of Wizardry" ones.

    Also, as I read it, the True Sorcery Arcanist gets "Mana Tokens" which work "sort of, but not exactly like" spell energy in the default system. They provide the same DR against Drain, which makes sense but can also be used to boost his spellcraft check. These tokens grant a casting bonus from +2 at Dabbler and doubling every magnitude to +64 (per token!) at 5th Magnitude. You can use 1 token +1/magnitude you have per spell!

    Now while at low levels, these things are more valuable as DR against drain (as the sidebar says), by mid-level, I'd be more than happy to take extra nonlethal damage in exchange for a +48 to my casting checks! However, I can't tell whether the Spellcraft bonuses from Token use count as "Spellcraft bonus" for the purpose of determining how long a spell takes to cast. Or is the casting time done away with? The system is unclear.

    I have to ask...did anybody playtest the Iron Heroes Arcanist in some adventures? The default system was fine. Why mess with the token thing? How was it intended to work? How did it work?

    But all that is Iron Heroes specific.

    There's muddy math all over. For example, the sample spell under flight doesn't add in the +30 to DC needed (according to the spell description) to actually switch from levitation to "Flight." So the Spellcraft DC is reported at 44, instead of 74. (ouch!) Also, the sample on how to add up DCs to determine DC is...umm...wrong. The table was cut and pasted from Black Company but the rest...I dunno where it comes from...

    Secondly, the rules inexplicably reintroduce D&D components which weren't used in the BCCS rules. Which just makes me wonder why, for the love of god, WHY??

    Some of the DC adjustments were changed from the BCCS. In most cases, they were done to make spellcasting easier (which makes sense), but there's a few where the DC was RAISED compared to the BCCS (adding damage dice and increasing burst radius come to mind).

    And then there's THIS quote...

    You can apply the following augmentations to Figment: Area/Target, Components, Duration, Range.

    For an illusion including audible, olfactory, tactile, taste, and/or thermal aspects, increase the Spellcraft DC by +5 per extra aspect. Even realistic tactile and thermal illusions cannot deal damage, however.

    For each additional image created, increase the Spellcraft DC by +2.

    You can use Figment to create duplicates of yourself that

    For an illusion following a script you determine, increase the Spellcraft DC by +18. The figment follows the script without you having to concentrate on it. The illusion can include
    intelligible speech if desired.

    For an illusion that makes any area appear to be something other than it is, increase the Spellcraft DC by +24. Additional components, such as sounds, can be added as noted above.
    There's more...but you'll notice that there's an incomplete phrase...

    Umm...Chris...anyone? Duplicates that WHAT?

    Finally...would it have been so difficult to throw something into Shapeshift to allow for baleful transforms...the archetypal "witch turning someone into a toad?"

    So, call me happy...but bemused. Obviously, this system needs some work before I can use it in my games. I expected it would take some...but this...

    Sorry for ranting...but I was real happy until I started reading more closely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bento
    2) The book's title "True Sorcery" added to everyone's confusion. Why not name it something else? So far everything for the True20 series had "True" in the title. Tagging non-T20 specific books with the "True" moniker confuses your customer base and potentially make them feel like they've been misled.
    Calling True20 T20 confuses the hell out of Traveller fans too I would imagine...


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    I don't expect too many Traveller players to be trolling this board for posts about True 20 to be confused by me calling it T20.

    Just to be perfectly clear, the next time I refer to True20, I'll call it GURPS, ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSnow
    So, call me happy...but bemused. Obviously, this system needs some work before I can use it in my games. I expected it would take some...but this...

    Sorry for ranting...but I was real happy until I started reading more closely.
    i'm in the midst of reading it now. I...like it...conceptually anyway, but there is some confusing stuff. One issue in particular i've come across so far:

    For example, Stacee plays Fetch, a Second Magnitude spellcaster
    with a Concentration +18 and Spellcraft +28. She begins casting
    a powerful Create Fire effect with a Spellcraft DC of 56 (shell
    be spending some spell energy to make this happen). Looking
    at Table 23: Casting Times, she sees itll take 6 standard
    actions to cast the spell effect (56 28 = 28 which requires 6
    actions). As shes Second Magnitude, she can skip a total of 2
    actions during the casting of the effect. She spends all of round 1
    casting as a full-round action leaving 4 actions to go. The guards
    spill into the room, so she moves (1 action), and resumes casting
    (leaving 3 to go). A guard charges her, swings and misses. Fetch
    lashes out with her kukri and hits, but cant spend the round
    casting, so she opts to take a 5-foot step instead and has now
    skipped a total of 3 actions casting. To keep casting the spell
    effect, Stacee needs to succeed on a DC 15 Concentration check;
    with Concentration +18 she cant fail this first check, but if she
    skips more actions this will start to get tricky.
    Table 23: Casting Times
    Spellcraft DC minus
    Spellcraft modifier Casting Time
    0 or less 1 swift action*
    15 1 standard action
    610 2 standard actions
    1115 3 standard actions
    1620 5 standard actions
    2130 10 standard actions

    3140 1 minute

    4150 2 minutes
    5160 3 minutes
    6170 5 minutes
    7180 10 minutes
    8190 20 minutes
    91100 1 hour
    +10 +1 hour
    Not only is this example somewhat confusing, it doesn't mesh with what is listed in Table 2-3. The numbers seem totally skewed. It doesn't help when trying to decipher completely new game mechanics.

    I think the system will ultimately be workable, but an errated, updated .pdf would be useful at some point. I will say this, even if the rules were IMPECCABLE and flawless, this is a system for people who really want different magic, not newcomers to D&D. If you like the fire and forget, leave this alone. If you liked Ars Magica or Elements of Magic (or Black Company) then you would enjoy tinkering with this.
    Last edited by Nebulous; Thursday, 8th June, 2006 at 06:41 PM.

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