School Tours: Where is Your Young Wizard Going To Enroll This Fall?

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We talk about digital dice: get your crippling addiction digitized. Jay talks about the good ol' Gygaxian days of D&D 1st edition dice, while Jack throws up in his mouth just a little bit.

Then we do a deep dive into the eight schools of Magic: from Abjuration's protection, to Conjuring your familiar; from the portence of Diviners to the manipulating Enchanters (we talk about why these are the most evil wizards); from the new realities of Illusion to the overchannels of evocation; and from the oft-maligned necromancers to the criticaly roled transmuters. We look not just at the benefits of each, but the benefits of going deep in each.

The idea is simple: instead of making a "swiss army knife" wizard, with spells from all schools, make a more focused practitioner of a particular school. Wear your school colors with pride. And if you are a DM, we have a few ideas how you might want to incentivise this with a couple simple table rules, like making casting costs half-price within your own school of magic.

Then stick around to the end: we argue about why Lesser Restoration is better than Greater Restoration -- at least for disease.

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  • The Wizard Class and Schools — Wild and enigmatic, varied in form and function, the power of magic draws students who seek to master its mysteries. Some aspire to become like the gods, shaping reality itself. Though the casting of a typical spell requires merely the utterance of a few strange words, fleeting gestures, and sometimes a pinch or clump of exotic materials, these surface components barely hint at the expertise attained after years of apprenticeship and countless hours of study.