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Version 1[edit]

Date: 2008-01-10 12:37:22 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Initial version


For now, the Frequently Asked Questions can be found at http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html

Version 2[edit]

Date: 2008-12-29 14:40:33 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Started migrating ArM5 rules questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

=== Rules Status Questions
* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Products#Upcoming|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)?
* I need an official ruling on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

Version 3[edit]

Date: 2008-12-31 17:43:20 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Updated links to upcoming products page


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

=== Rules Status Questions
* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an official ruling on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (ne

Version 4[edit]

Date: 2008-12-31 18:14:16 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added question about 4th-5th edition differences


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions
* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an official ruling on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Editio

Version 5[edit]

Date: 2008-12-31 19:23:04 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Link to official rulings


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions
* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on ling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new

Version 6[edit]

Date: 2008-12-31 19:28:10 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added the characters and Virtue/Flaw FAQs


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions


* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions?

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect starting experience points?
* Does the Puissant Ability Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant Magic Theory let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

Version 7[edit]

Date: 2008-12-31 19:59:48 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: More links to character related FAQs


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions?

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use t [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of

Version 8[edit]

Date: 2008-12-31 22:07:19 GMT Author: Yair Comment: Gift link; maybe needs to be changed back...


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions?

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

Version 9[edit]

Date: 2009-01-02 16:51:33 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added new section, working on linking in content


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions
* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?


==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the fast-casting speed roll (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create permanent magical effects?
* Is temporary, magically-created food nourishing?
* Can the damage from a Momentary [[Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell make something permanently weightless?
* What Form is electricity?
* Can a magus cast spells directly from a text?
* How does multiple casting work?

Version 10[edit]

Date: 2009-01-03 13:17:08 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Link to fast-casting


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast-Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create permanent magical effects?
* Is temporary, magically-created food nourishing?
* Can the damage from a Momentary [[Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell make something permanently weightless?
* What Form is electricity?
* Can a magus cast spells directly fro

Version 11[edit]

Date: 2009-01-03 14:17:23 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: link to permanent effects


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast-Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]nent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, magically-created food nourishing?
* Can the damage from a Momentary [[Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell make something permanently weightless?
* What Form is electricity?
* Can a magus cast spells directly from a text?
* How does

Version 12[edit]

Date: 2009-01-03 14:32:39 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Redirected link from Perdo to Momentary


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast-Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, magically-created food nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell make something permanently weightless?
* What Form is electricity?
* Can a magus cast spells directly from a text?
* How d

Version 13[edit]

Date: 2009-01-03 14:37:34 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Links to Momentary weightlessness, electricity


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast-Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, magically-created food nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell make something permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|weightless]]?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* ]]?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus cast spells directly fr

Version 14[edit]

Date: 2009-01-10 18:40:29 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Revised spell / spellcasting links


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell make something permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|weightless]]?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

Version 15[edit]

Date: 2009-01-10 18:47:49 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Re-phrased a question to make it correspond better to target text


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spe

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Date: 2009-01-10 19:07:41 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added Magic Resistance questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms how Magic Resistance works.
* Does Magic Resistance protect against the Divine?
* Does Magic Resistance keep out helpful spells like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance protect against the claws or teeth of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell?
* Does magic resistance keep out enchanted items?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out illusions?
* What is the "[[Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* ''Why'' doesn't magic resistance dispel magical effects?
* Why can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have magic resistance similar to Parma Magica?

Version 17[edit]

Date: 2009-03-22 15:23:18 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Linked in some Magic Resistance FAQs


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[MagicResistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell?
* Does magic resistance keep out enchanted items?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out illusions?
* What is the "[[Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* ''Why'' doe

Version 18[edit]

Date: 2009-04-11 00:45:59 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Fixed broken link


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic__Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell?
* Does magic resistance keep out enchanted items?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out illusions?
* What is the "[[Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* ''Why'' doesn't magic resistance dispel magical effects?
* Why can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have magic resistance similar to Parma Magica

Version 19[edit]

Date: 2009-04-13 00:10:30 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added all remaining questions (not answers) from Redcap FAQ.


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* How is Ars Magica related to White Wolf's Storyteller system (World of Darkness setting) games?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* Which book(s) should I buy?
* Where can I find more information about Ars Magica?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell?
* Does magic resistance keep out enchanted items?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out illusions?
* What is the "[[Pink 

== Laboratory Questions

* Do lab helpers increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells from a text?
* How are Verditius Runes supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Other RPGs

*  A History of Ars Magica
         1. Lion Rampant
         2. Atlas Games (old-school)
         3. White Wolf
         4. Wizards of the Coast
         5. Atlas Games (Fourth & Fifth Editions)

* Product List

Version 20[edit]

Date: 2009-04-13 00:13:49 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added link to game history


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* How is Ars Magica related to White Wolf's Storyteller system (World of Darkness setting) games?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* Which book(s) should I buy?
* Where can I find more information about Ars Magica?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell?
* Does magic resistance keep out enchanted items?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out illusions?
* What is the "[[Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* ''Why'' doesn't magic resistance dispel magical effects?
* Why can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have magic resistance similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do lab helpers increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells from a text?
* How are Verditius Runes supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Other RPGs

*  A History of Ars Magica
         1. Lion Rampant
         2. Atlas Games (old-school)
         3. White Wolf
         4. Wizards of the Coast
         5. Atlas Games (Fourth & Fifth Editions)

* Product List

Version 21[edit]

Date: 2009-04-13 00:39:31 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Expanded General section, link to White Wolf


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products# Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell?
* Does magic resistance keep out enchanted items?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out illusions?
* What is the "[[Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* ''Why'' doesn't magic resistance dispel magical effects?
* Why can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have magic resistance similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do lab helpers increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells from a text?
* How are Verditius Runes supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7.

Version 22[edit]

Date: 2009-04-17 01:03:40 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Linked in the last of the Magic Resistance questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* ce magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* ''Why'' doesn't magic resistance dispel magical effects?
* Why can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have magic resistance similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do lab helpers increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells from a text?
* How are Verditius Runes supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic hi

Version 23[edit]

Date: 2009-04-19 00:08:36 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Updated Pink Dot link


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDResistance Design#PinkDot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* ''Why'' doesn't magic resistance dispel magical effects?
* Why can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have magic resistance similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do lab helpers increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells from a text?
* How are Verditius Runes supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. F

Version 24[edit]

Date: 2009-04-19 00:09:02 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Opps - fix to Pink Dot link


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* ''Why'' doesn't magic resistance dispel magical effects?
* Why can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have magic resistance similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do lab helpers increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells from a text?
* How are Verditius Runes supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9.

Version 25[edit]

Date: 2009-04-19 00:10:30 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Links to Magic Resistance design questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do lab helpers increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells from a text?
* How are Verditius Runes supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. M

Version 26[edit]

Date: 2009-04-20 02:23:02 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added links


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistants | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells [[Learning Spells from Text | from a text]]?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Other RPGs

Version 27[edit]

Date: 2009-04-20 03:07:39 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Fixed link target


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant| lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for learning spells [[Learning Spells from Text | from a text]]?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Other RPGs

Version 28[edit]

Date: 2009-04-20 12:37:30 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Corrected wording & link for casting from text


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for casting spells [[Casting Tablet t]]?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Other RPGs

Version 29[edit]

Date: 2009-04-20 12:38:58 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Reverted previous fix


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a texttext?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "Summae: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Other

Version 30[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 01:35:18 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Link to Summa question


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]a | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue penalties apply to Soak totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to Recovery rolls?
* Where are the rules for crossbows?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to reload a crossbow. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when longbows are so much better?
* Where can I find house rules for crossbows and/or longbows?
* How does one calculate Attack and Defense for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for movement in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an all-out attack or defense?
* Where are the rules for combat fatigue?
* What are the rules for charging?
* What happens to a character's Initiative if he changes weapons?
* How does Initiative work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more combat options, variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9

Version 31[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 02:19:58 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Links for combat questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#Wound]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I find [[House Rule | house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find [[House Rule | house rules]] for more [[House_Rule#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

tigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find [[House Rule | house rules]] for more [[House_Rule#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A s

Version 32[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 02:40:19 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Tweaked a couple of links


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I find [[House Rule | house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find [[House Rule | house rules]] for more [[House_Rule#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Other RPGs

Version 33[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 15:09:48 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Changed link for bow/crossbow house rules


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find [[House Rule | house rules]] for more [[House_Rule#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Oth

Version 34[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 17:29:08 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Updated a house rules link


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find [[House Rule | house rules]] for more [[House_Rules_Linkss_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Oth

Version 35[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 21:53:57 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Clarified link for combat house rules


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the Medieval Paradigm?
* What is this about Tremere and vampires?
* How do I say (something) in Latin?
* In Ars Magica, are the pagan gods Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Other RPGs

Version 36[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 21:55:34 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Links for Mythic Europe questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, ]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military h

Version 37[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 22:24:20 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Corrected link


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imáginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
    * Second to Third
    * Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
   1. Introductory histories
   2. Regional histories
   3. Intellectual histories
   4. Social and economic histories
   5. History of magic
   6. Military histories
   7. Medieval literature
   8. Fiction
   9. Othe

Version 38[edit]

Date: 2009-05-03 23:17:17 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Fixed formatting of nested lists


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* "Can I write an entry for this FAQ?"
* "How many people make up the Ars Magica community?"
* "How can I find a troupe to join?
* "Can I write a supplement for Ars Magica?"
* Who is in charge of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imaginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
** Second to Third
** Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
# Introductory histories
# Regional histories
# Intellectual histories
# Social and economic histories
# History of magic
# Military histories
# Medieval literature
# Fiction
# Other RPGs

Version 39[edit]

Date: 2009-05-05 02:28:32 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Links to Fan Community questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the older Tribunal books still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with conversion stats for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

nts | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imaginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
** Second to Third
** Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
# Introductory histories
# Regional histories
# Intellectual histories
# Social

Version 40[edit]

Date: 2009-05-05 03:17:41 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Links to ArM5 rules status questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older suConversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imaginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

* "What are the differences between editions?"
** Second to Third
** Third to Fourth

* Suggested reading
# Introductory histories
# Regional histories
# Intellectual histories
# Social and economic histories
# History of magic
# Military histories
#

Version 41[edit]

Date: 2009-05-05 03:25:51 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Link to Suggested Reading


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s) should I buy?
* Is there a d20 conversion for Ars Magica?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

 Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imaginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and

Version 42[edit]

Date: 2009-05-05 23:33:38 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Links to remaining general FAQ


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* a | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have hard covers (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imaginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?

Version 43[edit]

Date: 2009-05-09 12:46:37 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Link to hard cover topic


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]]  | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectsAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imaginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"

Version 44[edit]

Date: 2009-05-09 13:26:32 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Fixed link to "protect against Divine"


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* "How does the Parma Magica work?"
* "Is Perdo Imaginem too easy?"
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

Version 45[edit]

Date: 2009-05-12 12:54:09 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Links for ArM4 questions


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
*  Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?

Version 46[edit]

Date: 2009-06-16 02:37:01 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added link to "Welcome to Ars Magica"


This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[ [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=[[Fifth Edition]] FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= [[Mythic Europe]] Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam

Version 47[edit]

Date: 2009-06-19 15:02:55 GMT Author: pm Comment: ToC inserted


{{preface|This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]}}

{{toc}}

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[White Wolf | World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=Fifth Edition FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= Mythic Europe Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

Version 48[edit]

Date: 2009-06-23 00:57:23 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Fixed link to World of Darkness


{{preface|This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]}}

{{toc}}

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=Fifth Edition FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= Mythic Europe Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

Version 49[edit]

Date: 2010-02-28 16:21:23 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added anchor


{{preface|This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]}}

{{toc}}

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=Fifth Edition FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
{{anchor|Casting_from_text|}}
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= Mythic Europe Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

Version 50[edit]

Date: 2010-02-28 16:24:50 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added anchor


{{preface|This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]}}

{{toc}}

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=Fifth Edition FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
{{anchor|Casting_from_text}}
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= Mythic Europe Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

Version 51[edit]

Date: 2010-02-28 16:26:27 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Fixed typo


{{preface|This page is under construction.  If your question is not here yet, please see the full Frequently Asked Questions at [[http://www.redcap.org/FAQ/FAQ.html]]}}

{{toc}}

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=Fifth Edition FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
{{anchor|Casting_from_text}}
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells|Initiative]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= Mythic Europe Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

Version 52[edit]

Date: 2010-03-12 01:52:01 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Removed "under construction" preamble


{{toc}}

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=Fifth Edition FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spells and Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Aruam|electricity]]?
{{anchor|Casting_from_text}}
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells|Initiative]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= Mythic Europe Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[Fan_Community#Size | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

Version 53[edit]

Date: 2010-03-19 12:22:45 GMT Author: AndrewGronosky Comment: Added link to incantation of summoning the dead


{{toc}}

=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=Fifth Edition FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Auram|electricity]]?
{{anchor|Casting_from_text}}
* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

== Questions on Specific Spells

* Is [[Incantation of Summoning the Dead]] really supposed to be a [[ritual spell]]?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells|Initiative]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= Mythic Europe Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[size of fan community | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat

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=Frequently-Asked Questions

These questions, and answers, come from the Ars Magica [[Fan Community]].  The answers are unofficial but represent the best judgment of a large body of experienced players.

=General FAQ

* What is [[Welcome_To_Ars_Magica | Ars Magica]]?
* What [[Products]] are available?
* [[Upcoming_Products|What ArM5 products are planned]] for the near future?
* Which Ars Magica book(s)[[Buying Guide | should I buy]]?
* Is there a [[D20 Ars Magica | d20 conversion for Ars Magica]]?
* How is Ars Magica related to the [[World of Darkness]] (also known as Storyteller) games?
* Does Ars Magica have an active [[Fan Community]]?
* What is the [[History of Ars Magica | history]] of the Ars Magica game?

=Fifth Edition FAQ

==ArM5 Rules Questions

These are questions about the [[Rules]].  Newcomers may also find the introduction to [[Game Mechanics]] informative.

* What are the differences between [[ArM5|Fourth Edition and Fifth Edition]]?

=== Rules Status Questions

* [[ArM5#Errata|Are there Errata for Fifth Edition?]]
* [[Upcoming_Products#Leak|Can one of the authors or playtesters leak details of (upcoming product)]]?
* I need an [[Rules#Official_Ruling|official ruling]] on (X)
* [[ArM5#Why_Removed|Why has (rule X) been removed from Fifth Edition?]]
* [[ArM5#Why_Changed|Why was (X) changed in (new edition / new product)]]?
* Are the [[ArM5#Continuity | older Tribunal books]] still useful?
* Will Atlas make available free downloads with [[ArM5#Conversion | conversion stats]] for older supplements to Fifth Edition?  
* Why do some of Ars Magica supplements have [[Hard Cover | hard covers]] (and others have soft covers)?

=== Characters, Abilities, and Virtue and Flaw Questions

* Why are something called "[[Body Level|Body Levels]]" listed on the character sheet?  What are they?
* How does the [[Faerie Magic]] Ability (on the Merinita template, ArM5 page 27) work?
* Are the [[Minor Story Flaw|Minor Story Flaws]], like Blackmail and Animal Companion, really Flaws?
* Do Virtues that affect the way a character gains experience points - Wealthy, Secondary Insight, Elementalist, and so on - affect [[Experience Points#Starting|starting experience points]]?
* Does the [[Puissant Ability]] Virtue affect what the character can teach and write? Does Puissant [[Magic Theory]] let a character use more vis in the lab?
* How exactly does the [[Fast Caster]] Virtue work?
* What are the [[Shapeshifter Statistics|statistics for a shapeshifter]] (such as a [[House_Bjornaer|Bjornaer]] magus or a character with the [[Shapeshifter]] Virtue) in beast form?
* Has the social effect of the [[The Gift|Gift]] changed in Fifth Edition?

==Spellcasting Questions

* Shouldn't there be a die roll for non-fatiguing [[Spontaneous Spell|spontaneous magic]]?
* What is the [[Fast Cast Spontaneous Spell#Initiative|fast-casting speed roll]] (p. 83) for?
* Isn't there any way for a magus to create [[Permanent_Effects|permanent magical effects]]?
* Is temporary, [[Magical Food | magically-created food]] nourishing?
* Can the damage from a [[Momentary_Duration#Damage|Momentary Perdo]] effect be healed?
* Can a Momentary Perdo spell permanently [[Momentary_Duration#Properties|remove a natural property]] of something, for example, make an object permanently weightless?
* What Form is [[Auram|electricity]]?
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* Can a magus [[Casting From Text | cast spells directly from a text]]?
* How does [[Multiple Casting]] work?

== Questions on Specific Spells

* Is [[Incantation of Summoning the Dead]] really supposed to be a [[ritual spell]]?

==Magic Resistance, Penetration, and Parma Magica Questions

Most of the following questions are addressed in detail in the (lengthy) article on [[Magic Resistance]].

=== Magic Resistance Mechanics

* Please explain in simple terms [[Magic_Resistance#HowItWorks|how Magic Resistance works]].
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#ProtectAgainst|protect against the Divine?]]
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#BeneficialSpells|keep out helpful spells]] like healing spells?
* Does Magic Resistance [[Magic Resistance#PhysicalAttacks|protect against the claws or teeth]] of a magical creature?
* How would magic resistance [[Magic Resistance#MagicalThings | affect a sword that's enhanced by a spell]]?
* Does magic resistance keep out [[Magic Resistance#EnchantedDevices | enchanted devices]]?
* Since magic resistance keeps out magical things, doesn't it keep out [[Magic Resistance#Illusions | illusions]]?
* What is the "[[Magic Resistance Design#PinkDot | Pink Dot]] Loophole?" Is there a way to close it?

=== Penetration Mechanics

* Do [[Ward|wards]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?
* Does [[Aegis of the Hearth]] have to penetrate in order to keep out a creature with Magic Resistance?

=== Magic Resistance: Design Questions

* Why doesn't Magic Resistance just [[Magic Resistance Design | dispel ]] magical effects?
* Why [[Magic Resistance Design#HedgeWizard | can't non-Hermetic magicians (hedge wizards) have Magic Resistance]] similar to Parma Magica?

== Laboratory Questions

* Do [[Laboratory#Assistant | lab helpers]] increase the amount of vis a magus can use in a season?
* Where are the rules for [[ Learning Spells | learning spells ]] from a text?
* How are [[Verditius Runes]] supposed to work?

== Books, Study, and Experience Questions

* What is meant on p. 165 by "[[Summa | Summae]]: Source - Quality and Level?"

== Combat Questions

* Do Wound and Fatigue Penalty penalties apply to [[Soak#WoundPenalties]] totals?
* Do Wound Penalties apply to [[Wound Recovery]] rolls?
* Where are the rules for [[Crossbow | crossbows]]?
* The rules in [[Covenants]] say it takes a very long time to [[Crossbow#Reload | reload a crossbow]]. Are those times realistic?
* Why would anyone want to use a crossbow, when [[Longbow#CompareToCrossbow | longbows are so much better]]?
* Where can I [[House Rules Links | find house rules]] for [[Crossbow | crossbows]] and/or [[Longbow | longbows]]?
* How does one calculate [[Missile_Weapon#Attack | Attack]] and [[Missile_Weapon#Defense | Defense]] for missile weapons?
* What are the rules for [[Movement | movement]] in combat?
* Where are the rules for making an [[Exertion | all-out attack or defense]]?
* Where are the rules for [[Combat Fatigue | combat fatigue]]?
* What are the rules for [[Charging | charging]]?
* What happens to a character's [[Initiative#ChangeWeapons | Initiative Total]] if he changes weapons?
* How does [[Initiative#Spells|Initiative]] work for spellcasting?
* Where can I find house rules for more [[House_Rules_Links#Combat | combat options]], variant weapon stats, and so on?

= Mythic Europe Questions

* What is the [[Medieval Paradigm]]?
* What is this about [[House_Tremere#Vampires | Tremere and vampires]]?
* How do I say (something) in [[Latin#HowToSay | Latin]]?
* In Ars Magica, are the [[Pagan Gods | pagan gods]] Magical, Faerie, or what?
* Can you recommend some good [[Suggested Reading | reading material]] that can inform or inspire my Ars Magica game?

= Fan Community Questions

* Can I [[Contributing | write an entry]] for this FAQ?
* [[size of the fan community | How many people]] make up the Ars Magica community?
* How can I [[Fan_Community#FindPlayers | find a troupe]] to join?
* Can I [[Writing Supplements | write a supplement]] for Ars Magica?
* [[Line Editor | Who is in charge]] of the Ars Magica product line?

= Fourth Edition (and earlier editions) Questions

* How does the Parma Magica [[Magic Resistance (ArM4) | work in Fourth Edition]]?
* Is [[Perdo Imaginem (ArM4) | Perdo Imaginem]] too easy?
* "How do I use Range, Duration, and Target?"
* Can my wizard create ritual spell to lift an entire mountain five hundred feet into the air permanently? If so, what level would it be?
* Can a magus create a golem and switch minds with it and thus escape old age?
* Is ice part of Aquam, or what?
* "Is combat busted?"
* A sample combat