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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
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  • Faradn
    The epic metal song Stargazer, by Rainbow. It's about a wizard who enslaves a bunch of people to build a tower to the stars so that he can climb to the top and then fly. Definitely captures the hubris of the Mythic Age.
    Last edited by Faradn; 11-15-2019, 08:01 PM.

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  • Bluecho
    So the YouTube algorithm dredged this up from last year, as the algorithm is want to do. (The Algorithm is love, the Algorithm is life).

    It's an animated short called The Dark Harvest, by Roastedstix.

    In WoD terms, it's the story of an old Euthanatos mage that drags his granddaughter(?) out on Halloween, to do a little "Wheel maintenance", right to the face of an unquiet spirit. Because it's the family business, and I guess "Gramps" is too old to be doing this (or aims to prepare a successor before he DOES get too old).

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  • nobby
    The Shape of Water

    The perfect example for a Man in Black in action, hunting down a reality deviant. He even reads one of those self help/self empowerment books that I imagine MiBs would use as instruments for advanced psychology.
    Also the all around atmosphere of the film perfectly encapsulates the Traditions vs Technocracy theme.

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  • No One of Consequence
    Just finished watching Repomen (2010), which was much better than I'd expected. In addition to being a pretty good cyberpunk film, it's great inspiration for the Syndicate's enforcement arm.

    Also watched Harry Brown, a 2009 Michael Caine film that is good general WoD as it looks to a lot of mortals fodder.

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  • Warpwind
    Boondock Saints
    Uncle Ruckus for an avatar XDDD

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  • EndlessKng
    Odd choice, but I make a case that Boondock Saints is a Mage story.
    Two brothers have an odd night that seems almost surreal and is only glimpsed in retrospect as a montage. After revealing this secret (and getting out of murder charges and from under the Mafiya's radar) they have a dream one night and, in a literal lightning strike of inspiration, begin plans to change the world. They adopt a worldview that is antithetical to what most people believe should be, but find some who hear their call, as they enact a purge of criminals motivated by a heterodox interpretation of religious ideology. In the process, they perform acts that should be impossible and benefit from improbable turns of fate that aligns to their will.

    Reimagine the McManus brothers as either Euthanatoi (Aided faction) or Celestial Chorus members (or both, with Dual Tradition) and the movie falls into place very easily as a Mage session or mini-campaign, in my opinion - from Awakening to using subtle magicks to carry out their ideal, and Paradox biting back from time to time as their efforts become too improbable to go unnoticed.

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  • Warpwind
    Originally posted by Bluecho View Post
    Fighting against Reality Deviance is stressful work. It's not uncommon for the rank and file to develop eccentricities, to cope. So long as these eccentricities do not enter the real of the Unmutual, the Union allows the agents their "fun".

    :Mojo Jojo best girl.

    This is also pretty good.
    Last edited by Warpwind; 05-06-2019, 01:38 PM.

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  • Bluecho
    Originally posted by Warpwind View Post
    This is how I see technocracy now...
    Fighting against Reality Deviance is stressful work. It's not uncommon for the rank and file to develop eccentricities, to cope. So long as these eccentricities do not enter the realm of the Unmutual, the Union allows the agents their "fun".
    Last edited by Bluecho; 05-06-2019, 08:16 PM.

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  • Warpwind
    This is how I see technocracy now...

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  • Malkavian87
    I'm surprised "Doctor Who" hasn't been added to tv shows yet. It depends from episode to episode, but some are perfect Mage fodder. This one for instance:

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  • Ambrosia
    The new Netflix series Love, Death & Robots ( essentially an animated scifi anthology with every episode being a different style and its own story - think Animatrix ) has a couple of episodes that fit very neatly into Mage - in particular the episodes "The Witness", "Beyond the Aquila Rift", "Good Hunting", "Fish Night", "Zima Blue" and "The Secret War" all fit into Mage very well in one form or the other.

    Overall the entire anthology is VERY worth watching. Go go go! ASAP!

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  • The Nilbog
    I'm surprised Steins Gate isn't on here. All I could think while watching it was "this is literally what the Sons of Ether do every day."

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  • Ambrosia
    Umbrella Academy - new Netflix series, and it gives off a couple of very Magey and Technocratic vibes. Kind of a mixture of Heroes, Watchmen and The Extraordinary League. Very worth watching!

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  • No One of Consequence
    Recently read Kevin Hearne's Hounded, the first book in his Iron Druid urban fantasy series, and enjoyed it quite a bit. A lot of interesting Celtic mythology bits as well as some Druid-esque stuff that fits in well with the Verbena.

    Currently reading Benedict Jakka's Fated, the first of his Alex Verus urban fantasy series, and it seems pretty good so far. Some good ideas for mages who are seers/diviners.

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