This is mostly just out of idle curiosity. There are a lot of different ways to play Ars, so I'm interested to hear how everybody handles things. Everything is multiple choice, in case more than one answer applies.
Are you playing a saga at the moment?
- I'm currently running a saga
- I'm currently playing in a saga
- I'm not playing or running at saga right now
Where do you play?
- My saga is play-by-post
- My saga is played on a virtual tabletop (e.g. Roll20)
- My saga is played in person
What is the pace of your saga?
- My saga is slow paced (2+ game sessions per season)
- My saga is medium paced (1-4 seasons per game session)
- My saga is fast paced (more than a year per game session)
- My saga is pulsed (timescale varies between game sessions)
How does your saga handle storytelling?
- My saga has a single storyteller
- My saga has a single main storyteller, but sometimes guest storytellers run a story
- My saga has an alpha storyteller and beta storytellers who run individual stories regularly
- My saga has everyone act as the storyteller roughly the same amount
- Something else
How does your saga handle characters?
- In my saga players only have one character who they play all the time
- In my saga players have a Magus and a Companion, but no pooled characters
- In my saga each player has a Magus and Companion and there is a shared pool of grogs
- In my saga each player has a Magus and there is a shared pool of Companions and Grogs
- In my saga all characters are pooled
- Something else
How often are magi involved in stories?
- Stories usually involve all the Magi
- Stories usually involve most of the Magi
- Stories usually involve one or two Magi
- Stories usually involve one Magus
- Magi do not usually get directly involved in stories
- Stories usually revolve around Companions
- Stories usually revolve around grogs
How much research does your saga involve?
- My saga is not set in a historical setting
- None, my saga does not focus on historical details
- Low, the broad historical details are there but it's not a priority
- Low, but we use a tribunal book for more detail in our covenant's locale
- Medium, you need to have read a little bit of history to keep up with the details
- High, you need to have read a book on the period for the area to keep up
- Extreme, you need to have read multiple books and translated primary sources to keep up
- Extreme+, I learnt to read Latin for a roleplay game, my life is spiralling out of control, please send help
- Extreme++, All the players in my saga are medievalists and historians
What is the general theme(s) of your saga?
- High Fantasy
- Hermetic Life
- Mundane Interactions
For me, I'm in one saga, we play over a virtual tabletop and Discord, it's pulsed (we'll have a story happening in a single season take multiple sessions, then we'll get through multiple seasons a session for a it, then another story will slow things back down).
We don't have an alpha storyteller, everything is collective and everyone takes turns running individual stories (some players have taken charge of ongoing plotlines and run every adventure in them.).
Everyone has one or more Magi (secondary magi are usually antagonists, important allies, or apprenticed to other player's magi - not full magi of the covenant) and there is a large shared pool of Companions and Grogs. Our stories usually involve mostly magi, and grogs feature more as accessories to Magi rather than being payed in their own right (but not always).
We put in a fairly high amount of research, and historical events feature pretty prominently in the saga. We focus mainly on a mix of Research, Mundane Interactions, and the occasional bout of action-adventure.