Stormchild wrote:The Masterbook system (which is based on oTorg) is an easy-to-use rules system for creating any kind of SFX. If you want the damage effect to be higher you have to adjust the calculation, if you want the range to extent, adjust the calculation, balance it with disadvantages like contagion or incantation, so each SFX is unique. And then comes in the Bloodshadows magic system that uses SFX built with this Masterbook system but adjusted for different flair according to the magic discipline.
I've done some stuff with Masterbook, and I think the system there is exactly what Utsukushi does not wish to see (Utsukushi: apologies if I'm putting words in your mouth). The system for creating a miracle, a spell, a psionic power, or a weird science device are exactly the same. Some of the secondary stuff may be more or less appropriate for different types of SFX (using Helpers or Gestures to reduce the difficulty of a psi power would be a flavor fail, and it's called out as such), but the base system is the same for all types. It doesn't matter if you're calling down the Wrath of God on someone, if you're casting a Freeze Bolt, or if you're using pyrokinesis to burn them - if you're doing X damage at Y range with Z casting time, the powers will have the same difficulty/feedback.
It's also problematic when it comes to some types of effects, like healing. The suggestion used in Masterbook is essentially "treat the Effect Value as a First Aid skill total" - which is not particularly helpful when it comes to magical/miraculous healing.