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Some Ars Magica Musings

A friend of mine, knightbane, posted up some thoughts about the Ars Magica game system in his blog (you can read that entry here). And it got me to thinking...

Ars Magica is one of my favourite fantasy roleplaying games, second or third only to DragonQuest and Atlantis: The Second Age (in its various incarnations). While I ran a good three years worth of Ars Magica, the players in both groups never really got into the game because of the troupe play issues. They always felt that it was hard enough playing one character, let alone three or so! Though they did get what the game was all about. They did play the game, as they enjoyed the game world and the mechanics of the system at the time (with a truly neat and creative magic system), but they just didn't want to play it any more after that.

While I'm running the Atlantis: The Second Age RPG these days for my fantasy fix, the new game that will be out in the first quarter of the new year, Sorcerers of Ur-Turuk is also a troupe play game, uses the WEG d6 system, and is sword & sorcery in Persia! That could get my players back into the troupe style of play. We'll see.

But I still do miss the late 1980s and early 1990s games I ran of Ars Magica. So thanks, knightbane, for bringing back the memories. :)


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 17th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
My Work Is Done Here
I must go now my planet needs me. :)
Dec. 17th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: My Work Is Done Here
I take it you come from the planet Bisaillon, yes? :)

I had actually wanted to post this blog entry as a comment in your blog, but LJ wouldn't let me do that this morning. And then I figured, what the heck, and wrote it up as a blog entry by itself. Inspired by you, of course. :)

Edited at 2014-12-17 09:56 pm (UTC)
Dec. 18th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
I am just finishing up reading Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones: http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Souls-Howard-Andrew-Jones/dp/B00A17O3CS

I recommend it. Seems like it was perfect inspiration for Sorcerers of Ur-Turuk.
Dec. 19th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
Coincidence! LOL!

I ordered a copy of Howard Jones's book Desert of Souls a couple of weeks ago, and got it on Tuesday. I bought it specifically for Sorcerers of Ur-Turuk for precisely those reasons! It's in my queue, but there's a few other books vying with it at the moment. :)
Dec. 19th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Ha! I also grabbed "Throne of the Crescent Moon" by Saladin Ahmed, which seems to have the sorcerer angle down.
Dec. 19th, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
I also ordered that one, but the book doesn't seem to have shipped as yet. Ah, well... patience and all that. :)
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