Unearthed Arcana, plus Miscasts!

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Another School of Magic for spells-without-level Lamentations.


Unearthed Arcana

This lists the Magic-User spells recorded within the final First Age tome written by Mordenkainen.



and …

I Make Miscasting FUN!

Here are some semi-generic miscast tables by type of magic for use with spells-without-level Lamentations. They’re adapted from a list posted to the Lamentations forum by Andomedanaea.

These are immediately usable with Illusio Primo, White Dwarf’s Treasure Chest and Unearthed Arcana (as those Schools are drawn from First Age material). With a little thought they could be used with any spell from any School.

When a wizard miscasts, look at what type of magic the spell involves and roll on the appropriate table:



You could also press Dungeon Crawl Classics into service here. The tables for Mercurial Magic, Corruption and Spell Misfires (DCC/111-120, in my  4th print) are pretty great.

White Dwarf’s Treasure Chest

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Here’s another School of Magic for spells-without-level Lamentations.


White Dwarf’s Treasure Chest



This school is named after the source of its secrets, a box of sheafs and scrolls stolen from the White Dwarf of the Isles. Some say he wants them back; others call bollocks to that.

When determining a 1st Level Wizard’s initial spells, treat results of additional levels – whether higher or lower – of The Hellwalk Spell as duplicate rolls; increase or decrease (50/50; 65 rolls around to 1, and vice versa) by one until you land on a spell not yet known.

In case you want to use this list (with its 10th level spell) [and The Necromican (which contains numerous spells up to 12th level!)] in a conventional spells-per-level manner, here’s an extension of the Magic-User table for Lamentations:

Also, adhering to the method and manner of one’s School of magic has its benefits; researching familiar spells – ones you’ve seen cast or ones you know about but just don’t yet understand – takes less time and incurs less cost. Use this modified spell research table (per the one on page 82 of Rules and Magic) for such work:


You can find, I’m pretty sure all, the spells on the list HERE.

[Note: I’ve got a couple more Schools to post. Once I’ve done that I’ll put up a full list of Schools with some ideas on how to use them.]

Remember, Remember the 5th of Moldvember!

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Today is November 5th. It’s Tom Moldvay‘s birthday. He’d have turned 70. Sadly we lost him when he was only 58.

That’s him there, seated in the middle. [I was directed to this pic by my friend James Maliszewski (of Grognardia, Dwimmermount and The Excellent Travelling Volume).]

Note the moustache.

I’m celebrating mister Moldvay’s birthday today by adding a pair to his roster of Giants In The Earth.

“In the name of the Council of the Treaty for the Safety of the World, …”

… I give you Garth Nix’s Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz:

[I’ve bought or borrowed — libraries, man, they’re the best — all seven (to date) of the Hereward & Fitz stories. I hope you like what I’ve done with them.]

This duo is best suited to — and I’ve statted them for — Lamentations of the Flame Princess. The foes they fight, and the weapons they wield, are a perfect fit with Lamentations. But be advised my intention here is to reveal as little as possible about their shenanigans. Read the stories; they’re fun.



Wonder & Wickedness really is the way to go with Mister Fitz. Marrying the idea of sigils to that of sorcerous needles is a pretty simple thing and it delivers in a big way. After all, while this sorcerous puppet isn’t quite “a nuclear weapon that grants wishes,” it does come pretty close.

And speaking of the foes they fight, you really do owe it to yourself to get a copy of Petty Gods. It contains a campaign’s-worth of godlets and godlings; never again will you cast about, in need of a “listed entity under the Treaty” for your heroes to bind, break and banish.

Oh, and if you’re in the mood for urban adventure, I recommend you explore the City of Dolmvay. I like to place it near Dwimmermount. (I’m a bit of an autist when it comes to alliteration.)

So again, Happy Birthday Mister Moldvay!

[P.S.: I was going to write up Gardner Fox’s Niall of the Far Travels, to address the et al. in his Appendix N listing. That didn’t go as well as I’d like so he’ll have to wait. Maybe til next year?]