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  2. Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad, Part 6 for Scarred Lands! Pay Heed to the Wisdom of Yugman the Sage A century and a half after the Divine War, the titans lay defeated and scattered across Scarn and beyond. As the people of Ghelspad work to build a new world on the war-torn remnants of a fallen paradise, new heroes rise, and new threats emerge. Yugman the Sage brings an overview of these new heroes and villains, as well as the tools they use to rise to power. Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Part Six includes two new Ranger subclasses, including the Hornsaw Sentinel, as well as new spell and new magic items. Also available from DriveThruRPG: a Virtual Tabletop Token Pack for the Scarred Lands Creature Collection! Bring the updated version of your favorites to the virtual table top in this hand-picked selection of tokens and maps, featuring adversaries from the storied history of the Creature Collection and the Scarred Lands. This VTT digital assets pack includes: VTT Tokens for every creature included in Creature Collection 5e, ready to use in your virtual tabletop of choice Over a dozen battle maps, provided in gridless virtual tabletop versions as well as print-and-play pdf Bonus art showing full-body views of all creatures in Creature Collection 5e Bring this collection of magnificent monsters and terrifying terrain to YOUR tabletop today! Note: This is not the Creature Collection 5e book, which is sold separately. Also available in traditional print via our friends at Indie Press Revolution: Pirates of Pugmire Scarred Lands Creature Collection 5e They Came from Beneath the Sea! Kickstarter Update Dead Man’s Rust for Scarred Lands launched on Kickstarter this past Monday, and we’re already at $12,368, or 82% of our $15,000 goal! Thanks to our 209 backers. We’ll be running this one right through to December 23, so get on board while you can! Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scion: Scion: Demigod They Came from Beyond the Grave!: They Came from Beyond the Grave! Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Legendlore: Legendlore Vampire: The Masquerade: Cults of the Blood Gods Mage: The Ascension: Technocracy Reloaded Chronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The Renegades Chronicles of Darkness: Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition Chronicles of Darkness: Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Fenrilik: 10 Fenrilik Monsters Fenrilik: Yenie’s Journal Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Scion: Noël Pantheon Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
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  4. One of the things I love about Canis Minor is just how creative people can be. Morty Corgi’s Scroll of Mysteries is great because it’s actually kind of a jam on various Pugmire ideas. Featuring a dozen different creators, some of which have written on official Realms of Pugmire stuff before, this book has new breeds, callings, houses, background, masterworks, enemies, tricks, secrets, and spells! It’s very much in the spirit of old-school RPG magazine content — a grab bag of new things that aren’t strictly official, but can be a hell of a lot of fun. I liked it so much we even used it as an experimental print-on-demand release, so you can put it on the shelf next to your official Pugmire books! I like this because it shows you don’t have to do community content all by yourself, but you can get a team of folks together. Definitely consider making some of your own Realms of Pugmire community content!
  5. “Dead Man’s Rust is the most blood-spraying, face-melting, ass-kicking, heart-wrenching, undead-filled, heavy-metal pile of awesomeness ever conceived of for the fifth edition of the world’s most popular role-playing game!” These are the wise words of Travis Legge, developer for Dead Man’s Rust – which just went live on Kickstarter today! Just look at that wrap-around cover art by Aaron Riley! EPIC! Check out last week’s MMN blog for a far more in-depth rundown of the project details, and check out all the many links in our Media section below for video detailed looks into the Scarred Lands, including those from the Gentleman Gamer himself, Matthew Dawkins! There are also a ton of Actual Plays of Dead Man’s Rust listed, with different sections of the adventures being played, and many more to come! As I write this we’re past the halfway point to successfully fund, and there are still a few really cool rewards in the upper tiers left! Remember, this is one of our Kickstarters where the backers receive the complete manuscript by the time the KS is over, so you know what you’re getting! Dead Man’s Rust art by Michele Giorgi This is our last Kickstarter of 2020, and we are really looking forward to starting off 2021 with a bang- in fact, we have a wide range of amazing projects that will start off on Kickstarter for 2021. In 2020, we had several projects where there Kickstarter campaigns were really their jumpstarts, as well as a couple of KSs for games with established audiences. I don’t know if we’ll have totally new games for 2021, although we will have new spins or big additions to existing game lines. Possible 2021 KSs include Trinity Continuum: Adventure! as well as Trinity Continuum: Anima. Victorian Age Mage 20 is still on the docket, as is Squeaks In The Deep for Realms of Pugmire. Exalted Essence and also Exalted Exigents. Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos. What about TC: Assassins or They Came From [Classified]!? Look at that, we pretty much filled up the year already! That isn’t even counting our super secret projects we’re always working on! Pfew! One Foot In The Grave art by Tilen Javornik So, At the Meeting: What Didya Talk About? We talked about everybody’s projects and their status, and we talked about the sales (Wolfenoot is running still and the DTRPG and IPR holiday sales are right around the corner!), plus we talked a bit about our customer Survey. That’s still getting collated, but here’s a factlet: Lots of room to grow in the under 24 bracket, which is actually really good news in terms of our growth potential. We have an excellently solid audience majority from 25-44, so things look good there too! Monsters of the Deep art by James Stowe Finally, here in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, and as is our little tradition here at Onyx Path, I asked our Monday Meeting crew what they were thankful for. Here are their printable responses: Matthew Dawkins: Ian Watson: Lisa Thomas: Mirthful Mike Chaney: Eddy Webb: Dixie Cochran: And my own: Thanks to all of you who battled through everything that occurred this year and are standing (or at least leaning) as we start to approach the end of 2020. Some folks were impacted in terrible and life-changing ways, and the situation was way off of normal for pretty much everyone, yet our community found ways to play, to read, to create, and to support other people. Every section of our business was affected, and is still affected, by the upheavals in the US and around the world. Our printers and shippers have had huge challenges as they have tried to conduct business as usual, as have our sales partners – and our licensing partners, too! Most directly affecting us was the extreme difficulty in staying on-task and focused that so many of our freelance creators faced. I am supremely thankful to all of them and to our in-house developers who all pulled together – sometimes painfully – to put forth their best efforts in making game worlds while our real world pulsated chaotically. We’re not out of it yet, but by keeping on keeping on, you’ve all enabled us to provide a helluva lot of excellent enjoyment with our many worlds during a time that a lot of people needed just that. That’s what I’m thankful for this 2020 Thanksgiving. In fact, I’m so thankful that I’m not even going to sneak in a segue to: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! Dead Man’s Rust for Scarred Lands is LIVE! Dead Man’s Rust is the most blood-spraying, face-melting, ass-kicking, heart-wrenching, undead-filled, heavy-metal pile of awesomeness ever conceived of for the fifth edition of the world’s most popular role-playing game! As of this writing we are already more than halfway to goal after a couple of hours, and I write this section of the blog first! Onyx Path Media! This week: Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy ask What Can Games Do For You?! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ This week we want to draw your attention to a lot of fantastic Scarred Lands media! Let’s start with interviews, deep dives, and teasers regarding Scarred Lands and Dead Man’s Rust. Podcasts Pathcast: Travis Legge: http://theonyxpath.com/episode-119-dead-mans-rust-scarred-lands-mage-and-dd-discussions-with-travis-legge/ Hiromi Cota and Jessica Ross: http://theonyxpath.com/episode-130-dead-mans-rust-interview-with-hiromi-cota-and-jessica-ross/ Darker Days Radio:https://link.chtbl.com/Ru4obNri 307 RPG https://anchor.fm/307rpg/episodes/Podcast-111—Where-We-Talk-About-Dead-Mans-Rust-for-Scarred-Lands-emrev0/a-a3tvkr9 A Bunch of Gamershttps://abunchofgamers.podbean.com/e/gm-talks-episode-14-scarred-lands-ft-travis-legge/ Videos: Deep Dives by Wanderer’s Haven Productions (The Lore You Know): A Brief History of the Scarred Lands: https://youtu.be/8PF5MHbK3II Dragons of Scarn: https://youtu.be/8iow878zsvQ Slarecians: https://youtu.be/Nvp_1KJjbmE The Divine War: https://youtu.be/EvnU-ra2vg8 The Divine Pantheon: https://youtu.be/jIB0k4aM-7Q The Demigods: https://youtu.be/fXB5E7T6h5Q The Planes: https://youtu.be/sczFXwgVYRo Mithril – City of the Golem: https://youtu.be/wE122vXyCIA And many, many more: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpK1DZP4y9yt3h4HAhLtGunwcvzkZtoUx Overviews by Jorphdan (Forgotten Realms Explained): Scarred Lands Campaign Setting Part 1:https://youtu.be/GdAkE6xhpPE Scarred Lands Campaign Setting Part 2:https://youtu.be/hjKPVfaE-F0 The Gentleman’s Guide to Scarred Lands:https://youtu.be/nVzPWEiTLYA The Gentleman Gamer: Scarred Lands Clerics and Druids:https://youtu.be/hm_Lw_oBehQ The Gentleman’s Guide to Scarred Lands: The Destruction of Mormo: https://youtu.be/sEnmw-EQLgo Dropping today (I think) Really Dicey Dead Man’s Rust roundtable: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd4Z_SM4RuY85XeWY8AdYYA Actual plays for this week: Today at 3PM EST Scarred Lands: A Family Affair on https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath/ and https://www.twitch.tv/plasticageplays Tuesday at 11 AM EST: Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Foul Ingredients, starring Dixie Cochran, Eddy Webb, Matthew Dawkins, and Jessica Ross https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath/ Tuesday at 9 PM EST: Scarred Lands: Dead Man’s Rust: from Vorpal Tales at https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath/ For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com. This week on Twitch, expect to see these games and streams running: Scarred Lands – A Family Affair Scarred Lands – Frostlands of Fenrilik – Nerdsmith Frostlands of Fenrilik – Behind the Screen Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Pathcast Players Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Vorpal Tales Pugmire – How the Pirates Stole Yuletyme They Came from Beneath the Sea! – They Came from the Skies! Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Scion – Heroes for the Holidays – Dork Tales Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds V5 – Cults of the Blood Gods – Thy Kindred Come Hunter: Unbound Anomalies – Devil’s Luck Gaming Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games and subscribe to us on Twitch, over at twitch.tv/theonyxpath Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more, including: Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale – E22 – https://youtu.be/8t5qb6JYeGo Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night – Game 6 – https://youtu.be/fEXaivaemJU They Came from Beyond the Grave! – Vorpal Tales – FINALE – https://youtu.be/9HGKSj1jtkw OnyxPathCon – What’s Up with Onyx Path? – https://youtu.be/tdWs-bccwlY They Came from Beneath the Sea! – They Came from Devil’s Reef – FINALE – https://youtu.be/tfTavsxdwJw Hunter: The Vigil – Cold Cases, Forsaken Spaces – Ep. 2 – https://youtu.be/MKOUdV6gjU0 Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Occultists Anonymous continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: Episode 145: When, Where, How? Armed with new information about the Tetrarch, the cabal make some initial plans for infiltration, and then make a call to Todd Larsen, an ordinary businessman in Seattle. https://youtu.be/LqehQGKLNus Episode 146: An Ordinary Warehouse The cabal realizes that no manner of preparation will aid them more than actually getting eyes on their target. After a quick call, they find their way into a quiet Rust Belt down in the midst of the US, looking at an ordinary warehouse. https://youtu.be/u6v5PMAPQG4 Ekorren is back with more excellent Exalted content! Do check out the latest edition of their Exalted roleplaying journal here: https://youtu.be/5raSjfrirF4 Plus, Ekorren made an excellent video about creating your first Lunar for Exalted: https://youtu.be/0HF0-8wbfnk Please like and subscribe! Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) We’re told that the App Dev is currently creating an updated version for the latest devices, so keep an eye open for those! The App was also pulled down from the Apple store in order to make some required updates – it’ll be back there soon! Virtual TableTop! Two Virtual Tabletop adventures: the Gauntlet of Spiragos and the Dagger of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop and DriveThruRPG! Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age. Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay. Astral is browser-based and uses the latest technology to streamline your storytelling experience. Connect with your party online and run your campaigns however you like. Astral offers tools optimized for phone, tablet, and desktop devices, no installation required. Build epic battlemaps using Astral‘s enormous collection of scenery, props, and tokens or upload your own. Pro users gain access to over 12,000+ assets and fresh new packs every month. Add weather, visual effects, triggers, and so much more with easy-to-use tools Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos and Dagger of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures! On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below! You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order Later this month, IPR is having Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales with a special focus on Storypath System games! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! Wolfenoot Sale is LIVE on DriveThruRPG. We’ll have all of the Realms of Pugmire and Werewolf corebook PDFs 50% Off and everything else in those lines 20% off for 11/19 – 11/26! And then, later this week, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales are coming our way with a special focus on Storypath System games! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday the 6th and final installment in the Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad PDF monthly serieswill be available on DTRPG! Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Part Six includes two new Ranger subclasses, including the Hornsaw Sentinel, as well as new spell and new magic items. Also this Wednesday, the Virtual Tabletop Tools for the Creature Collection 5e for Scarred Lands 5e goes live on DTRPG! Conventions! Though dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, here’s what’s left of our current list of upcoming conventions (and really, we’re just waiting for this last one to be cancelled even though it’s Nov/Dec). Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! (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 Essay Collection (Exalted) No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition) TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e) They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!) They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!) They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition) The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition) Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Anima Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Legacies of Earth (Legendlore) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Peoples of the Crossroads Continent M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!) Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire) Post-Editing Development Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 – AD’d. Legendlore Scion: Dragon (KS) – Art for KS in progress, getting 8 halfs. Masks of the Mythos (KS) – Ready for the KS. Scion: Demigod (KS) They Came From Beyond the Grave! – ADing rest of the fulls. TC: Adventure! (KS) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Awaiting artnotes. Monsters of the Deep – Art still in progress, pinging Meredith. M20 Victorian (KS) – ADing rolling. Some splats and scenes contracted already. Looking at logo design. TC: Under Alien Skies – Art in progress. Heirs to the Shogunate – ADed. Already getting sketches in. Dead Man’s Rust (SL KS) – KS rolling. Children of the Blood – ADed. M20 Technocracy Jumpstart – Working on this. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Over to Josh. Proofing Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs – Prepping PoD files. Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) Aberrant – Backer PDF in dev errata compilation. Geist: One Foot In the Grave – First proof to dev. Tales of Aquatic Terror – Second proof with Matthew. Deviant – First proof with dev. At Press TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – KS shipping. They Came from Beneath the Sea! – KS shipping. Pirates of Pugmire – KS shipping. Pirates of Pugmire Screen – KS shipping. Dark Eras 2 – KS shipping. Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet – KS shipping. Contagion Chronicle – Finished printing, getting ready to ship to fulfiller. Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller. Lunars Screen and Booklet – At KS fulfiller. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Deluxe printing. PDF and PoD on sale at DTRPG. V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Backer PDF getting errata. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Thanksgiving here in the US on Thursday. Also known as Turkey Day (and the day for the MST3K Marathon)!
  6. Dead Man’s Rust, a mega-adventure for fifth edition fantasy, set in Onyx Path’s Scarred Lands setting, is now on Kickstarter! This book contains: A complete campaign taking characters from level 1 to 10 Detailed write-ups of four major locations in central Ghelspad: the Broadreach Horizon, The Gleaming Valley, the Hornsaw Forest, and the necromancer’s stronghold of Glivid-Autel. New playable options including races, subraces, and subclasses New monsters, magic items, and more! The Dead Man’s Rust Kickstarter campaign is designed to enable Onyx Path to create a hardcover setting supplement that will sit proudly alongside your existing ScarredLands 5th Edition books, including the Scarred Lands Player’s Guide and the Scarred Lands Creature Collection. The book will be approximately 180 full-color pages featuring evocative fantasy artwork. Exception funding may allow us to add Stretch Goals that further develop the setting and add additional materials for play, including virtual tools to aid online play and possibly more character options and location details! We also want to get at least one print run into traditional distribution and available for sale at game and hobby stores. >>Join the adventure now! <<
  7. In which Matthew interviews two of the contributing authors to the upcoming Scarred Lands mega campaign, Jessica Ross and Hiromi Cota! I wanna C.O.O.L. R.I.D.E.R. Dead Man’s Rust is coming to Kickstarter Hiromi’s many and varied contributions to Dead Man’s Rust! Jessica’s wide and wonderful contributions to Dead Man’s Rust! What exactly is Dead Man’s Rust about? Where does it start, and what’s the end game? How did Jessica get into roleplaying, and her mixed relationship with D&D How Hiromi got into roleplaying waaay back when Hiromi’s experiences as a writer with a diverse background The dangers of pigeonholing authors Hiromi and Jessica’s dream projects Check out our Kickstarter! Links: Grease 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_2 Scarred Lands Player’s Guide: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/197803/Scarred-Lands-Players-Guide-OGL-5e?affiliate_id=13 Scarred Lands Creature Collection: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/304849/Scarred-Lands-Creature-Collection-OGL-5e?affiliate_id=13 Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition: https://dnd.wizards.com/ Blue Rose: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/203007/Blue-Rose-The-AGE-RPG-of-Romantic-Fantasy?affiliate_id=13 7th Sea: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/185462/7th-Sea-Core-Rulebook-Second-Edition?affiliate_id=13 Dragonriders of Pern: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonriders_of_Pern The Time of Troubles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_Troubles_(Forgotten_Realms) Shadowrun: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/286850/Shadowrun-Sixth-World-Core-Rulebook?affiliate_id=13 Broken Earth Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/112296-the-broken-earth Hiromi’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Hiromi-Cota/e/B0854H5MQ2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Starfinder Threefold Conspiracy Adventure Path: https://paizo.com/store/starfinder/adventurePath/threefoldconspiracy Trinity Anthology May Edition: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088PKH7G9/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 Jessica’s website: https://www.writejess.com Hiromi’s website: https://www.hiromicota.com Jessica’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/writejessr Hiromi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/hiromicota Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord (#onyx-pathcast): https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  8. Everyone can be a hero in our Heroes of the Cypher System Kickstarter! With the arrival of Godforsaken, we’re delivering … Cypher Chronicles, vol.43-2020 The post Cypher Chronicles, vol.43-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  9. Like its forerunner genre books (The Stars Are Fire, Stay Alive!, We Are All Mad Here, and Godforsaken), Claim the … A Look at Boundless The post A Look at Boundless appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  10. Another Wolfenoot is upon us, and so, of course, so we’re joining in on DriveThruRPG’s Wolfenoot Sale! Up to 50% off select PDFs! We have over 80 items in the sale, including: Realms of Pugmire: Pugmire rulebook Realms of Pugmire: Monarchies of Mau rulebook Realms of Pugmire: Fetch Quest deck-building card game Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Werewolf 20th Anniversary Edition Chronicles of Darkness: CofD: Dark Eras Chronicles of Darkness: CofD: Dark Eras 2 Werewolf: The Forsaken: Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition … and much, much more! Have a howly Wolfenoot!
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  12. Type: Features Subtitle: 2020 Holiday Games Banner: Text: Here’s something extra to celebrate this holiday season! Tune in for a holly jolly series of D&D games featuring a delightful cast of characters and notable Dungeon Masters. Regardless of experience level, there’s something to awe and inspire every adventurer! Look for the following D&D Holiday Specials running between November 27 and December 12. And check back for more exciting updates. It really is the most wonderful time of year! 27 November: 671 Easthaven Avenue Kicking off our season of Holiday Specials is the first of two pre-recorded games from the UK. Can this group of petty bandits earn membership into a thieves’ guild by stealing a house on the outskirts of Easthaven? Go easy on the potions! How to Watch Watch on the D&D YouTube channel from 5pm GMT (9am Pacific, noon Eastern) on Friday, November 27. English-language subtitles available Family-friendly Please Note: This game was recorded in person (before the current UK lockdown), following strict COVID-19 social distancing precautions. Paul Foxcroft (DM) Rowan Ellis Chocolate Kieran Leah Imogen Mellor */ 4 December: Comic Relief Plays D&D Episode 2 After our first stream with Comic Relief earlier this year raised an amazing £25,000 for COVID-19 support, we’re delighted to be working with them once more to bring you an all-new group of British comedians playing D&D for charity, LIVE. Again, you will be able to influence their adventure through your donations, so please give if you can at comicrelief.com/dnd. Expect hilarious, unscripted chaos, and maybe even a special guest phone call or two should they hit their donation goals! How to Watch Watch LIVE at twitch.tv/dnd from 7.30pm GMT (11:30am Pacific, 2:30pm Eastern) on Friday, December 4. May feature adult language Paul Foxcroft (DM) James Acaster Sally Phillips Lou Sanders Phil Wang */ 11 December: 40 Stories of Adventure Can this band of heroes successfully deliver more drinks to a Wintershield celebration in a Wizard’s tower? Welcome to the party, pals! How to Watch Watch on the D&D YouTube channel from 5pm GMT (9am Pacific, noon Eastern) on Friday, December 11. English-language subtitles available Family-friendly Please Note: This game was recorded in person (before the current UK lockdown), following strict COVID-19 social distancing precautions. Paul Foxcroft (DM) Jarred Christmas Sophie Duker Rachel Parris Heidi Regan */ 12 December: Acquisitions Incorporated Dragons, Dungeons & other sources of mayhem await the trusty adventurers of Acquisitions Incorporated. Battles, betrayals, and over-ambitious KPIs await seasoned (and lightly marinated) heroes, led by the merciful and not at all terrifying Jeremy Crawford as the Dungeon Master. How to Watch Watch on the Penny Arcade YouTube channel from 3pm PT (11pm GMT/10am AEDT) on Saturday, December 12. May feature adult language Jeremy Crawford (DM) Mike Krahulik (Jim Darkmagic) Jerry Holkins (Omin Dran) Anna Prosser (Evelyn Marthain) Holly Conrad (Strix Beestinger) WWE Superstar Xavier Woods (Bobbie Zimmeruski) Publication date: 11/19/2020 Tags: Features Texture banner: Show Black text:
  13. Now available in PDF and print-on-demand from DriveThruRPG: Let the Streets Run Red for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition! What motivates an undead body to go on walking, talking, plotting, and biting? The Hunger is an obvious motivation. It drives all vampires to commit foul acts in the name of sustenance. The Beast, too, gives a Kindred drive. Whether in fear of the Beast within or in attempts to master it, that constant nagging growl makes an undead monster march on. Touchstones — those throbbing links to mortality so many vampires hold dear — might drive a vampire to kill just to protect someone none the wiser to their guardian’s bestial nature. Politics. Philosophy. War. Brinkmanship. They make a vampire think, feel, and fight for something, whether it be tangible or ethereal. These things give a Kindred meaning. Whether letting the Beast rage in the gun-happy South Side of Chicago, chasing prey around the Loop, plotting out in Gary, or fleeing the Inquisition into the murky swamps of rural Illinois, Chicago always gives a Kindred an activity or two to fill up their nights. The one certainty is that blood will flow. It will flow, and the streets will turn red by the dawn. Let the Streets Run Red includes: Four full stories for play over multiple game sessions, each handling a different core theme from Vampire: The Masquerade. These chronicles can be played independently of each other or in sequence. Deep coverage of the vampire domains of Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and Gary and some of those cities’ undead inhabitants. A cast of Kindred with biographies, ambitions, intrigues, links to other characters, and ways to include them in any chronicle, whether as antagonists, a supporting cast, or inspiration for playable characters. New Loresheets for inclusion in your game, allowing player characters to start with a foot, claw, or fang already planted in the roots of the chronicles within this book, and beyond. Nine ready-made characters so you can start playing any of the chronicles in this book immediately. Also available from DriveThruRPG: Scarred Lands 5e’s Dagger of Spiragos module for Astral Virtual Tabletop! This version of Dagger of Spiragos is available now for play on Astral TableTop, the first fully prebuilt adventure content of its kind. The module comes with all the maps and encounters, ready to play, along with pregenerated characters and character sheets wired up for automated rolling. It also offers the GameMaster some guidance on playing the scenario on Astral for those GMs new to Astral or new to virtual tabletops (VTT). After checkout, look for the link to unlock your adventure on Astral. You can also find the first installment of this adventure series, Gauntlet of Spiragos, available for FREE on Astral! Dagger of Spiragos can be purchased as a bundle which includes both the 5e PDF and also the Astral TableTop module. Kickstarter Update Coming to Kickstarter at 2pm EST on Monday, November 23rd: Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scion: Scion: Demigod They Came from Beyond the Grave!: They Came from Beyond the Grave! Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Legendlore: Legendlore Vampire: The Masquerade: Cults of the Blood Gods Mage: The Ascension: Technocracy Reloaded Chronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The Renegades Chronicles of Darkness: Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition Chronicles of Darkness: Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Fenrilik: Death at Djurmivikka Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
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  15. Hi all, Matthew Dawkins here again! Time for another community content spotlight for They Came from Beneath the Sea!. Please consider creating your own content and adding it to the Storypath Nexus. It’s easy to do and all the templates are there for you to use. Today we take a look at the impressive Drenched Heroes and Waterlogged Horrors, which is a decent-sized community content product at 14 pages, containing a plethora of interesting (and amusing) playable characters and antagonists for use in your game, including such heroes as Russian defector, Aleks Koshkin (can he be trusted?) and Larry Lawrence, enemy of the fishmen, through to the sticky and disgusting humid hideout non-human prison and the chilling (or actually rather tepid) Water That Thinks! There’s even more besides, and we recommend you download yourself a copy so you can take a look. Please consider creating some content yourself and putting it on sale!
  16. Want a glimpse into what we’re planning to do with superheroes in the Cypher System? Here’s an annotated outline for Claim … A Look inside Claim the Sky The post A Look inside Claim the Sky appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  17. Sometimes the critiques thrown at us speak for themselves, and our headline is a fav! Our header picture is also a fav, though for vastly different reasons as it is the cover mock-up for Dead Man’s Rust for our Scarred Lands 5e game line. We’ll be starting its Kickstarter campaign next MONDAY the 23rd at 2pm EST. I emphasize Monday, and sorry for shouting, because starting a campaign on a Monday is something we haven’t done for years, not since the wild and woolly days of early Kickstarter. But we want to have this KS wind up before the Xmas holidays really get started (and so James, our Kickstarter Concierge, can spend time with his family this season without making updates and adding Stretch Goals! So make a note on that Monday start if you are used to us starting on Tuesdays or Thursdays! Travis Legge, our Scarred Lands maestro, sent me this awesome description of Dead Man’s Rust: But wait, there’s more from Travis: Dead Man’s Rust illustration by Michele Giorgi Phew! Now that’s a comprehensive run-down! Hope something in there caught your fancy and we’ll see you Monday the 23rd at the Kickstarter! More Propaganda From Our Meeting Today! I’m guessing a bunch of you may be waiting for word on how things are going to work moving forward with our Paradox licenses. While there isn’t any sort of absolute “here’s how things will work” roadmap as yet, right now the relationship is unchanged, and we’re still discussing together what the future will look like. A couple of things from those discussions I do think some of you might like to hear: First, we have confirmed that we will be offering PoD versions as well as PDFs for those V5 projects connected to Cults of the Blood Gods! That’s Cults itself, as well as the Stretch Goal projects that came out of its Kickstarter. Second, Dixie Cochran and Matthew Dawkins will be appearing in an interview with Outstar on the WoD News stream on Thursday to talk about Onyx Path in general, as well as to highlight the release of Let the Streets Run Red for V5 (see the On Sale section below) in PDF and PoD versions on Wednesday on DTRPG! Check it out, it’s bound to be fun with those two rapscallions! (Outstar could be a rapscallion too, but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt!) V5 Cults of the Blood Gods art by Drew Tucker We just closed our Community Survey 2020, and huge thanks to all of you who participated! Your responses are going to be really important and helpful to our future planning. While we are still parsing a lot of the questions, and especially your notes and comments, here are a couple of our thoughts from the results: It is really interesting to see how many people are playing online now using Roll20, Astral VTT, Discord, etc. About 2/3 of our respondents. Of course, with Covid we’ve all had to adapt how we are engaging with RPGs and it will be interesting to see how things change and what these platforms will be like in the new year. We got excellent feedback about the Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention and more than 2/3s of respondents were interested in one if we do another or had participated in the first one. Certainly with that kind of response, the chances of us doing another really increases. Don’t worry, we’ll give you more warning than the first one if we do another! 76% of respondents also play some form of D&D, so we’re hoping they like all the Dead Man’s Rust hoopla up above. Plus, tying into the VTT question mentioned above, we’re also pushing more Scarred Lands and other game lines’ stuff, including pre-gens and maps, for online play into venues like: https://app.astraltabletop.com/ Certainly, a lot more to come there! And more review of the survey responses in the weeks to come. Tales of Aquatic Terror art by Brian LeBlanc You’ll note that the Wolfenoot Sale I went into last week is coming up this week on DTRPG on Thursday the 19th, and then expect all sorts of sales on DTRPG and IPR to happen like sales happen after Thanksgiving next week. But a really important notice I was asked to include here today is the warning that if you want to order PoDs from DTRPG as holiday gifts, you need to order ASAP. This week at the latest! The effect of Covid on the PoD printer is combining with it’s effect on the USPS as well as the general shipping bog-down during the holiday season to mean that if you order any later they really can’t guarantee delivery in time to wrap it as a gift! So order now! Lot’s of orders! MWA HA HA HA HA HA! Give the gifts that help others share our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! Dead Man’s Rust for Scarred Lands starts at 2pm EST on MONDAY, November 23rd! Onyx Path Media! This week: Our Trio take a deep dive into Dead Man’s Rust for Scarred Lands 5e – our next Kickstarter project! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ A whole load of exciting new and established shows for you this week! For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com. This week on Twitch, expect to see these games and streams running: Scarred Lands – A Family Affair Scarred Lands – Frostlands of Fenrilik – Nerdsmith Contagion Chronicle – No Time for Reality Pugmire – How the Pirates Stole Yuletyme Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale Scarred Lands – Vigil Watch Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Scion – Heroes for the Holidays – Dork Tales Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds V5 – Cults of the Blood Gods – Thy Kindred Come Hunter: Unbound Anomalies – Devil’s Luck Gaming Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games and subscribe to us on Twitch, over at twitch.tv/theonyxpath Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more, including: Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale – E21 – https://youtu.be/oRmhg8o4m3Q Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night – Game 5 – https://youtu.be/KMAdCyZl1Sg They Came from Beyond the Grave! – Vorpal Tales – FINALE – https://youtu.be/9HGKSj1jtkw Scion: Demigod – Strange Days – FINALE – https://youtu.be/vFh1YvzGSqs SaFECon2020 What’s Up with Onyx Path? – https://youtu.be/vIqW7gnCBPo Scarred Lands – Frostlands of Fenrilik – Into the Gorge – https://youtu.be/M7ThLKuWHgI Hunter: The Vigil – Cold Cases, Forsaken Spaces – Ep. 1 – https://youtu.be/VivOHIhkW9s They Came from Beneath the Sea! – They Came from Devil’s Reef – FINALE – https://youtu.be/tfTavsxdwJw Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Matthew Dawkins has just started up his Gentleman’s Guide to Scarred Lands with the following videos: An Introduction to Scarred Lands: https://youtu.be/nVzPWEiTLYA Clerics and Druids in Scarred Lands: https://youtu.be/hm_Lw_oBehQ Subscribe for more videos coming soon! Systematic Understanding of Everything is a fantastic Exalted Explainer Podcast by Exalted Dev Monica Speca and Exalted Writer Chazz Kellner. You should check it out, because frankly, it’s brilliant. Their most recent episodes are available over on https://www.exaltcast.com/, with their newest covering character creation for Solars and Lunars: https://www.exaltcast.com/2020/11/16/character-creation-solars-and-lunars/ Occultists Anonymous continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: Episode 143: Let’s Split Up, Gang With the past behind them, the cabal begins their search for the Tetrarch’s vault in earnest. They split up to cover more ground and frustrate the Storyteller. https://youtu.be/_5aftvrfJ5Y Episode 144: Intellectual Property Wyrd and Network try to rob an Astral bank. Atratus has a talk with the Moros Councilor about Tetrarchs. Songbird hangs out with the Founding Fathers. https://youtu.be/dTs9I86hTag Before we leave the Mage: The Awakening train, we’ve got a new series to show off to you! This one’s from Wards and Witchcraft, and you really do want to check out episode one right here: Session 2: Crossing Boundaries The cabal meet the Léons in their den. Parallax is propositioned with an alarming offer of power over tea. Meanwhile Mona and her deathly shadow walk an eerie path through the New England woods. This is a taste of the secrets hidden by the circle of Alabaster but a taste can be deadly. https://youtu.be/_sCnYFYAYV0 Have you been missing Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition? Well miss it no more, as The Lamias have you covered with The Ruins of Warsaw, a V20 chronicle! Please enjoy : https://youtu.be/AlO7ahlPIRk A Bunch of Gamers continues their V20 Dark Ages chronicle over on their YouTube channel! Here’s Episode Five: Tracking down various leads in Florence the Coterie try to get to the bottom of several mysteries. Who is “the German”, who is Galetto the Snake, why do they want the scroll, and what can they do to stop the demon that hounds them? All this while trying to observe the formalities of the Kindred in the Dark Medieval World of Darkness. https://youtu.be/gjB-JWrRdIc If you’re interested in Chronicles of Darkness, please check out McStabber Studios on Twitch, as they run a host of games including the Haunted Chronicles. Give them a follow – it costs you nothing! https://www.twitch.tv/mcstabberstudios Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) We’re told that the App Dev is currently creating an updated version for the latest devices, so keep an eye open for those! The App was also pulled down from the Apple store in order to make some required updates – it’ll be back there soon! Virtual TableTop! Introducing a Virtual Tabletop adventure: the Gauntlet of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop! Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age. Gauntlet of Spiragos is a Scarred Lands adventure designed for 1st level characters, although it can be easily modified for characters of up to 5th level. Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay. Astral is browser-based and uses the latest technology to streamline your storytelling experience. Connect with your party online and run your campaigns however you like. Astral offers tools optimized for phone, tablet, and desktop devices, no installation required. Build epic battlemaps using Astral‘s enormous collection of scenery, props, and tokens or upload your own. Pro users gain access to over 12,000+ assets and fresh new packs every month. Add weather, visual effects, triggers, and so much more with easy-to-use tools Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures! On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below! You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order Later this month, IPR is having Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales with a special focus on Storypath System games! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! Wolfenoot Sale is coming up THIS WEEK on DriveThruRPG. We’ll have all of the Realms of Pugmire and Werewolf corebook PDFs 50% Off and everything else in those lines 20% off for 11/19 – 11/26! And as always, later this month, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales are coming our way with a special focus on Storypath System games! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday Let the Streets Run Red for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition with PDF and PoD versions available on DTRPG! Politics. Philosophy. War. Brinkmanship. They make a vampire think, feel, and fight for something, whether it be tangible or ethereal. These things give a Kindred meaning. Whether letting the Beast rage in the gun-happy South Side of Chicago, chasing prey around the Loop, plotting out in Gary, or fleeing the Inquisition into the murky swamps of rural Illinois, Chicago always gives a Kindred an activity or two to fill up their nights. The one certainty is that blood will flow. It will flow, and the streets will turn red by the dawn. Let the Streets Run Red includes: Four full stories for play over multiple game sessions, each handling a different core theme from Vampire: The Masquerade. These chronicles can be played independently of each other or in sequence. Deep coverage of the vampire domains of Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and Gary and some of those cities’ undead inhabitants. A cast of Kindred with biographies, ambitions, intrigues, links to other characters, and ways to include them in any chronicle, whether as antagonists, a supporting cast, or inspiration for playable characters. New Loresheets for inclusion in your game, allowing player characters to start with a foot, claw, or fang already planted in the roots of the chronicles within this book, and beyond. Nine ready-made characters so you can start playing any of the chronicles in this book immediately. Also this Wednesday, the Virtual Tabletop Tools for the Dagger of Spiragos adventure for Scarred Lands 5e goes live on Astral Tabletop! Conventions! Though dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, here’s what’s left of our current list of upcoming conventions (and really, we’re just waiting for this last one to be cancelled even though it’s Nov/Dec). Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! (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 Essay Collection (Exalted) No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition) TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e) They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!) They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!) They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition) The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition) Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Anima Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire) Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Legacies of Earth (Legendlore) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Peoples of the Crossroads Continent M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Heroes in a World of Horror! 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M20 Victorian (KS) – ADing rolling. Some splats and scenes contracted already. Looking at logo design. TC: Under Alien Skies – Art in progress. Heirs to the Shogunate – ADed. Dead Man’s Rust (SL KS) – KS ready. Children of the Blood – Almost done ADing. M20 Technocracy Jumpstart – Working on this. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Josh doing this one after I changed who was doing what. Deviant – Changed my mind, I’m doing it. Proofing Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs – Prepping PoD files. Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) Aberrant – Backer PDF in dev errata compilation. Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Checking first proof and then to dev. Tales of Aquatic Terror – First proof corrections in. At Press TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – KS shipping. They Came from Beneath the Sea! – KS shipping. Pirates of Pugmire – KS shipping getting started. Pirates of Pugmire Screen – KS shipping getting started. Dark Eras 2 – KS shipping. 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  18. Lilly watched the exchange between Marissa and the adults at the table and sighed to herself. Things were clearly not well between Marissa and Jase, and did have a point, even if it was not brought up in the most tactful of ways. 'It's often not what you, but how you say it.' appeared to be a lesson that Marissa had never learned, or was choosing to ignore for any number of reasons. In the end, just Lilly and Hank were let at 'Camp Bannon' as it were as Lilly watched Marissa walk off. "She means well, even if she not show it in the best of ways. I think she's just not used to caring about people so she gets a bit overly protective or something. I dunno." Lilly said to Hank. "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions." Hank responded, to which Lilly nodded. "Yeah. I know. We all have issues. I just hope we can get some of them worked out before it's too late." she replied. "You mean like you and throwing your tryouts?" Hank asked. "Yeah, that's one, at least." Lilly said, lifting up her sunglasses to sit on her forehead, holding her hair back and out of her face. "I just didn't know how to tell them. I mean, yeah, it's been weeks since we started getting these... abilities, but it's still happened really fast, you know?" she said, almost looking for some agreement. "And before I knew it, it was time to leave for the tryouts and I still didn't know how to talk to them. It's like, I didn't want to disappoint them for giving up or whatever." "But you didn't give up, did you? I don't know too much about you, but from what I do know it's pretty clear that you're no quitter." Hank said as his calm, some might say cold or calculating, eyes looked her over. "Yeah, I guess, but I couldn't tell my parents that I and dropping a dream I've had and worked so hard toward for years because it's nowhere near a level playing field anymore because I can... because of what I can do , you know, now. It's cheating." Lilly said and then added, "Or at least it is to me." with a shrug.
  19. "Yes, because it's everyone else's fault," she fumed and returned to her phone. "And, as always, a hasty retreat is the best way to handle things head on." She turned to Hank, since in her eyes he seemed to be the only one with any measure of courage at the moment. "For the record, Mr. Graskel, it's not rumor, its fact. It's not amusement, it's concern. Autumn happens to be my best friend and she's dating a guy who folds people up and has no capacity for fear of the consequences or remorse for his actions. It's not 'behind his back', as everything I've said here I've already told Jason, but as always, it's easier to just turn around and walk away from the issues, than face them." She stood up, sighing and tucking her phone in her tight back pocket. "Well, Lilly, sorry to cut this short, but as always the truth speakers are the monsters and the monsters are protected by the blind. C'est la vie. Mr. Graskel, thank you for the plate, it was delicious and extend my gratitude to Mr. Bannon as well, when he's done avoiding the truth. I see where Jason gets it from." "I guess if us kids won't listen, and the parents are just going to rush off in a huff, and the law obviously doesn't care, the press might be interested. Violent crime like that in small Shelly? Locals in the guy's neighborhood have been scared silly with concern that whomever is responsible is still out there." "Darlin, I don't think that's a good idea." Hank tried his absolute best to adult. "Me either, so maybe you should get on that. There's an old African proverb, Mr. Graskel: A child that is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth. Quite frankly I'm a little sick and tired of people walking away from me. I'll be here all day, Jase has my number, let me know when he or his father feels like talking." She didn't say anything more, simply dumped her late in the 55 gallon drum that served as a waste bin and walked on like it was just another Monday. She slid her phone from her pocket and went right back to texting, or, whatever she did on that thing.
  20. "Perhaps all that is so." Gar Bannon's eyes narrowed in a manner not unlike his son's, though his quiet anger was more apparent as he stared at the teen. "I can't deny any of it. Here's the thing though, sweetheart, you're right. Everyone he's hurt or threatened to hurt was a bad person, by any measure." Gar placed his bottle down with an audible clink. "You know what else? He's also doesn't talk shit behind his friends backs or try to feel powerful by cutting other people down. When he starts making innocent people miserable, ruining lives with gossip and rumor, and hurting or bullying people for his own amusement and ego, that is when I'll get really concerned." The older Bannon smiled, an unpleasant thin-lipped smile. "Thanks, Miss Jauntsen, for putting my worries in perspective. My son might be every bit the violent psychopath you claim he is, but I've just been reminded there's worse people." He stood up, anger still simmering in his expression. "Going to get some fresh air." he declared to Hank, who was torn between eying his friend concernedly and eyeing Marissa like she was a venomous spider. The ex-Marine just nodded, settling back into his seat as Jason's dad stalked away.
  21. "What's not to like about Jason?" Marissa toned in calmly and in that honest voice she used to express a point. "He threatens to slit the throats of his class mates with farming implements, pull hearts from the chests of people, and, oh, yeah, let's not forget breaking almost every bone in someone's body and putting them in a coma after he creepily stood outside their window... yeah, I don't see this going bad at all." She rolled her eyes and shivered in mock concern. "What parent would have any doubts, whatsoever, when it came to their child being safe. Alone. With him. Psshh, it'll be fine." "Relax, Mr. Bannon." Marissa added, looking up from her phone. "Jason told Autumn the truth and she was just ducky with all of his violent tendencies and urge to murder-death-kill everything he felt threatened by. I'm sure her parents will totally feel the same way. Apparently the old Arnold Schwarzenegger line 'yes, but they were all bad' is still the end all, be all, get out of trouble excuse for being a violent psychopath. Although, they'll need to get a place that has a massive porch or basement, something tells me they're going to need the hid- storage space."
  22. "Hey, Lilly." Gar gave the girl a one-handed wave from the grill and Hank tipped his bottle towards her in silent greeting. Marissa waved, briefly looking up from her phone, and Jason just nodded as Cassie turned, a plate of pie in each hand, and smiled at her. "Hi!" The blonde chirped, careful to keep both plates up so Bacon wouldn't be tempted. She waved as much as her burden would let her at her friend. "I'd stick around, but I've got to go deliver pie to soften my mom up. Time for 'the Talk', you know?" Lilly nodded in understanding, and Cass grinned wryly. "See you later, assuming I'm not grounded for life in some escape-proof panic room my mom secretly built. I'm not sure whether she's going to be more freaked out about the weird stuff or Devin taking me to Homecoming." "Doesn't that count as weird stuff?" Jase asked, only a glimmer of quiet humor in his eye indicating that he was joking. "Definitely. It's my brother." Marissa smirked. "Lead with that. If that doesn't freak your mother out, then nothing else you tell her will." The teens and the two adults present all snickered, even Jason's lips twitching in an actual people-smile as he held a hand out above the picnic table towards Marissa, the dark-haired beauty high-fiving him almost on reflex before settling down, scowling down at her phone as though something there was offending her sensibilities. "Oh, and Cass: don't forget to take your dunderfloof with you." She motioned with one clawed hand towards Bacon, who was sitting in his best '(Wo)Mans) Best and Most Loyal Friend' pose at the end of the table, ears up and brown eyes attentive for any scraps that might be dropped for a Good Boy. "If he runs around loose and eats someone's toddler, that's on you." "Sure." Cassie shook her head a little, smiling. "C'mon, Bacon." The dog let out a short, quiet bark and rose from his haunches, trotting after his friend at a rough approximation of 'heel', eyes up for any possibility of a dropped pie plate. Lilly settled onto the vacant bench slot, regarding the other two teens. Marissa seemed pensive, insofar as she could tell, and Jase... was Jase. If he had any nerves at all, they weren't showing - which probably meant there weren't any. Which in itself was hard to conceive of for Lilly, and another indicator that she really didn't know the boy she'd thought she did. "Drink?" he asked, turning his gaze to her as he finished his pie and sat back. At her nod, he poured a tumbler of iced tea and slid it across, his expression quietly amiable and pale eyes revealing nothing of what was going on behind them as he also refilled Marissa's glass. He indicated the food on the table with a raised eyebrow, and Lilly shook her head, smiling. "Thanks, but my dad's doing his 'Picasso of the Grill' thing and I owe it to him to turn up hungry. When it's finally ready, anyway." Lilly grinned, and Jason nodded. "Have you told your parents what's going on, yet?" he asked, causing Lilly's smile to fade as she shook her head again. "I just confessed to him last night that I took a dive on the tryouts. I..." Lilly bit her lip, thinking. "I'm not sure how he'd even deal with this." "Cassie had a similar worry." Jason shrugged. "Marissa made the excellent point that, if we were to disappear tonight, it would likely be better for our parents to know why. They have to know sometime, after all." "Yeah." Lilly sighed, idly swirling her drink around. "I guess. It's just..." She paused. How did one tell Jase that they were afraid? He had no frame of reference for that. He wouldn't be able to commiserate. Hell, what if he looked down on fear and those who felt it? What did he really think, after all? "It's just complicated." "I told Cass. It's not complicated at all." Marissa interjected, her tone matter-of-fact but not harsh. "Rip the bandaid off, lay out the truth - with a demonstration if need be - and then leave it to them to believe you or not." Jase nodded slightly in agreement, and then looked down as a text alert went off on his phone. A faint smile crinkled the edges of his eyes. "Your gal?" Hank looked at him with a smirk spreading across his rugged features. "Yes." Jase replied simply and without embarrassment, standing and slipping the phone into his pocket. He fixed his gaze on Lilly for a moment. "If you need help talking to your parents, corroboration or extra demonstration, or even help sneaking out, let one of us know. We are in this together." Without waiting for an answer he turned and moved off in the direction that Autumn had taken half an hour or so previously. "Ten bucks her dad hates him." Hank said with a grin. Gar scowled at him, and Hank raised a hand defensively. "I'm just sayin'. Jase is an acquired taste, and his little girl just played tonsil hockey in public with the dude. If I was a dad, I'd be keeping the shotgun close at hand." "Not funny." Gar said flatly, a faint crease of worry between his eyes. "Jase doesn't react in normal ways to things like that. What if someone makes a joke about shotguns and he interprets it as a genuine possible threat?" Hank eyed his friend. "I was just funnin', Gar. C'mon, Jason will be fine. He's smart enough to think things through. He can tell the difference between a real threat and someone blowing air." "Sure." Gar nodded, worry still haunting his gaze as he settled down to a plate of pie. "So." He looked at Lilly, smiling a little as he attempted to distract himself. "How did your dad take the news you tanked the tryouts on purpose?"
  23. We can all be heroes in our new Heroes of the Cypher System Kickstarter! With the release of the Jade … Cypher Chronicles, vol.42-2020 The post Cypher Chronicles, vol.42-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  24. In which the Eddy and Dixie cover for Matthew and talk about the challenges of playing games as game design professionals! We are very distracted Why game designers play games Rise of solo play (fact check: We did have a solo play stretch goal on the Demigod Kickstarter) Why Eddy keeps getting his dog’s name wrong When’s the last time I played a game for fun? Playtesting and white room balance is bullshit Playing in games you worked on Social anxiety and Gamehole Con Dixie’s Switch tangent Research and enjoyment aren’t binary Characters we don’t usually play Doing things that could be for work but for play Optimum group sizes for video chat Games that surprised us Links: Phasmaphobia: https://store.steampowered.com/app/739630/Phasmophobia/ Danielle’s chaos game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOp2TswC4ac Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord (#onyx-pathcast): https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  25. -< Previous Night >- Lilly stepped off the porch and headed, the dirt and gravel crunching with each step she took. Her strides were neither meandering nor purposeful as she headed toward her truck, thinking about the day and the one to come. Reaching her truck, Lilly tossed her iPod and gloves onto the passenger seat and then opened the the door which, as usual, protested at the motion. She took a seat and pulled it shut, slipping the key into the ignition and giving it twist causing the old engine to roar (or maybe cough) to life. The old pickup headed down the long driveway of the Bannon farm as Lilly thought to herself about the life, especially that since the night of the bonfire when their lives were irrevocably changed. Since then they had discovered the strangeness of Shelly and it's cycle and everything that came with it, from secret government experimentation to the presence of other... entities... with a vested interest in Shelly. And now it was on them to take care of Cody, or the Horned Man or whatever he was now and The Dark or whatever, breaking the cycle. They were just teens, teens with amazing abilities right out the MCU movies, but still just teens, and upon their shoulders a lot was resting. Before she knew it, Lilly's truck was heading down the long, stretch of road cutting through the countryside to connect Shelly proper and Bullwark AFB. She had been lost in thought, driving more or less on autopilot, but the buildings, or lack thereof, pulled her focus back to the moment. She clicked off what passed for the sound system in the pickup. The old, crackling speakers, which were not helped by the usual volume she listened to her music at, fell silent as she drove down the solitary road, the rhythm of the engine and the whistling of the wind through the rolled down windows replacing her usual music for the rest of the trip as she thought about tomorrow night. As usual she pulled up to the gate, pulled out her military I.D. and held it out for the guard with a smile. It was barely even a formality seeing as she was Lt. Col. Pryor's daughter and she had, over the course of a few years, met most, if not all, of the security personnel under her dad's command. That, combined with the fact that there were very few spouses or children on base made her stand out. Still though, they did take their job seriously, so protocols had to be followed. "You have a good night, Lilly." the guard said as he handed the card back to her, waving her through. "Thanks. You too, Roy. You going to the Labor Day thing at Champion Fields tomorrow?" she asked as she tucked her I.D. in her pocket. "Is there anything else to do around here?" he replied with a grin. Lilly let out a small laugh and shrugged. "Touche." she responded adding some flare to the pronunciation and then put her truck in gear, driving through the gate and following the familiar route to her home. "I'm hooome." Lilly announced as she came in the door and jogged up the stairs to her bathroom. After a quick shower, she reappeared downstairs to find her parents watching the late game and eating some dinner with a plate waiting for her. "Thanks mom." Lilly said as she grabbed the plate from the kitchen counter and walked over to join them, plopping down on the sofa and folding her legs to cradle the plate as she cut off a bit of the lemon pepper chicken. The trio watched the game, riding the ups and downs of it as they ate their dinner and caught up in between. It was a fun time with her parents, and made Lilly realize just how little time she had been spending with them as she got older. Yeah, that was only natural, she figured, but reflecting on it now, it was not something she liked. Bill Pryor glanced over and could see the faint expression on his daughter's face and, like usual, decided to just rip the band-aid off. "So why'd you sandbag at the tryouts." Bill asked simply. The question caught Lilly by surprise, her gaze snapping to her father who was still watching the game. "What?" she asked. "Come on Lilly. Don't play games with me. I know your times and distances. You under-performed. I want to know why. Was it the pressure?" he replied, meeting her gaze as he spoke. "It wasn't the pressure." Lilly sighed, her shoulders slumping as she looked at the floor. "Okay. Then what's his name? Is it that Jason we met at the game?" her father asked. "There's no boy, dad." she answered as she rolled her eyes and looked at her dad with smirk. "Okay. Okay. Her name then?" he asked unsure, prompting Lilly to throw one of the small pillows on the sofa at him. "There's nobody, okay?" "Is that the problem then?" he asked cautiously. Lilly rolled her eyes in the overly dramatic fashion common to teenagers. "I would rather not sit here and discuss my love life, or lack thereof, with my parents on the living room sofa, especially when it had nothing to do with the tryouts." Lilly sighed. "Okay, then what happened?" he asked again, then time pausing the game. Lilly set her plate aside on the coffee table and pulled her legs to her chest, wrapping her arms around them and frowned. "I just... I dunno. I guess it's not what I want anymore." she finally let out. "For months know I've been feeling this way, but, I dunno. I didn't know how to tell you. I mean, at one time I really did want it, but now, not so much. I just, I dunno, kept doing it and going through the motions because it's what I've done for so long and what was expected of me, what I was supposed to do and be. I needed some time to figure how to and then BAM! there was the tryouts and I still didn't know how to tell you." "Soooo you just made the whole trip a waste of time and money?" he asked, his expression a bit more serious now. Lilly clutched her legs a little more tightly to her chest as she tried to hide behind them. Despite all her newfound abilities, nothing was a match for the disappointment in her parent's voice. Lilly nodded and looked at her knees, feeling rather small and powerless at the moment. "I didn't want to do it, I just didn't know to tell you that it's what I wanted anymore. I didn't want to disappoint you. But I guess that's what I ended up doing anyways." she finally said, letting out. In a way it felt good to finally say it, but that was small solace in comparison to what she said. "I'm sorry. I really am." she said, almost sobbing as she closed her eyes and rested her forehead on her knees. Cassandra scooted closer on the sofa and slipped her arms around her daughter, holding her close. "Honey, changing your your mind it not a disappointment to us. Feeling like you couldn't tell us is a bit disappointing, I'm not gonna lie, but we're your parents. We want the best for you, and we love and will support you in whatever you do, whenever you figure out what that is." Cassandra explained as she gave her daughter a squeeze with her hug, feeling some of the tension leave Lilly as she did so. "You can always talk to us. Always." Bill added as he got up and sat on the arm of the sofa, reaching down to rub Lilly's back. "Take some time and figure out what you want to do. But, you know, being the first woman NCAA quarterback would not exactly a bad thing. Just saying." he added, finishing with a bit of humor. Lilly could not help but let out a laugh. "Yeah, no pressure." she said as she lifted her head, resting it again her mother's as she looked up at her dad. "Of course. No pressure." he reaffirmed with a faint grin tugging at the corners of his lips. -< Labor Day, 2:30-ish >- Lilly's pickup pulled in not long behind her parents' car, parking beside it. She hopped out and walked around the back, lowering the tailgate and hopped up into the bed, sliding the small grill, cooler and other things the family had brought to the tailgate for easier access,. Bill took the loaded cooler, Cassandra gathered the umbrella and large bag while Lilly grabbed the small grill. Thankfully it did not take them long to find a decent spot to set up in the large field. "I'll go get the chairs." Lilly offered, not particularly waiting for a response from her parents as she took off back toward the truck at a jog and grabbed the folding, aluminum chairs. Cradling the chairs in her arms she headed back toward her parents, catching sight of Coach Meyers who nodded to her as she passed by. "Hey Coach." she greeted with a smile as she jogged past. "Have a good day, Pryor." he responded. Lilly turned around, jogging backwards to face Coach Meyers. "Sure thing, Coach. You too!" she said as she turned around and barely caught the glimpse of a couple walking across her path behind her, causing her to spin to avoid them as she continued on, turning back around and never slowing. Coach Meyers watched the teen's evasive action with some interest, totally avoiding the couple, the small scene bringing some ideas to mind... Lilly trotted up and set down the chairs as her parents were busy setting up the grill and doing a little bit of last minute prep to some of the food to be grilled. One by one she unfolded the chairs and set them out in a semi-circle under the shade of the umbrella. "So how long till the food's ready?" Lilly asked half jokingly, already teasing her dad a bit. "Grilling is an art, and art cannot be rushed." Bill retorted, causing Cassandra to roll her eyes. "Yeah. Well we're getting a late start thanks to the breakdown and we haven't eaten, so step on it, Picasso." Cassandra said walking up behind her husband, resting her hands on his shoulders and giving him a peck on the cheek. "So a little less 'Picasso' and a little more 'paint by numbers', eh?" Lilly quipped causing her mother to laugh. "Exactly. See? She gets it." Cassandra said with a grin to Bill, who just shook his head. "Everybody's a critic." he muttered. "Love you, Dad!" Lilly said, giving Bill a quick hug. "I'm gonna go scope out the vendors real quick as we can work out a plan of attack." "Okay. Don't take long." Lilly moved through the crowd, waving or offering a quick hug to friends and teammates here or there, occasionally getting tips on some of the best vendors and generally carousing. It was a beautiful day, the atmosphere was vibrant and jovial so Lilly was doing her best to soak it all in while she could. She finally spotted Cass, Marissa, Jase and his dad along with his friend, Hank. Lilly bit the side of her bottom lip for a moment as she thought about he Fellowship's plan for that night. She had wanted to ask her dad some things, but it would have been more than a little odd and she was not ready to raise suspicions, much less lay everything out on the table to her parents right now, despite what they had told her the night before and did not want to deal with her dad's reaction to the plan to walk into the lion's den. Hank though, was a veteran, and from what she gather, had seen and been through some shit. Not only that, but he was 'in the know' when it came to the Fellowship, so he could probably offer the best advice. Gar was in on it too, for that matter, maybe he could help out too. With a nod to herself, as if making up her mind, Lilly stepped out from the crowd and approached the small group. For her part she had her long, brunette hair down and was wearing sunglasses, short, denim overalls which showed off her legs rather well, with a black crop top underneath and her feet were her seldom seen Chuck's. Lilly smiled and waved as she walked up."Hey guys." she said, greeting her friends and then lifted up her sunglasses to look to the two adults. "Mr. Bannon. Mr. Graskle." she said, greeting each of them with a respectful nod as well, as she was taught. "Happy Labor Day everybody."
  26. "Think of it like a shot," Marissa offered the plucky blonde. "It has to have that sting before it can start to help you. Help he get on the road to healing." Shelly's Queen seemed abnormally helpful and polite than her usual self, almost like an actual friend, but she didn't use the 'f' word. There was a brief pause as the pie was being collected, a silence that said that she was done offering up kindness with no opportunity for self promotion or personal gain. In a vain attempt to hide herself from the plebeians surrounding her, she checked her phone. It allowed her to distance herself from everyone while still being a part of everything. After scanning a few messages her eyes rose from the screen, offering Cassandra a perfect view of her coffee-colored eyes. "...and your welcome." She aid softly, and quickly went back to her phone. If there was any reaction from Cassie, or anyone else, she didn't look around to notice, she just went back to her messages and social media, silently grumbling about Courtney's choice of apparel today. "Christ, she'd dressed like a Riverdale cast-off," she huffed. "I swear, that girl is a mess."
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  28. Time passed. Too much time. A couple of weeks later, Amelia could remember that time she and Mari met up to go shopping and there was that weird, hot British guy that they bumped into and Mari got a crush on...but only if prompted. Life was too busy. She had work...databases to administer, networks to keep running...and she had work. Her other work. In her own mind, her real work. A few things broke her way, and it was a good three weeks or so before she realized how long she'd been cooped up in her flat, in her PJs, getting door delivery food and huddling around the screen light of her laptop to the wee hours every day. She hadn't done the hack, in the end. Some offshoot anonnabees had gone after major media companies with political intentions, hoping to unleash a flood of dirt. It hadn't gone perfectly from their point of view, but when the hashes hit the dark web Amelia followed rumors that gradually became more solid. If all that work tracking things down panned out, she was one brute force decrypt away from one or more passwords belonging to a man who had buried some pretty major skeletons for bio/pharm industries. With any luck, she could find the weird, mutated footprint the skeleton she was after would leave behind in his datatrails. Cracking it would take a long time though, even on her biggest rig. So Amelia dragged herself to the shower for the first time in...too long...and worked herself into something 'partyriffic' and headed out of her building...even if it took a minute to acclimate to the touch of sunlight. Fortunately, the blazing dayball was already low enough that the trip to her favorite club was mostly in shadow. Even though it would probably be about as fast to walk the few blocks as it would be to drive in evening traffic, Amelia took the Crapmobile. Wandering down city streets in clubwear was a great way to feel cheap and objectified far too early for a night out. The idea was to feel cheap and objectified AFTER you'd had a few drinks and a dance or two. She toyed with the idea of calling Mari and maybe some of the rest of the gang...but elected not to. This wasn't really a 'party' party. She wasn't celebrating, and in fact was kind of not really looking for a good time? She just needed to unwind, and watching people wreck themselves and each other sort of did that for her. All the while getting wrecked, of course...but she didn't necessarily want her pals around for that. In Amelia's mind she went to the Two Ton Tones club a lot, but as she pulled into miracle-of-God parking space just a block away, it occurred to her that it had been over a month since she'd last been. What even was her life right now? Little did she know, the one block walk to the club was more than enough to give any interested observer notice that Amelia had finally shown her face again to the world.
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