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Message no. 1
From: "Dark Thought Publications." <JEK5313@*****.TAMU.EDU>
Subject: Physad powers for Mages. . . .
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 93 07:09:38 CET
I. . . .DON'T. . . THINK. . . SO. . . .!!!!!!!!!!!

I CRY. . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . (still waiting, eh?). . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . G.A.M.E..B.A.L.A.N.C.E.!!!!!!!!!!!!
Message no. 2
From: David Loewenstern <loewenst@*****.RUTGERS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Physad powers for Mages. . . .
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 93 13:01:38 GMT
I have no trouble with the basic idea that a Mage also may have Physad
powers. A full mage has access to _all_ magic, and I'd certainly
include hermetic, shamanic, and physical. _However_, I would say that
Physad and Mage are two completely different ways of working with
magic, and so being both a physad and a mage is as difficult as being
both a hermetic mage and a shaman. Every mage has the potential to do
both, but very few have the flexibility of thought and tenaciousness
of will to do both. And the typical 25-year-old ex-wizkid hasn't had
enough time to learn enough about magic to do both.

I would certainly _not_ allow a starting character to be both mage and
physad for exactly the same reasons I wouldn't allow a starting
character to be initiated, or possessing 10MY worth of beta cyberware
-- character conception (these are _new_ shadowrunners, not guys who've
reached the tops of their respective professions), and play balance.

A reasonable way to handle it would be to make unification of
different types of magic a higher step of initiation. Perhaps at
initiate grade 5, a mage could unify shamanism with hermetic magic,
and at grade 10, s/he could learn to develop physical (or psychic, if you
play with them) abilities.

]<<<<< Quincunx <loewenst@****> (Sat Jan 30 13:01:33 EST

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