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  2. Sean watched Kat's slight form disappear into the crowd, then stood up from the picnic and helped starting putting the leftover food away, in plastic wrap and plastic containers as he replied to Autumn's text with a thought. He bounced another back after her response then gave Laurie a nod. "I wrapped the food up, you get to haul it to the car, Laurie," he informed her with a smirk. "I'm getting ice cream." "Get me one?" the taller Cassidy pleaded. "The peach one?" "Who said I'd be coming right back?" Sean countered with a wave as he started sauntering over to the Wilcoxson booth. "It might be melting before I swing by again, then I'd have to eat the other one I paid for." Laurie blew a raspberry and Sean laughed as he turned around and headed off to get his ice cream and Autumn's tea. He slowed his pace as he was passing by the Finglemans - he recognized them, having been over to Sophia's place before when they used to be friends - when he caught sight of Devin there with who he presumed was 'Ellie.' He glanced at her covertly, wondering if he could see any similarities between her and Jase. From where he was, he couldn't really tell, other than she was tall. Of course! New girl in Shelly, likely an alien, and she's nearly six feet tall. There's a higher percentage of girls taller than average in town than there's red heads. Sean snorted to himself and continued on his way. It wasn't that being short for a guy - average for a girl - really bothered him that much. The ones who had teased him the most about his height were his sisters and friends. Puberty had given him other attributes to worry about and with the help of Dr. Cook, his therapist, and other specialists, he was finally starting to accept them, in his own way. It totally sucked they were killing him. Sean caught a text zipping by from Autumn's phone and idly read it though it wasn't meant for him. Then he tripped over nothing when he read the words. Scrambling back to his feet and brushing himself off, people would presume his pink cheeks were for embarrassment for his fall, not what he was reading. His flush deepened when replies continued bouncing back and forth between her and Jase and he couldn't prevent his curiosity from peeking. It wasn't like they were the worse texts he had peeked ever peeked on, not even close. Way more dick pics than he ever expected or was comfortable with. But they were between one of his best friends and his best friend's girlfriend, and that made feel it extra explicit. He stopped, he had to stop. And he did! Totally coincidental that when he stopped peeking, texts between Autumn and Jase also stopped. Sean got to the Wilcoxson Booth beside the Carousel, flush fading with his good fortune at finding only one person ahead of him. Wilcoxson had been making ice cream in Montana since 1912 and it was so good. Even better, the person ahead of him, a tallish, older fellow with a broad brimmed hat and a drawl from Texas didn't dither about his choice. "Miss," the fellow said politely, doffing his hat to Sean as he stepped aside. Sean just nodded back, keeping his face neutral as he refrained from correcting the guy. It was a battle rarely worth fighting, and even less now to him with the fight the Fellowship had ahead. He stepped up to the counter and ordered the Mountain Berry Ice Cream in a waffle cone he'd been yearning for and Autumn's blackberry ice tea. Matilda - horrible name for a pretty blonde in her early twenties, she'd crossed out the name on her name-tag with a sharpie and wrote 'Tilly' under it - handed him his order then nodded at him and gave him a wave. She'd been working at the Wilcoxson booth since he had spent some time with his dad fixing the place up a few years ago and had gotten ice cream pretty much every time he'd been there. "There you go, Sean. No charge." "What? Why?" Sean said, raising his head from taking a lick from his ice cream. Y'know, to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with it. Tilly nodded over his head. "Texan feller before you laid down a hundred dollar bill. Said I ain't have change for a hundred. Said he weren't expecting none, just to let it cover the next orders 'til it runs out. Now, don't go be telling every one, Sean, just let it go and be fair." "I won't," Sean assured her. Sean hustled off to the parking lot, giving the Texan a less neutral nod of acknowledgment in pass, who tipped his hat towards him, the crinkling about his eyes the only shift in his expression of laconic geniality. Sean's brisk pace made his scuffed red sneakers kick up loose gravel in the parking lot, as he looked down rows of parked cars until he caught sight of Autumn's red hair. Licking the ice cream - a delicious mix of blueberry, huckleberry, and bilberry - around the rim of the waffle cone, so any melt would take longer before getting to his fingers, he quirked a brow in surprise that no one else was there. The buxom boy silently held up the cardboard cup to the other redhead, multi-hued eyes wincing at the spine-tingly cold crawling down his throat from the bite of ice cream he had taken. "Coooold," he rasped, taking several deep breaths as the cold faded. "Blackberry ice tea, as requested." "Nice," Autumn nodded, smiling appreciatively as she took the cup. "Thanks. I owe ya." Swallowing a mouthful of the tart, slightly sweet beverage, the outdoorsy teen considered the rather more curvaceous tech-wizard thoughtfully. She knew of Sean - no one who'd lived in tiny, rural Shelly for very long could avoid hearing about him - but it wasn't as though they'd ever had a real conversation. There'd never, she realized, been a reason to before. "Did you see the smol one on the way here? I was expecting her first, honestly." The freckled redhead smiled a little and took another sip as she opened the rear passenger side door of the Jeep. "I thought she'd be here, or already here and gone too," Sean admitted, considering Autumn right back. Yeah, Jase had opened up, or at the very least, started asserting himself since the end of summer. But what was it about Autumn that had broken right through to him? He shrugged and hoped his face wasn't reddening again when he recalled their private texts. "She probably just got distracted by something shiny. Or someone. Also, er, 'shiny'." Fucking Courtney! He gave a contrite smile. "Okay, that might be a bit mean. I like her, but man, does her mind bounce around. She'll show up, I'm sure. Or you can pass me her bracelet and I'll make sure she gets it." "Sorry," Autumn grinned in an almost-apology, setting her drink on the ground to lean inside and grunting softly as she reached under the seat. "Limit of one per customer. She can get her own. Personal accountability, and all that." Her voice was muffled by the bench seat of the Jeep and the miscellaneous dog toys, cooler bags, and plaid flannel blankets scattered throughout. She hummed quietly, shimmying a little and all but crawling through to the back of the vehicle before pausing with a loud "Ha!" of triumph. Backing out, her cheeks flushed and hair dishevelled, the energetic young woman thrust an open metal lockbox in Sean's direction as she beamed at him. "Take your pick. You're the first, so it's only fair." There was a momentary pause, a trickle of berry-colored ice cream welling up at the rim of the crisp cone; Sean hadn't been there over the weekend. He probably didn't know what he was getting, or why he was getting them from her. The smile on her lips faded. "Did, ah, anyone tell you what these are, out of curiosity?" Sean hadn't been staring at Autumn's ass as she climbed half in the Jeep. But he had noted it with purely academic interest. He wanted to see what Jase saw in her, and as they hadn't ever hung out or anything, he couldn't help but notice the physical first. Sean collected the ice cream starting to run down the cone along with a bit of cone with a bite. He shook his head, then leaned forward to look in the box, fingering the bracelets with his free hand. There was a tingle to them, something reacting to his Shine, like the artifacts he had seen in Helena. "Jase gave me an update on the training session yesterday - along with a light excoriation for not being there - but didn't mention the bracelets," Sean admitted as pulled out one of the not-copper bands to give it a closer look. The swirling patterns on them were so faded to be almost indiscernible, felt more easily than seen. He arched a brow at Autumn. "These like the thing Devin got, er, on the 'Otherside'?" "Mmm." Autumn nodded, the box shifting slightly as she leaned over to retrieve the tea he'd brought her; the circular bands of oddly weathered metal chimed softly, the faintly musical sound muted by the cloth in which they'd been wrapped. "Probably? Honestly, I'm not sure," she admitted as another, clearer note sang out from her pocket like a bell of cool glass. Recognition flickered across her bronze-flecked features, eyes widening slightly as the smile that had vanished suddenly reappeared- along with a subtle brightening of the pink suffusing her cheeks. Without actually talking to her, or being able to read her expression or body language, would Jason know what she'd meant by the invitation to go for a walk, or would he just assume she meant an actual walk walk? Her fingers were practically twitching with the urge to just hand the lockbox over to Sean while she checked her phone, but... No. If she was going to do this, she'd have to take it seriously. Texts could wait for a second, even if they were from him. "They're supposed to be 'protections for warriors,' but we don't really know much about them. TLDR version: they're old, and we don't know who made them, or whether anyone else had them before, or how they're supposed to work. Cass has decided they bond to one person and lock everyone else out of using them, since Devin's nearly killed her, but..." She shrugged, a gesture that simultaneously suggested a lack of practical knowledge and a lack of confidence in the claim. "We don't know. We'll have to test that later, I guess." She paused for a moment, wondering how much Sean knew about the whole Teulu thing, and whether she should mention her grandfather... and then remembered the group text, copper brows knitting together. Probably better not to say anything else, just in case. Grandpa always said being smart didn't mean you had any sense. "Anyway, they seem to respond to Shine, so... maybe tuning, like to a person, activates it. Could also explain what happened with Devin's, if Cassie just tried using her powers or whatever." Nudging the lid carefully closed with her thumb, Autumn set the lockbox on the back seat as Sean turned the not-quite-copper band over in his hand, the worn etching catching the late afternoon sun. Sean focused on the band of metal in his hand, studiously avoiding the pulse coming from Autumn's phone that was practically begging him to look at the message it portended. Nope! Not now, not with Autumn standing right here. The band wasn't a machine, it didn't contain any ancient, super advanced tech he could fathom, not as he and his voodoo senses understood it. It just felt... alive in some fashion to his basic awareness of Shine. Was it brighter than it should be under the afternoon sun? "Maybe we should've swiped one of those psionically active arrowheads when we were at the Montana Historical Society Museum, after all," Sean admitted, glancing up from the band to flash Autumn a wry grin. "We might've figured out how to test things like this. Though a felony for convenience's sake could be asking a bit much." Sean's two-toned turquoise and jade eyes went back to the band. Then without further consideration and some finagling with his ice cream cone, he slipped the band over his slim wrist. He stared at it expectantly. Nothing. No pulse, vibration, mental or audible tone, anything to suggest it was 'activated.' Just warmed by the sun and the ambient temperature while in the metal lockbox. "Huh." He twisted his wrist one way, then other, eyeing the patterns on the band again. "That's it then. Would have been convenient if it had told me all about itself, or given me a pop menu with its stats at least." Sean closed his eyes for a moment, picturing his brief foray to the Historical Society Museum. "Wished I had paid more attention when we were at the Museum, but with some research we should be able to determine a rough estimate of how old they are. At least to tell if they are pre or post Clovis era." Autumn nodded in response, very deliberately not grabbing at her phone as she took a slow, appreciative drink from the cup Sean had brought. It seemed strange that she'd gone on a day-trip with him, spent at least as much time in his company recently as some of the others, and still knew painfully little about the petite young man. But... "Tomorrow, maybe." There was a wealth of subtext contained within that final pair of syllables despite the superficially casual tone: hope, fear, resignation, and uncertainty, and all of it was writ plain in the curve of her smile, the subtle shift of her feet in the dirt, and the squaring of her shoulders as the Girl Scout exhaled. Yeah. Tomorrow. "Thanks again for the tea, Sean. See you later?" "Yup. Later." Autumn could see all she was feeling mirrored in the other youth, in the sharpness of his nod, the tentativeness in returning her smile with his own, the tenseness of his shoulders. There was perhaps less hope and more determination in the tightness about his eyes. Sean tilted his ice cream cone towards the tea in Autumn's hand in a sort of salute. "And no problem 'bout the tea. Grab me a coffee sometime." Sean turned, intending to amble his way to the Carousel, licking at his cone and suddenly, it was like he was in slow motion. He made a noise, not a grunt of pain, a softer exhalation, as a... a sensation, akin to whacking your funny bone (Yes, Sean knows it's not actually a bone) hard, except it didn't hurt. And instead of going up from his elbow, it went down from his fingertips. His fingers twitched. He tried to stop it, tried to catch it, but only made it worse, and watched as he lost his grip on his ice cream cone. Maybe, if he had just let it fall, if he had been built like a boy rather than a very well developed girl, it would have landed on the ground. Instead, ice cream practically exploded across his chest, the white and black of his hoodie painted with pale lavender. His shoulders slumped as he stared down at himself. "Fuck me," he muttered, in disgusted resignation. Gingerly, he plucked the slider between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand and unzipped his hoodie and shrugged out of it. Revealing he was wearing a femininely cut, dark grey shirt, the modest scoop neck offering up a discrete amount of cleavage. Autumn could see red blooming across Sean's face as spun the hoodie to roll it up in a ball, but his attention on was his left hand. The red didn't seem like embarrassment, but barely subdued fury, as though his hand had betrayed him. First the lemonade, then tripping over nothing. Now this! "What the fuck is happening?" "Whoa, hey. Hang on a sec." The decidedly less-developed redhead reached back, set her drink on the floorboard without glancing at it, and came up alongside him. "You okay?" Concern replaced conviction in her wide, clear eyes as they studied Sean's delicate, feminine features. Why do guys always get the prettiest eyelashes? she wondered distantly, a part of her grousing inwardly about the seeming unfairness of it all even as she scrutinized the angry scarlet flush burning beneath his skin. Was he just pissed he ruined the hoodie? Mad that he lost the ice cream? 'Cause that'd ruin anybody's day, honestly. All she had were guesses, though the shock and exasperation of his last question gave her pause. "C'mere." It wasn't quite mom-voice, and it wasn't quite Marissa's signature hauteur, either, but there was a firmness in Autumn's tone that brooked no argument and left no room to decline as a hand on his elbow turned him back toward the Jeep. "We always keep stuff for emergencies, because..." She gave him a little smile over her shoulder and waved a hand vaguely, expansively at the interior before climbing in. "Dogs. Paper towels, Tide pens, that kinda stuff." After a few moments of rummaging and muffled curses as she leaned over the back seat into the rear of the vehicle, Autumn re-emerged, napkins and stain-removing travel wipes in hand and with a slightly crumpled green flannel over her arm. "Here," she insisted, giving him a chance to clean up the worst of the purple smears on his jacket while she shook out the oversized button-down shirt. Although even if it did stain it wouldn't look terrible tie-dyed, she decided privately. Not really his aesthetic, though. "Just bring it back tonight, yeah?" "I will. Thanks for this," Sean said, dealing with the worse of the mess with the napkins and stain-removal wipes. He nodded at the flannel Autumn held in her hand. "And for that." He held up his hoodie, giving a grunt at the result, then folded it up and held it between his knees. He took the proffered shirt and slipped it on, rolling up the sleeves before buttoning it up. The colour in his cheeks softened to a diffuse pink as he noticed Autumn's gaze unconsciously drift downwards for an instant. With girls and women who know about him, about his condition, even if only in a general way, they usually treated him in one of two ways. As just another one of the girls, or as some perverted spy trying to sneak his way into sacred feminine spaces. The former was way better than the latter in his experience, but holy shit, girls could be so frank and explicit in what they talked about. "Just been clumsy all day. Getting all my ones outta way before tonight, yeah?" Sean explained, though not convincingly. Still, from the stubborn set of his jaw, Autumn knew Sean wasn't going to explain more. "'Til tonight." He gave her a nod, tucked his hoodie under his arm, then ran a hand through his red hair. "Think I'm gonna take a last ride on the Carousel. Later Autumn." His tone left the meaning of 'last' ambiguous, even to himself, as he turned around and ambled off towards his Grand Cherokee to drop off his hoodie. It could have meant that he wouldn't ever have a chance to ride the Carousel again, through death or injury. Or that it would be behind him at this transitioning point between adolescence and adulthood. Or a number of other inferences he wasn't introspective enough to dwell on. He could dwell on them on another day. Or not.
  3. Type: Features Author: Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito Subtitle: Dragon Talk Banner: Text: It’s 2021 and we’re back in action! Greg & Shelly get us up to date one the latest D&D news! Later, we welcome back Jeremy Crawford for another look at targeting! Our special interview this week is #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony Diterlizz Dragon Talk is executively produced by Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble & Wizards of The Coast. Show production by Lisa Carr & Ryan Marth of Siren Sound. Podcast recording, editing, mixing and mastering by Ryan Marth & Siren Sound. Dragon Talk: Tony Diterlizzi Dragon Talk - 01/06/2020 By Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble SEE MORE PODCASTS Podcast/Notes Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins: 00:00: Intro and News with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble 09:25: Sage Advice 38:36: Interview 1:46:54: Outro Stay Informed More Ways to Tune-In: Subscribe to the Dragon Talk podcast on iTunes, on Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts. More Ways to Play: Learn more about the Adventurers League here. More Ways to Become Involved: Find out more about the Guild Adept program here. If you’re interested in submitting your artwork to be considered for use with D&D, send five images to artdrop@wizards.com. Podcast Guests tony diterlizzi Tony DiTerlizzi, #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, has been creating children’s books for over twenty years. From fanciful picture books like The Spider & The Fly, to chapter books like The Search for Wondola, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold 20 million copies, been adapted into a feature film, and translated in over thirty countries. The Norman Rockwell museum’s retrospective, “Never Abandon Imagination”, featured artwork from the beginning of DiTerlizzi’s career as a contributing artist for Dungeons & Dragons and broke attendance records. He has been featured in Time Magazine, USA Today, CNN, PBS, NPR, BBC, and The Today Show. Twitter: @tonyditerlizzi Instagram: @diterlizzi Facebook: TonyDiterlizzi Website: diterlizzi.com Your Podcast Hosts Greg Tito Greg Tito has had weird and long career as an Off Broadway stage manager, a playwright, a theater carpenter, a secretary, an RPG designer, a games journalist, and now a PR/Marketing person. He has loved Dungeons & Dragons ever since 1985 when he found an old copy of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide on his brother’s bookshelf and he honed that love of fantasy storytelling in the dark streets of Sasserine by way of the Upper West Side gaming group he joined in 2004. He moved his family (wife + two young kids) to Seattle in 2015 to work on D&D and he’s never looked back. Twitter: @Gregtito Shelly Mazzanoble Shelly Mazzanoble will always play a magic-user. There. She said it. Enough pretending to want to break out of her comfort zone. She’s a magic-user. She’s also the brand lead for Avalon Hill and loves talking about that one time she played Diplomacy and SOMEONE (okay, it was Ben Petrisor) stabbed her in the back and took over her beloved Russia. If you enjoy tales of sorcery, board game upheavals, and reasons her 3 year-old is crying (HINT: She tried to make him eat a Nutella crepe), find Shelly on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook: shellymazzanoblewriter Twitter: @shellymoo Publication date: 01/06/2020 Tags: Features Podcast Texture banner: Show Black text:
  4. A super-nice logo whipped up by Impish Ian Watson leads us off into 2021! For why we have an Onyx Path 9 as our lead-in, check out the Reason To Celebrate! at the end of this blog! Because this is the first Monday Meeting Notes blog in 2021, it’s a bit like Janus: a bit of looking back and a bit of gazing forward. Very Sad News Our first bit dealing with the hell-year of 2020, is something I hoped I’d never have to write about. I’ve talked through most of 2020 about the effects of the pandemic on our creators. Well, last week, all of us at Onyx Path were saddened and shocked to hear that decades-long White Wolf creator Jackie Cassada had died of Covid-19. Jackie and her partner Nicky Rea were the sort of writers that developers love working with: creative, conscientious, and kind. They were hired for book after book in the old White Wolf days, and I was lucky to be able to work with them when I was doing the art direction for Changeling: the Dreaming and D20 Ravenloft and they were developing those lines. They were a delight, and as many have said, just so nice – even when we had to work out a solution to something we disagreed on. When Onyx Path started rolling along, one of the best parts of coming back to WoD with the 20th Anniversary projects was being able to work again with past colleagues, and it was a true pleasure to do so with Jacky and Nicky. Those lines for us, and all of the World of Darkness, would simply not be the same without their contributions. Because Nicky has also contracted the virus, but seems to be recovering, yet still has massive hospital and other bills due to what they have been through, Satyr Phil Brucato has established a GoFundMe campaign to lend whatever financial support folks can: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-author-and-widow-nicky-rea In addition, Onyx Path is working with Bundle of Holding to run a C20 sale designed to assist Nicky. We are working with our partners, as well as Bundle of Holding, to send all of our proceeds from the sale her way. We’ll post links when they are available. In any case, I urge you to consider donating to assist Nicky and in memory of Jackie: two creators who were instrumental in the creation of the game worlds from which so many of us have derived so much enjoyment, inspiration, and wonder. And Below This, Our Regular News: Just to continue looking back at 2020, Impish Ian Watson compiled a listing of our releases in 2020 and put them together in a blog here, for the full version: http://theonyxpath.com/release-retrospective-2020/ For a few highlights, we ran 7 successful Kickstarters: V5 Cults of the Blood Gods, Hunter: The Vigil 2e, M20 Technocracy Reloaded, Legendlore, They Came From Beyond the Grave!, Scion: Demigod 2e, WoD20 Ghost Hunters, and Dead Man’s Rust for Scarred Lands. During the year, we released at least a project for sale each Wednesday, and very often two or more, which means we’ve been offering “something” from Onyx Path every Wednesday for years – I think at least five – which seems like a record in the TTRPG biz. Or something! Meanwhile, dozens of creative folks in our community created a sum total of 105 projects they put up on our community content sites. The Slarecian Vault (Scarred Lands) had 37, Canis Minor (Realms of Pugmire) had 11, and the Storypath Nexus had 3 Dystopia Rising: Evolution projects, 33 Scion projects, 5 They Came From…! projects, and 26 Trinity Continuum projects put up for everyone to enjoy! So, really a huge mix of projects – something for everybody! Children of the Blood art by Ken Meyer, Jr For a bit of looking back AND a bit of peering forward, you can check out my conversation with our Onyx Pathcast crew that was posted last Friday, right there on January 1st, fittingly enough! Matthew says he had a fair bit of a tussle getting the sound to come together – Eddy was booming when he was on, I was a wee little voice – but I think, from what I’ve heard so far, that he did an excellent job making everyone’s voice at about the same level. If you do have any problem hearing any of my responses or meandering anecdotes, please do ask for clarification in the Comments section below this blog. BTW: the “What Is Time?” question in this week’s MMN title came from Dixie while we were trying to figure out what books released in 2020 and were stumbling all over the place trying to remember. I think it is a good look at things in both directions, but check it out yourself anywhere you can download Podcasts! Children of the Blood art by Michael Gaydos Looking Into 2021 (A Bit) As I mentioned last week, we’re starting 2021’s Kickstarter run with a dual KS for Scion: Masks of the Mythos, which brings the Cthulhu Mythos into Scion if you need a dash of eldritch inimical beings outside of humanity’s ken that we were not meant to know of, and Scion: Dragon, to add another powerful protagonist (and frankly, antagonist) faction to your Scion games. I mean, you know: dragons! We’ll be starting that dual KS (you can pledge for one of them or both) as early in January as we can (not this week), and will let you know the actual date as soon as we get the OK from Kickstarter! A section of Scion: Masks of the Mythos art by Victor Lezza Finally, here’s another of our annual traditions – the New Year’s Resolutions from our MMN crew! Dixie: This year, I’m reprioritizing how I work to get things running more smoothly through our systems and into people’s hands. I started at the end of 2020 by getting my new office all set up, and it’s already helping me mentally! I also plan to do more writing (and stick to my deadlines a little better) and would like to work on at least one personal project, like most of my colleagues have. In fun news: I’d also like to play more games, both streamed and not, with friends and colleagues. Games over the computer have been a huge help through 2020, and I’d like to keep them up even once things start opening back up and conventions resume. Matthew: My new year’s resolution is to make more time to read novels while juggling writing, family, and the myriad of TV shows, roleplaying games, and video games with which I otherwise engage! Reading is a vital part of gaining inspiration for creative work, but it’s also something I truly enjoy and haven’t done enough of in the last year. LisaT: This year I absolutely resolve not to wait until the end of the year to input all of the w9 & w8’s into the spreadsheet for the taxes! Eddy: Last year I resolved to clear up the clutter in my work process so I have more time to focus on projects. That… uh… did not go as planned, so I’m going to try again now that 2020’s headless corpse is lying in a ditch. Ian: Last year I mentioned I was excited to get a lot of releases out for the core and Æon; with a half-dozen solid releases, I’m really happy with what we accomplished. This year I’m looking forward to expanding the Trinity Continuum into new territory: Anima‘s 2084, Adventure!‘s jump forward to the 1930s, and the Shadow world of Assassins. The Trinity Continuum was already pretty big in its original incarnation, but we’re going bigger than ever, and I’m thrilled to take you with us. Deviant art by Luis Sanz Mike: I have a few resolutions for the year: Regular communication with our freelance designers. Something a little more formalized as the run and gun style of thing when it was just Josh and me only works with two people. Come up with some more creative merch ideas for Redbubble besides slapping art on shirts or a coffee cup. I would love to see us do some cute Pugmire or Mau related merch… something fun instead of everything grimdark. Let the designers make all the corrections on projects instead of just doing it myself. That way they learn to not repeat the same mistakes. RichT: Gonna go with a cliche to start off, but I’ve gotta get back to getting fit. I’m pretty sure I said this in last year’s resolutions, but 2020 really slammed me: not enough exercise, too much soda, and no open gyms for bad weather days. It’s been brutal. For 2021 work, it’s time to buckle down and make sure we’re all moving forward with our projects at a deadline hitting speed, and I’m resolving to bring some old-school production thinking into making that happen. Plus, I resolve to reveal to you all at least two currently secret projects with one being a hitherto unannounced new TTRPG. There ya go, let’s see how we do this time next year. But for this year, please do keep letting us know what you need us to create, how we’re doing, and what you’re doing with our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Next Kickstarter in early January 2021 will be a double feature for Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos! Onyx Path Media! This week: Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy take a deep dive into Scion: Dragon and its upcoming Kickstarter! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ A new year with new media, starting with 2020’s greatest hits on our YouTube channel! Mage: Technocracy Reloaded Actual Play: https://youtu.be/hHG5fBCFlTE Exalted Essence Actual Play: https://youtu.be/9iR2hvXoapQ Hunter: The Vigil Actual Play: https://youtu.be/8dqdt6sy6Ws They Came from Beyond the Grave! Trailer: https://youtu.be/mWTla3xEmGA They Came from Beyond the Grave! Actual Play: https://youtu.be/qLEFXntIa3g 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 Hunter: The Vigil – Stuffed Frostlands of Fenrilik – Behind the Screen Contagion Chronicle – Vorpal Tales Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds Hunter: The Vigil – 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 – E27 – https://youtu.be/vL96mhbWxHs Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night – Game 11 – https://youtu.be/eZjkeHzr4sM Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale – E28 – https://youtu.be/aV3brWa5oHo Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Fight in the Shade – MEATGRINDER – https://youtu.be/6IYXr3IXWS8 Scarred Lands – Frostlands of Fenrilik – One Shot – https://youtu.be/QSi3sZQvc_s Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Over on Red Moon Roleplaying, Matthew Dawkins and Klara Herbøl conclude their Dead Man’s Rust campaign with Craig and Hjalmar of RMR! This game has been a huge amount of fun to play. Check out episode four right here (https://youtu.be/rWPqbrUAkrA) and give them a subscribe. 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 it remains among the best Exalted shows out there. Their most recent episodes are available over on https://www.exaltcast.com/, with their newest the following: Kicks that split mountains, hand signals that seduce spirits, words that incite riots. How does it work? Monica and Chazz explain the basic systems of Exalted and then use them as we investigate why the Dragon-Blooded are so interested in a corner of the Tarpan Wastes. https://www.exaltcast.com/2020/12/14/myriad-laws-of-creation-basic-exalted-mechanics/ Our very own Chris Allen continues his wonderful chronicle of Werewolf: The Forsaken over on the Paleo Gaming Twitch channel! Please add a follow to their stream and give them your support: https://www.twitch.tv/paleo_gaming Occultists Anonymous continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: Episode 153: Stars Align The cabal’s investigation into the mysteries of the 5 Grimoires is interrupted by an armed paramilitary force. Aggressive negotiations ensue. https://youtu.be/b4J0p4FOBfM Episode 152: Pyramid Scheme The cabal begin the careful investigation of the Sleepwalker, Taylor, and this Council he belongs to. Are they related to the Grimoires? Foe or friend? https://youtu.be/P914DrrxWWw Back to Exalted, and the Story Told Podcast continue their Fall of Jiara Dragon-Blooded chronicle right here: https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-34 After the party, the Dragon-Blooded reconvene to compare notes and learn what Tepet Sanzo uncovered during his infiltration. 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 As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! The next big sale at DTRPG will be the New Year, New Game Sale starting tomorrow with core books, player guides and jumpstarts included. Plus a big Scarred Lands bundle focused on the VTT elements. On Sale This Week! This Wednesday take A Quantum Leap as we present the PDF and PoD versions of this Trinity Continuum Core Jumpstart on DTRPG! “Potential is everywhere. You can’t really see it, but you can feel it. And all you really need to do is reach out, grab that potential in your hand, and bend it to your will. Nothing goes wrong if you just use your potential. I know it sounds easy. I can’t really tell you how to do it. But when you do, you’ll just know.” — Janeka Spencer, Neptune Foundation first responder This jumpstart has everything you need to start playing an adventure in Trinity Continuum, including: All the rules you need from Trinity Continuum A full adventure, “A Quantum Leap,” ready to run Five ready-made characters for players to pick up and play 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! Gehenna Gaming is planning a second Virtual Horror Convention in mid-February and Onyx Path will be there and sponsoring sessions! More news as we have it! 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) Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e) 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) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!) Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Anima They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) 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) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) 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) 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) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Legacies of Earth (Legendlore) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) 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) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Peoples of the Crossroads Continent Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Art buy in progress – tweaking last of notes. Legendlore Scion: Dragon (KS) – Ready for the KS. Masks of the Mythos (KS) – Ready for the KS. Scion: Demigod – Art buy in progress. They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) – Contracting KS artwork. Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – LeBlanc is on it. M20 Victorian (KS) – Splats in. Fulls almost all done. TC: Under Alien Skies – Most final art in – chasing down stragglers. Heirs to the Shogunate – Sketches coming in and over to devs, poking them. Dead Man’s Rust (SL KS) Children of the Blood – Getting art ready to send to Paradox for approvals. M20 Technocracy Jumpstart – Art in progress. Exalted Essence V5 Trail of Ash and Bone – Sending out remaining art notes. V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements – Artnotes in. TC Aberrant N!We M20 Technocracy Dossier/Companion In Layout Vigil Watch M20 Technocracy Reloaded Monsters of the Deep – Giving to Josh. Mummy 2 TC Aberrant Jumpstart Proofing Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) Aberrant – Prepping PoD and trad print files. Geist: One Foot In the Grave Tales of Aquatic Terror – PDF out to KS backers for errata. Deviant – Backer PDF going to backers for errata. Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Compiled TC: Aberrant Screen At Press Contagion Chronicle – KS fulfillment shipping finishing up. Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller. Lunars Screen and Booklet – At KS fulfiller. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – At KS fulfiller. PDF and PoD on sale at DTRPG. V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Prepping for press. PoD proofs on the way. Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs – PoD prepping. TC Core Jumpstart – PDF and PoD versions on sale this Weds on DTRPG. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Here we are with just what that logo is all about: it’s because we just passed our ninth anniversary of the founding of Onyx Path! Which means we are now in our tenth year of doing business! Wow, has time gone by just crazy-fast! Thanks for coming along on the trip, so far, and here’s to even greater projects and fun to come!
  5. In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy speak with Onyx Path Creative Director Rich Thomas about the year just gone and the year to come! The arrival of Rich Thomas Onyx Path Redbubble sales are going well! They Came from Beyond the Grave! is lost in time People are pleased to receive Dark Eras 2, Contagion Chronicle, and They Came from Beneath the Sea! The fun of writing art notes Rich’s own campaign setting The exciting upcoming Peoples of the Crossroads Continent Inktober and Nanowrimo Our Greatest Triumphs and Greatest Disappointments of 2020 The Disappearance of Eddy Webb Our next Kickstarter! – Masks of the Mythos and Scion: Dragon! LINKS: Onyx Path Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/theonyxpath/shop They Came from Beyond the Grave! Backerkit: https://they-came-from-beyond-the-grave.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders Dark Eras 2: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/300515/Chronicles-of-Darkness-Dark-Eras-2 The Contagion Chronicle: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/318347/Chronicles-of-Darkness-The-Contagion-Chronicle They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/300642/They-Came-From-Beneath-the-Sea Dixie’s Cyberpunk Streams: https://www.twitch.tv/vorpaltales Reginald / Arthur Pewty: https://youtu.be/bwurFNKTQHsw We Didn’t Start the Fire: https://youtu.be/eFTLKWw542g Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  6. Like I mentioned in last week’s MMN blog, this week our crew are taking a break and hoping to see 2020 getting smaller in the rear view mirror after we burst through to 2021. We all know that there’s a whole lotta stuff that can still wreck 2021, but that New Year optimism just can’t be denied. It’s a conditioned reflex and this New Years, we’re just going to go along with it! Because of that, though, this week’s MMN blog – the last in 2020 – is wee small. We’re between Kickstarters with Dead Man’s Rust ending last week at 200% funded and with some very “value added” Stretch Goals for VTT gaming aids and a couple of expanded location books. Not a huge KS for us, but a very sweet way to end our KS run this year. Plus, our affable Kickstarter Concierge, James Bell, gets to celebrate the holidays this year without juggling a running KS. Which is one of the reasons why we scheduled our KSs this year as we did. Next, we’ll be running a dual Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos KS as early in January as we can make happen! The KS will indeed be set up so that you can pledge for both at once or either separately, as some folks have already asked. The Teach Your Kids to Game Sale is still going on over at DTRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/rpg_teachkids.php?manufacturers_id=4261 For us that means Realms of Pugmire PDFs. The sale runs all week. If you haven’t checked out the Onyx Pathcast that went up Xmas Day, it’s a Hobbit movie #3 watch and riff-along with Dixie, Eddy, and Matthew, and quite a hoot! Our commenters run the gamut of Tolkien knowledge, so hearing their responses to scenes can range from a sly reference to a LOTR footnote, all the way to complete confusion as to why the movie just dropped a bear on the battle! Well worth a listen – I couldn’t stopped laughing along with them! This Friday’s Pathcast starts off 2021 with a look back on 2020 Onyx Path-style, as the Trio interviews, well, me. As usual, I have no idea how well I answered their questions or if it’s a good show, plus we lost Eddy due to technical issues mid-way through, but the Trio seemed to like it afterwards, so I hope you do too. And with that, let’s wrap up this last MMN blog of the year noting that when we get back it will be after Onyx Path‘s 9th Anniversary this week and so we’ll be in our tenth year of business. It really does not feel like that long! Time really must fly when you’re having fun, and we’re so glad you folks have chosen to share that fun with us! 2021 promises to be a year of fantastic projects, both for those game lines you already enjoy, and for new ones you’re going to be amazed by! We played a lot of catch-up while 2020 pelted us, and 2021 is going to reap the benefit of that – as will we all as Onyx Path explodes forth into: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Next Kickstarter in early January 2021 will be a double feature for Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos! Onyx Path Media! I put this version of the Onyx Pathcast Terrific Trio of Terror because we haven’t used it in 2020, I don’t think! This week: Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy (for a chunk of it) will be interviewing Rich Thomas and laying into him with the HARD questions, the BRUTAL truths, about Onyx Path in 2020! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ 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 on our abbreviated holiday schedule: 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 As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! Teach Your Kid to Game Sale is on now at DTRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/rpg_teachkids.php?manufacturers_id=4261 We have a handful of Pugmire PDFs included in the sale. The next big sale at DTRPG will be the New Year, New Game sale next month (year)! All of our core books and Jumpstarts will be on sale! On Sale This Week! This week we present the last PDF installment of Vigil Watch: #6 – Lokil on DTRPG! Plus, keep an eye out at our RedBubble stores for fantastic art prints featuring the staggering art of Scarred Lands! Ghelspad Expanded! Ghelspad is a massive and diverse land. Once a paradise, this continent is now scarred by the ravages of the Titanswar. In the wake of divine bloodshed, and beset on all sides by titanspawn, the people of Ghelspad survive and thrive on this befouled continent. Vigil Watch explores six different locations across Ghelspad. From the bloody shores of the Toe Islands in the east to the Sweltering Plains of the west, Vigil Watch provides an in-depth look at a variety of locales and cultures. Vigil Watch Part Six details the Library of Lokil, home to one of the greatest collections of lore and dangerous secrets in the Scarred Lands! 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! Gehenna Gaming is planning a second Virtual Horror Convention in mid-February and Onyx Path will be there and sponsoring sessions! More news as we have it! And now, the new project status updates! NOTE FROM RICH: No Updates here this week, folks! Check us out next week as we enter 2021 with a bang! 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) Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e) 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) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!) Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Anima They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) 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) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) 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) 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) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Legacies of Earth (Legendlore) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) 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) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Peoples of the Crossroads Continent Indexing TC: Aberrant (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Art buy in progress. Mummy 2 – AD’d. Almost all sketches are in. Legendlore – Art buy figured out. Scion: Dragon (KS) – Ready for the KS. Masks of the Mythos (KS) – Ready for the KS. Scion: Demigod – Art buy in progress. They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) – Contracting KS artwork. Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – LeBlanc is on it. M20 Victorian (KS) – Splats in. Fulls and scenes in progress – getting some art ready for Paradox approval. TC: Under Alien Skies – Most final art in. Heirs to the Shogunate – Sketches coming in and over to devs, poking them. Dead Man’s Rust (SL KS) Children of the Blood – Only waiting on one artist to send in art. M20 Technocracy Jumpstart – Art in progress. Exalted Essence V5 Trail of Ash and Bone – Finishing getting art assigned. V5 Forbidden Religions – Got art notes. TC Mission Statements – Art buy figured out. TC Aberrant N!We – Art buy in progress. TC Aberrant Jumpstart – Art buy figured out. M20 Technocracy Dossier/Companion In Layout Vigil Watch M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Going over Josh’s proof. Monsters of the Deep Proofing Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) Aberrant – Indexing. Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Hunting down some assets for Travis. Tales of Aquatic Terror – PDF out to KS backers for errata. Deviant – Approved by Paradox. Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Compiled TC: Aberrant Screen At Press TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – KS shipping wrapping up. They Came from Beneath the Sea! – KS shipping wrapping up . Pirates of Pugmire – KS shipping wrapping up . Pirates of Pugmire Screen – KS shipping wrapping up . Dark Eras 2 – KS shipping wrapping up . Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet – KS shipping wrapping up . Contagion Chronicle – KS fulfillment shipping started. Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller. Lunars Screen and Booklet – At KS fulfiller. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – At KS fulfiller. PDF and PoD on sale at DTRPG. V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Prepping for press. PoD proofs on the way. Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs – PoD prepping. TC Core Jumpstart – PoD proofs on the way. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Almost there. We’re going to celebrate the end of this year like never before, folks! Thanks for being with us through this decade-long year! You’re one of the reasons we kept going and made the best of things. See you next year!
  7. MCG gets Teri-fied, the 2020 Holiday Gift is live, the Heroes of the Cypher System Kickstarter is closing in on … Cypher Chronicles, vol. 45-2020 The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 45-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  8. The question was obvious in Kat's tone and look. Sean shot his parents a covert glance, considering how to circumspectly answer, when the parental Cassidys gave him the perfect opportunity. He wasn't sure if it was coincidence or if they they had picked up on something or if it was something else. "Laurie, your turn to keep on eye on the grill," Jack Cassidy called out. He finished the rest of his beer with a single pull then nodded at Sean as he plonked the bottle in the small blue bin they had brought for the purpose. "Sean, take care of the baked goods we still have on sale for the Carousel fund." It was a knock on his son's masculinity or lack thereof that Jack asked him to look after the baking while his younger, yet taller, sister took care of the grill. Sean had made or help make most of the pies and pastries while Laurie needed more experience with the grill. "Your mother and I are going to take a spin on the Carousel before people slow down on the food and it gets even more crowded and the lines get longer." Laurie stood up to man the grill while Sean shifted seats on the picnic table to he was sitting next to the side table they had set up to display the baked goods. When Jack and Carolyn Cassidy had wondered off hand-in-hand, Sean turned back to the others, though his heterochromatic eyes were directed at Kat. "They know about me and figured it out about Jason. They know there are others - and probably have some suspicions about who - but I haven't told them. Don't feel it's my place. Up to you guys if you want them to know. And I haven't told them about what happening tonight. I'll tell them some when its over. Laurie will if we don't come back." Fire flared with a hiss at the grill, Laurie's lips a tight line, not liking Sean's assertion any better hearing it a second time. "How about you guys?" "Not anything in particular," Sean said, giving his hoodie a small tug as it began to stick to his back slightly, sun and rising warmth starting to make his sweat slightly through his layers. "Just enjoying the sun and the company, y'know, before..." He shrugged a slender shoulder. A grin spread across his fine, feminine features. "Despite everything, I'm practically vibrating out of my skin waiting for tomorrow. I might be, I dunno, two, three years ahead of schedule--" Sean waggled the fingers of one hand, "thanks to my Voodoo, but I still can't wait for ReGenesis to drop tomorrow." Sean frowned faintly when Devin made his exit, as he exchanged a pair of pies for several bills. He couldn't read thoughts or emotions, but he could sense the electric impulses dancing through nervous systems and the various parts of the brain. He was still deciphering what they sometimes meant, but could see something similar in Devin and his parents, mostly his mother. It wasn't animosity, not quite distrust. Even if he hadn't told his mom everything Devin had done to him, and even if he was well on his way to forgiving the exasperating, arrogant, gymn-ass, maybe even considering him a friend - of sorts - his mom still considered Devin very suspect. Sean couldn't quite tell what Devin thought about his parents. Sean arched a brow as Cade mused aloud. Whatever reconciliation he might have going on with Devin barely extended to his glamorous, devilish twin as yet. Still, he couldn't help feel a slight pang of envy. Another one of his disparate friends who had formed a relationship that was based on something other than friendship - or only friendship, at least. "Then don't keep her waiting, man," Sean said. He couldn't tell where Marissa was, but he could tell where her phone was, and that was practically the same thing. "You can do better, but I get it." "Pfft! As if!" Laurie scoffed, having reclaimed her seat at the picnic table. Sean snorted in rebuttal. "Go surprise her before she answers." He pointed off to the side. "She's that way."
  9. 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.
  10. Lots of fun things happened on Halloween a few days ago – I hope you and yours enjoyed a good Trick and/or Treat! For us, that day also marked the end of the Deluxe 20th Anniversary WoD: Ghost Hunters Kickstarter! Which was pretty sweet, all told. We surpassed our estimate for pledges and burned through a thematically appropriate (and SPOOKY!) 13 Stretch Goals! Once again, thanks to all of you who pledged and participated and spread the word! We could not do it without you! Sometime this month, we hope to Kickstart our next project: Dead Man’s Rust for the Scarred Lands 5e setting. This is a mega-adventure that is based around an ominous (and SPOOKY!) affliction that threatens many of the inhabitants of Ghelspad! More on this when we have a firm date for the KS’s start. As I mentioned before here on the MMN blog, we decided on putting Dead Man’s Rust‘s KS in here many weeks ago in response to the uncertainty of the elections here in the US. Now, on election-eve, and with little greater clarity as to how things will go, I’m glad we made that call on the Kickstarter. Let the Streets Run Red art by Ken Meyer Jr One other bit of good news in Kickstarter-land, which can be SPOOKY! all by itself, is that our four KSs that were delayed because of the effects of Covid have now started shipping out. The new Creature Collection 5e for Scarred Lands (a gorgeous and SPOOKY! book) finished shipping a few weeks ago, and They Came From Beneath the Sea! (SPOOKY! seas) is finishing right now, to be followed this week by Dark Eras 2 (SPOOKY! through time), and then Pirates of Pugmire (Yarr! SPOOKY!? OK, enough.). Whew! So glad our printers and fulfillers were able to get all the pieces together at last. Thanks to all of our backers who were so understanding of the challenges they faced due to the changes brought on to both the printing and shipping businesses due to the pandemic. V5 Cults of the Blood Gods art by Alejandro Colucci So What Else Is Going On That’s Not KS-Related? Well, there’s the election tomorrow, so we discussed that. In general, we’re assuming that Tuesday and probably Wednesday are going to be a wash for our creators. It’s going to be pretty distracting even if you aren’t invested in the situation, and most of our crew truly care about the issues that are playing out tomorrow (and maybe longer). With that, we optimistically set up some meetings later in the week. While all that is going on, we are reviewing the responses we’ve received so far to our Onyx Path Customer Survey 2020 edition. If you haven’t heard of it, we’re asking our community to fill out a pretty brief survey that we hope will express your interests and give us some good ideas as we start to prep for our 2021 Summit. Here’s the link: https://forms.gle/k6J1UMV3h5fCx3FD9 Just from the over 500 responses we’ve received so far, there are a few notes I’d like to share. This is in no way meant to make anybody feel bad who responded, we just want to be sure that people are informed about a few things. Regular readers of this blog may already be aware of these things, but please do pass them on if you see the chance: 1- We did not publish the Deluxe V20 book. Eddy and I were on the team at CCP who did create the book and get it printed and out, but it was CCP during their ownership that published that first “love letter to the fans”. Also, the Deluxe V20 book itself was not Kickstarted. Onyx Path‘s very first Kickstarter project was for the V20 Companion and started our long tradition of Kickstarting 20th Anniversary Editions, but the main book was offered on pre-order without a KS. 2- To the person who was so pissed off that we asked them what country they were living in, in an optional survey that you don’t even need to answer every question on, that they answered every question with FU! (except they wrote it out), here’s hoping you feel a lot better after that cathartic moment. Glad we could help! 3- Big one here, folks: We do not own the World of Darkness, Chronicles of Darkness, or Exalted, game lines. We pitch our ideas to Paradox, who does own them, and they give us approval or not on those ideas for projects. We literally can not legally publish a project they have not agreed to. We don’t hate your favorite game line because we haven’t published anything recently for it, seriously. 4- Another along the same lines: We did not create Vampire 5th Edition, nor the Camarilla or Anarchs books. Onyx Path didn’t have a thing to do with those books, even if there are some freelancers hired in common by our company and Paradox. The 5th Edition setting and rules decisions were made by the Paradox White Wolf team. We have created several books for that game line that we think are pretty damn good, but we work with their set-up for how the TTRPG books need to be. It’s their property after all. 4.5- As you might tell from the points above, we are a licensee of Paradox, whose license allows us to create projects based in their Intellectual Properties. As a licensee, we have no say on what other licenses are arranged by Paradox for their IPs. We don’t have inside info on them, and we don’t get to add our two cents into their business decisions as to what other kinds of projects are licensed. Let the Streets Run Red art by Ken Meyer Jr A few responses told us not to do X, and X was something we had no connection to, so I thought it would help if I laid out the info above. We know that the ownership changes over the years combined with some books being licenses and others being made inside Paradox has been hard to keep track of. It’s not like the old White Wolf days, certainly. Besides that, if you haven’t yet filled out the Survey, and have a spare five minutes, we would really appreciate your sending it in and helping us get some info on just what we can do to create the sorts of game books and experiences your enjoy. Thanks! Finally, everybody, please take care in the next few days, and we’ll see you back at our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! Coming up next: Dead Man’s Rust for Scarred Lands Onyx Path Media! This week: Trinity Continuum Core Actual Play, part 3 with Eddy amping up the complications and paranoia for Matthew and Dixie! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ It’s a new week for Onyx Path Media, with a lot of exciting shows coming up on our Twitch channel! Please do check us out and give us a follow. 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 – Vorpal Tales Contagion Chronicle – No Time for Reality Pugmire – How the Pirates Stole Yuletyme Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night – FINALE 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 – E19 – https://youtu.be/cI1WzXT3mU4 Onyx Path News – https://youtu.be/5SK-K-yS0NY Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night – Game 3 – https://youtu.be/-qSXPwiLAVg They Came from Beyond the Grave! – Vorpal Tales – Episode 3 – https://youtu.be/7vyr6i3V35o Scion: Demigod – Strange Days – Episode 2 – https://youtu.be/qJN0_aVDiW8 Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds – S1E21 – https://youtu.be/4pUm2PbMa7o Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Episode 7 – https://youtu.be/OM5oXcU2DR4 Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Strange Assembly wrote up a review of V5 Let the Streets Run Red over on their website: https://www.strangeassembly.com/2020/review-let-the-streets-run-red-vampire-the-masquerade And Charles Phipps did the same on Book Nest! Please give his review a read: http://booknest.eu/reviews/charles/2080-letthestreetsrunred 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 the Seat of the Scarlet Empire. https://www.exaltcast.com/2020/11/02/seat-of-the-scarlet-empire-the-blessed-isle/ Occultists Anonymous continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: Episode 139: Sleeper, Asleep Atratus leads her Ebon Phoenix initiates, Wyrd the Seer, and Network into a Sleeper’s soul to undo some of the damage done by her rampant use of magic. https://youtu.be/je6rAArfwf8 Episode 140: Checklist Acquired Songbird researches the trials of the Seraphim he had summoned. Wyrd the Seer and Atratus study what it means to be Wise. https://youtu.be/BfPR30HFjdg More Exalted with The Story Told RPG Podcast‘s Dragon-Blooded actual play, the Fall of Jiara! If you’ve not checked them out before, give them a listen from episode one. If you’re happy to dive right in here: https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-29 Did you watch Red Moon Roleplaying‘s V5 Cults of the Blood Gods chronicle, The Family? It’s appearing in print in the upcoming Trails of Ash and Bone, but before then, give their actual play a listen: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP3vIEdQUkMH2xf05UFbTgjfrBDg3biBl 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 As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! TC: Aberrant Elites Mask This Wednesday we are offering all sorts of amusing and distracting merch-y items over on our RedBubble store! Like TC: Aberrant symbols! Because isn’t it a good time to be amused and distracted?! 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 has confirmed that they are cancelling the con for this year. We’ll be playing games at GameHole Con – the virtual edition – from Nov 5th to Nov 8th! Here’s a link to the con, and the events…pay no attention to the info about the venue and all that detritus from the earlier plan for their usual live convention: https://bit.ly/37lEEaF 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…!) 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) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire) Trinity Continuum: Anima Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition) 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) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Legacies of Earth (Legendlore) 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) CtL 2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e) 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!) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 – Need to AD just 10 more pieces. Legendlore Scion: Dragon (KS) – Art for KS in progress. Masks of the Mythos (KS) – Ready for the KS. Scion: Demigod (KS) They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Awaiting artnotes. Monsters of the Deep – Monsters all AD’d. Art still arting. M20 Victorian (KS) – ADing rolling. TC: Under Alien Skies – ADed. Sketches coming in. Heirs to the Shogunate – ADed. Boom. Dead Man’s Rust (SL KS) – KS art AD’d. Cover art in. Children of the Blood – ADing. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch M20 Technocracy Reloaded – In layout realized needed some more art: contracted. Deviant – Symbols and page designs being created. Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Travis is on it. Tales of Aquatic Terror – Ready for Travis layout. 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As we stand on the cusp of change and potential upheaval throughout the US and inevitably beyond, let’s celebrate our friends and those who we can celebrate and/or commiserate with. Friends who have your back through thick or thin, and also friends who might not go that far, but who make you feel better anyway! And take care, all of youse.
  11. LaTia Jacquise Joins Monte Cook Games as Community Relations Coordinator Monte Cook Games, LLC, the company behind the popular and … MCG Welcomes LaTia Jacquise The post MCG Welcomes LaTia Jacquise appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  12. Type: Features Author: Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito Subtitle: Dragon Talk Banner: Text: With so much D&D news, it would be impossible to list it all here. Listen to our opening news segment to hear Greg and Shelly break it all down! It’s an extra scary, double dose of Chris Perkins this week on Dragon Talk! First, Greg and Shelly get you up to date with the latest D&D news! Afterwards, Chris makes his first appearance to give us a Lore You Should Know on Barovia. Later, he returns for a special interview on Curse of Strahd Revamped! Dragon Talk is executively produced by Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble & Wizards of the Coast. Show production by Lisa Carr & Ryan Marth of Siren Sound. Podcast recording, editing, mixing and mastering by Ryan Marth & Siren Sound. Dragon Talk: Chris Perkins, LYSK on Barovia Dragon Talk - 10/21/2020 By Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble SEE MORE PODCASTS Podcast/Notes Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins: 00:00: Intro and news with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble 15:51: Lore You Should Know 34:06: Interview with Chris Perkins 1:25:48: Outro Stay Informed More Ways to Tune-In: Subscribe to the Dragon Talk podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get podcasts. More Ways to Play: Learn more about the Adventurers League here. More Ways to Become Involved: Find out more about the Guild Adept program here. If you’re interested in submitting your artwork to be considered for use with D&D, send five images to artdrop@wizards.com. Podcast Guests Chris Perkins Chris Perkins is a mind flayer. He works on Dungeons & Dragons and eats the brains of people smarter than him. Twitter: @ChrisPerkinsDnD Your Podcast Hosts Greg Tito Greg Tito has had weird and long career as an Off Broadway stage manager, a playwright, a theater carpenter, a secretary, an RPG designer, a games journalist, and now a PR/Marketing person. He has loved Dungeons & Dragons ever since 1985 when he found an old copy of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide on his brother’s bookshelf and he honed that love of fantasy storytelling in the dark streets of Sasserine by way of the Upper West Side gaming group he joined in 2004. He moved his family (wife + two young kids) to Seattle in 2015 to work on D&D and he’s never looked back. Twitter: @Gregtito Shelly Mazzanoble Shelly Mazzanoble will always play a magic-user. There. She said it. Enough pretending to want to break out of her comfort zone. She’s a magic-user. She’s also the brand lead for Avalon Hill and loves talking about that one time she played Diplomacy and SOMEONE (okay, it was Ben Petrisor) stabbed her in the back and took over her beloved Russia. If you enjoy tales of sorcery, board game upheavals, and reasons her 3 year-old is crying (HINT: She tried to make him eat a Nutella crepe), find Shelly on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook: shellymazzanoblewriter Twitter: @shellymoo Publication date: 10/22/2020 Tags: Features Podcast Texture banner: Show Black text:
  13. Sean rolled his expressive, two-toned eyes in exasperation. He wasn't sure if Devin muddled up his words on purpose to be funny or actually did it by accident. Knowing for sure would probably be worse, and likely no less exasperating. He shook his head, and gave Kat a wide, genuine smile in greeting. "Kat. Great to see you here." He arched a questioning brow at Devin. "If you want to be involved in our hobbies, you should come around to gaming night." He blinked. D'oh! Did I just invite Devin to gaming?! Well, it at least meant he was thinking beyond the final showdown of final destiny with Not-Cody tonight, even if gaming nights had been spotty at best, lately. "Baby steps, brah," Devin said. "One bit of nerdery at a time." "He does have a point though," Sean said, sidling up beside Kat, lips curving coyly at he glanced at his sister. "'Bout the double-date thing." "He does?!" Laurie exclaimed, just as Devin said, "I do?" "Yeah, I asked Kat to Homecoming. She said yes." Sean sounded nonchalant, but his eyes gleamed. Kat looked surprised for a moment as Sean made the declaration then beamed widely. There was barely an instant of surprise in Devin's face before an enthusiastic, "Dude!" and a fist bump, which Sean returned after a brief hesitation of unexpectedness. "Get!" Laurie slammed the heels of her palms against her short brother's shoulders, nearly knocking him out of his scuffed red sneakers. "Out!" Slam! "Are you serious?" "Ow..." Sean muttered, rubbing his shoulders. "Yes, I'm serious. Even your poor freak of a brother can find a date to Homecoming." "I would say... exotique, rather," Kat added. "And as Sean has been showing me around Shelly, I figure this is one thing more to show me. Homecoming, we did not have its like in France." Laurie's face scrunched up. "I didn't mean it like th-" "No, no, it's okay," Sean continued, playing up the drama. "I just thought, since all I've suffered, the least you could do is, while me and Kat go, you could take Devin-" "NO! Absolutely not! I-" "Sorry, Red! I'm already taking Cassie to Homecoming." Devin considered for a rare moment. "Though, there's totally some cray inside that girl. If I ask the right way, she mi-" Hands on her slim hips, Laurie turned her grey-eyed glare from her brother to the boy Jauntsen. "Finish that thought, Jauntsen, and I'll jaunt you into a lake of fire. And I already have a date, thank-you!" Her glare returned to her brother. "I can't believe you're trying to pull the freak card. Now." Sean smirked, pressing a hand to his chest. "You wound me. I would never. But it should work for me, some time, at least. But really, you didn't let me finish. I just meant you could bring Devin over to mom and dad, y'know, provide a bit of distraction when I tell mom 'bout Kat and Homecoming." Sean looked over at Devin and Kat. "We have plenty to share, without Teagan here." "Oh!" Baleful regard eased, then relented. "Oh, that's fine. I guess." She gave Devin a sidelong glance. "If you're hungry." "I could eat," Devin agreed, not at all opposed to being in company of three redheads - four, if you counted Mrs. Cassidy. "Fine!" Laurie didn't quite scowl, roughly hooking her arm with Devin's and leading him to the Cassidy table. "I could eat too, and would like to meet your parents," Kat agreed. More graciously, Sean lead Kat after Laurie and Devin. "Just wait 'til I tell you Marissa's plans for you, Sean," Laurie shot back over her shoulder. "Wait. What?" Laurie stuck out her tongue but said no more. Sean and Laurie introduced their guests to their parents, though Devin was known to them already, if not officially. Jack Cassidy was easygoing as he kept to the grill, even towards Devin. If his gaze sharpened a bit, there wasn't the cinematic Dad Vibe of 'hurt my little girl, and I will end you!'. Carolyn was more scrutinizing. Devin had hardly been kind to her younger children. But that seemed to have been changing of late. She had idle suspicions as to why, seeing him here, now, with her son and daughter. "I am so glad to finally meet you, Catherine. Sean has talked quite highly of you," Carolyn said warmly. Experienced with Jason, so some degree, instead of acting instinctively, she asked. "Would you mind if I give you hug?" Kat dithered for moment, before nodding her accent. "That would be okay. And Kat is fine." Carolyn gave the slight girl a firm embrace. Devin grinned brazenly, holding out his arms. Carolyn Cassidy was quite fine for her age. "I'd be fine with a hug, too, Mrs. Cassidy." Carolyn eyes were cool as she regarded him. Jack's gaze was a mite more warning than they had been. After a long moment, she sighed with more exasperation than her son and nodded. "Laurie has said you've been working hard on mending your ways, and that is quite commendable, Devin." She gave him a hug, if a good deal more lightly and brief than the one Kat had gotten, then took a step back, collecting some paper plates. "Now, what would y'all like? We have some salads and grilled veggies for sides, we have water, lemonade and some sodas in the cooler, and what kind of sausages do you favor, we have a variety?" Both Laurie and Sean gave Devin pointed looks, which yelled at him not say anything that could be construed as dirty or sexual in response to their mother asking him about sausages. Assembling plates, Laurie waited patiently for her mother to take a sip of her lemonade before casually mentioning that Sean was taking Kat to Homecoming. Carolyn choked on her drink in surprise, and Devin found out where Laurie learned to glare. Laurie seemed inordinately proud of herself. Sean sighed. "That's wonderful, hon. I'm happy for the both of you," Carolyn said, restraining herself from gushing. Sean had his tight group of friends, and though she readily understood his reasons, she had feared Sean might end up too insular, hiding behind his electronics, rather than even attempting to socialize some. "I certainly hope you'll take some pictures." "We so totally will," Laurie promised. <Dude. I've never gone to any dances or Homecoming. Think you can give me some pointers on how to dress?> Sean thought at Devin's phone, his expression bland even if his face reddened as Carolyn and Laurie bantered about Homecoming. It kind of killed him to have to ask Devin for advice. <Certain accommodations notwithstanding, you have a certain style and it's not like I can ask Jase. Or Cade. Don't think jeans will cut it.>
  14. Hi all, Matthew Dawkins here! It’s been a real joy for me to see people creating community content for They Came from Beneath the Sea!, and it’s easy to do, with the template all set up for you to download from the Storypath Nexus. I wanted to throw a little spotlight over to some of the excellent work by one of our prolific, talented creators, Travis Legge. He’s released more than one product for Beneath the Sea!, but this one is a new kind of threat a lot of you will know from alien invasion movies of the 1950s all the way through to the X-Files, at which point this particular antagonist felt a little bit over-exposed: The Grays. Travis has presented the Grays in their mould as “People of Earth, we come in peace”, while secretly harbouring aims of invasion. He’s written a couple of very useable story hooks to go along with them (which you can base an entire adventure around), and really displayed a great level of competency when it comes to the Storypath System, as he presents their special abilities such as being able to drop cows from flying saucers (with the Deadly, Piercing, and Shockwave tags) through to ray guns that convey Enhancements to the Grays, and alien language that conveys a Complication to understand them (unless of course you utilise the Bad Dubbing Cinematic from the core book). Please take a look and create an antagonist yourself! It’s easy to do, and you make money on every sale.
  15. "Eee-yeaaah..." Sean hedged, juggling the extra Fresca back into his satchel as he looked up at the other two. "I was gonna tell her today, y'know, after this. Ain't your fault, man." He gestured around Champion's Field with his drink in one hand, bun and sausage in the other. "I was gonna tell you, Laurie, honest." Sean couldn't really blame Devin. It was getting hard to remember who knew what, and what you could tell to whom, and what you didn't mind others knowing. And as much as he might still be leery of the interest Laurie was showing in Devin - Devin interest in Laurie was less of concern, since he showed the same interest in practically every female in Shelly, and probably out of it too - there was far worse that Laurie could have making a mistake with. And through all that was happening, even Sean had to admit Devin had really stepped up his game. "Tell me what?" Laurie reiterated, folding her arms huffily, eyes hard on both her brother and Devin. "Mhmphmer," Sean mumbled around a bite of sausage to give himself a bit of time. Picking up on his mistress' irritation, Rascal when to butt Sean in the butt, who just managed to scoot out of the way at the last moment, almost dropping his drink. He glared at the goat. Devin looked like he wanted to give him a high five. "Msstsrd." Sean took a sip of Fresca to help put down his last bit of sausage, then quickly finished the rest of it, then his Fresca, wiping his hands on his pants. He casually looked around to make sure no one seemed to be eavesdropping on them. "Okay, the Cliff Notes. Cody got infected with an evil... thing, entity --- Remember that episode of TNG, with the Skin of Evil? Anthropomorphic evil, abandoned on a planet?" "Yes..." Laurie admitted dubiously, giving Devin a slightly self-conscious glance. "Okay, something like, but in a dimension next to ours. But able to reach into ours at certain points and time. That got inside Cody and now Cody ain't Cody anymore. The Big Bad. At least one of them. He's on the Other Side. If he gets on this Side, stuff gets bad, like super bad, super pandemic bad, maybe zombie apocalypse bad. People acting on their worse impulses is just the start. So, we're going to stop him. Tonight." Sean gave his sister a pointed look, trying to impress on her the seriousness of what he was trying to convey. Laurie didn't seem to be buying it at first, then she shifted her weight, considering what her brother could do. What Jase could do. What Devin, of all people, could do. "Okay... right. But like, there has to be somebody else who can go do that, right? I mean, I know you guys can do all these incredible things, but you're all still in high school for fuck's sake." Sean shook his head, a bit reluctantly. "They can't get to Not-Cody, not where they can stop him before it's too late." He nodded towards Devin. "With our help, Devin can get us there, and together, Voltroning our powers, we can stop Not-Cody." Laurie shivered, hugging herself tighter. This was insane. "This is insane. You all kn - why didn't you tell me before?" "I was still trying to figure out how to tell you that we're to the land of Upside-Down Thunder to face off against an entity of unmitigated and seemingly immortal evil, and we might not win." And we might die. The last part might not have been said, but Laurie heard it. She'd seen her brother scared before, but he'd always toughed it out before, fought his way through it. But he was struggling now, and didn't want to show it. She didn't stop hugging herself, but she straightened her shoulders and stood up tall, giving Sean and Devin a determined nod. "Okay. Okay," she repeated. She took a deep breath, unfolding her arms, her hands balling into fists. She nodded again. "You guys gotta go what you gotta do. So, what do I do? How do I help?" "If we don't come back, you get mom and dad out of Shelly, Laurie," Sean said with somber seriousness, sending shivers of scare sweat sliding down Laurie's spine. Sean looked over at Devin. "That about cover it?"
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