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08:03:09 PM Mar 4th 2014
I'm trying to figure out what to use as the basis for a Magitek device analogous to a loudspeaker, which plays pre-recorded messages. Anyone got any ideas about where to go with that?
10:55:44 PM Mar 4th 2014
You might want to ask in the WorldBuilding forum.
07:51:32 AM Oct 9th 2012
Re: Pathfinder Artificer It's hardly the 'patron saint' of magitek, it's a derivative class based on the original D&D 3.5 Artificer from the Eberron setting.

(The PF version also sucks goat balls; it doesn't actually delineate what the class is allowed to do, and therefore the DM has to adjudicate ANY action.)
03:03:09 PM Oct 25th 2011
Would Whateley devises count? They look outwardly like technology, but break the rules of physics, so nobody other than devisors could make them...
07:50:57 AM May 8th 2011
I think the current wording of the movie Thor example is a bit off — to me, it seems entirely consistent with the comics' Kirby Tech depiction of God-power (see the Comics section).
10:20:53 AM Sep 2nd 2010
edited by Dausuul
Removed the Buffy example (Jenny Calendar and technopaganism). Magitek is about magic substituting for technology, not magic and technology interacting. I suspect the Power Rangers example should be axed as well, but I haven't watched Power Rangers so I'll leave it to someone who has.
10:17:57 PM Sep 18th 2011
edited by goto124
The description implies that Magitek IS Magic and Technology interacting. What should be done? A clean-up?
07:33:22 PM Jan 10th 2012
I think that the point of the trope is that magic is used to re-create modern mundane technologies. That /can/ involve mechanical elements, but it isn't necessary. A magic taxi is magitek whether it's a car powered by a fire elemental or a flying carpet - what's important is that the characters react to it exactly as we would to a (non-magical) taxi.
04:43:30 PM Apr 29th 2010
Maybe I am reading it wrong, but a lot of the literature examples miss the point entirely! Its not so much Magical items fulfilling the purpose of technological ones, but more accurately taking their place, complete with the mundanity that implies. A Magic Carpet isn't magitek, but a Magic Carpet that fulfills the role of a mundane taxi is. A Magic wand isn't magitek, but a magic flashlight or gun is.
05:27:42 PM Mar 30th 2010
It occurs to me that, at least in the case of Tabletop Games and Literature, this trope and it's corralory could go something like this.

"Sufficiently Rare/Advanced Technology is Indistinguishable from Magic."


"Sufficiently Common Magic is Indistinguishable from Technology."
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