Mage: The Ascension is a role-playing game based in the World of Darkness, and was published by White Wolf Game Studio.

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How can I make an overbearing government's unwelcome attention convincing without it dominating screen time?

My players are newly awakened mages (Mage: the Ascension 2nd edition) living in a near future in a metropolis in the European Union which is developing into a surveillance and military state union—a ...
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What is the minimum essential reading for a new Mage: Ascension player?

Mage Ascension 20th Anniversary rulebook is a huge, 700 page doorstop and it's filled to the brim with rules, descriptions and more or less poetic game aids. It is my perception that even for GMing ...
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What happens when a mage rolls a botch during magick?

I have searched the rule book (1995) but did not found a concrete information - does he/she only gain paradox?
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Can Mages of the same Tradition but different non-Affinity Spheres use the same Sanctum? [closed]

There are two Virtual Adepts. One has the Spheres Correspondence 3/Matter 2/Forces 2 while the other has Correspondence 3/Life 2/Mind 2. They share the same Affinity Sphere (Correspondence) and have ...
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Does magick fail with a single rolled 1?

I am not sure if I understand the rules correctly how Magick actually works (Edit: in the 2nd Edition): Tell what you want to do Check if you know how to do this Roll as much dice as you wish with ...
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Do damaging magic Effects deal automatic or rolled damage?

Both Vampire and Mage mention the usage of damage dice pools which are calculated based on the attack's successes and are afterwards rolled vs. Diff. 6 in order to determine actual caused damage. ...
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Can a Mage find someone on a map?

Is it possible for a Mage to find someone on a map? If yes, which Spheres are required? (I think Connection and maybe Mind) Are some components required too (hair, blood...) or are just the name and ...
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How do I run a satisfying and successful seeking in the context of a chronicle?

In Mage: the Ascension, in order to raise one's Arete, a mage must undergo a seeking, something between a vision quest and a personally tailored one-on-one adventure. At the end of this side mission, ...
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Can Perfect Metamorphosis turn a Mage into another splat?

At 5 dots in Life mage can change himself into anything Overcoming the problems of imperfect Pattern-transformation, the mage can create a Pattern that carries the physical nature of a beast yet ...
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What are the most important features of Umbral Horizons?

In old World of Darkness Umbra is said to have several barriers that divide it into several parts. First one is The Gauntlet, which separates physical world from Penumbra. Two following ones, ...
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Does telekinesis/psychokinesis add Strength dice to wielding weapons?

If you have a psychic with Telekinesis/Psychokinesis in oWoD, can you use the telekinetic Strength value for a damage roll on a melee weapon attack (assuming requisite attack/TK rolls succeed)? Would ...
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Was Chodana ever expressed?

Euthanatos in Mage: Ascension are death-mages who think that it is their duty to give Good Death to those whom they deem corrupted beyond repair. They have an elaborate set of traditions, rules and ...
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Can a mage use multiple Foci to decrease the difficulty of an Arete roll?

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? ...
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Loosh farming in the World of Darkness

So there is an allegedly real phenomenon called "loosh farming," wherein disembodied astral spirits harvest some kind of emotional energy from the emotions of humans on earth. Robert Monroe wrote ...
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Paradox from enchanted objects

I was wondering the way paradox should be handled with enchanted objects (like wonders or, prime enchanted objects or beings). Should the object generate paradox to the crafter at the moment of its ...
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Where do all those new Avatars come from?

In MtA there is a specific passage stating that all humans have Avatars, even if they are only sleeping. Once a person dies, their Avatar seeks out a new one to reincarnate into. However, I have ...
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What is a Domino effect?

During my time reading the assorted editions of Mage the Ascension I encountered two different concepts, both named Domino Effect. The Domino Effect v1 Is essentially a scheme employed by the ...
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Why is Magic so hard?

There is one aspect of Magick (yes, I'm using 2nd ed, but it applies equally to Revised and upcoming 20th Anniversary AFAIK) that I simply cannot grasp. Lack of dice during a throw. High success ...
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How to tackle heavy sphere redundancy?

Spheres in Mage: Ascension overlap each other and even the core rulebook mentions that sufficiently creative player can solve every problem using nearly any sphere (except some specific situation, ...
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What is the “whiskey flask” problem with Paradox?

So, I've just read @Jadasc's eye-opening (+1) answer to @Flamma's question Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from? (+1). At the end of his answer, Jadasc ...
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Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?

I remember the 90s when Mage players would tell Vampire players that a Mage can very easily transform a Vampire or Werewolf into lawn chairs, and that they could get quite a good collection. I didn't ...
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Are Paradox effects optional or cumulative?

I've read Mage the Ascension rules like ten times, and still have problems with Paradox, specially in the Backlash. In revised edition, each time you gain Paradox, you roll the Paradox pool, and for ...
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How to get to the Digital Web in Mage the Ascension

So in the game i am currently running i have a virtual adept character, and to be honest i have always wondered this myself, but does a virtual adept need spirit to go to the Digital Web? I am running ...
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Running Mage the Ascension with new players who are intrested in the Entropy Sphere

So as the title says i am running a Mage: the Ascension game and some of my players have taken entropy as their sphere and most of my players are new to Mage. Entropy has always been one of those ...
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How to learn World of Darkness canon if I'm not using the rules system?

I want to learn history of World of Darkness. I don't need the mechanical part of the gameplay, just the story part. I want to know all about of each setting(for now and for dark ages). Which books ...
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What effects could combine the spheres of Mind and Forces?

So, I'm having difficulty with an Order of Hermes character that likes using Mind magick. My specialty sphere is Forces, and I'm having a tough time combining the two to create magical effects. (My ...
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What are interesting ways to handle seekings?

First of all, I apologize for my English, and overall, for any technical word I may misstep, as I usually role-play in Spanish. Any Mage: The Ascension players or storytellers? I was looking for some ...