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September 21st, 2012, 06:41
Originally Posted by Maylander View Post
Never heard of it either. Still have no idea what it is. I suppose I'll have to look it up at some point.
It means its derived from the magic described in the Dying Earth stories by Jack Vance - hence "Vancian." The short stories, originally published as early as 1950, described a world in which wizards had to commit spells to memory and where the spells left their memory whenever cast - as well as a host of other things which would be very familiar to anyone playing old school dnd. Some of the names names, purpose-built nature, and finite number of memorization "slots" were derived from these novels.

The books are an interesting read, and additionally amusing for anyone who has played DnD.
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