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  1. By Sarah L. Stewart You can make people or things for your players to interact with in 5e in several ways: monsters / creatures, non-player characters (or NPCs, which in 5E are more like monsters), and NPC stat blocks. NPC stat blocks are generic character builds you can apply to any humanoid character, either directly or as a template. I’ve been GMing some edition of D&D for over twenty years and have created a lot of custom content for my own use. However, creating NPCs for 5th Edition D&D is a little tricker than some previous editions (especially if you want to publish them) so I’m going to describe here how I made a humanoid NPC stat block for Frostlands of Fenrilik. When writing a D&D 5e publication for the Slarecian Vault, we’re only allowed to reference or include outside resources that are part of the Open Game License (or OGL): the System Reference Document for D&D 5th Edition (published by Wizards of the Coast), and official Scarred Lands publications like the Scarred Lands Player Guide for 5e OGL, Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad, and Vigil Watch (all published by Onyx Path), plus other Slarecian Vault content that Onyx Path has given permission to reference. While that gives us a lot of material from the Scarred Lands, it’s a surprisingly small amount from Wizards of the Coast, particularly monsters and NPCs. The 5e OGL includes 21 different NPC stat blocks we can reference in publications. That sounds like a lot, but when you think about the numerous people a party encounters, the variety of backgrounds they can have, and the range of challenge ratings (CRs) a GM needs, 21 doesn’t go very far. And while there are many other NPCs in other D&D publications, we can’t reference or copy anything that isn’t covered in the SRD / OGL. Every NPC mentioned in Frostlands of Fenrilik needed a class. I had two choices. One, make everyone a commoner (repetitive and boring) or two, find a class that has the characteristics or CR that I want, regardless of whether it fits the character. For example, why did we make an innkeeper a spy? Not because they’re actually “spying” on the PCs, but because we wanted to make them “roguish” and be at least a CR 1. In my frustration, I made a couple of custom NPC stat blocks for Frostlands to add some variety to my NPCs. The one I’ll break down is a type of ranger (none of the OGL NPC stat blocks are ranger types) to act as a potential wilderness guide or survivalist on the frosty tundra. Summary of the Process I follow this basic process when I’m making custom NPCs. Note that if you’re planning to publish your creation, it’s also really important to look at and follow the formatting, language, and terms of existing style guides. Matching up to that makes your content easier to use and looks more professional. Choose your concept for the character class. I usually base mine on an existing player character class and appropriate level. Decide the character’s stats: If the character’s CR is less than one, I select low basic stats: mostly 10s and 11s, with one or two 14s in their primary stats, and an 8 in their least important. If the CR is between one to four, I use the standard array (8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15) or a point-buy equivalent. If the CR is five or higher, I usually choose whatever scores seem appropriate, balancing the high ones with a few low to keep things interesting. I try to keep all stats at 20 or lower unless I need a CR 15 or higher. Note: I may review and adjust key stats later to meet the requirements for a specific challenge rating. “Roll up” the character based on the class and level I chose. To keep the overall stat block short and easy to use, I simplify any class-based special abilities, being sure to maintain the proper “language” and formatting. For instance, if I want my ranger to have an animal companion, I don’t include the rules for generating one, I just say they have a wolf. I swap out any abilities that don’t make sense for my concept for a more appropriate ability from a different class at a similar level. When making a custom sea captain, for example, I took the bandit captain NPC stat block and added a modified version of the knight class’s special leadership ability. Run what I have so far through the “Monster Statistics by Challenge Rating” table found in the 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG) to determine the CR. Add hit dice and make other adjustments as needed to reach the CR I want the character to be. An NPC’s proficiency bonus is determined by the character’s CR, not Hit Dice, class level, caster level, etc. Reduce hit dice if there are two or more resistances and immunities per the “Effective Hit Points” table in the DMG. That’s my process. There are certainly other processes out there (and if you know a better one please, share it with me), but what I came up with seems to work for me. The First Four Steps For my Frostlands NPC stat block I chose ranger as my base, and 7th level because rangers get an archetype feature at that level and I wanted my NPC to use the special new one that one of my co-writers had created for Frostlands. At 7th level, the character will likely be at least CR5, so I chose stats close to the standard array, with a 16 in Dexterity, 14 in Strength and Wisdom, and 10-12 in the rest. Next, I used these stats to roll up a basic 7th level ranger with no race / species or background information. I selected two-weapon fighting for their fighting style to make it easiest to run, as it conveniently makes the damage for all their attacks the same. I chose the arctic as their favored terrain (obvious for Frostlands) but couldn’t decide on a favored enemy yet. I picked out spells. Hunter’s mark is always a good for a 5e ranger. I also selected a couple of healing spells, since I intend this class mostly for friendly NPCs, not enemies. It’s always handy to have a healer available. I finished the list with some common, but not overly complicated, spells. Finally, I gave them appropriate abilities for the new archetype. One of these new abilities does extra damage a number of times per short or long rest equal to their Wisdom modifier. As a GM I already have to track spell slots; I hate having to track how many times an NPC has used an ability, particularly if it recharges when they’ve rested (which isn’t standard language for an NPC, either). I have a few other options I could use, like adding a recharge to the ability (i.e. roll a d6 and on a 5 or 6 the ability recharges). However, in my experience most combat encounters (not counting epic battles) last an average of three rounds. Rather than giving the ability a recharge, I decided to make it a standard amount of damage they could add to one attack per turn, dumping the other restrictions. That leaves one less thing to keep track of, and a little extra consistent damage per turn will actually help with the next step. As I had a limited number of words available for the class’s stat block (and I was already technically over), I decided to drop favored enemies too. I couldn’t decide on one, it was a long description, and it’s another thing for the GM to track and potentially forget about. It also makes up a little for that extra damage they do each round. If a GM decides the NPC needs a favored enemy, they can add one themselves. Next, I added weapons and armor. Then I calculated attacks, damage, and armor class, and made sure everything else was properly filled out. To be continued…
  2. Ghost Hunting, I say, Ghost Hunting, that is! TOMORROW! At 2pm Eastern US time, the WoD: Ghost Hunters Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter carefully enters the fray! Probably wearing those low-light goggles geared up for ectoplasm. I’ve mentioned before, but I think it bears repeating, this is the first book we’ve done that is for the WoD 20th Anniversary Editions but not specifically from one of the game lines. More generally useful, like the old-school “A World of Darkness” black border books. So we don’t know how well this KS will go as support isn’t just because we’re doing a new book for a long-cherished game line, especially with the short notice we’re stuck with giving people! Everyone’s support will be hugely appreciated! More Stuff We’re Doing! And went over in the Monday Meeting today! First up, we’re trying something different with our Scarred Lands Community Content. Which is not unusual, we’re always experimenting with different approaches and methods towards our projects and our community. In this case, we are offering almost an entire continent in the Scarred Lands setting for Community Content creators to fill in with their own projects. Basically, we’re going to sketch in a few areas and important stuff creators need to work with, and then let folks publish their ideas for this section of the world on the Slarecian Vault Community Content site for Scarred Lands. We’re hoping it’ll be a lot of fun, and that creators will start to bounce ideas off of one another and play off each others’ ideas. We’ll see how it goes. Meanwhile, who better than the project originator and coordinator, Travis (Pegge) Legge to describe the Frostlands of Fenrilik project: Frostlands of Fenrilik expands the world of Scarred Lands 5e by introducing a new continent on which to stage your adventures! This vast land is dangerous and untamed, with deadly titanspawn and a perilous climate that challenges even the heartiest travelers. It is also a land of mystery, wonder, and opportunity. Secrets and treasures can be found hidden beneath the ice, and an underground network of caves and tunnel holds the potential for grand adventure and grander reward. Creators at the Slarecian Vault will find ample opportunity to expand, define, and explore the Roof of the World. Frostlands of Fenrilik is littered with hooks and prompts for creators to build their own adventures, settlements, and creatures. The subterranean element introduced in Frostlands of Fenrilik allows for adventures that move back and forth between geothermal caverns ripe for development to the icy surface and the challenges that await adventurers there. Enterprising creators might define whole sections of this cavernous realm, making them their own. Do not let the focus on Community Content creation fool you though! The hooks, environments, and creatures presented in this book provide ample material for a Game Master to pick up and play, including an adventure that introduces the city of Kovokimru, takes the party to a new frontier as they explore the Tobor Gorge, introduces a new playable people in the form of the Krampek, and gives the adventurers their first introduction to one of the greatest threats the people of Fenrilik face: the monstrous Skerrai! Great care was taken while crafting Frostlands of Fenrilik to ensure utility for Slarecian Vault creators as well as Scarred Lands players and Game Masters. There is truly something for everyone within this volume. We cannot wait to see what the community builds with this tool set! TC: Aberrant art by Steve Ellis One more reminder that myself, Dixie, Eddy, and maybe even Matthew “It’s late in the UK, dammit” Dawkins, will be on a “What’s Up With Onyx Path?” panel at Save Against Fear Virtual Con this Friday, the 9th, at 4pm Eastern US time! https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/about-the-convention Dixie is on an additional five panels and a game, Eddy is on three or four other panels, and Travis is running three games for us during the con – and other folks are also running our games, too! So if you’ve been a bit leery of trying out online gaming, this is a low-stress way to start, and it’s for a great cause: our friends at the Bodhana Group who are one of the world’s leading advocates for the use of tabletop gaming for therapy! Sort of along the same lines, we’re running two of our Developer Town Halls tomorrow, where we open up the floor to our many developers and we go over their concerns and trials and triumphs. We’ve been doing these all during the pandemic just to provide another venue for our folks to get some face-to-face time with the Onyx Path in-house crew, but also with their fellow devs. If you have any questions or comments you’d like me to share with our developers, please go ahead and put them in the blog comments below! Let the Streets Run Red art by Glenn Osterberger Another thing you can comment on, if you want to, comes out of the idea that we think it would be helpful to send out an Onyx Path Survey for our community. It’s been an… unusual… year, and we’ve weathered the many storms and have put out some great projects this year and really built up our online presence, but we didn’t get to a bunch of the stuff we thought we would when the crew met last January. We’re going to need to re-calibrate, for sure, as we approach the last few months of 2020, so we’re thinking some direct input from all of you might be really helpful. I mean, besides the direct “you suck!” kind! So before we set one up and get it out with the kinds of questions we think we need to ask, we’d love to hear from any of you that have ideas for what we should put in the survey. Even what kind of survey as I know a lot of people have strong opinions on length and format. As always, just drop them right here in the Comments. After all, we might make our many delightful, dark, and dramatic game worlds, but you folks are an important part of our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! The World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters Kickstarter starts TOMORROW Tuesday, October 6th at 2pm Eastern US time! Onyx Path Media! This week: The Trio reveal just what the heck they’re playing these days, donthcha know? As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ The Dead Gamers Society are running their second virtual gaming convention – Something Wicked This Way Con – on 24th and 25th October, and a bunch of our games are being spotlighted! Please check them out on their website and sign up to a game or three, whether it’s Pugmire, They Came from Beyond the Grave!, Vampire: The Masquerade, or something equally as fun or macabre (or both!) https://tinyurl.com/y2ygz5s2 We made a mysterious announcement regarding the upcoming Frostlands of Fenrilik for Scarred Lands on our YouTube channel! We’re doing some experimental, fun stuff with the Slarecian Vault and what you, as fans, can do to contribute to the setting. Please check out our video and stay tuned for more information: https://youtu.be/Xm6hqg-YlVY Red Moon Roleplaying conclude their amazing Scion: Demigod actual play with developer Neall Raemonn Price! Check it out and enjoy: https://youtu.be/p-80Yy3ozjE 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. Please give our Twitch channel a follow, as you can find a huge number of videos of all kinds of games being run! This week on Twitch, expect to see these games and streams running: Scarred Lands – A Family Affair Contagion Chronicle – No Time for Reality – PREMIERE World of Darkness Ghost Hunters – PREMIERE Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night Vampire: The Masquerade – Thy Kingdom 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 – E15 – https://youtu.be/lmILh_bgJsY Scarred Lands – Frostlands of Fenrilik Teaser – https://youtu.be/Xm6hqg-YlVY Onyx Path News – https://youtu.be/KaSK5309sFo They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Actual Play to benefit the Trevor Project – https://youtu.be/SyMBpQEdWEk Realms of Pugmire – Paws and Claws – S2E18 – https://youtu.be/0awS-r1P-GA Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds – S1E17 – https://youtu.be/dThR-FaL3oA Legendlore – Lost in the Crossing FINALE – https://youtu.be/k_GTYW64T7s Scion: Origin – #OnyxPathCon Actual Play- https://youtu.be/vnrkZV3FZss Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Systematic Understanding of Everything is a fantastic Exalted Explainer Podcast by Exalted Dev Monica Speca and Exalted Writer Chazz Kellner that is breaking down Creation in 45 minute chunks in preparation for Exalted Essence. Their most recent episodes are available over on https://www.exaltcast.com/, with their newest covering the very popular Alchemicals and involving our good friend and colleague Neall Raemonn Price! https://www.exaltcast.com/2020/10/05/alloyed-refinement-of-flesh-alchemicals/ The Botch Pit delve into the horror of Promethean: The Created‘s Centimani over on their YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/cf22y0HuB64 Chris Allen continues his Werewolf: The Forsaken chronicle on Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/paleo_gaming but you can also find them on YouTube right here: https://youtu.be/XTaTf7sxnLk Occultists Anonymous continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: Episode 131: Awoo-ACK! The cabal finds themselves at the upper level of Mr. Graves’ castle in the Shadow. Songbird dispels a large number of veiling spells and reveals more than they were expecting:https://youtu.be/LYU1dYq7Trs Episode 132: The Door Fresh from the defeat of the werewolf guardians, the cabal take the fight to Mr. Graves. Like many mages, he is warded and protected deep within his sanctum, starting with a massive door.https://youtu.be/vfRCaWwyBWE 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! 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 IPR‘s Chronicles of Darkness Halloween Sale starts on Sunday the 11th through November 1. CofD Books and Screens will be 50% Off. As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! DTRPG‘s Halloween Sale will be the 19th – Nov 2nd and all of our Horror PDF titles more than 30 days old will be 25% off! Plus, get an eye out for our 6 or 7 freebies in the annual trick-or-treat giveaway! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday the Lunars will fight their way free! The PDF and physical book PoD versions of Lunar: Fangs at the Gate for Exalted 3rd will burst forth on DTRPG! Shapeshifters, monster-heroes, divine apex predators — the Lunar Exalted are all these and more. Once they reigned over the First Age alongside the Solars, but in this fallen era, ten thousand Dragon-Blooded sit upon Creation’s stolen throne. The Lunars of the Silver Pact wage war against the Realm, stemming the tide of its imperialist expansion and bleeding away its strength. This Exalted Third Edition sourcebook provides everything players and Storytellers need to introduce Lunars into their story. It details the Silver Pact, its ancient vendetta, and the Lunar dominions spread throughout Creation. It also contains Lunar character creation, Charms, and rules for shapeshifting, as well as new Merits, spells, martial arts, and artifacts that can be included in any game. 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: PAX Unplugged: https://unplugged.paxsite.com/ We’re still waiting on word for this one, as a TTRPG publisher we weren’t included in the companies contacted for PAX‘s virtual con replacing their usual electronic gaming con(s). A bunch of us will be at Save Against Fear Virtual Con October 9th – 11th https://tabletop.events/conventions/save-against-fear-20201 Join RichT, Dixie, Eddy, Travis Legge, and other Onyx Path creators in various panels, including the always popular What’s Up With Onyx Path? at 4pm Friday, and gaming! 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) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!) Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e) Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition) Legacies of Earth (Legendlore) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) 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) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) CtL 2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) 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) Scion: Demigod (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 Post-Editing Development W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) 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!) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Tales of Aquatic Terror – Waiting on some finals. WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) – KS this week. Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 – ADing. Legendlore Cults of the Blood God – Artists chugging along. Scion: Dragon (KS) Masks of the Mythos (KS) – Ready for the KS. Scion: Demigod (KS) They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Getting art over to WW for approval. Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Breakdown brokedown. Monsters of the Deep – Meredith ADing this one. M20 Victorian (KS) – ADing rolling. TC: Under Alien Skies – ADed. Heirs to the Shogunate – Awaiting art notes. Dead Man’s Rust (SL KS) – KS art AD’d. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch Trinity Core Jumpstart M20 Technocracy Reloaded – In layout realized needed some more art: contracted. V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Josh is chuggin’. Deviant – Into layout while waiting for some finals. Proofing Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) V5 Let the Streets Run Red – At WW for approval. Aberrant – Working on Rich’s notes. Art still coming in. At Press TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – Shipped to fulfiller from printer. They Came from Beneath the Sea! – At KS fulfiller. Pirates of Pugmire – At KS fulfiller. Pirates of Pugmire Screen – Shipped to fulfiller from printer. Dark Eras 2 – Shipping to KS fulfiller from printer. Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet – Shipped to fulfiller from printer. Contagion Chronicle – Awaiting press proofs. Contagion Chronicle Screen and Booklet – Files at press. Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller. Lunars Screen and Booklet – Files at press. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Awaiting press proofs. PDF and PoD on sale Weds at DTRPG. Sunken Bones – Pugmire pirate adventure – PoD proof coming. Titanomachy – Inputting errata. TC Aeon Terra Firma – Awaiting errata from dev. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Lot’s of Onyx Path-y stuff this week: back on Oct 2 was Scarred Lands‘ 20th anniversary! Today is Justin Achilli’s birthday – Hooray to Justin for living another year! Tomorrow is the anniversary of the release of the original Scarred Lands Campaign Setting: Termana! Friday is the 1 year anniversary of the Pugmire Phone PDF!
  3. The original Scarred Lands Creature Collection came out 20 years ago today. Happy 20th anniversary to the Scarred Lands setting! Coming soon to the Slarecian Vault is Frostlands of Fenrilik, which expands existing Ghelspad material out to cover one of the other four continents, the frozen landscape of Fenrilik. This will open up Fenrilik for future community content.
  4. Type: Sage Advice Subtitle: October 2020 Banner: Thumbnail (869x490): Text: The Sage Advice Compendium is the official D&D rules FAQ (download the PDF here), gathering some of the most frequent D&D rules questions and providing answers to them. Today we’re releasing an update to the compendium, which includes the following new material: The PDF contains answers to a collection of new questions. To find the latest answers, search for “[New]” in the PDF. The compendium includes links to new errata documents for Curse of Strahd, Ghosts of Saltmarsh, Storm King’s Thunder, Tomb of Annihilation, and Volo’s Guide to Monsters. Download Publication date: 10/01/2020 Tags: Sage Advice external_urls: External url: https://media.wizards.com/2020/dnd/downloads/SA-Compendium.pdf External url description: Sage Advice Compendium Texture banner: Show Black text:
  5. In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew talk about mistakes they’ve made in their careers, and how to recover gracefully from them. The Pathcast mythology How we’re doing Memorization and our failures on stage Dixie’s Chronicles of Darkness mistake Eddy’s TC: Anima mistake Matthew’s Mummy: The Curse mistake “Mistakes” that aren’t actually mistakes Unintentional consequences Eddy’s Tomorrow Knights mistake (although he accidentally calls it “Forever Knights” game because he still had vampires on the brain) Common mistakes to avoid Prince vs prince Ghosting Dealing with redlines Rate and review us! LINKS Scion: Demigod Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/scion-demigod-book-3-for-the-scion-second-edition-rpg
  6. Now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: Magic Item Cards for Scarred Lands! Scarred Lands Magic Item Cards 1: Armor, Weapons, & Wonders: Every magic armor, ring, staff, weapon, and wondrous item. Scarred Lands Magic Item Cards 2: Boons & Tattoos: Every boon and magic tattoo. Scarred Lands Magic Item Cards 3: The Wise & The Wicked: Every magic item from The Wise & The Wicked. Whether you are a player or a GM, you can enhance your Scarred Lands game with these sets of magic item cards! Every magic item from the Scarred Lands Player’s Guide (5e OGL) is included in these deck of cards. Lay them out next to your sheet during play for quick, easy reference to all your character’s Scarred Lands magic items. A Land Where Legends Walk Drawing enthusiastically on Greek mythology, the revised and re-imagined Scarred Lands nonetheless retains its place as a modern fantasy RPG setting. This is a world shaped by gods and monsters, and only the greatest of heroes can expect to be counted among them. The most populous continent of Scarn, Ghelspad, plays host to vast unexplored regions, hides unsolved riddles from ancient cultures, and taunts adventures with the promise of undiscovered riches hidden among the ruins of older civilizations. Kickstarter Update The Kickstarter for Scion 2nd Edition Book 3: Demigod went live last week! We funded to 100% in 75 minutes, 200% in less than 12 hours, and we’re inching close to 300%! We’re currently at 294% of our $35,000 goal, or $102,880, thanks to our 1621 backers, and we’ve hit several stretch goals: Scion: Demigod Reference Screen Scion: Demigod Companion: New Boons, new creatures, new Guides, new followers Backer T-shirt Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Legendlore: Legendlore Vampire: The Masquerade: Cults of the Blood Gods Mage: The Ascension: Technocracy Reloaded Chronicles of Darkness: The Contagion Chronicle 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: 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?
  7. The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 28-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  8. Dozer, You can use this link to join the discord chat: https://discord.gg/6BJcWGN
  9. Last week we were delighted to release Heist on Miracle IV, a new action-packed Cypher System adventure for The Stars Are Fire (or any sci-fi setting) by our now-graduated intern Dominique S. Dickey. We’re donating all proceeds from sales of this adventure for the month of June to the charity of Dominique’s choice, Black Lives Matter. The post We Are Doubling Our Matching Donation to Black Lives Matter appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  10. MCG fans make a nice donation to COVID-19 relief, and another nice one to Black Lives Matter. And we’re fulfilling The Threshold and Beneath the Monolith to backers ahead of plan. An Invisible Sun chat and charity fundraiser with Shanna Germain is on the horizon. The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 21-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  11. Now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: Oak, Ash, & Thorn: The Changeling 2nd Edition Companion! So, you’re home. What now? Gonna run and hide for the rest of your life to make sure They never find you again? Screw that. Don’t let Them scare you. Take up space. Make noise. Write your name across the sky and let Them know you’re not going anywhere without a fight. You brought the fairy tale to your home turf, and you make the rules here. Your words have power now, so use them. Build a community. Bargain with gods. Defy traditions. Choose a role to play, and write your own script. Bring dreams to life and grasp immortality. Nothing will ever be the same again. And that’s a promise. – Pretty Penny, Summer Court Elemental Oak, Ash, and Thorn is a companion book to Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition, expanding on what’s in the core book. It contains: Expanded rules for freeholds and a selection of seeds for sample freeholds in four international locations. Rules for creating new court Bargains and an introduction to non-traditional Mantles, including free companies, traveling bands, and Lost dynasties, with a playable example of each. Entitlements, the titles of nobility that changelings assume to inherit mystical legacies from the Lost who came before them, including three full examples with accompanying tokens and Merits. Expanded rules for tokens, including two new types with examples, guidelines for creating your own, and a system for ripping out one’s heart to become unkillable. Also available: Dystopia Rising: Evolution assets are now available on the Storypath Nexus (see below)! Welcome to the Evolution. Let’s see some of your excellent creations. Sales A Light Extinguished (the Scion jumpstart) and The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb (the Pugmire jumpstart) are both part of the massive Shelter in Play bundle, supporting Child’s Play and Extra Life. Scion: Origin is one of dozens of products available in this COVID-19 charity bundle from DriveThruRPG! All proceeds go to the World Food Programme. Indie Press Revolution has a number of great bundle deals up until May 24th, or while supplies last! Kickstarter Update Our Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter for Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition has under a week to go! We hit our $35,000 goal in just 45 minutes! We’re currently at $153,590, or 438% of our original goal, thanks to our 1,852 backers. Wow! We’ve hit a bunch of stretch goals already, including: Technocracy Reloaded ST Screen Technocracy Player’s Companion: Constructs and Symposiums Expanded, Digital Web 3.0.2, Technomancer’s Toybox 20: Q Division, Unlikely Allies III, Mission Briefings Technocratic Union PDF bundle Backer T-shirt Technocracy Digital Wallpaper Mage20 Cookbook PDF added to rewards Art of Mage20 PDF added to rewards Art budget increase Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scarred Lands: Creature Collection 5e They Came from Beneath the Sea!: They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Realms of Pugmire: Pirates of Pugmire Exalted: Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Chronicles of Darkness: Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Chronicles of Darkness: The Contagion Chronicle 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: Hatred in Strale 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: Dystopia Rising: Evolution: DRE Community Content Templates Dystopia Rising: Evolution: DRE Art Assets Scion: Scion Character Creation Quick Reference Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  12. In which Matthew runs Scion Origin for Dixie and Eddy, but not before we spend an unreasonably long time talking about everything else. Trinity Continuum: Anima Teaser Cockney Rhyming Slang and the Polari The incipherable lyric game: WWF RAW theme from 1998 – 2000 Dixie’s take on the lyrics: It’s my life in the box into the beef I’m dropping my ox it’s the Solar beat (incipherable) Why am I thorn in your eye? Eddy’s take on the lyrics: It’s the lights and the night of joie de vivre And you chop off the arms and soil the meat With your arms aghast you see me leave things here Your headbutt’s a dog; it’s a pain Resident Evil music: Farty horns vs. Farty cello Working on V5 Cults of the Blood Gods stretch goals The worst Toreador coterie The Scion Origin actual play continues! LINKS WWF RAW Theme: https://youtu.be/m6s9uSz5oE0 WWF Full Metal Album: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWF_Full_Metal:_The_Album Resident Evil Director’s Cut Basement Theme: https://youtu.be/0kcF7E69C6Q Resident Evil Basement Theme: https://youtu.be/sITJuWV3HXg Scion Origin: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/246765/Scion-Second-Edition-Book-One-Origin M20 Technocracy Reloaded: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/m20-technocracy-reloaded Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  13. Here are a few links that may give you some info: https://www.rpgpost.com/forum/793-aberrant-war-journal/ https://www.rpgpost.com/tags/Aberrant WAR/
  14. The M20 Technocracy Reloaded (hence this blog’s title) Kickstarter has kept going strong, and we’re now over 400% funded! We’re all very thrilled by the many sections of the Companion PDF that have been added via Stretch Goals thanks to all of our amazing backers. So, thanks to all of you who’ve already backed – and everyone else, please come check out the KS if you can and help us add even more! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/m20-technocracy-reloaded Our team continue to be interviewed about M20 Technocracy Reloaded, and there are several awesome actual play broadcasts that you can check out below in the Onyx Path Media section! If you have questions about M20 Technocracy Reloaded that aren’t answered by any of these venues, we’d love to help you out and answer them on our AMA on Reddit tomorrow, Tuesday the 12th, starting at 12 noon Eastern US time. https://www.reddit.com/r/OnyxPathRPG Our crew will be popping in and out during the course of the AMA, and while our focus is M20 Technocracy Reloaded, please feel free to ask about anything on your mind! Dark Eras 2 art by Brian LeBlanc What We’re Doin’ During These Times Which brings up the first part of our blog title today. Special Thanks to GuidoG who posted that one several weeks ago in our blog comments. Told ya I’d use it eventually! So we have that AMA mentioned above, but we’re still following up on the ideas I posted about these last few weeks. Following up, when Dark Eras 2 goes on sale in PDF and PoD versions this Wednesday on DTRPG, we’ll also be offering individual chapter PDFs as well, for folks that didn’t pledge and might need a less expensive way to get gaming materials for the specific game lines they’re interested in. All of the historical chapters are fantastic, and if you can get the whole book, it is well worth it – but these times, they have been really rough for a lot of our community, so we hope these discrete chapters help. Our second set of Developer Town Halls went well last week, with lots of talk about development processes and the care and feeding of their writing teams. We unfortunately did hear of a few of our creators needing to be tested, but also a few creators who had Covid and got through it, thankfully. In last week’s blog I asked for questions for the devs, and while I didn’t use all of them, and several folks included Onyx Pathcast related questions – which was interesting and cool – so I combined those, the Devs all seemed to enjoy answering. We actually had several more in-depth conversations based on their answers to the questions, which added a lot to our getting to know one another. So thanks for those questions, is what I’m saying! Here’s our Dev responses to a bunch of the questions I received for them: (Disclaimer: I was writing down the responses really fast, so if I missed anyone’s response to a question, my apologies – it wasn’t you or your answer, just my limited steno skills). Question: What game line are you truly passionate about? Eddy Webb: Pugmire, duh. Matthew Dawkins: Wraith the Oblivion– capital P for Passion. Travis Legge: Love the Scarred Lands. Chris Allen: Werewolf: the Forsaken! Vera Vertanian: TC: Aeon, because I’m such a giant dweeb. Dixie Cochran: Realms of Pugmire the Masquerade the Lost Essence. (They Came From Beyond the Grave!) Neall Raemonn Price: EXALTED! Meghan Fitzgerald: Mage: the Awakening. But Deviant came out of nowhere and I really love it. John Snead: Mage: the Ascension (for the arguing). Danielle Lauzon: I’m a huge fan of everything I work on while I’m working on it. My first love/assignment was Mage: the Awakening. Lauren Roy: Me too, I get so excited as I get to work on each line. But the game of my heart is Mage: the Ascension. Monica Speca: Exalted, and right now Essence. Lunars art by Joe Ng Question: Do you feel good with the word count you handle at the moment? Eddie Webb: Define good, I’m not freaking out. Travis Legge: Thrilled and overjoyed. Matthew Dawkins: That is definitely a question. Dixie Cochran: Always dread until actually working on it. Danielle Lauzon: I’m good with 10k, that feels easy. Any more at one time seems sooo huge! Monica Speca: Shorter word counts work great for me. Especially fiction. Meghan Fitzgerald: Depends on system or setting. Neall Raemonn Price: Every time I get comfortable with my amount of work, something pops up outside my control, like Covid. Question: Are there any groups that we could set up for slack outside of work that would help you? Matthew Dawkins: Long form TV review and discussion slack. Dixie Cochran: Animal Crossing, other fandom sites are too negative. Eddie Webb: Sherlock Holmes, but not really into discussion groups. Danielle Lauzon: Shitposting. Neall Raemonn Price: Sopranos. Meghan Fitzgerald: TV, all TV. Question: Whats your party trick? Dixie Cochran: Vanishing out of goth clubs. Matthew Dawkins: Beating people at Mario Cart. John Snead: Carry and open up a laptop to demonstrate memes – a memetic enforcer. Danielle Lauzon: Go to parties at houses, and take over the grill and kitchen. “Because she knows things”. Monica Speca: I bring the games – boardgames, card games, age and number of players appropriate, all ready for the party. Lunars cover design Question: Would you like to be an inerviewee for the terribly awesome trio on the Onyx Pathcast? and if so, what question would you want them to ask you? Chris Allen: Would you like a drink? Travis Legge: Tell me about Dead Man’s Rust? Danielle Lauzon: I just like to taaalk. Any question. Meghan Fitzgerald: Not so much a question, but it’d be great if there could be a group roundtable. Monica Speca: Will always talk about game design nonsense. Eric Zawadzki: Would love to get on there to talk about the Deviant Companions. Neall Raemonn Price: With others, then Essence. The State of Scion, and tease upcoming projects. Dark Eras 2 art by Alex Sheikman Finally, we talked about the Gehenna Gaming virtual convention a few weeks ago, and there have been a few more of those popping up including a virtual convention Eddy is going to be presenting at this coming weekend. So let me ask you folks: If we had an Onyx Path oriented virtual convention – and I’m just asking to see if there’s interest, I’m not announcing anything – what sort of events would you like to have happen during it? Would you enjoy seeing our creators play our games? Would you want to sign up to play with us? How about virtual panels and Q&A sessions? Or do you have an idea for something else? Give me a yell, put your thoughts in the blog comments – we’d love to hear from you. And again, we don’t have plans for a virtual convention as yet, but if we were planning on maybe making plans, it’d help to know if you folks were interested in attending and virtual engaging with our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! The M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter funded in 43 minutes and at almost halfway through has passed 1680 backer operatives, is over 400% funded, and has achieved Stretch Goals consisting of a Storytellers Screen unlock, an unlock of more original Mage PDFs, Backers’ Exclusive T-Shirt, Wallpaper, and building the Technocracy Reloaded Player’s Companion PDF: sections on Constructs and Symposiums (and then expanded by a later SG), Digital Web 3.0, Technomancers’ Toybox 20 and the Q-Division bonus section, Unlikely Allies (also expanded by another SG), and the expanded Digital Web 3.0.2. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/m20-technocracy-reloaded Highlights of M20 Technocracy Reloaded include: An Operative’s Handbook that provides a detailed overview of life in the Technocratic Union, describing the organization of the Union, the Conventions, and the roles that sympathizers, extraordinary citizens, and Enlightened Operatives play in the overall structure of the Technocracy. An examination of Technocratic initiatives on a global scale. Devices, procedures, and hypertech used by the Technocratic Union that explores the Enlightened Science, allowing operatives to apply similar effects in the field, if they have sufficient understanding of the principles that allow these gadgets to function. A comprehensive list of citizens, cyborgs, operatives, progenitor creations, and allies to use as NPCs. Storyteller support that explores story seeds and metaplot to shape a chronicle for their needs. Onyx Path Media! This week features a return to the Terrific Trio’s actual play of Scion! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ The Technocratic Union continues its live broadcast Tuesday, May 12th at 9 PM EDT on the Onyx Path Publishing Twitch Channel. twitch.tv/theonyxpath You are under instructions to not miss it. Plus, Red Moon Roleplaying have just started their actual play of Technocracy Reloaded right here: https://youtu.be/RtdW0znt7GU Please give them your support! Come tune in to our Twitch channel for an overloaded schedule not limited to Vampire: The Masquerade- Blood on the Tamesis, Vampire: The Masquerade – Chicago by Night Noir, Pugmire – Paws & Claws, Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion, Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale, Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous, Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds, and Dark Eras Werewolf: The Forsaken! You can subscribe to our channel over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath to catch up with any episodes you missed! 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: Vampire: The Masquerade: Blood City – Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/LXWGtVy2jbE Mage: The Ascension – Technocracy Reloaded: https://youtu.be/hHG5fBCFlTE Trinity Continuum – Special Series run by Danielle Lauzon: https://youtu.be/K1xCbfpmKlc More Vampire: The Masquerade: Blood City – Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/-zVEOQJK9zc Chronicles of Darkness: Seattle by Streetlight: https://youtu.be/gMMFhoDncNs Eddy’s Workshop: Proofing Layout: https://youtu.be/VhkEbMbQ3cA Do 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 appeared on the excellent 307 RPG Podcast, where he was interviewed about everything from They Came from Beneath the Sea! and They Came from Beyond the Grave! to upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade books! Give them a listen here: https://307rpg.com/?p=265 Further to that interview, the 307 RPG Podcast released an episode all to do with the Archetypes in They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://307rpg.com/?p=282 The Story Told Podcast continue their excellent journey into Demon: The Descent right here: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/the-aggregate-choir-file-2 A Bunch of Gamers have been running a fantastic Pugmire adventure! You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/b57kVpzV2q4 and here’s a synopsis: Retrievers in the Plastic Quarter, explosions all around, and the cats of Korat demanding answers. Our heroes are locked in a deadly battle as their long time foe make their move to wrestle control of the city from King Pug. Will they be able to stop Terry or will the city of Pugmire fall into darkness? Occultists Anonymous are here with a new special Mage: The Awakening series: RV Mage 05: We Have a Side? Drifter meets with the Hierarch, Bless Your Heart, to get to the heart of the Consilium’s politics. Vicar and Amanita settle around a Locus to meet with werewolves, then finally, the mages join forces… https://youtu.be/w-FKL4Fnimo RV Mage 06: Inversion Fleeing into the Shadow, away from raging werewolves, Amanita, Drifter, and Vicar confront opposing mages, Seers of the Orphean Ministry. Of course, werewolves are very good at traversing through the Gauntlet into the Shadow as well… https://youtu.be/P6Ko6_tCFDU 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.) 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 get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added 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 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! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This week, the PDF and PoD versions of Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 emerge from the haunted past on DriveThruRPG on Wednesday! Dark Eras 2 explores 13 new eras scattered throughout the history of the Chronicles of Darkness. Each chapter features two to three game lines which include Vampire: The Requiem, Mage: The Awakening, Hunter: The Vigil, Changeling: The Lost, and more! The rules in this book are compatible with second edition Chronicles of Darkness. Each terrifying time period and location is examined through the supernatural creatures that dwell there. Unlock the past. Find out what hides in the shadows. Inside, you’ll find: Historically inspired settings and story hooks Character-creation tips and gameplay advice New Tilts, Conditions, and era-appropriate rules Conventions! As mentioned above, our own Fast Eddy Webb will be appearing on 2 or 3 panels for the Flights of Foundry online convention this weekend! Check it out here: https://flightsoffoundry2020.sched.com/mysessions Though dates are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, here’s our current list of upcoming conventions: UKGames Expo: https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/ GenCon: https://www.gencon.com/ Tabletop Scotland: https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/ Gamehole Con: https://www.gameholecon.com/ PAX Unplugged: https://unplugged.paxsite.com/ 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) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) V5 The Faithful Undead (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Trinity Continuum: Anima Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Manuscript Approval Post-Approval Development Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Editing Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) 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) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) Post-Editing Development City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Magic Item Decks (Scarred Lands) Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion Titanomachy Tales of Aquatic Terror WoD Ghost Hunters – KS final art coming in. Gaydos should be done shortly. Aberrant – Contacting and contracting. Signing off on sketches. Pugmire Adventure – All sketches in. Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 Deviant – Dividing up among current artists. Legendlore – Kickstarter on hiatus/doing art buy breakdown. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Happening. Cults of the Blood God – Rolling along. Scion: Dragon – Working on chapter art breakdowns. Masks of the Mythos – Working on chapter art breakdowns. They Came From Beyond the Grave! (KS) – Getting fulls for KS. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch TC Aeon Terra Firma – Over to Josh. V5 Let the Streets Run Red – Prepping for layout. Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Proofing Trinity Aeon Jumpstart Pirates of Pugmire – Waiting for backer errata. TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – Waiting for backer errata. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Backer PDF out to KS backers Tuesday. Scion Companion – Just waiting for two tweaked pieces. Contagion Chronicle Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs Duke Rollo Book – Waiting for backer errata. At Press Night Horrors : Nameless and Accursed – PoD proof on the way. Dark Eras 2 – PDF and PoD versions on sale on DTRPG this Weds! TCFBTS Screen and Booklet They Came from Beneath the Sea! C:tL 2e Oak, Ash, & Thorn – PoD proof OK, on sale soon. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Today in 1997, Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of their rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format. Not saying that was the beginning of the end for humanity, that the Technocracy won, or that this connects in any way with Trinity Continuum: Anima. Just interesting, that’s all…
  15. Subtitle: Stay at Home. Play at Home. Introduction: Read more on resources and advice available now for remote and online D&D play—many of which are free. Banner: Inline blocks: Free Material Archive Content Title: Free Material Content Text: Over the past few weeks, we have been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and closely following the situation and adjusting as recommended by local governments. That means Wizards of the Coast is working from home as we continue to craft new D&D stories and supplements for our fans. Some D&D streaming programming will be disrupted during this time, including introductions of new series, but we’re working hard on that front to provide as much entertainment as possible. We believe the social connection playing games, including D&D, can continue to be helpful for those of us who feel isolated or alone in our homes in order to stay safe from transmission. As social distancing impacts our ability to get together in person, we wanted to offer resources and advice for more remote play. As an added resource for gamers, the D&D team is pleased to offer the following material as free adventures and resources for use in your games—whether you’re playing in a kitchen table campaign, you're an active participant in the D&D Adventurers League, or are simply interested in learning more about Dungeons & Dragons and trying it out for yourself. In addition, with schools closed around the world, many parents and caregivers are at home with their kids, including many in the D&D community. If you are in need of fun & educational material to share and/or play with your kids, you can check back here for D&D materials to help during this time. And if you (or someone you know) is a younger gamer, we’re also releasing resources to make it even easier to get into D&D. Content will be added daily, Monday-Friday. Check back each day for the latest free, downloadable content. Please note that certain adventures are being made free for a limited time, so be sure to grab them now while you can! This Week's Content Monday: May 11, 2020 D&D Adventurers League: DDAL05-04: In Dire Need: An adventure for levels 5-10—available now for free for a limited time (through May 18). An expedition of dwarf warriors from Citadel Adbar finds itself isolated and besieged by Ice Spire ogres and their allies. They require immediate relief or they risk being destroyed to a dwarf. SEER has directed you to their location in the hopes that you can rescue the dwarves and save their precious cargo, a tablet bearing secrets of ancient rune magic. By Jay Africa. For Families/Younger Gamers: The following coloring page is available to download and complete by artists of all ages! It originally appeared in the 1979 AD&D Coloring Album, by artist Greg Irons. Hag coloring page Tuesday: May 12, 2020 Check back for more adventure material made available through the DMs Guild! Wednesday: May 13, 2020 Check back for more adventure material (including more D&D Adventurers League content), as well as another coloring page for artists of all ages to download and complete! Thursday: May 14, 2020 Check back for more adventure material made available through the DMs Guild, and more digital backgrounds to download, suitable for use in Zoom conferencing! Friday: May 15, 2020 Check back for more adventure material (including more D&D Adventurers League content), as well as another coloring page for artists of all ages to download and complete! Last Week's Content Monday: May 4, 2020 D&D Adventurers League: DDEX5-01: Treasure of the Broken Hoard: Five 1-hour mini-adventures for levels 1-2—available now for free for a limited time (through May 11). A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now-defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth—or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well? By Shawn Merwin. For Families/Younger Gamers: The following coloring page is available to download and complete by artists of all ages! It originally appeared in the 1979 AD&D Coloring Album, by artist Greg Irons. Lich coloring page Tuesday: May 5, 2020 D&D Adventurers League: Blue Alley: An adventure for levels 1-4—available now for free for a limited time (through May 9). It expands upon the material presented in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, but can be played on its own or as part of any D&D campaign. Blue Alley lies hidden in the heart of Waterdeep. Built by a secretive wizard, it is a magic maze full of tricks, traps, strange monsters, and rich treasure. Countless adventurers have ventured inside to test their bravery and skill, yet few have returned. And now it is your turn… By Alan Patrick, M.T. Black. Wednesday: May 6, 2020 D&D Adventurers League: DDEX5-02: The Black Road: An adventure for levels 1-4—available now for free for a limited time (through May 13). Caravans are having a difficult time getting through to Parnast via the Black Road. Organized attacks by orcs and other monstrous humanoids working in concert with one another have folks baffled. Little do they know that an unusually intelligent hill giant, going by the name of Bad Fruul is to blame. By Paige Leitman, Ben Heisler. For Families/Younger Gamers: The following coloring page is available to download and complete by artists of all ages! It originally appeared in the Adventures Outlined coloring book, by artist Todd James. Grell coloring page Thursday: May 7, 2020 D&D Adventurers League: Escape from Wheloon: An adventure for levels 1-4—available now for free for a limited time (through May 11). It expands upon the material presented in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, but can be played on its own or as part of any D&D campaign. The walled city of Wheloon holds the criminal population of Cormyr. The residents of that place are bound to it forever and cut off from the outside world. Now you’re here with no memory of what brought you to Wheloon, and all you can think of is finding out why! By Alan Patrick. For Everyone: We’ve added one more digital backgrounds available to download, featuring art from the Player’s Handbook. Suitable for use in Zoom conferencing. Player's Handbook Digital Backgrounds Friday: May 8, 2020 D&D Adventurers League: DDEX5-03: Uninvited Guests: An adventure for levels 1-4—available now for free for a limited time (through May 15). The Shrine of the Axes has been restored and Raggnar Redtooth, who previously conspired with dragon cultists, is trying to restore his reputation in Parnast by sponsoring a feast. There is just one thing he needs, meat for his feast. What can go wrong on a simple hunt? By Robert Alaniz. For Families/Younger Gamers: The following coloring page is available to download and complete by artists of all ages! It originally appeared in the 1979 AD&D Coloring Album, by artist Greg Irons. Griffon coloring page Please be sure to check back next week for another round of free resources and content, on behalf of the entire Dungeons & Dragons team. As always, we want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take all necessary precautions. Take care, and hang in there everyone. 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