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Futuristic tech or Magic?

The Oracle

Prophet Leader
Do you prefer Sci-Fi technology with teleporters, hoverboards, lightsabers and stuff, or Magical powers, with lightning, fire, and other crap?


Active Member
I'd have to say magic. It feels like it's much more capable and doesn't have as many rules. With technology, there has to be a certain way you're supposed to use it and most of it's probably really expensive so you have to take care of it and make sure it isn't damaged. Magic you just have with you whenever you need it, you can get creative with it, and for the most part, it's expendable.

not home

[not home]
Why not both? Recently been introduced to Shadowrun by a lovely bean on this very site, and it manages to splice fantasy and sci-fi rather well.
However, if I HAD to choose ONE, I'd probably go with magic - Can do everything futuristic tech can do, except less maintenance and chance of your stuff being hacked and shocking you to death.


Active Member
Final Fantasy XV - Magic and Tech is such a beautiful baby. But if I did have to choose, I would go with sci-fi, I can comfort myself more with science and its laws. That and I may have a guilty pleasure for mechas and space battle.


Bearly In Charge
Nexus GM
I like to have my cake and eat it too. As Mr. Clarke teaches us with his third law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy are my favorite genres and depending on the plot and thematic elements involved, it takes but a small bit of outside the box thinking to write magic that functions as technology and vice-versa; if you need a particular effect, both can provide it.


In a lot of media, futuristic tech is really just magic with a sci-fi skin tacked on. Usually, I'd refer to that as science fantasy. And although science fantasy is cool too, I really prefer some good, well thought out science fiction. That is, fantastical elements of futuristic technology supported by some kind of justification that at least tries to sound science-y haha


The Wanderer Returned
Futuristic technology, because sufficiently advanced technology is magic, but we invented it, which makes it inherently cooler.


In general I prefer magic. Rather than pretending to understand concepts that they quite simply do not, the creator(s) just work with a system that they themselves create.

However, I still do love some sci-fi. Mecha are cool, nonsense laser weapons and teleporters are cool. But generally sci-fi I do like is just magic with a "scientific" explanation that clearly does not hold.


Magic is fun and flexible.

When it comes to tech, I just do whatever the hell I want and do what I can to make it as impractical and un-hard as possible.

But yeah, like everyone says, high tech is magic with a scifi skin. So ultimate I just pick the choice that allows me to have more freedom.


Queen of LaLa Land, state of Capital Bulshit :P
You know honestly, I cant make up my mind. I use to think magic is so exotic and cool (as a kid and teen), but advanced tech has its charm too. I think a combination of the two wuld be the best. Magi-tech or something!


Roleplay Extraordinaire
I think probably magic, just due to the many possibilities but at the same time New tech could be more practical , Hmmm, good question never the less!


Active Member
Magic, simply because the chance that you're going to blow up or have the tool malfunction is considerably lower than tech


I'd go for tech at a first glance, because it's grounded in rules that impose limitations, making its creation and use feel more of an achievement. However, magic has its appeal, especially when it's unpredictable or unknown, adding a quality of adrenaline to its use that sci-fi tech can't reach without breaking its own laws. So overall, tech if it has opportunities for advancement and alterations, and magic if it is alien in some form.

Lil Proton

Liàng Proton
there really isn't any difference except for the fact that futuristic tech is explainable while magic, by definition isn't explainable .

Futuristic hover boards vs magic hover boards.

Lightening powers vs using electricity based weapons