March 1st, 2016

marcus 2013

iMac G4 update

Thanks to some last-second bidding over the weekend I hope I have speakers, an iSight camera, and Office 2004 for a total of about £25 plus postage, say £32 total, don't expect delivery for a couple of days. I also picked up one game, The Incredibles, in a charity shop for £1. This makes the grand total so far a smidgeon under £100, I think, but it may be a couple of quid over, I'm not tracking it that carefully. The actual computer has cleaned up very nicely - I thought there was one very small crack in the screen surround but it turns out to be a scratch, I think it's the first iMac G4 I've seen that didn't have a crack somewhere in the perspex. Still a few small marks which I hope will come off with a little more elbow-grease, and typical grime around the drive hatch and base which probably won't clean up completely, but it's already the best I've ever seen.

later - also picked up Soccer Football Manager 2007 - for 35p! Since the weather was lousy I spent the afternoon installing the new drives and OSX 10.5, then popped out to post a package and picked this up in a CEX store. VERY glad I didn't buy it for £1 when I got The Incredibles!

Meanwhile the guy who bought the last one has decided that since he didn't want to take me up on returning it for a full refund (because it was allegedly a bit grimier than expected, but I suspect because I didn't offer him any cash back to get a better review) his response would be to leave a "neutral" review: "Dirty and grubby condition" - unfortunately I left a review for him a couple of days after he bought it, when things seemed to have gone well, and since his review is allegedly neutral I don't get to reply. Since this doesn't actually affect my 100% positive rating I'm not too bothered, but I won't be selling to him again. Looking at his review history, he seems to leave a lot of negative and neutral feedback, much more than usual. Draw your own conclusions.
marcus 2013

Two more Bundle offers - Ars Magica RPG

Two more bundles - one that's been offered before, the other is new. Both are for Ars Magica, a very nice game of medieval magic. It's not one I've played much, but if I was looking at running a fantasy campaign it's a system I'd definitely consider.

Ars Magica 5th Edition Bundle

This offer, the first of TWO ArM5 collections, launched Tuesday, March 1. Both offers run in parallel through 2PM Eastern US time (GMT -5) Monday, March 14.

"This revival of our August 2014 Ars Magica Fith Edition offer is the first of two separate ArM5 offers running in parallel on the Bundle site.

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 ArM 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.

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) is split evenly between the two charities chosen by Atlas Games owner John Nephew, Doctors Without Borders and the Duluth (Minnesota) branch of Sister Cities International.

The total retail value of the titles in this first offer is US$125. Customers who pay just $14.95 get all five titles in this offer's 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: Over two dozen free characters and setting files from the Atlas Games website, collected here for the first time in one handy 42-page booklet.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with five more titles (retail value $70):
  • Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults (retail $15): The second treatise on the Hermetic Houses.
  • Houses of Hermes: Societates (retail $15): The third and final Hermetic Houses volume.
  • 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.
  • The Lion and the Lily (retail $15): The Normandy Tribunal sourcebook about the many active covenants in densely populated northern France.
  • Tales of Mythic Europe: Nine short adventures that push your saga to the limits of Mythic Europe.

More Magic Bundle

The total retail value of the titles in this second offer at launch is US$105. Customers who pay just $12.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Ancient Magic (retail price $15): Nine lost traditions, like Canaanite necromancy, Hyperborean hymns, fertility cult fetishes, and the mystical coordinates of Ptolemy, plus rules for integrating their secrets into your saga.
  • Hedge Magic (Revised) (retail $15): Elementalists, village witches, nightwalkers, Learned Magicians, and others the Order of Hermes ignores at its peril.
  • The Mysteries (Revised) (retail $15): Hermetic alchemy and astrology, divination and augury, spirit magic, theurgy, the Great Talisman, arithmetical and Mercurian magic, and the mysteries of dreams.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $21.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles (retail value $60):
  • Rival Magic (retail $15): Amazons, Muspelli, Soqotran sorcerers, and the Augustan Brotherhood -- even more magicians the Order of Hermes likes to ignore.
  • The Cradle & The Crescent (retail $15): The Islamic lands of the Mythic Middle East -- jinn, Zoroastrian priests, the Order of Suleiman, and more.
  • Hermetic Projects (retail $15): Build your own volcano lair, a tower to Heaven, or a mythic menagerie -- or research the path to immortality.
  • Tales of Power (retail $15): Five far-ranging stories (scenarios) aimed at powerful magi.
At least one more title will be added at some point - ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early.

These look to be pretty good collections for anyone interested in this genre and period. But as usual I have to stress that I get to download this stuff free if I want it, YMMV.