Mage: The Podcast

The Mage Cookbook and the Ahl-i-Batini with Rachelle Udell

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A podcast dedicated to exploring the Mage: The Ascension, a role-playing game (RPG) based in the World of Darkness.
Tomes of Magick: Euthanatos
The Euthanatoi have been with the Council of Nine Mystic Traditions since its founding but are they misunderstood tenders of the wheel or death dealers with alien morality? Claimed by some to be half-Nephandi and others to be the Fallen's greatest enemy, Adam and Terry discuss the tension within the Euthanatoi and between it and the rest of the Council. Show Notes Why do the Traditions use a standard court setup What is a Hunga Munga? ...and what is a garrote? What happened to the House of Helekar and the Consanguinity of Eternal Joy? Who is Senex? Who hates the Nephandi the most? How much does this book rewrite Euthanatos in first edition Mage? How do the Thuggee Cults bear on the Tradition? How about world traditions of Metempsychosis and Gilgul? Book of Chantries episode Book of Chantries Madness, Denial, and Morbidity episode Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand V20 The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra Ends of Empire Our executive producers are Richard “Bat” Brewster and Ira Grace. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with feedback and comments and please help extend the reach of the show by sharing it with friends. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
1:04:46
May 17, 2019
Worlds of Darkness: Mage/Changeling Crossovers with Victor Kinzer
We’re told that the fae and changelings are, well, just fairy tales, but in the World of Darkness dreams made manifest are very, very real. Join Terry Robinson and Walking Away from Arcadia's Victor Kinzer for a guide to adding Changelings to your Chronicle as friends, foes, or something simply strange. Show Notes Victor and Simon Eichhörnchen’s excellent podcast, Walking Away from Arcadia Simon’s book, Kithbook: Faun Shows that evoke Changeling: Gravity Falls Legion Star vs. the Forces of Evil The Little Prince Changeling Crossover books: Isle of the Mighty Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition Other books mentioned: Graceful Wicked Masques - The Fair Folk Concepts: Fomorians Adhene The Dreaming Kiasyd Become a supporter of Mage: The Podcast. Our executive producers are Richard “Bat” Brewster and Ira Grace. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with feedback and comments and please help extend the reach of the show by sharing it with friends. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
1:20:28
May 11, 2019
The Mage Cookbook and the Ahl-i-Batini with Rachelle Udell
Rachelle Udell has been the author on such diverse Mage titles as The Bitter Road, Revelations of the Dark Mother, and to the Disparate Alliance section of the Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition core rulebook. On today’s show, Rachelle and Terry talk about how Rachelle got into writing for Mage, where she sees the Ahl-i-Batini in the 21st century and, of course, why buying Neiman Marcus collard greens is a cry for help. “It’s worth noting that Revelations of the Dark Mother was written by me and my longtime Mage collaborator Rachelle Udell/Mara Elkheart, with the intention that it's essentially a Vampire/Mage crossover ‘gospel.’” —Satyros Brucato Show Notes The Mage Cookbook Revelations of the Dark Mother The Bitter Road Fallen Tower: Las Vegas Chicago By Night Ahl-i-Batin Lost Paths: Ahl-I-Batin and Taftani The Foxfire books The Nephandi Dervish The Bata’a The Kopa Loei Patti Smith The remarkably long Tartine Croissant recipe Butterhorn Cookies Tea Siphon Become a supporter of Mage: The Podcast. Our executive producers are Richard “Bat” Brewster and Ira Grace. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with feedback and comments and please help extend the reach of the show by sharing it with friends. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes,
46:44
May 4, 2019
Tomes of Magick: Technocracy: Iteration X
Adam and Terry discuss the sometimes over-the-top mechanical horror of first edition Technocracy: Iteration X. The Clockwork Convention gave us the unfeeling malevolent robots in the form of HIT Marks but what else can they bring to the table? To what extent was Iteration X just a response to the killer robot phase of the early 90s? How did the first convention to explicitly say it has non-Western origins get its start? Show Notes Technocracy Assembled Technocracy: Progenitors Primal community sphere William Smith as a Tholidomide victim Interview with Matt Webb on how the Technocracy can never truly be the good side Harry Potter Terminator movie! Possible Easter Egg in the 1953 movie, Robot Monster I, Robot by Isaac Asimov Convention of the White Tower Exalted’s Autocthonia Psychohistory and the Foundation books The myth of Procrustes Taylorism “Blindsight” The Happiness Hypothesis Daoism and Confuscianism Anders Mage Page 2.0 on The Core Become a supporter of Mage: The Podcast. Our executive producers are Richard “Bat” Brewster and Ir
1:37:25
April 26, 2019
Lovecraft, Cosmicism, and Cosmic Horror with Josh Heath
Mage’s premise assumes humanity and the characters matter. What if the universe doesn't care? Terry Robinson and Josh Heath, COO of High Level Games and host of Werewolf: The Podcast discuss cosmicism, the belief that there is no divine presence and that humanity is particularly insignificant. How to combine the epic and indifferent? Show Notes The deeply problematic H.P. Lovecraft and his best critic, S.T. Joshi “The Call of Cthulhu” “The Dunwich Horror” At the Mountains of Madness “Herbert West–Reanimator” “The Colour Out of Space” “Dagon” “The Horror at Red Hook” The Shadow over Innsmouth “Pickman’s Model” The Whisperer in Darkness The Void Event Horizon Pandorum Life Nietzsche on nihilism Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff Harlem Unbound by Chris Spivey Heirs to the Mountains of Madness by Josh Heath Mage: The Podcast Myth in Mage interview with Josh Heath Nephandi Werewolf: The Apocalypse The Triat of the
48:36
April 19, 2019
Gods and Monsters with Satyros Phil Brucato, Hiromi Cota, James Sambrano and Isabella Price
We live in a world full of gods and monsters: spirits, creatures, Paradox entities, Avatar aspects, vampires, beast-folk, godheads, primordial legends, and other creatures too strange for the average mind to conceive. On this episode, Adam Simpson and Terry Robinson talk with the authors who brought these entities to life in Gods & Monsters, the latest supplement for Mage 20 from Onyx Path Publishing. The authors share their experience researching, selecting, and writing about the entities in this compendium. Discussed: The status of Satyros' car How 20,000 words in art description made sure every entity in the book was pictured Research difficulties for folklore Gamer-proofing lore How culture provides tools to deal with adversity Listener questions Guests: Hiromi Cota Dear High Elves podcast Isabella Price Nocturnal Emissions pod cast Nocturnal Emissions Youtube channel Nocturnal Emissions on Facebook Nocturnal Emissions on Twitter James H. Sambrano Presenting at Norwescon Satyros Phil Brucato Satyros Phil Brucato on Patreon Powerchords: Music, Magic & Urban Fantasy RPG Telesterion (his band!)
1:37:52
April 13, 2019
Tomes of Magick: Virtual Adepts
On today’s show Adam Simpson discusses Tradition Book: Virtual Adepts by Darren McKeeman. The youngest magical Tradition is the most vibrant and the most irreverent. Virtual Adepts dont waste time delving into ancient grimoires or contemplating their navels. They’re too busy surfing the razors edge of the next zeitgeist. They dont follow trends, they make them. By the time the mainstream catches up to their latest idea, they’ve moved on to new frontiers of space and mind. Where is Dante now? Demon Seed Elite What is a Tradition book supposed to do? Transhumanism Ideal future of the Virtual Adepts (VA) vs. Iteration X Hacker culture Virtual Reality movies of the 1990s VA attitude Four Legions of the VAs How did the VAs stay hip so long? Are trinary computers all that? Virtual Adept Koans Listen to our interview with Bill Maxwell, co-author of Tradition Book Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with feedback and comments and please help extend the reach of the show by sharing it with friends. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
1:26:23
April 5, 2019
Devices and Wonders: Items of Magick in Mage
Terry speaks with Charles Siegel, author of Mystic Armory about the magickal things mages of all stripes make like wonders, devices, artifacts, inventions, charms, gadgets, grimoires, and principiae. Also discussed are the “gadget” of nuclear weapons introduced in Fallen Tower: Las Vegas, the best-ever-charm Unbullets, and more importantly, how to introduce wonders and devices into your chronicles. Other texts mentioned: Forged by Dragon’s Fire, a big book of non-technological wonders Technomancer’s Toybox, a big book of technomagickal wonders Charles’ bestseller, the Enlightened Grimoire, a compendium of all known rotes mentioned in Mage: The Ascension Listen to our previous episode on the Enlightened Grimoire Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with feedback and comments and please help extend the reach of the show by sharing it with friends. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play and TuneIn. Now listen on Spotify! Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
36:24
March 29, 2019
Mage: The Ascension - LARPing, and M5 Metaplot with Matt Webb
In this episode, Terry Robinson interviews Matthew Webb of Jackalope Live Action Studios about Matt's thoughts on revising Mage LARPing and how to bring the metaplot forward to what an M5 world may look like under the Eclipse LARP system. Also discussed, LARP types and the move from competition to cooperation in storytelling, where Laws of Ascension failed, how the Traditions are less organized groups than Mythic Threads, how the Virtual Adepts are heirs to eliteness from the Hermetics, what a more active Order of Hermes would look like, how to introduce metaplot change into your own chronicle.  Follow developed about Eclipse LARP on its Facebook page or follow what Jackalope Live Action Studios is doing. Additional mentions: The Night in Question, Beckett's Jyhad Diary, Karen Armstrong's The Battle for God, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago
1:16:03
March 23, 2019
Tomes of Magick: Chaos Factor
Adam Simpson and Terry Robinson discuss The Chaos Factor, the (almost) end of the cross-line exploits of Sam Haight, the kinfolk ghoul mage that we all wanted to play as kids but just weren't bad ass enough to do....also he ends up as an ashtray.  Included are discussions of early 90s supplements, the difficulties of game maps, how hard it is to run a crossover chronicle, ways of dealing with them, the power differential between nightfolk, why you shouldn't mess with a Baali Methuselah, and why bad guys just seem to cooperate better some times.  Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with feedback and comments and please help extend the reach of the show by sharing it with friends.  Now listen on Spotify!
1:27:49
March 16, 2019
Online Live Play Chronicles with Chris Zac
Chris Zac from the Twin Cities by Night podcast talks about how to run a Chronicle when the table everyone’s around is virtual using Google Hangouts, and other tools. Chris issues a call to creators to make their stuff and promote it shamelessly (and provides some place to do so). Also discussed: The importance of vetting players. If you're an ST on-line you’ll have your pick of players Ways to take notes. Ravnos vs Changelings. How your players shouldn't let you fail. Constantinople by Night is amazing, other city guides…questionable. Cutting out problematic players. The difficulty of being a creator. Reddit Looking for Group (to find play groups). Discord Dice Bot (to roll dice in Discord).  White Wolf and Onyx Path RPGs Game Play and Media Facebook Group - A Facebook group of just WW and Onyx Path content. Twin Cities by Night on Twitter. Twin Cities by Night on Youtube. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with questions, comments, or feedback. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
41:29
March 9, 2019
The Occult: Hidden Knowledge in the World of Darkness with Josh Heath
Terry Robinson chats with Josh Heath, COO of High Level Games and host of Werewolf: The Podcast discuss the occult; how different game lines in World of Darkness handles the occult; the Eldritch horrors of H.P. Lovecraft; Aleister Crowley’s Thelema and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn; the Yazidis; Neo-Paganism; occult understanding vs occult knowledge; Orders within the World of Darkness most associated with the occult; secrets and mysteries; initiatory magic; expressions of the occult in Vampire: The Masquerade; the Sabbat; the Cain and Abel/vampire paradox; the Tremere; Vaulderie and Quintessence; Nephandi; Guide to the Sabbat: A Sourcebook for Vampire the Masquerade; Mudang; RPGs as storytelling and LARPs as theatre; “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law;” yoga as an occult practice; hidden knowledge; wisdom passed down in lineages; mystery cults bearing the hallmarks of the occult; Jack Tripp; Opus Dei; Sufism; Kabbalah; the Wyrm; Gnosticism; street level occultism; the Arcanum; rituals in society and rituals in occult; Snowhaven. Books to read to further your occult knowledge: The Mystery-Religions Three Books of Occult Philosophy
46:11
March 1, 2019
Quiet: Madness, Denial, and Morbidity with Darling Rose
Today's episode is a discussion of Quiet, the state where a Mage's grip on reality has begun to slip.  Quiet has gone through a number of interpretation and this episode focuses on the Revised and M20 rule system where Quiet is broken into Madness, Denial, and Morbidity. Our guest is Darling Rose of the Midnight Express podcast.  Rose brings broad knowledge of World of Darkness to the table as well as experience with remote and asynchronous chronicles. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with feedback and comments and please help extend the reach of the show by sharing it with friends.
49:29
February 22, 2019
Tomes of Magick: Book of Shadows
Hosts Adam Simpson and Terry Robinson discuss “The Book of Shadows;” Players Guides in World of Darkness games; additional abilities, Merits and Flaws; min-maxing in games; Sanctums (and their abuse); Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey; a day in the life of Tradition Mages; flavoring magick; the schism in the Technocracy; vampires into lawn chairs; 3 ways to view the book. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with questions, comments, or feedback. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
1:57:04
February 16, 2019
Worlds of Darkness: Mage/Wraith Crossovers
David Herman from The Geekly Oddcast discusses how to introduce Wraith to your Mage chronicle, mechanics, powers, crossovers, and metaplot. Wraith is a game of horror and passion set in the underworld of the World of Darkness.  Mages can dip into this realm and find anything ever remembered and much much more. Get started with Wraith 20th Anniversary or Orpheus Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with questions, comments, or feedback.
1:00:15
February 9, 2019
Tomes of Magick: Digital Web
Hosts Adam and Terry discuss Digital Web for Tomes of Magick; a call for help with example play sessions; the book Gödel, Escher, Bach; a place where all mages can experience digital magick; Mount Qaf and ancient conspiracies; Spy's Demise, the ultimate neutral ground for trading information; tips for passing rumors to players; ipdating details to 2018; "information wants to be free;” how technical should you get; story ideas in the Digital Web. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
1:59:56
February 6, 2019
A Phoenix Rises with Victor Kinzer
Victor Kinzer discusses  "A Phoenix Rises", an exploration of the world on the cusp of a New Horizon Council.   Are you ready to make history?  Listen to the episode at:  Pick up a copy of A Phoenix Rising  Victor is part of the creative team behind Walking Away from Arcadia about Changeling: The Dreaming
30:59
February 4, 2019
The Babel Center
On today’s show Carrie Kube joins us to talk about her Mage adventure, “The Babel Center,” available on the Storytellers Vault. We discuss the adventure she wrote Vampire: The Masquerade, “Bloodlinebook Deava” and for Dungeons and Dragons Ravenloft; the artifact and characters featured in “The Babel Center;” tips writing for the Storytellers Vault; setting her adventure up for various editions of Mage and for crossover for other World of Darkness games; Spellfire: Master the Magic; how she discovered role playing games and Mage; Roll20. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
29:13
February 1, 2019
Tomes of Magick: Technocracy: Progenitors
On today’s show Adam discusses Anders Mage Page 2.0; introduces our new co-host, Terry Robinson ...
1:18:07
December 3, 2018
Tomes of Magick: The Book of Chantries
On today’s show we announce the winner of “The Enlightened Grimoire” and Adam Simpson discusses ...
1:14:48
November 25, 2018
Tradition Book: Virtual Adepts
On today’s show Bill Maxwell joins us to talk about “Tradition Book: Virtual Adepts,”; his gran ...
40:24
November 24, 2018
Enlightened Grimoire
On today's show Charles Siegel joins us to talk about the Enlightened Grimoire, a book that con ...
31:30
November 10, 2018
Tomes of Magick: Loom of Fate
Adam Simpson discusses Loom of Fate, one of the earliest supplements for the first edition of M ...
25:42
November 3, 2018
Razors and Thunderbolts: The Ksirafai
On today’s show Travis Legge joins us to talk about his release for the Storytellers Vault, Raz ...
39:32
October 27, 2018
Tomes of Magick: First Edition
Adam Simpson discusses the four editions of Mage: The Ascension and which ones are the best; Du ...
38:56
October 24, 2018
Lesson from the Windy City: A Mage Chronicle
Adam Simpson discusses his Windy City Mage Chronicle he ran online; expectation of characters a ...
20:32
September 21, 2018
Adventure Writing Ideas, Part 2
Adam Simpson continues to wax eloquent on writing adventures for Mage: The Ascension. Adam disc ...
32:10
September 14, 2018
Storytellers Vault
On today’s show we chat with Josh Heath, Chief Operations Officer at High Level Games and host ...
30:49
September 1, 2018
Adventure Writing Ideas, Part 1
On today’s show Adam Simpson discusses Paradox; Anders Sandberg and Anders Mage Page 2.0; Mage: ...
35:16
August 19, 2018
Mage Chronicles: Ahriman Chronicles: The Vile Nature of an Ascension War
On today’s show Panos V. Skordas joins us to share the Ahriman Chronicles: Vile Nature of the A ...
49:41
July 29, 2018
Myth in Mage
On today’s show we chat with Josh Heath, Chief Operations Officer at High Level Games and host ...
47:29
July 21, 2018
Anders Mage Page
On today’s show Adam Simpson interviews Dr. Anders Sandberg of Anders Mage Page fame. Adam and ...
1:23:46
July 14, 2018
Thoughts on Paradox
On today’s show Adam Simpson talks about Paradox in Mage. Adam discusses why magick has limitat ...
41:20
July 4, 2018
Mage: Refuge
Karin Tidbeck talks about Mage: Refuge, a text-based interactive game with a rich scenario full ...
29:47
July 1, 2018
Plot Hooks
Our guest on today’s show is Chris Zac, host of the excellent Twin Cities by Night and we talk ...
48:03
June 23, 2018
Themes in Mage
Adam Simpson discusses themes in Mage: The Ascension and how to use them in your games; Stewart ...
49:24
June 20, 2018
Jason Louv on Mage and John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of the Modern World
On today’s show were joined by Jason Louv, who is a real life magician and author. Jason’s most ...
34:44
June 16, 2018
Mage Chronicles: Sorcerers Crusade
On today’s show we launch a new segment, Mage Chronicles, in which we talk to Storytellers and ...
1:02:13
June 2, 2018
The Perils of Paradox
On today’s show we talk with Lee Webb about the perils of Paradox: every modern-day fantasy sto ...
29:17
May 26, 2018
Top 5 Books Needed to Run a Mage: The Ascension Chronicle
On today’s On today’s Mage: The Podcast hosts Mark Hope and Adam Simpson break down their top f ...
45:04
May 12, 2018
Antonios Rave-N Galatis, author of “Life”
On today's Mage: The Podcast we talk with author Antonios Galatis about his short story, "Life, ...
33:27
May 8, 2018
Life by Antonios Rave-N Galatis
On today’s show we’re going to do something different. Instead of talking about Mage were going ...
36:55
May 4, 2018
Metaplot in Mage: The Ascension
On today's show Mage: The Ascension co-creator Satyros Brucato and Darker Days Radio co-founder Mark Hope join us to to discuss metaplot in Mage. How Mark got into RPGs and Mage What is metaplot and how does it relate to Mage The House of Helekar and the beginning of the metaplot The cautionary tale of Vormaas If Amanda will return to Mage Should you check in with your players regarding the metaplot The Year of the Reckoning The Avatar Storm The Horizon War trilogy Porthos Fitz-Empress The Whiteout How Ron Perelman wiped out 30% of the comic book and gaming industry in the 90s and how it effected the metaplot for Wraith and Changeling Will there be future Sorcerer's Crusade-related releases How to use Threat Null as antagonists but still keep the Umbra open for player exploration What elements didn’t make it into the Mage metaplot What happend to the Jade Demon Big Trouble in Little China What the main difference in game mechanics between Victorian Age: Mage and Mage 20 is. Join us next week when Antonios Galatis reads his short story, “Life," from the Truth Beyond Paradox anthology. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with questions, comments, or feedback. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
1:07:39
April 28, 2018
The Lexicon of Mage
On today's show co-host Adam Simpson shares how he discovered role playing games and Mage: the Ascension. The lexicon of Mage Arete Seeking, Avatar Arcane Ascension The Ascension War. Next week Mage co-creator Satyros Brucato returns to the podcast and we are joined by Darker Days co-founder Mark Hope will talk about the metaplot of Mage: the Ascension. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with questions, comments, or feedback. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
32:46
April 21, 2018
What is Mage: The Ascension?
Welcome to the first episode of Mage: The Podcast! On today’s show we’re joined by Mage: The Ascension’s co-creator, Satyros Brucato. What the Mage role playing game is; how the game has changed in nearly 25 years How Mage has been updated for the 21st century If Gods and Monsters and Book of the Fallen will be released by Onyx Path Publishing this year How have the themes in White Wolf have changed in the last 20 years Will the rest of the World of Darkenss related games be updated What was the experience was like taking over Mage How Mage has changed some people’s lives A look back at the Traditions in Mage and how they have been updated Erik Davis’ book, TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information Are there any plans to make Mind’s Eye Theatre available for Mage How to prepare a three-act structure for Mage If the Traditions have been balanced Please support Satyros on Patreon. Contact us at magethepodcast@gmail.com with questions, comments, or feedback. Subscribe to Mage: The Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and TuneIn. Follow us on Twitter @magethepodcast
1:22:55
April 14, 2018
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