Mirthful Mike’s Magical Art Machine


Hi Everybody,

This week’s art preview comes from Mage the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition. This week’s art was created by Jeff Laubenstein and shows a Mage creating a talisman.

The notes for this piece:

Although it’s technically possible to create some forms of minor magical items with lesser Prime power, most potent objects require at least an Adept’s knowledge of Prime. The mage essentially concentrates Prime energy and reweaves it into the desired Effects (using other Spheres known, or guided by special grimoires and mentors), imbuing the object with a magical Pattern in addition to its own natural qualities. The item gains certain powers, perhaps even taking on elements of the mage’s Resonance and personality.

A mage can also use this power to create a Soulgem, a special Periapt that concentrates Quintessence with her own Resonance. Such an item is tied intimately to the mage’s Avatar, and it can be used by only the mage herself.

Stop back by next week where I’ll be posting an update for Blood and Smoke.

Mike C.

  8 comments for “Mirthful Mike’s Magical Art Machine

  1. Necrotek
    December 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    This… looks like it belongs in awakening, not ascension. Please tell me there’s more realism, more paradigms than just the purple paradigm represented by the art, and and that this isn’t representative of the entire book.

    • Jonas
      December 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      I agree

  2. JoeB.
    December 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Wow, so happy to see the return of the famous Jeff Laubenstein!!! I loved his art in Sorcerers Crusade.

  3. Jim
    December 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm


    I don’t agree with Necrotek. It is a good art piece and not divorced from some of the art I remember from Mage the Ascension. Frankly there were a lot of artists and not only did the style vary sometimes—they should have varied. The Mage milieu was pretty broad. Broader than some of the other cWoD games.

    Sorry, I could just let this thread-dump go challenged.

  4. JoeB.
    December 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you Jim for saying what I was thinking. Maybe Necrotek does not remember the very iconic pieces that Laubenstein did for Mage, but we do ;-)

  5. MikeF
    December 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I like the idea of a soulgem, provided it is paradigm neutral (which I am assuming it is.)

    I have always enjoyed Jeff Laubenstein’s art, and I am very pleased with this one. It looks like he may have taken liberties with the sphere sigils, or have those got revamped?

  6. Furvel
    December 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Each to his own but the way I remember Mage was that magick was subtle and mysterious. This picture portray it as very overtly and flashy.
    I have to agree with Necrotek, the mood of the game shifts from real to fantasy.
    I can´t imagine this portrayed person to exist anywhere else but in a fantasy cartoon so it fails the lackmus test for credibility for me. Without the backdrop of realism Mage looses its grounding and becomes absurd.
    Thou I like the picture, its well crafted so it would fit in another more flamboyant context.

  7. January 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    My favorite Mage artist and the one I think should be drawing the traditions is David Leri. His work in the Order of Hermes book and in the Revised introduction is amazing. Also, I would love to see something from Christopher Shy, he’s the signature man for Revised and an amazing artist.

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