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Mage: The Ascension: Pride, Power, Paradox: A Storytelling Game of Reality on the Brink (Mage: the Ascension)

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Ours is the power of Solomon, the magic of Merlin, the fall of Icarus.

From countless ages we have dreamed, from endless worlds we have beckoned, from infinite choices we have suffered.

The world chokes under stifling conformity, hopes crumble in the fire of mediocrity, heroes die in the snare of pride.

Armageddon is at hand.

Reality is a lie.

The truth is magic.

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Hardcover, 2nd Edition, 312 pages
Published November 7th 1995 by White Wolf Games Studio
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A Storytelling game of magick-with-a-k.

I was a Vampire: the Masquerade kid in the 90s, and Mage: the Ascension almost entirely passed me by. I vaguely knew about it through hearing people at my high school's Gaming Club talk about it, but none of them ever ran a game and so I had no direct experience with it. About the closest I got was that after I saw The Matrix, I had the amazing insight that this was the story of a Virtual Adept's Awakening! As soon as I got home, I fired up the modem and we
For all its issues (and my, does it have some!), MAGE and its associated book series provided a watershed in my life... and, from what I'm told, in the lives of many other people, too.
Even if you don't consider yourself to be a gamer, I highly recommend checking this one out. It has a lot to say about magic, philosophy, spirituality, religion, society, storytelling, and life in general. All of the dice rolling and number crunching that it describes is a way to add a blend of chance and skill to a good night of interactive storytelling. Enjoy!
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Nov 25, 2014 Cintain 昆游龍 rated it it was amazing
This is my Holy Grail of RPGs. I've been playing, running, and writing stuff for RPGs since I was 12yo, and Mage continues to intrigue, inspire, and elude me. It is a book that I continually go back to and re-read; every few years I try to create a stable group to play a chronicle (succeeded only once, on twitter of all places). The imagery evoked by the setting, the rules of the magic system, and the style in which it is written were what inspired me to explore the real World looking for real M ...more
Jan 21, 2016 M rated it it was amazing
Ever since I heard of the World of Darkness, this was always the game I was most interested in. Originally, it was because wizards struck me as much cooler than vampires or werewolves, and later on it was because the whole consensual reality premise sounded fascinating. I'm glad to say it delivers on both fronts. The world of Mage is huge, encompassing Earth, a number of close-by parallel dimensions such as the internet and the spirit world, and functionally infinite possibility out in the unive ...more
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Easily my favorite of all the RPGs my friends and I played in high school. It's probably one of the more difficult ones from a storyteller's perspective, for exactly the same reason I loved it: the plasticity of the rules and realities presented made our gameplay limited only by our imaginations and our understandings of science, etc.
Oct 04, 2014 Roberto rated it it was amazing
You i liked vampire i was very interested in werewolf,wraith,geist,etc
but mage if you want to know what is the best in oWOD look no further.
Fight the Technocracy,beware the paradox.
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The best roleplaying game ever produced. Ever.
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Love the flavor-- Mage is a bit dense though.
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I haven't tried to play it yet, and it could be unplayable. The setting is boggling and it's a great read.
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