Mage: The Ascension, 2nd Edition VERIFIED
Mage: The Ascension is a tabletop role-playing game in the World of Darkness series, where players take the roles of mages. It was originally released by White Wolf Publishing in 1993, and released in new editions in 1995 (second edition), 2000 (Revised Edition), and 2015 (20th Anniversary Edition), which update the game rules. These have been supported with supplementary game books, expanding the game mechanics and setting.
Mage: The Ascension, 2nd Edition
If it helps at all, my only oWoD familiarity is with the revised editions so far as rules go. Its been awhile but from what I remember the big change in the editions for Mage had to with the ranks in the spheres. The 2e version was on the whole better explained, edited. The general trend was to reign the power in a bit. That said it is still the fantastic system of magic that was laid out in 1e. Hands down the best magic system in any rpg. I can't speak to 2e revised. AUC.register('auc_MessageboardPostRowDisplay'); AjaxBusy.register('masked', 'busy', 'auc_MessageboardPostRowDisplay', null, null) AntediluvianXIII Oct 24, 2010, 12:30 pm Without going out to the garage and asking my wife to help me bring in the storage boxes all my WoD stuff is in (yes they're heavy!!) M:TA 2e forwarded the ascension war a little and revised a bit more - little changed between paperback and hardback versions and revised - which was another RPG Company releasing tatt for extra profit....the sphere system is one of the best magic systems around IMO because it makes you think..you don't have a spell list.
So: if you like the spirit world and the ghosts and the Umbra from older editions: bear this in mind if you use Mage Revised. If you don't care about these things or your campaign would not be heavily concerned with them, then I would suggest going with it over the previous ones.
The resolution system was...ok...when applied to magic. "How about combat?" I hear you ask. Well, you really shouldn't have. There are two kinds of damage: normal and "aggravated." Aggravated damage was first explained somewhere around page 80 with the enlightening comment that characters can't "soak" aggravated damage. Okay...whatever. The phrase "soak" was used numerous times throughout the book. After I had finished reading it, I realized I still didn't know what the term meant. I looked back, and found it was defined in one sentence in small type at the bottom of page 257.
Like the other Old World of Darkness games, Mage has a 20th Anniversary Edition that includes options for playing any of the three previous editions, cleans up the magick system, supports playable characters from the Traditions, Technocracy, Crafts and/or Orphans, and is generally massive (they had to edit it down to 500k words, with extra material going into supplements). Its Kickstarter was funded in 45 minutes.
DriveThruRPG / Storytellers Vault is running a huge sale on the cornerstones of the World of Darkness: get 75% off every PDF from Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and Mage: The Ascension, from every edition!
The Fallen World Chronicle Anthology - Contains 12 short stories (8 original to this collection) of magic and mystery, in celebration of the second edition of Mage: The Awakening.
As the title says, would a mage (according to the latest Revised edition) be able to use multiple applicable Foci for his Tradition/Sphere when casting an Effect in order to decrease the difficulty?The table in page 208 of the book mentions a general case with little detail however, as it may imply only mages having Arete >=6 who are using a Focus in their selected Spheres. Moreover, the question can generate multiple sub-queries related to the imposed difficulty modifier:
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