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

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: 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

Ritualistically Speaking: hand of fate

Fate does not care about what you want, and that is why asking its hand for advice can often lead you into danger. But danger is what makes playing dungeons and dragons so much fun. DMs often feel like divination breaks their game, or at least the mysteries they work hard to build. I think … Continue reading

Ritualistically Speaking: Affect Normal Fire.

Fire! “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave,the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’ – the book of Agur – Proverbs 30 Fire is some crazy stuff! It can be a handy tool or a deadly weapon and … Continue reading

Ritualistically Speaking: seek rumor

Rituals, divination more than others, always make me think of a really great line of books: “The Dresden Files.” I have yet to read them all but I really like the gritty way in which they deal with magic; the way wizards are limited by what magic they know and how well they know it; … Continue reading

ritualistically speaking: Tenser’s Floating Disk

Rituals can be very polarizing, either you love them or you never give them a thought. I have talked to plenty of DMs who have never seen a single player use a ritual. At first I was astonished, or at least a bit shocked that players would ignore such great in game boons. Such awesome … Continue reading