Mage20 Deluxe Kickstarter: 48 hours left!

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There are 48 hours remaining in the Deluxe Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter!

So far we’re funded at 800% with $560,000, more than 20 stretch goals achieved, and we’ve got above the requisite 200 minimum pledges to create the ultra-deluxe Quintessence Edition.

Stretch goals achieved so far have added an additional 630,000 words of material which backers will receive (based on tier) in addition to the already-humongous 550,000+ words of Mage20 itself!

This is your only chance to get this deluxe volume, after which it will be available as a standard PDF/PoD release.

  17 comments for “Mage20 Deluxe Kickstarter: 48 hours left!

  1. Torakhan
    April 1, 2014 at 1:11 am

    No joke! As of right now, there’s only 34 hours left!
    Still not sure what you get with the KickStarter? Check out the running list of goodies you get with just a $35 PDF pledge, or a Deluxe Edition pledge too!

  2. Robert Haley
    April 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I came into this a week too late- but I am going to ask the stupid question anyway- is there any way I can get in on this kickstarter campaign? just let me know- thanks!

    • IanW
      April 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Sorry, no. When the Kickstarter’s over, it’s over. A regular edition will be made available in PDF and print on demand down the line, however.

      • quinton
        May 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

        Is there an ETA on when those of us who didn’t know about the kickstarter will be able to get the print on demand version? Really sad I missed this. I only see five titles on your drive through RPG page.

  3. Davi Viana
    April 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Is there no way I can get a Deluxe Mage now that the kickstarter is over? I just haven’t heard about it. Makes me kinda said, I’ve been storytelling mage for more than a decade.

    • IanW
      April 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      See my reply to Robert above.

      • Davi Viana
        April 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        I’m heartbroken, really. This game meant so much to me for some stages of my life. I’ve made my best friends on a RPG table, spent so many nights playing this thing through, I was a college student on a budget, we would gather the money together to buy the (not cheap in Brazil) tradition books… some of the things in the Akashic Brotherhood even lead me to the religious path I follow today. And to leave such a small window of one month for all the people to jump in after all these years is just plain unfair. It’s like this isn’t for us, this is for you. You got your project, screw the rest of us.

        But I guess that’s life.

        • IanW
          April 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm

          ” It’s like this isn’t for us, this is for you. You got your project, screw the rest of us.”

          No, that’s simply how Kickstarters work. We are a small company which works primarily on a PDF/PoD model. The only way we can do a deluxe traditional printing is by doing a limited print run, which is what Kickstarter is for. We cannot continue to take orders indefinitely, so we have a cutoff date: the end of the Kickstarter.

          It was heavily advertised on our social media beforehand, via various other media outlets, and it ran for a solid month. I’m sorry you didn’t hear about it until after it was closed, but we did our best to give every opportunity to get on board during what I feel is a very reasonable window. This is how all our Kickstarters have operated for two years.

          As mentioned above, you will still be able to get Mage20 in PDF or print on demand format. You won’t miss out on the book.

          • Davi Viana
            April 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm

            One month advertised through social media. I actually follow you guys on Facebook and knew nothing. I’m a marketing guy, that’s way too low of a campaign (despite the fact, you got very, very funded). Did you know organic reach for pages has been reduced down to 5% from the beginning of this year? But I guess that’s what you could do.

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the book. Mage was’t the most popular of the WoD bunch, to get a treatment like this is a really cool thing to do. But I’m really, really pissed off and heartbroken. For guys like me (and I know a few bunch), it’s not just a book. It’s a celebration of a piece of our lives. But as I said, that’s life. I will gather my awakened bunch when everyone gets the time, roll some dices and drink to this crappy news I had today.

          • richt
            June 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

            @Davi- M20 was announced at Gen Con the year before, and Phil was posting whole sections of the text as he worked on it through the entire year. We have the resources we have, and they were utilized to the full extent. Not just Facebook, but our Forums and blogs here on the Onyx Path site, as well as FB, Twitter, and other media. During the KS we ran banner ads throughout the gaming online community as well as we were posting continually. I understand your disappointment, but the attack on our ethics is just not called for.

  4. Marcus Leja {VJ Portal}
    June 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Hi Phil & Mage 20th Anniversary team,

    Like Davi above, I’m a hardcore Mage fan whose had similar life experiences through the game in my 20s. Mage was the game and backdrop for the most enjoyable interactive storytelling campaign I’ve ever experienced (I’ve been playing since 1985) as well as my most memorable player character. It was also the inspiration for my interests in underground electronic music and media performance. And like many other gamers believe, I believe Phil is the best developer the Mage game received during its original publishing cycle.

    I was surprised through my gaming and online channels that I’d only heard about Mage 20th ed. now (and via my own pull-based research), and didn’t come close to hearing about the Kickstarter campaign in time.

    I would love to find some way to order the Quintessential Edition and have my name appear within the book’s donor credits. It really is too late for us?

    Thank you very much,
    Marcus Leja {VJ Portal}
    Newfoundland, Canada

    • IanW
      June 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

      I explained the situation to both Robert and Davi above. I’m afraid I don’t know how more clearly I can put it.

      • Marcus Leja {VJ Portal}
        June 26, 2014 at 9:46 am

        Hi Ian,

        I think it’s a case of us dedicated fans just wanting to be heard, and perhaps some feedback that could be useful for Onyx Path’s next Kickstarter campaign. I share the opinion the broad reach of the social media campaign didn’t land upon the large majority of the old WoD fanbase.

        I look forward to hunting down a PoD hardcopy upon its release!

        Thanks again,

        • richt
          June 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

          @Marcus From your personal experience, what venue could we have used to get the news out to you? And what I mean is, something that exists or existed last year that would have gotten the news about the M20 KS to you in a way that would have enabled you to participate in the KS? Thanks!

  5. Marcus Leja {VJ Portal}
    June 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Great Q, richt. My interests have evolved over time, and I don’t hang out at the local FLGS or spend a lot of time in online gaming forums. I hadn’t heard of Onyx Path before this week, so I wouldn’t have looked up this Web site unless I was in full “What’s up with Mage?” mode. I also don’t really pay attention to GenCon news that much anymore because I’ve had to tailor my gaming interests down to specific high impact areas (Mage will always be one of them). My social scene involves more musician and photography-oriented people these days than the fanatic gamer.

    I have “Mage: the Ascension” as a Liked Activity on FB, but it didn’t push any news to me. I’m surprised about that – I expected the system would behave as such.

    I guess I’ve been overly dependent on personal connections to keep me in the loop. I’m a little surprised they didn’t know much (if any) about it either.

    Anyways, I’m glad to at least be aware and be excited about this project. Please be sure to keep us all informed about where the first wave of PoD books will be for sale.


    • richt
      June 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

      @Marcus You could be the poster child for the difficulties we have in reaching the 20+ years of White Wolf fans that are the longest term part of our Onyx Path community. There is no single way to communicate, if there ever was- although Dragon Mag was probably the closest to having a huge overall gaming readership back in the day. What we have is a whole lot of venues that we do our best (Thanks, Ian!) to fill with all our upcoming news. Easiest one-stop shop for news right now is my Monday Meeting Blog which I try and get out each week on Monday (sometimes it slips further through the week), which has general news of what we’re up to, but also specific progress reports on upcoming projects. So even if you only check it out once a month- although, really, you should read it every week as everything I write there will improve your life immeasurably- you can be sure you’ll hear about when the M20 books start to become available.

      • Marcus Leja
        June 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        @richt, I now know about Onyx Path and this site. I don’t think I’ll miss the release window for the print book. 🙂

        Best of luck to your development team. We have some excited long-time gamers here off the coast of mainland North America looking forward to it.

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