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Although the following goes for 2e, I think it transfers to 3.5e or any other non-4e without problems: Back in time when we all were in school and gaming material was not available in our language of choice, we made a lot of silly mistakes reading, translating and interpreting the rules. One of our interpretations was that you had to pay for all spell ...


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I think the intended importance of material components is echoed in the action required to use them; "Unless these materials are elaborate preparing these materials is a free action." I've always found this silly, so either will give Eschew materials, or better, have wizards choose a focus item (staff, necklace/pendant, beard, whatever) that they ...


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I would get up and leave. Even if I wasn’t playing a spellcaster. Tracking individual, negligible-cost spell components is such a complete and utter waste of time that I would assume that, if you were willing to waste the wizard’s time on that, you’d be willing to waste mine on something equally stupid. I value my free time more highly ...


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As with many things, it really depends on your group. What it comes down to is whether you have buy-in for the idea from your players. It can significantly enhance the flavour and adventuring motivations in a one-on-one game with a wizard PC, if you're both interested in the "slice of life" kind of roleplay often or on occasion. This is a special case of ...


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First of all, I'm curious as to why the non-gp materials are included in the spell description at all if they are never going to be considered. Yes, it adds flavor, but since the material components are effectively ignored in play, the flavor is lost. They're only ignored if you have a spell component pouch or the feat Eschew Materials, and the ...


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Strictly tracking the spell components is a serious drag. Consider the added bookkeeping cost to an already paperwork heavy class every wizard's turn of every battle: "So I have a 3rd level spell slot left, so I can cast... but that would only leave me with 14 grams of charcoal...after those spells I now have hmmm. 47 grams of sulfur, 94 grams of generic ...


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For starters, you might face player rebellion. As it is, many players aren't really interested in tracking encumbrance, ammunition, or day to day expenditures. Adding in component tracking is a lot more bookkeeping. And that's just tracking the components. Even a low level wizard is casting multiple spells per day, and that number rapidly increases. The ...



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