Ars MagicaAtlas Games.
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. We're proud to revive this large assortment from August 2014 supporting the current edition. The new companion collection, ArM5 World of Magic, has many more supplements about the far reaches of this remarkable magical setting.
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 payment (after payment gateway fees) will be donated to these two Ars Magica offers' designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$125. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $55) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
- Ars Magica Fifth Edition (retail $20): 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 this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Storyguide Collection with five more sourcebooks and scenarios worth an additional $70:
- 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, updated for the current edition.
- Tales of Mythic Europe: Nine short adventures that push your saga to the limits of Mythic Europe.
Ars Magica World of Magic
The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$130. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $55) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including Mythic Locations (retail price $15), The Cradle & the Crescent (retail $15 -- previously in our Feb 2016 More Magic offer), Thrice-Told Tales (retail $15), Hooks (retail $10), and The Contested Isle (retail $15).
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with five more supplements worth an additional $75, including the location sourcebooks Lands of the Nile (retail price $15) and Between Sand & Sea: Mythic Africa (retail $15); Through the Aegis (retail $15), a collection of five ready-to-run covenants; and the supplement that shows you how to comprehensively and permanently blow up your entire campaign world, Dies Irae (retail $15)"
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?")
This is one of the classic and most respected historical/fantasy RPGs, with huge amounts of material available, and a more cerebral approach to its setting than most dungeon-bashing alternatives. It's a game anyone seriously interested in fantasy RPGs should definitely try - and if you've already taken the plunge, these bundles are a cheap way to fill in the gaps in your collection. Definitely recommended.
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