>>44573635 There's always the "everything the same but electricity is actually magic," route. Looking at pic related I'd guess... Using technology to open portals to horrible dimensions? Magically augmented genetic manipulation? Binding demons to automated machines, which then grow flesh and are twice as deadly?
>>44573635 Spells can go into crystals, crystals can be integrated into tech.
>Put scrying crystal into a car for GPS >Put a lightning crystal into a gun to short out enemy machinery >Put fire crystal into your generator as a backup generator >Put charm crystal into your television to help you get immersed
>>44573635 If you're building a steampunk setting or whatever, Don't differentiate between magic and technology AT ALL. Because a setting where magic and technology are integrated wouldn't make a strong distinction.
Magic as it exists in many games is already "technology". The Vancian system in any D&D rules set is technology.
For a force or a system to be "magical" you must change its nature to one of mystery or interpretation. You have to change the way the people in your world relate to it.
The closest in our own world would be quantum mechanics/string theory. It's a departure from the Newtonian physics most people understand, and yet we can't understand it -- AND YET we can utilize it to make lasers, diodes and weird computers.
How I've wanted to do it is that interplanetary in-system travel was developed, then someone fucked up and everything shat itself. This fuck up was so colossal reality shat itself, and magic was introduced. So there are ancient technological marvels alongside magic amulets of night vision.
Also have something like harnessing magic as a replacement for energy cells.
>>44573635 Well considering magic can be used to create perpetual motion, and therefore infinite energy, I propose we use it to colonize the stars, and once every system is under the dominion of man, we conquer the various other planes of reality, with tanks, jets, giant robots, and maids.
>>44573635 it requires some experience with roleplaying systems, i would say, or at least fantasy settings, to wonder "why haven't people done X if they can just cast Y?" basically, if enough people are casters and there are inexpensive spells (can be cast as often as necessary without too much drawbacks and without expensive reagents or elite training) that can do mundane but important activities (agriculture, mining, smelting, forging, carpentry, masonry) safer or more efficient, you would see A LOT of it in any place of sufficient importance. aside from the obvious applications to the military it also kind of depends on your setting. is it "medieval"? modern urban? bronze age? shadowrun? of course you could also just lurk harder >>44577286 this sounds nice >>44574674 this too >>44574518 after a few campaigns where the DM had this happen i have become tired of crystals, but i guess it can be neat if OP's group is new to the concept
>>44573635 It entir lay depends on how magic works in your setting. Maybe a fireball can punch a hole in anything better than any gun could, but needs steel plates to protect the wizard from bullets. And those steel plates need an engine and wheels to move across the battlefield.
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