Discussion:Has anyone seen spell creation rules..?
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 Has anyone seen spell creation rules...
 Wesinator5 13:15, 28 January 2009 (MST)
... other than those listed in DMG3.5 p35?
(Apologies for those who have moved on to DnD4.0, and those who are piecing together Wizard's new release DnD4.325 coming soon.)
Background: I did a bit of surveying in the dark mines of 3.5 spelldom (actually, restricting myself to PHB and Spell Compendium). I went through all the different wizard spells that cause widespread damage in one form or another, trying to divine some sort of pattern in the damage dice used, the number of dice permitted, the maximum number of dice permitted, the area affected, etc. Other than roughly adhering to the tables on p36, there didn't seem to be one!
Here's a sample of what I found:
|Spell||Level||Radius||Range||Damage||Max||Notes||Hail of stone||1||5'||medium||1d4/lv||5d4||Scatterspray||1||10'||close||1d8||1d8||Snowball swarm||2||10'||medium||1d6/odd lv||5d6||Fireball||3||20'||long||1d6/lv||10d6||Scintillating sphere||3||20'||long||1d6/lv||10d6||Ice storm||4||20'||long||5d6||5d6||slow, -4 to Listen||Firebrand||5||5' × lv||medium||1d6/lv||10d6||Acid storm||6||20'||medium||1d6/lv||15d6||Horrid wilting||8||30'||long||1d6/lv||20d6||1d8/lv (max 20d8) vs plants||Sunburst||8||80'||long||6d6||6d6||blind; 1d6/lv (max 25d6) vs undead|
My list has many more spell comparisons, divided into a range of categories - the above list is for illustrative purposes only. I am particularly interested in the progression of spell damage from level to level, and from individual targets to widespread.
In general, I feel the transition from cantrips to 1st level to 2nd level to 3rd level is an impressive increase in power. Thereafter, it's a bit "meh". I've even had players ask me to be allowed to use their 4th level spell slots to memorise 3rd level spells. I could ramble on at length at specific examples, drawn from the above list and elsewhere, of how this spell doesn't seem to match up against that spell. Rather, I'll pitch the issue in a different way:
Question 1a: What are your expectations of the average damage-dealing power of a spell at each level?
Question 1b: If there was a spell which had the same effects as a fireball at each of the other nine levels, what would its specific characteristcs be? (I've already had a stab at this)
Question 2a: Do the other details of a spell have a direct affect on your expectations of the damage-dealing power of a spell?
Question 2b: If there were variants of a fireball at Level 3 that differed in the following ways, how else would they change?
- touch attack on one target
- medium-range ranged touch attack on one target
- medium-range ranged automatic hit on one target
- a cone
- a radial blast centered on the caster
- a radial blast centered at long range
- a blast that simply did damage
- a blast that knocked people prone
- a blast that ignited loose materials
- a blast that blinded for a round, deafened for 1d4 rounds, set your eyebrows on fire, and scared your donkey
Any comments at all... please!
 Wesinator5 02:45, 29 January 2009 (MST)
Here is an example of where this query is going.