I'm making my first character for a World of Darkness (20th anniversary) campaign and right after backgrounds, I've gotten to a step where it says "Define Focus (paradigm, practice, instruments)"

What does this mean specifically, and where should I put the focus on my character sheet?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you playing M20? If not, then you might be using a completely wrong character sheet. \$\endgroup\$ – Baskakov_Dmitriy Aug 2 '18 at 3:32

There are extended 2-page and 4-page versions of the M20 Character Sheet that have room for Focus and many more character details.

What Focus means exactly is a huge part of how Mage works:

M20, page 62

[F]ocus combines the mage’s beliefs about magick, the practice he follows, and the instruments he uses to direct that belief toward magickal results. All three elements are combined into a single unit: paradigm + practice + instruments = focus.

For details about paradigms, practices, and tools, see Chapters Six (pp. 256 & 259) and Ten (pp. 529-530 & 565-600).


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