Identifying a Spells with Spellcraft


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Otherwhere wrote:
Ravingdork wrote:
Otherwhere wrote:
And if this were radio, we'd hear a sound for something magical happening.
In radio, what we'd likely hear is the chanting of the spell, followed by a big boom or something.
Unless is was a Silent spell.

lol. Yeah, then you'd just hear the spell's effects, not the casting. If there was no obvious effect (such as charm person), you'd then likely hear the caster saying something like "Succumb to my charms!" followed by the target talking in a slower "thrall" voice, for the audience's benefit.


Ravingdork wrote:
Otherwhere wrote:
Ravingdork wrote:
Otherwhere wrote:
And if this were radio, we'd hear a sound for something magical happening.
In radio, what we'd likely hear is the chanting of the spell, followed by a big boom or something.
Unless is was a Silent spell.
lol. Yeah, then you'd just hear the spell's effects, not the casting.

Not per the FAQ. There would always be something to tell you "magic is happening!"


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Otherwhere wrote:
Ravingdork wrote:
Otherwhere wrote:
Ravingdork wrote:
Otherwhere wrote:
And if this were radio, we'd hear a sound for something magical happening.
In radio, what we'd likely hear is the chanting of the spell, followed by a big boom or something.
Unless is was a Silent spell.
lol. Yeah, then you'd just hear the spell's effects, not the casting.
Not per the FAQ. There would always be something to tell you "magic is happening!"

Unless your group subscribes to the magical runes thing. Those may or may not make any noise.

(Though if they did, I'd envision a tinking sound, sort of like like wind chimes.)


Otherwhere wrote:
thejeff wrote:
Except that many of those who disagree with the FAQ also don't think you can identify a spell no matter what. Or that it's obviously casting, even if you don't have the spellcraft to id it.
I don't see anyone saying you can't identify a spell no matter what. Only that you shouldn't be able to identify a spell that has no material, somatic, and verbal components.

Bad phrasing, I guess, but that's what I meant.

You can't "Identify a spell no matter what", rather than "No matter what, you can't identify a spell."

But I think I misunderstood your post that I replied to: I took it to mean "those of us who disagree with the FAQ" thought you could always identify the spell, but just didn't see the need to require visual manifestations.
Rereading, I now think you meant that those who disagree thought you could identify spells only with components, making my early post pointless and confusing. Sorry.


Ravingdork wrote:
(Though if they did, I'd envision a tinking sound, sort of like like wind chimes.)

Funny - that was exactly how I heard it in my head!

thejeff wrote:

Bad phrasing, I guess, but that's what I meant.

You can't "Identify a spell no matter what", rather than "No matter what, you can't identify a spell."

But I think I misunderstood your post that I replied to: I took it to mean "those of us who disagree with the FAQ" thought you could always identify the spell, but just didn't see the need to require visual manifestations.
Rereading, I now think you meant that those who disagree thought you could identify spells only with components, making my early post pointless and confusing. Sorry.

No problem. Thanks for clarifying!

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