Arcane Forensics: When you are in the proximity of magic which has been active within the last week, including currently active magic, roll +WIS or +INT. On a 10+, choose 3. On a 7-9 choose 1.

▬ You can tell what the magic does, its function and purpose.

▬ You detect and remember a magical signature. If you find magic cast by the same spell origin in the future, you can tell if it was the same origin or spellcaster.

▬ You know when the magic was activated, and/or when it stopped working or how long it will continue working.

▬ You catch a fleeting echo of thought from one of the victims of the magic.

▬ You catch a fleeting echo of thought from the caster of the magic.

▬ You can follow the direction of the caster and can track left behind magical residue.

Hey Folks! Long time no post. I just started getting back into finishing up my caster playbooks, and I plan to expand that book to include not only the caster classes but also some new advanced moves, locations, items, and other magicky magic magicalness

I was hoping I could get some feedback on this move from you fine folks. Note that this move has way too many choices currently but I wanted to include my current ideas to get some feedback. Thank you so very much for your time. 

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  1. That is very, very cool.  I would change echo of thought from caster to echo of INTENT from the caster.  As I think that is what we are really trying to suss out.  

    I’ve got a game coming up in a couple of weeks and I really hope one of my players goes with a spell casting class.  

  2. This seems like it’d need special permission, so I’d stick it in a compendium class. No reason a barbarian from the frozen tundra should be able to know that someone cast magic missle here yesterday.

  3. Storn Cook good call. I think you’re right intent is the key. I also considered making this one “emotion” of the caster so you could try to find that intent in another more mysterious way. I think that just saying intent is probably better though. 

    Michael Llaneza Hey thanks! I appreciate it. 

  4. Nice! I was wondering what happened to these.

    Maybe try to reduce word count by 1) removing some of the limiting language and 2) turning the choices into questions?

    When you closely study a magical effect, active or lingering, roll +INT. On a 10+, ask the GM 3 of the following questions. On a 7-9, ask 1.

    – What does/did it do?

    – Do I recognize the caster’s signature? From where?

    – What caused/causes it to end?

    – What was the caster’s/last victim’s emotional state?

    – Where did the caster go next?

  5. Mike Wice Yah.  Emotion is a good way to put it too.  I would love for one of my players to get 6 or less on this one.  Such cool ‘failure” could be the magic reactivates and is wild with unintended consequences.  One could have a lot of fun with this one!

  6. Jeremy Strandberg Thanks Jeremy. I always value your feedback on these. The project isn’t gone, I just expanded the original scope quite a bit from my original idea. The full release will be a compendium of spellcaster playbooks with 8 new playbooks based on the original DnD schools of magic. It will also contain some stand alone compendium class style moves like the one posted above, new magic items, spell failure result suggestions for every spell in the core book numbered for easy rolling if you choose, as well as some locations for ritual magic.  This monster just keeps growing! I gotta finish this thing and get it out there.

  7. Here is another related move, please let me know your thoughts. 

    ◘ Psychometric Reading

    When you hold or touch an object that was important to someone roll +INT or +WIS. On a 10+ choose 3. On a 7-9 choose 1.

    ▬ You learn why this object was important to the person.

    ▬ You learn the name of the person who made the object.

    ▬ You learn the name of the person who last touched the object.

    ▬ You learn a secret about the object.

    ▬ You learn a secret about the person who last held the object.

    ▬ You learn the last place the object was kept.

  8. As a quick gloss, I’d hold that to +Wis, since that’s the “perception” stat in DW (my theory is Int is stuff inside your head, Wis is stuff outside your head).

    The secret about the person who last held it option should be combined with the object’s secret – psychometry on an object should give you anything about the owner unrelated to the object.

    Shrinking the option list would be a good thing to try, it’s a bit long.

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