Questions tagged [mage-the-ascension]

Mage: The Ascension is a roleplaying game based in the World of Darkness. Mage explores modern-day willworkers shaping reality in a world where most of humanity doesn't believe in magic.

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How can a mage gain quintessence besides gathering at a node?

In M20 there doesn't appear to be many given methods for recharging quintessence beyond finding a wellspring or finding some tass. (Unless you are at prime 5 in which case you can just make nodes ...
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Detecting Magick use by using the Prime Sphere

I have a Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition game running and one of the players played a game of Mage the Ascension Second Edition before that with a different Storyteller. In that ...
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At which point does growing plants require quintessence?

In Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition, you need quintessence to create things from nothing. With the life sphere 3 dots (+ prime 2 dots), you can create simple life (including plants) with a ...
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Werewolves in space?

We all know Werewolves are badass, that they can rip apart puny humans and mages and everything. They travel around the world on moon-bridges and through the Penumbra, ripping apart Pentax, Wyrm and ...
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How can I enforce a low-power level in Mage: The Ascension?

I'm preparing for a Mage:The Ascension game as a storyteller. While my players and I enjoy many aspects of Mage and World of Darkness in general, we would like a much lower power level than seems ...
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What level of Prime is required to use Tass?

I'm confused about what level of Prime is required to use Tass in the Mage 20th Anniversary Edition rules. In the main rulebook the following statements are made: M20 Rulebook: p 332: "To absorb ...
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Are there any supplements for chinese mages in dark ages?

I was thinking of trying running a one shot for Mage taking place in China during 13th century however I seem unable to find any supplement describing mages that were at China. I do not wish to use ...
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What decides who awake?

I have had a discussion that Hikikomori (modern day hermits that have no psychological disorder and do not leave the house of there parents because they do not want to face society and there ...
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Do Avatars need to have the same personality as their Mage?

We have a new player which is very unsatisfied with the available avatar options because they absolutely do not fit his character concept. Because of this he want to put no background in Avatar so ...
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Non-Master Technocrat Minion Creation?

So, one of the main "aesthetic points" of the Technocratic Union is their wide use of minions that they create through superscience, ranging from the relatively expendable Men in Black clones to the ...
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What spheres would a mage need to provide an endless supply of blood to a vampire?

What spheres would a mage need to be able to indefinitely provide an unlimited supply of blood to a vampire?
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Character creation for more experienced mages

What is the rule to create more experienced mages in Mage: The Ascension? How many points do you have to create an elder mage?
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Invisibility by Correspondence

How do you do that specifies (page 34) that a mage could become invisible by using a Forces 2 effect. I would like to know if it is possible (and better if referenced in any source) to use ...
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Any spells that would allow a mage to breathe while buried alive?

If a mage were buried alive for whatever reason - whether deliberate as some part of a gambit of sorts or not so deliberately via accident or attack - does there exist any specific magic or uses of ...
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Is the Maison Liban continuing to hide in the modern era necessary?

There is apparently an underground hidden faction of mortals magic-users in Mage the Assension, that is titled the "Maison Liban". Them having the following origins: An underground mystical order ...
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What spheres are required to turn a living person's health into a point of usable Tass or Quintessence? [closed]

I believe Mage: the Ascension has artifacts that can be used as weapons. Each level of health destroyed by these knives is converted into a point of Quintessence. If a group of mages were to use some ...
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How does unweaving work?

I only have the basic rulebook and the How do you do that sourcebook, and I'm playing Mage the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition. Yesterday I had a player hit with a Life/Correspondence effect that ...
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Wonder item: Pipe of Pied Piper of Hamelin

I am about to start a new Mage 20 campaign. I have never done a campaign of Mage before and while I have been storyteller of Vampire for a few years I am a bit doubtful on how to calculate the spheres ...
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What happens when I fail the dice roll for spellcasting?

I am reading Mage 20 Aniversary edition and I am a little bit confused in what happens when you fail the dice roll for spellcasting (not enough successes as needed for the effect). Let's say I want ...
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Do I need to pay experience for merits and background?

In Mage: The Ascension, if I create a wonder or complete a task for someone who will pay me fifty thousand dollars while I have zero dots in resources, do I need to spend experience in order to ...
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Does a mage need Spirit sphere along with Forces sphere to create sunlight against a vampire?

From what I understand, the fact that the sun burns vampires comes from the religious significance of the sun, as intense light does not actually damage vampires beyond sending them into a frenzy. So ...
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Where do I put my focus on my character sheet?

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)" ...
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How can a mage implement a hammerspace?

A mage belonging to the Akashic brotherhood likes to carry his sword around, but that usually caters a lot of unwanted attention, and sometimes it is also unwieldy. So, he wants to create some ...
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Did Ahl-i-Batin expect a mage of status to have several wives?

According to my knowledge, back in the Middle Ages, as Muslims rose in rank they were expected to have more wives with, kings being expected to have a total of four wives. Was there a similar case ...
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Chantry management

A group of mages push technocracy out of Shelbyville and create their own Chantry there near a node. What would be the rules of managing the Chantry, or does it simply rely on dots in Chantry ...
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Is it possible to use Gilgul in order to fix a Nephandi?

Gilgul technique allows a person to directly attack an opponent's avatar. Is it possible for a mage, using Gilgul technique, to target the corrupt parts of a Nephandi's avatar in order to return ...
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Why was Tremere unable to become immortal as a mage?

According to the books, a mage with five dots in life sphere could use Perfect Metamorphosis. Perfect Metamorphosis: The mage can alter their own Pattern according to their wishes. They may assume ...
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How to integrate roleplay, foci, paradigm into casting magick

I was away from RPGs and story telling for some time. I used to run Mage: The Ascension scenarios before, but I had to take a break, and now I want to get back on my feet. I struggled with some ...
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Can we ignore or keep playing after the Apocalypse and keep canon?

Per Mage: The Ascension, Consensus completely stabilizes during the Apocalypse, forever taking away the ability to cast magic on Earth. I believe it officially happened in 2006; I might be wrong about ...
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Temporis and Supernatural beings, what's the effect?

In Vampire Dark Ages 20th Aniversary Edition, Temporis does not specify what is the effect of the ability on supernatural beings (except for the Laquesis Kiss effect on vampires). For example, would ...
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Managing a technocrat group

Are there any rules in Mage: the Ascension regarding the management of a large technocrat organization like the crew of a large spaceship? Rules for managing a mage group also works.
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How does resonance increase?

I saw the resonance part on the character sheet but the core book didn't say anything regarding resonance other than that it effects the enviroment of the mage. How does a mage increase his resonance ...
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How do I adjust combat encounters for a solo PC?

I am having one of my friends who wanted to join play solo so that I can get him to join the group but I am having trouble adjusting combat. He is an alchemist sorcerer. How can I create an encounter ...
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How to run a game for a single player? [closed]

One of my friends sent me a message asking to join my game. I told him i would run him through a game but i never tried running a game with a single person before. Should i make the combat encounters ...
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Can attributes be permanently increased via magic?

Is it possible for a mage or a sorcerer to permanently increase their attributes without using up experience points? If it is impossible, what can I tell my players other than "Sorry, but you need to ...
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Do alchemy-created alloys confer bonuses to weapons?

Is there a specific bonus to weapons created using alloys created with someone that has three dots in alchemy path? One of my players asked a blacksmith to make a sword out of alloys he made and I'm ...
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How is a character's health determined?

This question may seem a bit dumb but I only have the sorcerer revised edition (borrowed it from a friend so that i could run my own game) but it doesn't speak of how health work. I tried searching ...
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Making dumb “smart” bullets

Welcome to the Sons of Ether JPL, the playgrounds for Matter mages. And there is a whole coven living in them, and when they work together, well, you know how that turns out: Flying cars, Autonomous ...
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About the Cosmology of Mage the Ascension

I've been trying to make sense of the Tapestry's structure in Mage the Ascension as described in the 20th anniversary edition, but there some points I'm not sure I understood correctly. So, if I get ...
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What is the meaning of 'fast-casting' in M20

In the latest M20 iteration of Mage: The Ascension we are a given a list with various "Magickal Difficulty Modifiers" for Arete rolls depending on various conditions that may apply such as: Using a ...
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Is suppression of the Arcane effect permanent over time?

As far as I know the Arcane background in Mage: The Ascension did not mention the ability to "suppress" the effect of Arcane (i.e. people being unable to track/remember the Mage in question). However, ...
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Usage of Prime Sphere M20

We started an M20 campaign and I created a character that focuses on Prime and Life Spheres. Life is a very useful sphere and can have many good effects on its own. Prime on the other hand seems a ...
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Help with defining which Mage the Ascension faction most likely in an assassination [closed]

After waiting for years for the right moment, I'm finally about to start a short Wraith the oblivion campaign (hopefully. Last time I started what I wanted to be a short campaign it lasted more than ...
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How can a Mage activate a Talen?

I'm running a crossover game and I'd like to reward one of the Mage's with a Talen as he's helped a shifter accomplish their goal. However Talens require a Gnosis roll to activate them so how can a ...
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Using Mind Sphere to Trap Enemies

Inspired by another question and some recent events in my campaign how would a Mage set up a Mind Sphere effect that both shields their mind and traps any enemies who attempt to mind control the Mage. ...
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Dominate Discipline vs Mind Sphere

This is a question about a crossover game that uses the 20th anniversary rules for Mage and Vampire so ideally I'd like a 20th anniversary answer. I had an odd situation in the last session where a ...
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How to roll luck dice

I think there is a stat somewhere deep in 1st Edition Mage the Ascension that allows a Luck Skill or Background. I was wondering if anyone would have a clue where it might be?
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Is Time 4 the Only Way to Trigger a Spell?

Are there any other ways to separate the casting of a spell with it's effect other than to include a Time 4 Sphere? Example 1: An alchemist spikes a drink with a deadly poison (Life 3 / Prime 2 plus ...
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Could a Virtual Adept create a virtual sanctum?

Borrowing from Jadasc's premises, I had a thought based on the following: Premises Magick cast within one own's Sanctum are always considered Coincidental, reducing the risk of Paradox. The Virtual ...
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Is it possible to make a character who's a mixture of character types from the differnet World of Darkness games?

In the setting of the Classic World of Darkness, is it possible to make a character who's a mixture of character types from the different WoD games? I mean, make a Werewolf that can use the Mage ...