Re: Magic Systems (was 1998 Books)
- On Thu, 7 Jan 1999, Diane Baker wrote:
> Since I don't want this to range off topic, I just want to thank you forThanks for you compliments. Unfortunately Phantastes doesn't have any
> your comments, and ask if you have a forum for discussion of such topics
> on your site. You have a great publication going. It may become a
> regular bookmark of mine.
forums at this time. I know of a couple of mailing lists where you could
no doubt find lots of people willing to discuss the subject. The is
fantasy@.... You can find information about joining the list
and the Internet Fantasy Writers Association at http://www.chaosmanor.com
Also, there is the Dreamsong Fantasy Writers list, which you can join
through Onelist.com. You'll find lots of great advice from pros and
amateurs alike on both lists.
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Staci Dumoski unicorn@...
Editor, Phantastes http://www.nocturne.org/phantastes
The Online Journal of Fantasy Criticism
- Staci Dumoski wrote:
>Since I don't want this to range off topic, I just want to thank you for
> From: Staci Dumoski <unicorn@...>
> On Wed, 6 Jan 1999, Diane Baker wrote:
> > Maybe you can help me: I'm looking for some material on magical rules
> > and systems. I don't necessarily want spells or original sources (a la
> > Dion Fortune) but articles on how to design a good magical system. Any
> > pointers? Have already checked out the *Encyclopedia of Fantasy* by
> > Clute and Co. Interesting, but I really want a copy of the whole
> > encyclopedia, and can't afford it just now! My library doesn't have a
> > copy, so can't Xerox or take notes. Thanks. ---djb.
> I am not aware of any thing that specifically deals with the creation of
> magical systems. Unfortunately, most of the "How To" books out there for
> writers of fantastic fiction are aimed more at SF than fantasy, and I
> haven't had the opportunity yet to read any of the ones that are aimed at
> fantasists, so I can't tell you if they deal with magic or not. Once
> place you might look is at gaming resources. They might be more technical
> than you are interested in, but they should provide an overview of what
> you need to include, and some ideas of where to start.
> I should think that you have much more freedom in building a magic system
> than you would in building a technological system, simply because the
> rules of science do not apply. I would start with deciding what the
> effect I wanted the magic to have within the scope of the story I was
> writing (story is always first!) and then build a magic system that will
> produce that effect.
> This is a really interesting topic, though, and I will continue to do some
> research on the subject and see if I can't turn anything up. I'd also be
> willing to consider articles on the subject for publication in upcoming
> issues of Phantastes. Like I said, most of the world-building stuff out
> there is for SF. It's time for fantasists to take charge!
> Staci Dumoski
> Phantastes, The Online Journal of Fantasy Criticism
> Fantastic Reads, Readers Retreat
your comments, and ask if you have a forum for discussion of such topics
on your site. You have a great publication going. It may become a
regular bookmark of mine.