Ars Magica: Canaries Are Dying [3-6 Players]

Thank you. If I do wind up needing another player, I'll send you a pm.

We find ourselves a player down. The saga is under way, but it is still early yet, and I doubt that I'll have much trouble working in any new characters.


Reading through the description of the covenant and your saga ideas, I am interested in participating, should there be room. A few notes are worth bringing up, though, just so you have a better idea regarding my background as a player.

  1. I have zero 5th Edition experience, although I have a slew of 3rd and some 4th Edition experience. It's also a little rusty, given that most of it was 15 years ago and more. My experience was also all tabletop based.
  2. I'm much used to the Troup system, although I have functioned as main storyteller in the past. Being primarily a player would suit me, though.
  3. I'm not a powergamer at all, although I tend to leverage social situations. There's a fair chance that I will end up with a character that, at least at the time of his or her Gauntlet, is relatively underpowered magic-wise - I dislike heavily specialised magi and magae, however good the excuse. Once the story unfolds, I might focus a bit more, since the saga is the real impetus - not my desire to create the first Perdo Corpus 85 spell.
  4. My interests are historical anthropology in all it's myriad forms, especially relating to belief systems. I'm a librarian by trade.
  5. English is not my native language, although I am comfortable writing it. The occasional error does occur, of course, and I ask for pardon in advance for any misunderstandings resulting from such.

If the above are acceptable to you and the Troup, I would like to be considered for a magus (or maga) and a companion. Please give me an indication whether the current covenant has a preference for (or against) certain Houses, or cultural backgrounds.

Yours in good faith,


PS. I have a keen interest in raptors, and the breeding pair of peregrins downtown from where I live are particularly splendid. Just thought you'd like to know :slight_smile: .

There is definitely room for more, as we are currently down a player or two. I take it you've already looked through the saga forum, so you have a rough idea of what the saga's about.

All players get one magus/maga and one companion, and all the grogs they can eat. If you do join, just introduce yourself in the appropriate thread (probably Table Talk), and make a character creation thread for your magus and one for your companion. (I don't always catch problems, and this also allows the troupe to point out problems they see, not just mechanics-wise, but potential rp/interaction problems). Grogs all go into the Grogs'r'Us thread. (A note about grogs – I, personally, prefer to play my own grogs as a player, and let the players have their "own" grogs in my saga; grogs made by former players, or grogs that their creators say anybody can play, I tag as "open" in the Character Sheets main post.)

I don't know what your posting schedule will be like, but I do want everyone to post at least once a week, and prefer either daily or every two or three days. If you're going to be away for a while, let us know (as, currently, one of the more active players is on vacation for a couple of weeks, but he gave us a heads-up).

Play-by-post doesn't lend itself real well to combat, so I try to avoid it. Not to say that there won't be some combat, but this isn't a combat-centered campaign. It's more role-play and character-driven.

I also try to run a year at a time (I have a semi-random rotation schedule for the magi and companions, so each one should be the focus of a seasonal story). This allows more players to beel more involved,and also dramatically speeds up the passage of time. The first pbp saga I played in never got out of the first day, and the second never got past the second – both after several months of play.

I don't have any particular preferences (as a gm) as to which house you should or shouldn't play. We currently have a Tytalus, a Verditius, and an ex Misc player-characters (the Bjornaer Quaesitore is on her way out), and a Bjornaer lab-rat, (deer heartbeast) a Nature Merinita, and a weather-witch ex Misc as established npcs.

If you have any questions, I'm pretty much always available, so feel free to shoot me a pm or an email, or post on the boards.

Thank you! I will add those threads to the forum, and we can continue from there.

Currently, I have the basics of a non-Gifted Redcap (companion) that's in need of a covenant. Things in the Rhine tribunal are a little hot under her feet at the moment. I'll post what I have written down for now and start thinking of a magus or maga.

Edit: It seems I do not have the option to either reply to, or add, threads on the game forum. Is that something you will have to flag me for?

Click on your name, that pulls up your user profile.

Toward the top left side, click on "User Control Panel."

Click on the "Usergroups" tab, second from the right.

Under groups, there should be a Memberships section, with a "Play By Post Players" section that has a button to the right. Click that little round dot. At the bottom of the page, there's a drop-down menu called "Select:" Select the "Join selected" option and hit "Submit."

That should do it for you, hopefully.

Thank you.

Following your advice solved the problem, and I have started posting in the saga's forum.

How goes the saga? Might there be room for one more?

We're actually on a bit of a hiatus while I (the SG) recharge, but I expect to be back to running the game in about a month or so.

If that's okay with you, feel free to swing by, check things out, and we can go from there.

(in other words, yes, if you don't mind waiting to actually start play for a few weeks. Pre-play, character generation, game discussion, whatnot, is still going on).

I'll certainly take a look. Things are a bit hectic for me right now anyway, but I should have more time toward the end of the summer.

COuld you give me a quick breakdown of the active magi? I don't want to step on any toes as I design my character.

The character sheets are posted over yonder. But basically, we currently have an insecure Verditius, a Tytalus with an affinity for and magical focus with [strike]boats[/strike] ships, an Ex Misc who is interested in studying non-Hermetic traditions, a nature-based Merinita who's the leader of the covenant (whether he likes it or not), a Bjornaer lab-rat who may or may not survive her next transformation, and a cranky weather-witch Ex Misc.

And the Tytalus A lot. And often. Morale isn't usually a problem aboard her ship...

Who said I was insecure?! HE'S been talking hasn't he?! He's turned you against me!

I find myself looking for a pbp campaign. Might you have room for one more "one more"?

The saga is on a (temporary) hiatus, but it's got as many people as I feel comfortable handling at the moment.

However, one of my players also runs a pretty awesome pbp saga (In the Ruins of Bibracte), and he has room for you if your interested. (By the way, his saga was the inspiration for this one.)

It's been a busy saga. Go ahead and post in Table Talk in Bibracte forum if you're interested.

Thank you both so much for the responses! I will post over there right now.

The saga is awakening from its slumber, and finds that it hungers. It does not have as many [right]sacrifices[/right] players as it should.

If anyone is interested in joining the saga, feel free to either post something in the Table Talk thread, send me a pm, or whatever.

Do you still have need of players? I'm toying around with an imposing ex misc mentalist who I think might fit with this saga. I've never tried forum games before, but am fairly familiar with the rules.

My team in the SMVA is looking for a few good players. I need a Middle and a setter. Attitude is very important.

interested PM me.