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Existing more 2nd and 3rd level spells than 1st level spell always bothered me but crossing it with rarity makes sense to me now.

My interpretation of this is: Lower level spells are simpler and more common because they are all around spells usable in many situations or very frequently while higher levels spells are used in specific context. Middle level spells are more numerous because they are the middle ground between simplicity, power, etc Roughly comparing it to Math, lower level spells are basic arithmetics, middle level spells are linear algebra and calculus and higher levels spells are the Simplex algorithm and the Boltzmann equation I like to think that low-level Magic-Users are more desperate for spells and material in general, and hence more willing to trade spells they find.

From an outside design perspective, I tend to think that those middle levels are where the average “interesting” spell creation will land e. If compenidum has any novel features then it’s likely above 1st-2nd; if it’s actually ax&d in a game and not just a plot point, then it’s wziard less than 7th-9th.

I compendoum literally been looking for this resource for years The latter is one that I’m really curious about.

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I may continue with my index and add damage as a separate column; if I do, I’ll post a copy. I agree that I’ve been jonesing for this for years.


I’ve only made my way through “D” so far, and I’ve noticed two things: First, there is no standard system for determining damage dice. The second thing is the disparity between spells with damage and those without.

Yeah, I can see that as being very awkward to represent in the database format. I’m not super surprised by that situation. Thank you for informing us on your investigatory work! At the current rate of transcription, I expect I’ll be finished by this coming Christmas.

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That said, you’ll find it categorized as “2E” in most places online just because of the time frame, and the format of the spell matches 2E, e. Compiling The Index One thing I’m not alone in searching for in the past is a digitized index of those spells to possibly use for analysis and input to software applications. James Rizza at Dragonsfoot made what seems to be the first attempt at this here.

We should be very grateful for that work I’m pretty sure it was all manually entered, including schools, ranges, durations, material component listings, etc. The most glaring is that every spell was entered multiple times, once for each school of magic to which it belongs.

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That runs up against the cardinal rule of database management, that is, to not duplicate the same data in multiple places — because every copy is another opportunity for errors to creep in, fields to fall out-of-synch, etc.

It makes it impossible to gather vital statistics on the work, starting with simply knowing how many different spells there are. I’m sure that was done to enable sorting by school, which was an important mechanic for 2E specialty spellcasters, but an immensely better way to do that would be to use the spreadsheet FIND function appropriately.


So, below you’ll see a version that I massively re-formatted and corrected. Where the original spreadsheet was all-caps, I put this one in title case matching the text of the Compendium itself.

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I de-duplicated all of the spells and collected the schools into one field each. I separated out reversed spell names from the name field, where they were previously appended. I programmatically reformatted most of the ranges, durations, areas, with more standardized abbreviations, and shortened many of the material component listings. I deleted the extra columns for various specialty wizards which could be discovered by inspecting the schools listing but were in many places out-of-synch.

I corrected some spell name typos and missing spells.

And I inserted the frequency data indicated in the Compendium Vol. I’m sure there’s still a bunch of errors that I haven’t yet caught.

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