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About frgodfrey

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  1. I was not aware of the ability of playing solo at the time of my initial post, but now, through reading all the information offered by so many helpful people, I also think it will not be a problem. I can easily remember one or two abilities / spells per character, but more than that would bog me down. I just was afraid that a player would have to be skilled at magic-user multi-tasking to win, that's all. I am not a good multi-tasker.
  2. Easily, weapon was made by man, magic is product of devil and thus evil. Still I would be interested how frgodfrey or his churche look on divine magic? (miracles or magic from god). How can someone decide if effect of magic is from God or from Satan? Please look at my post #61 where I have addressed the issue of good and bad "magic." I am sorry, I am still learning the mechanics of the forum and was not sure where to place it. As for Simon Magnus, if I remember correctly from my history, his goal was to make a material profit from the gospel and the miracles which the Apostles were perform
  3. His abbey checks out. They're Premontrian Canons Regular. Canons are kind of like priests who live in a monastic order, so it's quite possible for a canon to refer to himself either as a priest or a monk in good faith. It's a slightly unusual arrangement though as in most orders it's one or the other, as I understand it anyway. The roles of a "monk" and priest are different in real life than in D&D. A monk is simply a person who took (at least) the 3 vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience and lives in community. That is their "vocation" in life and such people in modern times are simp
  4. I am both. I am an ordained priest in a religious order. All the ancient orders also ordain their own priests.
  5. I do not have a moral objection to using magic in games, but only an objection based on my personal efficiency in using spell-casters. I don’t think I will have a problem with “soul-generated powers” either, unless they are complicated to use. I used the phrase “real magic” for convenience sake, since the topic was “in-game spells” commonly referred to as magic. What is referred to as magic in games corresponds to preternatural activity in real life—that is, an activity whose cause is partially (with the addition of material substances) or fully outside the natural material order. Othe
  6. Truly, I didn’t expect to have so many people respond, and even less the various tangents. They are all very interesting. Just to clarify my position, which I believe, is the position of the Church. It is not wrong or evil to use in-game magic (or in-game anything) except in very rare occasions where the player realizes that their using it would tempt them to indulge in what they believe is sinful behavior in real life. In other words, when they knowingly tempt themselves to do what they consider evil. Since this is largely subjective there really can be no general condemnation of a ga
  7. Thank you all for your comments. I realize actions done in games are not the same as real life. However, consider that a person’s character (in real life) is a product of choices. Although in-game choices result only in fictional actions, nevertheless, I believe (since all choices exercise the will) they still contribute to our character, for good or for ill—although probably not enough to influence a person in reality, if they are psychologically stable. I consider myself psychologically stable and so feel no qualms about in-game killing bad guys. In any case, the question of emplo
  8. I have never written in a forum before, so please pardon any mistakes I may make here. I am a monk (a real one) and have played some games in the past and enjoyed them. I saw this project Eternity and donated to its completion because it seems like the type of game I used to enjoy. I read your updates and see that you are at a stage in development where a request may still be taken into consideration. Could you make it possible to play and win the game without employing a magic-user? I am able to play games only occasionally and I find remembering spells and how to use them dif
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