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  1. We hope you are all safe and healthy, and remain so during this stressful time. Monte and Darcy will be streaming a cozy #SplitTheParty hangout this evening on Twitch. Ptolus BackerKit is open—and there are Late Pledge options if you missed the Kickstarter. The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 15-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  2. The spiced and savoury scent of baking stuffed peppers and stuffed mushrooms wafted into the living room. Sean's pale face was shaded into mixing hues of red, green, and yellow as orbs of condensed, deadly photons hovered about his head. Like Ioun Stones, now that Sean considered with a wan grin. His parents hadn't noticed he'd been manipulating the images from his laptop to the TV without an interface or had just thought it some big of technological trickery. So he had made some other, more flamboyant demonstration. His mom had gasped and his dad's eyes had widened in surprise, but they hadn't really believed. His dad still didn't, trying to figure out how he'd done what he had. His mom seemed to have reluctantly come around after he had asked her to trust him and tuned up the efficiency of the electrical impulses in her brain. She believed, but it didn't make her happy. "So, you're psychic? What does that mean, exactly?" Carolyn asked her son with tense interest. "Does is have something to do with this 'Dark' you mentioned?" "Psionic," Sean absently corrected. "Pardon?" Carolyn said, while her husband folded his arms and glowered, trying not to humour his son and wife, though doubt was seeping in. "Psionic, not psychic, it's a minor distinction, but one I'm keeping," Sean explained. "And it means I, and others like me have a means to manipulate or influence specific underpinnings of reality, in certain ways." "Harrumph!' Jack Cassidy groused. "Hey! I didn't say we were breaking the natural laws of the universe, it just looks that way," Sean protested. "Actually, I think we're actually still bound by them. It's just... we're able to read the super fine print and have access to, um, clauses and sub-articles, others don't." The slim, curvaceous boy nodded towards the kitchen. "Supper smells ready. Can we continue this over food?" ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ "So, who else is psy - excuse me, who else is psionic?" Carolyn queried casually, blowing gently on a forkful of red pepper, rice, and sausage to cool it. "All your friends who were quarantined with you at Marias, I suppose?" Sean stiffened, then swallowed down the stuffed mushroom he had in his mouth with a hard gulp. "I'd... rather not say, mom. I'm telling you what I can, because shit has gotten serious and I think you'll be safer if you know what's going on. But I don't know everything others may have said to their parents or what they want others to know 'bout them." He took a sip of water then worried at a lip, before nodding to himself. "He's been over a lot over the years, and I don't think he'll mind much, but Jase is psychokinetic." "Which is... he can move things with his mind?" Jack ventured, giving his head a small shake that he was even indulging this fantasy. "Handy, that." "Among other things. Fly, for one. He can move, slow, or speed up atoms, I think," Sean expounded. He saw the looks on his parents' faces." I can shock things and shoot them with lasers. He can freeze them or set them on fire." Sean took several quick bites of his own stuffed pepper, then cocked his head to the side in thought. "Wasn't quite as weird as Jase revealing that he is a psychopath." "What? Don't say such a thing, Sean," his mother scolded him. "Jase is a perfectly nice and polite boy, despite having such a hard life." Sean ran his fingers down his face from hairline to chin in frustration. This should have been another conversation. "Okay, about psychopathy..." ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ "Aliens, now? Government conspiracies and black ops agencies and secret bases under the hospital and prison? And Dr. Cook is all part of it?" Sean's father didn't quite bellow, pacing agitatedly through the living room, and running a hand through his thinning hair. "Sean, this sounds like one of the games you and your friends play." "It does," Sean admittedly, perching on the arm of the recliner to stay out of his dad's way. "I mean, I'm living it, and I wouldn't believe it is I hadn't seen it for myself, heard it from Dr. Cook himself. But it's real." He nodded at the TV, where he had shown them some - specifically edited - scenes he had captured from the Crossroads escapade and the events at Marias. "I wouldn't take any jobs at the prison, hospital, or on base, if I were you. Y'know, just in case." Jack gave his son a disgruntled look. He contracting business was a small one, so he didn't get many contracts from that group, and not big ones, and while he would miss the income, if what he son said was true, he had no intention on bidding for those contracts, let alone work for them. "I find it hard to believe Dr. Cook was part of this, has done all you say he has, hun," Sean mother said once again, with a sad shake of her hair, twisting a curl of pale, strawberry blond hair in an old habit that only cropped up when she was stressed. "He seemed so nice, and did so much good for you." "He did," Sean agreed with a sad, resigned grin. "But I think the good he was doing for me was really for him, to assuage all the guilt he felt for the bad he'd done, what lengths he's gone through in the pursuit of discovery." Site B... "He has helped me, but it doesn't make up for everything else he's done." "... Does this psionic ability, or did Dr. Cook, have anything to do with... well, with, you, Sean?" Carolyn's voice was gentle, but she couldn't help but ask, her blue eyes bright with unshed tears. "No, that's all me." And it's gonna kill me. Sean's grin turned brittle and tight, hurt to see the pain in his mother's eyes, the guilt that she hoped his awkward, unconventional development was due to another's influence and not something she'd done, even if was only contributing to his messed up genetics. ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ Sean sat on the porch swing under the covered veranda, rocking slightly. The old quilt his grandmother had stitched that usually rested on the swing, he pulled about his shoulders against a cool night breeze as he watched the stars, as he gave his parents some privacy to discuss what he had disgorged upon them. Turing, his grey cat, prowled out from under the swing and leapt up onto his lap. Green-yellow eyes regarded him impassively, head tilted slightly as he chirruped questioningly, then Turing began to purr as Sean absently pet him, brushing his cheeks and stroking him under the chin. There was supposedly a crashed alien spacecraft at Site B. Was there another, others, up there watching Earth? There was a soft footfall on the hardwood planking of the veranda and Sean recognized as his mother's gait, but didn't turn to look. Wordlessly, she joined him on the porch swing. Carolyn wanted to put her arms about her middle child, but Sean had grown reticent with being touched as he'd grown into his teens, so she contented herself with just bumping his shoulder with her own. "You know, when you said you had something to talk about with us, Sean, neither I nor your father even suspected it was something like this," she said, a bit of exhausted humour leavening her tone. "Yeah?" "Mmm-hmm. We thought you were going to tell us you were planning on a more... drastic, or surgical option to deal with condition, one way or another." Sean slowly craned his neck to look at his mother. She looked back, brows raised, expression patient and concerned, and judgement-free. There was the barest curve to one side of her mouth, bemused at her own jump to conclusion and being so blindsided by what Sean had actually told her. Sean laughed. It started as fitful, stifled giggles, then grew into full blown, full bellied guffaws. He laughed so far his cheeks hurt and it started to hurt to breathe. "All this stuff is happening," Sean hiccuped, trying to regain his breath. "And while I still don't care much for how most people who know treat me, or the comments they make, I'm actually starting to be okay with how I am. I can even see maybe liking it, someday." And it might kill me.
  3. Sean parked his deep green Grand Cherokee in the driveway of interlocking bricks that he and his two sisters had helped their father lay down several years ago, staring contemplatively at the old farmhouse that had been the Cassidy residence since pretty much there ever was a Shelly. For a moment, he reconsidered whether he should tell his parents everything - okay, almost everything - then gave his head a vehement shake before hopping out of his vehicle, locking it with a directed thought. Since he had developed as he did and more or less moved into the Barn, his parents had largely left him to his own devices. Laurie had mentioned it before, but Sean had known it for truth, even if he hadn't consciously admitted it to himself. His interactions with his dad in particular had shifted as he had entered his tweens and teens, and it wasn't just his interests being more in computers and video games instead of home renovations. His parents were supportive, loved him nonetheless, but even to them, he was strange, weird. And after this evening, he would be even stranger, weirder, to them, if he could make them believe. Sean went into the Barn and got his laptop - not the blue one, the red one he used for gaming and multimedia projects - then slipped into the rambling, single story farmhouse that had accreted additions over generations of Cassidy's. Sean found his mother in her office, either working on their finances or a client's. "Hey, mom." "Oh!" Carolyn Cassidy gave a surprised start and spun around to find her son standing in the doorway. "I didn't hear you there, Sean." She noted the uncharacteristically sombre expression on his face. "What's wrong? Bad news." "News. Not necessarily bad," Sean said. "I have to tell you and dad something, something big. Where's dad?" "He's at the Dobsons, finishing up the new shed and fencing," Carolyn replied with a faint hint of concern in her warm voice. She'd felt there had been something going on with Sean and his friends lately, and then there was the false alarm quarantine yesterday. "He should be back in time for supper. What is it? Should I call Laurie, make sure she's here to hear this too?" "Laurie already knows," Sean admitted, giving his mom an apologetic shrug. "Most of it, anyway., and I just dropped her off as Jase's - he's helping her out with something. I didn't want to worry you and dad, but now, I think you should know." "I... see," Carolyn said, her concern hardly ameliorated. Other than with his few close friends, Sean was rather introverted, not that she blamed but this was starting to worry her. She turned back to her laptop for a moment to save her work and shut the computer down, then spun back and stood up. "Well, then, let's get supper ready, so that's out of the way for when your father returns and you can say... what you have to say while it cooks. How do stuffed peppers sound?" "Sounds great, we can make some bacon stuffed mushroom caps to go with them." Sean preferred baking - it was all math to him, A + B at X heat for Z time = delicious - but enjoyed cooking just fine, which was good, since his parents insisted all their children help around the house and Sean preferred cooking to doing the dishes. Sean prepared the red and yellow peppers and the portabello mushroom caps, and cut up the veggies and gathered the herbs and spices, while Carolyn squeezed out the innards from the casings of Italian sausages and prepped the brown rice and bacon. Son and mother worked with experienced familiarity in the kitchen, neither of his sisters having much deftness with making food beyond toast, cereal, and coffee. Sean and Carolyn just put the stuffed peppers and stuffed mushroom caps in the oven, when, almost as though it was perfectly timed, Jack Cassidy entered the house, work boots thudding on the carpet in the front vestibule. "Smells good already, guys," Jack claimed as he made into the kitchen with a smile on his face, opening a post work beer from the fridge in the garage with a twist of his strong, calloused hands. He glanced over the island as he took at seat at the worn but well maintained oak kitchen table that was almost as old as the house. "What's in the oven?" "Stuffed peppers and stuffed mushroom caps," Carolyn said with subdued serious and a caring smile as she squeezed his strong shoulder and bent over to kiss his balding head. "Sean has something he wants to speak to us about." "Does he?" "I do," Sean said firmly, turning from the sink where he'd just finished washing the pans and mixing bowls. He dried his hands with which and green checked towel, and nodded towards the living room. "There's a lot, but we can start while supper is in the oven." Sean walked briskly, plucking up his laptop in passing, his parents following more slowly with concern and curiosity. Sean could hear his mom say she didn't know what this was about either in response to his dad's muttered inquiry. His laptop was already opened and turned on on the coffee table, as was the TV, before his parents took a seat together on the couch. Some visuals aids might help besides the demonstration he was planning on making. Sean pursed his lips and spread out his awareness, very keen about any possible voyeurs or interlopers after the events of yesterday. "So... this is going to be a lot, and at first, unbelievable," Sean began, standing before his parents as though giving a presentation at school. "But bear with me. I'm going to start with Shelly itself as a bit of background. You know how there seem to be some rather... unconventionally dark and violent events in our town's history?" "Every small town in America has it secrets and shames, hon," Carolyn ventured uncertainly. "Perhaps, but Shelly has more than its fair share," Sean continued. On the TV appeared clippings of many such events Jason had collected in his research and Sean had digitized, along with some that Sean had dug into on his own. "It goes back to the beginnings of Shelly, and well before that. And it's not mere coincidence or happenstance. It's affected our directly too, before now, I believe. That's why we're the only Cassidy's left in Shelly, when we used to be one of the biggest families around. You see, these... events occur on a regular cycle, every 27 years." "Violence ain't like a swarm of locusts, of cicadas, Sean," Jack said with a frown. "In this case, it is," Sean countered with unflagging certainty. "I have an uncle you guys never talk about, your brother, dad, who left Shelly, when was it?" Jack's frown deepened as he shared a look with his wife Sean couldn't quite decipher. "I'd say it was about 26 years ago and that is about all I'm prepared to say on the matter." "Mm-hmm, hold on to that thought. 26 years, and the cycle that we've found is scheduled to start in about a year, from what we can tell. There's a reason for these events, a darkness to Shelly, a Darkness behind, beneath the land where Shelly is. But there is also a Light that has been bred here, a Shine, a... Radiance that can fight against the Darkness." Sean took a deep breath, then walked pass the point of no return, for himself and his parents. "It all started, for us, at least, during a party a few weeks before the start of school..."
  4. I just figured we could all use a pic of a whole bunch of pandas hanging out. Now, on to our stuff. As you might imagine, our Monday Meeting today was primarily about how everyone got through this last week of the C19 pandemic. Our core Onyx Path team are doing pretty well, with no illnesses reported, and nobody has gone stir-crazy yet. Like I mentioned last week, we’re trying to stay in even closer communication with our freelance creators, both in terms of their assignments and also just to give everybody a friendly ear during these freaky times. So far, folks are doing OK, although there certainly is a lot of adjusting of work habits that has to happen. Some creators are speeding through projects and asking for more, and others find it hard to stay focused. There’s no right reaction to all this, though, and we’re not expecting our creators to adhere to anything except what their own circumstances require. Internally, that was a large part of our talk today: just how to offer support for all of our folks, with extended deadlines for some and more assignments for others. Scion Companion art by Shen Fei So far, luckily, we are in a position to be flexible and we’re not yet looking to how schedules might need to be changed if any of our creators are attacked by the virus. Part of our flexibility is the way we have progressed our business operations into a variety of sales venues, most of which have online components if they aren’t totally an online sales venue. So, with that thought, here’s an Update: Right now, IPR and Studio2 are still selling and shipping our physical books. DTRPG is still selling PDFs, and PoD books. DTRPG, Amazon, and the Nook Store still have ebooks of our fiction available for download. You can find all their contact info down below in the Blurbs!, and elsewhere on this website. Standard distribution into stores has stopped or slowed, though, and many of those stores’ physical locations are closed because of the virus. Conventions are all being delayed, so they are also not available for folks to get their games. These are not the biggest of our sales venues, but we don’t know how our currently working venues will hold up as things progress. Oak, Ash, and Thorn art by Drew Tucker We also talked about how we can continue to help out everybody stuck inside and looking for a bit of diversion or even something engrossing to get stuck into. Fortunately we already have our many online game sessions on YouTube, and our Twitch channels that are chock full of actual play goodness. And often other things as well, like Eddie’s Twitch demos of development and game design. You can find some great examples of other folks’ efforts in creating fun and informative sessions below in the Onyx Path Media section. Many of them are indeed superb, as Matthew likes to say – the others are simply great! We’ve been featuring links to these sessions in these Monday Meeting Notes for quite a few months now, but never has it been a better time to tell you about them. As the Onyx Pathcast‘s 100th full episode looms, the Pathcast continues to be a delightful way to get a weekly earful of irreverent humor and insights into the TTRPG biz, and our game lines in particular. (Also into video games past and present, pop culture, Broadway musicals, Sherlock Holmes, and professional wrestling, past and present). This Friday’s episode features the return of the very popular 5 Minute Pitches theme, with Dixie, Eddy, and Matthew speed-describing game lines for the others’, and your, edification. Another method of diversion I want to point out, since we decided to postpone the Legendlore Kickstarter campaign because of the pandemic, is this interview with developer Steffie de Vaan, hosted over at High Level Games! https://www.highlevelgames.ca/blog/legendlore-rpg-from-onyx-path-publishing-an-interview-with-steffie-de-vaan It’s a great chance to hear directly from Steffie as to what makes Legendlore exciting and unique! Vigil Watch art by Pat Loboyko Finally, we’re going to continue deals and sales all through this pandemic time period. For however long it takes, we want to make it easier for folks to enjoy delving into our game worlds. Our Storypath and Scarred Lands PDF 50% Off Sale ends with March (and wasn’t this the longest month ever recorded?), and thanks to all of you who wisely took advantage of the sale! Hot on the heels of that sale, starting Thursday, all Exalted PDFs will be on sale on DTRPG, with the oldest PDFs getting the deepest discounts. A great chance to read up on first edition treatments of elements you might be playing in Exalted 3rd! So folks, stay healthy, take precautions, wash your hands, try and stay focused, give yourself leeway to be diverted, and please be well. Until this thing runs its course, we truly do want to help you get through this and enjoying our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! Last week, we cancelled the Legendlore Kickstarter for the time being. While we wait for that happy day, here’s a fantastic Legendlore interview with developer Steffie de Vaan, hosted over at High Level Games! https://www.highlevelgames.ca/blog/legendlore-rpg-from-onyx-path-publishing-an-interview-with-steffie-de-vaan We’ll get Legendlore back on KS as soon as we can, and meanwhile we are building the M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter! Onyx Path Media! This week, it’s the Return of the 5 Min Pitches! Join the gang as they “speed date” a smorgasbord of games, giving out highlights and their ideas – all for your viewing pleasure and edification! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ Before we get into the promotion of our games and actual plays being featured this week, we should draw your attention to Virtual Horror Con, being organized online by the good folks of Gehenna Gaming! Expect actual plays, interviews, seminars, and a whole hell of a lot more, and all running this coming weekend! Find out more right here: https://www.gehennagaming.com/ If you’re self-isolating or locked down, please take the time to tune in and watch some fun gaming. This week we’ve got a game of V5, the start of a Scion campaign, Pugmire, Hunter: The Vigil, Changeling: The Dreaming, Mage: The Awakening, Scarred Lands, and a Dark ErasWerewolf: The Forsaken chronicle! This week sees the start of an exciting new Scion game, following the excellent Behind the Screen series we’ve had on our channel. A massive thank you to the players participating in this game! You can subscribe to our channel over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath to catch up with any episodes you missed! Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more, including: Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/gdzfHOTtnjE Trinity Continuum: Hard Holidays: https://youtu.be/xPGqisyMQV4 Pugmire: Paws & Claws: https://youtu.be/CSxZ8PZgtW8 Blood City: Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/zRCRzv5AQ-o Trinity Continuum: Community Service: https://youtu.be/a5SOnTSvyS4 Scarred Lands AMA with Travis Legge: https://youtu.be/38fPD50puSM Do 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 missed the finale of Red Moon Roleplaying‘s V5 Cults of the Blood Gods “The Family” chronicle, here it is again! Thanks to the Red Moon team for hosting such a fun and horrifying story. https://youtu.be/4lK3dM3_fns The superb 307 RPG podcast has produced a series of shows based around the equally superb Scarred Lands campaign setting, and you can find an interview with Travis Legge, a dissection of sub-classes, a deep dive into Vengeance of the Shunned, and more, right here: https://307rpg.com Please give them your support! More new Occultists Anonymous for all you Mage: The Awakening fans: Episode 92: Gaze Into The Abyss The cabal tromps into the jungles of Cambodia, beside the ancient city of Koh Ker with Abaddon and his warriors. They know Abyssal dangers lurk in the area, but to fight them, they need to identify them first.https://youtu.be/tUk0b5PMZ-I Episode 93: It Gazes Back The cabal has banished the Abyssal entity for now, and now confront the Bound creature, who should be slumbering. Has the Seer, Abaddon, led them into a trap? And will the Abyssal entity return?https://youtu.be/OnOifUrybTM Plus, we have a fantastic Legendlore interview with developer Steffie de Vaan, hosted over at High Level Games! https://www.highlevelgames.ca/blog/legendlore-rpg-from-onyx-path-publishing-an-interview-with-steffie-de-vaan The Story Told Podcast conclude their Geist: The Sin-Eaters story right over here: This Monday, we’ll be releasing the final episode in our Geist series: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/the-78-laments-episode-5-the-devil-drives Thanks for a fantastic show, team! Ekorren returns with an incredible deep dive into the Scarred Lands which you really must watch. His enthusiasm shines through in everything he says about this beloved setting: https://youtu.be/56QKuLlCCPI And as we’re on the subject of Ekorren, if you missed it he also did a Charms for Solars video, for Exalted 3rd Edition right here: https://youtu.be/4AG2FxJi0dg Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) Update: the devs are working on the updates for the roller in both Android and iOS; here is the rundown from them: 1) Redo the UI for system for Android. It will look the same as the current design. My goal is to have something ready by Saturday to send out to the Facebook users, asking them if this fixes the issues. This will be a beta type thing. This will break several of the fancy dice. 2) If the above worked out and the android users give all the clear, we’ll redo the graphics system to fix the fancy dice that got broken. We’ll do another Android beta through Facebook. This might take up to two weeks, as my schedule allows. 3) If everything worked well, we’ll release to Android for real at that point. 4) Port all of the existing stuff to iOS and release on that. On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! This week, we end the month and the Storypath and Scarred Lands 50% Sale, but never fear, we’re following that up with a Gigantic Exalted Sales starting Thursday! Everything Exalted in PDFs is on sale! On Sale This Week! This week we’re thrilled to announce that V5 Chicago Folios will be available in PDF and PoD versions on DriveThruRPG on Wednesday! The Chicago Folios include: Accounts of vampire mysteries in the heartland of America, spanning the activities of Camarilla, Anarch, Independent, and other, even more terrifying Kindred. Dozens of chronicle hooks laid out in a way that any Storyteller, new or old, might use them to start a new chronicle of Vampire: The Masquerade or add fresh content to an existing one. Over 20 individual Kindred with biographies, aspirations, secrets, connections, and purpose for inclusion in any chronicle, whether as antagonists, a supporting cast, or inspiration for playable characters. Loresheets for new vampires introduced in this book and chronicle threads from the Vampire: The Masquerade metaplot. New Blood Sorcery rituals, handling the Thaumaturgical powers devised in the domains of Chicago and Milwaukee. But our journey into the Mid-West isn’t all that’s coming this week! In addition, we’ll be traveling to The Realm for The Silence of Our Ancestors novella for Exalted 3rd Edition in PDF, PoD, and ebook versions on DTRPG, Amazon, and the Nook Store. Conventions! Though dates are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, here’s our current list of upcoming conventions: UKGames Expo: https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/ GenCon: https://www.gencon.com/ Tabletop Scotland: https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/ Gamehole Con: https://www.gameholecon.com/ PAX Unplugged: https://unplugged.paxsite.com/ And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! 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Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) Post-Editing Development City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Indexing They Came From Beneath the Sea! (TCfBtS!) Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion Titanomachy – Contracting. Tales of Aquatic Terror TC Aeon Terra Firma – Contracted. V5 Let the Streets Run Red Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs WoD Ghost Hunters – Getting KS artwork going. Gaydos on fulls. Aberrant Pugmire Adventure Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 – ADing that out post Aberrant AD. Deviant – Going over the notes. Legendlore – Kickstarter on hiatus. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Prepping for KS. Cults of the Blood God – Getting more ADed this week. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Contagion Chronicle Vigil Watch Scion Companion Proofing Trinity Aeon Jumpstart Pirates of Pugmire TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – Inputting proofing comments. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Inputting first round of dev corrections. At Press Ex 3 The Silence of Our Ancestors (Huggins Novella) – On sale in PDF/PoD/ebook versions on Weds. TC Distant Worlds – PoD proof ordered. Scion Mythical Denizens – PoD proof on the way. Night Horrors : Nameless and Accursed – Errata gathering ending this week. Dark Eras 2 – PoD proof ordered. VtR Spilled Blood – PoD proof ordered. Dystopia Rising: Evolution DR:E Screen & Booklet DR:E Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties Geist 2e Screen Memento Mori TCFBTS Screen and Booklet They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Indexing. Chicago Folios – PDF and PoD versions on sale this Wednesday. Geist 2e Anthology – Errata gathering. C:tL 2e Oak, Ash, & Thorn – Errata gathering. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Thursday, Dixie levels up! That’s right it’s the Quarantine Birthday for the green-tressed one, and like the true gamer she is she’ll be playing Animal Crossing all day long and maybe even kicking it into high gear with Eddy and Matthew with some Mario Kart! Whoot- enjoy your day, Dixie!
  5. Sean exited the Marias Medical Center after his friends, wide exotic eyes wincing at the last sharp rays of light before the sun sunk below the horizon. The shapely intersex boy drifted over to his SUV with a loose languor, almost as though he was sleepwalking. His brain still psionically overclocked, he was hyper-aware of all the stimuli his senses were processing - the waning heat of the evening, the rustle of leaves and branches of the decorative trees and bushes, the lingering traces of exhaust and cigarette smoke permeating the parking lot, and more. Yet, when Sean reached his Grand Cherokee, he blinked in surprise at finding his parents and younger sister Laurie already there. Carolyn Cassidy swooped in and hugged her only son, ignoring the slight stiffness he always had with physical affection since he entered his awkward puberty. After a moment, he hugged her back. His mother, nor his father and Laurie, missed his long and wan expression. "Sean, are you okay?" Carolyn asked, barely suppressed worry in her tone, as she took a step back, but didn't let go of her son. "We were so worried, and they wouldn't tell us anything. ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ He had needed to know, and after sharing a look Giles and Taggart had agreed to his request. He had even acceded to their request and wouldn't mess their recording devices. He hadn't wanted others to hear this particular conversation, but if it was the price for access, he would play nice, for now. He had watched Dr. Cook for a time from the other side of the security glass wall fronting his cell. The slumped shouldered doctor had returned his gaze with a resigned equanimity, as though he had expected this. "It was mentioned that we - the Fellowship - weren't part of the program, yet you took a decided interest in me and my condition. Was it just to study... me, or did you have some reason to believe it had something with what I ended up being capable of?" Sean had said. He had tried to keep his voice level, controlled, but his tone rose stridently as he continued, cupping his capacious bosom crassly. "Did any of your tests or the medication I've been prescribed have anything to do with my development? Did you do this to me?!" "You were my personal side-project, Sean. I did not cause your condition any more than I caused your friend's psychopathy - both are innate to yourselves," Dr. Cook had replied, sympathetic, regretful, ashamed. "I hoped to treat you using the advanced techniques I have learned as part of Kline's project. Those with your particular collection of conditions have a very short life span, Sean. I hoped to extend it at worst, perhaps even eliminate the negative effects it will have on you as you become a full adult." Cook seemed calm, if melancholy, perhaps forlorn. Tasting the confluence of electrical impulses through his nervous system, Cook hadn't appeared to be lying. ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ "It's okay. I'm... okay, it's fine," Sean claimed. Laurie folded her arms and tossed her head as she glanced around at others of the Fellowship with their own families, clearly sensing bullshit. Sean gave her a minute shake of the head, noticing Laurie stood a distinct inch, inch and half taller than their mother and idly wondered if she would end up at tall as Teagan. "It's just not all what it seems," Sean added. "I'll tell you what I can, when we get home." Sean had hoped ignorance could protect his family, his parents at least once Laurie had poked her head in - and then the rest of her - but that wasn't good enough now. They had to know at least some of what was happening. Maybe add an app to their phones that could immediately contact him if the Dark came after them. He should probably do that for all the parents, at least the ones who's kids had told them what's what. "But right now, I just wanna go home, leave this place." These people, for a time, at least. "We get it kiddo," Jack Cassidy said, after sharing a look with his wife. "Home it is. We'll grill something up for supper. And just tell us... what you feel comfortable with." ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ "And, did you? Eliminate those negative effects, or at least some of them, enough that I'm not looking at death just after, or even before graduating?" he had demanded, leaning forward as through he could drag the answers out of Cook through his cell. Cook had looked at him somberly, obviously weighing his words, until finally sighing very slightly. "I... don't know. Perhaps I have extended the clock by a couple of years, but the sheer genetic dissonance, the warring as different genes with radically different purposes work against each other...? Your condition is fatal. I have been able to hold back the degradation of your body, but that was always a losing battle. Without being alarmist, soon you will start to experience negative symptoms, whether I keep helping you or not." He had shaken his head with a sense of defeat. "Perhaps more than this whole black project nonsense, that is the failure I feel worst about." "Bummer." Terse and tight, he hadn't been able to keep the anger out of his voice. He had just thought it a matter of controlling his hormones, not a death sentence. Dr. Cook had motioned for him to lean closer to the glass, conspiratorially. He had glanced back, only to see the door still closed, then had sidled up to the glass, willing to hear what Cook had to say. "Site B," Cook had hissed. ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ Sean climbed up into the driver's seat of Little Bigfoot, Laurie climbing the passenger side rather than riding with their parents. He sat still, jaw tight, fingers white-knuckled on the steering will, just staring ahead without even turning his vehicle on. His mother gave him a concerned look from the passenger side of his dad's work truck, and he forced a smile on his face, giving her a wave and a nod that he'd see her at home. As their parents drove away, Laurie saw something she couldn't remember the last time she saw. A single tear sliding down the enviable curve of her brother's cheek. "What is it?" she asked softly, no demand or teasing in her voice, just deep concern for her very strange brother. Sean was silent for a long moment, then slumped back against the seat. "It's killing me." "What is?" "My lips, my hips, my tits, everything that makes me more girl than boy," Sean admitted in low, snarling fury. He slammed his hand on the steering wheel, then the other. "I'm finally starting to be okay with it, even liking it some, in someways, and fucking Cook tells me its gonna fucking kill me. A few years, symptoms showing up soon than that." Laurie swallowed a surprised gasp. Nothing Sean, or their parents, had told her had ever mentioned suggested this, nor anything she had painstakingly overheard. "He... Cook could be lying. He's lied about so much else." "Not about this," Sean countered sharply. "Nor about having a cure, having a fix." For the first time, Sean turned his head to look at his sister, his strange eyes almost incandescent with a furious resolve. "But there might be somewhere to find one." ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ "There is technology at Site B - it is the reason Site B exists, Sean - to try and crack open a trove of technology so advanced that it might as well be magic," Cook had said in conspiratorial honesty. "A vessel. A massive ship, like a space-going Ark, caught somewhere between our plane of existence and another one, phased into the rock surrounding it. No terrestrial medicine can help you. But perhaps something there can, if you can find a way in. The quantum surge that this 'Dark' used for it's own purposes? That was the Key, a cyclotron device Site B is using to try and open the door." Cook had sighed and sat back on the spartan cot of his cell. "I am already in trouble, so I lose nothing by telling you all this. Kline has Site B entirely under his control. He has for years." Huh. That hadn't been at all what he had expected Cook to say. "I know most of my friends hate you, or at least hate and are disgusted by what you've done. I am too, to some degree. But thanks for what you've tried to do for me, at least." He had glanced over his shoulder to see if the guards were coming, but the door was still closed. "You - they - haven't found a way in yet? You've must've gotten something from it, to have developed some of this tech." "As I understand it, initially the vessel welcomed people aboard. We made some light-year jumps in technology from that early phase. Then, for reasons I am unclear about, it sealed itself off. You must appreciate that Site B was never my focus." "I appreciate it less now that you say it's only something there that'll have save me from a shortened, if over-endowed, life." "Perhaps. If such a technology exists anywhere, then it is there. A slim hope at best, I know." "If a slim hope is all there is, I guess I'll take it." The door had opened behind him at that moment and an Airman told him his time was up. He hadn't put up a fuss, just given Dr. Cook a nod, thanking him for what he had tried to do at least, then followed the Airman out. He had stopped by to see Giles and Taggart before leaving, giving them a hard, brittle look. They had returned it unwaveringly, though their eyes was tight. When he had asked if they could provide him a spare holoprojector, just to look at and try to figure out, they had denied him, all of them knowing he had really wanted to asked about something else, and while his patience might have been greater than, say, Jason's, it was still finite, especially considering it might be the only way he might have a full life. ~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~+~~ "Site B," Sean said firmly as the SUV bloomed to life with a though. "One way or another, I'm going to Site B." "You really plan on telling mom and dad about all weird in Shelly?" Laurie asked. There was no doubt in her voice that he would tell her everything. "Most of it. Not the dying part. Not until every option or far-fetched idea is exhausted and there's nothing left. And you aren't either. You better not, Laurie. But the rest, yeah, most of it. Shame and secrets, I think they just make the Dark stronger."
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  7. Type: Features Author: Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito Subtitle: Dragon Talk Banner: Text: We're continuing to record remotely as we shelter in place here in the Seattle area. Greg & Shelly hash out how they've been handling social distancing, how they're still staying connected with the people they love, and how you can play D&D with your own friends and family during this weird time. More information on Monster Madness, Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, and Mythic Odysseys of Theros is discussed as well. This week in How To DM, we are joined by Noah Grand on how to DM virtually as well as resources available to help you keep gaming. Our special guest this week is Geek Bomb and Fungeons & Flagons creator, Maude Garrett! Dragon Talk is executively produced by Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble & Wizards of the Coast. Show production by Lisa Carr & Ryan Marth of Siren Sound. Podcast recording, editing, mixing and mastering by Ryan Marth & Siren Sound Dragon Talk: Maude Garrett & How To DM with Noah Grand Dragon Talk - 03/26/2020 By Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble SEE MORE PODCASTS Podcast/Notes Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins: 00:00: Intro and news with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble 12:54: How to DM with Noah Grand 34:32: Interview with Maude Garrett 1:21:00: Outro Stay Informed More Ways to Tune-In: Subscribe to the Official D&D Podcast on iTunes, on Google Play, or wherever you get podcasts. Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on twitch.tv/dnd Fridays at 12pm PT! More Ways to Play: Learn more about the Adventurers League here. More Ways to Become Involved: Find out more about the Guild Adept program here. If you’re interested in submitting your artwork to be considered for use with D&D, send five images to artdrop@wizards.com. About the Guest: Maude Garrett Maude Garrett is the creator of Geek Bomb and Fungeons & Flagons (a D&D inspired improv show with drinking!). She has been playing D&D since 2012. She serves as the “Mauderator”, currently playing the high elf ranger “Lyra”. You can find her on: Twitter: @maudegarrett, Instagram: @maudegarrett Youtube: youtube.com/geekbomb Patreon: patreon.com/geekbomb How to DM Guest: Noah Grand Noah Grand (he/they) is a social scientist and statistician by day, best-selling D&D adventure and supplement writer and editor by night. They are currently the lead event organizer for Adventurers League play at several online events throughout 2020. You can find their work at DMsGuild and on Twitter @noahgrand Your Podcast Hosts Greg Tito Greg Tito has had weird and long career as an Off Broadway stage manager, a playwright, a theater carpenter, a secretary, an RPG designer, a games journalist, and now a PR/Marketing person. He has loved Dungeons & Dragons ever since 1985 when he found an old copy of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide on his brother’s bookshelf and he honed that love of fantasy storytelling in the dark streets of Sasserine by way of the Upper West Side gaming group he joined in 2004. He moved his family (wife + two young kids) to Seattle in 2015 to work on D&D and he’s never looked back. Twitter: @Gregtito Shelly Mazzanoble Shelly Mazzanoble will always play a magic-user. There. She said it. Enough pretending to want to break out of her comfort zone. She’s a magic-user. She’s also the brand lead for Avalon Hill and loves talking about that one time she played Diplomacy and SOMEONE (okay, it was Ben Petrisor) stabbed her in the back and took over her beloved Russia. If you enjoy tales of sorcery, board game upheavals, and reasons her 3 year-old is crying (HINT: She tried to make him eat a Nutella crepe), find Shelly on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook: shellymazzanoblewriter Twitter: @shellymoo Publication date: 03/26/2020 Tags: Features Podcast Texture banner: Show Black text:
  8. In which Eddy and Dixie chat with Travis Legge about the Scarred Lands! Things are a bit weird with the COVID-19 pandemic Travis is temporary Matthew We talk about cats. And Cats. Scarred Lands: It doesn’t suck The roundabout history of the Scarred Lands We love it when the name of the show is in the show How the revised Scarred Lands came to be Fantasy juggalos Moving from fan to developer Behind the scenes on monthly serial releases Dead Man’s Rust, and #notallnecromancers The Legendlore Kickstarter is live now! LINKS: Scarred Lands: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4261/Onyx-Path-Publishing/subcategory/8329_24824/Scarred-Lands-new Creature Collection I: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/3238/Creature-Collection-Revised?affiliate_id=548232 Scarred Lands Creature Collection for 5e (sadly, Backerkit is not available): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/scarred-lands-creature-collection-for-5th-edition-rpg Blood Sea: The Crimson Abyss: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/279098/Blood-Sea-the-Crimson-Abyss-5e?affiliate_id=548232 Yugman’s Guide, Part One: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/301818/Yugmans-Guide-to-Ghelspad-Part-One-5e-OGL?affiliate_id=548232 Vigil Watch, Part One: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/304627/Vigil-Watch-Part-1-The-Toe-Islands-5e-OGL?affiliate_id=548232 Legendlore Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/legendlore-rpg-setting-for-5th-edition-fantasy-roleplaying
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  10. It’s Friday, which brings an end to our week of free World of Darkness rulebook PDFs! We hope you’ve enjoyed collecting them, and that you enjoy reading them and playing them (virtually, of course: practice safe social isolation). Today’s final FREE PDF is Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition! All the stories they told you about what it would be like after you died? They were wrong. There is no Heaven and there is no Hell. There’s only the Underworld, with the ravening maw of Oblivion at the bottom and the impossible dream of Transcendence at the top. And in between, all the Restless Dead. Are you ready to join them? Wraith: The Oblivion is the Storytelling game of passion and horror. Take the role of a ghost whose unfinished business won’t let them rest. Protect the things you love in the lands of the living, or travel into the deeper Underworld to become a citizen – or an enemy – of the ancient Empire of the Dead. Learn the forbidden Arcanoi, ghostly powers that can terrorize the living or wreak havoc on the dead. Fight the pull of Oblivion, the endless void that seeks to drag everything down into it, and come face to face with its corrupt Spectre servants in an endless Labyrinth filled with nightmares. Walk the streets of the eternal city of Stygia, where the crumbled monuments of antiquity rise one after another, a thousand destroyed cities blending into one. Set sail on the never-ending storm of the Tempest with a wordless Ferryman at your side, or seek the legendary Far Shores, where it is said that every wraith can find peace and contentment. So don’t go into the light. You’ve got more interesting things to do in the Underworld instead. Twenty years ago, White Wolf published what many have regarded as their darkest, bleakest, and most mature gaming achievement. Largely disconnected from the rest of the World of Darkness, yet tied to it by fetters of unresolved issues from their lives, the characters also had to face the compelling whispers of their own dark sides, their Shadows. This 20th Anniversary Edition of Wraith: The Oblivion returns to that darkly compelling world and both compiles and completes the concepts of the previous two editions. Led by legendary Wraith: The Oblivion developer Rich “Deadguy” Dansky, our writing team consists of Wraith veterans like Bruce Baugh, Lucien Soulban, Jackie Cassada, Nicky Rea, and Clayton Oliver, as well as familiar names such as Charles Andrew Bates, Matthew Dawkins, and Lillian Cohen-Moore, and they one and all dedicated themselves to making Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition the most playable edition yet – while not losing the incredible depth of setting and emotion that Wraith is known for.
  11. Sean couldn't suppress a smirk of his own at Sophia's burn, though he didn't notice the look on the equally busty redhead's face after Marissa smiled at her. His awareness focused more on cyber space, he waved a negligent hand in the air, and one of the holographic displays shifted to move into line with his gesture. "The team is coming back with a pair of rescues in addition to Eddy," Sean said for Kat's benefit, a tightness to his sweet voice, large vivid gem-hued eyes focused elsewhere. "Mother. Fucker! It's the same guy," Sean suddenly cursed, banging the table with a small fist, sitting taut and straight in his chair. "Who is?" Ms. Giles asked with affected cool calmness as she shared a glance with Taggart. "The guy, girl, thing, whatever they have trying to regain control of the system," Sean explained, as he swam and dove around digital streams of prismatic light and multi-hued shadows, skirting around the other presence in the system, evading it's notice as he tried to find out where it came from, trying to get a hint of what it was. "It paid my place a visit once while I wasn't there... just looked around from what I could tell, like a damned creeper trying to sneak a peek." "And he is like you, Miss...ter Cassidy?" Taggart asked, slipping slightly, at the sight of the striking, shapely Sean straining in conflict with an unseen opponent. "Has the same capabilities?" "Yes. No," Sean replied tersely. "He can do something similar, but in a different way. This isn't just a hacker with super special gear and codes. He's in the system, like me. Sort of." Sean sighed in frustration, trying to explain a phenomena that really needed to be experienced to understand. "He's... strong. This is going to sound conceited, but think of it this way. I'm an artist here, subtle and, uh, elegant. This guy? He's in demolitions. I'm dancing around him, but soon, there isn't going to be anything left for me to dance on, and he's gonna take control of what's left." For a moment, Sean's awareness flicked from the digital realm to the realm of meat and blood, his gaze going to Giles and Taggart. "Do you guys have any idea of what the hell Kline was doing over there?" Annette Giles shook her head, her expression tight with anger as she calmly answered "Until today, we didn't even know of the existence of a Site C." Taggart was less restrained verbally as he muttered "Fucking Kline." even as his eyes tracked the action going on on the monitors.
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  14. Now available in ebook and print on demand via Storytellers Vault, in Kindle ebook via Amazon, and in Nook ebook via B&N: Haunting Shadows, the fiction anthology for Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition! Remember those nice stories they told you about what’d happen after you died? They were wrong. There is no Heaven and there is no Hell. There’s only the Underworld, with the ravening maw of Oblivion at the bottom and the impossible dream of Transcendence at the top. And, somewhere in between, are scores of Restless Dead. Are you ready to join them? This collection of stories is inspired by Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition. You’ll explore the Underworld, roam the streets of Stygia, the eternal city, visit a haunted museum, and walk new and exciting locales. This anthology includes tales by classic and new Wraith authors such as Richard Lee Byers, Jackie Cassada, Rich Dansky, Monica Valentinelli, Catherine Lundoff, Joe Nassise, and more! Also available in advance PDF via Storytellers Vault: Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed for Mage: The Awakening 2nd Edition! Awakening is a blessing. It’s pure enlightenment, arcane knowledge, untold Mysteries, unimaginable power. Awakening is a curse. It’s all-consuming addiction, existential despair, desperate loneliness, dangerous hubris. Awakening is knowing you can do whatever you want, and then doing it. Damn the consequences if you like, but your damnation doesn’t erase them. Bending reality to your will intoxicates you, but you’re not the only one who can. Staring into the Abyss frightens you, but if you can just learn enough and work hard enough, you can conquer even that – can’t you? Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed includes: Full entries for Awakened antagonists that you can pick up and use in your chronicle, with traits, story hooks, and more Second Edition rules for Banishers, the Rapt, Scelesti, and the Tremere A guide for Storytellers to help run scenes of conflict between mages Sales DriveThruRPG’s massive GM’s Day Sale is now running! Deep discounts on thousands of products site-wide, including hundreds of products from your favorite publisher*! Sales include Mage: The Ascension, Exalted, Scion, Chronicles of Darkness, Trinity Continuum: Æon, Pugmire, and much more! *Assuming that it’s Onyx Path Scarred Lands products for Pathfinder (the Scarred Lands Players Guide and The Wise & The Wicked 2nd Edition) are upwards of 90% off from Indie Press Revolution! Both products are an incredible $5 each! Kickstarter Update We wrapped up the Kickstarter for Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition last week! We reached our $25,000 funding goal in under three hours, and are currently at $101,564, or 406%! Our thanks to the 1,997 backers! We ended with the following stretch goals: Hunter Storyteller Screen Tending the Flame: Cells: A chapter on navigating Tier One hunter society. Compacts: A chapter on navigating Tier Two hunter society. Conspiracies: Eight expanded Tier Three hunter writeups. The Ascending Ones archive: A bundle of Hunter 1e products, including Night Stalkers, Blood Drive, Dark Eras: Fallen Blossoms Malleus Maleficarum scrolls: A bundle of Hunter 1e products, including Spirit Slayers, Bad Night at Blackmoon Farm, Under the Skin Records of the Lucifuge: A bundle of Hunter 1e products, including Mortal Remains, Block by Bloody Block, and Tooth and Nail Council of Bones Transcripts: A bundle of Hunter 1e products, including Witch Finders, Spearfinger, and Dark Eras: Doubting Souls At-cost Backer T-shirt Digital wallpaper Hunter Tier One Jumpstart Our next Kickstarter is for Legendlore and launchestomorrow! Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scarred Lands: Creature Collection 5e They Came from Beneath the Sea!: They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Realms of Pugmire: Pirates of Pugmire Exalted: Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Chronicles of Darkness: Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Chronicles of Darkness: The Contagion Chronicle Chronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The Renegades Chronicles of Darkness: 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: The Pleasure City of Shelzar 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 Storypath Nexus is now open to Trinity Continuum and Æon products! 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?
  15. Glimmers from the datasphere galore, a chance to have an original character immortalized in the Ptolus campaign setting, a thrilling interview between Gen Con TV and Sean K. Reynolds, and more space news than you can shake a Spacecraft at. All in this week’s Cypher Chronicles! The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 10-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  16. Hello and welcome! Travis Legge here, bringing you the ninth round of playtesting for our forthcoming Scarred Lands RPG supplements. Before we get to this week’s playtest, I want to take a moment to thank you for your participation in these playtests. Your input has helped us shape the Scarred Lands and you can see the impact of your feedback already in Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Part One, available at DriveThruRPG! I’d also like to remind you that Vigil Watch Chapter One: The Toe Islands, is also available, so if you have not picked that up, you should head over to DriveThruRPG and grab a copy today! I would also like to invite you to check out the latest playtest, be sure to fill out the surveys, and let us know what you think! As our team prepares for the release of further installments of Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad and Vigil Watch, we’ll be introducing several rules to playtest through Open Development. Check them out, use them at your tables, and let us know what you think. Here’s the details! Thirteen playtest packages in total Each playtest is open for three weeks Each playtest includes a survey for you to enter your feedback and rate your satisfaction with the content Each playtest document will contain a link to a brief survey for feedback. I will post a new playtest each week, with each survey open for three weeks, on the Onyx Path blog. The final Open Development playtest in this schedule will be posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. This week we travel to south central Ghelspad to examine two of the greatest warrior classes in the Scarred Lands! Follow the link to find rules for the Path of the Steppes Archer Barbarian and Dragon Knight Fighter! Download these today and let us know what you think! Link to Playtest #9: Path of the Steppes Archer Barbarian and Dragon Knight Fighter Link to Playtest #9 Feedback: https://forms.gle/2o66UewrDN269NgE7 The next playtest will be posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020. See you then!
  17. Or at least the Hunter Kickstarter nears its end! With only a few days to go, we’re thrilled with how Hunter: The Vigil 2e has been received, and how your pledges have enabled us to create a lovely looking version of the book, get it into stores, and fund some sweet extra projects to further flesh out the game line. Like all our KSs, that’s a bunch of extra heavy lifting, but it sure is worth it! Hunter: The Vigil 2e, is the last of the big core game books for 2nd Edition we needed to update, so HtV2e really represents a milestone! Back years ago, as we pitched and re-pitched a 2nd Edition for Chronicles of Darkness, then known as nWoD, it would have been hard to imagine getting to this point. The obstacles seemed insurmountable. So, yes, it is very sweet to look at the shelf and see us with all these fresh new 2nd Edition books and lines. Since we started doing our new lines and 2e updates on Kickstarter, we’ve also used KS to give us the chance to put out useful Stretch Goal reward books. Various game line Companions, Ready Made Character books, Jumpstarts, and more! Which means that now we have a ton of CofD projects that came out of KS Stretch Goals to get caught up on (just look at the Progress Report below), so we’re focusing our efforts on those and a couple of the bigger supplements right now. Memento Mori art by Drew Tucker We’ve had some great feedback on how Hunter: The Vigil 2e has been updated from first edition. Not all positive feedback, but critical feedback that actually goes into why a previous version worked for the poster. Something that developer Monica Valentinelli appreciates, as it’s commentary she can review and consider. Much appreciated, as it’s often a tricky situation when doing a new edition. Which is not an uncommon situation for Onyx Path, considering we started our efforts way back with the V20 game line. We started with basically an assemblage of previous editions with only those changes we needed to make, and each 20th Anniversary core book moved the dial more towards actual new editions. (In fact, the devs for both Wraith20 and Changeling20 were told to think of them as the new editions both lines never got back in the day). Meanwhile, we fully intended that Exalted 3rd and CofD 2e would be created as new editions, although we were still restrained since there were lines the IP owners didn’t want us to cross. After all, in the end, it’s not our stuff but game lines that we were shepherding. Which is fine and I think our teams walked those proscribed lines pretty darn well. Our own stuff, Scion and Trinity: Continuum and Scarred Lands, have started with new editions of established material from previous editions, with the same balancing act, and now are moving to new material. Scion with books that expand the basic set-up from the core four books – Origin, Hero, Demigod, God – and Trinity with expanding the Continuum starting with Assassins. You can check out our monthly PDF releases for Scarred Lands to see where the inevitable Travis Legge is taking that world; what previously unexplored parts we’re now visiting. And then with Realms of Pugmire and They Came From Beneath the Sea!, we are creating new worlds, and so while the challenges of adapting from an existing setting or game line aren’t there, there are other kinds of challenges. But those sound like a blog for another time. Terra Firma art by Sam Denmark One of our across the board challenges is something I hit on last week, and that’s getting out the word when any of our new projects goes live. We have this blog every week, and the Wednesday On Sale blog that Impish Ian puts out that trumpets what is now available every week. Every. Week. For pretty much the whole time we’ve been in business, we have made _something_ available for you to get a hold of every single Wednesday. With our kookie production schedule, that hasn’t always been easy! But we thought, going way back, that having a regular release day was important for all of you folks. Maybe it’s just my old “comic-book day” giddiness coming up from my past to haunt me, but knowing there’s something coming each week is pretty cool. I think, at least. Right now, we’re pushing hard to get the word out about a specific _way_ you can get our books, and using V5 Chicago By Night as our shining example, by which I’m talking about our books being sold in your local game stores. The more our community members go into their local stores, the more those store owners will start to ask their distributors to get those books from our sales partners. That’s Studio2 in the US and Modiphius elsewhere. And while ordering, they might become aware that Studio2 also has Scion 2e, Pugmire, Changeling: The Lost 2e, etc! So, it’s a continual building thing. But you only need to make that initial ask at the store. Or if they have it, and you buy it or even just talk about it in the store, that will clue in the store owner that there is interest in the book, and they’ll tell the distributor, and so on. These are the traditionally printed and bound books that we are talking about here. We still have PDFs and PoDs on DTRPG, but these are books that were made in order to get a whole bunch of them into stores – so let’s make that happen! To bring it all together – if you want V5 Chicago By Night, and you should as it is the most universally praised V5 book we’ve seen come out yet, then please: First check your local game store. If they don’t have it, please ask them to order it. The store can order from their distributor, who will order from Studio2 in the US, and Modiphius anywhere else that’s not the US. You too can order the book from Modiphius‘s website if you are not in the US. If you are in the US, you can order it from Indie Press Revolution. And as always, the PDF and physical book PoD versions of V5 Chicago By Night are available on DTRPG. Chicago Folio art by Michael Gaydos So that’s the big push. Here’s a couple of other things we talked about in the meeting today. We’re prepping for the Legendlore KS, as that is supposed to start pretty soon. One thing I’m really interested in, to continue our talk of updating game lines, is Legendlore‘s core intrinsic idea of transporting you, the player, into a fantasy realm. What does that mean today vs when the comics our game is based on were originally created last century? Developer Steffie de Vaan has carefully built this very core idea into one that works for all people who might be into playing – folks who dig roleplaying what they might be like in the Legendlore world, but also folks who want to pick who they could be in a fantasy world. The key idea is to have this movement from our real world into the game world happen in a way that is fun for the player, not a forced situation that might cause folks harm if they feel excluded or shamed by it. Another thing is that I’m working on illustrating a project, and in order to do it, I dug out the original art from my archives so I could figure out how I did the art back then, and do it again. I’ll let folks figure which project I’m creating the art for: Last week I mentioned that if you have questions about Onyx Path, our creators, business practices, whatever, that you can come to us with questions. I included the names of the main folks who cover our game lines, the person who looks at how all our various pieces work together, and my own email address separated out on one line so it would be easy to catch. This invite was to both our fan community, and to our creators. So far, no one has in fact contacted us, but we want everybody to know that this is an ongoing thing, not just one blog and done, and that the door is always open. It’s pretty simple: we want everybody involved as we ride, boldly ride, towards: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition for Chronicles of Darkness has only a few days to go! We’re headed towards 400% funding and are over 1700 backers and are shooting right through Stretch Goals, like the Storyteller Screen Stretch Goal, the T-Shirt, and the Tending the Flame: Cells chapter for the Hunter Players’ Companion! With lots more to come! Join the Vigil!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/hunter-the-vigil-second-edition-tabletop-roleplaying-game Next Kickstarter: Legendlore! Onyx Path Media! This Friday the Onyx Pathcast Terrific Trio look deeply into the dreaded METAPLOT – what is it, really, and how to fight it and how to use it! As always this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ Tune in for even more shows on Twitch this week! We’re going to have V5, Chronicles of Darkness, Scion, Pugmire, our two excellent chronicles of Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition, MORE Vampire: The Masquerade, Changeling: The Lost, Changeling: The Dreaming, Mage: The Awakening, Scarred Lands, Werewolf: The Forsaken and a third Vampire: The Masquerade game! I’d like to shout out again to the Hunter: The Vigil games running this week, which along with the Kickstarter have proven very popular! You can subscribe to our channel over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath to catch up with any episodes you missed! Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find the following videos uploaded last week alone (for a largely Pugmire-themed week!): Pugmire: Paws & Claws: https://youtu.be/XOzLa9NadOw, https://youtu.be/bAcPMFpk1D8, and https://youtu.be/e4bfrCS6YFA Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/wipvrJqvm8c Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale: https://youtu.be/OAiD9mAjbeo Scion: Behind the Screen: https://youtu.be/v9Wo38rl5-Y A special shout-out to our Last Faerie Tale Changeling crew have been producing some superb content for us! We’re back with the Onyx Path News broadcast live from our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/zKo1h7bLPE0 Matthew discusses new releases, Kickstarters, and other projects currently being worked on! Do subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! The Story Told RPG Podcast continue with their excellent Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition chronicle right here: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/the-78-laments-episode-3-riders-in-the-sky And if you missed it, here’s the Story Told‘s review of Trinity Continuum: Aeon http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/episode-40-trinity-continuum-on-overview Red Moon Roleplaying‘s V5 Cults of the Blood Gods “The Family” chronicle continues on their YouTube channel, Spotify, their website redmoonroleplaying.com and everywhere else good podcasts might be found! https://youtu.be/3w3x6j4APBc More new Occultists Anonymous for all you Mage: The Awakening fans out there: Episode 84: Summons, Seers, & Souls The cabal gather together, working to help Network summon forth an Imp from Pandemonium to gather information about their new Seer ‘ally’. Atratus reaches out to the Free Council for their input as well.https://youtu.be/sDt8WvOqW5o Episode 85: Remodeling Plans Songbird is accepted at the table of the Thunderbolt Guardians who are masterminding the assassination attempt on the Vampire Prince, though Red Dread is not pleased. Wyrd and Atratus discuss a dive into Wyrd’s Oneiros. https://youtu.be/5qLaBZEP6Cc Please check any of these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And NOW Scion Origin and Scion Hero AND Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday, we will be releasing the Advance PDF of Distant Worlds for Trinity Continuum: Aeon on DTRPG! New Mysteries, New Worlds, New Aliens, and Alien Heroes! Distant Worlds expands the setting of Trinity Continuum: Æon with new worlds, new alien mysteries, and rules for playing actual aliens, the secretive telepathic Qin. Inside, you will find: • Further information about the eight extrasolar worlds described in Trinity Continuum: Æon, including new dangers and new opportunities for adventure. • Detailed write-ups of 10 new planets, including one that is home to a recently contacted intelligent alien species. • New technologies for interstellar travel and colonization, as well as a wealth of new devices created by aliens, and new Edges and Paths specifically for interstellar explorers and settlers. • The secrets of humanity’s alien allies, the mysterious Qin. This section includes descriptions of four Qin interstellar colonies as well as rules for creating and playing Qin characters and for designing and using custom-made Qin biosuits. Conventions! More conventions will be listed for 2020 in the weeks to come- 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) RUST (Working Title) (Scarred Lands) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) The Book of Endless Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Second Draft Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Development Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Manuscript Approval Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Post-Approval Development Scion LARP Rules (Scion) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Editing Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Post-Editing Development City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Indexing They Came From Beneath the Sea! (They Came From…!) ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY! In Art Direction Trinity Continuum: Aberrant – Pinging some bigger names in comics… granted guys I’m a fan of, but still bigger names. Hunter: The Vigil 2e (KS) – Almost done on KS. Cults of the Blood God (KS) Mummy 2 – Starting to contract the rest of it. City of the Towered Tombs – Recontracted. Let the Streets Run Red – Contracted. Deviant Legendlore (KS) – Contracted for KS, b&w art coming in, color sketches too. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Art out for WW approval. TC: Aeon Terra Firma – Contracted. WoD: Ghost Hunters (KS) – Cover contracted. Tales of Aquatic Terror Pirates Extra Adventure – Loboyko lined up for this one. Scion Titanomachy – Just got art notes today. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad – Ongoing. Contagion Chronicle – With Josh, interior proof coming. Vigil Watch – Ongoing. TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers TCFBtS! Screen and Booklet Ex3 Lunars Scion Companion Proofing Dark Eras 2 – Sending back to Aileen for errata input. Trinity Continuum Aeon Jumpstart Chicago Folio – Awaiting errata from dev. Pirates of Pugmire – Aileen inputting changes from proof 1. Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – At WW for approvals. CtL Oak Ash and Thorn – Inputting proofing comments. Geist 2e fiction anthology – Going to WW for approvals. At Press Geist 2e (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) – Shipping to backers, PoD proof ordered. Geist 2e Screen – Shipping to backers. DR:E – Shipping to backers, PoD files uploaded. DRE Screen – Shipping to backers. DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties Memento Mori – PoD proof ordered. Wraith20 Anthology – PoD proof ordered. Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 – The Silence of Our Ancestors (Exalted 3rd Edition) – Backer PDF being sent out. Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds – Advance PDF for sale Weds on DTRPG. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Almost just went with our first birthday today, but saw a few more relevant to our (my) interests and so have added them in with notes: 1904 – Dr. Seuss, American children’s book writer, poet, and illustrator (d. 1991). Has anyone _not_ been influenced by his work? If not, perhaps you will and your heart will grow three sizes that day. 1922 – Bill Quackenbush, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1999). Honestly, I have no idea who this guy is, but love that his name sounds like a character played by Groucho Marx. 1930 – Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (d. 2018). Perhaps the person who was the inspiration for the Tremere and/or Ventrue illustration in the very first edition of Vampire: The Masquerade. Also did some writing. 1942 – Lou Reed, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (d. 2013). Take a walk on the wild side. 1952 – Laraine Newman, American actress and comedian. Under-appreciated original Not Ready For Prime Time player on SNL. 1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor. WW legend Chris McDonough is JBJ’s biggest fan, and looks a lot like him. Also, pretty sure Chris is the artist who did the clan pics mentioned above. 1980 – Rebel Wilson, Australian actress and screenwriter. Loved her in Pitch Perfect 1&2. There is no 3rd one.
  18. Sean nodded without looking away from the monitors he was monitoring, keeping eyes on any approaching bogies while the Exfiltration Team did... whatever they were doing in the kitty room. "How about this? I'm swiping what I can from their network to look over later, but if you want to start skimming now, in case there is something more specific I or they should look for..." Sean fingers danced over the keyboard of his laptop like a master pianist's over the ebony and ivories - though he hardly needed to use them - and one of the Holographic displays shifted over in front of Cassie, showing mostly text, with certain words highlighted. "I set up a keyword search for you dad, the experiment he was in, and Site B, if you want to skim the files to look for the ones that are actually pertinent." Sean's melodious voice was tight and focused, at he kept the majority of his attention on his friends, who were still in the middle of a dangerous situation. Looking from where they were, Etienne was, and where the guards were, he started priming certain doors in between to lock them down with a thought. He could burn them out, so it they couldn't be unlocked, but didn't want to block off any options yet for his friends. "What are you guys doing?" Cade heard Sean insistently demand through the earpiece. "Get Etienne. Get out. You guys have incoming from the East... The left... Your left."
  19. Beautiful and useful products are in the warehouse, and soon to be in your hands. I spill my guts and Charles spills useful info in an interview with the fantastic folks of Cypher Unlimited. A new edition of Betrayal at House on the Hill lets us play as the Scooby gang, and I’m all in. The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 9-20 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  20. In which Matthew, Eddy, and Dixie discuss the recently released V5 Chicago by Night in deep detail! Dixie has a new cat! Eddy’s new tattoo! Matthew’s online drama! And now to discuss Chicago by Night… The history of Chicago by Night as a setting book Chicago by Night as a template domain Using elements from Chicago in other cities The fantastic layout and art of this book Collaboration with Paradox Our favourite characters from the book Characters we want to kill Handling characters like Kevin Jackson smartly Clan Lasombra (and their new bane) Lasombra and Hecata aesthetics (goth kids) The Sacrifice as one of the first truly playable Vampire chronicles Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition hype! Links: V5 Chicago by Night: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook V5 Chicago by Night: https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade/products/vampire-chicago-by-night V5 Chicago by Night: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/283858/Chicago-By-Night-Vampire-the-Masquerade-5th-Edition?affiliate_id=13&src=OnyxPathWeds Chicago by Night 1st Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/59/Chicago-by-Night–1st-Edition Chicago by Night 2nd Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/648/Chicago-By-Night–2nd-Edition Under a Blood Red Moon: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/3433/Under-a-Blood-Red-Moon The Jungle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle Hunter: The Vigil Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/hunter-the-vigil-second-edition-tabletop-roleplaying-game/description Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  21. "That was less than subtle," Sean muttered, watching the sudden appearance of the infiltration team inside the storage closet, wincing as he could practically see the exclamation points appear over the heads of the passing guards, who suddenly stopped, alerted to the sounds and moved to cover the doorway. He gave Courtney a warning glare as she went to offer Kat 'help' but he didn't have time to deal with her with his friends in danger, his vivid eyes jumping back to the series of holographic displays giving him an overview of the Secret Crossroads Complex. He harrumphed crossly as he went to warn them about the guards outside, and realized they hadn't established a secure means of communication, and cellular transmissions were blocked - of course - so he couldn't send a simple text. "Weeeellll... shit." A telepath would be useful just about now... Sean figured he could use the PA system, it wouldn't be a discrete as he'd like, but it was something. Also of course, the storage room didn't have a speaker for the PA system he could purloin. "Oh no you don't!" Sean retorted to the guard who couldn't hear him, nor even knew he was being overheard. The transmission went out, but died before it could reach its destination as Sean shut down the entire comm network, finagling it through HVAC subsystem to make it more difficult for them to regain control. Sean believed he couldn't have disrupted the system entirely, but he might need it to warn his friends, so didn't burn down that bridge, just yet. "C'mon guys, move it, move it, move it," Sean urged insistently, gaze flicking from reddish-orange-yellow blobs his friends in the storage room and the guards outside to the corridor outside the Control and Security rooms, ready to lock down any doors reinforcements would have to go through to reach them or the room Etienne supposedly was tied up in.
  22. Now available in PDF and print-on-demand via DriveThruRPG: Ready-Made Characters for Trinity Continuum: Æon! Don’t wait, humanity needs you now! Do you want to game but your players aren’t sure what to play? Looking for inspiration to get you into the world of Æon? This book is for you! These six ready-made characters cover a range of psions eager to face whatever challenges your story brings. Each character is complete with background and roleplay suggestions. Or, if your players would prefer to explore something different, each character has alternative versions of the paths their lives may have taken. For Storyguides, every character also includes an antagonist character sheet so you can use them as foes, foils, or friends for the player’s own characters. Æon Ready-Made Characters includes: Six pre-generated player characters, ready to explore the world of Trinity Continuum: Æon. Two alternative versions of each character, detailing the changes required to bring them to life. An antagonist character sheet for the primary version of each character. Four story hooks to help Storyguides build their worlds, either as starting points or to drop into existing campaigns. Also available in PDF via DriveThruRPG: Vigil Watch Chapter 1: The Toe Islands! Ghelspad Expanded! Ghelspad is a massive and diverse land. Once a paradise, this continent is now scarred by the ravages of the Titanswar. In the wake of divine bloodshed, and beset on all sides by titanspawn, the people of Ghelspad survive and thrive on this befouled continent. Vigil Watch explores six different locations across Ghelspad. From the bloody shores of the Toe Islands in the east to the Sweltering Plains of the west, Vigil Watch provides an in-depth look at a variety of locales and cultures. A Land Where Legends Walk Drawing enthusiastically on Greek mythology, the revised and re-imagined Scarred Lands nonetheless retains its place as a modern fantasy RPG setting. This is a world shaped by gods and monsters, and only the greatest of heroes can expect to be counted among them. The most populous continent of Scarn, Ghelspad, plays host to vast unexplored regions, hides unsolved riddles from ancient cultures, and taunts adventures with the promise of undiscovered riches hidden among the ruins of older civilizations. Yet the myths of the Scarred Lands are relatively recent events. The effects of the Titanswar still ripple through the world, and the heroines and villains of many of these stories are part of living memory, if not still alive themselves. Finally, last week’s Chicago by Night for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition is now available from IPR! Sales Scarred Lands products for Pathfinder (the Scarred Lands Players Guide and The Wise & The Wicked 2nd Edition) are upwards of 90% off from Indie Press Revolution! Both products are an incredible $5 each! Kickstarter Update We have one week left in the Kickstarter for Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition! We reached our $25,000 funding goal in under three hours, and are currently at $77,313, or 309%! Our thanks to the 1,544 backers! We’ve reached the following stretch goals so far: Hunter Storyteller Screen Tending the Flame: Cells: A chapter on navigating Tier One hunter society. Compacts: A chapter on navigating Tier Two hunter society. The Ascending Ones archive: A bundle of Hunter 1e products, including Night Stalkers, Blood Drive, Dark Eras: Fallen Blossoms Malleus Maleficarum scrolls: A bundle of Hunter 1e products, including Spirit Slayers, Bad Night at Blackmoon Farm, Under the Skin Records of the Lucifuge: A bundle of Hunter 1e products, including Mortal Remains, Block by Bloody Block, and Tooth and Nail At-cost Backer T-shirt Digital wallpaper Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scarred Lands: Creature Collection 5e They Came from Beneath the Sea!: They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Realms of Pugmire: Pirates of Pugmire Exalted: Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Chronicles of Darkness: Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Chronicles of Darkness: The Contagion Chronicle Chronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The Renegades Chronicles of Darkness: 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: 100 Rumours to Hear in the Monarchies of Mau Azukail’s Canis Minor Bundle Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The Storypath Nexus is now open to Trinity Continuum and Æon products! The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Scion: Scion 2nd Edition A5 Character Booklet Scion: Enondeara, the gods of the Tupi-Guarani Scion: Supernatural Path: Vigilante Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  23. Sean's slender shoulders shifted under his friends' hands as he interlaced his fingers and stretched out his arms, cracking his knuckles. His blue laptop - sequestered from his other devices, as he used it for more... greyhat activities - flickered to life with a mere glance, his fine fingers hovering over the keyboard. He didn't really need the laptop for psionic chihackery, but it was familiar and comfortable, providing him a convenient path to his destination even though he could fly overhead. It also gave him a second, more conventional avenue of penetration, so he could go one way or the other, or even both, or use one route to benefit the other. Plus, he could use the laptop to show others the feeds he was tapping into, and store any paydata for later review and exploitation. Y'know, just in case. Sean dove back into the panoramic and prismatic streams and rivers of data that his mind perceived as cyberspace, the Matrix, whatever you wanted to call it. The experience was as exhilarating as every other time he had done so, under the influence of Jase's and Charlie's personal Shine, it was also... heightened. The landscapes that stretched up and down from the pools the streams and rivers flowed into and out of seemed to have more... structure, more detail readily apparent. And Sean was far more intuitively aware of himself and his place and connection to this digital Wonderland. It didn't take the voluptuous redhead long to find Crossroad Prison's network, and he barely slowed as he seeped unobtrusively through it's conventional firewalls. Its digital protections were more than decent, but still, Sean expected they would be way better than there were, when so much of the Prison Complex was controlled and automated electronically. He could cause plenty of chaos right now, before they had a chance to flip any manual overrides. As he skulked confidently through the Crossroad Prison Network, various feeds bloomed on his laptop monitor. He shared a look with Jase when it was mentioned that the trailer was Kline's. That needed a lot of followup, but right now, what Sean really wanted was those holographic displays. Well, there were some right there, embedded into the table, not even being used at the moment. "Mind if I borrow your fancy holo-projectors?" Sean asked somewhere between Taggart and Giles. "By the way, I totally want to take a look at those, later. And if you have any extras laying around... " "Pardon?" Annette said, with an immaculate raised brow. "Never mind. I got this, give you guys a look at what you're dealing with." Sean made a gesture as though grabbing something from his laptop and throwing it over the conference table. The holo-projector switched on with a muted hum, holographic screens shivering into existence above the table, blown up feeds from his laptop. He continued his digital strutting through the network, learning over his laptop with his eager intensity, even though he wasn't really using it. When he found the backdoor into the Secret Complex below, he slammed the table with a small fist in victory. "Found you, motherfuuu..dger," he crowed, adjusting his victorious curse for all the adults in the room out of habit. The security about the backdoor was considerably more sophisticated than that of the Prison Complex above. CIA/NSA/whatever Alphabet agency you wanted to name - level, at least. He'd taken a look at such before, out of unbridled curiosity, but hadn't dared tried penetrating something of that level before, just lower key government systems. Sophisticated and robust as it was though, it was still designed to deal with conventional electronic shenanigans, not Psi-hackery. Sean had looked at coding after manipulating things technokinetically. At first, it had looked normal, but on closer inspection, it was so much more, and beautiful. Like a Mandelbrot set, that revealed ever finer recursive coding the closer you looked, fantastic fractal patterns hidden in plain sight if you didn't know how to perceive them. The best digital protection could slow him down, but it was blind to what he was actually doing. "I'm in. " Many more holographic projections appeared with the plethora of info Sean now had access to. He leaned back in his chair, considering them. This place was state-of-the-art, maybe even beyond what was commonly believed to be SOTA in most cases. And yet, it seemed to be a weakness when there was someone like him that could do what he could do. Thermal sensors, Ultrasonic detectors, Infrared cameras... It let him pinpoint practically everyone in the complex. And he could control access to nearly any section of the place, not mentioning what he could do with fucking around with the safety systems in place required for an hidden, underground complex. "Halon fire suppression..." Sean mused idly. He wouldn't really, but if things went super sideways, and it was the only option.... Could he? "Technically Halon is banned. People use FE-13 now - but it works the same way: interrupting the chemical process of combustion. It's non-lethal," Jason commented offhandedly. "If the system does use Halon, then it was probably installed before 1989." Several teenagers and adults turned to look at him. Jason returned to looks with reptilian blandness. "Which, considering Crossroads was constructed in the 90's, raises some interesting questions." Autumn huffed. "...You could have led with 'Hey guys, I think the underground complex is older than the prison and here's why'. But no, you have to give a lecture." "Learning is a process." There was tiniest curve to one side of Jason's lips. "There's a lot we're learning," Sean growled, which didn't sound nearly as disgusted as he'd like with his decidedly feminine voice. Across the table and through the holographic displays, Sean shot daggers of hate at Courtney, not at all comfortable with Devin playing white knight to the malicious turncoat. Even before the advent of psionic aptitude - And when did Courtney first develop her own powers? - she had made his life hell, and Sean wasn't nearly ready to offer any hint of forgiveness. If she was a telepath, it's not like the Project could really lie to her. She was just switching sides because it was convenient. He didn't trust the bitch an inch, since he was eleven and she'd pulled his layers shirts off in the middle of gym class. "Being a freak like the rest of us, doesn't give that... Courtney a pass for everything she's done," Sean said adamantly. The look he sent towards Dr. Cook however was mostly of disappointment and betrayal. He couldn't even hate him. Dr. Cook had really helped him, when most other doctors he had seen had been more interested in 'fixing' him, and not even able to promise that they could. He hadn't felt quite as disgusted as the others about the surveillance - Cook had watched him and tested him for years, even writing a paper on his combination of genetic anomalies - so it hadn't hit him as hard. And while it might have been in truth a eugenics program, it didn't seem he had forcefully directed the pairings of their parents, or grandparents, or anything like that. And if it had granted them psionic powers, he wasn't sure how angry he could be about that. If it had led to his condition on the other hand... But the man who was scrambling to defend how he had dealt with Etienne, and deflecting blame to Courtney - if that was what he was doing - seemed so small and petty, compared to the kind, intelligent, and empathetic doctor he had known.
  24. Greetings and salutations! Travis Legge here, returning to bring round seven of playtesting for our forthcoming Scarred Lands RPG supplements. Before we get to this week’s playtest, I want to remind you that Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Part One is NOW AVAILABLE! Your input has proven indispensable in helping us bring the Scarred Lands to life, and you can see the impact of your feedback already in Yugman’s! So, please check out this week’s info, be sure to fill out the surveys, and let us know what you think! As our team prepares for the release of further installments of Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad and Vigil Watch, we’ll be introducing several rules to playtest through Open Development. Check them out, use them at your tables, and let us know what you think. Here are the details! Thirteen playtest packages in total Each playtest is open for three weeks Each playtest includes a survey for you to enter your feedback and rate your satisfaction with the content Each playtest document will contain a link to a brief survey for feedback. I will post a new playtest each week, with each survey open for three weeks, on the Onyx Path blog. The final Open Development playtest in this schedule will be posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. This week brings the pain! Follow the link to find rules for the Oath of the Thorned Purifier Paladin subclass and 3 New Spells associated with the class. This week’s playtest also includes 5 magic items to try at your table! Download these today and let us know what you think! Link to Playtest #7: Oath of the Thorned Purifier Paladin and Magic Items Link to Playtest #7 Feedback: https://forms.gle/voCGBjKVpMpXgfTCA The next playtest will be posted next week. See you then!
  25. In honor of his birthday being celebrated today in the US, we can now reveal that the first US President, George Washington, was a feared foe of the supernatural! When they said that he “had wooden teeth”, that wasn’t literal. It was a code and a metaphor for how many vampires he had impaled with sharpened wooden weapons. We’re still working on what is meant when he’s said to be “made of radiation”. Actually, I have no idea if George shows up in Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition – but I do know that HtV2e‘s Kickstarter campaign is well over 200% funded and moving right along. Thanks to everybody who has backed so far, and we really appreciate your thoughtful comments! The KS Comments page has been filled with cool ideas for Hunter games, as has our Forums here at Onyx Path central. Keep those comments coming, folks! I know that developer Monica Valentinelli has been keeping notes for her final dev pass. No promises that she can or will tweak anything before layout, but I’m sure that once we get the Backer PDF out, she’ll look at those notes as well as errata from backers. Which reminds me to remind you about a few things with our Kickstarters! NH: Nameless and Accursed art by Tilen Javornik First, and this applies to our Advance PDFs like the recently released Night Horrors: Spilled Blood for Vampire: The Requiem 2e as well, we include a link to an errata sheet specifically because we want to catch layout glitches, terminology misuse, confusing or contradictory setting or rules info, missing info (especially when the text might be bringing an element of one edition into the newest edition), and more. So, since we’re looking for those sorts of things, it’d be really helpful if folks chose to send us the things that don’t quite add up via the errata link. Because the Advance PDF, the Backer PDF, and the Kickstarter Preview Text, are not the unalterable text you might once have purchased as a book in a store. Although, if nobody sends us errata about a problem, and we don’t independently catch it, it will soon be locked into final book form – that’s why I ask. Another thing about our Kickstarters, is that we are aiming for our next one to be for our new Legendlore TTRPG game book. More on that in the next couple of weeks as we head towards that KS. Here’s a reminder for folks who need help with their Kickstarters: Jazzy James Bell is the guy to talk to for all your Kickstarter needs. He has been running them since Cavaliers of Mars‘ KS several years ago. And if you do use the Contact link on one of our Kickstarters, that message goes to James. I know my name is still on half the KSs we do, but that’s because our original account was in my name. When I set it up, I wasn’t even sure I could just use Onyx Path as the KS Creator. It was that long ago! So now, today, we have a Rich Thomas KS account and an Onyx Path KS account. Which means that James can set up a KS on one account while the other has a KS running on it. This is very helpful for us in terms of avoiding massive downtime between KSs. Because everybody has an idea of what new Kickstarter campaigns we should run for their favorite games. We can’t (and won’t) be able to have every project folks want a KS for, but we can time out the ones we are doing more efficiently. Which might mean we get one more run that we normally would have in a year, but which absolutely means that James (and all our crew, but James in particular) has the time and isn’t too exhausted to run them! V5 Chicago By Night art by Amy Wilkins What Happens After All These Kickstarters? Thank you for asking! We have a perfect example right now with V5 Chicago By Night having shipped out to backers last month. This week, Chicago is live in stores and with that happening, we’ll be releasing the PDF/PoD versions on DTRPG this Wednesday! Let me break that down: The Kickstarter backers received their backer reward copies of the V5 Chicago By Night traditionally printed hardcovers. Meanwhile, our two sales partners, Studio2 in the US, and Modiphius for everywhere else, solicited the game distributors and retailers. This week, the stores who ordered during that solicitation have or are getting their books so they can sell them in their stores. Also, on Wednesday, we open the PDF and physical book PoD versions up for purchase on DTRPG. So, at that point, you can get the traditionally printed version from stores, including online ordering from our friends at Indie Press Revolution, and if you prefer, the PDF and PoD versions can be ordered from DTRPG. All those venues are so that our community can get their avid hands on this absolutely superb V5 version of Chicago By Night (in a lot of ways it best shows how the ideas in the first three core books can be concretely utilized around your table) in the version you most prefer for your enjoyment. And believe me, there is a lot to enjoy in this book! As you can tell, it’s kind of a big thing for us. Distant Worlds art by Gunship Revolution Tell Me About This Blog! Finally, it’s my bi-annual request for feedback on this blog itself. What feature do you always read? Which one do you skip past every week? It’s OK to say you skip all of my actual blog each week. Really. I’ll just be in the corner, sobbing. Although actually, if you do skip it each week, then you won’t notice this request for feedback, so I’m in the clear! But, if you can, please do be honest in your thoughts on what is working, or not, here on the blog. I’ve got some ideas for changes, but I don’t want to take anything away from you, our loyal readers, that a lot of you are actually enjoying, but I’m not hearing about That way, we can be sure you’re getting the info you need to explore our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition for Chronicles of Darkness is still ferociously on the hunt! We funded and are shooting right through Stretch Goals, like the Storyteller Screen Stretch Goal and the Tending the Flame: Cells chapter for the Hunter Players’ Companion! With lots more to come! Onyx Path Media! This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast features an interview with writer and creator Josh Heath. Josh is writing for Onyx Path, and is also putting up all kinds of projects on our Community Content sites like Storypath Nexus and Pugmire‘s Canis Minor, and other sites! As always this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ Another jam-packed schedule for you on Twitch this week! You can look forward to Vampire: The Masquerade, Chronicles of Darkness, Scion, Pugmire, two fantastic, new chronicles of Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition, MORE Vampire: The Masquerade, Changeling: The Lost, Changeling: The Dreaming, Mage: The Awakening, Scarred Lands, Werewolf: The Forsaken and a third Vampire: The Masquerade game! Our Twitch stream has never had so much content. A special shout-out to both of the Hunter: The Vigil games running this week, which along with the Kickstarter are drawing quite an audience! You can subscribe to our channel over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath to catch up with any episodes you missed! Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find the following videos uploaded last week alone: Hunter: The Vigil Hometown Heroes: https://youtu.be/8dqdt6sy6Ws Eddy Webb’s Workshop: Dystopia Rising Evolution Development: https://youtu.be/Aj6MRIUQ5Fo Blood City: Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/UVHhO-3W7sA Scion: Behind the Screen: https://youtu.be/AGhw0vOPK-c Pugmire: Paws & Claws: https://youtu.be/rRTCT1O680U A special shout-out to the Blood City crew who have been running a fantastic Vampire: The Masquerade chronicle using V5 Chicago by Night. Do check out their chronicle on our YouTube channel! In case you missed it last week, Ekorren gives us a fantastic deep dive into the Trinity Continuum here in this excellent video: https://youtu.be/Vk0UJbWijtg More new Occultists Anonymous for all you Mage: The Awakening fans out there: Episode 80: Collected Thoughts With Songbird recovered from his ordeal with a vampire, the cabal reconvene at the Rookery Sanctum and journey into the Temenos. They search tour through Pottery and Art and… Valhalla?! https://youtu.be/vImtFvc6NPw Episode 81: Mirror Match The cabal continues their travels in the Temenos searching for symbols of Wyrd, and since they’re there, maybe a few trophies of their own… https://youtu.be/bBVbV9nmd3o Red Moon Roleplaying continue their actual play of V5 Cults of the Blood Gods, on their YouTube channel, Spotify, their website redmoonroleplaying.com and everywhere else good podcasts might be found! https://youtu.be/hCM3aKucS7s The Story Told Podcast are on the second episode of their excellent Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition – The 78 Laments – game right here: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/the-78-laments-episode-2 Please check any of these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And NOW Scion Origin and Scion Hero AND Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday, we will be releasing the PDF and physical book PoD versions of V5 Chicago By Night on DTRPG! Accept no substitutes: Chicago is the city of vampires. Claim a haven on the Gold Coast. Carve a place of this bustling metropolis for yourself. Subjugate a handful of the living on Michigan Avenue. Take a few deep drinks from some of the intoxicating vessels we have around here. Discover the nightlife. Come visit the Succubus Club, the Blue Velvet, or Red Noº 5, if they’ll let you in. The guest list is pretty damn exclusive. Introduce yourself to the Ventrue Prince. Get to know his vision. Buy into it. Serve it. Stay on his good side and your immortality is going to be just fine. Just ignore the purges of Anarchs, Thin-Bloods, and fledglings when it grows inconvenient, yeah? Stay invested in the Camarilla and it’ll stay invested in you. Remember who’s got your back and who can take that backing away in the blink of an undead eye. Chicago can be everything for a vampire like you. You just have to accept Chicago into your heart. Become a part of the city. Chicago by Night includes: A history of Chicago from multiple vampire perspectives and accounts of the domain as it exists in the modern nights, along with systems for how to run this city like the twisted, dysfunctional machine it is An introduction for the Clan of Night’s entry to the Camarilla and rules for playing Lasombra in Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition, including their Discipline of Oblivion. Over 50 individual Kindred with biographies, ambitions, secrets, relationships, and reasons for inclusion in any given chronicle, along with fiction illustrating these characters and key locations around the city. A multitude of chronicle hooks covering everything from the Beast and the Hunger to Humanity and Hierarchy, and a single large chronicle in which the Lasombra make it their mission to join the elite ranks of the Camarilla. Coteries illustrating the factionalism of Chicago’s Kindred and new coterie examples for your characters. Loresheets for characters new to or already based in Chicago, providing players easy ways to integrate their characters into the book’s many stories. Conventions! More conventions will be listed for 2020 in the weeks to come- 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) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) RUST (Working Title) (Scarred Lands) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Redlines Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Second Draft M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Duke Rollo fiction (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Development Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) Manuscript Approval Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) Post-Approval Development Scion LARP Rules (Scion) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Editing Geist 2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Mythical Denizens (Creatures of the World Bestiary) (Scion 2nd Edition) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Post-Editing Development City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Let the Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Indexing ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY! In Art Direction Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Hunter: The Vigil 2e (KS) – Running on KS. Ex3 Lunars Cults of the Blood God (KS) Mummy 2 (KS) City of the Towered Tombs – Recontracted. Let the Streets Run Red – Contracted. CtL Oak Ash and Thorn – Finals coming in this week. Deviant Legendlore (KS) – All notes out by today for KS. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) Scion Companion – Contacted. TC: Aeon Terra Firma – Contracted. WoD: Ghost Stories (KS) – Cover contracted. Tales of Aquatic Terror Pirates Extra Adventure – Contracted. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad – Ongoing. Scion Mythical Denizens – In proofing but need some full page art to come in. Contagion Chronicle – With Josh. Vigil Watch – Art finals coming in today. TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – Waiting for cover art, then to proofing. TCFBtS! Screen and Booklet Proofing Dark Eras 2 – Errata being annotated and then back to Aileen. Trinity Continuum Aeon Jumpstart They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Off for pageXXing. Chicago Folio – Out to backers for errata. Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds – Notes back from dev. Pirates of Pugmire – Gotta go over this today. At Press V5: Chicago – PDF and PoD versions on sale at DTRPG this Wednesday! Geist 2e (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) – Shipping to backers, PoD files uploaded. Geist 2e Screen – Shipping to backers. DR:E – At fulfillment shippers, PoD files uploaded. DRE Screen – At fulfillment shippers. DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties Memento Mori – PoD proof ordered. Trinity Continuum: Aeon RMCs – PoD proof ordered. Wraith20 Anthology – PoD proof ordered. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Long time readers of this MMN Blog may note that a lot of Reasons to Celebrate are focused on national US holidays. Which in the US are celebrated on Mondays, due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which was put into effect so we in the US could have more official three-day weekends, and our weekly staff meeting that leads into this blog is also on Monday. Today is President’s Day. Or Presidents’ Day. Or George Washington’s Birthday. So, with all due respect to our first president, and according to folklore the man who refused to be king, this is a weird one: Even though George Washington’s birthday was February 22nd, the day is officially celebrated on the third Monday in February. Even though Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday, each state is free to call it what they choose and how to celebrate. Washington’s Birthday can never occur on the public holiday. Under the Gregorian calendar Washington’s Birthday was 22 February, but the holiday is observed on the third Monday in February, which cannot occur any later than February 21. Like I said, weird. But that in and of itself is Reason to Celebrate! Let’s hear it for a bit of weird in the midst of everything else we deal with!
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