Ritualistically Speaking: Control Weather

There are things that make a wizard a wizard. No practitioner of magic can truly call them selves a wizard until they have a mastery over nature it’s self. It’s classic wizarding 101, bend the forces of nature to your will to show all that a big gray beard demands some respect. Control over the … Continue reading

Ritualistically Speaking: Banish Illusion

Enemies who are invisible or who use illusions to mask their identities can be painful adversaries when you are a player. Using illusions and trickery can be fun when you are a DM. Banish Illusion can make a wizard feel less the fool and more the master of the arcane when they are able to … Continue reading

Ritualistically Speaking: Rope Trick

I have to admit, things have slowed down on the site for a little while now, and it’s my fault. I have been getting my ass handed to me at work since the beginning of last week. Half of my co-workers have been on summer vacation and I and the remaining staff have been covering … Continue reading

Ritualistically Speaking: Conceal Object

Even the most unskilled stage magician can make simple object disappear from under a cloth or into a hat, but a real wizard can make something completely invisible while you are standing right in front of it. The Conceal Object ritual is a classic example of true wizardry at work. It’s not true invisibility, it’s … Continue reading

Ritualistically Speaking: Ghost Walk

Stealth has been an issue in so many groups. It often flies in the face of the 4e motto “Don’t split the party”. Most plate mail clad paladins and your average barbarian are not all that stealthy even when they try their hardest. This means most rogues, assassin and avengers have to leave the party … Continue reading

ritualistically speaking: Inquisitive’s Eyes

The more I write these articles on rituals the more I want to run a campaign based heavily on mystery and cloak and dagger affairs. I really enjoy combat in 4th edition D&D but I also enjoy watching players try to figure out why they are chasing a villain, or searching for clues as to … Continue reading

Ritualistically Speaking: Spirit Idol

Ok since I am going through each level and selecting one ritual about which to write, level 7 leaves me with very little choice. That doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with this ritual. I have to admit I never thought about using spirit totem, I really hadn’t even looked at it much in the … Continue reading

Getting you into a ritual today!

What would it take to get you into a ritual today, before you leave this lot? I’m serious here what is it about rituals that makes them so difficult for people to use? Is it the casting time? Is it the cost? Is it the fact that they are always at the back of the … Continue reading

Ritualistically speaking: Clear the Path

This week I’m looking at exerting arcane will over the physical world with a ritual designed to help players explore areas filled with difficult terrain and fallen rocks. Clear the Path is a ritual with a simple function; to allow a wizard who lacks the athletic ability to traverse a path filled with fallen trees, … Continue reading

ritualistically speaking: object read by Paul Unwin

This week I am taking a break from writing the ritualistically speaking article. Paul Unwin aka pdunwin has been really excited about Object Reading and wanting to share his thoughts and ideas. So I’m taking a back seat this time and letting Paul take a shot at it. -T “Ah, Object Reading. Bane and boon … Continue reading