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Poll: How magic is 5e?

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  1. #21
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    Jan 2002
    London England
    I'd say high magic; magic is ubiquitous and powerful. Lower magic than 3e/Pathfinder but I'd say they were very high magic. Higher magic than any other version of D&D.
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  2. #22
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    Apr 2008
    Sacramento CA 95842
    I voted Medium Magic for the simple fact that you can run a 5e DnD campaign without any magic whatsoever. Of course, no one does that but the option is there unlike other games like Mage The Awakening or Ars Magica. I played a Valor Bard in a short summer campaign where everyone else had no magic (Barbarian, Fighter, Rogue). The DM wasn't too keen on magic for PCs. The monsters were beasts and monstrosities. Besides me, we didn't have any magic and relied heavily on resting. The game was fine, in fact better than fine it was fun!

    I've also played a Fighter in a medium magic campaign. I got a +1 Longsword at 3rd level and that was one of the few magic items I had until the campaign ended. The other PCs were a Barbarian, Rogue, Ranger, and Paladin. The Paladin was by far the most magical. We didn't see any powerful magic until 5th level when we fought against Flaming Skulls. Then we didn't see magic for another 2 levels. It was very much like Frazetta's Death Dealer series.

  3. #23
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    Jan 2002
    D&D is a very high magic genre.

  4. #24
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    North Jersey
    I voted medium magic, because while magic may be common for PCs and NPCs in adventures, as they tend to deal with the metaphysics of the world more, which is magical in nature. But they tend to be exceptional people, and to the ordinary populace, magic is still very mysterious and strange. So answer really depends on whether we're talking from the in-universe or out-of-universe perspective. So I went with the happy medium.

  5. #25
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    Jan 2012
    Cape Town
    Quote Originally Posted by ehren37 View Post
    They break the laws of reality more often than they poop.
    That is only because 6-8 poops a day is an unreasonable ask of any man (or woman).
    Last edited by Sadras; Thursday, 8th November, 2018 at 03:08 PM.
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  6. #26
    The use of the terms high magic and low magic are pretty nebulous.

    Does the high/low spectrum apply to the rarity of magic or to the power of magic? Does it apply mainly to PCs or to the implied setting that they live in?

    In my definition of low magic, magic can be powerful but it is infrequently used by PCs and does not feature prominently in the implied setting. Thus, imo, 5e is very high magic.

    That said, I would agree that

    Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
    D&D is a very high magic genre.
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  7. #27
    I would say very high magic. How many classes can cast spells at some point? You can even take a champion fighter and learn ritual caster or magic initiate. Loaded with magic items, but even if you played an entire campaign without any magic items, magic is still everywhere.

    So yeah, high magic. Especially compared to TSR era D&D. You'd be hard pressed to see many parties where more than 50% of the PCs could cast spells by 5th level. I would say with 5e you'd be hard pressed to find a party with less than 80% of the PCs not being able to cast spells by 5th level.
    Depths of Felk Mor (OSR style superdungeon meets Lovecraft married to 5e)

  8. #28
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    Sep 2002
    Hampton, VA
    Quote Originally Posted by Parmandur View Post
    I voted that I'm not a number. Out of the box, 5E provides a DM the tools for either low-magic or high-magic, or inbetween.
    I agree.

    "My favorite part of DMing is making whatever interests the characters important. Or at least seem important." - James Wyatt

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  9. #29
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    Aug 2002
    St.Aug, FL
    Questions are a burden.

  10. #30
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    Nov 2014
    Augusta, GA
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadras View Post
    That is only because 6-8 poops a day is an unreasonable ask of any man (or woman).
    That's 6-8 medium difficulty poops.

    Also, I voted high magic.
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