Ars Magica Computer Game Kickstarter

Its no secret that I’m a huge fan of Ars Magica and also of computer games, and  now an agreement between Atlas Games and Black Chicken Studios is seeking to combine those two wonderful hobbies.

Black Chicken Studios, working under license from Atlas Games, is delighted to present a new simulation role-playing game for the PC. After 25 years and 5 editions, Ars Magica will at long last be paid tribute in a single-player, turn-based video game.

Authentic to the original, this is a faithful, beautiful, and accurate depiction of covenant gameplay and the RPG’s legendary magic system during a dangerous century in the Stonehenge Tribunal. With your help, we’ll bring Ars Magica: Years of Conquest and its tapestry of wars, intrigue, invasion and, above all, magic to life!

The Ars Magica – Years of Conquest game is seeking backing via a kickstarter campaign.

I can only rave about how passionate Atlas Games are about Ars magica, and really hope this concept gets through to reality.

If you are a fan of either, spread the word.

A quick review of Tides of War by Christie Golden

As a Warcraft fan of many years (pre-dating my playing of the wow mmo) and also an avid reader of any fantasy and scifi novels, be they pulpy, macabre, serious, or comedic. When the novel was announced to be the lead in to the Mists of Pandaria expansion for WoW I was interested.

It took a long while for me to get my hands on a borrowed copy, but now that I’m finished I thought I’d best share what I think was and wasn’t in the novel.

The quick review: The novel is OK and readable for wow fans. As a score its about 13/20 for the reasons below. Note there are spoilers below. Continue reading