Monday, November 21, 2022

Book/Path Magic

Book/Path Magic is a system that first appeared in GURPS Third Edition. It appeared in GURPS Spirits, GURPS Voodoo, GURPS Castle Falkinstein, and possibly others. In Fourth Edition it was updated and published in GURPS Thaumatology.

It forms the basis of the GURPS Settings: GURPS Thaumatology: Alchemical Baroque and GURPS Thaumatology Age of Gold

The system has two major methods of working, Effect Shaping and Energy Accumulation and variations have been posted in some Pyramid articles as well as fan blogs.

As described it is based on spirit magic but it can be used in other ways.

Naruto is an anime that has shinobi who use various forms of "Ninjitsu" that can be replicated using Book/Path magic.

The Valdemar setting by Mercedes Lackey uses ley lines and is probably best modeled in GURPS using Book/Path Magic with the Energy Accumulation method.

Imperial Magic from Steve Brusts Vlad Taltos series could be modeled using Book/Path with the Effect Shaping version, its Witchcraft would likely use the Energy Accumulation model.

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