So, I’ve been doing the research work on a 1050AD Ars Magica setting, involving the invasion of Italy by the Normans. It’s the extension of all the Sicilian stuff you’ve seen on this site if you’ve rummaged around. I’ve put, perhaps, twenty hours into it recently, so not a lot but,cumulatively, dozens of hours over the last few years.
I’m not sure it is a worthwhile project in the current climate.
If you are not familiar with the dominant threads on the Ars Forum, the basic situation is that Atlas is not continuing to publish Ars 5 material on a fixed schedule, and there is no plan for an imminent Ars 6. Ars is likely to continue through Kickstarters and derived games. My concern is that 1050 is too similar to be a derived game. The first few kickstarts can’t be similar to the core setting.
My best options, in terms of material I’ve thought a lot about and not managed to get my enthusiasm behind are a game set in Regency/Georgian/Victorian England or a Royal Navy/Spanish Main game. I think that last one is the way I’m likely to go; it lets me wrap The Patient Art stuff I’ve been working on with water magic, the Cochrane stuff I’ve been working on, and a setting with implicit confrontation together. I realise pirate games were at peak about four years ago…but it seems like the low hanging fruit.