Matt Mercer on Dunamancy - Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount for D&D

  • Published: 13 January 2020
  • Matt Mercer explains Dunamancy, a new type of magic featured in the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount and Critical Role season 2 that grants D&D characters control over time, gravity and probability.

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  • D&D Beyond
    D&D Beyond   6 days back

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    • achim Sinn
      achim Sinn  1 days back

      If I would create a character with this I would have him stumple over dynamancy and have him figure it out by himself. Depending on whether or not the DM is wanting to do so, he could also have had some missteps in the past that tie into the storyline of the game or one of his failures happens during the game and the group is forced to deal with the issue. Like I could totally see a game session of the party hopping dimensions due to a f*** up try of learning dynamancy skipping them all in some weird altered reality or them being forced to deal with evil versions of themselves that were created accidantially or them having to retrieve an object that happened to fall into a dimension door that was opened carelesly.

    • BigJack
      BigJack  3 days back

      @Stormcrow Legendary i agree, point i'm trying to make is it means people who already bought physical copies have to spend more to get the digital ones.
      Seems like a scumbag move.

    • Stormcrow Legendary
      Stormcrow Legendary  3 days back

      @BigJack Well some of us like physical copies. I know online is more convenient, but its hard to get some people to stare at a dirty pocket computer.

    • Stormcrow Legendary
      Stormcrow Legendary  3 days back

      @Space Cadet I feel like that was a DOTA 2 hero.

    • Stormcrow Legendary
      Stormcrow Legendary  3 days back

      I have a character that I've been thinking of using as a D&D character out of his own universe. This would be a perfect plot hook for him. Creatures from outside his world nearly wiped out his world and turned his own civilization from a huge powerful monarchy, to a tiny island kingdom that relies on monster hunting and creating fine wares to survive. What makes it better is if he dies in game he won't be completely gone because he just reappears in his home dimension next to his severed arm with no way of returning without outside help. Would make an epic return mid boss fight.

  • Dok Brass
    Dok Brass  4 hours back

    Feels like a Green Mage done D&D, hell yeah

    • Phinix fawkes
      Phinix fawkes  4 hours back

      So I doubt anyone who could inform Matt it will see this, but I just thought of a spell. It’s called Murphy’s law and it would be similar to Bane. Depending on the power level, it could give a creature disadvantage on everything for a certain amount of time or maybe work like reverse inspiration.

      • Kha Ngo
        Kha Ngo  8 hours back

        So ready to drop a dunamancy in my free time

        • Leon Wulf
          Leon Wulf  8 hours back

          Sooooo... It's the Force?

          • Paul Karl-Alarcon
            Paul Karl-Alarcon  9 hours back

            Now, roll for sanity

            • Bolderox
              Bolderox  10 hours back

              Is it just me or is it odd seeing matt gush about this passion project here and the host is just really nonchalant... not a lot of energy, says they are excited with the tone with depressed demeanor. Forced excitement/laughter, cheesing. Just kinda lessened the experience here...

              • Anubis Mage
                Anubis Mage  15 hours back

                The rick and morty of magic

                • Brandon Ogden
                  Brandon Ogden  17 hours back

                  I wonder if... well, space and time are the fabric, but things tend toward entropy. A logical progression of these spells could be that low-level spells are most in alignment with entropy (usually the most likely course of events), whereas the higher level stuff is the most against entropy (because it's possible for a tornado to assemble a car, but extraordinarily unlikely). Or you could just make the most *rad* spells at the top ya know. Whatever works. XD

                  • Terra Estrahl
                    Terra Estrahl  18 hours back

                    It's really cool hearing Matt explain all this and conmecting the dots with Caleb throughout the campaign.

                    • Kyler Freilinger
                      Kyler Freilinger  19 hours back

                      Sorcerer and Wild magic. I know what my first character shall be.

                      • OniNoFro
                        OniNoFro  23 hours back

                        Funny thing is I developed something similar to this back in the late 90s.
                        A school of (Divinely Inspired) magic centred around quantum manipulations.
                        But that's because we were in a group using Primal Order to build the world's gods and I opted to pursue Time and Probability.

                        That said! Nothing I came up with was truly unique as it was derived from quantum physics. And I know for a fact a lot of other gamers messed around with Time Magic too.
                        So glad others get to mess around with this now. :)

                        • cobaltCorsair
                          cobaltCorsair  1 days back

                          Dunamancy affects probability, huh? that might get risky seeing as this is a dice rolling game.

                          • SomeGuyThatPlaysLOL Does Stuff

                            So Matt basically said, that he didn’t think that divination magic was nerdy enough, so he decided to make dunemancy transmutation but for statistics nerds.

                            • Miguel Galvez Petersen

                              Dunamancy... so what you're doing as a GM when you're unfloding the story with your players Matt Mercer? :D

                              • Champion-X
                                Champion-X  1 days back

                                We will

                                • Arysta
                                  Arysta  1 days back

                                  Matt is so smart. I'm so happy he's using his intelligence to create and entertain.

                                  • Cirstro
                                    Cirstro  2 days back

                                    is it just me or does matt mercer get sexier each year that passes

                                    • David Sastre
                                      David Sastre  2 days back

                                      What is that melody?

                                      • David Sastre
                                        David Sastre  2 days back

                                        Sweet, sweet Tharizdunamancy

                                        • Moto Moto
                                          Moto Moto  2 days back

                                          Would wish fit into the category of dunamancy

                                          • Autumn Carter
                                            Autumn Carter  2 days back

                                            This sounds like it could be a good addition to the luck caster multiclass.

                                            • Random FehPlayer
                                              Random FehPlayer  2 days back

                                              *I HAVE A DROW WHO MAY WANNA LEARN DUNAMANCY*

                                              • The mediator
                                                The mediator  2 days back

                                                "Do you believe in gravity" DIO Brando

                                                • Raganui
                                                  Raganui  2 days back

                                                  I love the idea of Dunamancy and want to make a character that uses it now.

                                                  • Elias
                                                    Elias  2 days back

                                                    So potential energy. I can get behind that

                                                    • Lus ́ka
                                                      Lus ́ka  2 days back

                                                      Actually this kind of magic has real esoteric meaning in what is known as "Chaos Magick" in real life occult studies. The control of probability.

                                                      • Strix182
                                                        Strix182  2 days back

                                                        I'm gonna make Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, and Carl Sagan arch-dunamancers in whatever setting I use dunamancy in.

                                                        • Pending Author
                                                          Pending Author  2 days back

                                                          I wish I could get the book-but I’m broke!

                                                          • SirDark
                                                            SirDark  2 days back

                                                            Dunamancy is really busted.

                                                            • Doitsumania
                                                              Doitsumania  2 days back

                                                              This would be so fun to play with this as the doctor.

                                                              • George Moralez II
                                                                George Moralez II  2 days back

                                                                This sounds a lot like taking spells from other schools and just making your own school to me. Examples the Divination spell foresight handles your probability part, Conjuration is your teleportation part, etc.

                                                                • Rivers RPG Channel
                                                                  Rivers RPG Channel  2 days back

                                                                  Sounds interesting
                                                                  Should be good

                                                                  • demon_spawn153
                                                                    demon_spawn153  2 days back

                                                                    Matt: Who doesn't want to cast a black hole dark star in the middle of the battlefield?

                                                                    Me: You had my Attention, but now you have my erection.

                                                                    • Mike Reddy
                                                                      Mike Reddy  2 days back

                                                                      I honestly wish dunamancy became a new school of magic.
                                                                      Though TBH whenever 6e comes out I expect that to happen.

                                                                      • Damo
                                                                        Damo  3 days back

                                                                        And this is how you make a JoJo villain in d&d

                                                                        • Pokemaster102
                                                                          Pokemaster102  3 days back

                                                                          Could he not have just said fortunes favor gives advantage instead of a in-depth explanation of advantage acting like it isn’t advantage?

                                                                          • Pokemaster102
                                                                            Pokemaster102  3 days back

                                                                            Also imagine the amount of all mighty push and pain jokes people made at the gravity magic part

                                                                        • Revans Apprentice
                                                                          Revans Apprentice  3 days back

                                                                          So, i'll be one of the nay sayers i suppose. Isn't this type of magic a game breaker? Time manipulation in any setting creates a problem down the line that just gets supremely convoluted. I say this, because one of the major pit falls in story telling is when time travel or manipulation comes in. You have to start thinking about how it affects everything, the smallest change drastically changing the course of events. Time travel has killed some of the greatest stories with one simple question, if you have time travel what stops you from fixing all the worlds ills and if you can't why would you ever take the risk of having such abilities?

                                                                          • Brendan Troitsky
                                                                            Brendan Troitsky  3 days back

                                                                            Finally, magic suitable for a fantasy adaptation of Time Desk: The Chronicles of Dean Dangerous!

                                                                            • IsItSaturdayYet
                                                                              IsItSaturdayYet  3 days back

                                                                              Can't wait to see this! Wildemount is going to be awesome!!

                                                                              • Logan Is Extra
                                                                                Logan Is Extra  3 days back

                                                                                The magic of decision anxiety

                                                                                • Hombrewed
                                                                                  Hombrewed  3 days back

                                                                                  Honestly, I want to add a beta version of my own creation, cause I can't wait until this book comes out.

                                                                                  • Runehammer
                                                                                    Runehammer  3 days back

                                                                                    It is so great to see Matt as writer/creator, not just DM... brilliant stuff, and a much needed breath of fresh air!!

                                                                                    • SuperSalt Lee
                                                                                      SuperSalt Lee  3 days back

                                                                                      Dune magic

                                                                                      • CLARK is/a/FallOut/fan

                                                                                        You rock Matt!!

                                                                                        • Cbyneorne
                                                                                          Cbyneorne  3 days back

                                                                                          Would that make Coil a Dunamancer?

                                                                                          • Michael Nelson
                                                                                            Michael Nelson  3 days back

                                                                                            Daaannggg.... I want this magic....

                                                                                            • James Radar
                                                                                              James Radar  3 days back

                                                                                              Caleb is gonna he broken when it comes to the battle royales......