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I ask this question because I have asked questions lately that play on the spellcasting mechanics of Anima: Beyond Fantasy lately, that nonetheless have almost nothing to do with a particular spell or spells in the space of possible answers, e.g. this one.

However, a question about getting a spellcasting attribute as high as possible clearly is about spellcasting, and I can't just not tag that, especially since there are particular points in the rules where "I'm using this attribute for spellcasting" matters - except it then is tagged !

Thus, I'd like to suggest we break the synonym between and . It's not the same thing.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Isn't this why we left [spells] and [magic] separate? \$\endgroup\$ – Oblivious Sage May 3 at 22:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Oblivious Sage you tell me, I didn't even know we had a [magic] tag. \$\endgroup\$ – Stackstuck May 3 at 22:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ The consensus on this question seems to be to break the synonym. What do we have to do to get it done? \$\endgroup\$ – linksassin May 16 at 1:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ @linksassin I sent up a custom flag - maybe that will do it? \$\endgroup\$ – Stackstuck May 16 at 4:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Stackstuck That was the right call, the flag brought this to the diamond team's attention. We're evaluating. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener May 17 at 16:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ ...What does evaluating mean in this context? \$\endgroup\$ – Stackstuck May 19 at 16:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Stackstuck Basically sanity checking to make sure it's fine to do. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener May 20 at 8:40
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Tag Edit

Since this synonym break has been completed, I've taken a crack at editing the tag for this.

For questions relating to the process of casting spells within a game. Including, but not limited to: spell casting mechanics, improving likelihood of success when casting a spell, interrupting spell casting, and mechanics surrounding spellcasting attributes (when applicable by system).

I concur with the others that treating these two tags as synonymous probably originates from a D&D centric mindset, which is not appropriate. However, I think the tag has broad applicability that can extend to include questions relating to D&D, so I've attempted to reflect that within the edit.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I've slightly edited the wording, and also edited the tag wiki for spells and magic to mention the spellcasting tag. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast May 20 at 21:05
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I’m not a fan of having them synonymised, for pretty much the reasons you give.

There are some games where spellcasting = spells (D&D being the big one), but that’s not true for other games, so having them be synonyms always struck me as a bit D&D-centric.

I think there’s room for questions about (the activity and process in rules and/or fiction) separate from (specific formalised bundles of effects).

It might be a distinction that’s not clear to a majority whose games of choice don’t make that distinction though, so it could be friction-y for the community to manage them as separate tags in practice. I think it’s worth a try though, to see if maybe that concern isn’t a real problem.

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We should break the synonym

My question How does the Variant: Spell Points system from the DMG affect game balance? was clearly an example were the was inappropriate. Nothing in my question is related to a spell or its effects. would have been the correct tag but we can't use it because it is a synonym.

I can't imagine this is the only such case where this has happened. After breaking them I believe will still be the more common tag, but has its own use that deserves a tag.

Additionally both tags are distinct from as a concept. All three tags should exist separately.

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