Ars Magica is probably the definitive game of medieval magic - one of these offers is a repeat, the other is all new:
Ars Magica 5 Bundle
"The Bundle of Holding and Ars Magica
go way back. We offered the current (Fifth) edition of the Ars Magica
rulebook in our August 2013 Bundle of the Ages, a collection of historical RPGs, and in March 2014 we presented a collection of vintage ArM
supplements that supported the earlier Fourth Edition (1996-2004). We admire Ars Magica
hugely and regard it as one of the field's seminal designs. It was a harbinger of the acclaim awaiting both its designers, Jonathan Tweet and Mark Rein-Hagen. We're proud to revive this large assortment from August 2014 supporting the current edition, which is widely regarded as the finest yet. (This is the third revival of this offer; the two previous revivals were May 2015 and February 2016. This third revival is a first, so to speak -- we've never revived the same offer three times.) The new companion collection of supplements, ArM5 Wizards & Power
, has lots of additional material to expand any Mythic Europe saga. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$125.
Customers who pay just US$14.95
get all four
titles in our Starter Collection
(retail value $55)
as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
- Ars Magica Fifth Edition: The complete, current 240-page rulebook.
- Covenants (retail $15): The essential guide to help players improve the homes of their magi.
- Houses of Hermes: True Lineages (retail $12): A detailed treatise on four powerful Houses of the Order of Hermes.
- Apprentices (retail $7): Become a young student of the Art of Magic.
- The Living Covenant: As a convenience to our customers, we present over two dozen free characters and setting files from the Atlas Games website, collected here in one handy 42-page booklet.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also
get our entire Storyguide's Collection
more titles worth an additional $70:
Ars Magica 5 Wizards and Power Bundle
- Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults and Societates(retail $15 each): The second and third treatises on the Hermetic Houses.
- The Lion and the Lily (retail $15): The Normandy Tribunal sourcebook about the many active covenants in densely populated northern France.
- The Broken Covenant of Calebais (retail $10): The first-ever ArM adventure, originally written by Mark Rein-Hagen and Jonathan Tweet, now updated for the current edition.
- Tales of Mythic Europe: Nine short adventures that push your saga to the limits of Mythic Europe.
"This all-new companion offer presents all four Realms of Power supplements about the sources of magic in Mythic Europe, along with several sourcebooks about the Hermetic Tribunals in various regions from the Rhineland to Transylvania.
We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two offers' designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$105. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the first Realms of Power book (Magic) and two Tribunals -- Against the Dark (Transylvania) and The Sundered Eagle (Theban).
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $60,, including Guardians of the Forests (about the Rhine Tribunal, first of them all) and the remaining three Realms of Power books: The Divine, The Infernal, and Faerie.
At least one title will be added after launch: When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased that offer automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.
Ars Magica resources
Learn much more about Ars Magica
Fifth Edition and get free downloads at the Atlas Games website
. The Project Redcap wiki
is the best starting point for fan resources. And check this RPG.net forum thread, "Let's Read Ars Magica Fifth Edition
," and this RPG.net forum post by user cj.23 listing ArM resources
. (That last one is in a topic called "Ars Magica
Bundle of Holding -- do I want it?" You can answer that for yourself.)
If you're taken up the previous Ars Magica offer the Wizards and Power bundle is something you're likely to want. If not, I'd suggest trying Ars Magica first, then going for Wizards and Power if you find it useful. They're both running until September 11th so there's a little time to decide if you like it, but remember that prices will probably rise.
I'm not going to download this stuff because I don't really play fantasy RPGs any more, but if I did Ars Magica would be high on my list of possible systems, and the pricing looks pretty good. But as usual your mileage may vary.