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  1. December Update! [Pugmire]

    As the year winds down, it’s time for the last Pugmire update of 2016! PUGMIRE MANUSCRIPT All of the relevant playtest comments were reviewed and incorporated into the final edit of the manuscript. I tweaked a few last-minute things that bugged me, and now it’s all in the hands of the art director, Mike Chaney. He’s reached out to some artists, and I believe sketches are coming in (at least, files are appearing in my Dropbox folder). There’s a lot of art to hire out, and I can’t wait to see it all! MONARCHIES OF MAU A lot of my focus has been thinking through some elements of designing Mau, as well as doing research on cats and how people relate to cats beyond my own experiences. From there I used the backer-offered cat characters as a springboard to make what I call the “iconic” characters of the setting, which represent the various ideas and concepts I want to explore. Now I’ve got a few chapters done, and I’m in the weeds of making new tricks (which I’m considering renaming into “secrets” to feel more cat-like). The tricky part right now is finding what areas I can change to offer a new experience, while also making sure that Mau and Pugmire characters can easily play together in the same chronicle. FICTION ANTHOLOGY Jim and I are at the “trading regular emails” stage of things. He’s getting pitches from interested writers, and I’m compiling a master world document based on Pugmire, Mau, and some other things stuck in my head (like the secrets of the world that I don’t want to print but I need writers to know so they don’t inadvertantly reveal them). I’m expecting to see first drafts in a few months! PAN’S GUIDE The outlining phase is taking a bit longer than expected, mainly because Matt and I have some ideas on how we can push the envelope, but we need to do some tests to make sure those ideas actually work in practice. Right now Mike Chaney is doing a quick test layout of some example text to see if we can structure the manuscript the right way. EARPLAY Dave and I are trading notes on the chapter outlines, and things are shaping up nicely. His experience has been immensely helpful in making sure the story strikes the right balance of fun and compelling from an interactive standpoint. The working title for it is “Friends and Enemies,” and I’m hoping to spend this month nailing down the script. MIDWINTER GAMING CONVENTION As a reminder, a good chunk of the Onyx Path crew will be heading out to Milwaukee January 12th – 15th for Midwinter Gaming Convention. You can find more information at http://www.midwintergamingconvention.com/. There will be a ton of Pugmire things there. The Wrecking Crew will be running games of Pugmire, and I’ll host the first-ever session of Monarchies of Mau. I’ll also be testing out some (yes, more than one) prototypes of Pugmire-themed card games I’ve been working on. On top of that, my friends at Earplay are also coming out, and we’ll have some cool stuff to show you. Midwinter is certainly turning into a great place to try out the very latest Pugmire projects! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! And with that, I’m heading back to work — there’s a lot to do, and December’s always rough to coordinate with people with the holidays around the corner. View the full article
  2. Now available in advance PDF from DriveThruRPG: Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker. “Of course it hurts. Everything hurts. If you’re alive, you hurt. Don’t think of yourself as bleeding out; think of yourself as more alive.” Horror is all about the stakes. And most commonly, pain, injury, and death are those stakes. Hurt Locker is all about the stuff that hurts. We talk why it hurts, how it hurts, and how to deliver pain at your table beyond just rolling the dice and marking health boxes. Hurt people hurt people. We’re talking ramifications of violence and how pain perpetuates pain down the line. We’re talking about how even after wounds heal, scars always remind you. Hurt Locker features: Treatment of violence in the Chronicles of Darkness. Lasting trauma, scene framing, and other tools for making your stories hurt. Many new player options, including Merits, supernatural knacks, and even new character types like psychic vampires and sleeper cell soldiers. Expanded equipment and equipment rules. Hurt Locker requires the Chronicles of Darkness Rulebook or any other standalone Chronicles of Darkness rulebook such as Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition, Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition, or Beast: The Primordial to use. Also available in advance PDF: Secrets of the Covenants for Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition. “They say to judge a man by the company he keeps. By this measure, as by any other, we are liars and monsters.” — Getter Kahn, Bishop of Filth Vampires gather under many banners. But five have endured the tumult of Western history better than any other. The Carthian Movement. The Circle of the Crone. The Invictus. The Lancea et Sanctum. The Ordo Dracul. Each has its fierce devotees, its jealous rivals, and its relentless enemies. Now, for the first time, the covenants speak for themselves. This book includes: A variety of stories from each of the covenants, all told in their own words. Never-before revealed secrets, like the fate of the Prince of New Orleans. New blood sorcery, oaths, and other hidden powers of the covenants. Unfortunately we’re unable to offer the PoD of A Festival of Blades: A Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart today as we originally planned due to some technical issues, but we’re working on it. Soon! View the full article
  3. It may be possible to add this. My original thought was that being able to preview the chat in the shoutbox would provide more information than a list of people that are logged in but may not actually be there.
  4. Daughters of Cacophony from Lore of the Bloodlines by Mark Kelly It is always so great to hear from our creative gang after they’ve returned from a convention that has really gone well, and the reports from Dapper Dave Brookshaw and Matthew Dawkins, The Gentleman Gamer, from Dragonmeet in London certainly sound like they had a great time! If memory serves me right, this is not the biggest UK convention, but it has been consistently growing and seems to have built up a very dedicated and friendly group of conventioneers. Matthew and Dave hosted an Onyx Path panel and answered questions while handing out a box worth of our 2016-2017 Onyx Path brochures, and they tell me that folks there were thrilled to get their hands on them. The brochures, that is. One of the things attendees mentioned was that they’d like to see smaller core books that are less intimidating to new players. Which is interesting as a lot of our thinking recently is making sure that while the long-time fan gets their compiled big book of love for the game line, we also provide ways for new players to get into the games as well. Our line of Jumpstarts to go with the new editions are one way, and the way we were positioned with the WW license, that we’ve put into play these last few years, but you’ll also note that new games like Pugmire are slated to have smaller core books, and Scion 2e and the Trinity Continuum have two smaller books rather than a huge single book that you need to get started. And now that we have actually made the massive volumes to restart, rejuvenate, and reintroduce, the WW game lines, we have more options as to what we can do as the lines develop. (In fact, when Eddy and I were planning what we called V4, a new edition of Vampire: the Masquerade, we were looking at ways to get the core book down below the size of the original VtM core book. With the new White Wolf Publishing having taken the design of the next edition in-house, we couldn’t continue with our edition, but I wouldn’t be surprised if V5 winds up as a smaller book or set of smaller books). Illustration by Sam Araya for Beckett’s Jyhad Diary Speaking of our friends at the new White Wolf Publishing, some of you may have received a survey from them asking for your info and thoughts on a variety of topics. A lot of you may not have though, as their surveys are going out to people depending on which mailing list they are on. This week, it is our turn, and we’ll be sending the WW Survey to the subscribers of the Onyx Path Mailing List at around 6pm EST tomorrow, Tuesday the 6th. So if you want to send them your thoughts, make sure you sign up for our list before the WW Survey goes out! The sign up spot is right there on the right side of the page —-> BLURBS! KICKSTARTER! We’re exploring card game Kickstarters, packaging, and components, for Prince’s Gambit. Right now, this will be pushed back further because we need to get the KS video, which will also feature the example of play, done. Right now, we are scheduling doing that the week before the holidays kick in. So the Monarchies of Mau KS may be our next. The folks who are working with us on the Scion 2e LARP rules, Damocles Thread Development, are running a Kickstarter right now for their card based game of community theater drama, hijinks, and betrayal called Curtain Call. It looks to be a fun party game, with a line-up of fake plays you need to put on like Big Box Store of Horrors or Nightmare on 34th Street. (Full disclosure: the gang asked me to do the playbill cover art for Nightmare on 34th Street, a mashup of Nightmare Before Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street!) If all the crazy hijinks that go into pulling together a stage production are your thing, check it out and get your name in lights: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/205007809/curtain-call-2 ON SALE! Keep an eye on our FB, Twitter, and other social media, for sales and deals during this holiday season!!! Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Here’s the link to the press release we put out about how Onyx Path is now selling through Indie Press Revolution: http://theonyxpath.com/press-release-onyx-path-limited-editions-now-available-through-indie-press-revolution/ We open the locker this Wednesday; the Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker, that is! The Advance PDF will be available on DTRPG this Wednesday the 7th! Discover the long-awaited Secrets of the Covenants for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition this Wednesday as we unearth the Advance PDF on DTRPG! And for a physical book, this week we travel all the way to the Red Planet for the Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart: A Festival of Blades, available in PDF and PoD this Wednesday! We have now added a B&W PoD version of the Endless Ages Vampire Anthology to the existing full color PDF and PoD choices! Celebrating 25 years of personal horror, the eighteen stories in Endless Ages range in style and aesthetics from the very first edition of Vampire released in 1991, all the way to the latest books put out for the 20th Anniversary Edition. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/193199/V20-The-Endless-Ages-Anthology Seek the Cainite Conspiracies, the fiction anthology for V20 Dark Ages, in PDF and PoD physical book formats! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/195704/V20-The-Cainite-Conspiracies-Anthology This collection of short stories features tales by Vampire developers such as Justin Achilli, Eddy Webb, David A. Hill, Jr., and Neall Raemonn Price along with award-winning horror authors including Maurice Broaddus, Catherine Lundoff, and Richard Dansky. Here are the Beast Condition Cards Advance PDF version. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198773/Beast-The-Primordial-Condition-Cards Part of the Beast: the Primordial rules and a handy and elegant way to keep track of and incorporate Conditions into your Chronicle, Conditions add an additional layer of consequence and reward to certain actions in the World of Darkness. Various things within the course of a game can cause Conditions. These include exceptional successes, supernatural abilities, and really any situation where the Storyteller thinks they can be used to heighten the drama of a game. Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition comes to life in both PDF and PoD physical book versions NOW on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/189395/Promethean-the-Created-2nd-Edition You are a pilgrim now, one of the Created. You rose to life from dead flesh or inert matter, under the ministrations of one of your own, or a mad scientist, or perhaps just the power of the Divine Fire. You wander the world, sometimes alone, sometimes in the blessed company of your own kind, driven by memories of events and facts you never knew, all in the service of one Great Work… …to be human. Humans don’t make it easy, though. The Divine Fire that animates you burns too bright, blinds people, and scorches the land if you linger too long. It masks your disfigurements and makes you appear human, but that mask slips and people see your hideous, true form. The Pilgrimage is a long, difficult road, but it is yours, and you know, somehow, that the salvation of the New Dawn waits at the end. This book contains: The complete guide to playing a Promethean in the Chronicles of Darkness Reimagined Lineages and Refinements, and a redesigned system for Transmutations A more detailed approached to the Pilgrimage that presents players with more control over their characters’ path New challenges on the road to humanity, including deranged, greedy alchemists With a snarl, W20 Shattered Dreams is now on sale on DTRPG in both PDF and PoD versions! Grrrrrrr! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/194649/W20-Shattered-Dreams The Past Laid Bare Shattered Dreams presents an in-depth look at the prehistory of the Garou and Changing Breeds, including both the threats they had to face before circumstances drove them to war and the War of Rage itself. Rather than one answer, it showcases many time periods and many ways in which the War could start, so that players and Storytellers can make prehistory their own. It also presents the circumstances surrounding the Second War of Rage, giving players the chance to take part, either as Garou Conquistadores or as the Fera desperately trying to fight off an invasion. Finally, the included chronicle structure allows modern characters to visit these crucial moments of history in an effort to stop the Wyrm’s most powerful minions. Shattered Dreams contains: • The first ever look at the World of Darkness before the War of Rage. • The ways the Wars of Rage could start, and how enterprising characters could change what happened. • Two chronicle frameworks that bring modern characters to the past, replete with new Abilities and new Storytelling tools that make the players the center of much larger stories. With a howl, W20 Kinfolk: A Breed Apart will be on sale on DTRPG in both PDF and PoD formats! Awooooo! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/194952/W20-Kinfolk-A-Breed-Apart Born to Run The Garou are born of two kinds: humans and wolves. These are their Kinfolk — those “of the blood.” These special people — whether of two legs or four — carry in them the hope of the Garou: the promise of future generations. Although Garou are born to Kinfolk, nobody knows they’re different until they undergo their First Change. Until such a blessed (or cursed) time, they are just like their more mundane Kin. Most live as humans, suffering the foibles of humanity, all the while hoping they’re secretly special, that they harbor the wolf within. Even though that wolf will never howl for the majority of Kin, they’ve still got a vital role in the war, aiding the effort from behind the lines. Kinfolk: A Breed Apart contains: Overview of the Kinfolk, both kenning and callow, including some of the Fellowships founded by Kinfolk to aid the Garou cause — and to protect themselves from their cousins’ Rage. Character creation for playing Kinfolk, including new Skills, Backgrounds, Merits and Flaws, as well as special Kin rites, Gifts, and fetishes. Guidelines for running Kinfolk chronicles, as well as in-depth information on the Kin-Fetches, the unique spirits used by Garou to watch over their distant cousins and warn the tribes if one of them should undergo the First Change. NOTE: If you have already purchased the Advance PDF, you will be automatically updated to the final PDF and receive a link to enable you to purchase the PoD at a discount designed so that your total price matches our usual PDF and Print combo offer. CONVENTIONS! Onyx Path will be at Mid Winter Con 2017 in January in the lovely city of Milwaukee. Come brave the cold wastes to game and cavort with us! Please keep an eye out on the MidWinter site for announcements as to our very special beta test and Play With The Creator special events! http://www.midwintergamingconvention.com/ And now, the new project status updates! DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM ROLLICKING ROSE (projects in bold have changed status since last week): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep) Exalted 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum) Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum) M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition) VtR Half-Damned (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) CtD C20 Jumpstart (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Ex Novel 2 by Aaron Rosenberg (Exalted 3rd Edition) Redlines Scion: Origins (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition) BtP Beast Player’s Guide (Beast: the Primordial) Second Draft The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition) Cavaliers of Mars Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition BtP Building a Legend (Beast: the Primordial) V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary (Stretch Goal Content) CtD C20 Anthology (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Development W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition) SL The Wise and the Wicked (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) SL Ring of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) Ring of Spiragos (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) SL Dagger of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) Dagger of Spiragos (5e– Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) Arms of the Chosen (Exalted 3rd Edition) VtR A Thousand Years of Night (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) RT: My bad last week, as I thought this was the CtL2 book went to editing already. Editing: CtL fiction anthology (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) Post-Editing Development: Indexing: ART DIRECTION FROM MIRTHFUL MIKE: In Art Direction Dark Eras Companion Beckett’s Jyhad Diary Prince’s Gambit – AD’d C20 – Still dealing with artist shenanigans. M20 Book of Secrets W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook V20 Dark Ages Companion Pugmire Mortal Remains – Beast – Getting an artist to do it up EX3 Jumpstart – AD’d. In Layout Necropolis Rio Promethean 2 Condition Cards V20 Lore of the Bloodlines SL Wise and Wicked Update Proofing Beast Conquering Heroes At Press Ex 3 Screen – Finished at the Printer. Ex 3 core book – From RichT: manufacturing continues. I’m told the two bound samples with covers are coming this week. But we’ve heard that before… and we are hearing it again. Beast RMCs – PDF and PoD versions on sale next Wednesday, the 14th. V20 DA Tome of Secrets – Waiting to order PoD proof. Dawn of Heresies Mummy Novel – Wrapping up errata from KS backers. Beast Condition Cards – Advance PDF version on sale, gathering errata. CofD Hurt Locker – Advance PDF version on sale Wednesday, Dec 7th. Secrets of the Covenants – Advance PDF version on sale Wednesday, Dec 7th. Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart – PoD on sale Wednesday, Dec 7th. Revised Reap The Whirlwind Jumpstart – Advance PDF on sale next Wednesday, the 14th. TODAY’S REASON TO DRINK: Happy BDay Mimi. Mbely. View the full article
  5. Release Roundup: November 2016

    What a harvest season we’ve had! An endless bounty of new releases for you came out this month: Books Scarred Lands Players Guide for 5th Edition OGL (PDF) Scarred Lands Players Guide for Pathfinder (PDF) Vampire: The Masquerade’s Endless Ages anthology (b&w print option) V20 Dark Ages’ The Cainite Conspiracies anthology (ebook/print) Werewolf: The Apocalypse’s Shattered Dreams (PDF/print) Werewolf: The Apocalypse’s Kinfolk: A Breed Apart (previously in PDF, now in print) Werewolf: The Forsaken’s Signs of the Moon (previously in PDF, now in print) Werewolf: The Forsaken’s Night Horrors: Wolfsbane (previously in PDF, now in print) Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition (previously in PDF, now in print) Cards Exalted Third Edition Charm Cards Set 1: Archery-Investigation (PDF/print, also available separately:) Archery Charm Cards Athletics Charm Cards Awareness Charm Cards Brawl Charm Cards Bureaucracy Charm Cards Craft Charm Cards Dodge Charm Cards Integrity Charm Cards Investigation Charm Cards Exalted Third Edition Charm Cards Set 2: Larceny-Resistance (PDF/print, also available separately:) Larceny Charm Cards Linguistics Charm Cards Lore Charm Cards Medicine Charm Cards Melee Charm Cards Occult Charm Cards Performance Charm Cards Presence Charm Cards Resistance Charm Cards Exalted Third Edition Charm Cards Set 3: Ride-War (PDF/print, also available separately:) Ride Charm Cards Sail Charm Cards Socialize Charm Cards Stealth Charm Cards Survival Charm Cards Thrown Charm Cards War Charm Cards Beast: The Primordial Condition Cards (PDF) Merch A bunch of shirts for Mage: The Ascension are now available in our RedBubble store: Tradition: Akashayana M20 Tradition: Celestial Chorus M20 Tradition: Cult of Ecstasy M20 Tradition: Dreamspeakers M20 Tradition: Euthanatoi M20 Tradition: Hollow Ones M20 Tradition: Order of Hermes M20 Tradition: Society of Ether M20 Tradition: Verbenae M20 Tradition: Virtual Adepts M20 Convention: Iteration X Revised Convention: New World Order Revised Convention: Progenitors Revised Convention: Syndicate Revised Convention: Void Engineers Revised View the full article
  6. Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: Beast Condition Cards! Did your heart seize up in your chest a little when I said that? It should. Those horrors you’ve dreamed of all your life – the arms dragging you down into the ooze, the thing with fangs and too many legs waiting in the dark, the sleek, silent killer dropping on you from a clear sky – they’re real. But don’t fret, little brother. You’ll never have to wake up in fear, ever again. The nightmares are real…and you’re one of them. Now, let us feast.” -Zmei Part of the Beast: The Primordial rules, Conditions add an additional layer of consequence and reward to certain actions in the Chronicles of Darkness. Various things within the course of a game can cause Conditions. These include exceptional successes, supernatural abilities, and really any situation where the Storyteller thinks they can be used to heighten the drama of a game. These Beast: The Primordial Condition Cards are a handy way to keep track of and incorporate Conditions into your Chronicle with each of the 36 cards featuring a single Condition. The Condition Cards errata thread is open if you spot any typos or layout errors. Now available in ebook and print from DriveThruFiction: The Cainite Conspiracies for V20 Dark Ages! Step back into the Dark Ages… …into a time when the clans, high and low, battle for blood and power. Welcome to The Cainite Conspiracies This collection of short stories inspired by the 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade Dark Ages features tales by Vampire developers such as Justin Achilli, Eddy Webb, David A. Hill, Jr., and Neall Raemonn Price along with award-winning horror authors including Maurice Broaddus, Catherine Lundoff, and Richard Dansky. The V20 Endless Ages Anthology is now available with a black and white print option! Surprise! The Scarred Lands Players Guide is now available PDF in 5th Edition and Pathfinder varieties! A Land Where Legends Walk Drawing enthusiastically on Greek mythology, the revised and re-imagined Scarred Lands nonetheless retains its place as a modern fantasy RPG setting. This is a world shaped by gods and monsters, and only the greatest of heroes can expect to be counted among them. The most populous continent of Scarn, Ghelspad, plays host to vast unexplored regions, hides unsolved riddles from ancient cultures, and taunts adventures with the promise of undiscovered riches hidden among the ruins of older civilizations. Yet the myths of the Scarred Lands are relatively recent events. The effects of the Titanswar still ripple through the world, and the heroines and villains of many of these stories are part of living memory, if not still living. The Award-Winning Fantasy Setting Returns Scarred Lands has been a favorite fantasy setting since the release of the Creature Collection for the d20 System in 2000. In subsequent years, over 40 titles were published for Scarred Lands, making it one of the most fully supported fantasy RPG settings ever and the premiere product line of Sword & Sorcery Studios. Now, Onyx Path Publishing and Nocturnal Media have partnered to bring this cherished fantasy setting back to your gaming table! View the full article
  7. The Cainite Conspiracies for V20 Dark Ages releases later today, so we reached out to some of the anthology’s authors to get an inside look at their chapters: Family is Family Written by Renee Ritchie “Family is Family” tells the story of Zamra, a Brujah elder looking to preserve what positive history exists over Carthage. I wrote this story to tie into the notes and apocrypha included about the Brujah in the main V20 Dark Ages Vampire book. In the story, Zamra teams up with Aidan, the neonate childe of an old friend and clanmate, to retrieve some old letters from Carthage, specifically written by her sire. In addition to the wide age gap of elder and neonate, they’re near exact opposites: he’s crafty and underhanded where she’s more forthright, and he was a European Crusader while she is at least a practicing Muslim. They press each other’s buttons just by existing, which inflames the Brujah temper in both of them. However, a Baali threat to those documents, as well as the Cainite holding them, helps them push past their differences, at least a little. Strong opinions and self-identity are key to the Brujah experience, and I wanted to give those elements a proper showcase. How do these strong ideals stand up to dealing with people with the exact opposite stance, but an unrelated common goal? Also, I wanted to examine what happens when a Brujah discovers her cause is built on lies. How does such a passionate being with firm convictions react when those convictions that you’ve lived by for years, centuries even, turn out to be misguided, if not flat-out wrong? That kind of crisis can make even the most ancient Cainite feel like a useless fledgling. How old is too old to be forced to start over? View the full article
  8. As the release of the upcoming The Cainite Conspiracies for V20 Dark Ages approaches, we reached out to some of the anthology’s authors to get an inside look at their chapters: Sand and Dust Written by Andrew Peregrine I knew from the start I wanted to avoid a story about the Nosferatu being ugly or finding beauty. That has been done before. Also, most Nosferatu are all about Obfuscate, so I wanted to focus on something they aren’t so renowned for, and their ability with Potence led me to consider a Nosferatu knight. Could even a Nosferatu find acceptance among the elite if he proved himself, and what would he have to give up to do so? Originally I wanted to set the story during the Crusades, but the dates didn’t quite work, and Jerusalem was too big. I wanted to tell a smaller tale about a less important place. So that naturally led to the Reconquista and the social and religious melting pot of pre-Spain Iberia. With my main character a Spanish knight, I couldn’t resist a few Don Quixote references. In that story, the delusional knight Quixote believes he has found the beautiful and virtuous princess Dulcinea, but he is actually courting a prostitute called Aldonza. Rodrigo is almost the opposite of Quioxte, perhaps too sane he sees the Cainite games for what they are. My Aldonza and Dulcinea are a study in opposites, but prove to be much the same in the end, both manipulating Rodrigo for their own agenda. Sand and Dust is really a story about opposites and outcasts. Several elements of the story portray two sides of the same coin: the high Clans and the low Clans, the Christians and the Muslims, the old guard and the new conquerors. The Dark Ages setting allowed me to focus on these details given how much more connected to the human world the Cainites are than their modern counterparts. I think it’s important to remember these characters were once human, and some bigotries and assumptions of the medieval world are so entrenched, they take centuries to fade. The constraints of a short story didn’t allow me the time I’d have liked to detail how Rodrigo fell out with his Clan and his adventures in the Holy Land. It would be nice to think he might eventually find the peace he is looking for. But among the plans and conspiracies of the Cainites, a knight of his talents is unlikely to escape their plots for long. View the full article
  9. Posting after Thanksgiving always seems like bits and pieces of topics and ideas, not unlike the Promethean pictured above; the leftovers that we now take care of one by one. Since that’s how we at Onyx Path are now handling those messages and pieces of projects we put aside until after the holiday, that’s pretty much the patchwork of conversations we had at our meeting today. So, to start off: we released Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition in physical book PoD format to go with the PDF last Wednesday, in case you might have missed it during the holiday craziness. You can read more below in the BLURBS! section, but I do want to mention that developer Black Hat Matt McFarland and his crew of awesome writers did a fantastic job of retaining the mood and feel that was so interesting in first edition, while tweaking those elements that seemed to give Promethean a bum rap. The idea that you absolutely had to play solo, or completely destroy any area your character stayed in, or that the Pilgrimage is hard to manage, have all been addressed. In fact, Matt even came up with a very nifty Pilgrimage Chart that you can copy/print out and use. Ideas that made the setting richer and more interesting in the later first edition supplements have been fit neatly into this 2nd Edition core book. And, of course, this book is complete unto itself, and features Promethean-specific Conditions and other elements as part of the Chronicles of Darkness rule set. So check it out and let us know what you think! Actually, we have a whole bunch of projects coming your way up almost to Dec 25th. (And then we’re all taking off the week between Christmas and New Years). We’re really very pleased to finally get these out to you all, and it might give you an idea how long it takes to do the sort of organizational shifts and changes I’ve been talking about since we had our Onyx Path Summit at Gen Con in August. The spice must flow! And here comes some of it. This week we are releasing the Cainite Conspiracy V20 Dark Ages fiction anthology, the Beast Condition Cards Advance PDF, and a black and white version of the Endless Ages Vampire Fiction Anthology because we know the full-color version, while gorgeous, is also really expensive in PoD format. These are some amazing pieces of all-new short fiction that span the editions of VtM, and we don’t want any of you missing out because we had to price the darn things in order to cover the printing costs! We expect to release the Advance PDFs for both CofD: Hurt Locker and Secrets of the Covenants for Vampire the Requiem 2nd in two weeks, along with the Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart PoD to go with its PDF. The week after that we expect to be releasing the Beast Ready Made Characters PoD, and the V20 Dark Ages Tome of Secrets PoD as well as their PDFs. And more to come… Secrets of the Covenants illo by Sam Araya We’ve also been sending out Kickstarter rewards to backers, and expect a few more to be sent out before the New Year. I know that sometimes folks who aren’t backers lose track of the variety and sheer number of projects that have come out of our Kickstarters especially with their Stretch Goals, so expect a blog post about that soon. Along the same lines, Impish Ian Watson recently posted a comparison on Facebook between his Prestige Edition CofD: Dark Eras backer reward book, and his PoD version of the same book. Seemed to me some of you might appreciate getting a chance to see the comparison: Front Covers, PoD on right Spine width, PoD on right Back Covers, PoD on right Flat cover of the PoD compared to the previous embossed Prestige cover Prestige Edition printed endpapers, the PoD ones are white And as you might have noticed, the Prestige Edition CofD: Dark Eras comes with a black silk ribbon bookmark loose with the book. Hope you enjoyed our various leftovers this week, see you next week after I’ve gone to the gym a few times to burn off all the holiday food! BLURBS! KICKSTARTER! We’re exploring card game Kickstarters, packaging, and components, for Prince’s Gambit. Right now, this will be pushed back further because we need to get the KS video, which will also feature the example of play, done. And that is been hard to make happen with the holidays and Justin’s schedule. So the Monarchies of Mau KS may be our next. ON SALE! Still time! Monday the 28th is the last day of DTRPG’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale, and our core rule books and fiction anthologies (on DriveThruFiction.com) are 15% of all PDFs/electronic formats! Keep an eye on our FB, Twitter, and other social media, for other sales and deals!!! Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Here’s the link to the press release we put out about how Onyx Path is now selling through Indie Press Revolution: http://theonyxpath.com/press-release-onyx-path-limited-editions-now-available-through-indie-press-revolution/ Wednesday is a great day for reading about vampires! First, we are adding a B&W PoD version of the Endless Ages Vampire Anthology to the existing full color PDF and PoD choices (as explained above)! Celebrating 25 years of personal horror, the eighteen stories in Endless Ages range in style and aesthetics from the very first edition of Vampire released in 1991, all the way to the latest books put out for the 20th Anniversary Edition. Then we are releasing the Cainite Conspiracies, the fiction anthology for V20 Dark Ages, in PDF and PoD physical book formats! This collection of short stories features tales by Vampire developers such as Justin Achilli, Eddy Webb, David A. Hill, Jr., and Neall Raemonn Price along with award-winning horror authors including Maurice Broaddus, Catherine Lundoff, and Richard Dansky. Also on Wednesday, we are releasing the Beast Condition Cards Advance PDF version. Part of the Beast: the Primordial rules and a handy and elegant way to keep track of and incorporate Conditions into your Chronicle, Conditions add an additional layer of consequence and reward to certain actions in the World of Darkness. Various things within the course of a game can cause Conditions. These include exceptional successes, supernatural abilities, and really any situation where the Storyteller thinks they can be used to heighten the drama of a game. Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition comes to life in both PDF and PoD physical book versions NOW on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/189395/Promethean-the-Created-2nd-Edition You are a pilgrim now, one of the Created. You rose to life from dead flesh or inert matter, under the ministrations of one of your own, or a mad scientist, or perhaps just the power of the Divine Fire. You wander the world, sometimes alone, sometimes in the blessed company of your own kind, driven by memories of events and facts you never knew, all in the service of one Great Work… …to be human. Humans don’t make it easy, though. The Divine Fire that animates you burns too bright, blinds people, and scorches the land if you linger too long. It masks your disfigurements and makes you appear human, but that mask slips and people see your hideous, true form. The Pilgrimage is a long, difficult road, but it is yours, and you know, somehow, that the salvation of the New Dawn waits at the end. This book contains: The complete guide to playing a Promethean in the Chronicles of Darkness Reimagined Lineages and Refinements, and a redesigned system for Transmutations A more detailed approached to the Pilgrimage that presents players with more control over their characters’ path New challenges on the road to humanity, including deranged, greedy alchemists With a snarl, W20 Shattered Dreams is now on sale on DTRPG in both PDF and PoD versions! Grrrrrrr! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/194649/W20-Shattered-Dreams The Past Laid Bare Shattered Dreams presents an in-depth look at the prehistory of the Garou and Changing Breeds, including both the threats they had to face before circumstances drove them to war and the War of Rage itself. Rather than one answer, it showcases many time periods and many ways in which the War could start, so that players and Storytellers can make prehistory their own. It also presents the circumstances surrounding the Second War of Rage, giving players the chance to take part, either as Garou Conquistadores or as the Fera desperately trying to fight off an invasion. Finally, the included chronicle structure allows modern characters to visit these crucial moments of history in an effort to stop the Wyrm’s most powerful minions. Shattered Dreams contains: • The first ever look at the World of Darkness before the War of Rage. • The ways the Wars of Rage could start, and how enterprising characters could change what happened. • Two chronicle frameworks that bring modern characters to the past, replete with new Abilities and new Storytelling tools that make the players the center of much larger stories. With a howl, W20 Kinfolk: A Breed Apart will be on sale on DTRPG in both PDF and PoD formats! Awooooo! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/194952/W20-Kinfolk-A-Breed-Apart Born to Run The Garou are born of two kinds: humans and wolves. These are their Kinfolk — those “of the blood.” These special people — whether of two legs or four — carry in them the hope of the Garou: the promise of future generations. Although Garou are born to Kinfolk, nobody knows they’re different until they undergo their First Change. Until such a blessed (or cursed) time, they are just like their more mundane Kin. Most live as humans, suffering the foibles of humanity, all the while hoping they’re secretly special, that they harbor the wolf within. Even though that wolf will never howl for the majority of Kin, they’ve still got a vital role in the war, aiding the effort from behind the lines. Kinfolk: A Breed Apart contains: Overview of the Kinfolk, both kenning and callow, including some of the Fellowships founded by Kinfolk to aid the Garou cause — and to protect themselves from their cousins’ Rage. Character creation for playing Kinfolk, including new Skills, Backgrounds, Merits and Flaws, as well as special Kin rites, Gifts, and fetishes. Guidelines for running Kinfolk chronicles, as well as in-depth information on the Kin-Fetches, the unique spirits used by Garou to watch over their distant cousins and warn the tribes if one of them should undergo the First Change. NOTE: If you have already purchased the Advance PDF, you will be automatically updated to the final PDF and receive a link to enable you to purchase the PoD at a discount designed so that your total price matches our usual PDF and Print combo offer. Exalted 3rd Edition Charm Cards! In PDF and PoD physical card sets! Back on sale this week on DTRPG! There are a lot of cards, and we have to offer them alphabetically through three sets: Set 1: Archery – Investigation http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/192228/Exalted-3rd-Edition-Charm-Cards-Set-1 Set 2: Larceny – Resistance http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/192229/Exalted-3rd-Edition-Charm-Cards-Set-2 Set 3: Ride – War http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/192230/Exalted-3rd-Edition-Charm-Cards-Set-3 You’ll need all three sets to have all of them. You can also order them by individual Charm type on the site. NOW the long awaited opportunity to own Mage: the Awakening 2nd Edition as a physical book is at last at hand! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/181754/Mage-the-Awakening-2nd-Edition You are a mage, one of the Wise. You see, know, and explore what others can’t imagine, from the depths of the human soul to the hidden corners of reality. Armed with your spells, driven by an addiction to Mysteries, you delve into the secrets of the world. Knowledge has a price, and the dangers are many. This book contains: The complete guide to playing a mage in the Chronicles of Darkness. Reimagined Paths, Orders, and powers to create your Awakened characters and their allies, including an updated version of the most comprehensive free-form magic system in gaming. Five example settings across the world, from Los Angeles to Salamanca, each with a central Mystery. A brand-new look at all the strange places of the Fallen World, from the Lower Depths to the Emanation Realms, and what mages might find within. CONVENTIONS! Onyx Path will be at Mid Winter Con 2017 in January in the lovely city of Milwaukee. Come brave the cold wastes to game and cavort with us! Please keep an eye out on the MidWinter site for announcements as to our very special beta test and Play With The Creator special events! http://www.midwintergamingconvention.com/ Matthew “Gentleman Gamer” Dawkins and Dapper Dave Brookshaw will be representing Onyx Path at Dragonmeet in London this Saturday, Dec 3rd, so if you are in the area and want to have a chat with either of those gentlemen, please do pop by and say cheerio! And now, the new project status updates! DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM ROLLICKING ROSE (projects in bold have changed status since last week): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep) Exalted 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum) Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum) M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition) VtR Half-Damned (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) CtD C20 Jumpstart (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Ex Novel 2 by Aaron Rosenberg (Exalted 3rd Edition) Redlines Scion: Origins (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition) BtP Beast Player’s Guide (Beast: the Primordial) Second Draft The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition) Cavaliers of Mars Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition BtP Building a Legend (Beast: the Primordial) V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary (Stretch Goal Content) CtD C20 Anthology (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Development W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition) SL The Wise and the Wicked (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) SL Ring of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) Ring of Spiragos (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) SL Dagger of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) Dagger of Spiragos (5e– Scarred Lands 2nd Edition) Arms of the Chosen (Exalted 3rd Edition) CtL fiction anthology (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) VtR A Thousand Years of Night (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) Editing: Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) Post-Editing Development: Indexing: ART DIRECTION FROM MIRTHFUL MIKE: In Art Direction Dark Eras Companion Beckett’s Jyhad Diary Prince’s Gambit – AD’d C20 – Still dealing with artist shenanigans. M20 Book of Secrets W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook V20 Dark Ages Companion Pugmire Mortal Remains – Beast – Getting an artist to do it up EX3 Jumpstart In Layout Necropolis Rio Promethean 2 Condition Cards V20 Lore of the Bloodlines SL Wise and Wicked Update Proofing Beast Conquering Heroes At Press Ex 3 Screen – Finished at the Printer. Ex 3 core book – From RichT: manufacturing continues. I’m told the two bound samples with covers are coming this week. But we’ve heard that before… V20 Endless Ages – B&W lower cost PoD version on sale Wednesday. V20 DA The Cainite Conspiracies – PDF/PoD version on sale Wednesday. Beast RMCs – PoD proof ordered. V20 DA Tome of Secrets – Waiting to order PoD proof. Promethean 2nd – PDF and PoD versions are now available on DTRPG! Dawn of Heresies Mummy Novel – Gathering errata from KS backers, if we get any. Beast Condition Cards – Advance PDF version on sale this Wednesday. CofD Hurt Locker – Advance PDF version on sale next Wednesday, Dec 7th. Secrets of the Covenants – Advance PDF version on sale next Wednesday, Dec 7th. Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart – PoD on sale next Wednesday, Dec 7th. TODAY’S REASON TO DRINK: Jon Stewart’s birthday is today! His fake news was the best news. View the full article
  10. As the release of the upcoming The Cainite Conspiracies for V20 Dark Ages approaches, we reached out to some of the anthology’s authors to get an inside look at their chapters: A Quest for Blood by Russell Zimmerman Twenty-mumble years ago, I stumbled into it just like you and so many others did. I fell deeply into, and fell deeply in love with, the World of Darkness. Monsters from other games were player characters in this one – though monsters, still – and there wasn’t a single d20 in sight? Awesome! But the elevator pitch barely scratched the surface, and the best was yet to come. The depth and breadth of sourcebook support for any given WoD game was staggering, but Vampire reigned supreme. There was still room to grow, though; in a shadowy world dominated by (in)human passions, hungers, threats, and myths, the present day just wasn’t enough. Then Dark Ages hit and fixed all that. The history of the world was spun, flipped, tumbled, and examined in terrific new ways. Broadswords and bloody smiles, what wasn’t to love? The tremendous depth of the World of Darkness just kept going, and the historian inside of me ate it up as eagerly as the geek. What’s not to love about immortal characters being given multiple settings to drink from? It was fantastic. It still is. As a freelancer it’s my job to be excited about every product I work on. But as a fan this one didn’t take much effort at all. Just like V20 breathed new unlife into the modern day of the classic setting, V20: Dark Ages has updated and expanded upon the historical setting, and having the chance to be a part of it was something I just couldn’t pass up. When one of my favorite Clans was still available — the beautifully monstrous Cainites of Clan Toreador — I pounced at the opportunity to tell their story. It’s terrific to be a part of this anthology, and I hope fans sink their fangs in just as eagerly as I did. View the full article
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