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Re: Hello, MeanMachine here!
Hey, Meanmachine is you username from the 2000AD character? I've written an affectionate RPG parody, though it's parodying D&D rather than CRPG's. Do you have a fav JRPG? Mine are Suikoden and Vandal Hearts. Anyway, enough with the questions from me. Welcome to the FF!

Never heard of 2000AD, will check it out later.

The name comes from my high school days, when I once found the words MeanMachine scribbled on the blackboard that was in the kitchen used for cooking classes.  I liked it, and now I'm using it.

My favorite J-RPG is without a doubt Final Fantasy 12, with Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky coming in a close second.

September 04, 2015, 02:16:43 PM
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Re: Explain your magic systems I guess I’ll go and give this a shot.
Magic System for Chronicles of Gaea (Working Title)

Magic in Gaea is extremely common, both in the form of the various spells people use, and in the form of magic-powered technologies, referred to as Manatech, which make skyships soar, light crystals shine, and much, much more.  Both of these use the energy that is omnipresent in the world and that the people call Mana, (don’t cringe too hard, I’m not betting on originality here, and I think it goes well with the story’s tone and setting anyway), which is light blue in color when in high enough concentration and which is generated from the planet's core and seeps to the surface.  While the Mana used for spells is drawn from the surrounding environment into the caster’s body, virtually all Manatech use Manacite, mana’s crystallized form which is mined out of the ground.

The actual “spellcasting” could be considered an hybrid between magic in video games like FinalFantasy 12, and Fullmetal Alchemist’s transmutation. The key to do any spells is basically magic circles accompanied by various runes and symbols, with which the caster has to make contact for the spell to work. The circle can be just a circle dug in the earth with any old stick, or drawn with pretty much anything on virtually any surface, but there are methods and tools that make spellcasting much more efficient in reguards to the mana and time consumed for a spell, like special inks infused with manacite, which are commonly used for the readymade spell circles found in mage’s grimoires. One’s blood can also be used and is almost just as effective as magical inks, but only if the blood is the spellcaster’s.
Another tool widely used by a great numbers of adventurers are Spellgems, which are basically spell circles set in a mana-sensitive jewel-like stone, which are often set in bracelets or necklaces, sometimes in armor and weapons. While relatively expensive, Spellgems allow for near instantaneous spellcasting and are reusable virtually without limit, and any sane adventurer has at least one healing Spellgem on hand if he’s got the money for it.

Rune-weapons are another way to use Mana. These are weapons forged with Manacite imbued alloys, and set with runes (as their name inplies) which allow the weapon’s wielder to channel Mana trough it to create this or that desired effect, for example making your blade surround itself with flames, which has been a popular choice ever since the first runeblade was forged, it seems.

Who CAN do magic? Virtually everyone. Who can do magic VERY well? Almost anyone who puts enough practice into it, as repeat uses increases one’s “Mana pool”, as well as how much Mana one can channel at one time. Who DOES magic? On a professional level, a whole lot of people, mostly adventurers and people in armies, with healers and alchemists making up the majority of what’s left. Basic magic, such as for providing light and lighting fire, are taught to most children.

October 11, 2015, 06:09:30 PM
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