Kickstarting Deep Magic: A Possibly Fireproof Tome for the Ages

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FireballToday the Deep Magic Kickstarter launches. It’s pretty much my dream project for RPG crunch, which is to say: it’s all about the fire spells, baby!

I’ve always loved wizards and clerics, and nothing makes me happier than fireballs coming online, that flame strike spell hitting, or (if I’m feeling especially sneaky) casting the fire shield one round before the orcish hordes overrun the front line. Yes, I’m a pyromaniac when I play a wizard. (There’s a little of that in the project video.) But I swear, hardly any structures burned down mysteriously in my youthful stomping grounds.

But this isn’t all about making things burst into flame. The Deep Magic project collects literally hundreds of spells. It offers variant magic systems. It updates familiar material, gathers new spells from a list of RPG designers you won’t believe, and it does it all at a very reasonable price. There are a lot of Kickstarters out there, but this one is already largely written and edited, and the result is a great big monster TOME of SPELLS. If that doesn’t get your heart beating faster, you clearly play fighters.

At the very least, check out the Deep Magic project page and watch me play with fire in the video. This project is going to burn it up! (In a safe, 20-ft. radius sort of way.)

Wolfgang Baur is a noted game designer and the publisher here at Kobold Press. We swear he’s even more of a pyro at the gaming table than he lets on here. Ask him about kerosene that one time in Call of Cthulhu. Or the sea of fire spell he proposed for dragon magic. You know, that spell’s probably in the book.


  1. Backed! This will be a great tome.


    June 10, 2013

  2. Admit it, you’re still pining for a good “Rain of Colorless Fire.” 😉



    June 10, 2013

  3. Harsh choice, include a character or leatherbound edition. I’m really looking forward to this and to seeing all of those stretch goals getting revealed and filled.


    June 10, 2013

  4. Really good video too btw. You really sell it well Wolfgang.


    June 10, 2013

  5. Yeah, I think this one is going to be BIG!

    The Kickstarter has only been live for a few hours and already it has over 100 backers and it’s around 2/3 of the way to the funding goal! That’s pretty fantastic! Heck, most folks on the West Coast haven’t even logged onto their computers yet :)

    The reeeaaaally exciting thing is going to be once that funding goal is reached and the stretch goals start to be released – i.e. the Goal Scroll starts to unfurl :) Trust me, there are lots of REALLY AWESOME stretch goals on that Goal Scroll!!!

    Marc Radle

    June 10, 2013

  6. The biggest drawback is that so many things in the Bestiaries are either DR protected against or downright immune to fire! Still, this is pretty neat and I’ll probably be unable to resist the sleeper command to purchase it… LOL


    June 10, 2013

  7. DMCal, don’t worry — there are a TON more than just fire spells in this book. There are spells with all the elemental descriptors, of course, but also spells (and magic schools and styles) that follow themes not at all attached to elementalism. We’ll post more details on the blog as the Kickstarter progresses, but I can guarantee you there’s something for every single casting class and probably something for almost every magic-using player’s style here.

    Amanda Hamon

    June 10, 2013

  8. Wow! Fully funded on the very first day! Within a few hours eve – that’s pretty awesome!

    Now … the Goal Scroll (I love that name, by the way) starts to unfurl … :)

    Marc Radle

    June 10, 2013

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