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  1. This Thursday we are saying bye to the Deluxe M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter! It’s been a great campaign, and our Kickstarter concierge, James, has been the epitome of good humor and helpfulness. Which is really not surprising since that has been how he has handled all of our KSs since he came aboard. As of this writing, we’re over $167,000 and at 2022 backers! We’ve achieved 20+ Stretch Goals, which I go into more detail on in the Kickstarter section in the Blurbs! below, but I’m super excited about the TR Players’ Companion project that has been created with sections on: Constructs and Symposiums (and then expanded by a later SG) Digital Web 3.0 and the expanded Digital Web 3.0.2. Technomancers’ Toybox 20 and the Q-Division bonus section Unlikely Allies 1, 2, & 3 Mission Statement short scenarios This, to me, is one of the magic bonuses of Kickstarters. Previously, we tabled the idea of a separate Digital Web 3.0 book as not fitting into our schedule – but now, thanks to this KS, we can really focus on the best of the best ideas for its section, there are equally awesome other sections, and backers get the PDF for free. If you recall, we had to cancel the last Kickstarter, which was for our new fantasy-genre game Legendlore because of the impact of Covid-19. Which is a phrase you’re going to hear a few more times in the blog today. We didn’t want Legendlore sitting fallow for too long though, so we’ve tweaked the KS and are looking to restart it next Tuesday, June the 2nd at 2pm EDT! Cross with us once more to The Realm! The thing is, we’ve never before cancelled a Kickstarter, and we’re not completely sure how we should restart it. Not the mechanical Kickstarter process – that we have down! – but things like how best to communicate with our backers from the first attempt, and what effect will seeing our promo stuff again have on possible new backers. One decision we made was based on the fact that like almost all of our Kickstarters these days, the text for Legendlore was finished before we went to the Kickstarter. Since we had started providing our backers with that text in sections when I made the call to cancel, we just sent backers the rest of the full text. It seemed only fair, and something like a thank you for their support. That means that just going through that same reveal process isn’t likely to be much fun for those folks who stepped up to support us the first time. We clearly need to be able to find other ways to make the KS interesting and fun for those folks, and if we have to make those adjustments anyway, why deliver the text in stages at all? So we took the text, made it all into a PDF, and we’re putting it up for free on DTRPG this Wednesday! That way, if you’re interested, and maybe missed the first KS, you’ll have almost a full week to read through the text and see if it sounds interesting enough to back! (Narrator’s Voice: It is.) Also Actual Plays are coming! Keep an eye out this week and then into the KS month for Actual Plays of Legendlore on our Twitch streams, along with some surprise DMs that are extremely excited to run the game! Let The Streets Run Red art by Niko Pope Meanwhile, I’m going to take this opportunity to give you another problem we’ve encountered that can be blamed on the impact of Covid-19. It seems like over a month ago that I ordered the PoD proof for Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed for Mage: The Awakening 2e. It seems that the package has been lost, and because USPS‘s system is all wonky due to restrictions and manpower issues due to the pandemic, no one was able to warn us or even find where the package is. Grrr. Supposedly, a solution has been arrived at, so soooon MtA2e fans! TC: Aeon Jumpstart art by Aaron Riley That’s more of a single-product disruption, but across our happy little industry, convention after convention have cancelled for this year because of the, say it with me, impact of Covid-19. That effects a lot of companies who rely on them as sales venues, and even more now that Gen Con itself has cancelled for 2020. Yikes! So, to the blog reader who posted that I hadn’t updated the Convention Schedule below… well, I was blocking that out because it’s just too sad. It’s no schedule at all. For us, cons aren’t about the sales, it’s that we enjoy meeting with folks face to face. We enjoy answering questions, spreading the word about who we are and what we do, and demoing our game lines. It’s good business, and it’s fun. CofD: Contagion Chronicle art by Luis Sanz Fortunately, virtual cons do allow a lot of what we value in conventions to happen, as our crew who have sat in on panels and games have reported back to the team. And if you checked out some of the comments when I mused about us doing a virtual con a few weeks ago in this blog, they brought up the fact that some of our community can’t make it to cons, so a virtual meeting is actually better than a location they can’t get to. Hmmm. Finally, just want to mention that we are doing our next round of Developer Town Halls again next week, so once again, if you have any questions I will pass them on to our developers: the keepers of our- Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! With only a couple of days left, the M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter has passed 2000 backer operatives, is over 400% funded, and has achieved a massive TWENTY Stretch Goals consisting of a Storytellers Screen unlock, an unlock of more original Mage PDFs, Backers’ Exclusive T-Shirt, Wallpaper, 2 Novellas, a Jumpstart with Starter Characters, and building the Technocracy Reloaded Player’s Companion PDF: Constructs and Symposiums (and then expanded by a later SG) Digital Web 3.0 and the expanded Digital Web 3.0.2. Technomancers’ Toybox 20 and the Q-Division bonus section Unlikely Allies 1, 2, & 3 Mission Statement short scenarios Highlights of M20 Technocracy Reloaded include: An Operative’s Handbook that provides a detailed overview of life in the Technocratic Union, describing the organization of the Union, the Conventions, and the roles that sympathizers, extraordinary citizens, and Enlightened Operatives play in the overall structure of the Technocracy. An examination of Technocratic initiatives on a global scale. Devices, procedures, and hypertech used by the Technocratic Union that explores the Enlightened Science, allowing operatives to apply similar effects in the field, if they have sufficient understanding of the principles that allow these gadgets to function. A comprehensive list of citizens, cyborgs, operatives, progenitor creations, and allies to use as NPCs. Storyteller support that explores story seeds and metaplot to shape a chronicle for their needs. Next Kickstarter: Next week, on Tuesday, June 2nd at 2pm Eastern US time, return with us to The Realm of Legendlore! Grab your friends and escape to another world! You’ve found an enchanted portal — a transition point — between worlds. The portal, called a Crossing, takes you to a world you thought only existed in novels and films: a magical land where dragons roam the skies, orcs and hobgoblins terrorize weary travelers, and unicorns prance through the forest. It is a world where humans join other peoples such as elves, trolls, dwarves, changelings, and the dreaded creatures who steal the night. It is a world of fantasy — of imagination. It is the Realm. It is Legendlore. Onyx Path Media! Once More Unto The Breach with more exciting Scion Actual Play with the Terrific Trio! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ The Technocracy are back for another lesson on Tuesday, May 26th at 9 PM EDT on the Onyx Path Publishing Twitch Channel. twitch.tv/theonyxpath Watch the stream. Learn. Apply what you learn. Form Consensus. Red Moon Roleplaying continue their actual play of Technocracy Reloaded right here: https://youtu.be/Ejadz0UxAqE Tune in to this one for unusual and alarming Paradox effects! Come tune in to our Twitch channel for a schedule including: Vampire: The Masquerade – Chicago by Night Noir Behind the Screen: Chronicles of Darkness Pugmire – Paws & Claws Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds Dark Eras Werewolf: The Forsaken – Fractured Territories Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games 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: Onyx Path News: https://youtu.be/5V13ybdnSeA Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale: https://youtu.be/XzsGiAD28HQ Scarred Lands: Purge of the Serpentholds: https://youtu.be/DeqXI6yHRc0 Mage: The Ascension – Technocracy Reloaded: https://youtu.be/JPjV53Pnykg Hunter: The Vigil – Hometown Heroes: https://youtu.be/b9dH7c1e6N0 Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/foWnoLCl0RI Vampire: The Masquerade – Blood City Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/apfUcZvnKGU Chronicles of Darkness – Seattle by Streetlight: https://youtu.be/POpwhdnZVZw Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! The 307 RPG Podcast released an episode all to do with the Archetypes in They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://307rpg.com/?p=282 The Botch Pit have released a wonderful new guide for Geist: The Sin-Eaters right here. Do give them a like and a subscribe: https://youtu.be/LzjngqtuQW8 Vorpal Tales commenced an actual play of They Came from Beneath the Sea! over on their Twitch channel! Find them here: https://twitch.tv/vorpaltales Utility Muffin Labs, home of the 25 Years of Vampire: The Masquerade podcast, have released a glowing review of The Chicago Folios right here: https://utilitymuffinlabs.com/25-years-of-vampire-the-masquerade?author=51a88e2ee4b035d1810e13fe The Story Told Podcast continue with the third episode of their Demon: The Descent series right here: https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/the-aggregate-choir-file-3 In our penultimate episode of Demon, the Unbound try to get to the root of the God-Machine’s plan in East Berlin… Occultists Anonymous are back with their amazing Mage: The Awakening series: Episode 100: Reaching Beyond We return to the Rookery cabal after 6 months have passed. Songbird has traveled deep into the Astral Realm, while new problems start to plague the Rookery, and the search for the Fifth Grimoire continues. https://youtu.be/974GF7SyCTE Episode 101: New Mysteries Atratus investigates the oddly empty graveyards and cemeteries in Jersey City. Songbird goes to speak with her mentor, Hadramiel, about making a new Dominion and they come up with a terrible idea. Wyrd keeps an eye on most of Manhattan from her new command center. https://youtu.be/IdDC0LvOIDU Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This week, we’re doing something really different! The text only PDF for Legendlore crosses into our world via DriveThruRPG on Wednesday! With the Kickstarter restarting next Tuesday, download and read this PDF beforehand and you too can be transported to The Realm through Legendlore! Also on Wednesday, we offer Part 3 of Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad, for the Scarred Lands on DTRPG! Conventions! Though dates are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, here’s what’s left of our current list of upcoming conventions (and really, we’re just waiting for this last one to be cancelled even though it’s Nov/Dec). Instead, keep an eye out here for the virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with: PAX Unplugged: https://unplugged.paxsite.com/ And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) Trinity Continuum: Anima Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) V5 The Faithful Undead (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Post-Approval Development Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) 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) Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Scion: Dragon (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) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion Titanomachy Tales of Aquatic Terror WoD Ghost Hunters – KS final art: One more piece coming in still. Aberrant – Almost all AD’d, finally. Some amazing comic art. Signing off on sketches. Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 Deviant – Dividing up among current artists. Legendlore – Creating text preview PDF. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) Cults of the Blood God – Rolling along. Scion: Dragon – Waiting on art notes. Masks of the Mythos – Waiting on art notes. Scion: Demigod – Reviewing art notes. They Came From Beyond the Grave! (KS) – Waiting for sketches. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch TC Aeon Terra Firma – Over to Josh. V5 Let the Streets Run Red – Working on it. Pugmire Adventure Proofing Trinity Aeon Jumpstart – New artist taking care of finishing missing art. TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – Inputting backer errata. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Gathering Backer PDF errata. Scion Companion – Just waiting for one tweaked piece. Contagion Chronicle – Corrections with Josh. Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs Magic Item Decks (Scarred Lands) Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) At Press Night Horrors : Nameless and Accursed – PoD proof on the way. See the story about this above. TCFBTS Screen and Booklet They Came from Beneath the Sea! Creature Collection 5e – Prepping PoD. Pirates of Pugmire – Errata input. Pirates of Pugmire Screen Duke Rollo Book – Prepping PoD. Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) – Prepping Advance PDF. Yugman’s Guide to Scarred Lands PDF #3 on sales Weds on DTRPG. Legendlore text only PDF free on DTRPG on Weds. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Today in the US is Memorial Day, the holiday set aside to remember those who gave their lives for our country. As always, as I sit to write this on a Monday – as the holiday is always on the last Monday in May – I wonder at the fact that none of my friends in the armed services paid that ultimate price. Nor any family members going back several generations. They did their service, and they came home. Today is the day for those who did not.
  2. Here we are in almost the last week of the Deluxe M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter, and like all KSs, we’re at that time where pledges start to slow. So we’re thinking about this KS, and our previous ones, and the roster that’s coming up. What works, what doesn’t, and what just makes us wonder. Like, should we continue to portion out sections of the complete text during the KS, so at the end backers have pretty much the text as it’s going to be before being formatted during layout. (Which makes it a lot easier to read in most cases!) We like that model, as it shows prospective backers just what they’re getting so situations where folks expected one set of information but got something else don’t occur any longer. And it shows that the text being finished won’t be a factor in the final project delivery to KS backers. Those are two pretty good things, in our estimation! But, does that kill the fun for folks? Like, is there value in being, well, surprised by your new book when it arrives? So far, we’ve been betting that the surety of information is more important to more backers than those who might miss a surprise, but we could be wrong. Similarly, if we say this is the text and if you don’t like it then you can drop your pledge before we finish, we see that as a valuable option for backers. We want folks who back to enjoy the Kickstarter and the material we’re releasing. We hope they enjoy the chance to help create one of these books by backing, or going further and taking one of those fancy, upper-tier rewards that let them add characters or be part of the art. Lunars art by Gunship Revolution Yet, we can only hope we’re pleasing folks as it is often hard to tell if our methods are not delivering our intention since the vast majority of backers don’t interact with KSs Comments section. Whether because of a general, well-earned, fear of Comments sections throughout the internet, or of KS Comments specifically, my impression from talking to backers is that they don’t need the stress. Who can blame them? It’s why I always try and suggest other ways for folks to communicate with us – even here, I’ll suggest adding to the Comments for this blog, but whenever I do I also get direct emails. And they usually start off with a variant of: “Hope you don’t mind my contacting you this way, but I didn’t want to get involved with any drama in the Comments.” Like I said, we tend to think a lot about how we do things, and particularly Kickstarters since they are one of our most public display of our processes. In some states, public display of your processes can get you arrested! To get back to the M20 Technocracy Reloaded KS, here’s some links to fun and informative programming that will be reposted in the Onyx Path Media section below: Tune in to hear words of wisdom from the Technocratic Union live on Twitch, Tuesday, May 19th at 9 PM EDT on the Onyx Path Publishing Twitch Channel. twitch.tv/theonyxpath Plus, Red Moon Roleplaying continue their actual play of Technocracy Reloaded right here: https://youtu.be/RtdW0znt7GU Please give them your support! And also, Travis Legge’s M20 Technocracy Reloaded actual play, featuring a stellar cast including the one and only Satyr Phil Brucato: https://youtu.be/ALnD1nwuTis TC: Aeon Jumpstart art by Aaron Riley Our Next Kickstarter: Of course, as we’ve been thinking about Kickstarters, we’ve been thinking about the best time to bring back the Legendlore Kickstarter. This was the KS we cancelled as we launched it right before the Covid-19 lock-downs, and we just didn’t think it could get the sort of attention it deserved. But as we have considered the situation now, it seems like our lines of communication are, if not perfect, working far more closely to expectations. I’m getting regular notices from backers of our previous KSs again, for example. So, without further ado, and not wanting to sit to long on Legendlore, we are going to Kickstart it next after M20 Technocracy Reloaded! Expect most of our approach to be similar, but knowing that we already have a wonderful group of backers from the first go, we’ll be aiming at putting the KS together in a way that doesn’t just make them go through the same things again, and that appeals to folks who didn’t back the first time. More on that as we have some actual examples! Lunars art by Yiyhoung Li Things We’re Doing To Try and Help During All This On Wednesday, we’re opening up Dystopia Rising: Evolution Community Content on the Storypath Nexus. This is a chance for anyone to work with the templates and art packs we provide to create new projects for DR:E. As a creator, it’s a way to both publish your ideas, and to get a little extra cash during these difficult times. That’s pretty much our feelings for any Community Content site right now. Plus, for players, the projects posted on these sites are PDFs that usually aren’t that big or expensive, and they very often are focused on useful additions to our official stuff. Adventures, deep dives into specific topics we’re not really set up to put together – just great ideas to add to your playing enjoyment. Just wanted to chime in here to remind folks that we released Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 on DTRPG last week, and besides the big book itself in PDF and PoD versions, we released each chapter as an individual PDF. If you’re into a particular line and/or historical period, but can’t indulge in buying the full book, these individual chapters are a lot easier on the budget with the job situation being what it is. Also on DTRPG right now is the Shelter in Play Bundle containing about $180 worth of PDFs, including the Vinsen’s Tomb Jumpstart for Pugmire and A Light Extinguished, the Jumpstart for Scion 2e, plus a ton of other delightful games for playing while we’re all stuck in together – all for $10, and the proceeds go to two worthy charities! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/312564/Shelter-In-Play-BUNDLE Our friends at IPR, Indie Press Revolution, are running sales of our books over on their site (link below in the sales partners area) and are planning to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. If you’re looking for our traditionally printed hardcover books and screens, Deluxe and otherwise, now’s a great chance! We made the decision last week that we wouldn’t be attending gaming conventions until we feel like our folks would be safe from Covid-19 if they attended. Considering that “con crud” is a thing that we expect to get after major conventions during a normal period, we just can’t send our people into a convention right now. Unfortunately, that includes our industry biggie Gen Con, which still has not announced whether it is postponed or cancelled. Regardless of their decision, ours is: we’re not going. Finally, speaking of conventions: Thanks for the support and interest in an online Onyx Path Convention I received in the blog Comments and elsewhere all last week. It was heartening, and a little scary, how many of you would enjoy virtually playing our games and meeting with us. Actually, all kidding aside, it was great to hear! No news yet, but you gave us even more to think about. In this case, expect that we’ll be acting pretty quickly on running something like a virtual convention. We want to commit, if we’re going to, before the enormity of it has a chance to sink in! So, thanks to your feedback, we’re a few steps closer to arranging a virtual venue where we can talk about and play in our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! The M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter funded in 43 minutes and at with just over a week to go has passed 1800 backer operatives, is over 400% funded, and has achieved Stretch Goals consisting of a Storytellers Screen unlock, an unlock of more original Mage PDFs, Backers’ Exclusive T-Shirt, Wallpaper, and building the Technocracy Reloaded Player’s Companion PDF: sections on Constructs and Symposiums (and then expanded by a later SG), Digital Web 3.0, Technomancers’ Toybox 20 and the Q-Division bonus section, Unlikely Allies 1, 2, & 3, Mission Statement short scenarios, and the expanded Digital Web 3.0.2. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/m20-technocracy-reloaded Highlights of M20 Technocracy Reloaded include: An Operative’s Handbook that provides a detailed overview of life in the Technocratic Union, describing the organization of the Union, the Conventions, and the roles that sympathizers, extraordinary citizens, and Enlightened Operatives play in the overall structure of the Technocracy. An examination of Technocratic initiatives on a global scale. Devices, procedures, and hypertech used by the Technocratic Union that explores the Enlightened Science, allowing operatives to apply similar effects in the field, if they have sufficient understanding of the principles that allow these gadgets to function. A comprehensive list of citizens, cyborgs, operatives, progenitor creations, and allies to use as NPCs. Storyteller support that explores story seeds and metaplot to shape a chronicle for their needs. Next Kickstarter: We return to The Realm of Legendlore! Onyx Path Media! This week Impish Ian Watson returns to delve into the Trinity Continuum, specifically the recently announced Trinity Continuum: Anima, VtM Bloodlines, and the happy wonders of managing Onyx Path social media with the Terrific Trio! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ Tune in to hear words of wisdom from the Technocratic Union live on Twitch, Tuesday, May 19th at 9 PM EDT on the Onyx Path Publishing Twitch Channel. twitch.tv/theonyxpath Join the Consensus and watch the stream. Plus, Red Moon Roleplaying continue their actual play of Technocracy Reloaded right here: https://youtu.be/RtdW0znt7GU Please give them your support! Come tune in to our Twitch channel for a schedule including: Vampire: The Masquerade – Blood on the Tamesis Vampire: The Masquerade – Chicago by Night Noir Pugmire – Paws & Claws Storytellers with Coffee Scarred Lands: Chronicles of Calastia Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds Dark Eras Werewolf: The Forsaken Chronicles of Darkness – Tooth & Claw Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale Good heavens, that’s a lot of games for you to watch! 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 Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale: https://youtu.be/fx_UEKY6moE Scarred Lands: Purge of the Serpentholds: https://youtu.be/9YC0qb29vjk Mage: The Ascension – Technocracy Reloaded: https://youtu.be/ALnD1nwuTis Hunter: The Vigil – Hometown Heroes: https://youtu.be/LJs8Q6KVu1o Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/SXYLA9rCjKk Vampire: The Masquerade – Blood City Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/NmDv9Sq_wKA Chronicles of Darkness – Seattle by Streetlight: https://youtu.be/6CwozhRpUNo Do subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Did you miss 307 RPG interviewing Matthew Dawkins regarding everything from They Came from Beneath the Sea! and They Came from Beyond the Grave! to upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade books? Give them a listen here: https://307rpg.com/?p=265 Further to that interview, the 307 RPG Podcast released an episode all to do with the Archetypes in They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://307rpg.com/?p=282 That’s not all! Vorpal Tales commence an actual play of They Came from Beneath the Sea! tonight over on their Twitch channel! Find them here: https://twitch.tv/vorpaltales Utility Muffin Labs, home of the 25 Years of Vampire: The Masquerade podcast, have released a glowing review of The Chicago Folios right here: https://utilitymuffinlabs.com/25-years-of-vampire-the-masquerade?author=51a88e2ee4b035d1810e13fe Occultists Anonymous are here with a new special Mage: The Awakening series: RV Mage 07: Reversion With Orphean mages no longer on the field of battle, the Pentacle mages work to undo the warping of the Gauntlet. The werewolves threatening the Supernal Being is going to make negotiations a little difficult. https://youtu.be/iUZKuh0G5sI RV Mage 08: Excursion Following the Supernal shenanigans in downtown Richmond, Vicar, Drifter, and Amanita begin the search for further Orphean agents. An attempt to restore relationships with the werewolves goes as well as you might expect… https://youtu.be/YUcXnQwB-vM Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This week, the PDF and PoD versions of Oak, Ash, and Thorn the Changeling: The Lost 2e Companion bolts from the freakish Hedge on DriveThruRPG on Wednesday! Oak, Ash, and Thorn as a companion book to Changeling: The Lost Second Edition, expands on what’s in the core book. It contains: Expanded rules for freeholds and a selection of seeds for sample freeholds in four international locations. Rules for creating new court Bargains and an introduction to non-traditional Mantles, including free companies, traveling bands, and Lost dynasties, with a playable example of each. Entitlements, the titles of nobility that changelings assume to inherit mystical legacies from the Lost who came before them, including three full examples with accompanying tokens and Merits. Expanded rules for tokens, including two new types with examples, guidelines for creating your own, and a system for ripping out one’s heart to become unkillable. Also on Wednesday, we open the Dystopia Rising: Evolution Community Content section of the Storypath Nexus! Expect template and art packs you can use to create your own supplements to the DR:E tabletop RPG (and even get a royalty for your work!) Check it out for community-created supplements to further expand your fun with DR:E! 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! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) V5 The Faithful Undead (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Trinity Continuum: Anima Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Manuscript Approval They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Post-Approval Development Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) 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) Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) Post-Editing Development City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion Titanomachy Tales of Aquatic Terror WoD Ghost Hunters – KS final art: One more piece coming in. Aberrant – Contacting and contracting. Signing off on sketches. Pugmire Adventure – All sketches in. Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 Deviant – Dividing up among current artists. Legendlore – Back to KS prep. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Happening. Cults of the Blood God – Rolling along. Scion: Dragon – Waiting on art notes. Masks of the Mythos – Waiting on art notes. Scion: Demigod – Waiting on art notes. They Came From Beyond the Grave! (KS) – Sent out notes for fulls and splats for KS. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch TC Aeon Terra Firma – Over to Josh. V5 Let the Streets Run Red – Working on it. Pirates of Pugmire Screen – Getting charts from dev. Proofing Trinity Aeon Jumpstart – New artist taking care of finishing missing art. Pirates of Pugmire – Errata input. TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – Inputting backer errata. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Gathering Backer PDF errata. Scion Companion – Just waiting for two tweaked pieces, expected today. Contagion Chronicle – Corrections going over to Josh. Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs Duke Rollo Book – Finishing gathering backer errata. Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Magic Item Decks (Scarred Lands) Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) At Press Night Horrors : Nameless and Accursed – PoD proof on the way. Dystopia Rising: Evolution Community Content site – Opening on the Storypath Nexus this Weds! TCFBTS Screen and Booklet They Came from Beneath the Sea! C:tL 2e Oak, Ash, & Thorn – PDF and PoD versions on sale at DTRPG this Weds! Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Please welcome Aaron Voss to Onyx Path! Aaron is old White Wolf and was my print buyer in the years before the merger with CCP, and has expertise in every stage of the game book creation process, and is specifically going to oversee getting our projects printed and shipped (and help Mirthful Mike Chaney out where he is needed).
  3. This week’s actual play spotlight goes to the explosive world of Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, and the fantastic Community Service actual play that Kyle has been running for an amazing crew of players. Kyle has a really enthralling style of Storyguiding, where he operates his games fully as a collaborative exercise involving players and viewers. Also, you’ll have never seen so many costume changes in the course of an actual play. If you want to view this chronicle’s full library of videos, check it out over on our Twitch channel. If you want to watch the catalogue of existing sessions of Community Service, you can find them on YouTube. And if you’re interested in buying a copy of Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, you can pre-order a copy on BackerKit!
  4. Now available in ebook and print from Storytellers Vault: Death is Not the End: A Geist: The Sin-Eaters Anthology! Death is not the end. You learned that firsthand when you died. In that darkness, you made a deal that brought you back — with something else. Now, bound inextricably to a geist — a shade, a monster, a tragic, broken soul — you stand between the world of the living and the world of the dead. This collection of eleven stories inspired by Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition explores the haunted places in the Chronicles of Darkness. The anthology includes dark tales written by Lauren Roy, Eric Zawadski, Renee Ritchie, and more! Also available, now in print-on-demand via Storytellers Vault: Night Horrors: Spilled Blood for Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition! “Magic is at the heart of what we do here at the Esoteric Order of the Golden Star. With it you can find your heart’s desire and riches beyond belief. I just need a small down payment, and sign here on the dotted line.” — Lady Jezebel Eliza Szilard This book includes antagonists for both Vampire: The Requiem and other Chronicles of Darkness games. Night Horrors: Spilled Blood includes: Ten new bloodlines to serve as both antagonists and player character options. Two new antagonistic covenants. Several lost clans with reasons to both hate and work with Kindred. Myriad antagonists who prey on vampires, either as diseases or those who need Vitae. Sales Indie Press Revolution has a number of great bundle deals up until May 24th, or while supplies last! Kickstarter Update Our Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter for Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition launched last week! We hit our $35,000 goal in just 45 minutes! We’re currently at $134,789, or 385% of our original goal, thanks to our 1,582 backers. Wow! We’ve hit a bunch of stretch goals already, including: Technocracy Reloaded ST Screen Technocracy Player’s Companion: Constructs and Symposiums Expanded, Digital Web 3.0.2, Technomancer’s Toybox 20: Q Division, Unlikely Allies Technocratic Union PDF bundle Backer T-shirt Technocracy 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: Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition Chronicles of Darkness: Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Scion: Reconditioned Scion: Divine Armory Trinity Continuum: Æon: Mind Over Matter Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  5. Every long-form and minor magic, all in one handy place. Surely, vislae, you need no reminder of the impact Elsbeth Van Hauten has had upon the standardization and categorization of magical practices. Perhaps the first vislae to return to Satyrine following the War, Van Hauten’s academic prowess is legendary. The post The Van Hauten Collection: Magical Praxis appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  6. The M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter had an amazing, dramatic, start last week, funding in 43 minutes! Thanks to everyone who backed, this whole week has been fantastic with over 1500 backers, over 300% funding in less than a week, and 10 Stretch Goals achieved! The comments on the text sections that have been revealed to backers have been terrifically encouraging and positive, so the whole creative team is really jazzed and happy! Which is super, because we have a ton of M20 Technocracy Reloaded media appearances and interviews lined up for them, starting with some that have already been accomplished and other yet to come: The Story Told Podcast‘s interview with Travis Legge about Technocracy Reloaded for Mage: The Ascension: https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/bonus-33-technocracy-reloaded-kickstarter-interview-with-travis-legge And Mage: The Podcast spoke with Danielle Lauzon and Travis Legge about M20 Technocracy Reloaded:http://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2020/04/25/technocracy-reloaded-kickstarter-preview-with-danielle-lauzon-and-travis-legge/ The Onyx Pathcast this week features a deep dive into M20 Technocracy Reloaded where our crew are joined by Danielle Lauzon and Travis Legge, developers of the book, to take a long look at the book and what it means for the Technocracy as well as the entire M20 setting! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ Lunars art by Gunship Revolution As I mentioned last week, The Technocratic Union begins broadcast of their actual play of M20 Technocracy Reloaded on Tuesday, May 5th at 9 PM EDT on the Onyx Path Publishing Twitch Channel. twitch.tv/theonyxpath Not only is this a chance to watch a Technocracy game in action, but it features a very rare appearance by the developer most people associate with Mage: the Ascension, Satyr Phil Brucato, himself! I know I’m looking forward to seeing my old friend and co-worker having fun playing the game he has worked so hard on for these last decades! Jump ahead a week to Tuesday the 12th, and we’ll be doing an M20 Technocracy Reloaded AMA at 12 noon Eastern US time on Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/OnyxPathRPG It’s Ask Me Anything focused on the new book and Kickstarter, but if it’s like any of our previous ones, folks are going to show up with questions of all sorts, so stop in if you can and check out our answers. We might even get a return of the Silver Bell man, which should be sweet, as that’s a meme that never stops giving. Contagion Chronicle art by Luis Sanz MORE THINGS WE ARE DOING DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME: Last week, I wasn’t sure we would, but we did wind up launching several new items for Virtual Tabletop (VTT) online play last Wednesday, with tokens for Scion, Scarred Lands, and the Trinity Continuum. Plus, we included some adventure packs with the tokens included. Expect to see more of these in the Wednesdays to come! These are all things we planned to do later in the year, but we reconfigured our plans and priorities because of the current situation leaving us with some devs looking to do more projects, combined with a desire to give our community a better set of options for playing online now that getting together around a real table isn’t possible. We’re talking with our developers tomorrow (Tuesday) in two “Town Hall” sessions spread out so as many developers as possible can attend from around the world. If this is anything like the first Town Hall(s) last month, we expect that our devs will use the opportunity to hash out the challenges of developing during this crisis, and, we hope, enjoy the chance to touch base with their fellows and with our Onyx crew. That’s our intended goal, at least. Also, I have a couple of in-depth sets of questions from your fellow blog readers, but you too can send in questions for the devs that I’ll ask them during the Town Hall. Just put them in this MMNBlog‘s Comments! Lunars art by Gong Studios I’ve talked a lot about our Community Content sites here, as we all think that they are a fantastic opportunity for our community to express and publish their creative ideas – and even get paid a bit for doing so! Right now during this challenging time, both the Storytellers’ Vault community site for all the White Wolf game lines, and the DM’s Guild for D&D have changed the royalty set up so that all money goes to the creators. With the “Play It Forward” sale, the owners of the IPs and DTRPG are giving up their royalty percentages in order to help out the creators and the community. So this is a great chance to show support for those creators on those sites! There are technical issues that make our sites different in terms of how the royalties are divided, I’m told, so once DTRPG has figured out how to make it work, we’ll be doing the same thing on our Slarecian Vault, Canis Minor, and Storypath Nexus community content sites – because it’s a great idea during this difficult time! Along the same lines, we still have all of our Jumpstarts available for free on DTRPG, so if you ever wanted to pick one up and try out its game line – this is the perfect no-cost opportunity! News here: http://theonyxpath.com/onyx-path-jumpstarts-free-this-week/ Finally, a wee bit of a teaser. Tomorrow, Tuesday, we’ll be announcing the newest Trinity Continuum game line! This is a specific Era that exists along the Continuum that we all know and love. Here’s a hint: the title starts with an A. So, lots of things are happening! Here’s hoping that all the varied news brightens your day and gives you a cornucopia of fun ways to enjoy our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! The M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter funded in 43 minutes last Tuesday! From there we’ve passed 1500 backer operatives, over 300% funded, and have achieved Stretch Goals consisting of a Storytellers Screen unlock, an unlock of more original Mage PDFs, Backers’ Exclusive T-Shirt, Wallpaper, Technocracy Reloaded Player’s Companion: sections on Constructs and Symposiums (and then expanded by a later SG), Digital Web 3.0, Technomancers’ Toybox 20, Unlikely Allies, and the expanded Digital Web 3.0.2. Highlights of M20 Technocracy Reloaded include: An Operative’s Handbook that provides a detailed overview of life in the Technocratic Union, describing the organization of the Union, the Conventions, and the roles that sympathizers, extraordinary citizens, and Enlightened Operatives play in the overall structure of the Technocracy. An examination of Technocratic initiatives on a global scale. Devices, procedures, and hypertech used by the Technocratic Union that explores the Enlightened Science, allowing operatives to apply similar effects in the field, if they have sufficient understanding of the principles that allow these gadgets to function. A comprehensive list of citizens, cyborgs, operatives, progenitor creations, and allies to use as NPCs. Storyteller support that explores story seeds and metaplot to shape a chronicle for their needs. Onyx Path Media! This week features a deep dive into M20 Technocracy Reloaded where our crew are joined by Danielle Lauzon and Travis Legge, developers of the book, to take a long look at the book and what it means for the Technocracy as well as the entire M20 setting! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ The Technocratic Union begins broadcast Tuesday, May 5th at 9 PM EDT on the Onyx Path Publishing Twitch Channel. twitch.tv/theonyxpath You are not going to want to miss it. Come enjoy the Story Told Podcast‘s interview with Travis Legge regarding Technocracy Reloaded for Mage: The Ascension: https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/bonus-33-technocracy-reloaded-kickstarter-interview-with-travis-legge The popular and high quality Mage: The Podcast spoke with Danielle Lauzon and Travis Legge about M20 Technocracy Reloaded over here, too!http://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2020/04/25/technocracy-reloaded-kickstarter-preview-with-danielle-lauzon-and-travis-legge/ Come tune in to our Twitch channel for an overloaded schedule not limited to Vampire: The Masquerade- Blood on the Tamesis, Vampire: The Masquerade – Chicago by Night Noir, Storytellers with Coffee, Scarred Lands – Chronicles of Calastia, Pugmire – Paws & Claws, Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion, Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale, Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous, Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds, Dark ErasWerewolf: The Forsaken, Chronicles of Darkness – Tooth and Claw, and Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale! 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: Trinity Continuum – Aberrant: Community Service: https://youtu.be/o_mcjV0uEAs Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/rrGUattOO_o Vampire: The Masquerade: Blood City – Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/FEYdTKI-NgI And MORE Vampire: The Masquerade: Blood City – Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/LXWGtVy2jbE Do subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Matthew Dawkins appeared on the excellent 307 RPG Podcast, where he was interviewed about everything from They Came from Beneath the Sea! and They Came from Beyond the Grave! to upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade books! Give them a listen here: https://307rpg.com/?p=265 A Bunch of Gamers have been running a fantastic Pugmire adventure! You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/b57kVpzV2q4 and here’s a synopsis: Retrievers in the Plastic Quarter, explosions all around, and the cats of Korat demanding answers. Our heroes are locked in a deadly battle as their long time foe make their move to wrestle control of the city from King Pug. Will they be able to stop Terry or will the city of Pugmire fall into darkness? Occultists Anonymous are here with a new special Mage: The Awakening series: RV Mage 03: 3 Dice Murder Vicar hunts the hunter with the aid of an angel of his own. Amanita speaks with the Free Council about the Seer she took down. Drifter begins to investigate the Mysterium Hierarch and her lack of retribution against the Seers. https://youtu.be/n6f_viwV4pk RV Mage 04: They’re Not All Nice Vicar and Amanita ally together to begin investigating the Orpheans, starting with the local spirits. Drifter makes some poor political decisions. https://youtu.be/PKRuowBTGG0 Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This week, the PDF and PoD versions of Night Horrors: Spilled Blood for Vampire: The Requiem 2e appear in a mist of blood on DriveThruRPG on Wednesday! This book includes antagonists for both Vampire: The Requiem and other Chronicles of Darkness games. Night Horrors: Spilled Blood includes: Ten new bloodlines to serve as both antagonists and player character options. Two new antagonistic covenants. Several lost clans with reasons to both hate and work with Kindred. Myriad antagonists who prey on vampires, either as diseases or those who need Vitae. This Wednesday, we’re also featuring the release of Death Is Not The End, the Geist: the Sin-Eaters 2e fiction anthology! On DTRPG, we have PoD versions for curling up with classic style, and PDF and ebook versions for new-style relaxing with your e-reader of choice! Death is not the end. You learned that firsthand when you died. In that darkness, you made a deal that brought you back — with something else. Now, bound inextricably to a geist — a shade, a monster, a tragic, broken soul — you stand between the world of the living and the world of the dead. This collection of eleven stories inspired by Geist: The Sin-Eaters Second Edition explores the haunted places in the Chronicles of Darkness. The anthology includes dark tales written by Lauren Roy, Eric Zawadski, Renee Ritchie, and more! 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! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) V5 The Faithful Undead (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Trinity Continuum Game To Be Announced Tuesday Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Second Draft Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Manuscript Approval Post-Approval Development Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) Editing Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Post-Editing Development City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion Titanomachy Tales of Aquatic Terror TC Aeon Terra Firma – Getting ready for Josh. V5 Let the Streets Run Red – Going into layout. WoD Ghost Hunters – KS final art coming in. Aberrant – Contacting and contracting. Signing off on sketches. Pugmire Adventure Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 Deviant – Rolling along. Legendlore – Kickstarter on hiatus/doing art buy breakdown. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Happening. Cults of the Blood God – Rolling along. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch Duke Rollo Book – Tightening up the layout. Proofing Trinity Aeon Jumpstart Pirates of Pugmire – Backer PDF out to backers, errata time. TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – Backer PDF out to backers. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – At WW/Paradox for approval. Scion Companion – Just waiting for two tweaked pieces. Contagion Chronicle Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs At Press Night Horrors : Nameless and Accursed – PoD proof ordered. Dark Eras 2 – PoD proof shipping. VtR Spilled Blood – PDF and PoD versions on sale at DTRPG this Wednesday! TCFBTS Screen and Booklet They Came from Beneath the Sea! Geist 2e Anthology – On Sale this Wednesday! C:tL 2e Oak, Ash, & Thorn – PoD proof on way. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! May the Fourth Be With You!
  7. The M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter starts at 2pm Eastern US time tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28th! We’re looking to create a Deluxe-style book to match the M20 Deluxe on the shelf, so the Kickstarter is to add all the Deluxe bells and whistles. The inside will, of course, feature the full-color design and beautiful art our Deluxe books are known for, and includes these features: An Operative’s Handbook that provides a detailed overview of life in the Technocratic Union, describing the organization of the Union, the Conventions, and the roles that sympathizers, extraordinary citizens, and Enlightened Operatives play in the overall structure of the Technocracy. An examination of Technocratic initiatives on a global scale. Devices, procedures, and hypertech used by the Technocratic Union that explores the Enlightened Science, allowing operatives to apply similar effects in the field, if they have sufficient understanding of the principles that allow these gadgets to function. A comprehensive list of citizens, cyborgs, operatives, progenitor creations, and allies to use as NPCs. Storyteller support that explores story seeds and metaplot to shape a chronicle for their needs. More than a year ago, I polled our original M20 KS backers to see if they even wanted a KS for this project, as well as Victorian M20, and WOOO! did they! Original backers know that we never reached the final Stretch Goal that would have been used to finish and create this book – it was a big one – so I think they’ve been revved up for it for quite some time! So, we’ve planned the project in order to bring this forward and we hope both those M20 backers and the many folks who discovered M20 since the original KS get a chance to check this out tomorrow! What Else Are We Doing During Our Shut-In Time? Titanomachy art by Shen Fei We’re adding some sales and project options to our current schedule in order to make it easier to buy and play our games during this time when our community has both shut-in and with financial challenges: The IPR Bundle sale featuring our extra KSed books and Screens bundled together is still ongoing, and you can find the info below in the Blurbs! section featuring our sales partners! Then, starting Wednesday, all of our Jumpstart PDFs will be free on DTRPG with a new sale we’re doing to give folks a chance to try out our many game lines! If you’ve ever wondered about a line, wanted to try it out, then this is a great chance to get a starting adventure and some pre-generated characters to give it a try with! Dark Eras 2 art by Alex Sheikman We’ve also been looking at ways we can provide lower price-point projects beyond the sales, and we have started a few initiatives with that in mind. For example, in addition to their larger, planned, PDFs, we’ll be offering some of our current projects broken into separate, smaller, PDFs. We’ll be starting with Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2, and when the single-volume PDF and PoD goes on sale in a couple of weeks, we’ll also offer individual chapter PDFs. We’re hoping that will allow folks to pick up the chapters relevant to their current gaming for a much reduced cost. We’re also looking at other projects we can offer in the same way, that I’ll announce as we move on them. For our community that has discovered the wonders of gaming with their friends virtually, through streaming or through Virtual Table Top venues like Roll20 or Astral, we’re building token and adventure/map packs to make that experience easier. I’ve already seen and OK’d packs for Scion, Scarred Lands, and the Trinity Continuum which we’ll have up and available very soon. (Maybe even this Wednesday?) Vigil Watch art by Alex Honore As always, we also continue to look to ways to help the many creators who we rely on for all their phenomenal work on our projects. Especially during this time of uncertainty. So we’re doing another Developer Town Hall Day next week where our Onyx Path crew will be available for our developers to check in with in a couple of designated time blocks since our devs live around the world and some are still doing their full-time jobs. Our Dev Town Hall last month went great, so we’re hoping this one will be helpful for all our devs as well. This time though, I’m opening up the discussions just a bit to all of you folks. Please pass on to me any questions you want us to discuss with the devs, and I’ll make sure we bring them up during the chat. We hope you are all doing as well as can be hoped, and we’re hoping that this time is made a little bit better for you because you have access to our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! The M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter will start at 2pm Eastern US time on Tuesday, April the 28! Highlights of M20 Technocracy Reloaded include: An Operative’s Handbook that provides a detailed overview of life in the Technocratic Union, describing the organization of the Union, the Conventions, and the roles that sympathizers, extraordinary citizens, and Enlightened Operatives play in the overall structure of the Technocracy. An examination of Technocratic initiatives on a global scale. Devices, procedures, and hypertech used by the Technocratic Union that explores the Enlightened Science, allowing operatives to apply similar effects in the field, if they have sufficient understanding of the principles that allow these gadgets to function. A comprehensive list of citizens, cyborgs, operatives, progenitor creations, and allies to use as NPCs. Storyteller support that explores story seeds and metaplot to shape a chronicle for their needs. Onyx Path Media! This week features part four of the Trio’s Scion Actual Play sessions! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ In advance of the Kickstarter launch this week, the popular and high quality Mage: The Podcast spoke with Danielle Lauzon and Travis Legge about M20 Technocracy Reloaded:http://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2020/04/25/technocracy-reloaded-kickstarter-preview-with-danielle-lauzon-and-travis-legge/ Back to our regularly scheduled broadcasts, on as ever, we’ve got a lot on Twitch. Matthew was in the audience for the fantastic Scarred Lands: Purge of the Serpentholds last week, and really recommends you check them out! If Scarred Lands isn’t your thing, that’s okay! We’ve got lots more, including two sessions of V5, Behind the Screen – Chronicles of Darkness, Pugmire – Paws & Claws, Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion, Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale, Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous, Dark ErasWerewolf: The Forsaken, and Chronicles of Darkness – Tooth and Claw! 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: Trinity Continuum – Aberrant: Community Service: https://youtu.be/oY9gGocsTtU Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/rrGUattOO_o1OiLEtvunkM Vampire: The Masquerade: Blood City – Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/FEYdTKI-NgI And MORE Trinity Continuum – Aberrant: Community Service: https://youtu.be/o_mcjV0uEAs Do subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Occultists Anonymous are here with a new special Mage: The Awakening series: Richmond Mini-Series 01: Hubris in Richmond Meet the new Mages for this special short story arc. Drifter the manipulative Mastigos, Amanita the assassin Thyrsus, and Vicar the haunted Obrimos. Something is going on in Richmond, Virginia, and these Mages are barreling right towards it. https://youtu.be/0x_0K-SqIaQ Richmond Mini-Series 02: Tele-Commute Vicar duels with an Angel sent to kill him in a church. Drifter speaks with the Arrow Sentinel, Guan Yu, about working together. Amanita begins to research the Seer agent’s plans. https://youtu.be/SyrLzMRY-rI Here’s the Story Told Podcast first episode in their new actual play series of Demon: The Descent: The Aggregate Choir Welcome to Berlin, 1971. The Unchained hide themselves in the surveillance state of the GDR in a city under greater scrutiny by mortal eyes than almost any other city in the world. When Demons hear a radio station from the West, long thought silenced by the God-Machine, they gather and begin to investigate… http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/the-aggregate-choir-file-1 Additionally, Monica Speca joined the Story Told Podcast to dive deep on the Great Houses of the Realm for Exalted 3rd Edition: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/exalted-great-houses-of-the-realm-part-2-with-monica-speca One of Matthew’s personal favourites, Devil’s Luck Gaming, continues their Werewolf: The Forsaken chronicle over here: https://www.twitch.tv/DevilsLuckGaming Please do give them a follow! 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! Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition continues its fantastic sale at IPR, soon to be joined by Game-Line Bundles! Check them out! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This week we present the Vigil Watch 2: The Yorling of Mansk PDF for Scarred Lands available in PDF versions on DriveThruRPG on Wednesday! This Wednesday, we’re also adding two new Art Packs to our Community Content sites! A new Scion Art Pack on the Storypath Nexus, and a new Scarred Lands Art Pack on the Slarecian Vault! Plus, we might have a few extra surprises for our online gaming friends we’ll announce on Weds! 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! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) V5 The Faithful Undead (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) Second Draft Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Book of Endless Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) Manuscript Approval Post-Approval Development Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Editing Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Post-Editing Development City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion Titanomachy Tales of Aquatic Terror TC Aeon Terra Firma – Getting ready for Josh. V5 Let the Streets Run Red WoD Ghost Hunters – KS art being worked on. Aberrant – Contacting and contracting. On the homestretch. Pugmire Adventure Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Backer TShirt going out. Mummy 2 Deviant – Rolling along. Legendlore – Kickstarter on hiatus. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Tuesday. Cults of the Blood God – Rolling along. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch – Part 2 out Wednesday! Duke Rollo Book – Yep… laying that one out. Proofing Trinity Aeon Jumpstart Pirates of Pugmire – Backer PDF out to backers this week, I think. TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – 2nd Proof. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – At WW/Paradox for approval. Scion Companion – Just waiting for two tweaked pieces. Contagion Chronicle Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs At Press Night Horrors : Nameless and Accursed – PoD proof ordered. Dark Eras 2 – PoD proof shipping. VtR Spilled Blood – PoD proof shipping. TCFBTS Screen and Booklet They Came from Beneath the Sea! Geist 2e Anthology – PoD proof shipping. C:tL 2e Oak, Ash, & Thorn – PoD proof ordered. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! On this date in 1948 was born Frank Abagnale Jr., CEO of Abagnale & Associates and criminal. Check out the film “Catch Me If You Can” for the quick version of his life. Definitely took roleplaying way too far.
  8. The gun was so far beyond what Sean had researched about firearms that it might have come from some cyberpunk-themed RPG. As he gently turned the surprisingly lightweight rifle over, the technologist's keen eyes saw several signifiers that whoever had made the weapon was not just on the cutting edge, but defined that edge - hell, they were likely the molecules just ahead of the edge as it swept through the air. "Look here... It's a RFID receiver." He said, pointing to a small chip visible just above the trigger assembly. A touch of his Shine informed him further. "Yeah... set to receive a very short-range signal from a specific encoded transmitter." "Okay." Cade nodded, trying to look as though he was following. He recognised some of the terminology but... "Radio Frequency Identification." Sean said, glancing up at the athlete. "It means that whoever was issued the gun also had a chip in their... hand? Or glove. During signing out the gun, this chip here was encoded to sync up to that other chip." He half-closed his eyes, exploring the electronics of the chip and what they attached to. "Wow. It means, dude, that if you'd pulled the trigger on this thing, it wouldn't have fired." "Shit." Cade felt his composure tested in that moment. Imagined going into battle against the Dark, it looming over him... or a team-mate... or Marissa, and him being the only one able to do anything only for the gun not to fire. The thought made him a little queasy. "That's sneaky." he commented. "Very." Sean nodded, still examining the gun. "Not only can enemies not pick up and use these weapons in the field, but you could deactivate every single gun in the arsenal if there were a revolt or mutiny, just by sending out a... signal..." He looked up at Cade and grinned. "This might help us crack Site B, man. I could probably turn off every gun in the place if I can get a strong enough radio signal to send the deactivation command." "Right." Cade nodded, smiling. "What else is funny about the gun?" "Well, other than the composite it's made from is top of the line, and the level of engineering is way above what our boys in uniform are used to, the ammo is weird. This clip looks like taser rounds. This one looks like normal bullets. And this last one looks like some kind of armor-piercing sabot load." Sean whistled. "I wouldn't try to hide behind a wall from this thing and expect it to protect you." A thought occurred and he moved his fingertips over the chip again. "This can be used to track the gun... but there doesn't seem to be any log of any interrogation signals indicating they've tried, yet. I turned off the receiver for now, but I'm going to need to work on the chip and on a trigger chip for you to wear on a glove or something."
  9. The basement was divided into two parts. One was a storage area - the shelves largely empty now, having once contained stacks of the cans, jars and bottles that had contained Caroline Kavanagh's preserves, pickles and self-canned soups which were legendary, the recipes for which were all in the large bound family cookbook her mother kept on a shelf in the kitchen in pride of place, as befit a tome four generations old before it had come into Dana Keane nee Kavanagh's hands. With cobwebs glinting in the late-afternoon sun that slid through the high, narrow window in the south wall, the basement seemed eerily just-emptied, as though everything had just been moved yesterday and the spiders had moved in overnight. Autumn was not sure whether it was the fact she spoke to the house as though her grandfather was still here or not, but there was a sense of life in the house - an aura, though her pragmatic side hesitated to use such a... term... Waitaminute. Auras weren't New Age BS. She could see them - the life force of living people, such as with Jase when she'd healed him at the hospital. And there was another type of aura, too. Her skill at such things was rudimentary, but she took a breath of the slightly stale cellar air and focused for a moment as she'd been shown last Sunday, letting her Shine be her eyes, seeking out other things that shone. The house glowed. It wasn't a golden blaze, like the other teens in the Fellowship. It was dim, faint silvery radiance, permeating the house with a gentle warmth, a tracery of Shine that limned every stone and board emanating from a single point which, the flame-haired girl determined with a widening of her eyes, lay beyond the door of her grandfather's den. She stepped forward, examining the lock and trying the first key that looked as though it might fit, then the second, and then the third. The third did the trick - but Autumn felt a faint tingle under her fingers as the lock turned and somehow knew that the key would only work for... someone like her. For a moment, the sense of the prescience with which the lock had been constructed and imbued left the girl with a faint tremble in her nerves, as much of wonder as of trepidation. Her grandfather had known that someone with Shine would come - or had determined that only someone with Shine needed to see beyond this door. Without more than a moment's hesitation, Autumn swung the door open. And stepped into a room it felt like her grandfather had just stepped out of. As she fumbled on the light switch, the thickly-carpeted floor underfoot and the carved wooden chair and desk and cabinets came into view. The place was permeated with her grandfather's sensibilities - simple things, elegantly made, warm wooden shades and paintings on the walls of various wilderness scenes. The Shine which permeated the house came from over the door, on the inside, where hung a strange-looking talisman with beads, feathers and claws dangling from the leather thong which fastened it out of casual reach. But to Autumn's still active 'Third Eye', there was another source of Shine in the bottom drawer of the carved walnut desk. On the desk blotter were two envelopes, unglued and laid carefully next to each other, both marked in her grandfather's hand. She studied them for a moment. One was addressed to 'My Daughter and Granddaughter'. The other was addressed to 'Whosoever Opened the Door.'
  10. "You have all the time you need." Annette replied, nodding slightly in silent seconding of Courtney's statement. "And, on the other issue... Knowing how to do something is only half of mastering it. Knowing when to, and more importantly when not to, is what it takes to turn a gifted artist into a master." The stern expression was leavened a little by the warm smile in the older woman's eyes. "You manipulate because that is what you have been taught, Marissa. Just as Courtney does. You have both been treated as resources, and so you have learned to treat others as resources for yourself." "But you're more than resources. And so are other people." she went on gently, such warm compassion in her tone that both girls looked at her, feeling almost like children rather than the young women they hovered on becoming. "When you learn that - learn to master your own instinct to manipulate just to have your way, learn to set aside the fear that you're not in control - then you'll have taken that step towards mastery. Yes, you have a gift - you're heart-meltingly pretty and adept with people, and I wish midriff tops were a thing when I was your age." Her eyes danced with humor. "And you're right, too. All talents, gifts and so on have an innate price. When your best tool is a hammer, everything becomes a nail in your eyes." She scribbled some notes on a file about Cassie and passed them over for Courtney to look at, then settled back and looked at both girls. "Your problems are similar to each others. You can each study, learn where the buttons are, push said buttons and make the puppets dance. But have you ever just studied a person and just appreciated them? I mean, really empathised and appreciated that there is a whole universe in that person's head?" Annette smiled wryly. "A small universe, in some cases. But you and your friends shine - pardon the pun. For all the flaws, and extremes, I find you all fascinating and beautiful. Young Mr Bannon might claim to be a psychopath, and might even believe it, but he obviously cares about his family and friends - which a psychopath does not, believe me. And yet, yes, he can also be terrifying. He made my blood run cold the way he dealt with Cook - but yet did not lash out at his friends when they admonished him. Devin likes to play the rakehell, and even might be a bit of one, but there's a good man waiting to grow out of the boy. And so on. Even you, Marissa, are much better than you like to think you are - forgive yourself a little for being a product of your environment. And Courtney, darling, you might have to learn to forgive people for being people. It's hard, I'm sure, to look into a person's head and read them like a book - every negative thought they have about you, every ugly emotional flicker that they might never reveal - but everyone has those thoughts and feelings. Even you." She sighed. "Even me. I look at you two and get little jealous flashes, envying you your youth and beauty and the exciting lives you have ahead of you, as though I'm some old hag whose never had an exciting day in her life. But I have, and I continue to have them, and so I laugh at that petty voice and get on with being the best me I can be." "Which, right now, is helping two promising young ladies beat a sleazy shadowy foe." she grinned, getting up and pouring herself some more tea. "So let's review the confection we are preparing for Mr Crossroads. Three parts what he already knows, two parts harmless anecdotal information from yourself. Does that seem like a sound mixture?"
  11. Annette smiled reassuringly, nodding as she looked at Courtney. "Courtney, dear. Could you go down to the labs for me? I'll send a memo ahead of you for the files to be ready." Even as she made the request, she tapped out a brief message on the sleek futuristic terminal that lay to one side of her desk. Courtney stood, gently resting a reassuring hand on Marissa's shoulder, and left the room, her heels clicking on the floor of the hall as she transited from the carpeted office. Annette rose and went to a small side table, picking up a small teapot and pouring a cup of the golden liquid within. "Tea?" she asked Marissa over one shoulder. "Sure. Thank you." Marissa nodded with just the right amount of quaver in her voice - no more than a fraction. The elegant Aeon Society representative brought a cup over to her, setting it on the edge of the gleaming black surface of the desk before retreating to her side and sitting down. "It's a nice way to relax." she said softly, her dark eyes on Marissa's. At that moment, the keen social instincts of the teen informed her that she had been made. She was impressed despite herself - virtually nobody, even her mother, could reliably detect when she was bullshitting them. Her mother, and Devin to a lesser extent, usually just assumed she was running a hustle, because that was how shit went down in their family. She let out a little sigh, straightening in her seat and returning the gaze with a frank smile of her own. Annette nodded slowly, as though approving. "Better." she said in a dry tone. "I respect that you don't completely trust me, or indeed Courtney, and don't want to show your full hand. You know the name of the man you met - and let me tell you, I probably know that name too. In certain circles, the pool of talent is a very small community. I don't demand that you tell me everything, but I do expect you not to try and take advantage of my good nature." Marissa sipped on the tea, finding it pleasant - and then found it reminded her of the flower-scented tea Jason used to make when she would visit the farm, and the taste soured as she set the cup down. "I don't think of it as 'taking advantage', Annette. I think of it as 'exploiting weaknesses'." she said with a calm, composed smile. Annette inclined her head. "Of course you do. I knew you were holding back details. I also know that you only feel roughly thirty percent of the emotion you were expressing. My compliments on a fantastic performance." "To be fair, I am scared, for myself and my family, and even my friends." Marissa corrected. "I just... exaggerated for effect." "Of course. All the best performances draw on the artist's own experience." Annette took another sip of her tea. "I'm still going to help you, Marissa. Because no-one, not even a manipulative little girl who desperately needs to grow up and re-assess what she values in life, should be left in the hands of that man, and Crossroads." "Ugh. And you were doing so well." Marissa smiled condescendingly at the elegant older woman. "'Little girl'? I could have lived with the rest of it..." Annette's smile over the rim of her teacup was both amused and warm. "Dear girl, do you seriously believe you are the first lovely, talented socialite who thought too highly of herself and ended up running into a brick wall as a result? You're not even the first in this room, Marissa." "You're not going to give me the 'you are not your khakis' speech, are you?" Marissa raised an expressively dismissive brow. Annette matched it. "Why ever would I? You obviously already know it. Here is something I am going to impart to you, though. A lesson I learned late - and I wish I had learned it earlier." Annette leaned forwards. "Aeon makes a business of saving the world. In many ways, big and small, public and secret. There is a secret every Society member learns, sooner or later. Some don't express it in words, or don't really think about it, but it is there. It's to do with why we work to save the world, to make it better rather than feeding our own petty concerns." "Oh, do tell." Marissa said with just a mild overtone of snark. Annette smiled faintly, unfazed. "When you save the world, it repays you - every second of every day." she said simply, then raised an exquisitely manicured finger. "No, don't react. It's not required. Just remember it. One day, I hope, it will make sense to you in the way that it made sense to me. Now." She smiled as the door opened and Courtney walked in, a stack of files under one arm. "Lovely girl. Thank you. Let's get Marissa up to speed with what she's going to be telling this creep on Sunday. The game, as a Society member once famously said, is afoot."
  12. "Milan." Annette Giles replied distantly, her gaze on the tips of her fingers as they tapped lightly on the top of her desk. She glanced up with a small smile. "Milan for good shoes, and professional attire for the woman who wants to project competence. Paris for summer dresses and party frocks. London for outdoors-worthy clothing and formal long gowns. Not the first things I learned, being born to parents in the Society, but I can definitely say the rules have stood me in good stead." She had listened silently through Marissa's explanation, elegant brow furrowing and her dark eyes narrowing very slightly the only outward reactions she'd given. The 'girl talk' covered, at least for now, she leaned forwards. "You're between a rock and a hard place. This man obviously works for Crossroads in some capacity, and they seem to have at least some inkling that 'special individuals' broke into their facility. He probably targeted you very specifically as the ethically weakest link with the greatest level of competence, as well as having something they were utterly unwilling to lose. Someone who would do business." She smiled, a coolly professional smile. "Obviously, he is testing you. If he works for Crossroads, who have subverted our Project here through Kline and Cook, then he likely already knows a great deal about some or all of you from Cook's files. He'll be watching to see if you lie to him, Marissa." "Who don't you have files on?" Marissa asked curiously, her mind working to attack the problem from various angles. "I think I can do better than that." Annette pursed her lips. "I can let you peruse the files on your friends that Cook kept. Then you can streamline your own briefing to Enterich - not to match exactly what he already knows, which is largely impersonal data from Cook, but to add some personal anecdotes to the mixture. Those sorts of first-hand observations are candy to an information gatherer." She paused. "Cook was very inaccurate with his assessments of your friends abilities. He had no idea one of them could form lasers, for instance. Or that another could shapeshift in such a dramatic fashion. When concocting your story, remember that Enterich will likely have footage from both hospital and prison." "Wait... so I'm to go along with spying for this man?" Marissa peered suspiciously at Ms Giles, who shook her head. "No. You're spying for me." she corrected with a reassuring smile. "Not because I'm demanding it, or as payment for my help, but so you can help me get the information I will need to safeguard your family. This person is just one man - we could descend upon him on Sunday and it would accomplish nothing save to trigger the threat to your family. We need a dagger inside his network - or a slow poison, perhaps." She sat back, sighing. "Considering all the options, the most dangerous one is the one that will achieve your goal. Work with him, be trustworthy, allow him to think he's won. He will throw temptations in your path - juicy information that your friends really need to know, or appearing to give you a key to liberating your family from his power - so he can catch you out. And so - this is important - if you learn anything about him, or Crossroads, bring it to me. Don't take it to your friends - not yet anyway. Don't try to act on it yourself. Let me help you by acting as an addition layer of thought and analysis. We will build up a complete picture, and then when we can we will deal with him in such a way that the threat to your family is eliminated." "I wish I could just take care of the problem, but I can't, Marissa." she said with genuine empathy in her expression. "It's terribly unfair that you're in this fix. But I can help you get out of it, and I will do all I can to that end."
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