Mage:The Ascension is the one role playing game from the World of Darkness series that holds a special place in my heart.
Already several years ago, I mentioned in a blog post that Neil Gaiman’s Sandman played an integral part in becoming who I am today. The same is true for Mage: The Ascension.
Mage: The Ascension is all about being able to change reality one way or the other and that is something I tried back in 1997 when I shed the ballast of three terrible years that had just passed. Mage: The Ascension was a vehicle for me to live a dream, if only in a game. The philosophy within the game still very much appeals to me and I think it is also (together with Changeling) one of the less dark World of Darkness role playing games (the inherrent darkness and partial hopelessness in some of the others kept me from playing the pen and paper version for any length of time, but I was a keen player of Vampire Live and even the Malkavian primogen of Nottingham for a time).
So, when it came to my attention that a Deluxe Mage: The Ascension was being financed via Kickstarter, I readily supported the project, it promised a lot:
Contribute to help give the Deluxe M20 Edition a leather bound, embossed+, silk bookmarked, gold-edged, full-color, deluxe treatment.
Well, my copy arrived a few days ago, this is what it looks like, this is what I got:
Yes, it actually is that fantastic. This is one massive book and it feels like a medieval folio. Fully illuminated, golden-edged, leather-bound, the works. Over 700 pages (695 of them numbered) and weighing in at six pounds and three ounces, this is easily the most massive role playing game rule book in my possesion and the most beautiful by far.
The money was truely well invested and I have already revelled in fond memories and come up with a campaign centered around my favourite group: The Void Engineers.
No, I am not particularly in favour of the Technocracy, but the Void Engineers are pure and simply awesome with the Virtual Adepts coming in at No. 2.
But now I have to go and digg deeper into the pages of this magnificent piece of art!