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  1. Although our illustration above, by long, long-time WoD artist Ken Meyer, Jr., isn’t really all that funny or punny, and only sort of a mime, that’s kind of the point today. A lot of our game lines are pretty serious. They’re about catharsis and dealing with (un)life in an unfair world. We have extended that range over the years and have created game lines that allow a wide range of play-styles and expectations. Really, we have touched on a range of genres, and those genres tend towards particular moods and sets of themes. We try and stay within certain parameters that are within that genre and our take on it within a game line. I used to call it the Doctrine of Appropriateness when discussing what visuals, artist styles, and graphic design elements we’d use. Even the coolest visual wouldn’t do well for a line where it didn’t sustain the overall look for that line. That still works when looking at everything that goes into a game, I think. You can see that overall thematic attention when looking at Pugmire‘s core book, for example, since that’s a good example of us creating a game from scratch. In Pugmire‘s case, Eddy and I worked hand-in-hand (paw-in-paw) to determine how to deliver a lighter and family-friendly playing experience. The writing, the delivery of that writing, the design and art chosen, all work together towards that experience. (Even if there are some deep and mature themes under the surface!) Similarly, each of the They Came From…! games has a particular aesthetic that plays off of the genre it is spoofing. There’s a whole ‘nother blog post in there about how to write funny without making a TTRPG impossible to take seriously – and leave oxygen for the players to actually be the funny ones and funny-makers, so remind me about that and I’ll go into it another time! Which I guess brings me back around to the “funny” MMN blog titles I make up each week. Every week, week after week, month after month, year after year! Next year I can say decade after decade…gulp. Mostly, I enjoy a bit of word-play, mostly foolish, and since this is my direct weekly place to talk right at ya’ll, you get a silly title each week. Just like our range of game lines, though, these MMNs are pretty important to me, and the crew here, and even though the antici…………………..pation can be nerve-wracking when folks are waiting for a project to progress, we do take our transparency with the Progress Reports seriously. Basically, we have fun, can be funny, and at the same time we’re really committed to what we’re doing. Here’s a line I think nails what I’m saying here, and I’m paraphrasing: We’re serious about what we do, but not necessarily about how we do it! Exalted: Essence Solar Splat Art Some KS items: we’re hoping to get the Exalted: Essence Kickstarter page over to Paradox this week for their OK, and also we need to submit to KS for their OK. We’ll let you know but unless everything happens perfectly (and quickly), we won’t be starting any KSs next week. But sooooon…. Looking at a KS reward ship-out that is finishing up, I wanted to share an excerpt from the latest V5 Cults of the Blood Gods Backer Update by our Crowdfunding Concierge, James Bell, concerning the difficulties that our outsourced fulfillment partners went through: I wanted to get James’ words out here because they underline what I’ve been letting you regular readers in on since last year; the effects of everything that happened in 2020 continue to be felt. Here, specifically, and around the world. Hopefully, we are actually coming out of these repercussions, and things can return to what passes for normal here at Onyx Path. But we don’t know all of what that means right now, do we? Dynamic Dixie is hiring editors as fast as she can review their work, and Mirthful Mike is bringing on more graphic designers to get the books laid out once that edited text is done, but we still have a huge backlog of projects that collected during sequestering and Covid, and everything that made making our stuff so much harder to do. I’m hoping that we will be “regularized” by the end of the year, because we sure do have some great projects waiting in the wings that you’re going to love – but first we need to get all the current games and books through the pipeline and into your hands! They Came From Beyond the Grave! art by Brian LeBlanc Punny You Should Ask About the Monday Meeting! We talked about the TryItCon this weekend, the 14th – 16th, and I just heard today as we pinned things down, that we will have a What’s Up With Onyx Path? panel at 2pm EDT on Saturday the 15th. Hope a bunch of you can stop in for the panel and even try a few games ala the name of the con. More info in the Media section below, including details of the charitable contributions that will be made with its proceeds. The full schedule is here: https://tabletop.events/conventions/tryitcon-2021/schedule#?query= Which of course led right into discussion on the progress of our very own Onyx Path Online Con in June – here are some links to the Code of Conduct and for a GM sign-up list. Please do consider signing up as we’re looking at some great games already planned that we’d love you to be a part of. Code of Conduct: https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/5208570-onyx-path-code-of-conduct GM Sign-up: https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/5217651-onyx-path-virtual-gaming-convention-2021-faq We are planning on having some great in-depth panels for our game lines, and have a few reveals slated, or at least some serious teasers! (Both, really). We also hope to have our new online brochure ready to debut there during the con, but prepping for our upcoming KSs diverted a bit of time and effort from the Brochure – so we’ll see! Which naturally led to more sales and marketing stuff, including that we are doing another three-prong sale: this time it’s the Scarred Lands Sale – with PDFs and PoDs on sale at DTRPG, and hardcover physical books on sale at both Studio2 and IPR. Scarred Lands is a hugely popular game setting for our Twitch-playing friends and we have a delightful amount of games and Actual Plays and info-sessions up on our YouTube channel. Check them out if you’d like to know more! Heirs To the Shogunate art by Gunship Revolution As James noted above, we’re still seeing all sorts of delays in shipping processes, so I let the team know that even though I had ordered PoD proofs for three different books weeks ago, I don’t have them yet. But, you know, they could show up at any point. We noted that while we feel like we put up a notice with the PDFs we put out asking for errata specifying that we don’t want pgXX corrections, folks still seem to want to include them. Not sure where this is coming from, but seriously, we don’t want them because if any of the other errata fixes change the text to such a degree that some of it flows from one page to another, then we have to redo all the XXs anyway. And if we miss the fact that a page-shift has occurred…Hoo Boy is that ugly. So seriously, we appreciate the attempt to help, but please check to see if we’ve specifically said that we don’t want that – most of the time, we do have a reason for those sorts of restrictions. Folks mentioned both the big pile-up of projects but also the much reduced listings in the phases before Editing – why is that? It’s a combination of secret projects that we aren’t announcing yet, and holding off on green-lighting too much stuff while the logjam continues. We have a really big list of projects waiting in the wings, and we sure do want to show you those – but we also have a ton we need to finish! Which is not the worse situation ever, but it is an out-of-balance one and we want to get it fixed! Then we can better take you to all of our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Like I mentioned above, we’re still pulling together the graphics in order to get the approvals for our next couple of crowd-funding campaigns. More when we have it! Onyx Path Media! This week: The Terrifically Terrible Trio chit and chat and dish and gush all about what they are playing RIGHT NOW! Insights, rants and raves, all that good stuff! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ TryItCon online is running a number of OPP games the weekend of May 14-16th and has open seats still available for Changeling: The Lost, Beast: The Primordial, Dark Ages Fae, Demon: The Fallen, Demon: The Descent, Changeling: The Dreaming, Mage: The Ascension, Mage: The Awakening, Exalted, Trinity Continuum: Aeon, and Vampire: The Requiem and Masquerade. The full schedule is here: https://tabletop.events/conventions/tryitcon-2021/schedule#?query= All badge proceeds are going to the Helen Keller Foundation and the first $1,500 in ticket sales are being matched and donated as well. For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com. Please check out our attached media schedule for the impressive number of videos on our Twitch channel this week! 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: Squeaks in the Deep Playtest – https://youtu.be/fdcLhg7vO2s Trinity Continuum Jumpstart – A Quantum Leap – https://youtu.be/cBQZZec5T2A Scion – Become as Gods – Wrap-Up – https://youtu.be/LS-MBcM0R1I Changeling: The Dreaming – Yours to Keep – Episode 2 – https://youtu.be/loWeNrxxPM0 Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Episode 17 – https://youtu.be/rqDWzs3eyGs Vampire: The Requiem – Reap The Whirlwind – FINALE – https://youtu.be/kRLhzeZVJgY Squeaks in the Deep – Virtual Horror Con Playtest Episode – https://youtu.be/UZPnV9Obg_0 Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! If you’re fans of Exalted, you’ll want to check out https://swordofcreation.net/. Sword of Creation is a brand new forum for the Exalted community, aiming to let conversation breathe and give a platform for people to showcase their homebrew, art, podcasts and other fan content. They’re aiming to run regular contests for fan works and for the launch of the site they’re even offering $20 prizes for the best homebrew and character designs people have to offer. The Story Told Podcast are back with The Fall of JiaraExalted recap! This is one of the best Dragon-Blooded chronicles around, so please give them a listen: http://thestorytold.foolsmoon.ca/fall-of-jiara-act-2-recap A Bunch of Gamers continue their Werewolf: The Apocalypse chronicle here: https://abunchofgamers.podbean.com/e/werewolf-the-apocalypse-episode-69-rest-and-recovery/ This is episode 69, so you know it’ll be nice. Caffeinated Conquests has been running a superb They Came from Beneath the Sea! story over on their Twitch channel. Give them a follow and enjoy their hilarious roleplay!https://www.twitch.tv/caffeinatedconquests McStabber Studios run a whole hell of a lot of our games over on Twitch, so here’s one of their YouTube playlists for Wraith: The Oblivion: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNJbJLVC_ivx1SSy-J_PoeN9Aa6UWYDnA As a lot of people talk about not knowing how to play Wraith, this would be a good place to start! Ekorren continues their excellent Exalted 3rd Edition series over on YouTube! You can find their latest video – on Making Better Stunts – right here: https://youtu.be/tOSHES7Ycm8 The Exaltcast continues its fantastic show introducing you to the wonders and horrors of the Realm and its various inhabitants. The next episode is for Holistic Battle Understanding – https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/05/07/holistic-battle-understanding-commanding-armies-and-ships/ – Exalted often has a demigod square off against a Deathlord, but what about lesser encounters like an Exalt vs several dinosaurs, the Brides of Alhat or maybe several boats? Monica and Chazz talk mass combat, triremes and reducing people to statistics. Over on ExalTwitch they’ve been running some amazing games of Exalted, and even have a show wiki for viewers to follow along! ExalTwitch: Academy is set in The House of Bells, a prestigious school for Dragon-Blooded Exalted of the Realm to train in the ways of war. The chronicle follows three young Dragon-Bloods as they try to prove their worth to their fellow students, their Houses, and themselves. Their most recent VOD, Episode 16 (“Torn”), is here:https://youtu.be/rV01PMNWF8o The playlist for the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zb3M2x8PJk&list=PLsZP95-GZNa0ynoCIVyliNF5rypCHvh0M The show wiki, with synopses, character descriptions, etc: RPGClinic Wiki | Fandom Wards & Witchcraft continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle which you can watch right here: Hah-nah’s Life force meet the hand of Death. A tense conflict of wits and lightsabers ensues. Stay tuned until the end for a special message! https://youtu.be/rX1kc-Nfig8 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! The 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.) 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. 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 Here’s the link to Studio2‘s part of the Scarred Lands Sale! Studio 2:https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands 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! Here’s the link for IPR‘s part of the Scarred Lands Sale! IPR: https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/ As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! Here’s the link to DTRPG‘s part of the Scarred Lands Sale! DTRPG:https://www.drivethrurpg.com/saleguide.php On Sale This Week! On Wednesday we’re going to be offering a new batch of TShirt designs for CofD game lines like Vampire: The Requiem 2e on our RedBubble store! Just in time for Spring and Summer! Conventions! Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! As announced, the 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention will be coming to you live starting Friday, June 11th and running until Sunday, June 13th (including a special post-con Jackbox gamefest Sunday night hosted by Dixie)! The GM Sign-up Page & Code of Conduct for OPP Con are now live: Code of Conduct:https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/5208570-onyx-path-code-of-conduct GM Sign-up:https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/5217651-onyx-path-virtual-gaming-convention-2021-faq A collection of World of Darkness podcasters are putting together an online convention called TryItCon the weekend of May 14th-16th geared towards trying new games – including a lot of ours! We’re also setting up a few Onyx Path specific panels right now – more on those when we have the times! TryItCon is this weekend and has open seats for a bunch of our games: https://tabletop.events/conventions/tryitcon-2021 More info about both these conventions in the Media section and the blog itself, above! 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)Tasty Bit: Car Lifting Competition (Scion 2nd Edition)Panopticon Novella (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Scion: God (Scion 2e) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition) M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)TC: Adventure! Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Second Draft No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition) Development Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Post-Approval Development Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)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)Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Tasty Bit: Pets (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Trinity Continuum: Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Trinity Continuum: AnimaTales of Depravity! (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) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)Tasty Bit: Les Fantomes (Trinity Continuum)Vigil Watch: The Kelder Mountains (Scarred Lands)Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th)The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th) Post-Editing Development Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Tasty Bit: Zeus We Just Wanna Talk! (Scion 2nd Edition) Indexing Mummy: The Curse 2e Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion: Dragon (KS) Masks of the Mythos (KS) Scion: Demigod – All notes out to artists. Still need to lockdown 1 more artist for Pantheons. They Came From Beyond the Grave! – Sketches coming in. TC: Adventure! (KS) M20 Victorian (KS) Dead Man’s RustM20 Technocracy Jumpstart Exalted Essence (KS) – KS graphics almost finished.V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements TC Aberrant N!WE – Talking with artists. M20 Technocracy Dossier/Companion – Starting on this.Hundred Devils Night Parade Squeaks In The Deep (KS) Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle TC Prometheus Unbound They Came From Camp Murder Lake! Realms of Magic and Mystery Saints and Monsters TC: Anima (KS) – Reaching out to artists for the two different art styles. TC: Assassin In Layout Spiragos Collected Adventures Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Josh working on it as art trickles in.21-22 Onyx Brochure – looking good so far. WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) – putting together the layout.Legendlore – revised text coming in end of week.M20 Rich Bastards Guide – Over to Charles, art is all in.They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart V5 Trail of Ash and Bone Proofing Mummy 2 – In Indexing.TC: Under Alien Skies – Wrapping this up.Heirs to the Shogunate – Dev Proof changes being input.M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Errata gathering from backers. TC Aberrant JumpstartDeviant Screen – To Paradox for approval. At Press V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – KS fulfillment finishing. Aberrant – KS fulfillment started. TC: Aberrant Screen – KS fulfillment started.Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – PoD proofs ordered. Children of the Blood – PoD proofs ordered. Vigil Watch Compiled – PoD proofs ordered. Mummy 2e ScreenDeviant – Need printer specs. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! 17 years ago the edge of Infinity book for Scarred Lands was released. Which is all well and good, it’s sort of a nod to Planescape but for SL, but the important part and why we celebrate, is that it is our own Impish Ian A. A. Watson’s first published TTRPG writing! Good going, eh!
  2. Another month survived! Dystopia Rising: Evolution: Storypath Tasty Bit: Heroes of Wastes (PDF)Scarred Lands: The Collected Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad (print)Storypath System Preview (2021) (PDF)Vampire: The Masquerade: Chicago by Night VTT Assets (VTT)Geist: The Sin-Eaters: One Foot in the Grave: A Jumpstart for Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition (PDF/print) Merch Available in our RedBubble store: while doing some spring cleaning, we found some shirt designs that fell between the cracks and never got uploaded. Oops! Wraith: The Oblivion: Map of StygiaChangeling: The Dreaming: Cover Art: The Fool’s LuckHunter: The Vigil: Compact: Division Six Sales There’s only a day or two remaining on our Changeling Spring Sale, with discounts on select Changeling: The Dreaming and Changeling: The Lost products across our three book storefronts: Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition (DTRPG, IPR)Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition ST Screen (DTRPG, IPR)Changeling20 Dice (IPR)Yours to Keep: A Changeling20 Jumpstart (DTRPG)C20 Anthology of Dreams (DTFic)Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition (DTRPG, Studio 2, IPR)Changeling: The Lost ST Screen (DTRPG, Studio 2, IPR)Hearts on Trial: A Lost 2e Jumpstart (DTRPG)The Huntsmen Chronicle Anthology (DTFic) Crowdfunding Update The Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Kickstarter wrapped up last week! With $104,660, we closed at 299% of our $35,000 goal, thanks to our 1691 backers! Kickstarter’s new built-in Add On utility is a real help. We hit the following stretch goals: Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Storyguide ScreenTrinity Continuum: Adventure! Jumpstart: With 6 ready-made charactersAdventure! Addendum: Sensational hideouts, Strange New Life, Startling Secrets of the Ninth Circle, Exploring Alternate TimelinesThrilling Tales!: A scenario PDF featuring playable chapters from the Adventure! audio drama: Deadly Eclipse!, Terror from the Skies!, An Ominous Voice!, and A Missing Teammate!Backer T-ShirtDigital WallpaperAdventure! VTT Token Pack Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scarred Lands: Dead Man’s RustScion: Scion: DemigodScion: Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the MythosThey Came from Beyond the Grave!: They Came from Beyond the Grave!Legendlore: LegendloreWorld of Darkness: WoD: Ghost HuntersMage: The Ascension: Technocracy ReloadedMage: The Ascension: M20 Victorian AgeChronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The RenegadesChronicles of Darkness: Hunter: The Vigil 2nd EditionChronicles of Darkness: Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Ghelspad: Ghelspad Ensemble: Soldiers and MercenariesYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Pirates of Pugmire: Pirates of Pugmire Community Content AssetsYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Scion: Pindorama: A Brazilian Setting for ScionScion: Pindorama: Companion UpdateScion: The Sacred Waterfall of Maka-KuhTrinity Continuum: Conditioned Responses 2: Extreme Conditioning Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum A5 Character BookletYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  3. Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: Storypath Tasty Bit: Heroes of the Wastes for Dystopia Rising: Evolution! When the bombs fell and the dead rose, our ancestors thought the world had ended. Against all odds, it didn’t. Instead, it grew into something new, saturated with radiation and transformed by the Infection. Now, we band together to survive, or we die alone. Join us and become one of the heroes of the wastes. It’s time to fight for a new era. Heroes of the Wastes gives you a colorful cast of premade characters for Dystopia Rising: Evolution to choose from, as well as story hooks to help you get started with your own tabletop game. This PDF is part of the “Storypath Tasty Bits” program, where every month in 2021 Onyx Path offers a small product that ties into one of its Storypath games. Check in every month to see what’s coming next! Merch Available in our RedBubble store: while doing some spring cleaning, we found some shirt designs that fell between the cracks and never got uploaded. Oops! Changeling: The Dreaming: Cover Art: The Fool’s LuckHunter: The Vigil: Compact: Division Six Sales RedBubble is offering 30% off all phone cases through to April 30th with code PHONE30! We’ve got designs for Vampire: The Masquerade, Scarred Lands, Scion, Mummy: The Curse, Scion, Exalted, and more! DriveThruRPG’s Great Cartography sale is on until April 30th with discounts on our various VTT and map products! It’s also time for our Changeling Spring Sale, with discounts on select Changeling: The Dreaming and Changeling: The Lost products across our three book storefronts: Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition (DTRPG, IPR)Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition ST Screen (DTRPG, IPR)Changeling20 Dice (IPR)Yours to Keep: A Changeling20 Jumpstart (DTRPG)C20 Anthology of Dreams (DTFic)Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition (DTRPG, Studio 2, IPR)Changeling: The Lost ST Screen (DTRPG, Studio 2, IPR)Hearts on Trial: A Lost 2e Jumpstart (DTRPG)The Huntsmen Chronicle Anthology (DTFic) Crowdfunding Update The Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Kickstarter wrapped up last week! With $104,660, we closed at 299% of our $35,000 goal, thanks to our 1691 backers! Kickstarter’s new built-in Add On utility is a real help. We hit the following stretch goals: Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Storyguide ScreenTrinity Continuum: Adventure! Jumpstart: With 6 ready-made charactersAdventure! Addendum: Sensational hideouts, Strange New Life, Startling Secrets of the Ninth Circle, Exploring Alternate TimelinesThrilling Tales!: A scenario PDF featuring playable chapters from the Adventure! audio drama: Deadly Eclipse!, Terror from the Skies!, An Ominous Voice!, and A Missing Teammate!Backer T-ShirtDigital WallpaperAdventure! VTT Token Pack Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scarred Lands: Dead Man’s RustScion: Scion: DemigodScion: Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the MythosThey Came from Beyond the Grave!: They Came from Beyond the Grave!Legendlore: LegendloreWorld of Darkness: WoD: Ghost HuntersMage: The Ascension: Technocracy ReloadedMage: The Ascension: M20 Victorian AgeChronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The RenegadesChronicles of Darkness: Hunter: The Vigil 2nd EditionChronicles of Darkness: Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Scion: The Sacred Waterfall of Maka-KuhTrinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum A5 Character BookletYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  4. Type: Unearthed ArcanaSubtitle: Unearthed Arcana 2021Banner: Text: Last time, Unearthed Arcana presented race, feat, and spell options related to dragons in Dungeons & Dragons. Now that you’ve had a chance to read and ponder these options, we’re ready for you to give us your feedback about them in the following survey. This survey will remain open for about two weeks. This Is Playtest Content The material in Unearthed Arcana is presented for playtesting and to spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by final game design and editing. They are not officially part of the game. For these reasons, material in this column is not legal in D&D Adventurers League events. Publication date: 04/28/2021Introduction: Take our latest Unearthed Arcana survey.Tags: Unearthed Arcanaexternal_urls: External url: https://media.wizards.com/2021/downloads/Unearthed-Arcana-2021-Draconic-Options.pdfExternal url description: UNEARTHED ARCANA: Draconic Options External url: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6307952/D-D-UA-Survey-56-Draconic-OptionsExternal url description: SURVEY: Draconic Options Texture banner: ShowBlack text:
  5. 1:30ish - 4:00, Bunnee's Even without grey or black-hatting, you could learn a lot about someone online, using purely public and legal resources, if you knew where and what to look for. Brad Stanton seemed legit from everything Sean could see, his digital history showing no signs of being faked or just popping into existence from nowhere. Graduated from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley - not on schoolship, seems his parents made bank before the dotcom bubble burst. Social media accounts were remarkably apolitical, only a little ostentatious with flashing wealth. Seemed like a guy who liked his fun, fast cars, travelling to exotic locales, and maybe a bit of a foody. Certainly liked girls, but didn't come across as a crass, perpetually drunk fratboy. Sean was curious how Brad had heard of him. He could have seen some of his YouTube videos on the making of ReGenesis, he supposed. Did Brad think he could nab II and its IP and Game Engine for a sweet price before Sean got a big hit? Or did he or someone in EA realize the potential he had and was looking to crush or co-opt a possible future competitor before he found his footing? Finishing his lemonade, Sean flicked the edge of the business card with his thumb. He had no intention of selling, of course - even before all the weird, he had ideas of how he wanted to work in the industry. But he couldn't help but be intrigued with what Brad was offering. Sean kept the booth until school ended, continuing his watch of the Let's Play, keeping an eye on the metrics of ReGenesis, answering a few more questions and responding to a few more comments. There was a deep sense of satisfaction that there didn't seem to be any bugs - on his part - found yet, nor any issues with installations. A few people asking if and when it would come to Apple or consoles, which Sean stayed firmly non-committal about, and even more so about multiplayer. That was an idea for the future, like, after graduation - if he had that time. That required more infrastructure and maintenance. Four o'clock came surprisingly quick, Sean letting himself be distracted until his phone chimed with the warning notification he had set earlier. He packed up his stuff quickly, finished up his last glass of orange-lemonade, crunching down on an ice cube, then dashed for the door, giving Max a wave goodbye in passing. 4:20, Casa del Jauntsen Sean had used the excuse of having to rush to be rather sparse on the details when Laurie asked him what was going when he drove her home. It didn't go well mentioning Jase had been shot, but was fine. People were rarely fine after being shot, but well, there it was. He was nebulous about the full reason for the gathering at the Jauntsens, partly because the situation was... nebulous itself, everything not as it seemed. And if he'd told Laurie his and some of the others suspicions, she might have insisted on coming too. Sean parked his deep green Grand Cherokee, which seemed more worn and dingy than it actually was against the pristine landscape of the Jauntsen estate. Red sneakers sauntered across the white walk as Sean looked about on his way to the front door. The place looked exactly like what a West Coast family with too much money would get if they moved to more rural Montana, or rather, as a vacation home or something. Before the start of the school year, Sean would never have expected he'd ever step foot on the place. He hesitated for a moment at the large double doors, then pressed the door, fancy little tune sounding. A moment later, he could just make out the pounding of feet, the one of the doors swung open to reveal Devin standing there. The curvaceous boy couldn't help but tense up as he looked up at the taller boy, recalling all the times Devin had Simon Phoenixed him into lockers or worse in years previous. True, Devin seemed to be trying to change, to make up for how he had acted, but then again, Sean had never stepped into Jauntsen lair, and to him, especially after what had happened this morning, Marissa was still a very suspect wild card. Devin scoffed, rolling his eyes at one of his former victim's wariness. "Come on in, dude, nothings going to happen. Give MJ a chance to make her case before judging her." "S'why I'm here, to give her that chance," Sean said, making a conscious effort to relax. He was totally judging her already though, and he suspected Devin knew, going by his snort as he turned around and waved Sean inside. As he folowed Devin inside the ranch-style... well, manse, he muttered, "Hope we don't end up regretting it." He tried to be blasé, but the place screamed expensive, and Sean couldn't help but looked around. He'd help his dad on some of contractor jobs. He been in big houses, fancy houses - okay, two houses - but none of them had been like this. It was almost antiseptically clean, looking practically staged, ready to appear in Architecture Digest, just waiting on the photographer to show up. It also had a somewhat impersonal vibe, not quite like a hotel villa or something, maybe AirBnB-ish. Very few family pictures or knick-knacks or bric-a-brac from what Sean could see. There was stuff, tasteful even, but the place still felt spartan. Sean took a step into the kitchen behind Devin and stopped. He hadn't intended to be one of the first to show up, but the only ones in the kitchen besides Devin was Kat... and Marissa. Effortlessly gorgeous, and even more dangerous than she looked. He'd seen how far she'd thrown on of the things on the Otherside, and she might be working with the one who had sent assassins after Jase. She'd been terrible to him and his sister, and it was still an effort to pull his eyes off her. Inside the long sleeves of his hoodie, his hands balled into fists. "Hey, Kat," he said by way of greeting, giving the slight girl a friendly, subdued grin, before giving Marissa a neutral nod, schooling his features with imperfect success. "Marissa."
  6. 12:20, Nuclear-powered Trailer Sean glanced up from his phone towards the sun that was just starting to slide from its zenith. With his gifts, he could look at it without risking damage to his eyes, and to his vision, the sun was far more than just a yellow-white blob in the sky. It was a dancing, coruscating tapestry woven from the gamut of the electromagnetic spectrum. The sight had helped him model alternate types of vision - through technology or mutation - to ReGenesis, instead of just using the standard greenish darkvision. He had it, of course, but he had more, too. The voluptuous boy stood up, hands going to knuckle his back and stretch the strain from sore muscles when he paused, heterochromatic eyes widening in surprise as he looked down at himself. The lingering aches from facing Not-Cody and the deluge of monstrosities in the Blight had faded away unnoticed during his time of self-reflection and under the sun. He interlaced his fingers and stretched his arms over his head, then rolled his shoulders. Nothing, no strain, no pain. What remained was a faint, subtle, almost electric, thrum of health and vitality. It felt somewhat akin to the feeling of increasing and accelerating the bioelectric synapses in his brain when he overclocked it. Much, much, milder, to be sure - he wouldn't even have noticed save for the sudden realization of the absence of pain - but analogous. Were the scope of his powers starting to broaden- - his stomach gave a muted growl of warning hunger. Well, it was pass the start of lunch period. Sean brushed off the seat of his pants, gave one of the watching - but unseen - cameras a small, two-fingered salute, then began strolling back to his car. 1:30ish, Bunnee's A cheek resting on a fist, the crimson-haired electrokinetic dipped a crispy sweet potato fry in the small tub of paprika garlic aioli, his eyes on his tablet sitting on the chipped laminate of the booth table at Bunnee's. He was up to 87 units sold, creeping closer to triple digits. Tiny in comparison to AAA games selling millions of copies at launch, but he didn't have the advertising budget of the big publishers - just his own efforts online, and he was only releasing as digital downloads on PC. He could have cheated, Sean supposed, but he had pushed all his time and unfair advantages on finishing the game and getting it out there, rather than word of it getting out there. Besides, he didn't have shareholders he was beholden to, he didn't mind the game finding its audience over time. As long as it did find an audience. A quarter of a club sandwich remained on Sean's plate, next to the few remaining sweet potato fries he was absently finishing. A wireless earbud was tucked in his ear as he had continued to listen to IrønBjørn's playthrough over lunch, while occasionally responding to questions and comments on Steam and the II pages, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit. Either he was getting used to IrønBjørn or IrønBjørn was getting used to ReGenesis, but the Streamer seemed to Sean to be far more engaging and entertaining than he initially had been. With perfect timing or perfect serendipity, just as Sean finished the last sweet potato fry, Max showed up to replace his near empty glass of orange-lemonade for a full one. Sean looked up his tablet to nod his thanks, expecting the well-endowed waitress to give his plate a questioning glance, silently asking him if he were done. Instead, she slid herself onto the bench seat across from him. Sean blinked, cocking his head in inquiry. "Shouldn't you be in school, Sean?" Max asked idly. "Probably," Sean admitted in a drawl. He shrugged. "Not feeling it today. Charlie. Other stuff. Skipping a day ain't gonna hurt." He ran a hand through his hair, then frowned in self-recrimination as he picked up his phone. "I should probably tell my mom before the school calls." "I get it," Max agreed with a nod. "I've been hearing things-" "Only half true, at best," Sean interrupted hastily. "I won't ask which half." Max shot him a wry smirk. The busty waitress had always treated him well, treated him as he wished to be treated without ignoring or overlooking how he looked, and for that, Sean was grateful. It did help him accept his appearance rather than be shamed for it, and it helped her with earning bigger tips from him. "Just don't make a habit of it, right? At some point, somebody might end up calling the Sheriff on you for truancy." Sean rolled expressive eyes. That would be something, with what he knew and what the Sheriff knew, coming to get him about truancy. "No promises, Max." Sean smirked back and tapped his tablet with a forefinger, a joking tone in his voice. "I just released a new video game. Might end up a big, fancy indy developer making bank. Who says I need school?" "Yeah, about that. That's why I'm taking a minute to sit down with you, Sean. There's a guy been asking around about you..." Sean froze, almost dropped his phone, and stared wide-eyed at Max, thoughts of the assassination attempt on Jase shoving itself to the forefront of his thoughts. "Wh-who's looking for me? What he look like?" "He looks like he's from California, blond, kind of a surfer dude with a well paying job in tech somewhere. Wears an expensive suit but doesn't look stuffy in it. Drives the kind of fancy, ostentatious car the Jauntsen boy would drive if he drove a car instead of a bike. You can't miss it." "What he want?" For answer, Max pulled a business card from her apron and placed on the table in front of Sean, the rich cardstock making a crisp slap on the laminate. Sean leaned forward to read the card. It stated: Brad Stanton, EA Talent Acquisition, Senior Technical Recruiter, followed by an EA business email and a phone number. The business card looked expensive with a touch of gilding. Very American Psycho. Sean hadn't been sure people even still used business cards. "Huh." "He was looking for 'Sean Cassidy'," Max said, "for a 'mutually beneficial and totally sweet business deal', but I don't think he knows exactly who you are, or what he's expecting." "Why didn't he just email or send a private DM?" Sean wondered, more to himself than to Maxine as he picked up the card. After the debacle that was his attempt at streaming on Twitch, he kept personal information tight online, but he had business accounts for Intersectional Interactive on various social media sites. It might be conceited, but Sean had always assumed he'd get a call from a big AAA video game publisher or developer. He just hadn't thought it would be so soon. Certainly not the day he dropped his second game. He was thinking at least after his third, maybe longer, unless ReGenesis ridiculously blew up. "I got the feeling Brad thinks a personal meeting will make his offer, whatever it is, more appealing." Max gestured at Sean's tablet. "How's the game doing? Think Mr. Brad Stanton is here about that?" "Maybe?" Sean hedged. It's not like he had a ton of viewers and subscribers on his YouTuber channel about the making of ReGenesis and video games in general. He supposed he could have garnered some interest because of Annwn. But there was no way anyone would be interested in a new, untested IP. Then sent Marshalls, like real ones even if they were corrupt, after Jase. It would make sense to send a rep from a big video game publisher after him to put his guard down. "I'll have check this guy out online, see if he's legit. Thanks, Max." Sean waved the card then stuffed it into his satchel. I'll have to talk to mom after, too. Carolyn Cassidy might only work part-time as an account from home, mostly keeping the books for her husband, but she'd also helped her son set up his business. She was the closest thing Intersectional Interactive had to a CFO. Not like he'd ever sell anything to a company like EA. "No problem." Max stood and gave Sean a quick smile before heading back to the counter. "Just when you sell your game or company for big bucks, don't forget your favorite waitress at your favorite diner, okay?" Sean laughed, a genuine, feel good laugh. He hadn't had one of those in what felt like forever. "I won't." He took a sip of his orange-lemonade then picked up his tablet, minimizing the stream. Let's found out who this Brad Stanton really is...
  7. Sean's Jeep ground to a halt and he blinked, realizing where he was. He pulled the keys from the ignition, a finger through the keyring as he held them in his fist and leaned back in the seat. He'd been driving aimlessly, not sure where to go, sure he didn't want to head back to school or back home yet. But he hadn't expected to end up here. He sighed, rubbed his fingers through his rich red hair, then climbed out of his SUV. His scuffed red sneakers shuffled across the old bridge to the improvised party ground Sara and Jase had cleared what felt like forever ago instead of just several weeks. Sean looked about as he walked through it. It didn't feel so much as abandoned as reclaimed, few signs of the party that had taken place here. A few logs used for improvised seats. Scattered stones that might have been used to ring a fire pit. Very little litter. Summer parties like that hadn't been something Sean had much interest in. Truth be told, he still didn't. He'd come at Jase's urging, mostly. It seemed like all the craziness had started here, this was where it had begun, where the lives of the Fellowship had irrevocably changed. Sean felt his eyes grow tight. Where for at least one of them, it had led to an early end. And it suddenly felt like a really dumb idea that he'd come out here, alone, in the middle of nowhere, just after one of his friends had been targeted for assassination. Well, it wasn't quite the middle of nowhere. He frowned, then shrugged, and began ambling down a faint path through the trees and up the hill, dirt and gravel pattering down behind him on the occasional steeper slope. The technokinetic sensed the recording devices - or rather, their signals - before he saw them, let alone the old abandoned trailer. He could turn them off, or spoof them so they wouldn't even acknowledge him, but what was the point, Sean thought. He didn't particularly care if the Project knew he was poking around about here. He continued up the hill and through the screen of trees into the clearing. A part of him was mildly surprised to find the trailer still there. Shifting his vision into a different spectrum, he could tell the miniature fusion reactor was still there too. Seems like the Project didn't have time to collect this stuff with everything else happening. He paused, then shrugged again, and continued towards the trailer. The metal steps shifted under his weight, the foot biting into the dirt. The door creaked open at a touch. The trailer smelled musty, but not as bad as it first had. It didn't seem to have been disturbed since the others had collected the files. Sean climbed inside, idly looking around, though he didn't expect to find anything that had been missed the first time around. He did have the weird radio back home, still trying to figure out how it worked. He was beginning to suspect its retro appearance was just a false front hiding the real components that gave it seemingly near infinite range. Maybe it worked using quantum entanglement? He was as interested in the fusion reactor, though he would feel better studying that in more controlled circumstances. He could do something about the radioactive rays it was emitting, but still... radioactive. His phone vibrated and Sean smirked to himself as he nabbed the message through the air. His digital chicanery seemed to be working, someone in the Project monitoring the area alerting others that he was there. Good. He pulled out his phone, swiped to a page. 66 total sales for ReGenesis. 69, 70. A slight uptick as the sun climbed towards its noonday peak. After poking about the trailer for a bit, Sean took a break, sitting on the top step. It was funny. Jase had just started revealing his mental acumen at school instead of flying under the radar, and here he was, barely able to care about school. Not just today, it was getting hard to even consider thinking about school for the rest of the year with everything else going on. Even his ideas for college, if he even decided to go, were shifting. It felt like something so far away, especially when it was possible he wouldn't be alive to go. And now, there was potential it wasn't just his own fucked up genetics that might end him. He couldn't see why Enterich would only target Jason, unless Marissa really did have something to do about it.
  8. Sean's fingers drummed agitatedly on the wheel as he drove Cassandra back home, his jaw tight with anger as he nodded when she pointed the way or told him where to turn to get to her place. That utter bitch! kept scrolling through his mind. Personally, Devin had been a greater devil to the intersexed boy than Marissa had been, if only because they had interacted more often. But since all the psionic shit in Shelly started, he seemed to be making an effort at making amends. He even seemed to regret his prior actions, some at least. Marissa, not so much, at least from what he'd seen, but she hadn't appeared to be actively hostile. He'd barely recognized her when he'd seen her in passing at the hospital. Sean never even had an inkling Marissa would do something like hire hitmen to target Jase, or make some sort of deal with someone who had sent those Marshals after Jase, or whatever she'd done. Whatever she'd actually done, it was still a betrayal, especially after what the Fellowship had gone through together in facing down the thing Cody had become and the Thing behind him to rescue Sophia and Tawny. Whatever else, the meeting tonight was going to be explosive. She'd better not squirm out of any consequences with her silken words this time. He also couldn't help but feel another spike of guilt. While Jase had been recounting his encounter and Cassie had been doing her thing rewinding time in her mind's eye to find out how the encounter had been incited, Sean had been tapping into the communication network of the Marias campus, and thanks to the listening devices, into that of the Project's base hidden below. Being able to psionically grant himself better than admin access was pretty awesome, way more discrete and efficient than mundane hacking. He should have tapped into all the major authority or emergency agency comm lines. He should have mirrored everyone's phone when he had voodooed them. He might have had a hint of Marissa's duplicity. But digital snooping aside, Sean did believe people had a right to privacy. He didn't want to play Big Brother. More to the point, keeping himself open to every electromagnetic signal and communication flying by would drive him to paranoia and insanity. Then again, was is paranoia if someone was out to get you and your friends? The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk ground to a stop outside the Allen household. The head of a German Shepherd nudged aside the curtains and peered at them through the front window, tongue lolling. Sean smiled tired at Bacon, giving the dog a two-fingered wave. He still preferred cats, himself, but he could understand the appeal of dogs. His smile turned contrite - walking and running with a dog every day would have helped him with cardio. Cassandra hopped out of the Jeep SUV, nudging the door closed with a hip, then giving the hood a rap with her knuckles. "Thanks for the ride, Sean." "No probs, Cass," Sean replied. "If you need another, in case biking it is too far, text me. Might have been good for me to keep up the biking, but, well, car. I... I don't know where I'm going now. Just... I need to puzzle this out, but don't want... y'know?" "I get it, man, I do. Trust me. I'll keep the offer in mind. See you tonight, I guess. Unless, well, something else happens before then." Cassandra gave his car another rap, gave Sean a nod, then turned around, fishing out her keys. Bacon's head disappeared and Cass smiled, almost hearing the skittering of his paws as he raced towards the front door. Sean waited until Cassandra was pushing open the front door before putting his vehicle in gear and driving away. Not that he was sure where he was even going. Home? School? Back to Marias, in case Jase and/or Autumn decided to take pre-emptive action, and whether to help or forestall. He didn't know. For now, he just drove with the potential for the situation improving when he didn't have a destination in mind. Last night, they had won, and not even a day later, it felt like they were already losing.
  9. Core Values Achievement: When Sean really sets out to make something, he wants it to have an impact, whether personal, or on a grander scale. From something as simple as the satisfaction of putting together a well working drone or helping his dad on improving the Barn, to seeing his players engrossed and having fun during a gaming session, to having a video game being well received, both in acclaim and with sales. Creativity is the process, Achievement is one of the measures of how successful the process is. Failure is something to learn from, to push towards future success. Autonomy: Sean has his pride. The middle child often left to his own devices, and an outsider at school - at least initially - Sean learned to rely on himself. If he really needs help, he'll ask for it, but can't help be affronted or irritated when others just assume he needs help with something he can do himself, even if its something he might struggle with, such as when Lilly went to put his bike in the back of her pick-up. He prefers having control on anything he's working on, so that he doesn't have to worry about others making a mistake that he has to fix. This lends itself to taking effort to delegate even if doing so would be for the betterment of all. Psionic powers make a massive difference, but his video games could be even better if he'd been willing to seek out more help. Creativity: Sean takes great comfort and enjoyment in building things, creating things. Programming a video game, writing a role-playing game campaign, making art and music for his games, building a drone or sweet gaming PC, putting together a spectacular Halloween costume, baking a new pastry, and more, he immerses himself in turning his ideas into reality, most for his own interests and amusement, partially as a means of escapism from his personal issues and problems. And if other have fun, that is a very awesome bonus. However, Sean can get lost focusing on his creative pursuits to the detriment of more pressing concerns, such as group training for an encounter with an entity of primeval darkness, or still working on a D&D campaign when half his players are gone and psionic powers are a real thing. Knowledge: Sean loves taking things apart and putting them back together, and trying to figure out how stuff works, tangible and intangible alike, like new software or helping Jase in figuring out the fundamentals of nascent neotic science. It's a companion value to creativity when making something new with his own take and/or personal stamp on it. That curiosity can also lead him to searching into places he doesn't precisely have leave to do so, causing him to see things he probably didn't want to see in the first place or to get otherwise distracted. Loyalty: Bullied and mocked by many, Sean doesn't make friends easily, but family and the friends he does have he holds dearly, willing to go to bat for them, and help them however he can. However, taken to an extreme, this can result in him overlooking the questionable actions of those he holds close or not holding them as accountable as much as he should. He also tends to nurse the hurt from those he feels have betrayed him or done him wrong, especially if they haven't done anything to make any sort of amends in his mind. Other Values Inner Harmony: Intersexed, and even an outlier in that small demographic, bullied, mocked, and teased for it, Sean has had a very difficult time how he perceives himself and how others perceive him. It's a turbulent river, and it might a life-long struggle, but he wants to find the balance, the acceptance of who and what he is, even if he doesn't know what that quite is, yet. Developing psionic powers has added new ripples to that river. Integrity: He might fudge things here or there, try to paint things in a better light at times or keep things to himself if he thinks its for the best, but Sean thinks of himself as relatively honest and truthful. Holds himself to a high standard in his professional pursuits, whether building a website, a computer, or a video game, he doesn't stint on effort, materials, or design, and gives a full service, not trying to squeeze out every dime, and he expects the same in turn. He hopes he'd have the wherewithal to resist accepting a ludicrous buyout from a company he holds in low regard, say if one of his games turns out to be a breakout hit, but doesn't honestly know. He can say he'd turn it down flat, but there could be an awful lot of zeroes... The guilt and shame he felt when he buckled to bullies and either did their homework or fudged their grades was real and stabbed deep. How he looks and how others treat him about it and how he reacts or is resigned to it also tangles his certitude and integrity. Help Society: Sean would like to see some of his achievements and goals make larger impact than just the satisfaction he gets from them, particularly in areas of great interest to him. He loves video games and tech, but in many cases, innovation is being stifled and greed growing rampant. It might be modest in the grand scheme of things, but if he could help improve the video game industry, it would be one of his proudest moments. And as he designs and makes more things of significance - if he does - and the dangers and threats the Fellowship encounter, the scope on how he might help society at large will develop. Leisure: Components of Economic Security and Time Management are rolled into this. It's not that Sean wants to earn all the money and have all the control, but enough to keep him in comfort, make sure his parents have an easy retirement, and have the time to pursue his hobbies and interests, which in turn he hopes he can make his livelihood. Having fun doing what he enjoys and getting paid for it, one feeding into the other. Recognition: Achievement is a personal measure of success, Recognition is a measure of success from others, and he values that, but really, Sean wants to be able to point at something and be known for that instead of only being known as the boy that looks like a girl with big tits.
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  11. In which Eddy and Dixie talk to Ian A. A. Watson and Daniel Lauzon about Adventure! The Onyx Pubecast and Boner ExperienceTrinity Continuum: Adventure!Origin storyUpdates to the materialDixie wants cool powersDaredevils, Stalwarts, and MesmeristsSelf-contained Trinity gamesInspirations for Adventure!Weird (and real) scienceIt was Mercer all along!Adventure! is Danielle’s favoriteComparing editions Links: Adventure! Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/1808519165?ref=e3c765&token=6607fb77Bonus Experience: https://bxpcast.com/Kicktraq: https://www.kicktraq.com/Coyote & Crow Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/connoralexander/coyote-and-crowMax Planck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_PlanckIan: https://linktr.ee/vonaetherOnyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPathOnyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpathOnyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  12. With an elbow braced on a knee, other foot bouncing in anticipation, Sean watched IrønBjørn's Stream of ReGenesis, flipping back to his video game's page on Steam and Epic and the marketplace page for Intersectional Interactive's direct site. Only 7 sales on II, but not unexpected. He would have sold it exclusively on his own site so he could keep a full cut of each sale, but the digital distribution sites simply had a far greater reach, their cuts worth the extra sales. Huh, Annwn has two recent sales. Cool- Sean jumped to his feet in shock when Devin's text popped up on his phone, his thermos bouncing down the aluminum bleachers with a metallic ting-tang. "Crapfuck!" he cursed as he chased after his thermos down the bleachers, trying not to fall into a full tumble, sending back his own text with a though rather than his fingers. Chet, Kieran and his fellow cronies snickered at Sean scrambling down the bleachers, his hoodie not hiding the animated bobbling beneath it. Bets were taken whether the abnormally, over-endowed boy would trip and fall, unable to see his feet, and break himself on the bleachers or give himself a black eye. Packing up and getting ready to leave the field, Laurie heard them mocking her brother and scowled. Looking as though she was taking one last kick, she shifted her aim slightly, making it look she'd fumbled it and sending the football towards Chet and the sniggering seniors. She missed - she'd been aiming for Chet's stupid face - but got close enough to make Kieran duck. "Watch it, Cassidy!" Kieran growled heatedly at Titboy's smug, uppity sister, though he moderated his tone, slightly, when Cade looked back over his shoulder. "Might be dangerous on the field in a real game, if someone were to get through when you're prepping for a kick." "Get the ball, Cassidy and get ready for class," the football coach called out tiredly. First Lilly, now Laurelei Cassidy. The ladies were sure talented, he had to admit that, though the Cassidy girl still needed a lot more practice and conditioning, but he still wasn't sure having girls on the team was worth the trouble. Sean barely noticed, giving his sister and the football hooligans a sharp glance as he hustled towards the student parking lot in something between a quick walk and a slow jog. As the bell for first class rang, he sent Cassie a text while looking around at things only he could see, the fireflies of electromagnetic communication signals. They were always around him, many and more, he couldn't pay attention to them all the time, not even to a tiny fraction of them. It would be like paying attention to several conversations at once. Still, if he hadn't been so involved with his own, personal projects, he could have done something to alert himself and the Fellowship, if certain keywords popped up on pertinent communication networks. He couldn't write the programs on the fly, but might be able to voodoo some virtual agents to keep ears out and to update him while he did work on the programs. It should work, though he wasn't entirely sure he could tap into the Project's network without them noticing something amiss, eventually. He might have to rely on the psionic semi-autonomous AI program there. Sean jumped on the running board of his car and climbed in behind the wheel. He eased out of the parking spot and drove out of the lot, slowing when he caught sight of Cassie waving between some other cars. Neither slowing nor hastening her pace, the blond proto-journalist hopped onto the running board of the passenger side of the off-road ready Grand Cherokee Trailblazer - the rugged vehicle not something Cassie expected from the intersexed technophile for all he seemed inordinately proud of it - just as it came level with her and swung herself into the seat. "Hey." The red copper haired boy gave Cassandra a tired grin, though his turquoise-and-jade eyes were grave before he turned them back forward and pulled out of the parking lot. "We couldn't even get a single day off after saving Shelly from the Dark, eh? You need to stop anywhere before we head to Marias?"
  13. Now available in advance PDF from DriveThruRPG: Time is Come Round: The Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart for Chronicles of Darkness! The world suffers from illness. It shivers and shudders as the Contagion takes hold. In Houston, Texas, a woman has gone missing and you’re the ones to find and rescue her. But all is not what it seems. Prepare to draw back the curtains and peek backstage. Welcome to the Chronicles of Darkness. A world like our own, but uglier, more brutal — infinitely more dangerous. This world can’t survive long against its disease. Perhaps you can provide a cure. Time is Come Round includes: Rules for playing mortals caught in the supernatural webs of the Chronicles of Darkness.A complete adventure for you to play right out of the book, with four full, pre-generated characters.A preview of rules from the Chronicles of Darkness 2nd Edition core rulebook. Also available: Rich Thomas’ Peoples of the Crossroads Continent is now available in print! Welcome to the Crossroads Continent! The Crossroads Continent is a vast land with marvelous diversity among its people. This book introduces a collection of folk who hail from the Crossroads Continent, providing new takes on familiar peoples while adding folk specific to the Crossroads Continent. Each entry provides not only game traits, but also an overview of that people’s history, culture and settlements. The peoples in this collection can be used in your favorite 5e setting, or used to begin your own adventures in the Crossroads Continent using the rule set for the world’s most popular roleplaying game!Peoples of the Crossroads Continent contains: 11 distinct peoples to draw your character from, presented with information on their history in the Crossroads Continent29 heritages to refine your character’s history and upbringing7 new regional backgrounds and 8 new cultural backgrounds to fully flesh out your character’s backstory. Sales We’re Rolling into Spring with Indie Press Revolution: all our dice sets are 40% off until March 28! This includes Scion, Scarred Lands, Vampire 20th, Changeling 20th, Pugmire, and Monarchies of Mau! It’s also March Mystery Month on DriveThruFiction! Save 25% on a number of Onyx Path fiction titles until the end of the month! Crowdfunding Update Our Indiegogo for Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition: Victorian Age launched a month ago, and ends tomorrow! We funded in just under 21 hours, and we’re already at 270% with $94,820 of our original $35,000 goal, thanks to our 1146 backers! We’ve reached the following stretch goals thus far: Backer T-ShirtVictorian Mage Jumpstart: Jumpstart scenario, plus Instant Mages x2Penny Dreadful fiction (2004) added to backer rewardsVictorian Mage digital wallpaperBizarre Tales and Unusual Characters: Expanded Bizarre Tales, Expanded Unusual Characters x2Victorian Age: Vampire trilogyVTT Tokens and AssetsArt budget increase! Our next Kickstarter launches tomorrow, on March 25th, when the VicMage Indiegogo ends: Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scarred Lands: Dead Man’s RustScion: Scion: DemigodThey Came from Beyond the Grave!: They Came from Beyond the Grave!Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Legendlore: LegendloreWorld of Darkness: WoD: Ghost HuntersVampire: The Masquerade: Cults of the Blood GodsMage: The Ascension: Technocracy ReloadedChronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The RenegadesChronicles of Darkness: Hunter: The Vigil 2nd EditionChronicles of Darkness: Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Ghelspad: Troubadors & Tenders of the Grove, Pugilists and Pact-MakersYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Scion: Easter BunnyYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
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  15. Laurie padded silently downstairs on fuzzy bunny slippered feet, summoned by the smell of banana chaffles, bacon, and coffee after her morning shower. She'd slept fitfully, her eyes still felt a bit grainy, but feeling anxious and wired, she'd gotten up early to get ready for school and morning football practice. She might just be the kicker, but the coached still insisted for fairness sake. She wasn't even sure she could bring herself to go to school today after last night. She might have gotten up early, but not as early as her brother it seemed. She found him puttering stiffly around the kitchen, nibbling on a quarter of bacon-laden, three-cheese banana chaffle grilled cheese, and sipping from a big mug of coffee. Judging by how much was left in the pot, it was far from his first. His eyes were sunken and ringed by dark bags. Collecting her own life saving mug of hot brown morning potion, Laurie glanced around the kitchen. Sean must've made enough food to feed at least half again as many as lived in the house. The waffle-maker dinged and Sean fished out the pair of perfectly browned chaffles, adding them to the stack kept warm in the oven, along with the other half of the grilled cheese and a pan of bacon. She cocked her head, then looked down. She could hear the soft whir and thump of the dryer in the basement. Sean had done at least one load of laundry. He'd been busy. Laurie sat down at the kitchen table, inhaling the rich nectar of life before savoring her first sip of coffee in the morning. There were place settings already set out for her and their parents. Sean's plate held a few crumbs and dabs of cheese from the other quarter of chaffle grilled cheese he'd eaten, along with a sliced apple and sectioned orange. "You sleep at all?" she asked, her voice low in the house, more from habit than necessity. When she'd gone to take her shower, she'd heard mom and dad still talking. She was pretty sure they hadn't gone to sleep at all. "Some," Sean said, and Laurie took it to mean barely. He took the other half of the grilled cheese he'd made out of the oven, showing it to his sister balanced on a spatula and arching a questioning brow. He slid it onto her plate, scrunching up his nose as she began drowning it in maple syrup. Syrup on waffles, sure, but on a grilled cheese? Ugh, especially when he already put a bit in the batter. And she ate it with a knife and fork! "Philistine. You want another? Or just more chaffles? Eggs?" "'Nosher pwease!" Laurie said around a mouthful, point at her plate with her knife. "We've got two-a-day practice." Sean nodded, finished off his quarter of grilled cheese, took another sip of coffee, then fished out two more chaffles, buttered them, then started on preparing his sister a full banana chaffle grilled cheese sandwich. Grating some more sharp cheddar, monterey jack, and provolone, trying to lose himself in the mundane activity, as he'd been since the wee hours of the morning. He glanced over at his phone sitting on the counter. 26 sales for ReGenesis, mostly European. He hadn't thought about localizing the game yet. Honestly, he hadn't expected to be done before graduation, really. It would take some research, but afterwords, tasking a semi-autonomous program, he should be able to get it done. For some languages anyway. Could talk to Jase about-- "Mom talked to dad and me," Laurie commented. Sean grunted. He knuckled his back, stretching. He'd gotten off lighter than most of his friends, and Autumn's help notwithstanding, he was still sore, if not at bad as before his scant bit of troubled sleep. He really did need to get in better shape. Some at least, last night proved that. All he'd really done was run, fall down, and dive out of the way. Jase's teasing/not-teasing aside, he wasn't fat - except where most girls wouldn't mind some extra, curvy padding. What he was, was lacking muscle tone and even meager athleticism. Teagan had tried a few years ago, but she'd been a bitch about it, pushing him hard and he'd resisted through sheer contrariness. Jase or Cade wouldn't judge him if he asked for help, Jase would even approved in his understated way, but what worked for them wouldn't really work for him and seeing the disparity would just make him feel disheartened. And his pride wouldn't let him ask his younger sister for help, despite her getting taller, and more athletic as she practiced for the football team. YouTube maybe, or there might be someone else he could ask for help... "I'm really sorry 'bout Charlie, Sean." "I don't want to talk about it," Sean muttered. He reclaimed his sister's plate, flipping the grilled cheese onto it, then slid the plate towards her as he sat down across from her at the kitchen table. He stared blankly down at his mug of coffee, spinning it in his hands as Laurie profaned the chaffle sandwich with syrup. If Charlie wasn't his best friend, he'd still be a good one. A player in his games since the beginning. His loss hurt. That they hadn't been able to do anything to stop it before it was too late hurt even more. But what hurt the most was the shame he felt that he wasn't the one who'd been killed, been torn to pieces, the sense of relief he was still alive. Which seemed perverse, since he was the one who's life was ticking away faster than anyone else's. Into the leaden silence, Carolyn and Jack joined their children. Sean went to get up, to make his parents breakfast, but his father clapped him on a slender shoulder, gently, but firmly, forcing him back into his seat. "Stay seated, Sean. Finish your breakfast. You've done enough, we'll take care of the rest." Carolyn went to the coffee pot, pouring a cup for her husband and for herself, then started brewing a new pot. Jack took over breakfast duties, murmuring with his wife, starting to cook some eggs for the both of them as Carolyn started putting things away and cleaning dishes. Despite seeming having not slept at all, only a bit of redness about their eyes, the elder Cassidys appeared to be less affected by lack of sleep than their children. Over her mug of coffee, Carolyn watched her children. Laurie shoveled food in her mouth the way Teagan had when she'd had one of her bigger growth spurts and had really started working out, staring at her brother almost angrily. Sean looked sullen and resigned, absently eating apple and orange slices, glancing from his near empty plate to his phone and back. "I think you two should stay home today," Carolyn suggested. "Missing one day so early in the year, and considering yesterday and Cha - and what happened, I'm sure everyone will understand." "No!" the siblings said in sharp unison. Laurie hadn't been sure at first, but as soon as her mother suggested it, it was the last thing she wanted to do. "Coach has us on two-a-day practice this week and I'm not going to let them say the girl can't keep up!" "I... just need something... normal," Sean said over his sister. He gave a bark of bitter laughter. "Whatever 'normal' means now. If I stay home, I'm just going to seethe and wallow and think too much 'bout last night. I don't need - want - that." Their mother gave them a wan smile. "If that's what you want, kids. But if you change your mind, give me a call, and I'll authorize you guys leaving early." She wasn't under any delusions that both of them had never skipped a class before, but she wanted to cover her bases. And if it let her know where her kids were, all the better. After last night, she and Jack had really considered insisting on Sean and Laurie having tracking apps on their phones, but it was a battle they knew they wouldn't win. With what Sean could do, and even before his... abilities, they couldn't have gotten away with it anyway. "We won't," Sean and Laurie claimed again in unusual synchronicity. Carolyn sighed. Jack grunted. Talk about the kitchen turned to feigned normalcy, asking about football practice, the launch of Sean's new game - Carolyn had helped her son set up the business for his indy game studio Intersectional Interactive when he had developed Annwn - and what they wanted for supper. The meeting tonight and anything smacking of it was studiously, if obviously, avoided. Sean took his load of laundry from the dryer and brought it back to The Barn, shrugging into his freshly cleaned hoodie with the tree on it, tucking the loaner from Autumn under his arm. Laurie got her gym back and practice uniform and the siblings met up at Sean's SUV, who them drove them to school. A bit of the feigned normalcy turned real as Laurie reached for the radio, her other hand slapping Sean's away when he went to stop her. He sat back, flashing her a taunting smirk, as with a thought, he simply took control. His car, his rules, but it never stopped Laurie from trying to claim dominion over the radio. She huffed and folded her arms as Sean synched his phone to the SUV, listening to a playthrough of his game that was already streaming on Twitch. The Twitch Streamer... wasn't good, even Sean admitted that despite earnestly wanting to hear the early reactions to his game. It didn't help that the Streamer had a really thick accent, Scandinavian, Swedish maybe? 29 units sold. Laurie bolted out of the Grand Cherokee almost before it came to a complete stop, running for the field to join Cade and the rest of the football team, her gymbag bouncing on her shoulder. Sean followed more slowly, watching and listening to the Twitch Stream, hoping a more talented Streamer would start streaming ReGenesis in the next few days. Not wanting to go inside yet, Sean took a seat at the far end of the bleachers at the top, letting the fading chill of morning wash over him. Shelly High might be surprisingly well funded for a small rural town in Montana, but it still had shit coffee. Sean took a pull from the thermos he'd brought from home. Another day. Still alive.
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