How to Create a Magic System

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Overview So, you want to write a fantasy book or create your own tabletop game, or you simply enjoy idea crafting. One of the cornerstones of any of these is a sound magic system. Magic draws a reader or player in. It breathes life into an author’s world, giving it an element … Read more

Weaknesses and Limits in Magical Systems – Why They Are Important

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Overview When designing a magic system, be it a soft one or a hard one, perhaps the most fun part is creating the different powers a magic-user has access to. After all, who does not like imagining some noble, heroic figure staunchly turning away a dragon’s fire? Or someone roasting entire armies … Read more

The Wheel of Time

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James Oliver Rigney Jr. wrote the Wheel of Time under the pen name Robert Jordan. This series consists of fourteen high fantasy novels and has two authors, the aforementioned Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Jordan died while writing what he planned to be the twelfth and final book of the series. Sanderson, a long-time … Read more

Hard Magic vs. Soft Magic

Hard Magic vs. Soft Magic

Magic, an essential part of nearly any fantasy book. Magic separates fantasy from any other genre of story. It is often the driving force behind the issues characters face. Magic allows characters to transcend the mundane. It ignites the reader’s imagination and truly allows them to immerse themselves and fall in love … Read more