Hey all, so I was just wondering on some of the house rules and hacks and other such changes that one may create in Ars Magica games. One of the things I always liked was when publishers come out with rule or setting variant books and other such options. And so it made me think of asking you all what sort of things you might have implemented or want to implement and stuff.
I will start by sharing two of my ideas.
Mystical Immunity - Being aligned with a Realm (and the Gift counts) provides immunity to Warping through living in a high aura, by being affected, and by being under a high or continual mystical effect. (Thus, basically, Warping can only be gained by botching a roll with a mystical ability).
I like this idea cause to me the idea of a person who utilizes magical effects so easily and naturally should not have a problem living in a place with heavy magic and stuff. I like the potential of getting warped due to a failure in a magical act, but not just being around a place. (Plus, the game already breaks this rule in three ways, the Aegis, the Parma Magica, and Familiar bonding; so I don't feel so bad.)
Social Protection - It is the Opening of the Arts technique that provides the ability to ignore the social penalties for having the Gift in others and oneself (not, as it is currently the Parma Magica). The major change to this is that it means Apprentices are just as immune to the nature of the Gift as the full magi are themselves, with no worry or need to extend shields or teach the Parma Magica. And thus apprentices can work with magi other than themselves, other apprentices, and all other such things without having to worry about supposedly hating each other cause of the Gift.
I don't think this changes much since in canon most master's will extend their shield on to their apprentices. Masters still might provide part of the Parma to their apprentices, cause otherwise they have no greater levels of magic resistance yet (as they don't know the Parma Magica). This could potentially expand the number of apprentices magi take, or create schools and stuff, but really its easy to say such things weren't done or failed due to other reasons (including social and political).
I wouldn't mind hearing the thoughts of others on these, but really, I even more would like to hear what other sorts of modifications (both major and minor) you all have come up with to the system.
Thanks for reading and I hope you guys have some interest in a topic such as this.