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Ars Magica 5th edition (2004) by Atlas Games is the most recent incarnation of the game and the second edition after its return to its original publisher.

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Are there any spell guidelines for increasing size in Hermetic Magic?

I saw a short story written by someone who writes a Diedne blog and it mentions the mage using magic to increase size. Is this possible and are there any existing spell guidelines for it?
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Does raw vis provided from vis sources have to be extracted by magi?

The basic rules indicate that the area around a covenant can provide some amount of raw vis per year (p 72). Does that raw vis need to be extracted as per the vis extraction rules in the laboratory ...
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What is the monetary system for Mythic Europe?

I've been reading through the core rule book, and there are references to money and skills related to money. However, I have been unable to find a section that talks about the monetary system of the ...
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State and status of an animal magically turned into a human

Let us suppose that we have a mundane animal - a cow, sheep or pig, and a Muto Animal Corpus spell is used to transform that animal from its natural form into the form of a human that is the ...
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Can I use Rego Mentem guidelines to compel Fae to do my bidding?

Page 151 of the Ars Magica Fifth Edition rulebook gives a level 20 base level guideline for Rego Mentem to give a person a complex command. Can this extend to Fae Creatures with Faerie Might?
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What components would be in a general cutting spell?

The spell I have in mind is extremely similar to 'diffindo' in Harry Potter. The user gestures across a path a short distance away, and as if by an invisible knife, a minor linear cut is made across ...
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Can a defender defend against any number of attacks?

In non-group combat the defender rolls a defend roll against the attacker;s attack. So far pretty basic and clear. Now our group was wondering what happens if multiple, say 3, attackers all go for one ...
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Can someone with the Holy Magic Ability and Virtue learn Miraculous effects (Methods and Powers)?

Page 67 and 69 of Ars Magica Realms of Power: The Divine describe that one of the benefits of using Holy Magic is the use of the Holy Power guidelines. Does this mean they can gain the Miraculous ...
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Can I find out if anyone is within a boundary with a Intelligo Corpus Spell?

For example, could I use a Intelligo Corpus spell with a range of personal, duration of instant, a target of boundary, and a Intelligo Corpus base level of 5 to know if someone is within my boundary ...
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When a character's arts are opened do they get all techniques?

Do characters with the Gift who have their arts opened to Elementalists have a 0 in all forms and all techniques? Or just a 0 in all forms?
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Can an Elementalist use all manifestations or only one he has the virtue for?

Can an Elementalist use all manifestations (Theurgy, Philosophical, and Medicinal) or only one he has the virtue for? This question is aimed at the Elementalist hedge magic in the Hedge Magic Revised ...
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Can you create body parts with Creo Corpus?

Can you create individual body part (such as an arm) with a creo corpus spell?
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Is there a modifier for permanent spell durations?

Is there a modifier for permanent spell durations in Ars Magica 5th edition?
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How does Puissant Art interact with Summae level?

Does Puissant Art count against a maga advancement from reading a summa? Does it count in favor for how well she can write a summa?
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Shapeshifters: do they retain equipment/clothes or not?

Relating to Shapeshifter powers in Ars Magica 5th edition. I'm specifically wondering how this works with Folk Witches (see Ars Magica 5th Ed. source book Hedge Magic) but it's related to all with ...
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What if I have no Confidence (the mechanic) in Ars Magica 5th Edition?

I'm newly running an Ars Magica 5th edition game, and I'm finding the Confidence mechanic feels a little out of place so far. As far as I can find, it is only mentioned in any detail on Page 19-20. ...
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How can a Magi become a ghola (as in Dune by Frank Herbert)? [closed]

In Frank Herbert's novel Dune, a ghola is a postmortem clone with all the memories, abilities and skills of his previous lives. How can a Magi become a ghola? What hermetic breakthroughs are needed? ...
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Is there any maximum to how high your score in an Art can be?

There is a clear maximum for Abilities based on character age, but is there a similar maximum for Arts?
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Initial resources for a character

In Ars Magica, 5th edition, there seems to be no indication at all of the equipment and resources a character can have. There is just a note reading that any equipment is OK if you can justify it. ...
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What games other than Ars Magica encourage Troupe play? [closed]

Troupe play is a specific style where the group is encouraged to collaborate in creating and running the game. There's often more than one GM, players often run more than one character and, indeed, ...
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What are “Descriptions” for?

In Ars Magica 5th, the Character Sheet has a space for a Description with each of the Characteristics. But I can't find in the book what is it for.
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Is a suit of armor considered one thing with respect to enchanting it?

Would each piece of a suit of armor have to be enchanted separately (let's say I wanted to lighten the armor), or could it be enchanted as a whole? I'd like to be able to do it as a whole, but ...
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Dates of regional tribunals

Is it somewhere in the official sourcebooks of 5th Edition mentioned the years of the regional Tribunals?
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High Quality wizard miniatures? (for Ars Magica) [closed]

I would like to buy dozens of different wizard miniatures, to use them in Ars Magica (I know they are not necessary, but I would like to use them any way, to illustrate positioning of the party and ...
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Parma Magica and telepathic communication

If we have an entity that uses magic to transmit certain of its thoughts in a telepathy-like manner to other beings through an effect that is equivalent to a Creo Mentem effect, can a magus with a ...
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Does Parma prevent Wings of the Soaring Wind from working?

The description of Parma Magica, and the many examples, show that magically propelled substances (in this case, the air) touch the target, but not with any force, unless it penetrates the parma. ...
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How to handle aging for animals?

I'm sure I remember conversion factors for handling aging for animals but I can't seem to find them any more. How should aging of (significant) animals be handled. RAW preferably.
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Can “normal” Hermetic Magi take virtues from Realms of Power: Magic?

Page 43 of Realms of Power: Magic starts a list of new Virtues & Flaws for "when designing magic characters or characters that are somehow associated with the realm of Magic". Hermetic magi are ...
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How does combat with weapon and shield work?

In Ars Magic 5th I am not able to find how combat works for a character with weapon and shield. Attack total is: Dexterity + Combat Ability + Weapon Attack Modifier + Stress Dice Defense total is:...
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How much space does housing people take up?

Assuming I'm aiming for "approximate realism" about how much space do my covenfolk take up with housing / kitchens / etc? (They have an LCM of +1 but it would be good to know for a range of such ...
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How to effectively combine Ars Magica's Agent rules with Reign's Company rules?

This question was originally posed hypothetically in this Answer and ensuing comments. I am attempting to do something very similar to this as seen in this Question. In that question I am looking ...
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Is there a fantasy system that has a similar mechanical complexity to Ars Magica, but with a more robust melee system?

I'm preparing for my next game. For a while, I've had an interest in the mechanics of Ars Magica's casting system, and I'm hoping to run a game with a similar texture. The problem is that my group isn'...
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Designing a spell to create works of art

I want to create a spell that can create a big wooden statue. The statue should not be basic and should be seen as a work of art. As long as I want to create the exact same statue, this spell is ...
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Is copying Summae really this easy?

ArM5 page 166 says that when you've accumulated as many points as the level of the summa you've copied it; and points are accumulated at 6+Prof(Scribe) per season, or three times that if doing it ...
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Creating elder magi

I'm going to need to stat up a few elder magi for my saga, but the sourcebooks are drastically short of guidelines for magi of the 100-150 years / archmage level. I'm happy to wave my hands a bit for ...
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Quality of Lecture Commentaries if using Extended book rules from Covenents

Art & Academe gives: Teacher's Com + Scribe's Scribe/2 + 1 + Teacher's Virtues for Lecture Commentaries, and also comments that "Lecture commentaries will ...
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Detecting suppressed auras

The various Realms of Power books describe how an aura can be suppressed by a stronger (or equal-level Divine) aura; but I can't see anything definitive that says that either: You can't detect the ...
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Why does the Folio contain only works from Bonisagus magi?

Houses of Hermes: True Lineages implies that only works from Bonisagus magi are collated into the folio, but given that any magus can perform Experimentation and Original Research is there any reason ...
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Granting the Gentle Gift through original research

As everyone knows The Gift is a major part of Ars Magica and dealing with it provides much of the conflict between mundanes and magi. The Gentle Gift Major Virtue is available at character creation to ...
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When calculating an effect for a general spell, do I use the base level or the total level?

The book itself isn't terribly specific about this, and I can't seem to find any examples of a general spell with a specific level for reference. Do I only use the base of the spell when calculating ...
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Is a Minor Magical Focus in Counterspelling appropriate?

The Minor Magical Focus virtue provides: Your magic is particularly attuned to some narrow field, such as self-transformation, birds of prey, or healing. In general, the field should be ...
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How does the flaw limited magic resistance work?

Limited Magic Resistance states: You are less able to resist magic than other magi. You gain no bonus from one of your Form scores to Magic Resistance rolls, though if you are caught without ...
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Are there any guidelines as to the nature of fast-cast spontaneous spells needed to counter a magi's spells?

In Ars Magica, a magi may counter incoming spells and effects: In order to create a fast-cast defense against magic, a maga must know the Hermetic Form that governs that magic. If the caster is ...
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How can I adapt elements of the Gumshoe investigation system to Ars Magica?

Many of my games feature a heavy investigation influence. Gumshoe, being designed for investigation, provides a way of finding clues and manipulating clues that provides for a far more enjoyable ...
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What are the “roots” of the Arts that a standard covenant library would have?

Covenants states: For nine of the Arts, there is a basic text that, over time, has come to be accepted as the preferred primer for a magus seeking the competence necessary to train an ...
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How can I arrange for the long-term containment of magical animals?

One of my players is building a Hermetic Menagerie. There was some discussion during the game about how to enchant the Menagerie to securely contain the animals stored inside. The requirements are ...
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How do summa of sound quality achieve a quality of 28-level?

In Ars Magica, Covenants, they claim that most "standard" summa as distributed through the Order of Hermes have a quality of 28-level. Despite spending 6 hours trying to understand the math (with ...
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How much damage should a lab explosion do?

The rules indicate that on a middling bad experimental botch, that the people in the lab take +level of the item being worked on damage. Not +mag, but +level. In almost all cases, that's fatal. Is ...
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How can I make a magic, subtle, universal translator?

My players are journeying to many different lands in mythic europe. Their magi, and covenant, speaks Latin and various dialects of Italian. However, the middle of eastern europe has many more ...
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How do I teach my players to (covertly) gather intelligence?

In my Ars Magica game, the focus is on the "problem of the week." Given the capabilities of magi, once the problem is identified, it's generally solved with a spell or two. (Or the magi flat-out run ...