[Mage: the Awakening] Power and Atrocity

Posted: March 13, 2012 by pointyman2000 in Articles, Roleplaying Games

One of the central themes of Mage: the Awakening has always been the exercise and abuse of power. The fact that the morality stat of the game is that of Wisdom says a lot about the game as a whole. Mage: the Awakening is admittedly a game that is meant to have some measure of balance, but cannot actually be perfectly calibrated to prevent vulgar applications of spells to rather spectacular ends.

Which leads me to a peculiar sort of thought: It doesn’t matter.

Whether someone succeeds or fails spectacularly, the important thing is if I can spin that of to something interesting. A Mage who succeeds beyond expectations in a task with the use of magic may find that success can be as interesting as failure can be. It all has to do with the simple realization that magic in itself is cheating reality. Do too well in a test you cheated on, and you might find yourself with unintended consequences, not all of which is good.

This isn’t to say of course that I’m looking to punish players for successes, but instead, I want to make sure that no matter what happens, the game continues in a fashion that is ultimately interesting to keep track of. Let’s just hope that they see it that way when I put this into practice. It’s easy to be mistaken as a GM that just wants to make his players have a hard time.

  1. Hikkikomori says:

    Suddenly doing too well in a test which you have been failing for a long time is bound to get the attention of your superiors — whether that’s a good thing or not is another issue entirely.

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