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Mage: The Ascension (First Edition)
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/12/2020 16:49:47

The 1st edition of the game was still very much a formative set of ideas, some of which were quite developed which is both a weakness and a strength as it gave agency to the reader to interpret in their own way still. The magic system was very free form which, along with the philosophical take on concensual reality, paradox and coincidental magic was groundbreaking at the time. In my view, the general tone of the writing was slightly less 'in your face' than some of the later editions. Moreover, it was one of the first games that seemed to feel attuned to real world magical thought, themes and pracitices, which was a revelation for many when it was first released. For me, it is a gem and well worth keeping in print.



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Mage: The Ascension (First Edition)
Publisher: White Wolf
by Charles S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/16/2020 00:30:45

Mage first Edition is quite a game book. I will openly say that I'm just not a fan of it, and that if this was the first Mage book I'd seen, I wouldn't be neck-deep in the game to this day.

That said, about half of this book worked. Unfortunately, it was the underdeveloped half. The rest included things like the Technocracy interrupting their REM sleep so they wouldn't dream, the Void Engineers being Fae-touched and wanting to kill space, and the generally overwhelming nature of the Technocracy against the much less gray than later Traditions.

What did work though were things like study points (they dropped from Mage and now Mage is known as an XP sinkhole because it was balanced assuming them), the basic premise of a war for reality, and the mechanical effects of various foci (which could have been brought back in M20 with the Instruments, but weren't).

Overall, it's a playable game, but not one I'd want to play, and I'm glad that Mage Revised was my first Mage book.



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