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Old September 13, 2015, 20:41   #1
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Lightbulb Reworking the entire magic system (yay)!

This is a thread where I will dump questions I have while I am reworking the entire magic system.

I have a situation where I want characters to have racial and class-based magic, with potential overlap between the two, and access to more than one realm of magic. The caster armor weight limit and mana stat will be determined by class.

I'm pulling all the magic information into the "books" themselves and front-loading all of it with a spell parser and a "book" parser instead of saving it with the player's class data. Each "book" will have a realm, and outside of a "book" the language will be generalized to "item", "magical feat", etc. The player will have the caster armor limit, mana stat, lowest-level "spell", total "spells" possible, and list of "spells" they can "cast" in a single struct.

I don't think it will be hard to calculate and cache the lowest-level "spell" a character can perform or the total number of "spells" a character can have: I should be able to min and sum those at birth.

It currently looks like there's a hard limit of 98 spells total in the game. Is that because it's using a signed byte? Is 'byte' a signed or unsigned byte? I'd like to pump that sucker up above 255 if possible, so would changing spell_order to a u16b* be sufficient, as I suspect...? Breaking savefiles is (obviously) not a problem.
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