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I tell you this: We are Divinity. 

Reality is ours to bend. To subvert. To command.
We have that power – all of us. 

Not everyone knows what to do with it, or uses it well.
Most of us never realize just what it is we are or how much we can do. 

Those of us who do well, some of us are monsters.
Manipulators. Parasites. Tyrants. Fanatics. 

And the rest of us never see that monster in our own mirror, only in the reflections of those folks who are not “us.” 

Here’s the truth, though: We are ALL “us.” We are ALL gifted, 

We can ALL change the world. Most of us remain asleep. 

A blessed few Awaken. Fewer still use that power wisely.
And none without consequences. 

And so, reality is up for grabs. Where do you stand?

And will you Fall or Ascend? 

What’s in it?

• Updated profiles of the Council of Nine Traditions, the Technocratic Union, and the Disparate Crafts... with many unexpected developments. 

• An epic history of magick and its factions.  

• A compilation and clarification of essential and optional rules, including martial arts, vehicles, hazards, cybernetics, the Otherworlds, and far more besides. 

• Overviews of paradigms, practices and tools - the focus of your Art. 

• Detailed explorations of the epic concepts involved in Mage. 

• Chilling looks at the Nephandi and Marauders. 

• The Nine Spheres, plus their Technocratic variants. 

• Old favorites and new faces from among the Awakened Ones. 

• Reality Zones, Paradox, Quiet, the "coincidental vs. vulgar magick" debate, and far, far more...  

• New full color original art by Michael William Kaluta, Echo Chernik, Steve Prescott, Christopher Shy, Larry MacDougall, and other classic Mage artists, as well as classic B&W pieces carefully chosen from the earlier editions.

Note about the Print editions:

Standard Color uses a thinner paper stock than Premium Color, basically the same paper as the Black & White books. This usually means the colors are less vivid, but it also means the price drops a bit per page in the production process.

Examples of pages: Premium Color vs. Standard Color.

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Jeffrey R September 27, 2019 4:57 pm UTC
Have the binding issues, which are frequently cited, been resolved? Or does this remain a persistent problem?
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Abraham Z September 28, 2019 5:42 am UTC
Drivethrurpg/Storyteller's vault has some of the best when it comes to softcover book binding... but when it comes to hardcover (such as this book), they have never improved, even after all these years; the thicker the book, the quicker it will fall apart. Clocking at 696 pages, this book will be no exception.
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mike F September 26, 2019 1:46 am UTC
Would like t see black and white pod. I’m not big fan of color.
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Chris C June 22, 2019 4:49 am UTC
The game that both fascinates me and drives me insane.
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Dyzan K March 07, 2019 4:04 pm UTC
I would like the very First Edition ,unedited version of Mage the Ascension
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Pedro Luiz S December 30, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Please, I'd like to have some answers before buying

Are the pages Couche (i.e., like those of white wolf products, plastified)? How much the premium color differs from the original, onyx path version? Are there borders in the color premium versions?

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Jean-François M May 05, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Got the Premium printing, did a stress test, and the binding is holding just fine for now.

I can see it being a problem in a couple of years when the glue binding starts to dry and would have prefered a stitched binding for this reason, but it's sturdy enough for the time being.
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Rory H April 16, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Motto here is: don't get the Standard Heavyweight printing, get the Premium Heavyweight printing (as all Kickstarter backers were advised). The book is too big and heavy to last in standard printing, but the premium has a fighting chance. Of course, if you were a backer like me you may have the leather-bound printings which are sturdier still. I noticed one of these on sale for something like $500+.....but if you are really passionate about the game (which a lot of us are) then it may well be worth it. Otherwise, stick with the PDF.
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Jaime Z January 10, 2018 11:30 pm UTC
Need to update my previous comment. Customer support sent me a new copy to replace the flawed one in a timely fashion, although I had missed the communications because I hadn't updated my email address. That's the good news. The bad news is that the replacement copy has a similar issue to the first's. Guess I'll duct tape it .
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Jaime Z January 05, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
I ordered the standard heavyweight. After aboutbout fifteen minutes of perusing it the binding to the back hard cover just detached. Shoddy binding work and as of yet no reply Drive thru rpg when I contacted them about it. Pretty disappointed with the quality of the binding and the lack of support by Drive Thru.
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Chris N December 02, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Any updates on the binding issues from past postings?
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john W June 22, 2016 12:08 am UTC
I ordered stander color and I think it is outstanding. The color is great, the pages are themselves are very good and the overall quality of the book is superb. I'll admit I didn't take clalipers or a level to the book so I might be easier to please then some, all I know is that I have a nice, sturdy, pretty and easy to read book on my shelf.
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Tresi A May 10, 2016 2:31 am UTC
I wanted a cheap reference copy to have around the table after I convinced my group to give Mage a shot.

A friend who bought both Premium Heavyweight and Standard paper versions of Exalted 3rd Edition said there was almost no difference, so I went with the cheaper option. It feels like standard printer/copier paper. The pages and printing are matte and the color isn't quite as saturated, but the end result is perfectly readable. There's no bleed through the pages, even on the pages with the deep purple background text on the opposite side. Ink doesn't smear or anything when you touch it. The pages are full bleed, that is, the pages are cut so that color goes directly to the edge of the page. It looks good! It's perfectly serviceable as a reference copy.

The printed pages are 1 3/8 inches thick, and with the covers that comes to about 1 5/8 inches thick. There's a very slight ripple in the overall bulk of the pages if you look from the top or bottom of the book, but I can't tell if this...See more
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Sylvain P March 29, 2016 2:40 am UTC
Fantastic PDF, terrible, terrible binding. Worst book binding I've seen in 25 year of collecting hundreds of books.
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Michael S April 04, 2016 12:21 pm UTC
Do you speak about the Hardcover Color Book (Premium Heavyweight) or the Hardcover Color Book (Standard)?
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Sylvain P April 12, 2016 1:17 pm UTC
I have the Hardcover Color Book (Premium Heavyweight).
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Desmond R February 28, 2016 10:30 pm UTC
There are conflicting reviews about the binding. Was it a previous issue that has since been fixed, or is it kind of random?
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Aubrey E January 20, 2016 10:15 pm UTC
I have already contacted DTRPG to implement a return considering the spine is already broken on my book ... after LESS than TEN minutes of reading. The book is too big to be sold as POD. A total waste of money. Stick with the .pdf if you buy this book.
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Michael S April 04, 2016 12:21 pm UTC
Do you speak about the Hardcover Color Book (Premium Heavyweight) or the Hardcover Color Book (Standard)?
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Arian M January 12, 2016 10:46 pm UTC
Had it bound properly, in purple leather and with gold lettering. Cost me 80 € - money well spent.
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Chris M January 27, 2016 10:28 pm UTC
Where did you have that done? A local book bindery or an online service?
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Aubrey E January 29, 2016 1:04 am UTC
I have already priced getting a proper binding done on this book. Almost equal to the original cost. Yikes.
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