My son’s magic-user Felix Fireball (currently in the clutches of vile goblins Below Wolf Rock) immediately sort of ticked me off by selecting a spear and choosing to stand in the second rank and attack from there.
Why ticked off? See, I was thinking more “Gandalf with Glamdring,” not “some infantryman in a robe with a pointy hat.” But that’s what I get.
For the record, I don’t necessarily see magic-users as skinny guys wearing robes and pointy hats. In fact, for the purposes of White Box, I’m leaning more toward “you don’t have any freaking idea whether that guy over there can cast spells or not.” Everyone is capable of fighting, but magic-users have traded time they might have spent learning the craft of fighting well for time studying the arcane arts (and earning their Standard Book of Spells). This is reflected in the slow progression of their Base Hit Bonus.
I’m waffling on magic weapons. On one hand, I’m thinking that maybe characters can only use magic weapons on the original list for their class. On the other hand, this doesn’t really make any sense, and it still keeps Gandalf from wielding Glamdring.
Finally, I don’t want to stray too far from the origins of the game. Though letting magic-users wield magic swords doesn’t break the game at all, it does certainly put a gap between my campaign and the way they did it in the olden days. I still haven’t really decided if that gap is too big or not.
(I whipped up that character image using Heromachine. Click for bigger version.)