Depends on the magic in the world or your story. You do need to explain magic a bit. How it works, the power level of it that characters would be able to use, not to mention if you make up attacks and powers with magic, you'd need to explain what they are, how they work, and the affect they have.I like both! Just depends in what mood I'm in. Although I do tend to lean more towards magic because magic doesn't have to be explained compared to tech.
I understand where you're coming from. We as the writers know everything about the world and how it works, but the characters don't. It's fun to have them guess what to do, what works, and what doesn't. That also implies for roleplaying it as well. You gotta explain how your world works to your fellow writers, and the characters can know some stuff, but have to guess others. It's a lot more fun that way.That is true. From a player perspective it would be better to have an understanding of how it all works and what its limits are and such. I guess I was thinking from the perspective of a character and not the writer. Writers know the ins and out of the magic system but characters don't always know either. I like some mystery, or letting characters 'guess' what the nature of magic is.
I think that a good setting contains magic and technology. Perhaps magic is just technology that is so advanced it's difficult to even comprehend its uses and properties. I have a slight preference for Sci Fi technology because I like things that are explainable. Despite this preference, I also like magic. My favorite kind of magic is the kind that can bend reality to the will of the magic user.Do you prefer Sci-Fi technology with teleporters, hoverboards, lightsabers and stuff, or Magical powers, with lightning, fire, and other crap?