My copy of Mage: The Awakening just arrived via FedEx… and I must say that my first impressions, not yet having read it are:
1) Shiney! The book exterior itself is really pretty. This has no
impact on the text itself, but I’m talking about first impressions
having had the thing like 5 minutes now. Looking at it made me say
2) Big. The freaking thing is 400 pages in size. It would take my Werewolf book’s lunch money.
Now, to briefly crack this puppy open and give some more impressions.
3) Internal imagery is interesting. The graphics in the opening fiction
certainly set the mood, and I was glad to see a Tree of Life about 4
pages in. The symbols that appear periodically are cool, but we’ve
known about a lot of them for some time now. As for Kaluta: The jury’s
still out. I do like his artwork and think he did a fine job of giving
this book a visual feel, but I really would have liked to have some
other artists involved too.
4) Vastness. The magic system is huge yet seems pretty quick-flowing…. almost half the book is on casting spells.
I’ll read it in depth later, but these are my first thoughts from
skimming the book itself. I’ve already digested most of the basics of
the system and setting from spoilers, so I don’t need to get into that
just yet except to say that I really like the stuff we saw prior to its
release. Time to see if the actual book can outshine its shiney shiney
cover and the pre-release hype.