May Update

Hey guys,

Thanks to Crimson we have the site certificate renewed again, apologies it was out for so long. If the site’s ever down you can find information usually on our twitter, @CarnalSouls, letting you know what’s up. I have to also apologise for a rather atrocious PM that got sent out by a spam account to a few users providing spam links under the guise of selling Covid-19 protective items. They were banned within minutes of it going out, but that doesn’t make it any less of a despicable thing to do.

As for game news I’m more limited than usual in how unavailable everyone is, but I have been thinking a lot about our magic system and how it exists in the world. After reading the Kingkiller books recently it’s given me the impetus to have a closer look at it and see what I can do to make it new and interesting. If you guys can make any recommendations for fantasy books with cool magic stuff in them I’d be glad to hear about them; fiction is a nice retreat from everything going on right now.

I hope everyone is keeping safe and helping eachother when they can.

10 Responses to “May Update”

  1. MusicFruit says:

    Can’t help with an book title regarding good magic systems. But Hello Future Me made two good videos about soft and hard magic systems.

    An personal advice from me. No teleporting or with clear limits. It’s easily becomes an plot device if you got your story into in corner and it’s rarely an good one.
    -Got the protagonist trapped in an situation impossible for him/her to solve? Teleporting! Boring.
    -The antagonist got trapped, but there are still more plans for it, just use teleporting! Frustrating.
    -The protagonist killed the antagonist! But why was no teleporting spiell used for an last minute escape? The antagonist has done that already two times. Why not know? And we got an plot hole.

  2. DMC4EVERUCCI says:

    Absolutely agree with MusicFruit. Hard limits on teleportation if you decide to have it, or make it so there is some kind of really expensive trade off (ie. True Resurrection necessitating a diamond worth 25k gold coins in DnD 5e).

    Speaking of DnD, I always loved the Material-Somatic-Vocal factors of spells. It’s mostly flavor usually, but it can get interesting in situations like “You’re underwater = no vocal spells!”.

    As for gamey mechanics, it really depends on how much you want the player to easily access and use magic.
    How does the player learn new spells? Can they “buy” them at a shop a la Oblivion? Do they unlock more through leveling? Can they only access certain spells by completing specific quests for specific characters?
    Once they have the spells, can they use them whenever? Is there a “mana” meter? Do spells have a material cost? How rare are those materials? Do the materials get consumed or can you use the spell indefinitely as long as you have that object on your person/inventory?
    And since this is also a TF-based game are certain spells (or skills in general) exclusive to some race/class/body parts? Can spells *change* some body parts or generally have a temporary/permanent effect on character’s apparencies?
    And since the smut is a prominent part of the game too, I’d also really look into how magic and lust can interact and how are they intertwined. Are the two connected? Can someone still flawlessly cast a spell if they’re horny as hell? Can they get more horny by casting/getting hit by a spell?

    Hope all of this food for thought can be somewhat helpful. All the best and thanks for keeping us updated on the game’s progress!

    • Conrade Bork says:

      Bringing the Farm to Live in Another World by Ming Yu.
      This one is a wierd one. A webnovel with nearly 10,000 chapters of which 1300 have been fan translated and are available for free online. The remainder have been machine translated, it says something that by the time i reached the end of what had been translated (800 chapters at that time) i was drawn into the series enough to read the terrible machine translation. It can be a bit a bit of a slog at times and at times it can feel a bit schizophrenic. However it was my entry point into the genre of Wuxia and if you take the time to read through it it can show you a fundamentally alien system of magic based on chinese mystical traditions rather than western ones.

  3. Flex says:

    While the DnD magic system was heavily based on Jack Vance’s novels, there are two authors which spring to mind who have developed some rather complex, and complete magic, systems. The first is Lyndon Hardy who divided magic into different disciplines (Thaumaturgy, Alchemy, Magic, Sorcery, and Wizardry) which are nominally discrete but the novels explore the possibility that there are similarities. And then the Lawerence Watt Evens Ethshar series which does a similar breakdown of magic into various disciplines, but they are not as formally developed. Both authors are fun reads.

    Of course, if you’ve never read Vance, you should really seek out his Lyonesse Trilogy. I feel that it, in many ways, is better than Tolkien as high fantasy.

    Stay healthy

  4. Conrade bork says:

    The Misenchanted Sword by Lawrence Watt-Evans
    An interesting take on the creation of cursed items

    Master of the 5 Magics by Lyndon Hardy
    A book with VERY specific rules for the function of magic will provoke thoughts one the mechanics of magic

    Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin
    The first entry in a long running humor series with a number of interesting and humorous magical beings or ideas. The Fairy Godfather being head of a magical mafia is a personal favorite

    The Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
    A relitively magic light mystery. Chinese Sherlock Holmes solves a magical mystery. The nonmagical but highly intelligent Master Li outsmarts a magical antagonist

    Storm Front by Jim Butcher
    The first book of the long running Dresden File series. The wizard Dresden operates as a private detective in the modern world. The series has a number of useful ideas about varied magical subjects, usually at least one in every book.

  5. Flex says:

    I was going to say the same thing as Conrade, both Lawrence Watt-Evans Esthsar series and most of the Lyndon Hardy books have fairly formalized magic systems.

    I would also recommend Jack Vance’s Lyonesse trilogy. I think it’s better high fantasy than Tolkien while at the same time being far more realistic in the motivations for characters. There are also quite a few female characters, and sex crops up quite as often as it tends to in real life.

  6. ISeeThingsInGrey says:

    Thank goodness this is still going. i got scared it was dropped TT. TT

  7. Atryx10 says:

    Don’t really have a book recommendation, but some tips:
    Does magic require some form of material to cast, or some form of conduit? Examples would be Mistborn and Harry Potter.
    Is it imagination based or logic based? i.e “Neuromancer” or “Youjo Senki”.
    Is it the only thing capable of performing seemingly magical things? Example of it not being the only thing would be “The Legendary Mechanic”, in which Magic and Technology are both a thing in the universe, and at higher levels are nigh indistinguishable, however still distinct enough on lower tiers such that low-grade civilizations based on technology can’t figure out how a magi-tech spaceship works and vice versa.

  8. Zavern says:

    Mistborn is an awesome series. It revolves around people being able to use certain abilities when consuming select metals.

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