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Good Magicians Never Reveal the Secret

Magic lurks in shadows, and many who practice the impossible do so discreetly. This month's issue of Pyramid -- the PDF magazine for roleplayers -- is devoted to secret magic and those who maintain the supernatural subterfuge. Our ghostly grimoire includes:

  • "Magical Tradecraft," an expansion of the Ritual Path magic system found in GURPS Monster Hunters 1: Champions. Use these new rituals and elixirs to aid sneaky snoops and obscured assassins.
  • "The Way of the Keepers," a new magical style that utilizes GURPS Thaumatology: Magical Styles and focuses on suppressing the secret of magical knowledge.
  • "The Street Sign of the Four," a neighborhood of modern-day mages (complete with GURPS stats) that will do anything to guard their terrible secret.
  • "Bibliomancy," this month's installment of David L. Pulver's Eidetic Memory. Wizards use books for casting spells; now they can cast new GURPS spells related to books.
  • "The First Resistance," a loose alliance of rebel mages (who use another new GURPS magical style) in a kingdom where magical abilities are suppressed.
  • "The Accidental Magus," suggestions for creating magic-wielding characters who don't always realize what they can do.
  • "The Guard of the Black Lands," an organization in the Middle East that works diligently to protect the world from the darkest magic.
  • "Onomancy," a new GURPS method for using your identity to gain spellcasting energy, written by Jason "PK" Levine.

The issue is rounded out with a Random Thought Table that discusses ways of making divination truly useful, William H. Stoddard's concise revelation of a secret path to power that students of the GURPS Locations: Worminghall could discover, plus a Murphy's Rule that's pretty heavy. The secret's safe with this month's magical Pyramid!

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Spies in the real word have many tricks, methods, and techniques that allow them to ply their trade.

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Wizards exists. Maybe supernatural creatures, too. Yet, why is it that most of the world doesn’t know?

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It’s just a suburban street corner – a standard four-way intersection that’s busier than some

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In the beginning was the word . . . The associations between magic, the written word, and books themselves are

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The War of Conquest ended with the Battle of the Horns, and the armies of the Middle Kingdom scattered,

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The Accidental Magus
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Not every slinger of spells studies for years to attain unlimited cosmic power.

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The Guard of the Black Lands: A Middle-Eastern Anti-magic Organization for Monster Hunters
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In Islam, magic is \'\'ḥarām\'\' – forbidden – and not without good reason. Magic often brings

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Random Thought Table: Forewarned Is Forearmed
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GURPS Power-Ups 5: Impulse Buys allowed for the possibility of players guiding the course of the game.

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Appendix Z: Onomancy
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