Wizard Variant/house rules

Here is an optional variant for the wizard for old-school D&D. I’ve borrowed these from a couple of sources on the blogosphere, one of which is Brendan, the other of which I can neither remember nor find at the moment, so sorry. I’ve adjusted them slightly to be consistent with each other. They probably make the wizard a lot more powerful, but *shrugs*

Want to cast a spell of the same level, but different to one you memorised? Double the casting time, and save vs. Spells, fumbling on a Nat. 1.

Want to retain a spell as you are casting it? Double the casting time, and save vs. Spells minus the spell level, fumbling on a Nat. 1 unless the spell is three levels lower than the highest level you can cast.

Want to cast a spell, but you’ve used up all the spells of that level? Double the casting time, and save vs. Spells at a cumulative -2 penalty, fumbling on Nat. 1 for Level 1 spells, Nat. 1-2 for Level 2 spells, etc.

Want to cast a spell of a level higher than you can normally handle? Double the casting time, and save vs. Spells at a penalty equal to 2x the spell level, fumbling on Nat. 1-2 for Level 1 spells, Nat. 1-4 for Level 2 spells, etc.

Want to do any of the above with a spell that isn’t in your spell book? Double the casting time, save penalty and fumble range again.

If the save vs. Spells of any of the above succeeds, the attempted action succeeds. If the save fails, or if the caster is interrupted while casting, the action is wasted, and if any spell slot was being used up, it is lost. If the save is fumbled, roll on a spell fumbles table.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s