What is the Best School of Magic?

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The Wakefield show was absolutely wonderful. FF and GB bruckt the yummy sounds. Also, I thought "He Poos Clouds" was in reference to the conjuration spell, "Stinking Cloud," which I SERIOUSLY employ allllll the damn time when I am playing my halfling conjurer in D&D 3.5. Not even joking. Clouds are the best damn spells in all of D&D. Plus I get the Summon Monster spells. Conjuration = best school of magic.
I think this thread should be about what school of magic, is best, basically. Anyone who says necromancy is chump supreme.

― Will M. (Will M.), Tuesday, April 18, 2006 4:30 AM (fourteen years ago)

14 years and a few editions pass but the best school of magic poll is finally here!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Divination 4
Conjuration 3
Necromancy 3
Illusion 3
Evocation 2
Abjuration 2
Enchantment 2
Transmutation 1


Mordy, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:23 (one month ago) link

Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:24 (one month ago) link

i play a divination wizard which is v cool ime. i roll 2d20s after a long rest and those become my portents that i can use (once each) to sub instead of rolling the die. if you roll high it's great you can do something clutch like once i guaranteed that our group's barbarian would bring down a dragon with a net by giving him an exceptionally high roll. if you roll low it's great because then you can force a powerful monster to fail a saving throw and whatever save or suck spell you cast is actually just a suck spell. if you roll 12s or 13s it's a little trickier but if you can work out what a monsters saving throw bonuses are thru observation you can get good use of them too (i countered a BBEG last session who was about to planeshift away with like half our party through a well timed portent roll of 12). i think the RP consequences are interesting too - my divination wizard is convinced that his portents are not predictions but actually his unconscious dreaming state reaching out and manipulating the fabric of time.

plz i beg i've been v nerdy here don't leave me hanging

Mordy, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

The black metal edgelord in me wants to say necromancy. I'd kill for a CRPG revolving around the player's arduous path to lichdom. Having never experimented with pen-and-paper, divination (and the rogue class, while we're at it) always seemed kind of lame but that's just due to the limitations inherent to video games as a medium.

This is pretty cool btw:

my divination wizard is convinced that his portents are not predictions but actually his unconscious dreaming state reaching out and manipulating the fabric of time

pomenitul, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:37 (one month ago) link

Oh hell yeah. This will take some research but I'm pretty sure as a kid necromancy seemed the coolest.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:43 (one month ago) link

I just named a track Prismatic Spray, a phrase which apparently stuck in my head for 25 years.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:44 (one month ago) link

yeah divination stuff is much cooler in RP tabletop games than action rpgs where reading ppl's minds or augury can give you significant information you might otherwise not be able to get xxp

Mordy, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:45 (one month ago) link

Abjuration hands down

El Tomboto, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:47 (one month ago) link

pvmic?

El Tomboto, Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:48 (one month ago) link

Ranked:

Enchantment
Conjuration
Abjuration
Transmutation
Necromancy
Evocation
Divination
Illusion

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:50 (one month ago) link

Can you beat enchantment? Imbuing every person and thing with magical properties?

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:51 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnGqeVoUBnM

pomenitul, Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:57 (one month ago) link

abjuration has dispel magic which is why the answer is abjuration

El Tomboto, Monday, 25 May 2020 00:51 (one month ago) link

Are you a wizard slayer.

pomenitul, Monday, 25 May 2020 00:58 (one month ago) link

In wizard's clothing.

pomenitul, Monday, 25 May 2020 00:58 (one month ago) link

Well “cleric” wasn’t an option but basically yes, wizards are dangerous people and need to be policed appropriately

El Tomboto, Monday, 25 May 2020 01:09 (one month ago) link

one fun thing about dnd tomboto is that you can rp alignments that aren't your irl one!

Mordy, Monday, 25 May 2020 01:11 (one month ago) link

Just because my aim is to achieve lichdom doesn't mean I intend to harvest the souls of the living, you can trust me, I am a chaotic good necromancer.

pomenitul, Monday, 25 May 2020 01:12 (one month ago) link

why am I disappointed this is merely an RPG thread that escaped from I Love Games

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 25 May 2020 03:15 (one month ago) link

ILG is for video games man

This thread is old school

El Tomboto, Monday, 25 May 2020 18:21 (one month ago) link

Conjuration - seems fun I guess, the 'Wish' spell seemed like a tantalizing thought experiment when I was reading D&D books as a kid
Necromancy - goth magic, obviously cool
Evocation - ok so this is the basic pew-pew magic, functional but boring
Abjuration - defensive magic, 'Dispel X', extremely functional but extremely boring
Transmutation - very fun times, turning yourself or others into animals, maybe this is the one?
Divination - idk this just seems like cheating
Enchantment - so this is apparently magical disinformation & psyops - 'Modify Memory', 'Mass Suggestion', 'Feeblemind', ban these people
Illusion - the fun & wholesome version of the above, kids love it

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 19:48 (one month ago) link

Pizza

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:26 (one month ago) link

pizza is magic, yes

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:34 (one month ago) link

there is this guy who is the secretary of the Huddersfield branch of the Circle of Magicians who once tried to murder my stepdad with a samurai sword. It was a quite amusing family talking point when pics of him as a magician and children's entertainer kept popping up in the local rag - if he'd managed to hack through this wooden door before the cops got to him he'd be still practising his powers of Abjuration in some shower room at a category A prison right now rather than impressing kids with quite rudimentary card tricks!

calzino, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:53 (one month ago) link

rushomancy is a form of divination so voting divination

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:57 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 29 June 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

Really disappointed this didn’t turn into a clusterfuck thread

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 29 June 2020 01:15 (one week ago) link

Try twitter.com

pomenitul, Monday, 29 June 2020 02:03 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

Dispel poll results

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 00:42 (one week ago) link


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