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Mage: The Ascension, 2nd Edition Hardcover – January 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing; 2 edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565044002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565044005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The index is too short and not nearly complete enough.
Scott F. Couchman
I've been Role Playing for a while now, and even though I'm only 16, I've found WoD (World of Darkness) the most interesting and amusing.
This is a great publication by White Wolf game studios, and I would recommend it to any role-player.
Seth Spagnolo

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mauricio C. Quintana on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
yes, I gave it five stars, and I will get to the why. But I do believe, like other reviewers, that this game might not suit everybody, and it is certainly not easy to either explain nor play without running into some quite peculiar pitfalls. I started out with RPGs when I was 12. I have read, played and "directed" at least 10 different RPG systems. Fantasy, star wars, star trek, marvel superheores (anyone whot thinks I was waaay to deep into it is absolutely RIGHT, I was positively addicted). I even wrote a short monthly column on RPGs for an "alternative culture" magazine for a while. So when my best friend and companion in roleplaying introduced me to White Wolf games (with a copy of Mage as a birthday present), I was openly distrustful. (Mages with computers? you gotta be kidding me!). However, I overcame my first impression and read it, read it and re-read it. I was hooked! What was going on with this game was REAL MAGIC! All the other RPGs I have played and directed have the same problem: magic is a static thing, confined to the stereotypes which are known by all: wizened old men, reading out of musty old books, recipes including bat dung and frog eyes. Interminable list of spells, some of them useless, some inaccessible until the characters were incredibly powerful already, and the eternal problem of mages being weak and useless once their spells were spent. Mage: the Ascension is my favorite RPG (out of, like I've mentioned, many others I've met and struggled with for a while). But, it's not for everyone. It's not a game you can throw at the players out of the blue. It's a challenging game for the Storyteller.Read more ›
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After reading Time of Judgment and Werewolf: Apocalypse, I was truly looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, this product is a letdown.
The scenario concepts themselves aren't too bad, but the scenario details are where things fall apart. In one, the Nephandi and the Marauders, formerly two of the great "bad guys" of MtA, are shoved to the background in favor of a creature that was mentioned once in one supplement. Another concept--the Psychopomp--wasn't introduced until the Manifesto: Transmissions from the Rouge Council book, and yet plays a huge role in these scenarios. The end result is a bit, as one gamer put it in a forum, like reading a murder mystery and finding that murderer is a character who was introduced in the last three chapters of the book.
The other reviewers have it right: don't buy this book if you're expecting to find out what "ascension" and "the 10th Sphere" are. There's no revelation, or even a lot of guidance to defining them. And make no mistake, these scenarios are Mage: the Apocalypse, not Mage: the Ascension. This is the end of the World in a desperate, painful fashion. If you thought that Ascension was union with the Universe/Nirvana/God/Whatever (and if you've been playing since 2nd ed, you can hardly be blamed for believing this), you'd better start working on your own definition.
My biggest complaint--and I admit that it's a nitpick--is that the book is written as though all the material that came out prior to Mage Revised didn't exist. I knew I couldn't expect my fondly-wished-for final throwdown between the Technocracy and the Traditions for control of Reality (admit it--that would've made a great scenario).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on September 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Let me start my review by saying that I view all White Wolf games (at least the 5 main games) as being equal. That's right, I'm not going to promote one book over another. The beauty of all White Wolf games is the "Golden Rule:" The game is up to the storyteller and players. If you don't like an idea, change it or ignore it completely. This works quite well with small groups if you feel comfortable with table top or LARP. However, when you get to larger groups (esp. roleplaying online) it's more difficult to decide on which rules are practical and which ones aren't.
This edition of Mage *does* have a slight problem with clear definition of rules and systems, and I've yet to see any of White Wolf's books completely cover the systems as they pertain to other games (for example, can a hedge wizard be discovered as such using the gift "Scent of the Trueform?"). As with all of White Wolf games, I think this is a game best played with a small group of close friends.
Now a little more about White Wolf and specifically Mage. I don't know how many have noticed this, but all of these games probably seem like they're shaped after Myths or other real-world beliefs (no matter how obscure). The reasoning for this: They are! Take a look through the bibliography of a White Wolf book and marvel at the resources. This is one area where I would promote Mage above the other books (although I said I wouldn't) because in reading through this you get a small glimpse at the beliefs of so many other cultures. What's even scarier - notice how people of different cultures seem like they live in "another world?" If you really think about it, the Mage concept isn't hard to follow at all. We see this in everyday life. We believe things to be one way, and that's true for us.
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