I like this type of thinking. Use what you have and the ressources you have access to, instead of being stopped doing stuff, just becauce of an "...if i only had *insert random term here*" :)
Great ideas and suggestions up there, too!
Just going to use stationary water for the randomized maps. Sure, particles would look cool... But this is about compromising and not spending countless hours making the perfect water particle for each set piece with water.
Maybe I should get rid of the Banish ability in my game. It's a non-elemental spell that doesn't even appear in the magic chart. It's only there because my Elementalist doesn't use light or dark magic. It only effects summoned creatures.