The Bishop's Staff
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|Author(s):||Michaël de Verteuil|
|Release date:||November 2004|
PDF, 48 pages
The Bishop's Staff was an adventure for Fourth ed. Ars Magica by Michaël de Verteuil published in 2002. It described Karaite magic and the covenant of Sapientia Aetatum, the Tribunal of which is not specified. The story can be loosely described as a "whodunnit". An earlier version of the adveture in the French language appeared in Ars Mag issue 23 14-37.
Until about 2005, the original Ars Magica FAQ site solicited reviews of Ars Magica products from the community. The online review submission form is no longer available, but please feel free to edit this page to add your own comments. A synopsis of the survey results for this book is:
FAQ Rating: *** (9 reviews; 1 *, 2 **, 6 ***, 0 ****)
- A good adventure with lots of stuff to do and neat ideas to improve the game.
- An interesting look at a new magical hedge-tradition with a simple adventure to boot. Could be frustrating to those who have to deal with the NPCs, and has a dubious Jewish money lender with unfortunately stereotypical personality traits.
- Didn't like it much. I fail to see why PC magi would go, and once there, why they would stay. A wonderful central idea is lost in the midst of an unengaged tale.
- Highly detailed but highly generic adventure, lacking punch. Very much set in the middle ages and avoids the high-fantasy sheen that plagues so many ArM products. Probably requires considerable work to adapt to a running saga. Magi may be very weak for their ages, depending on local power level.
- All round good as adventures go.