Looking awesome there, guys. I can imagine the work that went into this.
I don't want to be pretentious, but there's something very rewarding about playing a game that can be so inspired, inspiring, and respectful all at once about a historical culture that isn't the one we'd normally associate with the FRPG scene. Having read the ToC alone, I'm itching to bring the medieval east and west together in a saga.
Nothing like a TOC to put us all on a hype. :mrgreen:
Looks cool. Seems that magic has a strong "art and academe" feel to it, with reagents periapts and inceptions being reused (maybe in more powerful formats?). Expanded with 2 other arts (storytelling and travel). We will see what they bring
Seems the order of Suleiman of 3rd edition is back. IIRC it was left as a possibility with no hard data in previous editions. Sahir seems to have a widely expanded power listing.
Lots of info on zoroastrian magic as well. I do not have much interest in those, but hey.
It quite looks likem the travel guide to the East. People, animals, places to visit, dangers (beware of pickpocket djinn!) and places to eat. Sounds good I am interested in the levant-ish part of it more than the lands beyond, but it can easuily be milked for "stuff brought to your saga by Silk Road Inc." for sure, so you can find the problems in your doorstep in the Rhine tribunal.
"The book after tCatC is very likely to be Hermetic Projects. (It isn't back from the printer yet. Something could still go horribly wrong.) Since tCatC is going to be out in November, I suspect it won't be a December release, but release scheduling isn't my department."
~ David Chart, October 5, 2011
Excellent! With a birthday on the 17th, and The Compleat Strategist tending to get things in the week the go to the distributor, there's hope that my Ars Magica Birthday Spectacular weekend may feature wine, reverie, and The Cradle and the Crescent!
PS: Yes, indeed... this is very odd for Amazon to have a release date that is anywhere close to correct for an RPG...