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"Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."
- Larry Niven

Basic Information

Sometimes, fantasy settings go through their own Industrial Revolution. The result is usually magitec - devices which operate via magic, but which look and operate a lot like conventional technology. This is usually done to make this "technology" easier to understand for the audience - if it looks like a car and drives like a car, it essentially fulfills the same role in the story as a conventional car - even if it is powered by imps. Differences in appearance are often cosmetic instead of representing fundamental changes in how the vehicles operate.


2. novel: Operation Chaos by Poul Anderson
3. rpg: GURPS Technomancer

Game and Story Use

  • This is probably the easiest way of creating a fantasy setting with a relatively "modern" ambiance and society. Still, try to work out a few ways in which magitek is truly different from conventional technology - or else what's the point of using it in the first place?
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