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Cast spells like the gods intended with this variant spellcasting system for the world’s greatest roleplaying game!

Ever since E. Gary Gygax and David Arneson penned the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, spellcasters have suffered under the yoke of Jack Vance’s vision of magic. For over 40 years, 'magic-users' such as druids and wizards have struggled to make sense of spell slots, somatic components, and other trappings of 1950s fantasy. While these features were consistent with the mythology of Vance’s Dying Earth series, D&D players have been trying to ditch them for almost 20 years with varying degrees of success.

This supplement provides an exciting new attempt to solve this longstanding issue for Fifth Edition.

Dynamic Spellcasting is a system without finite magical resources like spell slots or spell points. Not only that, it resolves decades-old complaints about the spellcasting system, from the inflexibility of rote spells to the irrational attachment to mechanics that were obsolete before most of today’s D&D players were even born.

The rules provided in this supplement are playtest rules. Over 100,000 people playtested the D&D Next rules to create Fifth Edition, and we need playtesters to help us to essentially revise the entire spellcasting chapter. Included in this document you will find:

  • Completely revised rules for spellcasting, including disciplines, mana, and drain.
  • A new spellcasting class that combines the druid, the sorcerer, and the wizard.
  • Almost 100 spells, including many created specifically for this new system.

For more content from Dungeon Master’s Workshop, and to join the discussion on this project, check out our website! 

“I rue the day that Dungeon Master’s Workshop resolved to remove my influence from D&D!” -Jack Vance, probably

“When they made Second Edition, I really didn’t understand why they kept Vancian magic. I very much endorse Dungeon Master’s Workshop’s endeavours to fix this issue that’s been going on for 30 years too long!” -E. Gary Gygax (no, really...)

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Jason K April 02, 2019 4:40 pm UTC
A thorough alternative for spellcasters. Whether a DM chooses to implement the work in it's entirety or in part it can easily be utilized. Homebrew DM's will find some useful material here in categorizations and specializations. The spells are fifth edition compatible and not in a game breaking way. A lot of thought and work went into this system.
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