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10-15-2011 @ 1:50PM
An arms race, or the fact that magic is, for many races, "easier" and better understood, and the tech is already a bit throttled. Why make a machine to do what a simple spell can already accomplish? The reverse is also true, though, for the more tech-inclined groups, which I think works with the lore of Gnomes learning the Light from Dwarves and Humans. They've had medical tech for years, but using healing magic was slow in arriving to the society until the exodus from Gnomeregan necessitated finding other ways that their neighbors understood better.I like the mix of tech and magic. Sometimes that incongruity actually does make it seem more "realistic" from a roleplay perspective, and makes sense for the world; magic doesn't preclude the advance of technology since not everyone can use magic, and vice versa.Honestly, WoW would probably be less popular of a setting and game if one or the other was too predominant. It appeals to a wider audience. I know players who don't like pure sci-fi settings, and others who aren't interested in pure "traditional fantasy" settings. The mixture is different enough to appeal to people who like both.
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