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  1. Lots of great Storypath material out this week, plus some Mage goodness: They Came from Beneath the Sea!: Storypath Tasty Bit: They Came from Plan 9! (PDF)Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum Core Bundle (PDF)Trinity Continuum: Æon: Under Alien Skies (advance PDF)Trinity Continuum: Aberrant: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Bundle (PDF)Trinity Continuum: Aberrant: The Adventures of Team Tomorrow: A Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Jumpstart (advance PDF)Mage: The Ascension: Technocracy: Reloaded (PDF and print)Exalted: Exalted 3e Bundle (PDF) Sales DriveThruRPG’s Christmas in July sale continues, with up to 25% off hundreds of Onyx Path digital titles. If we’ve had it on DriveThru for over a month, it’s probably on sale. Crowdfunding Update Squeaks in the Deep launched two weeks ago on Kickstarter! Squeaks brings the Underground, and its mice and rat species, to the Realms of Pugmire. We funded to 100% in under four hours! We’re currently at $36,793, or 245% of our $15K goal, and have two weeks to go. We’ve reached the following stretch goals: Squeaks Guide ScreenSqueaks T-shirtRabbits setting supplement, with PC rulesSqueaks digital wallpaperSqueaks VTT token packSqueaks VTT map 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!Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Adventure!Legendlore: LegendloreWorld of Darkness: WoD: Ghost HuntersMage: The Ascension: Technocracy ReloadedMage: The Ascension: M20 Victorian AgeExalted: Exalted: EssenceChronicles 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 month: Ghelspad: Eyes of SpiragosGhelspad: Poor Unfortunate SoulsYour 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 month: Morty Corgi’s Acid ShantiesYour 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 month: Scion: Specialized Purviews for ScionScion: Imperium: TitanusScion: Mystical ItemsScion: Pride 2021Scion: Scion 2nd Edition Quick ReferenceScion: Mayan Divinities Ixkik and IxkakaScion: Nyx and Her ChildrenTrinity Continuum: Gadgets and GearYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  2. In which the trio makes up six new games! Random plot generatorsOur current projectsEddy’s game of magical realism, clusters of tetrahedrons, and escape: Outside of the BoxMatthew’s game of occultism, l’appel du vide, and love: Leap of FaithDixie’s game of apocalypse, not turning into your parents, and opening a business: OK, BoomerEddy’s game of Western, torschlusspanik, and starting a family: Last HopeMatthew’s game of comedy, sweating powerlessness, burnout, tight-chest, capitalist meaningless, and atonement: Z-CorpDixie’s game of surrealism, having a skewed version of reality, and wanting control: Checking InCast your votes on the Onyx Pathcast Discord! Links: Squeaks in the Deep: http://kck.st/3keikX5 Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  3. Type: D&D Studio BlogAuthor: Chris PerkinsSubtitle: D&D Studio BlogBanner: Text: D&D Canon Author: Chris Perkins I’m Chris Perkins, one of the D&D Studio’s principal game architects. You might know me from such products as Curse of Strahd, Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, and The Wild Beyond the Witchlight. I’m also a subject matter expert when it comes to D&D lore. In this short blog post, I will describe our studio’s position on canonicity. When we refer to D&D’s canon, we are talking about truths that we cling to in fifth edition or things we know to be true in some other expression of D&D. So, what is considered canonical in D&D? Let’s dive right in. Every expression of D&D has its own canon. Our studio treats D&D in much the same way that Marvel Studios treats its properties. The current edition of the D&D roleplaying game has its own canon, as does every other expression of D&D. For example, what is canonical in fifth edition is not necessarily canonical in a novel, video game, movie, or comic book, and vice versa. This is true not only for lore but art as well. This approach allows R.A. Salvatore to write Drizzt novels without having to worry if his version of the Forgotten Realms perfectly matches what we do in the roleplaying game. It means that a D&D video game can take elements from a series of novels and present them in a way that serves the game’s needs, rather than adhering to the sequence of events chronicled in the novels. Creatively, it’s liberating. This approach also acknowledges that different media have unique challenges and requirements. Every edition of the roleplaying game has its own canon as well. In other words, something that might have been treated as canonical in one edition is not necessarily canonical in another. For example, the succubus was classified as a devil in fourth edition, even though it had been a demon in previous editions. It can also be said that every campaign that’s ever been run in any of our published settings has its own canon. Your version of the Forgotten Realms has its own canon, which doesn’t make it any less valid than anyone else’s version. Elminster might be a lich in your Forgotten Realms campaign. Elminster might be a miniature giant space hamster in mine—both are acceptable and awesome. Key to our approach is the belief that the story belongs to the DM and the players, not us. We make a conscious effort to preserve as many opportunities as possible for DMs to play with their own ideas. That’s why we don't produce sourcebooks that spool out a ton of backstory. The DM or player remains the ultimate arbiter of what’s true in their expressions of D&D. Why not adopt the canon of earlier editions and be done with it? The most important reason why we maintain our own continuity, separate from other expressions and earlier editions of D&D, is to lessen the burden on DMs. It’s not that we insist on creating everything ourselves; rather, we don’t want DMs or players to feel like they must read a novel, play a video game, or buy a third-edition sourcebook to enjoy our game and get the most out of our current line of products. We’re judicious about introducing certain types of new lore for this same reason: DMs and players should be able to use our content without having to keep up on some metaplot that stretches across novels, comics, and video games. Fifth edition’s canon begins with its core rulebooks. Fifth edition’s canon includes every bit of lore that appears in the most up-to-date printings of the fifth edition Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide. Beyond these core rulebooks, we don’t have a public-facing account of what is canonical in fifth edition because we don’t want to overload our fellow creators and business partners. If you’re not sure what else is canonical in fifth edition, let me give you a quick primer. Strahd von Zarovich canonically sleeps in a coffin (as vampires do), Menzoberranzan is canonically a subterranean drow city under Lolth’s sway (as it has always been), and Zariel is canonically the archduke of Avernus (at least for now). Conversely, anything that transpires during an Acquisitions Incorporated live game is not canonical in fifth edition because we treat it the same as any other home game (even when members of the D&D Studio are involved). Canon is less about your enjoyment of the game and more about us being internally consistent. Whether or not a piece of art or lore is canonical in fifth edition should have little or no bearing on how most people interact with the game. If I told you that Markham Southwell is canonically the sheriff of Bryn Shander circa 1492 DR, would that really impact your experience running or playing Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden? I hope not. However, we use canonical lore internally to maintain consistency across our fifth-edition products. Knowing that fire giants are canonically shorter yet more powerful than frost giants means that we don’t need to rethink that bit of lore in upcoming products. Similarly, knowing that all trolls regenerate makes designing new troll variants easier. The game’s long history is known to us. Those among us who are fortunate enough to become shepherds or stewards of the D&D game must train ourselves to become art and lore experts so that we know when we’re being faithful to the game’s past and when we’re moving in a new direction. We decide, based on our understanding of the game’s history and audience, what artwork or lore to pull forward, what artwork or lore needs to change, and what artwork or lore should be buried so deep that it never again sees the light of day. We have a couple guiding principles: If the artwork holds up or the lore has been true in every past edition of the game, we think twice about changing it. If the artwork or lore hasn’t withstood the test of time, we can update or discard it. The number of eyes on a stock beholder has been consistent throughout D&D’s history. No need to meddle with perfection, I say. On the other hand, if you’re familiar with old maps of Waterdeep, you might recall that one of its seedier avenues was named Slut Street. When we updated the map for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, we gave that street a new name. The old name was never good to begin with and does not withstand the test of time. Take the 5E Canon Commando Quiz! You probably know more canonical facts about fifth edition than you realize. Click here to take the quiz, which has five multiple-choice questions. Publication date: 07/29/2021Tags: FeaturesTexture banner: ShowBlack text:
  4. In which Eddy and Dixie interview Joshua Doetsch and talk about his career, his Poe obsession, and much more! Josh’s origin story and video game careerWhite Wolf novel contestBringing Josh onto PugmireWriting for a beloved propertyA cat digressionA novel digressionA keybard digressionThey Came from Beyond the Grave Links: Age of Conan: https://www.ageofconan.com/Secret World Legends: https://www.secretworldlegends.com/Strangeness in the Proportion: https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/96994/Strangeness-in-the-Proportion?affiliate_id=548232Morgue toe tags: https://www.amazon.com/Tags-Identification-String-Morgue-Coroner/dp/B08CSGHDTX/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Toe+Tag&qid=1626963155&sr=8-5Silent Knife: https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/107252/Silent-Knife?affiliate_id=548232Under a Raven’s Wing: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57917127-under-a-raven-s-wingKeybard meme: https://twitter.com/BBGreenSedai/status/1211100696491130880The Reckoning trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peMnD0TPCIc&list=PLmiXCaSrrCIgSWNq_6l9YSKRxvVm1bW6t&index=13Joshua’s website: https://joshuadoetsch.com/Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPathOnyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpathOnyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  5. It’s time for DriveThruRPG’s annual Christmas in July sale! This year featuring the new event mascot, Cecil. We love you, Cecil. Save up to 25% on nearly 70,000 titles, including more than 750 titles from Onyx Path and our related community content programs. The sale runs for the next 12 days, until August 3.
  6. In this issue of Cypher Chronicles, we confess that we’re making deals with the devil, and we’ll tell you about … Cypher Chronicles, vol. 2022-22 The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 2022-22 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  7. Sean, Week of Labor Day/Ep. VI: Off-Camera: Working on his video, and now the follow-on support stuff now that it's released. Possibly exercising more, working out some. School and After-School Vignettes: Wednesday: Thursday: No school. Charlie's funeral. Friday: Meeting with EA Rep Brad Stanton after school at the Country Club Saturday: Sunday: TBD: As discussed in Discord, a story or scene involving Cass and Autumn talking to Sean about the physiological and sociological realities of his unique, uh... "circumstance" would be awesome (Wednesday, possibly, maybe Cass has the idea for a story for the paper?) Talk with someone, current idea is Autumn or Lilly, about getting into shape, or at least somewhat more athletic, so sudden wild exertions aren't quite the strain. Get Devin's help with prepping for Homecoming (Saturday or Sunday?) Talk with Sophia again, and meet her RPG players Get the Fellowship (and Devin and Marissa) together - sans parents - at some point to admit the severity of his genetic conditions and why he thinks he has to go to Site B.
  8. Now available in Advance PDF from DriveThruRPG: The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant! Tomorrow’s Heroes Today! The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow introduces you to the world of 2028, where superhumans known as novas have risen to prominence, changing the world with their Quantum powers. Team Tomorrow, a group of superheroes, are among the most popular and well-liked novas on the planet. Young novas hoping to join the ranks of Team Tomorrow attend Team Tomorrow Academy as a team colloquially known as Teen Tomorrow. This Jumpstart adventure follows Teen Tomorrow on a training mission gone awry when their instructor starts behaving recklessly. The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow brings the superhero action to your table with all the rules you need to assume the roles of Teen Tomorrow and jump right into play! The included adventure is designed for 3-6 players. The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow includes: A brief overview of the setting of Trinity Continuum: Aberrant and the role Team Tomorrow plays in that world.A complete adventure set in the world of Trinity Continuum: Aberrant for the Storyguide to run with 3-6 players.All the rules you need to run the enclosed adventure. Six ready-made characters, so you can jump right into the action! Crowdfunding Update Squeaks in the Deep launched 24 hours ago on Kickstarter! Squeaks brings the Underground, and its mice and rat species, to the Realms of Pugmire. We funded to 100% in under four hours! We’re currently at $24,116, or 161% of our $15K goal, and have almost a full month to go. We’ve reached the following stretch goals: Squeaks Guide ScreenSqueaks T-shirt 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!Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Adventure!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: Morty Corgi’s Acid ShantiesYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  9. Sean's face screwed up in anger as he jumped to his feet and glared at the Jauntsen twins, his chair skidding behind him. "Wow! Really?! Telling everyone earlier would have changed exactly what, guys? We know as much about Todd as we do Cassie's father, which is they're at Site B. That's it!" With turning away from them, he pointed emphatically at Annette. "Until we actually knew where Site B was, maybe a floorplan, it didn't seem-" Sean cut himself off, went to slump down in his chair, but caught himself right before falling on his ass. He pulled his chair back and plopped down into it, crossing one arm and pinching the bridge of his nose, trying to collect himself, knowing he was getting worked up. The Jauntsens sure weren't going to be happy when he told them his personal reasons for needing to go to Site B, away from the parental units. But he didn't want this meeting to devolve into the same mess as at the Jauntsens' place. "Look. I just learned about Todd Sunday night. Monday, we had Not-Cody to deal with. I could have mentioned it Tuesday at your place, but well, we know how that went. So I'm bringing it up now, when it looks we're actually going to make progress on going to Site B." Carolyn placed a comforting hand on her feminine son's shoulder, but Sean wasn't in the mood to be mollified. He turned his large, jade and turquoise eyes on the representative from the Aeon Society, but if Annette was disturbed by the outbursts, she gave no sign of it, simply giving Sean a nod. He tried to fight down the dubiousness he couldn't help but feel and turned back to Devin and Marissa. "And something else, why do you think going to Site B is just going to be a rescue mission? As your fond to point out, there are proper authorities here. Yeah, we have our reasons for going, but I'm pretty sure Aeon and Branch-9 want their Site back that Dr. Klein - or whoever he might actually work for or with - stole from them. We're a force multiplier, sure, and a counter for whatever super stuff they might have there, but we don't have to go alone this time." His eyes cut back to Annette. "I hope."
  10. Brushing away a drop of sweat with the back of his hand, Sean let go of psionic hold on Devin's phone, letting the holography fade. It wasn't that easy to do, not when the device wasn't designed for 3D projection. Now, if the Project or Aeon would let me get a close look at the tech... but it was only an idle thought. He couldn't help but feel rightfully castigated by Lilly's outburst. He could throw up excuses - like how she'd always been so physically and athletically impressive that he hadn't worried what might have happened to her, or that he'd been distracted and wrung out after the encounter in the Blight - but they were just that, excuses. He'd hunched his shoulders and mouthed a sorry to Lilly, though he knew it was too little to make up the lack of concern. Sean felt no guilt at not going to bat to have Laurie stay. He was almost invariably going to tell her anyway, but their Dad was still their Dad. Having told their parents practically everything already, he hadn't paid much attention to their expressions, looking at the other parental units and having to focus to make the holographic display. If Sean had, he might have noticed the grave look Jack and Carolyn had shared when hearing about the 27 year cycle once more, and could have reasoned that the elder Cassidys deciding what Laurelei could hear was a way to grab at a hint of control in a situation the blue-collar family was way over their heads in. With the talk turning to Site B, Sean straightened in his chair, more intent now, almost quivering with anticipation. He couldn't help it, despite wanting to keep it cool. He hadn't doubted Jace's resolve, but after the Jauntsen twins' talk about not being a part of the fellowship - despite their claims about still being in it all together - the relief he'd felt when Devin said he'd be going regardless was palpable. Cassandra's father was a top priority, but it wasn't the only top priority. Not for him, regardless of how much of a douchecanoe it made him feel. "Cassandra's dad and what Coyote said isn't - or shouldn't be the only reason we have to go to Site B," Sean added after Annette said she'd tell them what she could about Site B. The buxom boy could feel Jase's incisive green gaze turn his way and he licked suddenly dry lips. Sean looked around the table, at his friends, his comrades in arms. He'd have to tell them - he would tell them - his reason for wanting, needing to go, but not the parental units, not Annette, Aeon, Proteus, Branch-9, and whoever else was listening, though they might know depending on what Dr. Cook had told them. He gave Jason the minutest shake of his head. "I talked, well, chatted online, okay, it's more like we were in the Matrix, with someone else who's a captive at Site B. One of Dr. Cook's, erm, band? Todd Asper. He made the effort to contact me, via technokinetic voodoo, begging for my help. He can do some of the stuff I can, and the assholes at Site B are forcing him to work for them, essentially overclocking him to destruction. And he told me, showed me, some of the other stuff that's going on there." Sean's pale face had a faint greenish tinge to it, recalling the encounter in cyberspace and the desperation in Todd's digital plea before he was yanked away. "It's pure, amoral torture, any means to achieve their ends. Even if we didn't have personal reasons to take down Site B, it's something we should do anyway, being the ones the best chance to do it."
  11. Sean stared at his phone, head cocked in curiosity, having just finished a call with Brad Stanton, a rep with EA. The guy had been affable, enthusiastic, and maybe just the teensiest bit cagey with why he wanted to meet. Brad had known about Annwn, and had clearly played it from the way he talked, so his reasons might not just be about ReGenesis. Sean knew his curiosity wouldn't be sated without at least meeting the guy, so he had agreed to his offer of a business dinner at the Shelly Country Club on Friday. The only time he'd been there was a kid, when he'd tagged along with his dad when he'd been on a job. Sean had no illusions about appearing super professional or anything, but he didn't want to look like a complete schlub or the archetypal antisocial neckbeard, as it were. He'd have to see what he could scrounge up, probably reusing most of what he'd gotten for Charlie's funeral. While answering questions and comments on his game page, Sean tracked down Turing to give him a long needed good brushing and clipping of nails. His grey cat had been keeping himself scarce since Sean had used him as a test subject for one aspect of his powers. Turing accepted the brushing with dignified condescension. Sean didn't think he was forgiven yet. On the ReGenesis front, everything seemed to be going okay, though he had to firmly deny answering any questions asking about plot or hints for the game. He did have to walk one guy through the settings on his rig so that he could actually play the game. Sean wasn't even sure how the guy managed to mess up his computer that bad. Dinner was a rushed mish-mash, everyone finishing off leftovers from the last week as Sean went over what was going on. He had actually told his parents, well, his mom, anyway, almost everything, except for Jase's, er, heritage, and what Dr. Cook had told him, and he didn't explain about those now either. But he did add when they'd learned about Enterich. Laurie looked riled and scared and annoyed that she was scared. Carolyn looked concerned, Jack grave. The one bone of contention was when they started debating if Laurie should come to the meeting. Sean mentioned he was pretty sure no one else wasn't bringing siblings who weren't directly involved. Laurie stepped into his brother's personal space to leverage every inch of height she had on him, glowering down at him and grounding out she was directly involved - hell, Devin had even jaunted her to New Zealand. And other than Cade, nobody else even had a sibling who wasn't directly. Jack Cassidy reluctantly admitted Laurie had a point, even if he had to take a calming breath to avoid thinking what his youngest daughter and the Devin boy could have gotten up to in a foreign country. Sean and Carolyn had exclaimed, 'What?!' in various tones of surprise, concern, and totally not envy (Tolkien completely overrated). Laurie blushed, in embarrassment, self-recrimination at her blunder, and determination not to kept in the dark 'for her own safety'. The Dark was the danger in the first place! ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ The Cassidys rode to Marias Medical Center in Jack's work truck, a drive they had done often enough over the years due to Sean's medical condition. The atmosphere was more somber this time though. Walking through the Medical Center, Carolyn stopped to exchanged words with some of the staff she was friendly with, despite the exigency of the meeting they were there for. Sean slipped away to see how Sophia was doing, feeling a sense of shame and contrition. He was more than glad they'd been able to save her and Tawny. But it hurt that it had taken the depravity she'd suffered at Not-Cody's hands and the lost of Charlie for him to want to get over the painful grudge he'd held onto since she'd turned him down. Tired and wan, Sophia still offered him an exhaustedly snarky smile edged with traumatic experience, mildly surprised it wasn't one of the Jauntsens poking their head back in. "If you ask me out, I'm still gonna say no, Sean." Sean chuckled ruefully. "I'm not here about that." Sean ran his hands through this sun-touched crimson hair. "Just started to realize it's not good for me - or anyone else - to hold onto grudges and bitterness. Not with everything that's, y'know, going on." "Uh-huh." Sophia's sunken eyes brightened as she sat up a bit more in her bed. Smile edged towards a smirk. "And what about Courtney?" "Fuck Court-!" Sean sucked in a sharp sigh. He let it out slowly. "Look, it's a work in progress, okay? Just stopped by to see how you were doing. Not sure how long you'll be here, but thought I'd offer you a copy of my new game to pass the time." He tapped the laptop sitting at Sophia's side, an invisible digital spark passing through his fingers to the machine with a push of effort. "And if you want - not sure how my D&D game is going to go now, what with 'stuff' - I can fill in as guest DM for you for your group-" "My Irregulars. Holmes." "Better than The Fellowship," Sean admitted wryly.. "Anyway, offer's on the table while you recover. And after too, if you just need a break, or want on the other side of the DM Screen. What you running now,?" "I'll think about it," Sophia said, before talking more animatedly about her campaign, grateful for the distraction. Sean interjected with his own questions and comments, unconsciously delaying going to the meeting. There was history between them, and new and not pleasant experiences, but for a moment, it felt almost like old times when they had been friends and co-conspirators in RPGdom. Until his mother found him, giving his shoulder an insistent squeeze. She gave the girl a sympathetic look and regretful look. She knew Sean and Sophia had had a falling out. Though not knowing the particulars, she had a few guesses. "I hope you are recovering well, Sophia, dear, but I'm afraid I've got to steal my son back for something rather immediate." "Thanks, Mrs. Cassidy. I'm getting tired again anyway." She looked back to Sean. "I'll send you a link to my gaming notes. I'll listen to any ideas or suggestions you have, even if I don't take you up on the offer." "Alright. Later, Sophia." Heading towards the meeting, Carolyn idly asked her son, certainly not prying. "Offer?" "Mom!" Sean rolled his eyes. "It's just gaming stuff. God! She was dating Charlie." Carolyn blinked, feeling more than chagrinned at the revelation. That was a blunder. Her chagrin didn't relent when the Cassidy contingent entered the meeting room and found they were the last to arrive. Discomfited, she went around the table, making introductions to any she hadn't met before, Jack Cassidy taking it in his more habitual laconic stride. He worked for all sorts of folk. As long as they didn't try to cheat him on payment and treated his workers with a base modicum of respect, he could deal. He exchanged a few brief words with Ian Keane, seeing if he needed any help with flipping or fixing up a house, while Carolyn remarked on how good Gar was looking, and how trials could bring out the best in someone. Then the Cassidys took their seats between the Jauntsens and the Bannons, Jack next to Carl, followed by his wife, Laurie, and Sean next to Jase. "Apologies for running late," Carolyn said sincerely, though she didn't offer an explanation for why. "If we haven't missed the opening round, how shall we start?"
  12. Our annual free brochure is now available in PDF on DriveThruRPG: Onyx Path 2021-2022 Publishing Brochure! Dare To Walk The Onyx Path This brochure contains: An intro letter from Rich Thomas, founder of Onyx Path Publishing, that describes the Onyx Path business model and how the company is moving forward with new projects.A look at the Onyx Path Publishing projects by game line.Art previews from upcoming books and more! An Onyx Path Con Update We’re currently in the middle of this year’s Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Con! Check that site for more information on this weekend’s panels and actual plays. While we normally make announcements during the “What’s Up With Onyx Path?” panel later today, Matthew is not going to be able to make it, so Rich gave him permission to spill some beans about projects he’s working on during the Opening Ceremonies. The full name of the upcoming “They Came From [CLASSIFIED]” is…. They Came From [CLASSIFIED]. It brings the unique style of the They Came From! games to the 1960s spy genre. More information can be found in the brochure.The next game in the Trinity Continuum is Trinity Continuum: Aether. War of the Worlds, Sherlock Holmes, extraordinary gentlemen exploring strange other realms. Let the speculation commence! Those seeking more information might want to join us for the Trinity Continuum panel later today at 4:30 pm EDT, or the They Came From! panel on Sunday at 10:00 am EDT, both on our Twitch channel.
  13. Now available in PDF and print-on-demand from DriveThruRPG, and in traditional print from Studio 2: the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant rulebook! “Novas routinely and cavalierly seem to ignore things like the conservation of mass and energy, the laws of motion, the square-cube law, and many other guidelines used to bring predictability to a chaotic cosmos. For all the talk of ‘quantum entanglement’ and ‘fundamental forces,’ one might as well say that novas are, for all intents and purposes, using magic — or selectively editing reality to conform to their wishes.” — From Gods Among Us: Novas and the Future of Humanity Trinity Continuum: Aberrantis a game of superpowered adventure in the near-future of the Trinity Continuum. In 2018, novas — people with superhuman powers — first appeared following the explosion of a space station high above Earth. Now, 10 years later, thousands of novas have transformed the world, using their extraordinary powers to fight crime, clean up the environment, invent new technologies, and create wonders. The presence of novas has also caused problems, and some fear the powerful individuals — first called “aberrants” — due to their unpredictable powers and impact they have on the world around them. Still, love them or hate them, people can’t get enough of novas, and being one is a ticket to instant celebrity, fame, and fortune. Some highlights of Trinity Continuum: Aberrantinclude: Details on the super-powered novas and how they fit into the Trinity ContinuumUpdated Storypath rules and character creation information for novasDozens of character biographies to quickly populate the world of 2028Storyguide advice on how to run Aberrant in a wide variety of tones and sub-genres Also available in PDF from DriveThruRPG, and in print from Studio 2: the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Storyguide Screen! The Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Reference Screen and Document contains all the charts and important info a Storyguide could need. About Trinity Continuum: Aberrant: Trinity Continuum: Aberrantis a game of superpowered adventure in the near-future of the Trinity Continuum. In 2018, novas — people with superhuman powers — first appeared following the explosion of a space station high above Earth. Now, 10 years later, thousands of novas have transformed the world, using their extraordinary powers to fight crime, clean up the environment, invent new technologies, and create wonders. The presence of novas has also caused problems, and some fear the powerful individuals — first called “aberrants” — due to their unpredictable powers and impact they have on the world around them. Still, love them or hate them, people can’t get enough of novas, and being one is a ticket to instant celebrity, fame, and fortune. Crowdfunding Update Exalted: Essence launched on Kickstarter two weeks ago, and hit our funding goal within the first 13 minutes! That makes it our fastest-funding Kickstarter ever, beating Exalted 3rd Edition’s previous 18-minute record! We’re currently at $256,086 of our initial $35,000 goal, or an incredible 732%, thanks to our 3017 backers. With two weeks to go, we’ve already hit the following stretch goals: Essence ST ScreenPillars of Creation: The Essence Companion: more Universal Charms, Evocations, Hearthstones, warstriders. Scattered Lotus Petals: Martial Arts (Single Point Shining Into the Void, Golden Janissary, Celestial Monkey, more). Enemies of the Chosen: Antagonists, demons, fair folk. Eight Directions Atlas: more locations. Creation’s Chosen: More Solar, Lunar, Exigent, Sidereal, and DB Charms. Storytelling the Chosen: ST advice and adventure hooks. Beyond Creation’s Chosen: More Infernal, Alchemical, Getimian, Liminal, and Abyssal Charms. Games of Divinity: more on the cosmology and deities of Creation. Lintha Expansion. Other Antagonists.Essence Jumpstart and Ready-Made CharactersBacker T-shirtEssence Adventure: Two scenariosEssence Digital WallpaperEssence VTT Token PackEssence Novella by Lauren RoyNerdyKeppie bag opportunity 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!Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Adventure!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: Fenrilik: Friends and Foes of the FrostlandsYour 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: Pugmire: Good Dogs of Harmony AcresYour 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: Reconditioned 2: The SequelYour product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  14. "Well, I... did not know that," Sean admitted in a drawn out, nonplussed tone, a hand on his hip. "'Bout her helping me at school with the cheerleader uniform thing, I mean." He turned to look out the patio doors, his pale cheeks pinking faintly. He'd noticed looks at school, irate or disgusted, but they weren't much more than the usual and he hadn't connected it to him wearing a cheerleader's uniform for a few hours. Embarrassing for bit, for him - and he certainly hadn't cared for the skirt - it hadn't occurred to him it would have affronted anyone else, beyond people seeing the over-endowed feminine looking individual who identified himself as a guy in a skirt for the first time. It wasn't fair! He had God-Damned psionic powers, had fought other-dimensional monstrosities - and won! - and still had to deal with this shit! He hadn't even seen it coming, but Marissa had and was already doing something about it. And he had treated Marissa poorly, in her own home. He could say Marissa was doing it for her own benefit. Having to be in proximity to the rest of the Fellowship, she wanted to upgrade their social standing to something worthy of being in her presence, so her own didn't suffer. Or to make it feel like they owed her. Whatever her reasons, she was making an effort. And he wasn't. He let his uncanny eyes linger on the workout and gymnastic equipment beyond the patio doors for a moment. He had followed Devin and Autumn outside, though he had slipped back in before they had turned around when the door bell had rung. If he couldn't bring himself to ask Jase or Cade to help him exercise and get into better, or at least healthier, shape, he could never bring himself to ask Devin. He had had a vague notion of asking Autumn, but inadvertently eavesdropping on the two of them, it seemed almost perverse that it sounded like Marissa would actually be the better one to ask. Ugh! No way! Sean's slender shoulders tightened, then slumped as he turned back to Devin. "You might be..." He sucked in a breath, his nose scrunching up as he grimaced and corrected himself. "You're... right, dude." Anything else was an excuse. Maybe a valid excuse - her actions had led to his best friend being shot multiple times, come on! - but excuses nonetheless. Also... making nice, Marissa might be less inclined towards urging an accident his way, however unintentional. As though dragged out of him, Sean added with a glance up towards the second floor, "I think I owe your sister an apology. A thanks, too, I suppose..." Marissa looked at the door to her room as Autumn, giving a bit of an eye roll at the audacity of Autumn giving her fashion advice… before she looked back to the mirror and put her hair back up the way she had it and gave it her best duck-face to adequately appraise the style. She permitted herself an approving smirk as she side-eyed the door once again. “Don’t tell me that,” Devin said while nudging his head towards the upstairs. “Tell her. It’s been a rough weekend, for everyone. We’re all still a bit on edge and we’re not really at a point where we know how to handle each other… I know you’ve had a shit time in your life, given,” he motioned to Sean as a whole and his combination of feminine and masculine qualities. “All of that. We haven’t been the best people, but we’re trying, dude. We both are… it might not always look like it, but we are. Cut us some slack, yeah? Now, if you feel you owe her something… don’t talk about it, go handle your business.” Sean passed Autumn on the stairs, instinctively turning sideways to give her more, a rueful expression crossing his face as he stopped. The staircase at the Jauntsen Residence was more than wide enough for two to walk abreast. Autumn tilted her head questioningly and Sean sighed. "Don't you hate it when a Jauntsen has a valid point?" Marissa had slid into her boots, put her hair up and was now working on her eye make-up as a painter might meticulously add every color with one graceful brushstroke after another. The knock on her door distracted her from he reflection in the mirror. Devin wouldn’t have bothered knocking, his entrance would have been a theatrical number complete with some of ‘s’up ho’. She sighed, a bit annoyed at the interruption (but then again, she was always annoyed). “Enter.” As Sean entered her eyes narrowed in suspicion as to the reason for his visit. IT seemed largely out place for him to dare venture into the lair of the beast as in the past he seemed to treat Marissa like she was two Not-Cody’s, a swift kick to the junk, and one pants-ing worth of embarrassment all wrapped into one and better left avoided. She turned in her chair to face Sean, crossing a suede sheathed leg over her knee to give him her full attention. “Admitedly I was expecting Cade, or even Cass,” she huffed and rolled her eyes. “Alright unknown quantity let’s hear it. If you’re here to file a complaint about something I’ve done to betray you or your family… the line forms at the bottom of the pool. I’ll be with you as soon as possible. By ‘soon’, I mean ‘never’, by ‘as possible’ I mean ‘I won’t bother’.” A smirk curved Marissa's maroon lips as despite himself and his habitual thoughts about Devin's twin, she caught Sean's eyes flick from her own to her crossing legs and back, clearly disappointed in himself, but not regretting the sight. He slowly raised his hands in surrender. At least she isn't petting a white cat... "No complaints, I swear." Mouth pursed as though he'd just bitten into a lemon suggested more that he did still have complaints, but they weren't for here, not for this moment. "Not here, not now, anyway," he admitted wryly. Letting his hands fall to his sides, his eyes slid from hers once more, to glance around the room. He had entered with his eyes down initially, as though in case he might have caught a look at something he shouldn't have. He had expected Marissa's room to look like something belonging to a Twitch or TikTok Thot, probably messy, maybe with some strategically place brand name accessories scattered about to show off on her streams. Instead, it was pristine, and very, very Disney Princess. It could probably cause cavities. He straightened his shoulders and strained for every fraction of an inch of his modest height, meeting her eyes once more. "I came to... to apologize," he said, forcing it out in a rush. "Devin mentioned, sort of, what your doing for me at school. I didn't know, but thanks for that. And while you were not an ungracious host, I was an ungracious guest. Whatever else you did, intentional or not, that's the truth." A deep inhalation. Of all people, her?! At least she ain't Courtney! "I'm sorry for how I acted today and towards you, when it seems you've been trying help me, in your way. If there's a favour I can do you in turn, just ask. Er..." His jaw tightened in an uneasy grin at what he had just offered and to who. "Please don't make it too embarrassing or painful please." Marissa listened, even giving him a look that dared the young man to judge her choice of bedroom decorations. Throughout the bookshelves in her room, ended by a cute plushie animal of some sort, were all manner of novels. The Shannara Chronicles, the Wheel of Time series, All manner of R.A. Salvatore novels, all the Percy Jackson books and even the Shadow Hunters series all lined her walls on high shelves, well outside his reach, and even she needed to tippy toe to reach them. While she never claimed to be a nerd, she possessed a serious love for high fantasy and supernatural romance literature. “Sean,” she started. Her voice was soft and calm now, devoid of the initial defensive sarcasm she was quickly becoming known for. “Look, don’t worry about it, okay? It’s not like I was the greatest to you in the past, so for what it’s worth, I understand. Does it irritate me? Sure, a bit, but only because you are surrounded by people who were willing to die with you and you still seem to refuse to let yourself trust us, at all.” “You don’t owe me any favors,” she said plainly. “We’re supposed to be friends, right? I know, I suck at this whole friends thing, I don’t trust easily, I’m defensive, opinionated, gorgeous,” she waved her hand in a gesture to swat away all her words. “We both know I could go on, the point is, you don’t owe me anything for helping you with the school thing. According to the internet, friends are supposed to get one another’s backs, right?” “I know it’s easy to think I’m some ice queen who would slit my mothers throat to be the next Kardashian. That’s simply not true, well, maybe her hammies or something, I don’t know… again, the point is, Sean is that I have limits to my cruelty. I’m mean, yes. However, there are lows that even I will not stoop to, for example: destroying someone’s life simply because they are gay, or fat, or a particular ethnicity… or are a transvestite, to name a few.” She smirked at him and winked. “This town is full of closeminded bigots and religious bible thumpers who have spent their lives making yours a living hell.” “Marissa,” Sean interjected. “You and Devin made my life a living hell.” “Well, certainly,” she admitted freely with almost a tone defensive pride. “But we didn’t’ single you out, is my point and it wasn’t because of who you were, we just needed you and others to remember that we were better than you because we were more popular… and prettier… with money.” “I… can’t,” Sean tried to formulate a response to that, but Marissa wasn’t infallible as it was just hard to grasp how she could grasp it. “You know you almost pushed Connie Vasquez to commit suicide last year, right?” “Of course, but it wasn’t because she was fat or gay, which she obviously is,” the lovely brunette pointed out. “Wait,” Sean interjected. “Connie’s a lesbian?” “Duh,” she rolled her eyes at Sean. “Sean, you can only get so big and to the point where no man is going to want you that you’re eventually forced to try your own brand. Don’t you pay attention to anything at school? I did it because she bumped my shoulder in the hallway and didn’t say she was sorry, so rude.” She scoffed and accompanied an eyeroll with a disgusted shake of her head. “I digress… what I’m trying to say is that we’re friends now, maybe not particularly good ones, but friends. That means Devin and I have your back. You don’t have to worry about bullies anymore or dealing with the crap this town shovels at you. You want to wear women’s clothes, I’m all for it, help yourself to my closet, whatever Tawny hasn’t looted and pillaged you’re welcome to give it a go, I support you.” She stood from the chair she was sitting in and approached him, her heels making her even taller than her usual five-foot eight height. Autumn had hit the target though, between the sweaterdress, the thigh high suede boots that left only a few inches of leg visible, and her hair up, she looked like some Bond girl… or villain. Looking down at him she cupped his cheeks in her hands and held his head to face up to her in a usual show of jovial friendliness and familiarity. “So, stop being an asshole, kay?” Several quotes about riding tigers and what could happen when trying to get off them ran through Sean's head. Marissa was a tiger. And she certainly didn't have man-hands - she lacked the skintone, but with the sweaterdress and boots, he couldn't help but think, Lana. Thank the Gods he was wearing loose jeans. It was a testament to her charm and presence that he hadn't flinched away when she'd cupped his face, having grown reserved with physical contact and affection as he'd developed, but he slipped free now. Easier to talk and he was starting to get a crink in his neck with her so close, is all. Really. Why did all his friends have to be taller than him? "I'll try," Sean drawled. "I've been burned too many times to not be wary. Like you, I don't trust easily either. It's gonna take me a bit to get used to the nicer sides of you." "Bitch." Friendly smirk. "All my sides are my good sides." Sean snorted, but it wasn't in denial of her claim. "If I have to stop being an asshole, you have to stop being a bitch." Marissa's eyes narrowed and Sean blushed, taking a step back. "I mean, you aren't being a bitch now, at this moment, not really, not towards me, anyway. I meant, in general, turn down the dial, some, on the bitch meter. It'll help make this friends thing go smoother." Marissa didn't precisely harrumph, but she gave the impression she did without making an sound. He considered mentioning Jase, but thought better of it. All things considered, this had gone much better than he imagined it would. "Right. Anyways. Not sure 'bout raiding your closet," Sean remarked dryly, "we don't exactly have the same body type, but maybe I'll ask for some fashion tips some time." He might still think of himself as a guy, but he had grown to accept his appearance. Could even take pride in it, at times. Losing the 'bet' to his sister had been a way to force himself to see what it was like to present himself another way and show that he accepted what he looked like to others. Marissa shrugged nonchalantly, smirk widening a trifle. "Depends how much attention you want, Sean." "Not that much," Sean assured her. Though imagine the looks at Homecoming... Would Kat prefer something like that? I have more than Courtney to- He shook the idle thought away and held out his hand. "Pass me your phone." An imperiously arched brow. "Please?" Marissa snatched her phone from her vanity and handed to the boy. Sean stared at it, his multi-hued eyes almost seeming to glow and after a long moment, he gave a self-satisfied nod and handed it back to Marissa. "There. You have an app called Elbows now." "Elbows?" "Gets you to the front of the line, online, when something new and in limited quality drops. It only lets you get one, though." Marissa studied him, phone in hand tapping her thigh. "I said you didn't owe me a favour." "It wasn't a favour," Sean replied, rocking on his heels, hands stuffed in the pockets of his hoodie. "I have the same app on my phone. Wrote it before all this psionic and terror mojo. Just thought you'd like it." “Very cool,” she nodded her head while looking at the screen of her phone. “Thank you.” She leaned down and he found her lips pressed to his cheek in a soft kiss to show her appreciation. She turned to inspect her lipstick in her mirror, looking back at Sean through his reflection. “But no go on the ‘stop being a bitch’. It’s sort of my thing. I’m willing to offer you a ‘less of a bitch’ deal, but only when I’m not fuming angry at the lot of you because I know somewhere out there is a tree tirelessly producing oxygen for you and I feel you all owe it an apology.” She sat back down, setting her phone on the vanity’s surface and returned to doing her eyes. “The offer doesn’t extend to your bestie, however…” she added as she carefully applied her eyeliner. Sean's mouth opened to protest on Jase's behalf, but closed it before voicing a word. Marissa wasn't going to budge on this and he knew Jason, at least well enough, that he most definitely wasn't right now either. Lips pressed into a tight, crooked line, he nodded as he lifted one shoulder in a shrug. "Fair enough, that's between you and Jase. I'll take deal with the condition I can be a bit of a butthole when you are being more rather than less of a bitch. Unwarranted, of course." "Acceptable," Marissa murmured, not turning away from inspecting her efforts at touching up her applied glamour. "Done and done." There was silent pause that discomfited Sean while seeming to not affect Marissa in the least, but he didn't really have more to say. "Later then. Guess I'll see you this evening. Hopefully it won't be as bad." "Hope." There was something suspiciously like a grunt. "Don't be absurd. Good-bye, Sean." Sean turned to go, but right before he slipped out her bedroom door, he added softly, "Real or not, try not to hurt Cade too much, 'kay?" He closed the door behind him with a gentle click before Marissa could respond, and hustled down the stairs. Faced the tigress in her den and came out with all limbs and protuberances intact. Huzzah. After that, how bad could Site B be? He gave Devin a short wave as he sauntered pass the kitchen. "Later, man. Your sister and I are good now. I think. Hit me up if you want a copy of ReGenesis, and I'll hook you up." Then he was out on the veranda and shuffling towards his car. On the way, he pulled out the card Max had handed to him and flicked it against his palm. He had a call to make before the meeting between the Fellowship, the Parents, and the Project. With a bit more positivity, he was planning with success at Site B.
  15. In which Eddy and Matthew talk with Jack Berkenstock of the Bodhana Group about using tabletop RPGs in therapeutic settings. What is the Bodhana Group?Therapy through the game, not about the gameLots of talk about RPG safety toolsUsing safety tools to start the discussion, not stop itConvincing people to use safety toolsJack’s origin story as a multitude of AirdalesWhat do you want to see at Onyx Path Con? Links: The Bodhana Group (and social media): https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/Save against Fear: https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/about-the-conventionGame to Grow: https://gametogrow.org/RPG Research: https://www.rpgresearch.com/Script Change RPG Toolbox: https://briebeau.itch.io/script-changeWizards, Warriors and Wellness: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/268200/Wizards-Warriors-and-Wellness–The-Therapeutic-Application-of-Role-Playing-Games&affiliate_id=548232Exalted: Essence Kickstarter: http://kck.st/3vsbUGvOnyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPathOnyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpathOnyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
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  17. Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: Storypath Tasty Bit: Zeus! We Just Wanna Talk! for Scion 2nd Edition! Zeus! We Just Wanna Talk! is a lighthearted scenario providing an inciting event to bring Hero-level Scions together into a Band. It can kick off a chronicle or simply be a fun one-shot. Existing Bands can also enjoy the scenario with minor modifications. Just like “we just wanna talk” can change meaning depending on how it’s said, this adventure’s goal can shift depending on what tack the characters choose, from a dark tale of vengeance to a slapstick comedy to an earnest attempt to talk Zeus into mending his ways. Regardless of what the Scions aim to do, they’ll have their work cut out for them. Zeus didn’t survive thousands of years with as many enemies as he has through luck alone. Over the course of the scenario, the characters meet each other as strangers in an escape room. When the activity becomes deadly serious, they learn that they’re all Scions, with at least one common foe. They track down Hera, who provides them the means and opportunity to confront Zeus in a bar. The Scions sneak into the bar and come face to face with the Sky Father, forever changing their fates. 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! Sales The D&D Setting Sale includes 60% off the collected Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad for Scarred Lands! Check out other Scarred Lands material in this sale too! Crowdfunding Update Exalted: Essence launches on Kickstarter at 2pm EDT Thursday the 27th, just a touch under 24 hours from now! 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!Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Adventure!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: Divine IdentitiesScion: Divine Bundle [Phase One]Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  18. BECAUSE THE EXALTED: ESSENCE KICKSTARTER IS THIS WEEK! Ahem. Sorry for shouting. I’m just so thrilled to finally be able to give everyone the time for the Exalted: Essence KS: May 27th at 2pm Eastern US time! We’ll get into more detail on what’s in EX:Essence in the weeks to come, and, as usual with our KSs, we’ll be releasing the finished text during the course of the campaign so that backers will have the whole darn thing after the KS is over. Or, at least, the ESSENCE of it! Hoo ha! But today, I just want to mention that the need to create this project isn’t a need to replace Exalted 3rd‘s core. It’s not even a 3.5 edition. Over the years, we considered and rejected both options. Either of those two options aren’t really what we want EX:Essence to be. What it was designed to do is to give new players a chance at an easier and less intimidating on-ramp to the Exalted 3rd play experience. Because let’s face it: that is one honkin’-big core rulebook. And it was never designed to be somebody’s first TTRPG. EX3 was designed to open up the setting and fix a bunch of the systems problems inherited from previous editions. Which resulted in a really big book that built a lot of interlocking system “stuff” in order to cover a lot of concerns the original team had based on their years of experience. And the thing is, that “stuff” is not insurmountable, or even un-fun, particularly for experienced Exalted fans – but even if you are new to the game, it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker. We have a healthy audience for Exalted 3rd who are well-served by the game as it was designed, and we’re not at all interested in taking that away from them. But it does look like an awful lot to get into when you look at that 650+ page core. M20 Rich Bastards’ Guide art by Emmanuael Desiati So, Exalted: Essence is here to provide a lighter experience and an easier entry point to the epic panoply of Exalted 3rd. Not a “rules-lite” experience, which is pretty subjective anyway, but lighter in terms of the rules in the core. Plus, with the Kickstarter campaign, we’ll be offering both a Deluxe version as we have with the EX3 core, and the Dragon-Blooded and Lunars “fat splats”, for those who want to keep their collections in sync, but also a traditionally printed hardcover that we are hoping the KS will help us to get into stores. And of course, there will be PDF and PoD versions, too. Basically, a lot of ways to enjoy it – without breaking your back as you haul the rulebook around now that gaming in person may be a thing again! I also hear that all of the named Exalted types will be presented in the book as playable EX: Essence character types, and have been created with their later appearances in Exalted 3rd in mind. So, there’s that, too! If you don’t want to wait until Thursday for a real example of Exalted: Essence play, our friends at Vorpal Tales are running an Essence game that should run each Tuesday throughout the KS campaign and starts on Tuesday night, the 25th, at 9pm EDT on Twitch: twitch.tv/theonyxpath Exalted: Essence team leader Dixie Cochran will be playing in that game, and I hear that the group is extremely varied in terms of which kinds of Exalted will be featured! Like He-Man meets the Groovy-Ghoulies varied. There’s a reference to Google, if ever there was one! With the second Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention coming up in just a few weeks now, we have nicely done up lists for both our Onyx Path Panels, as well as our awesome Actual Play games. Check those out below in the Conventions section. And we still have a whole bunch of regular online games that folks can sign up for: https://startplaying.games/search?convention=6098297a57626800073595b4 Now, you’ll notice that those games have all different prices set for joining. This time around, we left that up to the individual game runner, which is why they vary. The thing to bear in mind is that your fee not only handles the payments to your game runner and the set-up costs, but benefits our friends at the Bodhana Group, one of our favorite charities! We’ve done pretty well with raising funds for charities during previous online conventions, and we’re really hoping to send the Bodhana team a little something to help them out in their efforts to use tabletop games as therapeutic tools. Hunter: The Vigil 2e art by Alex Sheikman Another Essential Monday Meeting: Speaking of KS’s: M20 Victorian‘s extended BackerKit pledging period is coming down to the last day to pledge as a “Backer” because we extended that into BK. After this Tuesday evening you can “pre-order” but you won’t be able to receive Stretch Goal rewards and other backer-only perks. So, if you want to be counted as a KS backer in those ways, please head over now: https://victorian-mage-ttrpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders The first part of our weekly Monday Lunch Meeting is devoted to “big picture items”, the sort of topics that aren’t just about a single book or game line, but which involve company-wide issues, concerns, or triumphs. This week we reviewed our current special efforts that fall into that category, like the Scion TV show is one of those, and spent a lot of our time making sure everyone was up to speed on those. As I may have mentioned in previous weeks, the lack of in-person conventions left us with some extra wherewithal to move forward on a couple of different fronts that will hopefully allow us to connect with even more folks interested in our game worlds than ever before! Just a brief note that we have a trio of sales running across DTRPG right now: Yugman’s Guide for Scarred Lands is in the D&D Settings Sale, there’s more Scarred Lands discounts in their own sale on the site, and we’ve got fiction titles in the Dark Fiction Sale. Links to all of these are in the DTRPG section below! Whew! Finally, speaking of things that are going to be sold, this Wednesday is our latest Tasty Bit PDF. As you might recall, the Tasty Bits are smaller projects that we think folks would like, but which aren’t enough to fill up a whole book by themselves. Technocracy Reloaded art by Andrew Hepworth This week, we have Zeus! We Just Wanna Talk! This is a starter scenario, an adventure, a bit that could be added into your regular Scion games. It addresses one of the tough parts of using ancient mythology in a modern game – some of the gods as presented in the myths were real a-holes, and Zeus is really out there in the lead in that regard. What we want to do with this is to allow your gaming group the room to deal with Zeus’ prior actions as you see fit. Do you want to confront him verbally? Physically? If you need something from him, how do you get it? Can you even shame Zeus? Or does your group have a different approach based on your reactions to his misdeeds. There’s opportunity for a lot of “characterful” roleplaying with this sort of situation, as well as a chance to consider how to deal with what sort of stories were tied to these mythic figures, and how we would tell those stories today. So really, a very focused-in aspect of Scion for your group to explore. And if you want to, just before you clock Zeus with a haymaker, lean in and whisper in his ear: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! The Exalted: Essence KS starts this Thursday, May 27th, at 2pm Eastern US time! Onyx Path Media! This week: The Trio talk crowdfunding: Kickstarter and Indiegogo and others all get a look! Plus, their personal experiences using crowdfunding and how that all worked out! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ Find our latest “What’s up with Onyx Path?” panel over from TryItCon on our YouTube channel, right here: https://youtu.be/1-Vhw3tkDKM All badge proceeds went to the Helen Keller Foundation and the first $1,500 in ticket sales were matched and donated as well! Please donate to the Helen Keller Foundation right here: https://helenkellerfoundation.org/ 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: Chronicles of Darkness – The Wyrd West – Ep. 1 – https://youtu.be/obEAczzDSzk Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar Players – Episode 8 – https://youtu.be/CEGCtVJSqjc Exalted – Tomb of Dreams Jumpstart – Episode 2/2 – https://youtu.be/D4IEhLZW7_U They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Party Beach Creature Feature Jumpstart – Episode 2/2 – https://youtu.be/2BKwwZUl6A4 Realms of Pugmire – The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb – Episode 2/2 – https://youtu.be/WUZrrztgJ2Q Vampire: The Masquerade – Styx and Bones – Table Goth – Ep. 1 – https://youtu.be/rSqidHTd91I Trinity Continuum – A Quantum Leap – Ep. 2 – https://youtu.be/MeDVP_Gh61c Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Come enjoy a character creation session for They Came from Beneath the Sea!, run by our very own Matthew Dawkins! https://youtu.be/_M1QrCHCyaw The Story Told Podcast are back with the new season of The Fall of Jiara for Exalted! United in purpose, the Dragon-Blooded confront the Lunar wearing the face of the Prince of Jiara: https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-43 A Bunch of Gamers continue their Werewolf: The Apocalypse chronicle here. After some relaxation the packs have once again thrown themselves into the political struggles of the Sept of the Sacred Stone. The tensions between the Children of Gaia and Older Brother are as high as ever and a new, or possibly old, player has started to insert themselves into the grand game. The possible identity of this mysterious player sends shivers down the spines of the packs as they struggle to keep peace within their own home: https://abunchofgamers.podbean.com/e/werewolf-the-apocalypse-episode-69-rest-and-recovery/ This is episode 70! McStabber Studios ran a fantastic, short Werewolf: The Apocalypse chronicle, which you can find in full right here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNJbJLVC_ivyey8o7JigAo-FNG9C66vNN The Exaltcast continues its fantastic show introducing you to the wonders and horrors of the Realm and its various inhabitants. The next episode is Where Fire Marches to the Sea – the Southwest – https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/05/18/where-fire-marches-to-the-sea-the-southwest/ – Between punishing seas and also punishing deserts sits a string of kingdoms and peoples balanced between natural and supernatural threats in Creation’s Southwest. Monica and Chazz talk the Caul, pirates, and Exalted beach episodes. 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 18 (“Battleflag”), is here: https://youtu.be/EwCcE-6eevo 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 reach Session 22 of their amazing Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: https://youtu.be/eY_s_hujqMY The cabal has brought a supernal powerhouse to the Thyrsus councilor’s parlor. The witches must fight for their lives against the Black Knight yet again. Can they save Parallax’s new in laws and also a cake? 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! D&D Settings Sale at DTRPG (spotlight on Yugman’s Guide): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/featured.php?promotion_id=May2021-DnD-DTRPG Other Scarred Lands titles discounted:https://www.drivethrurpg.com/promo.php?manufacturers_id=4261&filters=0_0_0_0_0_100086 The Dark Fiction Sale at DriveThruFiction: https://www.drivethrufiction.com/special.php?manufacturers_id=4261 On Sale This Week! On Wednesday you can walk into a bar and say “Zeus! We Just Wanna Talk!” as the new Scion Tasty Bit elbows up with a PDF version available on DTRPG! 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 Here are some listings for our planned panels and Actual Play sessions: 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)With Great Power (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) 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) Second Draft No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)TC: Adventure! Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) 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 Post-Approval Development Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)Once and Future (Scion 2nd 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)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)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!)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: Les Fantomes (Trinity Continuum) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Indexing Mummy: The Curse 2e Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion: Dragon (KS) Masks of the Mythos (KS) Scion: Demigod TC: Adventure! (KS) M20 Victorian (KS) Dead Man’s RustM20 Technocracy Jumpstart Exalted Essence (KS) – Wrapping up last KS graphics tweaks.V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements TC Aberrant N!WE M20 Technocracy Dossier/CompanionHundred Devils Night Parade Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – Wrapping up KS graphics. TC Prometheus Unbound They Came From Camp Murder Lake! Realms of Magic and Mystery Saints and Monsters TC: Anima (KS) – Art progressing. TC: Assassin In Layout Spiragos Collected Adventures Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Josh fighting his computer woes while working on it as art trickles in.21-22 Onyx Brochure – looking good so far. WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) – putting together the layout.Legendlore M20 Rich Bastards Guide – Over to Charles, art is all in.They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart – Over to Andrea.V5 Trail of Ash and Bone They Came From Beyond the Grave! – Final art coming in. Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle Proofing Mummy 2 – In Indexing.TC: Under Alien Skies – Wrapping this up.Heirs to the Shogunate – At Paradox for approval.TC Aberrant JumpstartDeviant Screen – To Paradox for approval. At Press Aberrant – KS fulfillment finishing up. TC: Aberrant Screen – KS fulfillment finishing up.M20 Technocracy Reloaded – PoD proofs ordered from DTRPG. Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – PoD proofs arrived.Vigil Watch Compiled – PoD proofs on the way. Mummy 2e ScreenDeviant – Waiting on printer specs. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Today is the birthday of Queen Victoria! You know, of the Era. And really, since so many ideas came out of her era, that’s really what we’re celebrating. Steampunk and Ripper conspiracies, magical societies – the list of elements we use in TTRPGs that grew out of the period of her rule is pretty long and seminal in our creative spaces. We are most definitely amused!
  19. Sean leaned back against the kitchen wall next to the patio door, arms crossed, mouth tight with anger and frustration, and a vague, but burgeoning sense of panic. Marissa had strutted away, Jase had gone the other way and left, Autumn following the former and Kat the later, and now Cassandra was on her way out too. They'd taken down Not-Cody, there should have been victory, maybe even a sense of bonding, and yet, since then, it was not much unraveling as being shredded to pieces. He'd been quiet, not by intent, but attempting to see things from Marissa's perspective, and feeling like anything he really wanted to say would just be throwing gasoline on the flames. He tried imagining himself in her place, his family threatened and pressed to compromise his friends. Sean wanted to believe he'd never would have betrayed them, not given them a warning before it was too late, not even by accident like Marissa said. The anger he felt certainly seemed to him like he wouldn't have. Jason had been shot - in the head! - as a result of Marissa's actions, because she didn't trust the Fellowship. Yes, Sean was sure she hadn't meant for it to happen, but it couldn't simply be brushed away. How were the rest of them supposed to put any trust in Marissa after this, especially since she didn't put any in the rest of them? Yes, he would admit Jase had done some, er, dubious things, that Sean would admit privately he'd have been far more dubious about if Jase hadn't been a close friend, but he had never actually felt threatened, in real danger, by something Jase had done. He did by Marissa. If she had had said his name instead of Jase's, and the Marshall's had pulled him over on the way to school... And even more infuriating, Marissa had a point. Apart, they were easier prey for the Not-Cody's and Enterich's and who know what else was out there. Striking at Site B would be a lot harder without the Jauntsens. The feminine boy's lips writhed at the pure self-interest at the thought, but unable to deny it. He could just imagine Marissa's vicious smirk if she could have read that thought. As Cassandra started to head out of the kitchen, Sean pushed himself off the wall and walked over, leaning on his forearms on the island as he looked up across it at Devin. "Marissa does need friends," Sean echoed Devin's earlier statement, "but that needs to be built up going both ways, dude. I'll admit, I haven't tried on my part. And right now, gotta tell you, I'm finding it hard wanting to even try. She thinks of us as losers and fuckups without any ambition. Has she even tried to find out what ours might be? She practically just said she'd do it-" Voice rising as he got worked up, Sean bit off the rest of what he was going to say. What he heard wasn't exactly what she meant, probably, just as what she'd heard wasn't exactly what Jase had meant. Probably. "Fuck. Feels like Enterich has pulled off a real Xanatos Gambit. Any which way your sister's encounter with him could have fallen out, seems like he'd benefit the most." Sean glanced up towards Marissa's room, then around the kitchen at the fracturing group. "For better or worse, Marissa and Jase are the strongest personalities in our dysfunctional group, and it seems Enterich has gotten them on opposite sides of the same intransigent - stubborn - coin. Whatever Marissa learned from her encounter with him, I think Enterich got more, he-hmm..." Sean trailed off, eyes widening as a new, worrying thought occurred to him. There was at least one ancient entity mucking around with them, why not another? "Marissa said those asshole Marshals were threatening your family, then 'invited' her to a meeting with Enterich. You guys haven't said why you are in Witness Protection, don't know if you know why or if your parents have told you why, but you think there's any chance Enterich arranged that whole situation in some way?" He scratched his head, fingers going briskly through his vibrant red hair, then nodded at Cassandra's back. "Cassie can see things, backward and forward. Seems like something that could fall into a Fear Demon's wheelhouse, to find out what they feared, what they fear for the future. Not saying Enterich can do the same exactly, like he knew what you - we - would become. But maybe he had an, I dunno, an inkling, and set up something that could be to his future benefit. There has to be something more than just using threats over whatever landed you all in Montana for Enterich to approach Marissa. With dirty Marshals in his pocket and who knows what else, if all he wanted was information on us, feels like there would be other ways to go about it."
  20. Now available in PDF and print-on-demand from DriveThruRPG: Children of the Blood for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition! Do you know who considers faith among the dead a trivial concept — or worse, a new one? Dullards and con artists. These vampires want you to believe that religion is a new phenomenon among Kindred. They want you to believe only vampires on the periphery subscribe to the worship of higher powers or seek a greater cause. They want you to believe this, because they want you to feel alone, without purpose, and disconnected from our true, spiritual — no, God-given — heritage and destinies. They’ll make you feel this way, and then they’ll be your friend, your only confidante, and they’ll have one hand in your pocket while the other measures your ribcage for the stake. Do not trust these people. Trust us. Trust me. I didn’t survive for as long as I have through mundane means, through lack of conviction, or by fooling myself into believing there is nothing greater than myself in the world. Join me, and I can show the truth. I can be your friend and your confidante. There may be sacrifices along the way, but I promise, it will lead to your enlightenment. Children of the Blood includes: A broad selection of new SPCs to introduce into your stories as antagonists and supporting characters, with many linked to strange and dangerous cult organizations — some new for Children of the Blood, others expanding concepts introduced in Cults of the Blood Gods and Forbidden Religions.Ready-made characters for players, along with coteries for them to form, allowing you to take material from this book and immediately play with it.New Bloodlines, Loresheets, Merits, and Flaws, all available to help expand your playable options in a chronicle of Vampire: The Masquerade. Sales We’re running a Scarred Lands Sale! Get discounts up to 50% from Studio 2, Indie Press Revolution, and DriveThruRPG on select Scarred Lands material until May 24! The D&D Setting Sale includes 60% off the collected Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad for Scarred Lands! Just about everything Scarred Lands which isn’t in the above sale is in this one! Crowdfunding Update 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: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  21. In which Eddy, Matthew, and Dixie discuss the games they’ve been playing lately and come up with some recommendations! Eddy is low key highIs gaming at the table coming back? How lockdown interferes with gaming.The stresses of appearing on cameraSherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective – Carlton House MysteriesDixie’s Games: Squeaks in the Deep, Cyberpunk RED, Changeling: The Lost, Good SocietyEddy’s Games: D&D Descent Into Avernus, Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Sentinel ComicsMatthew’s Games: Pendragon, V20 Dark Ages, World Wide Wrestling, Cthulhu by Gaslight, Call of Cthulhu, Mouse GuardDixie’s Video Games: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Genshin ImpactEddy’s Video Games: Also Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic!, Mario Kart, Octopath Traveler, Disco Elysium, LEGO Video GamesMatthew’s Video Games: Blasphemous, Super Mario Maker 2, Immortals Fenyx Rising Links: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Carlton House Mysteries: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/223931/sherlock-holmes-consulting-detective-carlton-houseSqueaks in the Deep: https://www.realmsofpugmire.com/Cyberpunk RED: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/333585/Cyberpunk-RED?affiliate_id=13Cyberpunk RED with Vorpal Tales: https://vorpaltales.com/vt/tag/cyberpunk-red/Changeling: The Lost: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/chroniclesofdarkness/changelingthelost/?affiliate_id=13Changeling: The Lost with Tom Murr: https://youtu.be/r_Pgpld3ez4Good Society: https://storybrewersroleplaying.com/good-society/?v=79cba1185463D&D Descent Into Avernus: https://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/baldursgate_descentDungeon in a Box: https://dungeoninabox.com/Thirsty Sword Lesbians: https://www.evilhat.com/home/thirsty-sword-lesbians/Sentinel Comics: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gtgames/sentinel-comics-the-roleplaying-gamePrince’s Gambit: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223907/Princes-Gambit-Card-Game?affiliate_id=13Pendragon: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/165085/King-Arthur-Pendragon-Edition-52?affiliate_id=13V20 Dark Ages: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/144495/Vampire-20th-Anniversary-Edition-The-Dark-Ages?affiliate_id=13World Wide Wrestling: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/338750/World-Wide-Wrestling-Second-Edition?affiliate_id=13Cthulhu by Gaslight: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/100929/Cthulhu-by-Gaslight?affiliate_id=13Call of Cthulhu: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/150997/Call-of-Cthulhu-7th-Edition–Keepers-Rulebook?affiliate_id=13Mouse Guard: http://www.mouseguard.net/book/role-playing-game/Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: https://www.starwars.com/games-apps/knights-of-the-old-republicGenshin Impact: https://genshin.mihoyo.com/enDisco Elysium: https://discoelysium.com/Immortals Fenyx Rising: https://www.ubisoft.com/en-gb/game/immortals-fenyx-risingOctopath Traveler: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/octopath-traveler-switch/LEGO Video Games: https://www.lego.com/en-gb/gamesBlasphemous: https://www.team17.com/games/blasphemous/Super Mario Maker 2: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/super-mario-maker-2-switch/Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPathOnyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpathOnyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  22. 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!
  23. 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?
  24. 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?
  25. 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:
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