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  1. Now available in print from DriveThruRPG: Mage: The Awakening Tarot! At long last, the Mage Tarot deck is back in print! DriveThru now supports tarot-sized decks, as well as the capability to create tuckboxes. A Player aid for Mage: The Awakening, this 78-card Tarot deck is suitable for stand-alone use or in conjunction with chronicles and contains lavish, full-color art commissioned specifically for this deck. Includes instructions on standard Tarot readings as well as using the cards as a Storytelling tool for chronicles. Note: Originally released in 2009 for Mage: The Awakening 1st Edition. Also available from our RedBubble store: Vampire: The Requiem bloodline shirts! Daeva: Anvari Gangrel: Bohagande Mekhet: Alucinor Mekhet: Khaibit Nosferatu: Gethsemani Ventrue: Architects of the Monolith View the full article
  2. Parting the Waters from the Ex3 Jumpstart by Gunship Revolution First, for those of you following what I never intended to be a saga: it turns out I have not just a cold or the flu, but bronchitis. The doctor has me on antibiotics, and I am actually feeling better. So, hopefully I only have to ride this bucking broncho for a while longer. Thanks to everybody who sent in “get well” messages! The other bronco the gang here at Onyx Path have been riding for a couple of days, and was the subject of much of our meeting today. (The official one. My meeting with Eddy was mostly talking about how David Tennant’s Doctor parsed with his Purple Man on Jessica Jones.) I’m referring to the upset in our community after the Vampire and Mage interactive fiction Preludes were released last week by Asmodee under license from the new White Wolf Publishing. If you want to look it all up, the details are out there. For us, Matt McElroy and I have been talking with WWP about this issue since last week and expect to keep doing so for a while. It has become clear, though, that some confusion and misapprehensions still exist as to Onyx Path’s relationship with the new White Wolf Publishing, as well as how we both relate to the original White Wolf that so many of you started out with. So: we have the original White Wolf, founded by Stew Wieck and Mark Rein*Hagen. We worked hard and we played hard, and created a huge amount of games and supplements and elbowed ourselves into 2nd place in the RPG biz, but 1st place in dark hearts everywhere. I say “we” as I was there, with Stew for years before the partnership was created, and was part of the management team throughout. Things got rough though as game and book stores start closing, and at the same time, the time our community would have spent on tabletop gaming gets chopped by the time folks are discovering computer MMOs. WW decides it needs to evolve into electronic gaming, which is hard to do when your revenue is dropping like a rock off a cliff, so WW gets a bunch of vikings drunk and we all wind up married the next morning. In other, more sensible words, White Wolf made a deal to “merge” with CCP, an Icelandic computer game company with a successful space MMO called EVE. They begin work on the WoD MMO. Meanwhile, a bunch of us keep the tabletop gaming part of WW rolling. But, eventually, the sucking black hole of need that was the WoD MMO demands every WWer be part of it, and until a bunch of us convince CCP that a 20th Anniversary Edition of Vampire: the Masquerade is a good idea, and they see the community reaction, there’s a very good chance that WW, as a publisher would not have lasted. But actually, the reaction is so strong that Eddy and I can convince CCP to let us do even more books! The euphoria of which lasts the several weeks that end up with a huge bunch of layoffs of people I care about, and, fed up with the situation, I leave CCP and then start Onyx Path with a license agreement from CCP so that Onyx can do tabletop versions of the WW Intellectual Properties (WoD, nWoD called now Chronicles of Darkness, and Exalted). In effect, I’ve licensed the game lines I helped create. So that’s nice. (I mean, it really is). But please note that we do not own nor control the WW IPs. (I wanted to point out the timing up there, though, because it’s important to note that Onyx Path was not a junior company to CCP, and not spun off from CCP. Onyx Path has always been solely owned by me and our relationship with CCP was solely as licensee. We own Scion and the Trinity game lines outright as I bought them from them, and we are co-owners of the Scarred Lands, another purchase but this time with Nocturnal Media. We also are in creative partnerships that are effectively licenses with Pugmire and Cavaliers of Mars, two totally new games totally unconnected to any iteration of WW.) Pugmire Dog Dice illo by Pat Loboyko (CCP really only wanted us to shepherd the WW IPs and good name and keep the community engaged until they could pull back the curtain and bring everybody to the WoD MMO. They didn’t actually want a lot of licenses because they wanted everyone to be working on the WoD MMO, not a bunch of difficult to manage tabletop RPGs. We did that for them, for a while at least.) But, as Onyx Path rolls along for about four years of reviving, rejuvenating, and renovating, the WW IPs, CCP decides that they must pull back their efforts to focus on EVE, cancel the WoD MMO (and fire a bunch more people I care about), and finally they sell the WW IPs to a Swedish game company called Paradox. Paradox revives the White Wolf Publishing name, and paw print, and through some level of corporate structuring, stick a company behind the name. (You’ll have to ask the new WWP some time how they are structured; I don’t know nor want to, honestly). They bring over a couple of their employees and those guys hire in a couple more folks. None of them is a creator or executive from the original White Wolf so it was not anyone at the new WWP who greenlit the previous computer games or books or, well anything, from the original WW days. Their intention is licensing. Their intention is to get the WW IPs out there so that there is some sort of WW IP project in every medium. Onyx Path has the license from the new WWP to create tabletop RPGs and accessories related to, and which assist in playing, tabletop RPGs for WoD, Chronicles of Darkness, and Exalted. We are one of their rapidly growing cadre of licensees. We make the sorts of things their license allows us to, and we go through an approval process with them. I can not ethically talk the numbers or details of the contracts, but our deal is a pretty typical license agreement. What we, as a licensee, are not involved with, is how the new WWP grows their license portfolio. I mean, some of these deals are bound up in their own NDAs, and the rest WWP has no obligation to inform us about until they want to, or we hear about it like all of you. In the current situation, we had no idea of who was writing the Asmodee projects until they were released and all hell broke loose. Changeling 20th illustration by Melissa Uran Our reality, and our community’s, is that the new WWP is actively working towards building media awareness of the WW IPs, currently focused on the World of Darkness. They are going to be as careful as they can to work with the sorts of licensees that can accurately bring the WoD setting to their medium, but ultimately the sheer potential size of what they intend has a really good chance to mean that there will be decisions made that will run the gamut of our community’s personal reactions from thrilled beyond belief to appalled beyond measure. Our community will need to decide how to respond, or not, based on individual personal standards and conscience. If a project comes out bad, or amazing, how far do you go to support the next one? If the content offends you, do you avoid that writer, or that developer, or that company, or that IP in the future? If people are hired that you have issues with, do you skip that project, boycott anything connected to the new White Wolf, or send emails of protest? Any, or all, it’s your personal call. So, to recap: Onyx Path is one of a growing set of licensees of the White Wolf IPs that are owned and controlled by the new White Wolf Publishing based in Sweden. Onyx Path does not have any say over projects created by other licensees or how the new WWP conducts its business. Hope that clears a few things up, and as always if you have questions, please feel free to post them in the comments. BLURBS! KICKSTARTER! I’m working on the KS pages this week for sure as the antibiotics kick in. Things look good, and we are all for starting the KS in Feb/early March so long as the process of pulling the KS together cooperates. If so, then Monarchies of Mau KS would be next, after Gambit. ON SALE! 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/ You can now order wave 2 of our Deluxe and Prestige print overrun books, including Deluxe Mage 20th Anniversary, and Deluxe V20 Dark Ages! From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Doubting Souls (Hunter 1690-1695 Salem). Immigrants and tribes struggled to co-exist on the Eastern Seaboard in the ever-expanding Colonies. Violent clashes, supernatural beliefs, and demonic influences spelled disaster for Salem Village and its surrounding towns, while others fought werewolves and vampires on the frontier. With so much at risk, only god-fearing men and women were deemed innocent — and those were few indeed. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204372/Dark-Eras-Doubting-Souls-Hunter-the-Vigil From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: The Bowery Dogs (Werewolf 1969-1979 NYC). New York City in the 1970s. Crime. Drugs. Gang violence. Vast economic disparity. And werewolves. It’s a lean, ugly time to be alive, and the lone wolf doesn’t stand a chance out there. In the end, all you really have is family. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/203762/Dark-Eras-The-Bowery-Dogs-Werewolf-the-Forsaken The Locker is open; the Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker, that is! PDF and physical copy PoDs are now available on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199275/Chronicles-of-Darkness-Hurt-Locker 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, Werewolf: The Forsaken, or Beast: The Primordial to use. Both the Beast: the Primordial http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198773/Beast-The-Primordial-Condition-Cards & Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition Condition Cards http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202619/Promethean-the-Created-2nd-Edition-Condition-Cards are now on sale on DTRPG in PDF and physical card PoD versions! Great for keeping track of the Conditions that are on your characters! From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Ruins of Empire (Mummy 1893-1924). Perhaps the quintessential era of the mummy in the minds of Westerners, this period saw the decline of the two greatest empires of the age: British and Ottoman. Walk with the Arisen as they bear witness to the death of the Victorian age, to pivotal mortal discoveries in Egypt, and to the horrors of the Great War. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/178801/Dark-Eras-Ruins-of-Empire-Mummy-the-Curse From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: The Sundered World (Werewolf and Mage 5500-5000 BCE). At the birth of civilization, in the shadow of the Fall, the Awakened stand as champions and protectors of the agricultural villages spread across the Balkans. In a world without a Gauntlet, where Shadow and flesh mingle, the steady taming of the world by humanity conflicts with the half-spirit children of Father Wolf. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202272/Dark-Eras-The-Sundered-World-Werewolf-the-Forsaken-Mage-the-Awakening Night Horrors: Conquering Heroes for Beast: the Primordial is available now as an Advance PDF: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202615/Night-Horrors-Conquering-Heroes This book includes: An in-depth look at how Heroes hunt and what makes a Hero, with eleven new Heroes to drop into any chronicle. A brief look at why Beasts may antagonize one another, with seven new Beasts to drop into any chronicle. Rules for Insatiables, ancient creatures born of the Primordial Dream intent on hunting down Beasts to fill a hunger without end, featuring six examples ready to use in any chronicle. The PDF and physical book PoD versions of Reap the Whirlwind, the Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition Jumpstart swirls into being on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/201127/Reap-the-Whirlwind-Revised-VtR-2e You are a vampire, a junkie. Every night, you beg and you borrow and you steal just a little more life, just a few more sweet moments. But there’s a guy at the top. The Prince. He’s got everything. The money, the secrets, the blood. Tonight, you’re going to take it from him. Tomorrow, there’ll be hell to pay. This updated edition of Reap the Whirlwind features revisions to match the core rulebook for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition. Text edits and rules clarifications have also been updated. Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes: Rules for creating and playing vampires in the Chronicles of Darkness The first two levels of every clan Discipline, the dark powers of the dead A complete adventure by noted horror author Chuck Wendig This new revised Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes an updated booklet, 7 condition cards, and the interactive Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition character sheet. It is now the preordained time for Dawn of Heresies, the Mummy: the Curse novel written by internationally renowned author Brian Hodge to arise! Both PDF/electronic and physical book PoD versions are now available on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198720/Dawn-of-Heresies Rawhead and bloody bones Steals naughty children from their homes, Takes them to his dirty den And they are never seen again. So says the nursery rhyme that gives birth to Rawhead, the most fearsome entity to imperil the living since the infamous Roller. Once an obedient mummy by name of Benefre, a desperate bid by his cult fails in tragic fashion, and in so doing, sends him to the Devourerís waiting, corruptive maw. What remains of Benefreís ambitious soul rises again, impure and unholy, set to the execution of a scheme so baleful, it constitutes a heresy even among his own misbegotten kind. All that stands between Rawhead and his terrible aim are a lone mummy, Kemsiyet, and what little remains of her cult following its destruction at Rawhead’s hands. Declan, her prized security aide, and Fiona, an Irish researcher only just recently inducted into the cult and its blood-soaked world, must fight both the odds and the clock in order to prevent a calamity the likes of which the world hasnít seen since the days of the mummies’ creation. About the Author: BRIAN HODGE is the acclaimed author of 11 novels, almost 125 short stories, and four full-length collections. His first collection, The Convulsion Factory, was ranked by critic Stanley Wiater among the 113 best books of modern horror. Heís currently wrapping up his fifth, The Immaculate Void. Among gamers, he is perhaps best known as the author of the first official Hellboy novel, On Earth as It Is in Hell. Recent works include “The Weight of the Dead,” from Tor, and novelettes of cosmic horror in The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu and Children of Lovecraft. His oft-reprinted 2013 novella, “The Same Deep Waters as You” has recently been optioned by a London-based production studio for development for television. Brian lives in Colorado. Open the V20 Dark Ages: Tome of Secrets now on DTRPG! Both PDF and physical book PoD versions are now available! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/197358/V20-Dark-Ages-Tome-of-Secrets The Tome of Secrets is a treatment of numerous topics about Cainites and stranger things in the Dark Medieval World. It’s about peeling back the curtain, and digging a little deeper. Inside, you’ll find: • Expanded treatment of Assamite Sorcery, Koldunic Sorcery, Necromancy, and Setite Sorcery • A look at Cainite knightly orders, faith movements, and even human witchcraft • Letters and diaries from all over the Dark Medieval World Travel with us all the way to the Red Planet for the Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart: A Festival of Blades, available in PDF and PoD on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191678/A-Festival-of-Blades-A-Cavaliers-of-Mars-Jumpstart Live, fight, and love on Mars, a world of red death and strange mystery, a world of savagery and romance. Includes: A complete adventure set in one of dying Mars’ greatest remaining cities. The innovative DEIMOS rules, for high-flying, swashbuckling adventure. Four pre-generated player characters, ready to get into the heart of the action. CONVENTIONS! Discussing GenCon plans. August 17th – 20th, Indianapolis. Every chance the booth will actually be 20? x 30? this year that we’ll be sharing with friends. We’re looking at new displays this year, like a back drop and magazine racks for the brochure(s). In November, we’ll be at Game Hole Con in Madison, WI. More news as we have it, and here’s their website: https://www.gameholecon.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) M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) CtD C20 Jumpstart (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire) Pugmire Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (Pugmire) Monarchies of Mau Early Access (Pugmire) Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition) Redlines Scion: Origins (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition) Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) VtR Half-Damned (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) Second Draft The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition) BtP Beast Player’s Guide (Beast: the Primordial) Book of Freeholds (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition) GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition) Development W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second 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) Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) BtP Building a Legend (Beast: the Primordial) Editing: V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary (Stretch Goal Content) W20 Song of Unmaking novel (Bridges) (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) CtD C20 Anthology (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition Post-Editing Development: CtL fiction anthology (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) VtR A Thousand Years of Night (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) Indexing: ART DIRECTION FROM MIRTHFUL MIKE: In Art Direction Beckett’s Jyhad Diary – new stuff AD’d M20 Book of Secrets – AD’d W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook V20 Dark Ages Companion – Gaydos finals rolling in… sketches from others rolling in. Dagger of Spiragos – AD’d VTR: Thousand Years of Night Cavaliers of Mars – Contracting. Marketing Stuff In Layout V20 Lore of the Bloodlines Prince’s Gambit – Kickstarter Prep. Dark Eras Companion – artist shenanigans. C20 – With Aileen Proofing Necropolis Rio – backer PDF out to Mummy KS backers last week, gathering errata. EX3 Tomb of Dreams Jumpstart – first proof. At Press Ex 3 Screen – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Ex 3 core book – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Addresses being gathered from KS and assembled for shippers. Secrets of the Covenants – Updated and processing. Beckett Screen – Printer shipping to shipper. W20 Shattered Dreams – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Shattered Dreams Screen – Printer shipping to shipper. Beast Conquering Heroes – Inputting errata and prepping for press. Mortal Remains: Beast- Red In Tooth and Claw – Gathered errata. Pugmire – Backer PDF out to backers. Wise and the Wicked PF & 5e – Out to backers. Dark Eras : Fallen Blossoms – Files uploaded and processing. Dark Eras: Beneath the Skin – Wrapping up the PoD prep. TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Happy Birthday, Joel Hodgson! MST3K Maestro and another creator who discovered the amazing reach of Kickstarter. Gamera is a friend to all children. View the full article
  3. Today we look at Father of Ab, a story by Lisa Morton from the Curse of the Blue Nile anthology for Mummy: The Curse. Nebet’s tomb was set into a hillside, and opened onto a large enclosed yard that displayed obvious great wealth. Even though it was night, the air was warm, smelled of smoke, and a slight reddish glow covered the sky, blocking out any stars. “Where are we?” Nebet asked, eyeing the luminescent, blue pool before her, surrounded by tile, stone, and plants she knew had never grown in Irem. Gonzalez answered, “The city of Los Angeles.” As he saw her pause and stare into the sky, he added, “…on the western edge of the North American continent.” Nebet turned her attention to the three men with Gonzalez, who seemed to represent a variety of races: one looked like a traveling merchant she’d once met from the Far East, one looked like Gonzalez, and one had pale skin the hue of the simple white shroud she wore. “None of you look Iremite.” Gonzalez smiled. “Los Angeles is a melting pot, and the Tef-Aabhi have embraced that. We have all manner of people in the guild. My own heritage is from a country to the south of here called Mexico.” Nebet stared at him unblinkingly. Gonzalez paused by the edge of the pool, its shifting surface forming dancing shadows on his dark features. “It’s true that I was not present in Irem,” he answered, “but my ancestry is legitimate, as is my service. We’ve passed the knowledge on from generation to generation. I may not have been present during your Rite of Return, but I know how to assist you in fulfilling your sacred purpose.” As he spoke, it was hard for Nebet to concentrate on his words. Arisen often suffered confusion upon first beginning the Descent, when the Sekhem roiled within, nearly overpowering thought… but it was not her own force that distracted her. It was the reason she had been awakened. Whatever had been found — although “released” was probably more appropriate — was substantial enough to make the air vibrate with its essence. No normal human would sense it, but to a mummy, a creature of occult senses, it was like moving through a thick mist. “This object that has been found…” she ventured. Gonzalez said, “I’ll leave that to John to explain.” They walked to a short ?ight of brick steps; Nebet reached the top, where she gaped at the house just beyond. Even though she didn’t (yet) recognize the style, the elegance of the design and construction was breathtaking. “This is the Tef-Aabhi’s place…?” Gonzelez hesitated before answering, “Well, actually…it’s John’s home. John Medina — our nomarch.” Nebet wanted to question Gonzalez further (what had Medina contributed to the Tef-Aabhi to have acquired this much personal wealth?), but Gonzalez had disappeared into the house. She followed him past large open glass doors and into a room filled with antiques, including some of Egyptian design that nagged at Nebet’s consciousness. She was examining a standing iron oil-lamp when a voice called her name. Find out what Medina has in store for Nebet, and what connection it has to the legendary Blue Nile, in Curse of the Blue Nile, available in ebook and print from DriveThruFiction. View the full article
  4. Two more individual chapters from Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras are now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG for your reading enjoyment! Dark Eras: Doubting Souls for Hunter: The Vigil Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt. —Friedrich Nietzsche Immigrants and tribes struggled to co-exist on the Eastern Seaboard in the ever-expanding Colonies. Violent clashes, supernatural beliefs, and demonic influences spelled disaster for Salem Village and its surrounding towns, while others fought werewolves and vampires on the frontier. With so much at risk, only god-fearing men and women were deemed innocent — and those were few indeed. Dark Eras: The Bowery Dogs for Werewolf: The Forsaken Ford to City: Drop Dead —New York Daily News,October 30, 1975 New York City in the 1970s. Crime. Drugs. Gang violence. Vast economic disparity. And werewolves. It’s a lean, ugly time to be alive, and the lone wolf doesn’t stand a chance out there. In the end, all you really have is family. These chapters and more are available in the sixteen-chapter Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras, providing at least one chapter for each of the game lines in the Chronicles of Darkness, ranging from the Neolithic straight through to 1970s New York. View the full article
  5. Three Suns Standing by Gunship Revolution for the Exalted 3rd Jumpstart. Feeling a lot better, but am still fighting the last bits of this flu or whatever it is. Last week, though, was a sort of semi-conscious staggering from the one thing I could focus on each day to trying to rest/medicate/cough this thing out until the next day and the one thing I could concentrate on that day. And so on. I did manage to work with BackerKit to send out the links for the Backer PDF for Pugmire. There was a hiccup on coding that they fixed pretty fast, all things considered, and then I not only Locked Down the pledges, but charged them for any additional Add-ons they might have added on to their pledges. I think the timing for these three steps basically worked as intended by BK, so that’s good to see happen with our first use of their system. Next will come the address corrections right before shipping; so a few months down the line. Until we Shut Down the project then, anybody interested can still “Pre-Order” a bunch of Pugmire things like the books, and dice, and such. Here’s the link: https://pugmire-fantasy-tabletop-rpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders We’ll do a similar sequence for the Deluxe Changeling 20 KS, the Deluxe v20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary KS, and the Scion 2e KS as their Backer PDFs get finished. FYI, a Backer PDF is basically the beta version of the final book. Pretty much just like the Advance PDFs for our non-Kickstarted projects, we’re sending them out to folks to review and to get back to us with any errata they might find. Then, after we review and implement any errata that we agree needs tweaking, we replace the Backer or Advance PDF with the final version. Anybody who downloaded the Backer or Advance PDF can then re-download the PDF and get the final version automatically, and for free, as it sits in their DTRPG Library. Strategy-wise, we’ve found that this errata phase really helps catch those last lingering bits that our developers and editors missed for any number of a variety of reasons. Most of all, though, it’s because no text is ever perfect. There is always something everybody missed. With this errata phase, we’re trying to get closer than ever before to catching as many boo-boos as humanly possible. Shapeshifter by Ken Meyer, Jr for M20 Book of Secrets Thanks to everyone who jumped in and contributed to the Hunter: the Vigil Bundle of Holding that just ran. It was great to see so much support and interest in HtV, particularly with Hunter 2nd Edition starting to get fired up. And the Bundle also contributed to a great cause. Going to keep this week short, and hopefully I’ll be back to my old self next week <hack, cough>. BLURBS! KICKSTARTER! We’re exploring card game Kickstarters, packaging, and components, for Prince’s Gambit. I’m working on the KS pages this week for sure, and our videos are finished. Things look good, and we are all for starting the KS in Feb so long as the process of pulling the KS together cooperates. If so, then Monarchies of Mau KS would be next, after Gambit. ON SALE! 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/ You can now order wave 2 of our Deluxe and Prestige print overrun books, including Deluxe Mage 20th Anniversary, and Deluxe V20 Dark Ages! From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Doubting Souls (Hunter 1690-1695 Salem). Immigrants and tribes struggled to co-exist on the Eastern Seaboard in the ever-expanding Colonies. Violent clashes, supernatural beliefs, and demonic influences spelled disaster for Salem Village and its surrounding towns, while others fought werewolves and vampires on the frontier. With so much at risk, only god-fearing men and women were deemed innocent — and those were few indeed. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG on Wednesday the 15th! From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: The Bowery Dogs (Werewolf 1969-1979 NYC). New York City in the 1970s. Crime. Drugs. Gang violence. Vast economic disparity. And werewolves. It’s a lean, ugly time to be alive, and the lone wolf doesn’t stand a chance out there. In the end, all you really have is family. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG on Wednesday the 15th! The Locker is open; the Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker, that is! PDF and physical copy PoDs are now available on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199275/Chronicles-of-Darkness-Hurt-Locker 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, Werewolf: The Forsaken, or Beast: The Primordial to use. Both the Beast: the Primordial http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198773/Beast-The-Primordial-Condition-Cards & Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition Condition Cards http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202619/Promethean-the-Created-2nd-Edition-Condition-Cards are now on sale on DTRPG in PDF and physical card PoD versions! Great for keeping track of the Conditions that are on your characters! From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Ruins of Empire (Mummy 1893-1924). Perhaps the quintessential era of the mummy in the minds of Westerners, this period saw the decline of the two greatest empires of the age: British and Ottoman. Walk with the Arisen as they bear witness to the death of the Victorian age, to pivotal mortal discoveries in Egypt, and to the horrors of the Great War. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/178801/Dark-Eras-Ruins-of-Empire-Mummy-the-Curse From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: The Sundered World (Werewolf and Mage 5500-5000 BCE). At the birth of civilization, in the shadow of the Fall, the Awakened stand as champions and protectors of the agricultural villages spread across the Balkans. In a world without a Gauntlet, where Shadow and flesh mingle, the steady taming of the world by humanity conflicts with the half-spirit children of Father Wolf. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202272/Dark-Eras-The-Sundered-World-Werewolf-the-Forsaken-Mage-the-Awakening Night Horrors: Conquering Heroes for Beast: the Primordial is available now as an Advance PDF: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202615/Night-Horrors-Conquering-Heroes This book includes: An in-depth look at how Heroes hunt and what makes a Hero, with eleven new Heroes to drop into any chronicle. A brief look at why Beasts may antagonize one another, with seven new Beasts to drop into any chronicle. Rules for Insatiables, ancient creatures born of the Primordial Dream intent on hunting down Beasts to fill a hunger without end, featuring six examples ready to use in any chronicle. The PDF and physical book PoD versions of Reap the Whirlwind, the Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition Jumpstart swirls into being on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/201127/Reap-the-Whirlwind-Revised-VtR-2e You are a vampire, a junkie. Every night, you beg and you borrow and you steal just a little more life, just a few more sweet moments. But there’s a guy at the top. The Prince. He’s got everything. The money, the secrets, the blood. Tonight, you’re going to take it from him. Tomorrow, there’ll be hell to pay. This updated edition of Reap the Whirlwind features revisions to match the core rulebook for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition. Text edits and rules clarifications have also been updated. Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes: Rules for creating and playing vampires in the Chronicles of Darkness The first two levels of every clan Discipline, the dark powers of the dead A complete adventure by noted horror author Chuck Wendig This new revised Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes an updated booklet, 7 condition cards, and the interactive Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition character sheet. It is now the preordained time for Dawn of Heresies, the Mummy: the Curse novel written by internationally renowned author Brian Hodge to arise! Both PDF/electronic and physical book PoD versions are now available on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198720/Dawn-of-Heresies Rawhead and bloody bones Steals naughty children from their homes, Takes them to his dirty den And they are never seen again. So says the nursery rhyme that gives birth to Rawhead, the most fearsome entity to imperil the living since the infamous Roller. Once an obedient mummy by name of Benefre, a desperate bid by his cult fails in tragic fashion, and in so doing, sends him to the Devourerís waiting, corruptive maw. What remains of Benefreís ambitious soul rises again, impure and unholy, set to the execution of a scheme so baleful, it constitutes a heresy even among his own misbegotten kind. All that stands between Rawhead and his terrible aim are a lone mummy, Kemsiyet, and what little remains of her cult following its destruction at Rawhead’s hands. Declan, her prized security aide, and Fiona, an Irish researcher only just recently inducted into the cult and its blood-soaked world, must fight both the odds and the clock in order to prevent a calamity the likes of which the world hasnít seen since the days of the mummies’ creation. About the Author: BRIAN HODGE is the acclaimed author of 11 novels, almost 125 short stories, and four full-length collections. His first collection, The Convulsion Factory, was ranked by critic Stanley Wiater among the 113 best books of modern horror. Heís currently wrapping up his fifth, The Immaculate Void. Among gamers, he is perhaps best known as the author of the first official Hellboy novel, On Earth as It Is in Hell. Recent works include “The Weight of the Dead,” from Tor, and novelettes of cosmic horror in The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu and Children of Lovecraft. His oft-reprinted 2013 novella, “The Same Deep Waters as You” has recently been optioned by a London-based production studio for development for television. Brian lives in Colorado. Open the V20 Dark Ages: Tome of Secrets now on DTRPG! Both PDF and physical book PoD versions are now available! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/197358/V20-Dark-Ages-Tome-of-Secrets The Tome of Secrets is a treatment of numerous topics about Cainites and stranger things in the Dark Medieval World. It’s about peeling back the curtain, and digging a little deeper. Inside, you’ll find: • Expanded treatment of Assamite Sorcery, Koldunic Sorcery, Necromancy, and Setite Sorcery • A look at Cainite knightly orders, faith movements, and even human witchcraft • Letters and diaries from all over the Dark Medieval World Travel with us all the way to the Red Planet for the Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart: A Festival of Blades, available in PDF and PoD on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191678/A-Festival-of-Blades-A-Cavaliers-of-Mars-Jumpstart Live, fight, and love on Mars, a world of red death and strange mystery, a world of savagery and romance. Includes: A complete adventure set in one of dying Mars’ greatest remaining cities. The innovative DEIMOS rules, for high-flying, swashbuckling adventure. Four pre-generated player characters, ready to get into the heart of the action. Discover the long-awaited Secrets of the Covenants for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition as we unearth the Advance PDF now on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199280/Secrets-of-the-Covenants 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. CONVENTIONS! Discussing GenCon plans. August 17th – 20th, Indianapolis. Every chance the booth will actually be 20′ x 30′ this year that we’ll be sharing with friends. We’re looking at new displays this year, like a back drop and magazine racks for the brochure(s). In November, we’ll be at Game Hole Con in Madison, WI. More news as we have it, and here’s their website: https://www.gameholecon.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) M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) CtD C20 Jumpstart (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire) Pugmire Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (Pugmire) Monarchies of Mau Early Access (Pugmire) Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition) Redlines Scion: Origins (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition) Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) VtR Half-Damned (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) Second Draft The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition) BtP Beast Player’s Guide (Beast: the Primordial) Book of Freeholds (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition) GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition) Development W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second 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) Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) BtP Building a Legend (Beast: the Primordial) Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition Editing: VtR A Thousand Years of Night (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary (Stretch Goal Content) W20 Song of Unmaking novel (Bridges) (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) CtD C20 Anthology (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Post-Editing Development: CtL fiction anthology (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) Indexing: ART DIRECTION FROM MIRTHFUL MIKE: In Art Direction Beckett’s Jyhad Diary – new stuff AD’d M20 Book of Secrets – AD’d W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook V20 Dark Ages Companion – Sketches and some finals rolling in Dagger of Spiragos – AD’d VTR: Thousand Years of Night Cavaliers of Mars – Contracting. Marketing Stuff In Layout V20 Lore of the Bloodlines Prince’s Gambit – Kickstarter Prep. Dark Eras Companion – artist shenanigans. C20 Proofing Necropolis Rio – backer PDF out to Mummy KS backers this week. EX3 Tomb of Dreams Jumpstart – first proof. At Press Ex 3 Screen – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Ex 3 core book – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Secrets of the Covenants – Waiting for errata to make PoD. Beckett Screen – At Printer, being printed. W20 Shattered Dreams – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Shattered Dreams Screen – At Printer, being printed. Beast Conquering Heroes – Advance PDF now on sale at DTRPG, gathering errata. Mortal Remains: Beast- Red In Tooth and Claw – Gathered errata. Dark Eras: Doubting Souls – PDF and PoD versions on sale this Wednesday at DTRPG.com. Dark Eras: Bowery Dogs – PDF and PoD versions on sale this Wednesday at DTRPG.com. Pugmire – Backer PDF out to backers. Wise and the Wicked PF & 5e – Out to backers. TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Feb 13th: QUICK! Get out tonight and buy some candy, a toy, flowers, adult novelties, a puppy, champagne, more candy – but different, or at least a flippin’ card, for your mostest loved one. Even though it’s a made-up, capitalist holiday…it’s the thought that counts (and that you’ll be judged for). View the full article
  6. This week we look at The Price, the opening fiction from Rites of the Blood. “Knowledge always comes at a price. Whether that price is paid in blood, security, or spirit, Vrisa, there is always a cost.” Shick-shick-shick went the knife along the leather strap, sharpening its blade to an impossibly fine edge. The little old man paused, eyeing the knife’s razor point, and then went back to sharpening. “The first hunt was a Tremere. You can guess why, of course. They say the Usurpers stole Salubri power and Salubri blood — but they took their immortality from the Tzimisce! What is the greater crime, I ask you?” He grumbled. “Revenge was the order of the day. “Now it seems those fires have cooled. More’s the pity.” Shaking back a shock of white hair, the old man gave a gravelly chuckle. “I knew their magic when they were humans crawling on the earth like worms on sodden graves. To think, they took Tzimisce vitae, our knowledge of the spirits and the energies of the land, and they cocked it all up. Rats in their Hermetic maze.” He pulled the knife back and set it with the others. “Such a waste.” Rubbing his moustache with a slender finger, the old man looked at his apprentice. “Are you listening, Vrisa?” “Does this have to do with the wolves again, Master?” Like a perfect porcelain manikin, the little girl stood poised near the doorway, black hair tumbling down over one shoulder. She wore an immaculate white dress with soft gloves and black patent leather shoes. A velvet bow pulled the curls away from her cheekbones, lending the girl’s eyes a strange, sculpted look. “Wolves?” he gave a snort of disdain. “No, no. This is a different sort of lesson.” “I like your stories about wolves,” she continued with an empty smile. “Wolves are stupid. Piss-headed, short-sighted, can’t tell a pool of blood from a puddle of rain.” His grumpy tone softened. “You just like to hear the tale of your older brother’s cowardice, and how I tricked him into leaving us alone.” The girl’s smile was unchanging, and the old man waved a thin-fingered hand in the air. “No time for that, Vrisa, no time. Today, we study magic. “You will listen closely, my girl. If you do not, I will pull off your arms and legs and turn you into a scuttling spider.” His tone was one of quiet amusement, but she stiffened, and immediately focused on his words. Learn some of the lessons of magic “acquired” by Voivode Kosczecsyku and Vrisa in Rites of the Blood, currently available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG. View the full article
  7. Now available in print 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. Weíre talking ramifications of violence and how pain perpetuates pain down the line. Weíre 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. Beast: The Primordial 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. Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition Condition Cards! 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. Part of the Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition 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 Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition 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. View the full article
  8. Hello wonderful Pugmire supporters! Things are kicking into a new gear, so let’s dive into the update! PUGMIRE CORE RULEBOOK As I hope you’ve already seen, we’ll have a Backer PDF for folks on Wednesday! It’s a week later than our planned release date, but we wanted to give folks time to adjust their pledges before we lock things down. Rich posted details about this release and why we do Backer PDFs in update 50. This is the first time we’ve used BackerKit to deliver a book PDF, so please bear with us if there are hiccups! Check out Rich’s update if you haven’t already. MONARCHIES OF MAU I ran a couple playtests of Mau at Midwinter last month, and reception was positive. The playtests helped me identify areas that need work, and solidify areas that are working well. Players said the game made them feel like cats in the same way that Pugmire makes them feel like dogs. They also helped me identify some specific areas that I needed to improve. Based on that, I’m revising and finalizing the first draft of Monarchies of Mau Early Access, so more people can kick the tires. (Or, in the case of the Midwinter playtests, kick the cultist rats off of a roof.) Last month I mentioned art direction for Mau. Since then, Rich nailed down the look of the iconic characters (including a few Kickstarter backer characters)! He brought them to Midwinter to get feedback as well, but they’re already looking great! FICTION ANTHOLOGY Jim and I reconnected on the pitches, and we agreed on which ones worked and which ones didn’t. I’m also getting first drafts to review for world-building details and continuity. As for the story I’m submitting, I decided that a new-to-you story rather than a reprint was better. So, I’ll be reworking an unpublished Pugmire story titled “Thank You, Darcy Cat.” It features Darcy Cat and Alistair Afghan, two characters that show up a few times in the Pugmire game. In fact, a small section of the story is the opening fiction of the Guide section. This will also be the story that gets converted into a non-interactive audio drama. I love the banter between Alistair and Darcy, which will translate well to audio. But the story rewrite and the audio script are a bit further down the road. PAN’S GUIDE The Pan’s Guide team is working hard on a first draft. Now that I’ve answered initial questions about the world and the project, I’ve stepped back to let the inestimable Matthew Dawkins spearhead the project. I have every faith that he’ll do a wonderful job! EARPLAY We finalized the scripts, and then I got them all into the software we use. There I found more problems I had to revise, and locked the script down right before I got on the plane to Midwinter. Recording started a few days after that (in fact, I listened in to the first session from a meeting room at Midwinter!). Now we’re all done with recording aside from my bits, which I’m going to do tonight. The actors were all great and very efficient, so a few parts we recorded with different actors to give us alternatives. Once we listen to how they sound together and decide on the final performances, I’ll announce the final cast list. Meanwhile, the audio team has picked up the baton and started running with it. I’ve listened to some amazing music compositions, and the treatment on one of the monster voices is chilling! FETCH QUEST CARD GAME I’m also thinking about the future of Pugmire. Monarchies of Mau is the next big step, but I’m also working on a cooperative card game tentatively titled “Fetch Quest” (thanks to Rose for the title). I ran a game of it at Midwinter, and I was surprised at how well the very first game ran. There are a lot of areas I need to polish, but the core gameplay kept all six players engaged for an hour and a half, and near the end they were furiously strategize and balance all their resources to defeat the game. I plan to talk more about Fetch Quest after the Monarchies of Mau Kickstarter. AND MORE And with that, I’m off to get some more work done. Hope you enjoy the PDF release on Wednesday! View the full article
  9. Yep. It’s my turn for the annual winter fever and hacking coughing chest cold. Ugh. I’m going to digress right now, but you’ll see that this lil story will link my cold and the next subject of discussion today: When I was in grad school, pure luck gave me a chance to have the first puppy I ever raised. She was half Dalmatian and half Pit Bull and gorgeous and strong. Her name was Wee Bea. While she was still in her first year, I came down with one of these awful colds. So bad, I was shaking with chills even covered with the few blankets we had (we were poor students and didn’t have much in the way of bedding). As I was laying there and my teeth were actually chattering, Bea climbed up on the bed and sprawled her full body length over mine. Which she had never done before as she preferred curling up under the blankets next to me when she was allowed on the bed. She stayed on top until my fever broke later that night, and just like that slipped off the bed and curled up in her basket. Her work there was done. Pugmire adventuring party by Claudio Pozas So you can understand that I haven’t needed much persuading when it comes to the magical power of dogs and the depths of feeling that dogs can both feel themselves and engender in people. Depths that I believe are a big part of the magic of Pugmire. Which I bring up because this Wednesday afternoon we will be sending out links to the Backer PDF for the Pugmire Core Rulebook to the Kickstarter backers who pledged for it. Eddy and all of us at Onyx Path are just thrilled to be able to get this out where folks can actually read it, and play it, and send us feedback about it! We’ve never actually delivered a new reward via BackerKit, so we’re finding our way with this. The plan is to let non-backers, and you know who you are, still be able to “pre-order” Pugmire on the site until we get closer to printing and shipping the physical parts of the project. In fact, right here: https://pugmire-fantasy-tabletop-rpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders Amirani for Dark Eras Companion by Vince Locke Other, non-doggy things: We’re hoping that the physical PoD proofs for Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker come in before Wednesday so we can set it on sale along with the Condition Cards for Promethean 2nd and Beast. We talked a bit about Onyx Path panels at GenCon this coming August at our meeting today. We mostly stick to the informational “What’s Up With…XXX” kind where we have developers talk about their upcoming projects, but are playing with the idea of different kinds this year. What do you think? If you’ve gone or intend to go, or just have thoughts about the kinds of panels we could host, throw your ideas into the Comments here so we can talk about them. Mirthful Mike Chaney is looking for artist submissions, and we’ll have info going out on our social media later this week. Right now, he is interested in artists whose styles match the feeling of the World of Darkness and the Chronicles of Darkness sets of game lines. You can submit links to websites (he will not open zipped files or anything like that) showing work you’ve done as well as any messaging for Mike at this address: onyxpathart@gmail.com The Mirthful One is also looking for graphic designers interested in doing layout work for our books. As you can tell, we have a lot of projects being worked on right now, and more on the way! Just like potential artists, you can submit links to websites (he will not open zipped files or anything like that) showing work you’ve done as well as any messaging for Mike at this address: onyxpathart@gmail.com I’m sure there’s more I wanted to talk about, but my brain is fogging up. So let me leave you with a non-dog pic that is the line-up of the signature characters for Monarchies of Mau. We told our cat-lovin’ friends we hadn’t forgotten about them while doing Pugmire, and we hope you find these characters intriguing. BLURBS! KICKSTARTER! We’re exploring card game Kickstarters, packaging, and components, for Prince’s Gambit. I’m working on the KS pages this week, and our video genius is assembling edits while Justin is picking music. Things look good, and we are all for starting the KS in Feb so long as the process of pulling the KS together cooperates. If so, then Monarchies of Mau KS would be next, after Gambit. ON SALE! For 2 MORE DAYS Hunter: the Vigil explodes into the Bundle of Holding! For two more days, you can pledge for first edition Hunter: the Vigil PDFs at massive discounts and 10% of your purchase goes to the RPG Creators Relief Fund, INC too, which is very cool. Check it out here: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/HunterVigil This offer is doing really well- thanks to all of you who have supported a great cause so far! And we did something we never before attempted and have added WoD Armory to this set of PDFs! For those of you who pledged already- we give this with our thanks! And if you haven’t pledged yet…well now you get even more awesome PDFs when you do! 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/ You can now order wave 2 of our Deluxe and Prestige print overrun books, including Deluxe Mage 20th Anniversary, and Deluxe V20 Dark Ages! Both the Beast: the Primordial & Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition Condition Cards will go on sale Wednesday, the 8th on DTRPG in PDF and physical card PoD versions! Great for keeping track of the Conditions that are on your characters! From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Ruins of Empire (Mummy 1893-1924). Perhaps the quintessential era of the mummy in the minds of Westerners, this period saw the decline of the two greatest empires of the age: British and Ottoman. Walk with the Arisen as they bear witness to the death of the Victorian age, to pivotal mortal discoveries in Egypt, and to the horrors of the Great War. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/178801/Dark-Eras-Ruins-of-Empire-Mummy-the-Curse From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: The Sundered World (Werewolf and Mage 5500-5000 BCE). At the birth of civilization, in the shadow of the Fall, the Awakened stand as champions and protectors of the agricultural villages spread across the Balkans. In a world without a Gauntlet, where Shadow and flesh mingle, the steady taming of the world by humanity conflicts with the half-spirit children of Father Wolf. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202272/Dark-Eras-The-Sundered-World-Werewolf-the-Forsaken-Mage-the-Awakening Night Horrors: Conquering Heroes for Beast: the Primordial is available now as an Advance PDF: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202615/Night-Horrors-Conquering-Heroes This book includes: An in-depth look at how Heroes hunt and what makes a Hero, with eleven new Heroes to drop into any chronicle. A brief look at why Beasts may antagonize one another, with seven new Beasts to drop into any chronicle. Rules for Insatiables, ancient creatures born of the Primordial Dream intent on hunting down Beasts to fill a hunger without end, featuring six examples ready to use in any chronicle. The PDF and physical book PoD versions of Reap the Whirlwind, the Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition Jumpstart swirls into being on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/201127/Reap-the-Whirlwind-Revised-VtR-2e You are a vampire, a junkie. Every night, you beg and you borrow and you steal just a little more life, just a few more sweet moments. But there’s a guy at the top. The Prince. He’s got everything. The money, the secrets, the blood. Tonight, you’re going to take it from him. Tomorrow, there’ll be hell to pay. This updated edition of Reap the Whirlwind features revisions to match the core rulebook for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition. Text edits and rules clarifications have also been updated. Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes: Rules for creating and playing vampires in the Chronicles of Darkness The first two levels of every clan Discipline, the dark powers of the dead A complete adventure by noted horror author Chuck Wendig This new revised Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes an updated booklet, 7 condition cards, and the interactive Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition character sheet. It is now the preordained time for Dawn of Heresies, the Mummy: the Curse novel written by internationally renowned author Brian Hodge to arise! Both PDF/electronic and physical book PoD versions are now available on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198720/Dawn-of-Heresies Rawhead and bloody bones Steals naughty children from their homes, Takes them to his dirty den And they are never seen again. So says the nursery rhyme that gives birth to Rawhead, the most fearsome entity to imperil the living since the infamous Roller. Once an obedient mummy by name of Benefre, a desperate bid by his cult fails in tragic fashion, and in so doing, sends him to the Devourerís waiting, corruptive maw. What remains of Benefreís ambitious soul rises again, impure and unholy, set to the execution of a scheme so baleful, it constitutes a heresy even among his own misbegotten kind. All that stands between Rawhead and his terrible aim are a lone mummy, Kemsiyet, and what little remains of her cult following its destruction at Rawhead’s hands. Declan, her prized security aide, and Fiona, an Irish researcher only just recently inducted into the cult and its blood-soaked world, must fight both the odds and the clock in order to prevent a calamity the likes of which the world hasnít seen since the days of the mummies’ creation. About the Author: BRIAN HODGE is the acclaimed author of 11 novels, almost 125 short stories, and four full-length collections. His first collection, The Convulsion Factory, was ranked by critic Stanley Wiater among the 113 best books of modern horror. Heís currently wrapping up his fifth, The Immaculate Void. Among gamers, he is perhaps best known as the author of the first official Hellboy novel, On Earth as It Is in Hell. Recent works include “The Weight of the Dead,” from Tor, and novelettes of cosmic horror in The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu and Children of Lovecraft. His oft-reprinted 2013 novella, “The Same Deep Waters as You” has recently been optioned by a London-based production studio for development for television. Brian lives in Colorado. Open the V20 Dark Ages: Tome of Secrets now on DTRPG! Both PDF and physical book PoD versions are now available! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/197358/V20-Dark-Ages-Tome-of-Secrets The Tome of Secrets is a treatment of numerous topics about Cainites and stranger things in the Dark Medieval World. It’s about peeling back the curtain, and digging a little deeper. Inside, you’ll find: • Expanded treatment of Assamite Sorcery, Koldunic Sorcery, Necromancy, and Setite Sorcery • A look at Cainite knightly orders, faith movements, and even human witchcraft • Letters and diaries from all over the Dark Medieval World Travel with us all the way to the Red Planet for the Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart: A Festival of Blades, available in PDF and PoD on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191678/A-Festival-of-Blades-A-Cavaliers-of-Mars-Jumpstart Live, fight, and love on Mars, a world of red death and strange mystery, a world of savagery and romance. Includes: A complete adventure set in one of dying Mars’ greatest remaining cities. The innovative DEIMOS rules, for high-flying, swashbuckling adventure. Four pre-generated player characters, ready to get into the heart of the action. The Locker is open; the Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker, that is! The Advance PDF is now available on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199275/Chronicles-of-Darkness-Hurt-Locker 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, Werewolf: The Forsaken, or Beast: The Primordial to use. Discover the long-awaited Secrets of the Covenants for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition as we unearth the Advance PDF now on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199280/Secrets-of-the-Covenants 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. CONVENTIONS! Discussing GenCon plans. August 17th – 20th, Indianapolis. Every chance the booth will actually be 20′ x 30′ this year. 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) M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) CtD C20 Jumpstart (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire) Pugmire Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (Pugmire) Monarchies of Mau Early Access (Pugmire) Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition) Redlines Scion: Origins (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition) Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition) VtR Half-Damned (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) Second Draft The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition) BtP Beast Player’s Guide (Beast: the Primordial) Book of Freeholds (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition) Development W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second 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) Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) BtP Building a Legend (Beast: the Primordial) CtD C20 Anthology (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition Editing: VtR A Thousand Years of Night (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition) V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary (Stretch Goal Content) W20 Song of Unmaking novel (Bridges) (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) Post-Editing Development: CtL fiction anthology (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition) Indexing: ART DIRECTION FROM MIRTHFUL MIKE: In Art Direction Beckett’s Jyhad Diary C20 M20 Book of Secrets – AD’d W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook V20 Dark Ages Companion – Sending out contracts… as I’m behind on paperwork EX3 Tomb of Dreams Jumpstart – Art over to WWP for approval. Dagger of Spiragos VTR: Thousand Years of Night Cavaliers of Mars Marketing Stuff In Layout V20 Lore of the Bloodlines Prince’s Gambit – Kickstarter Prep. Dark Eras Companion – artist shenanigans. Proofing Necropolis Rio At Press Ex 3 Screen – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Ex 3 core book – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Beast Condition Cards – On sale this Wednesday in PDF and physical POD versions on DTRPG. CofD Hurt Locker – Physical PoD proof on its way. Secrets of the Covenants – Waiting for errata to make PoD. Beckett Screen – At Printer, being printed. W20 Shattered Dreams – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Shattered Dreams Screen – At Printer, being printed. Promethean 2nd Condition Cards – On sale this Wednesday in PDF and physical POD versions on DTRPG. Beast Conquering Heroes – Advance PDF now on sale at DTRPG, gathering errata. Mortal Remains: Beast- Red In Tooth and Claw – Went out to Beast KS backers, gathering errata. Dark Eras: Doubting Souls – Waiting for OK to order PoD proofs. Dark Eras: Bowery Dogs – Waiting for OK to order PoD proofs. Pugmire – Backer PDF to backers this week. Wise and the Wicked PF & 5e – Out to backers. TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Today a year ago we went out to a freezing cold parking lot on the outskirts of town at 5am to meet a dark green semi hauling unwanted dogs from kill shelters down south. Our big brown buddy had suddenly died right before Christmas, and the house felt empty without a dog in it, so my wife found what looked to be a good fit for us on a rescue website. That morning, Molly came gingering down a ramp from the green semi, and pulled her handler over to us as she enthusiastically greeted her new family. No sound though, not a yip. She still does everything enthusiastically, and has proven to bark really loudly if she needs to warn us. She is a Good Dog. View the full article
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  11. Today we look at Seanan McGuire’s Shadows Cast by the Memory of Giants from Truth Beyond Paradox. I studied my re?ection in the mirror, searching, assessing, looking for a ?aw I could hang myself upon – something I could point to and say, “There, you see? Most of this is magic, most of this is art, and alchemy, and someone else’s rules… but that piece there, that crooked tooth, that freckle, that discoloration, that’s me, that’s mine.” There was nothing. Of course there was nothing. The people who’d been responsible for remaking me, like turning lead into gold, had done their jobs perfectly; there were no errors to find. Everything I saw was ?awless, in a soft, boring way that left no hooks in the heart. They’d transformed me from someone who was plain but memorable into someone lovely but perfectly forgettable. Laughter bubbled up my throat, as thick and bitter as vomit. I pressed a hand over my mouth, pushing it back. This was what I’d always said I wanted. This was the future I’d bartered five years of my life to claim, with two more years to go before I could stand before Tribunal and say, without hesitation, “I pledge myself completely, heart and soul and future, to the service of the Houses of Hermes, the Order they have found between them, and the balance we must all pursue.” I’d practiced those words so many times that they should have lost all meaning by now, becoming light and effortless, but they’d grown heavier and heavier instead, becoming a stone upon my heart. Every step I’d taken had been one step closer to too far; can’t go back. Apprenticeship carried its own oaths, as inviolate and unforgiving as the oaths binding a grown Magus to service. First I’d given my freedom, letting the Order dictate what I did and when I did it, letting them sever my ties to the world one by one. Then I’d given my name, consigning “Barbara” and whoever she might have become to the ranks of “never-was” and “didn’t.” Barbara Mitchell might have been a wife, a mother, a beloved member of her community. Barbara Mitchell had been going to college to become a teacher. She might have inspired young minds, might have changed a hundred lives forever. But Barbara Mitchell was never anything but a passing fancy, a life I lived until I realized there was something more. Apprentices were required to cut ties with our old lives by the end of our third year of study, although the symbolic “deaths” of those abandoned selves didn’t come until year four. I wondered, sometimes, whether my parents had cried when heard that their long-absent daughter’s body had been found, or whether it had been a relief by then, one more thing to push aside and not talk about. I grew up in a house full of careful silences and measured responses. Maybe that was why the voice of the Order spoke to me so loudly, when I finally let myself hear it. I wasn’t alone anymore, when I listened to the Order. I wasn’t Barbara, either. “Bryony” was a much better name for me. It always had been. It had just been waiting for me to grow into it. So first went freedom to choose what I did with my own self, with my own time, and then went family, all the people who had made and shaped and defined me until the day the Order found me, and finally, as I teetered out of fifth year and into sixth, they had come for my face. I had to be perfect. I had to be someone who could move through the world without leaving ripples, unless I wanted to. That was what it meant, to be Hermetic. We were like pondskaters, those little bugs that danced on the surface of the water and never broke through. We had to be above. Read more about the newly-forged Bryony and many other stories in Truth Beyond Paradox, now available in ebook and print from DriveThruFiction. Truth Beyond Paradox is a follow-up to the classic Mage anthology Truth Until Paradox. View the full article
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  13. Game Products Vampire: The Requiem’s Reap the Whirlwind Revised (print) Werewolf: The Forsaken / Mage: The Awakening’s Dark Eras: The Sundered World (PDF and print) Promethean: The Created’s Promethean 2nd Edition Condition Cards (advance PDF) Mummy: The Curse’s Dark Eras: Ruins of Empire (advance PDF) Beast: The Primordial’s Night Horrors: Conquering Heroes (advance PDF) Fiction Mummy: The Curse’s Dawn of Heresies (ebook and print) Merch Vampire: The Masquerade: Retro Blond Bond (shirts) Vampire: The Masquerade: Retro Business Casual (shirts) Vampire: The Masquerade: Retro Leg Up (shirts) Vampire: The Masquerade: Retro Pouty (shirts) Dark Ages: Mage: Fellowship: Ahl-i-Batin (shirts) Dark Ages: Mage: Fellowship: Messianic Voices (shirts) Dark Ages: Mage: Fellowship: Old Faith (shirts) Dark Ages: Mage: Fellowship: Order of Hermes (shirts) Dark Ages: Mage: Fellowship: Spirit-Talkers (shirts) Dark Ages: Mage: Fellowship: Valdaermen (shirts) View the full article
  14. Brazil is the topic of the day, today, for a variety of reasons. 1) Last week I received a bunch of pics and notes from our friends at Cronistas das Trevas who ran a Chronicles of Darkness Day all across Brazil that demonstrates that the Brazilian tabletop RPG scene is exploding! 160 people in 14 different cities (double the number of cities from last year!) sat down to play Chronicles of Darkness games. It sounds like a great time was had by all! Maybe one of these years some of us Onyx Path folks can join you down there for the day… Here is the website, and a few pics I pretty much randomly pulled to share with you all: http://cronistasdastrevasbr.com/2017/01/24/cofd-day-2016-coverage/ These folks played two games while podcasting! 2) Cursed Necropolis: Rio is getting set for approvals and then out as a Backer PDF to the Mummy: the Curse KS backers. It is the last of the KS Stretch Goal rewards, and while it took us a much longer time to deliver everything from that KS, it feels great to have delivered (almooost) such a diverse yet solid selection of Mummy: the Curse books. 3) Just today, Fast Eddy Webb let me know that there is a translator/publisher in Brazil interested in Pugmire. This is both very cool, and not surprising. We have had interest in all of the game lines we publish from possible translators from Brazil, and we’re looking forward to getting some signed up soon. Again, from what I hear, the country is just in love with tabletop RPGs, and very open to cool new games. CofD Dark Eras Companion art by Vince Locke This brings up something I do want to touch on. I get a fair number of requests from players in other countries outside the US for us to create our books in their language. This is cool, and it is great to hear that there is interest there, but I hope folks understand that we’re not the ones who are translating and publishing the books in other languages. We just don’t have the bandwidth or knowledge base for that. We also do not have the time to actively seek out translation partners. Onyx Path relies on working with translation/publishing partners in other countries who have contacted us, have proven they can do great work, and who are willing and able to pay the licensing fee or fees we ask for. If we had our way, there’d be a partner company in every country around the world making localized versions of our books! But unfortunately, that’s not the case yet, so we are gradually building relationships with those folks who can and do match up with what we need from our translation partners. If we haven’t done that for your favorite game in your language, please rest assured it is not that we hate your country, language, that game, or you! We just haven’t found a partner who can make it happen yet. Pugmire illustration by Claudio Pozas Finally, and try as I might I can’t really get it to fit the Brazil theme, I did want to let Mage 20 fans know that Rollickin’ Rose and Mighty Matt and I sat down with Satyr Phil Brucato and worked out ways to get an additional developer or two onto some of the M20 books we have listed as coming out of the Deluxe M20 Kickstarter. The one dev I heard for certain is onboard is our old friend Pete Woodworth, which Satyr let me know about over the weekend. Satyr puts his heart and soul into every book, and writes and rewrites and develops the hell out of them (or into them in the case of the Book of the Fallen?), but that dedication has also slowed things down as there are only so many hours in the day for one creator to cover so many things. Satyr didn’t like it, we certainly didn’t, and now we have a working plan. Really just one of the many ways we’re learning from the lessons of the past five years to move into our next five. BLURBS! KICKSTARTER! We’re exploring card game Kickstarters, packaging, and components, for Prince’s Gambit. I’m working on the KS pages this week, and our video genius is assembling edits while Justin is picking music. Things look good, and we are all for starting the KS in Feb so long as the process of pulling the KS together cooperates. If so, then Monarchies of Mau KS would be next, after Gambit. ON SALE! Hunter: the Vigil explodes into the Bundle of Holding! Starting today, you can pledge for first edition Hunter: the Vigil PDFs at massive discounts and 10% of your purchase goes to the RPG Creators Relief Fund, INC too, which is very cool. Check it out here: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/HunterVigil This offer is doing really well- thanks to all of you who have supported a great cause so far! How about we do something never before attempted and add WoD Armory to this set of PDFs! For those of you who pledged already- we give this with our thanks! And if you haven’t pledged yet…well now you get even more awesome PDFs when you do! 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’re preparing wave 2 of our Deluxe and Prestige print overrun books, including Deluxe Mage 20th Anniversary, and Deluxe V20 Dark Ages. From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Ruins of Empire (Mummy 1893-1924). Perhaps the quintessential era of the mummy in the minds of Westerners, this period saw the decline of the two greatest empires of the age: British and Ottoman. Walk with the Arisen as they bear witness to the death of the Victorian age, to pivotal mortal discoveries in Egypt, and to the horrors of the Great War. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/178801/Dark-Eras-Ruins-of-Empire-Mummy-the-Curse From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: The Sundered World (Werewolf and Mage 5500-5000 BCE). At the birth of civilization, in the shadow of the Fall, the Awakened stand as champions and protectors of the agricultural villages spread across the Balkans. In a world without a Gauntlet, where Shadow and flesh mingle, the steady taming of the world by humanity conflicts with the half-spirit children of Father Wolf. Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202272/Dark-Eras-The-Sundered-World-Werewolf-the-Forsaken-Mage-the-Awakening Night Horrors: Conquering Heroes for Beast: the Primordial is available now as an Advance PDF: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202615/Night-Horrors-Conquering-Heroes This book includes: An in-depth look at how Heroes hunt and what makes a Hero, with eleven new Heroes to drop into any chronicle. A brief look at why Beasts may antagonize one another, with seven new Beasts to drop into any chronicle. Rules for Insatiables, ancient creatures born of the Primordial Dream intent on hunting down Beasts to fill a hunger without end, featuring six examples ready to use in any chronicle. The PDF and physical book PoD versions of Reap the Whirlwind, the Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition Jumpstart swirls into being on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/201127/Reap-the-Whirlwind-Revised-VtR-2e You are a vampire, a junkie. Every night, you beg and you borrow and you steal just a little more life, just a few more sweet moments. But there’s a guy at the top. The Prince. He’s got everything. The money, the secrets, the blood. Tonight, you’re going to take it from him. Tomorrow, there’ll be hell to pay. This updated edition of Reap the Whirlwind features revisions to match the core rulebook for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition. Text edits and rules clarifications have also been updated. Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes: Rules for creating and playing vampires in the Chronicles of Darkness The first two levels of every clan Discipline, the dark powers of the dead A complete adventure by noted horror author Chuck Wendig This new revised Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes an updated booklet, 7 condition cards, and the interactive Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition character sheet. It is now the preordained time for Dawn of Heresies, the Mummy: the Curse novel written by internationally renowned author Brian Hodge to arise! Both PDF/electronic and physical book PoD versions are now available on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198720/Dawn-of-Heresies Rawhead and bloody bones Steals naughty children from their homes, Takes them to his dirty den And they are never seen again. So says the nursery rhyme that gives birth to Rawhead, the most fearsome entity to imperil the living since the infamous Roller. Once an obedient mummy by name of Benefre, a desperate bid by his cult fails in tragic fashion, and in so doing, sends him to the Devourerís waiting, corruptive maw. What remains of Benefreís ambitious soul rises again, impure and unholy, set to the execution of a scheme so baleful, it constitutes a heresy even among his own misbegotten kind. All that stands between Rawhead and his terrible aim are a lone mummy, Kemsiyet, and what little remains of her cult following its destruction at Rawhead’s hands. Declan, her prized security aide, and Fiona, an Irish researcher only just recently inducted into the cult and its blood-soaked world, must fight both the odds and the clock in order to prevent a calamity the likes of which the world hasnít seen since the days of the mummies’ creation. About the Author: BRIAN HODGE is the acclaimed author of 11 novels, almost 125 short stories, and four full-length collections. His first collection, The Convulsion Factory, was ranked by critic Stanley Wiater among the 113 best books of modern horror. Heís currently wrapping up his fifth, The Immaculate Void. Among gamers, he is perhaps best known as the author of the first official Hellboy novel, On Earth as It Is in Hell. Recent works include “The Weight of the Dead,” from Tor, and novelettes of cosmic horror in The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu and Children of Lovecraft. His oft-reprinted 2013 novella, “The Same Deep Waters as You” has recently been optioned by a London-based production studio for development for television. Brian lives in Colorado. Open the V20 Dark Ages: Tome of Secrets now on DTRPG! Both PDF and physical book PoD versions are now available! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/197358/V20-Dark-Ages-Tome-of-Secrets The Tome of Secrets is a treatment of numerous topics about Cainites and stranger things in the Dark Medieval World. It’s about peeling back the curtain, and digging a little deeper. Inside, you’ll find: • Expanded treatment of Assamite Sorcery, Koldunic Sorcery, Necromancy, and Setite Sorcery • A look at Cainite knightly orders, faith movements, and even human witchcraft • Letters and diaries from all over the Dark Medieval World Travel with us all the way to the Red Planet for the Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart: A Festival of Blades, available in PDF and PoD on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191678/A-Festival-of-Blades-A-Cavaliers-of-Mars-Jumpstart Live, fight, and love on Mars, a world of red death and strange mystery, a world of savagery and romance. Includes: A complete adventure set in one of dying Mars’ greatest remaining cities. The innovative DEIMOS rules, for high-flying, swashbuckling adventure. Four pre-generated player characters, ready to get into the heart of the action. The Locker is open; the Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker, that is! The Advance PDF is now available on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199275/Chronicles-of-Darkness-Hurt-Locker 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, Werewolf: The Forsaken, or Beast: The Primordial to use. Discover the long-awaited Secrets of the Covenants for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition as we unearth the Advance PDF now on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199280/Secrets-of-the-Covenants 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. CONVENTIONS! Discussing GenCon plans. August 17th – 20th, Indianapolis. Every chance the booth will actually be 20′ x 30′ this year. And now, the new project status updates! 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Dagger of Spiragos VTR: Thousand Years of Night Cavaliers of Mars Marketing Stuff In Layout V20 Lore of the Bloodlines Prince’s Gambit – Kickstarter Prep. Wise & the Wicked 5e Dark Eras Companion – Getting things ready to roll. Pugmire Proofing Necropolis Rio At Press Ex 3 Screen – Finished at the Printer. Ex 3 core book – From RichT: manufacturing finishing up. Shipping books from printer to shippers. Beast Condition Cards – Pod proofs ordered. CofD Hurt Locker – Waiting for tech OK to order PoD. Secrets of the Covenants – Waiting for errata to make PoD. Beckett Screen – At Printer, reviewing proof. Too dark, new fixed proof coming. W20 Shattered Dreams – Prepping shipping to fulfillment shippers. Shattered Dreams Screen – At Printer, waiting to print. Promethean 2nd Condition Cards – PoD proofs ordered. Beast Conquering Heroes – Advance PDF now on sale at DTRPG, gathering errata. Mortal Remains: Beast- Red In Tooth and Claw – Going out to Beast KS backers this week. Dark Eras: Doubting Souls – Uploading files to Drivethru. Dark Eras: Bowery Dogs – Files uploaded. TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Wow. Tough week for this one. Howzabout this week we go from January to February, which is our shortest month, so we’ll get through that the fastest into March, which means Winter is almost over. Throw me a frickin’ bone here, people. View the full article
  15. This week we look at Sarah Dyer’s Dedication, from the Firestorm Chronicle Anthology for Promethean: The Created. Eleven days into her solitude, Avalon heard footsteps crunching through some of the crisp snow nearby. She froze. She wasn’t anywhere near the hiking path. She tried to dampen her Fire, just in case it was a monster or another of her kind, but then she heard a muf?ed, “Hello? Is there anyone out here?” The voice sounded exhausted. Avalon knew that most humans couldn’t survive the harsh temperatures up here without proper equipment. It was late afternoon. No way this person could get back to the train station before dark — if anyone was left there anyway. She was out and tromping towards the voice within moments, tugging up her hood and making sure her coat was fully zipped and fastened. Avalon had to clear her throat a bit, as it had been days since she’d spoken. “Hey, are you okay?” The woman nearly jumped out of her skin at the sound, whirling around to face her. “Jesus!” The woman stumbled back, and caught herself. “Oh, thank goodness! I thought I was going to be stuck here all night!” She stepped closer to Avalon, looking incredibly relieved. “Do you have a snowmobile or something to get back?” “No, I’m sorry…I’m actually setting up a camp up here, not too far away. It’s a bit late — I don’t think you’ll make it back to the train station in time to catch a ride back. Come on with me.” She noted how easily she was falling into conversation when the entire purpose of this trip was to avoid human contact. The woman, however, seemed surprised and skeptical. “Camping? Seriously? Are you nuts?” The woman shook her head. “I shouldn’t complain — you’re saving my ass. Thank you.” She stuck out a gloved hand and smiled. “I’m Betsy. What’s your name?” “My friends call me Avalon.” “Nice to meet you, Avalon. Where’s your campsite?” Betsy asked. “This way. I was just getting ready to start a fire when I heard you.” It wasn’t true, of course. Avalon didn’t need the warmth. She tried to think about how to tell the woman the truth without telling her all the truth, but stuck with the lie instead. It made her feel human, but not in a way she liked. Betsy didn’t distract her from those thoughts as they worked their way back to Avalon’s little campsite. Luckily it really did look like she’d just found it and cleared it out; no coals or ash to show evidence of a fire, no tent or gear. Avalon hadn’t brought any of that, as she didn’t really need it — but now she was sorely wishing for a shelter of some sort. “I like to rough it, so I packed light. I think this will be okay for the night, though.” Betsy seemed unsure of the prospect, but moved to the back of the indent in the rock to put down her backpack while Avalon started the fire. She’d collected a modest pile of branches and pinecones to craft into frames for some of her art, but she lit them up without hesitation. “So Betsy, what brings you out here? You’re not as crazy as me.” Avalon smiled a little over her shoulder, glancing brie?y at Betsy — and seeing Ysolte instead. She blinked rapidly and shook her head, brushing her hands off and standing up in an attempt to cover. When she looked back up, it was Betsy again — not her creator. “I came up here with my publisher and his wife, doing some research for my next book. I decided to go wandering to get a feel for the mountain, and then I couldn’t find my way back.” She rubbed her hands together and scooted closer to the growing ?ames. “They may not even look for me till tomorrow. I have a habit of running off.” “Oh? Well, they have nothing to worry about. We’ll get you back to the train tomorrow morning, safe and sound. And then you’ll have a story about how you braved the night out here!” Avalon rustled around in her pack and pulled out a couple of granola bars. “Here, eat these. I’m going to gather some more wood for the fire. Will you be okay for a little while?” Betsy was looking tired, but quite a bit less frozen around the edges. “I’ll be okay. I won’t let the fire go out, either.” “Good. Eat, rest, and I’ll be back soon,” Avalon said, disappearing into the growing shadows. Found out what else happens to Avalon and Betsy on the mountain in The Firestorm Chronicle Anthology, available in ebook and print from DriveThruFiction. View the full article