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Tap Untap Burn 5 Color Mana Spell Point Variant Rules Core Mechanics

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Replace spell slots and the eight schools of magic with spell points and the five color magic paradigm.

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This book redefines spellcasting for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 5th Edition 

Perfect for Ravnica and Theros, fun for all!

Variant rules for:
- Spells and magic defined by the five colors of Magic: The Gathering - White, Blue, Black, Red, and Green 
- Replacing spell slots with color mana spell points
- New class features for casting classes from the Player's Handbook using 5 color magic and spell points - Five new wizard traditions: one for each color mana
- 10th level spells and Epic Wish mechanics
- Spell duration mechanics
- Concentration mechanics
- New Sources of Magic

Also includes:
- editable lists of spells sorted by color for each class (included with purchase)
- mana playmat and color mana tokens to tap, untap, and burn during play (included with purchase)
- Design notes and guidance to implement all these variant rules for future content and homebrew material
- 50+ original illustrations 

6/06 - added online mana playmat for use on VTT (included with purchase)

6/06 - added sorcery, cantrip, and colorless mana tokens (included with purchase)

2021-6-25 - updated expanded editiable 5 color mana spell lists to include TCoE, XGtE, GGtR (included with purchase)

2021-6-25 - included artificer spell list in the expanded editable 5 color mana sell list (included with purchase)

2021-11-20- updated zip file now includes expanded spell list with spells devoted to more than one color, and includes all wotc published spells including Fizban's Treasury of Dragons!

Here's an article wrote about Tap Untap Burn:

Video Review from QuestWise:

Video Character Creation interview hosted by
Babies with Knives:

Here's a sample of the mana playmat and mana token assets being used in the roll20 enviroment.  You can easily track your own mana either on a tablet or with printing at home or of course online 


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Fil K December 07, 2021 6:52 pm UTC
Hey team! the zip file has been updated with the spells from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons and Strixhaven! Also-- an overall product redesign in formatting and spell selection variant rules is in on the workbench for 2022! Here's a video where the new spells are being added to the list while discussing the future changes to how spell / color devotion will work moving forward:
Stay tuned! we're just getting started!
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Fil K July 09, 2021 11:32 pm UTC
Got some great feedback from MtG enthusiasts regarding spell colors (and the FR card set has been fun food for thought as well) ... revised spell lists are in the works!
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Fil K March 16, 2021 4:59 pm UTC
hey! I had eldritch knight text under arcane trickster info in the 3/08 update... fixed that, and also revised the language for 3rd casters using the more flexible short rest mana devotion mechanics.
I also added artificer to the mana progression table in the first chapter.
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Fil K March 08, 2021 8:04 am UTC
Hey folks! significant changes to mana pool and burning color mana in chapter 2! Now even easier than ever to implement color mana. More books coming in Q2 and Q3 2021!
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Fil K January 14, 2021 9:31 am UTC
Production of Tap Untap Burn Martial Powers has begun!
Soon we'll be sharing color mana resources for Barbarian, and a new take on the other martial classes: Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, and Rogue.
Stay tapped and follow on twitter @filkearney
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Patrick W September 07, 2021 1:55 pm UTC
I have to say, it’s really cool that you seem to really enjoy updating and improving this- it kind of makes it feel like a living document in a way?
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Fil K September 07, 2021 3:16 pm UTC
Thank you! There's a ton of design space in color mana. As my understanding of the color wheel and game design evolves, I see how the work can improve. The upcoming revisions are still in process, and i'm looking forward to releasing the updates!

any questions be welcome to ping me on
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Fil K January 09, 2021 9:50 pm UTC
hey team!
today I added on p31 and p45 variant rules, "shared spell limit" which would reduce your max spell limit to cast instant and persistent spell by the amount of mana you already have tapped. If you can cast up to 8th level spells, and you're maintaining concentration on 3 spells for a combined total of 5 levels, you're limited to casting instant and persistent spells up to 3rd level until you release concentration.
this is a great way to further punish high magic but still allow the concept of multi-spell concentration.
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Fil K January 14, 2021 9:29 am UTC
added additional explanation to page 45 for how shared spell limits compliment tap untap mechanics.
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Fil K December 16, 2020 9:48 pm UTC
Hey all! the download zip file with playmat, tokens and editable spell list has been updated with a new list including artificer, XGtE, and now TCoE. SCAG has been removed because TCoE duplicates those spells.

Also! Spell Point Warlocks is now up! It provides easy-to-implement rules for 5 color mana and the book also provides a DMG p288 spell point progression that is spot-on with PHB spell slot progression

If you don't have the bundle already, get it!
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Fil K June 26, 2020 1:37 am UTC
Hey! I've updated the zip file to include all the spells from XGTE, SCAG, and GGtR.
I've also updated the new expanded spell list to include the artificer spell list

Work continues on both the artficer and the warlock mana spell points... those will be rolling out in the next few months... Warlock's Pact Magic mechanics took us in a WHOLE new direction that is incredibly fun!
If you bought the Universal Spell Points and High Magic, you can use the Artificer progression there for now.

I"m looking forward to wrapping these last two classes up so the full spellcasting class selection is properly represented with 5 color mana spell point variant rules!
Further down the pipe I've got Martial Mana on the workbench to provide 5 color mana for every class! It'll be a while, so any support you offer helps expedite the project!

Thanks so much for being interested!
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Fil K June 10, 2020 2:28 am UTC
I'm currently playtesting spell point warlocks.

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Fil K June 22, 2020 11:07 pm UTC
Yeah. this is solid. Going into production. probably a month or so until release. stay tuned!
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Fil K December 16, 2020 9:49 pm UTC
this turned out great, and is now live!
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Fil K June 09, 2020 1:52 am UTC
Hey team! I've updated the zip file to include digital playmat, and added tokens for sorcery points, cantrips, and just blank dots for ... oh! inspiration points, fighter / maneuvers, action surges, bardic inspiration uses, all sorts of whatever.
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Fil K June 01, 2020 10:22 pm UTC
New article from about Tap Untap Burn!
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Fil K May 26, 2020 3:16 pm UTC
QuestWise reviews Core Mechanics here
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Fil K May 23, 2020 12:43 am UTC
updated document. Resolved a few typos and formatting issues. Let me know if you catch anything else!
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Fil K May 18, 2020 6:02 pm UTC
The preview is intentionally all 75 pages... There's a lot of new concepts here, so you should know what you're getting before you buy!
The quick preview is glitching but may eventually resolve.
Buying provides mana tokens, a playmat to tap, untap, and burn mana without bookkeeping, and there's editable spreadsheet with spell lists for each casting class so you can rearrange how spells are devoted if you want to make changes for your campaign!
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Brant U May 18, 2020 7:21 pm UTC
This looks really interesting with loads of great ideas and well executed ideas at that. Are there plans to have a Fantasy Grounds version of this?
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Fil K May 18, 2020 7:27 pm UTC
Thanks for the compliment!

I've been talking with some teams about it... they're having a challenge with devoting spells to colors as a reference list, and they're having issues with converting spell slots to spell points... IF i can find someone that can do it, I'll be happy to port it there.
Also looking into custom character sheet design for roll20.. and I'm open to suggestions.
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Brant U May 18, 2020 9:07 pm UTC
Hopefully that gets sorted. Having read the preview Im for sure gonna purchase this as is and hopefully get the chance to see a Fantasy Grounds version done soon
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Fil K May 18, 2020 9:11 pm UTC
Thank you! Proud to earn your support. :)
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