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  • The collected Fiction Inspirations for Mage: The Ascension

    I'd like to request the mods to sticky this, so that we don't have one to two topics each month on what makes a good Mage resource.

    This is just the listing, the following posts will include notable summaries by the forum alumni. I'll try and keep this updated, and if you notice your contributions to the list, I wouldn't mind capsule commentary on what makes the specific work relevant to Mage: The Ascension. I'll likely get to it in time, but if you feel like sharing, you'll save me some time

    Books & Novels
    Flatland, Edwin Abbot Abbot
    1984, George Orwell
    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood
    Illuminatus Trilogy, Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
    Wizards of Earthsea, Ursula LeGuin
    Gun Machine, Warren Ellis
    Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake
    John Dies At The End, David Wong
    Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz
    Neuromancer, William Gibson
    Alchemist, Paolo Coehllo
    The Hollows series, Kim Harrison
    The Laundry series, Charles Stross
    Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling
    Harry Dresden series, Jim Butcher
    Bartimeaus sequence, Jonathan Stroud
    Ferrett Steinmetz
    Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

    Last Call, Tim Powers
    Works of Neil Gaiman
    Works of Phillip K. Dick
    Works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende
    Works by Carlos Castaneda
    Works of H.P. Lovecraft
    Works of William Shakespeare
    Works of Terry Pratchett
    Works of Neal Stephenson (Snowcrash, Cryptonomicon, Diamond Age, Anthem)
    Works of Stephen King
    Works of Clive Barker (Imajica, Books of the Art...)
    Works of Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked this way comes...)

    Comic Books
    Shade The Changing Man
    S.H.I.E.L.D. (2010)
    Dr. Strange
    Corto Maltese, Hugo Pratt
    Preacher, Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
    Hellboy & BPRD, Mike Mignola & Co
    Akira, Katsuro Otomo
    The Adventures of Tintin, Herge
    Ghost In The Shell series, Masamune Shirow
    The Matrix comics
    The Blair Witch project comics
    Kill Six Billion Demons
    The Defenders (2011)
    Shade The Changing GIrl
    FBP - Federal Bureau of Psychics
    Aleister & Adolf

    Drugs And Wires
    Works of Grant Morrison (Invisibles...)
    Works of Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Stardust, Books of Magic, Neverwhere...)
    Works of Alan Moore (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Swamp Thing...)
    Works of Warren Ellis (Gravel, Stormwatch, Planetary, Planetary...)
    Works of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Incal, Metabarons, Technopriests...)

    Dark City
    The Matrix
    2001: A Space Oddyssey
    Clockwork Orange
    Starship Troopers
    Lord of Illusions
    Sorceror's Apprentice
    Practical Magic
    The Circle
    Tron & Tron Legacy
    Lego The Movie
    The Mistress of Spices
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    The Prestige
    The Illusionist
    Pan's Labyrinth
    Pacific Rim
    Cloud Atlas
    Time Bandits
    The Fisher King
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    12 Monkeys
    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    Brotherhood of the Wolf
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
    Fight Club
    Run Lola Run
    Birdman Or The Unexpected virtue of Ignorance
    The Hills have Eyes
    Wicker Man
    Kung Fu Hustle / Shaolin Soccer / God Of Cooking
    The man from U.N.C.L.E.
    The Men Who Stare at Goats
    The Fountain
    Holy Mountain
    24 Hour Party People
    The Witch (2016)
    Lords of Salem
    Atlantis: The Lost Empire
    Treasure Planet
    Fight Club
    The Golem
    Pirates of the Carribean series
    James Bond series
    Jason Bourne series
    Indiana Jones series
    Men in Black series
    Terminator series
    The Marvel Cinematic Universe (Especially Doctor Strange)

    TV Shows
    Early Edition
    The Good Witch
    Warehouse 13
    Lost Girl
    Orphan Black
    Person of Interest
    Nanny and the Professor
    The Witches of East End
    Twin Peaks
    The X Files
    Outer Limits
    Twilight Zone
    La Femme Nikita
    Mr. Robot
    The Wire
    American Horror Story: Coven
    Black Mirror
    The Marvel Cinematic Universe
    Jonathan Strange And Mister Norell

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2016)
    Venture Bros
    The OA

    Anime & Manga
    To are Majutsu Index
    Darker than Black
    Ghost In The Shell (all variants)
    Serial Experiments Lain
    [C] - The Money of Soul and Possibility
    Witch Hunter Robin
    Read or Die
    Jojo's Bizzare Adventure(s)
    Death Note
    Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Computer Games
    Clive Barker's Jericho
    Planescape Torment
    Assasins Creed series
    Deus Ex series
    Metal Gear Solid series
    X-COM series
    Shin Megami Tensei series
    The Works of Goichi Suda (Suda51) (No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned, Killer is Dead, Killer 7)
    Far Cry Series
    Bioshock series

    Faradn, Aleph, Thebian, Papa Bear, Crowley, We love Anon, SixFootChicken, Ajax, Redford Blade, Nene Richards, Sp4rt01, Ciealago, MarioJPC, Captain Aeon, ZhyzhaksMate, Ramnesis, Thetcha, Zeroninja, Drakeneisen, Yasmijn, atamajakki, BC001, Ambrosia, Barbelith, OmegaZ, Dwight, Bluecho, JBRocky, MrTwist, Loomer, Saikou, Asmodai
    Last edited by Asmodai; 05-04-2017, 04:13 AM.

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    Stickied as per request.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Darksider View Post
      Stickied as per request.
      Now if we could just get one on the main page for "X" splat world population.


      • #4
        I would definitely recommend adding The Wire to this list for a great look at Syndicate enforcers and how they work on the "lower" end of the socio-economic spectrum. Damn good show, if nothing else.


        • #5
          It's nice that we got this stickied. I'm gonna have another round through all the recent posts and fix it up. Thanks Darksider !

          What doesn't kill you, makes you... stranger.


          • #6
            I would like to add The Man From U.N.C.L.E to the list for anyone wanting to run a swinging 60's technocracy game.


            • #7
              Do you want us to PM commentaries to you or add them to the thread?
              Last edited by Faradn; 05-18-2016, 10:19 PM.


              • #8
                No problem Asmodai. You're welcome.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Faradn View Post
                  Do you want us to PM commentaries to you or add them to the thread?
                  I expect a ton of new subsmisions and ideas coming here.We repeat this topic at least thrice a month, so I feel it'd be great to keep it collected. It's a centralised place to discuss these things. I hope that people might add more ideas and possibly capsule reviews and their relevance to Mage, so I'd like to link it up with every topic in the first topic. Once we go through the maximum posts for the topic I hope we get it locked and start a new one with all the collected information and links to all the topics we discussed.

                  It's a bit ambitious, but I feel we have a lot of stuff to talk about here, and it will help new people coming in.

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                  • #10
                    The thread it is then. Thanks for clarifying.


                    • #11
                      The Dresden Files should most certainly go into literature and could even be put there as a tv series.


                      • #12
                        Well, since we're listing suggestions in the thread, I have a few of my own:

                        -American Horror Story Coven: A dark (but darkly comedic) television series, that basically depicts a three way war between the Verbana, Ba'ta, and witch hunters, centered around New Orleans. All twisted around the decline of the old generation of witches, and the rise of the new one. The witchcraft sometimes is devolved into straight X-Men style super powers, but characters occasionally get down to the work of using Instruments like proper practitioners (mostly when they need something more than the standard complement of Rotes). Again, the show has a lot of mature themes, but it can work very well as a primer for the Practice of Witchcraft.

                        -Bartimaeus Series: Alternate history where magicians control the world as a magical police state. Magic largely built around the ritualistic summoning, binding, warding, and exploitation of spirits from another dimension (whose nature can best be described as being a realm of infinite formless possibility). Good resource for Hermetic and Taftani characters, and an interesting model for what would happen if the Order of Hermes had taken over the world instead of the Order of Reason.

                        -Read or Die Series: It spans Light Novels, Manga, and Anime, so good luck cataloging it. It's about an alternate history where the British Empire is a major force in global politics, and the British Library is an organization empowered to defend the Empire and fight book crimes. Suggested because of its use of people with supernatural abilities (such as the series's ubiquitous Paper Mastery), stylized Etherite-like science, a theme of history's true form being concealed from the public by powerful people, and extreme Erudition. All such flavorful stuff for Mage Players and Storytellers to sink their teeth into.

                        -Shin Megami Tensei Series: A broad collection of video games, spanning multiple styles and eras. There's the proto-SMT material, (sadly untranslated) novels that mixed Western Occultism, Japanese folklore, and the early computer age. There's the first two proper Shin Megami Tensei games, where hacking mixed with demon summoning against a backdrop of nuclear apocalypse. There's Shin Megami Tensei III, which was a different kind of apocalypse, melded with a conflict over whose Paradigm will define the new reality (as well as the larger plot of great Incarna and Celestials fighting over dominion in a multiversal context). There's Digital Devil saga, which is the Matrix mixed with a lot of Hindu symbolism (as well as cannibal shapeshifters, which might pull Werewolf and Vampire into the mix). And there's the Persona series, where I can start by pointing out they directly inspired the Mirainohmen as a Craft, and go from there.


                        • #13
                          Glitchspace: indie game that does a great job of showing how Virtual Adepts and the Technocratic Data sphere do Correspondence magic.


                          • #14
                            Dang looked at my old Books but just remember for the Syndicate: Wall Street, and Profit, and for the NWO there is any of the Bond Films.


                            • #15
                              Jojo Bizarre Adventures (?)

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