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Alright I think it's important that we get a couple links down on a thread which will then be pinned to the top of the forum for easy access to them. I'm going to post a few, then I want my Awakened and my forumites to post some more.

The goal is to post links for things that are only useful to Mage the Awakening both information about the game itself and information (rule changes, legacies, Orders, Rote, Arcanum) about it's underlining themes and cosmology (Gnosis, inspiration, etc)

Links:

White Wolf Developer Thread Wiki: http://wod.wikia.com/wiki/Errata_%28MtAw%29

Creative Thaumaturgy Thread (SNE): http://www.shadownessence.com/forum/index....showtopic=15252

Creative Thaumaturgy Thread (WWF): http://forum.white-wolf.com/viewtopic.php?t=23283

White Wolf's Wiki on Mage: http://wiki.white-wolf.com/worldofdarkness...:_The_Awakening

Wikipedia Primer for Mage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mage:_The_Awakening

Deimos Masque's Ascension -> Awakening Conversion: http://deimos-masque.livejournal.com/tag/a...sion+conversion

Gnosis Wikipedia entries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosticism

Feel Free to add your own links but make sure they are tied to Mage the Awakening somehow.

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Onomastikon (Dictonary of Names):

http://www.gaminggeeks.org/Resources/KateMonk/

A Great Resource for Shadow Names!

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Some books/series for Inspiration:

Staying Dead, Bring it On, Curse of the Dark by Laura Anne Gilman

Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Revolutionary Girl Utena anime and manga series

The World Exists for Me manga series

Angel Sanctuary manga series

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Jos recommended:

Clive Barkers "The Great and Secret Show"

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Some books/series for Inspiration:

Staying Dead, Bring it On, Curse of the Dark by Laura Anne Gilman

Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Revolutionary Girl Utena anime and manga series

The World Exists for Me manga series

Angel Sanctuary manga series

but you must add:

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novels

Vertigo's Hellblazer series

and

Neil Gaimans Sandman

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EDIT :A little warning. Some of this stuff can get pretty nasty/disturbing (copromancy) morally objectionable (pornomancy) or controversial (relics made from the ruins of the world trade center), so tread carefully if that stuff bothers you.

It's really for a non-WW game, but i personally like this site a lot. http://www.unknown-armies.com has a ton of ideas for legacies (Adepts/Avatars), plot hooks (Unknown, Unexplained, Rumors, and Scenarios), astral beings (Avatars), rotes (rituals), artifacts (artifacts) and NPC's (Dukes/Cabals) which could be adapted to Mage with only a minimum of work.

Edited by Galen

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To expand on some of what's been said:

"The Dresden Files" novels are perfect inspiration, not only for Mage, but for the WoD in general. To emphasize this point: if you are running a Mage game, you need to read them. If you are running a Chicago game, you need to read them (set in the Windy City). Even if these don't apply to you, you still ought to read them, since they deal with other supernatural entities as well... different from the WoD in many details on the creatures, but still pretty good stuff.

Now, unfortunately due to availability and such, I've not yet read all of the books, and have read them somewhat out of order (I just read the second-to-latest, and I've also read 3 and 4, but nothing else... however, it shows how open the series is to readers). However, from what I have read, and the synopsies I've seen, here's some recommendations for different games:

The first one is mainly Mage vs. Mage type stuff, from what I've read about it. The second involves werewolves, of sorts (definitely good for Thyrsus characters, and esp. Orphans of Proteus).

#3 deals with, among other things, ghosts, ghost mages, deals with the Fae, Vampires, and even a Hunter-type character. Not to mention an artifact sword and political intrigue.

#4 is great for dealings with the Fae, and is a must for anyone remotely involved with Changelings or any Acanthus characters. It also shows the White Council as both Silver Ladder and Guardians of the Veil.

I'm sketchy on the rest, but White Night (number 9, I think) deals with more psychic vampires than real ones. It also shows the progress Harry is making with his apprentice (see Proven Guilty), as well as a Nephandi-esque enemy. Plus the requisite intrigue.

As for certain elements of the series, the Wardens (the White Council's soldiers) are an example of a reversal of roles... in Mage, the GoV is feared, while the AA is usually considered to be pretty cool, as far as orders go (look at the stereotype chart... most don't have a beef with the Arrow, but not so with the GoV). However, Wardens are actually just as feared in their roles as external police as they are as internal police.

The Laws of Magic WOULD change a mage game if implemented.... Mind, Time and half of Death is all but out if you follow them, as is some Fate, to an extent. Be careful when using those, just FYI.

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Well, I didn't read a Dresden Files books, only TV series, but some things to add: Files are the greates example how Mage Poltitics should be played.

And wardens aren't AA or GotV, they are Sentinels of Chicago Consillium. As I watched series and readed Mae scetion in Chicago setting I've got to some conclusions that developers WHERE reading Dresden books. :D For example, Manitpra, Hierarch of Chicago is very similar in attiuted as Ancient Maya, even Shadow name is taken from Hindu occultism.

Chicago shown in Dresden Files is ruled by GotV and Silever ladder leadin White Council ( with is just Ruling Council of Chicago Consillium ) and it's all explore all those nasties political things.

It's shame there wheren't next season... :(

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I don't know why this isn't posted to the thread yet, but it should be...

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This one may seem weird, but: Yu-gi-oh.

I know, don't go running off to watch it. The abridged series is many times funnier and makes much more sense. BUT - some of the images (esp. character designs) scream Mage. Marik's Millenium Rod is also AT LEAST a Profane Urim with weaponizability.

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Hmm, thank you for all the links. Now I know how to spend my weekend -- brushing up on my Mage knowledge and gaining inspiration. I have friends pushing for me to run Mage but I find it tricky to know just how to do that.

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