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Arcanum: High Magic for Ironsworn

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Embrace the Power of Magic

Arcanum brings a flexible casting system to Ironsworn, predicated on the notion that spellcasting should be more than a collection of individual, predetermined effects. True power is in the Mage's ability to shape reality as desired, through sheer force of intellect and willpower. This supplement gives you a narratively-focused method for implementing magic in your Ironlands. The basic list of contents goes:

  • The Ways of Magic
  • Assets for Magic and Magi
  • Chaos Track Mechanics
  • New Moves
  • Ways of Playing a Mage
  • The Arcanum Character Sheet

Not an Official Ironsworn Product

This is NOT an official Ironsworn product.  This is a fan-made supplement that is only possible through the generous licensing granted by Ironsworn author, Shawn Tomkin.  Thank you, Shawn!

This work is based on Ironsworn (found at www.ironswornrpg.com), created by Shawn Tomkin, and licensed for our use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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Jorge R September 25, 2023 4:07 pm UTC
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Hello Christof,

first of all this effort and the book, it is almost exactly what I was missing in Ironsworn.

Two questions or doubts.

I miss some light-based magic (to manage the tipical light beam or the lantern mage); I suposse it can be done through the existent channels, but I was curious about it.

There is no damage specifications, not even suggestions about it. When you use Strike or Clash, how do manage the resultant damage?
I understand that a overflood of a river is not going to cause 2 hit; maybe I should envision the effects of it and estimate the damage, but I see too much margin on it.
On the other side, if a mage manipulate a bonfire to attack a robber, how much damage it causes? Maybe two points?

Thanks in advance!
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Jorge R M May 27, 2022 11:14 am UTC
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As a fan of Mage the Ascension and Ars Magica I love this system. Hope it gets expanded in the future with more crunch :)
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Andrew N March 19, 2022 6:08 pm UTC
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Hi Christof, thank you for your efforts, I’m pleased to see an Ars Magica style approach brought into Ironsworn, and am looking forward to running a longer game with it.Very nice work!

As a suggestion to expand it further…what i felt was missing was that Ars Magica allows you to further adapt the flavour of each mages magic through the characters virtues and flaws (like the house specialties, cyclical magic, puissance, hermetic flaws, etc)…these might be an area for some additional Assets.

Otherwise,very happy with my purchase. Look forward to seeing what you come up with next.
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Christof B March 19, 2022 7:49 pm UTC
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Hey there!

Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad that you are enjoying the system. I have a few more things on my list that I would like to do for Arcanum, so I'll add this to the list. I will likely circle back once my next project is complete. I do have something super-secret in the works. >:)
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Wim D March 17, 2022 10:32 pm UTC
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Hi Christof,

I was wondering if you have considered a small collaboration with Terribly Beautiful and his Traveler's edition of Ironsworn, to bring your Arcanum system into his 'pocket friendly' Ironsworn ecosystem? https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/301866/Travelers-Ironsworn-DIY-Edition

I enjoy both additions to Ironsworn, it would be great if there were custom reference cards for Arcanum in Ironsworn's Traveler's Edition, just like there are for some of the other non-official additions.

Thx for taking it into consideration!
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Christof B March 19, 2022 7:43 pm UTC
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Oh hey! Comments. Thanks so much for your idea. I took a look at the Traveler's Edition, and I do like it. I'll give it some thought and maybe reach out to see if there is any interest on the 'other side'.

Cheers.
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Wim D July 07, 2022 4:33 pm UTC
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Hi Christof,
I was wondering if you have any news on this, is a collaboration in the works?
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Dr. Lars D February 21, 2022 8:06 pm UTC
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Hi, is there a reason that on page 17 (essence water, air, fire, earth) no example is given with manipulation “control”?
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Christof B February 21, 2022 9:57 pm UTC
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Control is certainly allowed! The elements are the crucial examples, so the four provided correspond to each element. However, any manipulation may be applied to any essence.
Thanks for the question!
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Nicholas S September 23, 2021 10:02 pm UTC
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Do you have any plans or guidelines for adapting this to work with (a high-fantasy rethemed) StarForged?
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Christof B October 02, 2021 12:03 pm UTC
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Hey, Nicholas. I don't currently have enough mechanical familiarity with Starforged necessary to provide good guidelines. Narratively, I can certainly see plenty of options. I can imagine an Arcanum sort of capital ship which cruises slowly from system to system, Magi who are techmages (rather than the arcanists which are assumed in Arcanum), and so forth. If I ever find a couple of spare minutes to rub together, I really want to dig into Starforged. At that point, I might have some ideas.
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Rolf H November 04, 2021 3:16 pm UTC
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Depending on flavor and the fluff for your game, Arcanum is quite easily adopted into StarForged.
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