Saturday, 27 August 2011

Book of magic progress

I've not mentioned it for a while, but my still-unnamed book of spells, magic-user sub-classes and miscellaneous esoteric bounty for Labyrinth Lord is coming along nicely.

Things of note:
  • There are now over 200 new spells in the book!
  • The necromancer and elementalist classes are finished.
  • The "nature mage" (now tentatively called the Vitalist) is nearing completion.
  • I've decided to add a bonus section on d30-based wild magic, which I'm rather pleased with and includes (so far) about 15 spells only usable by wild magic-users (which can include sub-classes such as wild elementalists or wild illusionists!).
  • There are also a bunch of new monsters (for various summoning spells), and magic items (especially to add some necromancy-themed items, which are strangely missing in the core LL books).
ps. If anyone out there would be interested in helping out by giving the book a quick proof-read when it's finished, please let me know :)


  1. Since I'm very much looking forward to seeing the finished product Gavin, I'll put my hand up. You can send the file to me at: trowuttatwo at yahoo


  2. This sounds something to add to my collection :)

  3. I can't wait to see it. I'll put my hand up asa reader as well. You can reach me at cats.teacher at gmail dot com

  4. Gavin, I'd be happy to give it a read through! wilmanric / gmail Thanks!

  5. Thanks guys that'd be greatly appreciated! I don't think the book will be at the stage where it's finished enough to send your ways for a month or so yet, but you can all expect emails as soon as it's ready for an initial public viewing! :)

  6. I'd be happy to help if you want another pair of eyes on it. saint_nik / yahoo

    This book is going to be awesome. It just is.

    Is it bad form for me to suggest a title? Probably. Picking the name is half the fun.

  7. Thanks Quibish, it's really inspiring to hear that there are people out there who're looking forward to it! :)

    And please do suggest a title. A good idea is proving somewhat elusive to me (I just have "unearthed arcana" stuck in my mind, which obviously won't do!), so any inspiration would be most welcome!

  8. Eldritch Curiosities of the Arts Unseen

    The Rubric Mystique

    Apocryphon Arcanorum

    Ways and Wyrdings

    Maybe you can use one of these, even if only for inspiration. I spent a long while trying to include the word "arcana", but those titles always seemed too derivative of "Unearthed Arcana". Too bad, it's a great word. Good Luck.

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  11. Oh, and I almost forgot...


    I like it better than Vitalist, and I think the Spanish or Latin "Vivo" gives it the meaning you are looking for. What do you think?

    Excuse the deletions. I couldn't tell which was proper, Vivo or Viva.

  12. Hey Quibish, thanks for the suggestions ... very inspiring!

    Yeah Vivimancer was actually second on my list. (Like vivisection.) Vivomancer / Vivamancer / Vivimancer (does anyone with Latin knowledge know which would be grammatically correct? Assuming "mancy" is even a Latin suffix... I have no idea!)... I like the way it ties in as a kind of counterpart to the necromancer. I'm torn between that and vitalist, which I like because it sounds simpler and I'm not overly keen on "mancer".

    On second thoughts though I think I will go with viv*mancer... It sounds a bit darker, and a nature wizard needs a bit of darkness to prevent him from being tarred with the "protector of the wilds" / Druid brush!

  13. I'm also willing to read it, or parts of it, however you want to do it -- -- and I'm also looking forward to seeing a elementalists, necromancers, vivimancers et al with hundreds of new spells. :)


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