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Dresden Files Accelerated: Magical Rituals Tweak
« on: November 03, 2019, 07:32:27 AM »
I very much like the DFA ritual magic approach.  But I found it disconcerting that there was a potential for the character to assume conditions and costs without having actually completed the ritual.  That didn't feel, to me, like it was in keeping with how the books presented ritual magic.

So, I propose a couple of tweaks:

First, Separate the potential costs/complications into three categories: 
Pre-Requisites   Activity Costs   Outcomes
special circumstances
character Resources
special circumstances
altered effects

The original step-by-step looked like this:
1) Name the ritual
2) Describe the effect
3) Roll for the spell
4) Pay the costs

This could potentially result in requiring a special component (ie symbolic link) or assistance from a higher power/faction after the ritual had been performed.  That seems kind of weird to me.

I propose changing the step-by-step to look like this:
1) Name the ritual
2) Describe the effect
3) Assess the spell costs (roll and negotiate, as usual)
4) Pay the preparation costs (ie, find the symbolic link, petition the higher power, etc.)
5) Perform the ritual (narrative device to indicate that the character assumes the active & outcome costs)

This process would allow for a character to figure out what would be necessary to do a ritual, then balk at the cost and decide not to complete it.     

Is this unbalancing?  I don't think so, but I'm told I get tunnel-vision sometimes.

Your thoughts?

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Re: Dresden Files Accelerated: Magical Rituals Tweak
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2019, 06:37:02 PM »
Itís just a change in narrative.  It makes sense to pay costs up front and then pay consequences after the fact.