Anyone seen Thrice Told Tales in the wild yet? I have my author copies, but am mildly surprised that it's been a month since the release and no mention of it here. I'd love to know if anyone is planning on running any of the stories. There's some sterling work gone into this book, and I offer kudos to all my co-authors. I plan to run all of the chapters at some point (with one exception --- I've already run my own contribution!)
I just attempted to order it off of Warehouse 23 - they don't have it yet. But good news! In addition to picking up their last copy of Between Sand and Sea, I also accidentally ordered a 2nd copy of Faith and Flame, as I neglected to LOOK AT THE BOOKSHELF RIGHT BEHIND ME to confirm what I actually owned and didn't own.
I'm away from the book but I think it's called The Mound. It's really good. Makes me want to get the gang back together for a quick three session blast. Pretty sure it's ready to run straight from the book.
I think it is, but bear in mind that the whole structure of Thrice-Told Tales depends on between time between the different parts. That you think you've finished a story, only to have it - or something highly related - pop back up after a number of years. Of course, you could just decide that the characters have had some years pass by, if you as players can make this abstraction.
I don't believe 'Servants of God' requires a set amount of time between the stories, it should be quite flexible with this. But several of the other chapters may not work as written if rushed.
"The Mound" is set in the Hibernian Tribunal, but an accompanying sidebar shows folks how to set it in other tribunals. It has a certain Hibernian flavor, I think, because I'm heavily influenced by Irish mythology and I like reading about the history of medieval Ireland, but it doesn't have to be set in Ireland 1220.
I like this book quite a lot. I'm happy with how "The Mound" turned out, and I'm happy with my cartography work, but my favorite part is Mark Shirley's chapter and the accompanying appendix. I've been reading about Celtic pagan England and Scotland lately as a background for some fiction I'm writing, and that framework serves as a foundation for my enjoyment of Mark's work, not that his chapter is aimed at Celtic Britain in any way. But it is aimed at a specific episode of Hermetic history, and since I don't want to spoil it or Mark's adventure, I won't say more.
I will definitely be running 'The Traitor's Game'. I have always loved the story of Damhan-Allaidh and the formation of House Ex Misc. It is a great example of why Ars Magica is the best rpg out there.
I just got my copy (along with Through the Aegis and Mythic Locations) from Amazon. Looks good! So far, my personal favorite has been the Chosen By God one, simply because I tend to play around with the Holy Magic rules a lot.