Milestone 800+ New spells for Ars Magica

This blog now has 801 new spells – growing from just a handful many years ago. It has taken significant effort to get new concepts in the last six months and the best source is participating in stories; then considering how that odd spont cast spell, or problem, or “if only we…” moment might be changed into a reusable spell.

If I’m being honest there are many spells which demonstrate a concept, and then have 2-3 variations to suit subtle differences or different uses, which makes it feel more like there is an order of magnitude less in the New Spells page if only the spell concepts should count.

Even so, it’s still a huge list. I hope some are useful in your stories.

Blog Plans for 2018

I’ve no focus yet for 2018 for this rpg blog. The past few years of Ars Magica Spells has been challenging and while I’ll chip away at odd spells and items intermittently, I need a break from regular Ars Magica blog posts.

There is a long ignored Deathwatch story I might revive despite FFG handing back the publishing rights – and perhaps a bit of fiction. A lot of my inspiration for content is driven from games I’m playing in and the games are also slowing.

While I’m not sure what style of game to write about, the blog post publishing schedule will likely decrease to a post roughly each month.

Have a great 2018 folks. IBT.

Milestone 550+ New spells for Ars Magica

Roughly another three months since hitting the 500 spell mark and there are 50+ new spells for Ars Magica, totalling 551 new spells, and I think around another 50 almost ready to be published. I’ve been working on writing about my the thoughts and impressions on Ars Magica more than spells recently which is why there are opinions and House Rules blog posts now as well as Hermetic spells in the feed.

Hope you enjoy both the rants and spells folks, Happy Ars Magica gaming.

Milestone 500+ New spells for Ars Magica

The blog hit a new milestone today – 501 spells written for Ars Magica, which is 100 new spells since September 2016. Enjoy the spells folks, Happy Ars Magica gaming.doorways from one realm to the next

Milestone 400+ New spells for Ars Magica

I’ve posted over 400 new spells for Ars Magica now, reaching my blogging goal for 2016 a few months early. October onward will have a mix of character concepts, variations to rules, the odd conversation on the Ars Magica setting, and more spells that have been sitting in draft for a very long time. Some of those spells are inspired from Game of Thrones and Snow White, so a little less serious; but very flavorsome.

Milestone unlocked, 250 spells. More to come.

(Begin shameless self promotion)

As of today there are 268 spells published, which seek to add diversity and range to the spells for the Ars Magica RPG. At the start of 2016 just after reaching 200 new spells I decided to obsess more seriously about creating Ars Magica spells and post more of the ideas.

It’s been an interesting process but satisfying to be able to write slowly and steadily in tiny chunks, and still build to a larger whole.

And soon the new spells page of this blog will dramatically increase in size again.

Over the next 3 months 97 more spells will be posted. I know this as they’re sitting completed and scheduled for posting through to early July. This will bring the New Spells for Ars Magica page up to around 355 spells. 150 spells in 6 months is darn great in terms of reaching new milestones. Yeehaw!

Getting to 400 new spells by the end of the year seems less like a silly dream, and something I might be able to work toward.

I’ll still need to find the time to edit the page where they’re all written, and it’s getting less easy to think of new areas to cover as much of the easy ground is written. But that’s ok too – I’ll need to do something for the rest of the year. Ahem.

Personally as a blogger I’ve always struggled with creating content regularly and it’s a new and darn satisfying thought to have three months of content ready to go without lifting a finger. To post regularly I started breaking the very long posts into much smaller segments.

For example – the current series being published from March through to mid May is mostly about Necromancy spells, it’s currently 8 different posts with just under 40 spells in total.

Then there are three posts about Ars Magica versions of spell from the movie Frozen (ask any parent if they know that film), then a few handy spells for use either on or involving boats.

There is no real reason for these subjects except they’re playing in my head frequently enough.

Happy gaming folks. More to come.

Milestone unlocked: 102 spells for Ars Magica


It’s been a while since I started blogging spells for Ars Magica – in fact several years. Recently I published my 102nd spell which I’m proud to have reached. If Ars blogging was a game an Achievement icon would have pop’ed onscreen, ding! All the spells can be found on this page.


Greetings to the Blog Alliance

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The blog was just accepted into the RPG Blog Alliance, a darn good gathering of content centered around RPGs. Howdy folks, happy to be here. Looking forward to sharing thoughts, and wandering through the fantastically odd posts.

For readers who don’t know about the network, here is a quick overview:

The RPGBA is collection of Role Playing Game related websites that opt-in to be aggreated. Member benefit from having a relationship to each other and by having a unifed place for people to look for RPG material. The RPGBA does not include the entire source material but rather includes the first 100 words and links back to the original source. In this way members get traffic to their respective sites while still getting the benefit of belonging to the Alliance

You see, they’re awesome.