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Magic System Design

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Magic Concepts Control Factors Balance Concepts System Schemas
This collection of documents discusses concepts related to designing Magic Systems in the HERO System.
  • MAGIC CONCEPTS:  Overall discussion of what Magic is (and is not) in a given setting, what constitutes a "Magic User", and other high level concepts.
  • CONTROL FACTORS: Discussion of many methods of imposing hindrances on a Magic System to maintain game balance.
  • BALANCE CONCEPTS: Discussion of several points of Magic System design that may not be immediately obvious and can have large affects upon the balance of a campaign.
  • SYSTEM SCHEMAS: This document provides an attempt to categorize different types of Magic Systems into broad "schemas".