Futura Artis Magicae: The Future of Ars Magica



With the announcement of Line Editor David Chart's retirement, it's a good time to talk about the future of Ars Magica and Mythic Europe, to give fans of the game some solid information about what they can look forward to.

Ars Magica Fifth Edition Ends

Thrice-Told Tales, the next book in the line, is at the printer now. After it hits the shelves of your local game store, there are only two more books we intend to release for Ars Magica Fifth Edition.
  • Lands of the Nile covers Egypt for Ars Magica Fifth Edition, as well as Ethiopia and Nubia. This book includes rules for Egyptian tombs and their treasures, the forbidden corpse magic of the Nubian pyramids, and the wonders of Nubian alchemy. Expected release: October 2015
  • Dies Irae ("Day of Wrath") describes four great threats to Mythic Europe, with stories centered around both attempting to stop these disasters, and surviving their aftermaths should the characters fail. These threats go far beyond what might destroy a single covenant, or even a single Tribunal. Rather, each one could lay waste to the whole of the world. When the fate of Mythic Europe is truly in their hands, will your characters rise to the challenge, or let everything fall to ash? Expected release: January/February 2016
Tales of the Quaesitors

Tales of the Quaesitors is the working title of a standalone roleplaying game set in Mythic Europe that uses Robin D. Laws' GUMSHOE system to present stories about the work of House Guernicus and those who would aid them in investigating Hermetic crimes.
  • Aims to present a completely new angle from which RPG fans can approach Mythic Europe. 
  • Tells stories of Hermetic crimes concealed in the shadows of mystery, waiting for your troupe of Quaesitors, Hoplites, and their investigative companions. 
  • Developed by Cam Banks and Jeff Tidball. 
  • Release date to be announced (though almost certainly not before the second half of 2016). 
Fiasco Playsets

Veteran Atlas Games designer and writer Will Hindmarch has prepared two disastrous Mythic European playsets for Fiasco, the game of powerful ambition and poor impulse control. Both playsets will be released for free on the Atlas Games website next week!
  • A Grog's Life: Love, Loss, and Secrets in the Covenant's Shadow centers on the hapless lives of grogs, those oft-maligned yet indispensable servants of Ars Magica's magi. 
  • A Covenant on Fire: Diabolism, Jealousy, and Revenge in Mythic Europe reveals the tragic end of a covenant of magi, as remembered by an aged monk on his death bed. 
  • These playsets represent yet another new way we wanted to explore the idea of roleplaying in Mythic Europe. 
A Sixth Edition?

We have had many inquiries from both fans and potential designers about a new edition of Ars Magica. While we are likely to do a sixth edition at some point in the future, we want to be clear that nothing we've announced here is that. We certainly have many ideas for what a new edition might look like, but such an undertaking won't be carried out lightly.

In the meantime, what we believe absolutely is that Ars Magica Fifth Edition is and continues to be a compelling, fun, mature product line with a deep backlist, excellent support, and a magnificent fan community. We think that it remains as viable for play now as it has been for the past twelve years. If you're a fan, we hope you'll continue to enjoy Ars Magica. If you've never given it a try, we hope you'll give it a go!

11 comments:

  1. Is there a chance of publishing a 6th edition of the Ars Magica game where the timeline is advanced forward - 100-200 years or so?

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  2. Nothing is decided at this point, so we can't rule it out. :)

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  3. Closing the line? Very sad. I was hoping to see the rest of the Tribunal books updated to 5th Edition. And then it could be considered "complete".

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  4. Same here. +1 for completing the Tribunal books. 5th Ed Tribunal books were my favorites. 4th Ed isn't up to par.

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  5. Same here. +1 for completing the Tribunal books. 5th Ed Tribunal books were my favorites. 4th Ed isn't up to par.

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  6. What Tribunal books haven't been brought forward? Roman, Iberian, any others? Atlas can we at least get those (pretty please)?

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  7. I think it was decided early on for ArM5 that we wouldn't update any of the older tribunals. Stonehenge, Novgorod, Greater Alpine, Iberia, Rome, Levant, etc weren't slated for updates at all, as for the most part those books continue to be available in PDF and the content in them is still useful.

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  8. A professionally-done, master index of all books in the line would be a great final addition. There's just so much material. Such a product would be extremely helpful. It would be a PDF, of course.

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  9. I'd like to see the 3e Tribunal-books re-done, honestly. Novgorod and Stonehenge were each REALLY strong, and I think they suffice for people running 5e games. Rome, however, and Iberia, both suffer from EDS (Excessive Diabolism Syndrome), and are (at best) marginal resources for 5e Troupes and Sagas...

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  10. Still would love to have seen all the tribunals updated to 5th. Sad to see it isn't likely at all. The 5th ed line was so much better than 4th that it makes me cringe to go to the old 4th supplements for some references...

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