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  1. Hi! I think things are going as well as can be expected, between course work and the pandemic. I hope you've been well!
  2. And no, that’s not a reference to what might be our next crowd-funded project; it’s a reference to today’s Monday Lunch Meeting where we had Matthew out, Mirthful Mike with a bad arm after his 2nd Covid shot, and Eddy coming in later after he took his dog to the vet. So we had some holes in our Monday Lunch Meeting reports process, but managed to fill in a lot of them. And then Eddy did show up and we filled him in on the things we’d covered and he filled us in on the topics he needed the team to discuss. Of course, one of his topics was how the playtests for Squeaks in the Deep – the next Pugmire book, and possible next crowd-funding project – were going. The answer is very well indeed, and you should be able to see them on our Twitch and YouTube feeds now and/or eventually. Heirs to the Shogunate art by Gunship I know a lot of our community are very, very interested in whether Squeaks or Exalted Essence will be our next crowd-funding project, and I almost went with a big teasing sort of post today because of that. But it’s not about teasing, really, it’s about being sure that all of what we want to do with either of the projects that could be crowd-funded is ready and prepped before we go live. We often say that “we’ve learned a lot” after doing 50+ KSs over the years, and this is an example. We’ve learned not to rush a campaign until we’re sure that we have mostly finalized all the pieces that go together to make these things fun for everyone. ExEss is also a project that we need to run past Paradox when we have the crowd-funding campaign set up, so it’s even more important that there are no missing sections as they can’t approve what isn’t there. So, please, don’t worry. We will let everyone know what campaign is going next once we have everything prepped and know for sure ourselves. I know it seems weird after we’ve had KS after KS, but having some time between them is actually a good thing. Gives everyone a chance to take a breath and be sure things for our previous campaigns are rolling along the right way. Not to mention all the fabulous projects that aren’t KS’d! M20 Rich Bastards Guide art by Ken Meyer, Jr Some Cheese from the Meeting: KS fulfillment is starting for both V5 Cults of the Blood Gods and Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, and folks should get their backer rewards really soon, if the shipping services are kind. Even though we didn’t get these out earlier than originally estimated, like a lot of our recent KSs, we are really proud of our teams and the teams at the printers and shippers, who all managed to get through all of the job breakdowns and delays of 2020 and still get as close as we are to the estimate! For some non-KS news, we talked a lot about the games and panels we’ll be featuring at the second Onyx Path Virtual Convention in June. In fact, I can tell you now that we’re looking at June 11th-13th, starting midway through that Friday the 11th and last until early Sunday night – the 13th. After the con is supposed to be done, Dixie has an “after hours” event all planned for folks to hang around and hang out. Obviously, more on the con as we finalize things! Heirs to the Shogunate art by Yihyoung Li More on the virtual gaming front, we’re finishing up the month of Actual Plays having hit all but three of our Jumpstarts. These will all be up on our YouTube channel, so if (when?) you are interested in a game line, you can look up its Actual Play and check out how the players are playing it. We’re hoping it proves a useful library for curious gamers! Circling back around to the beginning of today’s blog, our meeting was abbreviated, but the info we needed to share was shared despite the “holes” we had to maneuver around. Not as much to note here on the blog today, but I figure that some of ya’ll aren’t going to complain about that! The holey meeting is kind of an example of the sort of flexibility we have always wanted to have as a company – with the point of it being that we want to help our creators function better, to deal with real-people issues that come up in the lives of our teams, and still get our projects done to the highest standards and out as soon as those standards are met. Today, for example, the Backer PDF for M20 Technocracy Reloaded was sent out to backers a full seven months earlier than estimated during the KS. This is only possible because our teams are dedicated to bouncing back from 2020 and towards an even brighter future with all of you, and, of course, our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Like I mentioned above, we’re still pulling together the graphics for our next couple of crowd-funding campaigns. More when we have it! Onyx Path Media! This week: Here they go on a Deep Dive into the winding warrens, twisting tunnels, dank and dangerous dungeons, and laborious labs of the mice and rats of Squeaks in the Deep, the latest of the books for Realms of Pugmire! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ It’s the concluding week of Jumpstart month for Onyx Path media! We’re running one of every Jumpstart we can for our games, introducing them to new players and putting them in the hands of GMs skilled at some games, but new to these ones! We would love it if you checked some of these out, to maybe get acquainted for the first time with some of our games! Check out the schedule and tune in, and if you miss one, look it up on our YouTube channel! For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com. Please check out our attached media schedule for the impressive number of videos on our Twitch channel this week! Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more, including: Scion – Become as Gods – Episode 9 – https://youtu.be/qMkySY3YIP8 Changeling: The Dreaming – Yours to Keep Jumpstart – Episode 1 – https://youtu.be/1dvlo8OmnL4 Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Episode 4 Part 1 – https://youtu.be/7QNcB9smpZ0 Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Episode 4 Part 2 – https://youtu.be/YW1bQpsfV3s Dystopia Rising: Evolution – Trouble at the Steel Pier Jumpstart – https://youtu.be/NPH7WWNbk9A Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Episode 15 – https://youtu.be/bim0NNm2A0o Cavaliers of Mars – A Festival of Blades Jumpstart – https://youtu.be/DRmR97Vjpis Vampire: The Requiem – Reap The Whirlwind Jumpstart – https://youtu.be/krrv1uZ693k Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! McStabber Studios run a whole hell of a lot of our games over on Twitch, so here’s one of their YouTube playlists for Vampire: The Masquerade, set in the lovely Chicago by Night: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNJbJLVC_ivzAdrmtpsbofOjF64utIV7q The Band of Badgers YouTube channel is now hosting their Vampire: The Masquerade actual play, which is just superb. A fine chronicle to watch: https://youtu.be/gWdj_LKolws The Exaltcast continues its fantastic show introducing you to the wonders and horrors of the Realm and its various inhabitants. The next episode is for the South of Creation – https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/04/19/smoke-ascends-to-heaven-the-south/ – The South of Creation is dense with varied kingdoms in a dozen equatorial climes. Monica and Chazz talk Chiaroscuro‘s ruins, Paragon’s creepiness, diamond deserts, and the First and Forsaken Lion‘s desire to just play Warhammer 40K. Over on ExalTwitch they’ve been running some amazing games of Exalted, and even have a show wiki for viewers to follow along! ExalTwitch: Academy is set in The House of Bells, a prestigious school for Dragon-Blooded Exalted of the Realm to train in the ways of war. The chronicle follows three young Dragon-Bloods as they try to prove their worth to their fellow students, their Houses, and themselves. Their most recent VOD, Episode 14 (“Runaway”), is here: https://youtu.be/M5kJqhgt4Lc The playlist for the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zb3M2x8PJk&list=PLsZP95-GZNa0ynoCIVyliNF5rypCHvh0M The show wiki, with synopses, character descriptions, etc: RPGClinic Wiki | Fandom Wards & Witchcraft continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle which you can watch right here: In the shadow of an ancient ruin, the Consillium of Boston meet to witness a joining. The cabal are poor party guests and get into dangerous situations. https://youtu.be/DrKzB79lEs8 Ekorren continues their excellent Exalted 3rd Edition series over on YouTube! You can find their latest video right here: https://youtu.be/ND1hqs716ks This video is all about streamlining rules, simplifying resource management, and making challenging fights! Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! The dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) Virtual TableTop! Two Virtual Tabletop adventures: the Gauntlet of Spiragos and the Dagger of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop and DriveThruRPG! Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age. Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay. Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos and Dagger of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures! On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below! You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook Here is the Studio2 portion of the Spring Changeling Sale!: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/changeling-the-lost Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! Here is the IPR portion of the Spring Changeling Sale!: https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/ As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! The DTRPG portion of the Spring Changeling Sale! You’ll need to scroll down for it!: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/saleguide.php Plus, we’re also in the Great Cartography Sale: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 On Sale This Week! On Wednesday the Tasty Bit mutants all come boppin’ when the Heroes of the Waste PDF for Dystopia Rising throw down on DTRPG! More characters to challenge the wastelands! Also on Wednesday we’ll be releasing 2 new t-shirts (for Hunter: the Vigil 2e‘s “Division Six” and Changeling: The Dreaming‘s “The Fool’s Luck” on our Redbubble store! Conventions! Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! As announced, the 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention will be coming to you live starting Friday, June 11th and running until Sunday, June 13th (including a special post-con gamefest Sunday night hosted by Dixie)! A collection of World of Darkness podcasters are putting together an online convention called TryItCon the weekend of May 14th-15th geared towards trying new games – including a lot of ours! We’re also setting up a few Onyx Path specific panels right now – more on those when we have the times! And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)Tasty Bit: Car Lifting Competition (Scion 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Les Fantomes (Trinity Continuum)Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)TC: Adventure! Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition) M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Second Draft No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th) Development Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th)Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)Vigil Watch: The Kelder Mountains (Scarred Lands) Post-Approval Development Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Tasty Bit: Pets (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Trinity Continuum: Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Trinity Continuum: AnimaTales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!) They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Tasty Bit: Zeus in a Bar (Scion 2nd Edition) Post-Editing Development Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Indexing Mummy: The Curse 2eDeviant: The Renegades Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion: Dragon (KS) Masks of the Mythos (KS) Scion: Demigod – All notes out to artists. Still need to lockdown 1 more artist for Pantheons. They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) M20 Victorian (KS) Dead Man’s RustM20 Technocracy Jumpstart Exalted Essence (KS) V5 Trail of Ash and Bone – Bugging artists.V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements TC Aberrant N!WE – Talking with artists. M20 Technocracy Dossier/CompanionM20 Rich Bastards Guide – Finals coming in. Hundred Devils Night Parade Squeaks In The Deep (KS) Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle TC Prometheus Unbound They Came From Camp Murder Lake! – Art notes in.Realms of Magic and Mystery – Art notes in. Saints and Monsters – Art notes in. TC: Anima – Art buy configured. TC: Assassin – Art buy configured. In Layout Deviant Screen – Working on it.Spiragos Collected Adventures Hunter: The Vigil 2e – roughed in and over to Josh as art trickles in.21-22 Onyx Brochure – looking good so far. WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) – putting together the layout.Legendlore – page design approved. Proofing Deviant – In Indexing.Mummy 2 – In Indexing.TC: Under Alien Skies – 2nd proof.Heirs to the Shogunate – Proof back from Dev.M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Backer PDFs out to backers with errata sheet. TC Aberrant Jumpstart At Press V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – KS fulfillment started. Aberrant – KS fulfillment starting. TC: Aberrant Screen – KS fulfillment starting.LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) – PoD proofs on their way.Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – PoD proofs ordered. Children of the Blood – PoD proofs ordered. Vigil Watch Compiled – PoD proofs ordered. Mummy 2e Screen Tasty Bit: Heroes of the Waste (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) – PDF goes live Weds on DTRPG! Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Two years ago Avengers: Endgame was released, and really it feels like at least five! Regardless of the 2020 time-warp, it was the capstone of a feat of cinematic storytelling unrivaled for the sheer number of films that were released with remarkably consistent characters, in interconnected storylines, in a common world, played by the same actors, over a span of 11 years. Because the films are amazing adaptions of the Marvel Comics’ universe, I think we are so used to all of that working in print for so long that we miss out on how fantastic an achievement the films are!
  3. In which Eddy and Matthew discussing the wrestling industry and RPGs that have emerged from it! No Dixie this week, but sadly missed.How we got into wrestling.How WWE and AEW vary as businesses.Wrestling / RPG parlance.Is AEW sports-based as claimed?Wrestling being fake.The tag team breakup angle.N!WE as a part of Aberrant.How characters are presented in N!WE.N!WE vs. Nova Combat.Lucha Underground’s bonkers setup.Roleplaying in the ring vs. roleplaying backstage.Playing to make a satisfying finish over playing to win.World Wide Wrestling RPG.WWE Know Your Role RPG. Journey of Wrestling. Links: WWE: https://youtu.be/qrKKcon9NK4AEW: https://www.netflix.com/title/81365087Aberrant RPG: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/trinitycontinuum/tc-aberrant/XWF: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/1474/Aberrant-XWFWorld Wide Wrestling: https://ndpdesign.com/wwwrpgWWE Know Your Role: https://rpgresearch.fandom.com/wiki/WWE:_Know_Your_RoleJourney of Wrestling: https://www.journeyofwrestling.com/Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPathOnyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpathOnyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  4. Trinity Continuum: Adventure! is the next edition of the pulp action game Adventure!, originally released in 2001. This new edition features mechanics that are both flexible and fast as well as new Inspired powers. While the setting is quite similar to the original edition’s, it has been newly updated to better fit into the overall Continuum setting and encourage heroic roleplaying. Trinity Continuum: Adventure! is a pulp action game set in an alternate history 1930s putting the players in the shoes of daring adventurers who seek to right wrongs and stop evildoers. In a world altered by strange telluric energy, characters may find themselves transported to places out of time where dinosaurs still roam or stopping an evil genius from blowing up the moon. The main goal of this Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Kickstarter is to enable us to create a hardcover edition of the Trinity Continuum: Adventure! book compatible with the Trinity Continuum core rulebook and setting expansions (such as Trinity Continuum: Æon and Trinity Continuum: Aberrant). If this sounds fun: >>> Heed the call to Adventure! <<<
  5. It's also perpetually in open beta.
  6. You know the saying: March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. Well, here we are on March first, so I guess this is lion country. Although I recall that the late, great, meteorologist John Belushi reported that in Norway, March comes in like a polar bear, and goes out like walrus. And in Honduras, March comes in like a lamb, but goes out like a saltmarsh harvest mouse. Not to mention South Africa, where March comes in like a lion and goes out like a different lion. But that’s not the weird part… Sorry. I digressed a bit there. Had my second COVID vaccine shot and am feeling a bit woozy. Just feeling like a medium case of the flu, but still, I’m keeping this MMN quick this week, folks. Of course, the point of the headline this week is that it’s a Victorian lion! And we have an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign going for M20: Victorian Era! What d’ya know? We funded in less than a day last week, and are rushing forward in steam-powered glory through Stretch Goals even as I type this! Thanks to all of our backers so far! I know that our experiment in using Indiegogo has been challenging, so we completely appreciate that you gave this campaign your trust! Deluxe, but not final design I went over a bunch of the changes we were aware of going into this in last week’s MMN blog, and please do check that out, but here are a couple more concerns that folks have when looking at the M20: Victorian Era campaign. Shipping prices are so high. Yes, they are. Shipping costs and reliability issues have gotten worse for all of us since COVID. Brexit doesn’t help with that confusion, either. Our main shipper gets us the best shipping costs they can, and we add that in to our shipping costs to backers. It is really that direct. This is one of the reasons that we offer the project in PDF, discounted PoD, and a Deluxe version you can get via this campaign or wait to try and get better shipping costs from Indie Press Revolution if we have extras after backers get their books. James, our concierge for all our crowd-funding efforts, has long suggested that it is more economical to ship several books at a time, so teaming-up with friends or with a group at a local retailer, could make shipping costs more reasonable. Changing your pledge is not the same as with KS. Indeed, it is not. Basically, you have a couple of options if you want to upgrade or change your pledge. First, you can cancel your pledge and then re-pledge for the other “perk” at any point until the campaign is over. Or, you can keep your pledge as it is until we go into the post-Indiegogo phase on BackerKit and change your pledge there as you always have been able to with our projects on BK. Payments happen when you pledge, not after the campaign ends. Again, that is correct. It’s how Indiegogo is set up, so the best we can do there is let folks know and remind everybody really loudly before the campaign ends to remind everyone. Once more, BackerKit will be there after the campaign is over if you want to back then. My understanding is that there are a fair number of folks waiting until then to “pledge” although there’s a fear that this will hurt the project as the campaign won’t end as highly funded as it could. Well, since we did fund, and over 700 people in this first week have backed it, and the whole point of the campaign is be able to make the Deluxe book, I really don’t think M20: Victorian Era is going to be hurt. But there’s another factor involved, which is that some posters are concerned that the lower pledge dollar amount will mean that there will be a lot fewer Stretch Goal rewards. Well, sure, we’d all like to have more projects issue from a single campaign – the free stuff backers get is also more projects for us to put up for sale, after all. So, I’ve talked with James, and we will continue to count the pledge totals after M20: Victorian Era goes over to BackerKit in terms of achieving Stretch Goals! Now there are some caveats with this. First, we’re doing this as part of continuing the experimental nature of this campaign. This is NOT our new way of doing things with crowdfunding. We need a solid cut-off for our campaigns, and we don’t intend this as a new standard methodology, but as an experimental exception. Second, we have a set amount of Stretch Goals prepared and if we achieve those before we go to BackerKit, we aren’t going to make up new ones for BK. If we get to where we’re counting Stretch Goal amounts on BK, we’re going to stop once we hit the last of the ones we’ve planned for. And third, this is an experimental extension so that we can all have more fun. If it stops being fun for us, we’re reserving the right to stop the Stretch Goals on BK. I mean, we’re not going to continue an experimental that is blowing up and melting our faces. We’re not “mad scientists”, Victorian or otherwise. Not much. Under Alien Skies art by Gregor Pedrycz Or maybe it comes in like a Werewolf! If you look down at the project progress report, you’ll see a new project leap up snarling and howling in the First Drafts phase: The Apocalyptic Record for W20! Here’s a very brief and not-in-any-way-set-in-stone description that we are starting with, but could change as the writing and development goes through the creation process: The Apocalyptic Record is one sourcebook containing five over-arcing stories, divided into chapters within each. These five stories tell different tales of the Apocalypse, each defined by a different phase of the moon/werewolf Auspices. Each contains a series of records, transcripts, journals, and relics written or voiced by werewolves, changing breeds, and even Wyrm-servants from Werewolf: The Apocalypse. This was one of those licensed WW IP projects that 2020 delayed discussions on, and which we’re able to do now thanks to the folks at Paradox! As soon as they were able to give us the go-ahead after they had worked out their plans despite 2020, they gave the OK. And we’re sooo ready to finally get our team writing! As more things shake loose from the miasma of 2020, you’ll hear of even more fantastic projects coming soon! Creatures of the Deep art by James Stowe And Then…The Monday Meeting! Basically, it was schedule talk, a follow-up chat about a major meeting from last week, some industry concerns, and figuring out that March has five Wednesdays that we’ll be selling things on this month. And speaking of selling things – even woozy, he can still segue – DriveThru RPG‘s GM Day Sale starts on Wednesday and features big and bigger savings on our PDFs throughout the site! More details below, but this is traditionally a huge sale on DTRPG. Under Alien Skies art by Sam Denmark Okay gang, I am heading out. My eyelids are just so heavy. But I’m doin’ my duty and gettin’ this blog out for all of my fellow travelers throughout our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! The campaign for the Deluxe Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Victorian Age funded in less than a day on IndieGoGo! We’ve already politely pushed past several Stretch Goals and are now headed with full steam power towards 200% funding! Whoo-woooo! Check it out here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/victorian-mage-ttrpg Onyx Path Media! This week: The Terrific Trio and yours truly sit down during Gehenna Gaming’s Virtual Horror Con and chit chat about all sorts of things – some are answers to questions submitted by con participants (mostly about our favorite drinks, hmmm?)! and announce repeatedly that we’re doing our own online con in June. June? June! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ Also on Podbean this week, on Wednesday, is the penultimate 5th episode of Tales of the Aeon Society! A recently recovered radio program from the 1930s that we here at Onyx Path have lovingly restored at great cost featuring the thrilling adventures of Max Mercer and the Aeon Society! Listen as they investigate A Deadly Trap!!! The fantastic team at Vorpal Tales started their M20 Victorian Age chronicle this week! Do check them out on Twitch and give them a follow (and maybe even a subscribe): https://www.twitch.tv/vorpaltales and here’s episode one of their actual play! https://youtu.be/9MHsKwwuXY4 We’re incorporating errata for Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition right now, but while you wait for your finished PDF, please give 307 RPG‘s podcast a listen, as they talk about the guilds as they appear in this new edition of Mummy. Give them a subscribe! https://307rpg.com/?p=633 The Story Told Podcast focus in on the Scion Companion over on their show, and if you’re not already following their excellent content, you should be: http://thestorytold.foolsmoon.ca/episode-71-scion-companion For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com. This week on Twitch, there’s a bumper harvest of videos scheduled for you: Scarred Lands – A Family Affair – Powered by AstralPICK OF THE WEEK – Hunter: The Vigil – StuffedFrostlands of Fenrilik – Behind the ScreenMage 20th Victorian Age – Vorpal TalesScarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar GamingScion – Become as Gods – Powered by AstralChangeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie TaleScarred Lands – Dracogenesis – Vorpal TalesScarred Lands – Pirates of Bloodwater – Devil’s LuckV5 – Thy Kindred Come – Rolling NomadsV5 – The Badger Game – Band of BadgersHunter: The Vigil – Anomalies Unbound – Devil’s Luck You might see we made a pick of the week in the form of Stuffed! I (Matthew Dawkins) haven’t seen a Hunter actual play of this quality before, and strongly recommend you tune in to watch live! Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games and subscribe to us on Twitch, over at twitch.tv/theonyxpath Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more, including: Scion – Become as Gods – Episode 1 – https://youtu.be/c5qEvyliueQ Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 4 – https://youtu.be/Glz_GEcE4WY Scion: Hero – Heroes for the Holidays – FINALE – https://youtu.be/SlBg9Rt7ObI Scion: Dragon – Vorpal Tales – Episode 2 – https://youtu.be/Yw7Xt_9VcEg Scion: Become as Gods – Episode 2 – https://youtu.be/azvG9NhCSOI M20 Victorian Mage Preview Video – https://youtu.be/zOW0bUMLCY0 Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! The fantastic Scarred Lands Purge of the Serpentholds crew now run their games over on Roll the Role! Do give them a follow and a subscribe, because their gaming is among the most entertaining I’ve seen: https://www.twitch.tv/rolltherole Wards & Witchcraft continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle which you can watch right here: The balance shifts at Witch Hollow Farm. In search of the missing Hierarch, the coven are about to find more than what they were looking for. https://youtu.be/C51GfRejxG0 The Ruins of Warsaw is an amazing Vampire: The Masquerade RPG set in Warsaw in 1947. Several episodes have been released, so please check out their videos and subscribe! Here’s their playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKkMR3i11sDdhD_ufgqXbzPBefI6f8cRc Systematic Understanding of Everything is a fantastic Exalted Explainer Podcast by Exalted Dev Monica Speca and Exalted Writer Chazz Kellner. You should check it out, because it remains among the best Exalted shows out there. Their most recent episodes are available over on https://www.exaltcast.com/, with their newest the following: Some games’ combat are an HP-fueled stabfest as blows are traded until someone crumbles like a maimed ham. Exalted combat combines the elegance of a lightsaber duel with the fun of a tax return! Chazz and Monica explain and then Terry and Monica give it a try. https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/02/08/ascendant-battle-visage-exalted-combat/ A Bunch of Gamers continue their gripping and bloody Werewolf: The Apocalypse actual play! After the calls of the Black Spiral Dancers ring over the corpse of the Sept of the Winter Fang the packs Fomori’s Bane and the Infernal Alphas take the sole survivor of the massacre back to the Sept of the Sacred Stone. Tensions run high as Elders explode over a lack of tactical information, the loss of an ally, and the ever growing pressures the Wyrm presents them. Will the packs buckle under the pressure? Or stand tall? https://youtu.be/OWRibhBfxcc Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) We’re told that the App Dev is currently creating an updated version for the latest devices, so keep an eye open for those! The App was also pulled down from the Apple store in order to make some required updates – it’ll be back there soon! Virtual TableTop! Two Virtual Tabletop adventures: the Gauntlet of Spiragos and the Dagger of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop and DriveThruRPG! Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age. Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay. Astral is browser-based and uses the latest technology to streamline your storytelling experience. Connect with your party online and run your campaigns however you like. Astral offers tools optimized for phone, tablet, and desktop devices, no installation required. Build epic battlemaps using Astral‘s enormous collection of scenery, props, and tokens or upload your own. Pro users gain access to over 12,000+ assets and fresh new packs every month. Add weather, visual effects, triggers, and so much more with easy-to-use tools Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos and Dagger of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures! On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below! You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! This coming weekend IPR will have Cavalier of Mars books and the screen on sale – use the different gravity to bounce over and check it out! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! The gigantic GMs Day Sale starts on Wednesday the 3rd and runs until the 15th! Most of our PDF catalog will be on sale: * From 61 days to 2 years old: 10% off * Over 2 years old: 40% off On Sale This Week! This Wednesday look out for the compiled Vigil Watch Advance PDF for Scarred Lands! Only on DriveThruRPG.com! Ghelspad is a massive and diverse land. Once a paradise, this continent is now scarred by the ravages of the Titanswar. In the wake of divine bloodshed, and beset on all sides by titanspawn, the people of Ghelspad survive and thrive on this befouled continent. Vigil Watch explores six different locations across Ghelspad. From the bloody shores of the Toe Islands in the east to the Sweltering Plains of the west, Vigil Watch provides an in-depth look at a variety of locales and cultures. Vigil Watch contains: Expanded information on the culture and nomadic home of the ironbredA detailed view of Leoni, the center of the Manticora ConfederacyThe terrifying deadlands of the Festering FieldsAn exploration of the Library of Lokil, and much more! Calling all people around the world, and all the ships at sea! News flash! Wednesday also features the second episode of a thrilling brand-new radio adventure: Tales of the Aeon Society – Episode Five: A Deadly Trap! Available wherever podcasts are heard, and definitely with our friends at Podbean! Conventions! Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! As announced during Virtual Horror Con over the weekend, the 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention will be coming to you live this June! 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)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Heroes of the Waste (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)Tasty Bit: Zeus in a Bar (Scion 2nd Edition) Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th)The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th)Tasty Bit: Car Lifting Competition (Scion 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Les Fantomes (Trinity Continuum)Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) Vigil Watch: The Kelder Mountains (Scarred Lands) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)Tasty Bit: New Paths (Trinity Continuum) No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Pets (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Second Draft Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition)They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)Trinity Continuum: AnimaMany-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) Manuscript Approval Onyx Path Brochure 2021-2022Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)Trinity Continuum: Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Tasty Bit: Outer Space Archetypes and Tropes (They Came From…!)The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Post-Editing Development Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)Legendlore core book (Legendlore)Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Meredith is on it.Legendlore Scion: Dragon (KS) – KS. Masks of the Mythos (KS) – KS. Scion: Demigod – Getting art notes out to artists. They Came From Beyond the Grave! – Figuring out art buy. TC: Adventure! (KS) – KS artwork incoming.M20 Victorian (KS) – Ready for KS.Dead Man’s RustM20 Technocracy Jumpstart – Art in progress. Exalted Essence (KS) – Artists working, sketches coming in. V5 Trail of Ash and Bone – AD’d. Finals already in from Ken Meyer, Jr.V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements – New artnotes in, giving to Meredith. TC Aberrant N!WEM20 Technocracy Dossier/CompanionM20 Rich Bastards Guide – Art buy figured out. Hundred Devils Night Parade – Figuring out art buy. Fulls lined up.Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – Just need the KS map & we’re ready to KS.Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle – Rolling.TC Prometheus Unbound – Got new art notes. In Layout M20 Technocracy ReloadedTC Aberrant JumpstartLARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) – With Travis. Children of the Blood – Maria doing layout. TC: Under Alien Skies Heirs to the Shogunate – It has begun. Proofing Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Reviewing errata. Deviant – Backer PDF errata gathering/reviewing.Monsters of the Deep – Reviewing errata.Mummy 2 – Errata gathering.Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) At Press V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Press files proofs reviewed and returned. PoD proof ordered from DTRPG.Aberrant – PoD proof ordered. Trad print proofs reviewed and returned.TC: Aberrant Screen – Press files sent.Peoples of the Crossroads Continent – PoD proof ordered.Yugmans – PoD proof ordered. Yugman’s spell cards – PoD proofing.Vigil Watch Compiled – Advance PDF on sale Weds on DTRPG! Tales of the Aeon Society Episode Five: A Deadly Trap! – Goes live on Weds. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Today starts March, which comes in like a – well you know the rest. It’s also National Women’s History Month, which we’ll come back to later with more detail as the Trinity Continuum: Adventure! KS kicks off. Celebrate (and learn of) women’s achievements through the ages all this month!
  7. Chicago by Night Today is the first day of Virtual Horror Con! We’re celebrating with some great sales over the VHC weekend: Our partners at Indie Press Revolution have a 30% discount on select products from Scarred Lands, Vampire: The Masquerade, Changeling: The Dreaming, Dystopia Rising: Evolution, and Realms of Pugmire! On the DriveThruRPG side, we’ve got a number of fantastic PDF bundles: Scarred Lands VTTThey Came from Beneath the Sea!V5 Chicago (today is also Chicago by Night’s 1 year release anniversary!)Dystopia Rising: EvolutionMonarchies of Mau And on DriveThruFiction: World of Darkness AnthologyChronicles of Darkness Anthology
  8. In which Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy discuss a myriad of topics, from Mummy: The Curse, to COVID, to the best, most elite RPG characters! The ongoing plight of living in lockdownMummy: The Curse released to backers!The worst kind of character, in Eddy’s opinionWhat makes a character really function and feel rewarding in a gameDixie, Eddy, and Matthew discuss their favourite charactersFlaws, motivation, teamwork, and discussion with your GMVirtual Horror Con this weekend!Come visit our Discord Links: Gehenna Gaming: https://www.gehennagaming.com/Virtual Horror Con 2021: https://www.virtualhorrorcon.com/Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition: https://mummy-the-curse.backerkit.com/hosted_preordersDungeons & Dragons 5th Edition: https://dnd.wizards.com/Pugmire: https://www.realmsofpugmire.com/buyCall of Cthulhu 7th Edition: https://www.chaosium.com/call-of-cthulhu-rules/Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPathOnyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpathOnyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  9. Hi! D20 Modern/Future has some useful resources, but, yeah. The attribute-based character classes and clunky progression didn't endear the game to me, although I really wanted to like it, and M&M made character creation a massive chore. Unfortunately, the only resource for Aberrant d20 I know of is the core rulebook- I never saw any errata published (even as third-party content), and a quick search through my favorite online RPG book hoard didn't turn anything up. That being said, there are people on the forums who have actually used the d20 versions of the game, so hopefully they'll have some advice regarding the nuts and bolts and applicability of the system!
  10. That’s the answer to the riddle: What do you get if you mix D&D‘s Tiamat with Cthulhu? Now, if you take out the D&D part, the answer could also be our ongoing Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos dual Kickstarter that still has over a week to run! We’re over 1700 backers, which is awesome, and thanks to everyone who has already jumped onboard the project. Please do mention this to everybody you know who loves dragons and/or the Cthulhu Mythos! There is a lot there for everyone, and every backer update reveals new ways that the authors have taken the basic concept, “Dragons and Cthulhu BUT in Scion”, and run with them in very unexpected and cool ways. Danielle and her team on Dragon pored through research material to pull in even more legends and myths about dragons than could fit in the book, hence the Companion, and Chris and his team took the difficult task of updating and reclaiming the Mythos for modern audiences. Their take on Innsmouth and other locations is worth backing for alone! Monsters of the Deep art by Brian LeBlanc How Was the Onyx Path Summit? Very nice, thank you! More expansively, it was weird to talk at a Summit but not all be in the same room. Which has always been the point of our Summits. Yet, a ton of material was covered. Here are a few highlights (with a lot of things unsaid that I would have had to redact – and we all know how our blog readers feel about that!): Every current line was reviewed and plans made for the next year or two. Now, those plans could be a bunch of new projects that advance the line, a couple of projects, or none at all. When we have the ability to make the calls for a line, we can plan a lot more fully and further. A lot of times we find that by the time we get to a Summit, we’ve been operating in a certain way already and the Summit really is more of an official confirmation that a bunch of decisions are actually a strategy. This was the case with the Summit strategy that VTT products are now a part of all of our project plans as we move forward. This was certainly helped by the addition of VTT extensions for our WW projects thanks to an OK by Paradox. Part of figuring out our releases was how to incorporate projects and game lines we haven’t yet announced, for a variety of reasons – not the least of which has been our overall reluctance to go public with more stuff while we have a bunch of projects jammed up in our Editing and Art Direction phases and the resulting chaos that will ensue once they all head towards Layout. 2020 was tough on those project phases as so many of our freelancers had to slog through everything that was happening. With that in mind, a large part of our planning was methods to alleviate those log-jams with an expanded freelance crew to handle editing and art direction that we have already put into place at the end of 2020 and we expect to be sustained and built on through 2021. In other words, we have people working through the projects but we need to be sure that we are going to be able to keep them doing so through the year and get us cleared up. Children of the Blood art by Michael Gaydos For taking care of the Summit crew, and to sustain them through the day-long meeting, we took breaks, lots of those. Past experience in looong meetings, and just the freelance lifestyle in general, has shown that we can only go so long before people start fading out. So breaks through the day, and a longer break for lunch, really pay off in keeping folks focused. We also sent out a Snacks of Philadelphia grab bag to each of the participants so that they could munch during the meetings. Tastycakes, pretzels, those sorts of things. Again, just a little something to make the long meeting bearable. In terms of new releases, we did go over some pitches, as well as new game line ideas, with an eye towards what could work with the already expansive list of game lines and genres we’re already engaged with. And did we want to expand into other game systems and why would that be good? A lot of times a Summit is where these questions are posited and then explored as we consider the overall game industry. Some of what we looked was how to improve our internal systems and procedures, as I noted above, and some were very much tied to just how Onyx Path has been functioning financially. Past years, after looking at the stability of our income stream (a hugely important part of the publishing biz) we opened up pay rates and broadened our tiers of developer bonuses. This year we’ve changed the timing of how we pay so that our creators’ first and/or final payments can be closer together – which is based on strong and consistent sales patterns even through 2020. We broadened the ways that we are going to be working with other companies after basically keeping things very “tried and true” during the chaos of 2020. You’ve already seen us looking to tweak our Kickstarters and try different things with the dual book Scion KS currently running, but how we do crowdfunding is not all we’re looking at. There’s also working with a few other companies, like for merch. Or for crowdfunding. There are options there that we now feel like we have sufficient band-width to explore again. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get back into physical conventions at the end of 2021. Or 2022. Mummy art by Felipe Gaona To wrap it up, we were by and large brain dead around 5pm, after starting at 9am, but managed to cover huge swathes of the business and lots of concerns were addressed and plans made to deal with them. At the end we have a very clear road map for 2021, with enough wiggle room in the overall plan for individual opportunities to be explored all the way through 2022. Which is, a very positive take away from the Summit with lots of action-items being worked on even the very next day by our energized crew. How they managed that, I have no idea: I was beat the next day and had several major meetings yet to survive. Which I did, just barely. So, all credit and huzzahs to our “inner circle”! ‘Cause that’s the big idea. The idea that Onyx Path is a lot of extremely creative and talented folks that go far beyond anything I personally can do. A lot of people who walk this Onyx Path with me, and with you, in a quest to create and deliver and enjoy and play all these: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Our Kickstarter double feature, for Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos, funded in just a tad over an hour at 66 minutes! We’re just a tad less than $1K away from achieving a new Stretch Goal which adds a new Flight of undead dragons trying for reincarnation into the game as well as the 17+ Stretch Goals have already been achieved, and we still have more than a week to go! Lots more to come! Onyx Path Media! This week: The Terrific Trio join together for a fantastic session of Trinity Continuum Actual Play! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ Also on Podbean this week, on Wednesday, is the 2nd episode of Tales of the Aeon Society! A recently recovered radio program from the 1930s that we here at Onyx Path have lovingly restored at great cost featuring the thrilling adventures of Max Mercer and the Aeon Society! Listen as they investigate the Terror From the Skies!!! Sorry folks, due to technical reasons this week we are unable to arrange to post most of the awesome media we normally do. Fortunately, we do have the Onyx Path Twitch schedules: Hope you enjoy these various shows, and we’ll be back next week with our usual listings! Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) We’re told that the App Dev is currently creating an updated version for the latest devices, so keep an eye open for those! The App was also pulled down from the Apple store in order to make some required updates – it’ll be back there soon! Virtual TableTop! Two Virtual Tabletop adventures: the Gauntlet of Spiragos and the Dagger of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop and DriveThruRPG! Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age. Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay. Astral is browser-based and uses the latest technology to streamline your storytelling experience. Connect with your party online and run your campaigns however you like. Astral offers tools optimized for phone, tablet, and desktop devices, no installation required. Build epic battlemaps using Astral‘s enormous collection of scenery, props, and tokens or upload your own. Pro users gain access to over 12,000+ assets and fresh new packs every month. Add weather, visual effects, triggers, and so much more with easy-to-use tools Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos and Dagger of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures! On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below! You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday brings a terrifying tidal wave of Tales of Aquatic Terror! for They Came From Beneath Beneath the Sea! with the PDF and PoD versions coming ashore on DriveThruRPG.com! Tales of Aquatic Terror! is a book of playable stories for They Came from Beneath the Sea!, containing four adventures of varying length and complexity ready for play straight from the pages. As with the stories in They Came from Beneath the Sea!, these tales of terror can be played in the mode of farce, horror, or anything in between. This book contains options for terror far at sea, frights at the beach, and deep conspiracies in 1950s American society, which isn’t as pure as it would have us believe. Each of these stories is fit to be played as one-shots or as parts of longer stories! They Came from Beneath the Sea! uses the Storypath System. Tales of Aquatic Terror! includes: A story of frightening disappearances in the coastal resort of Warm Rock, California! Only the protagonists can solve the mystery and stop people from vanishing.A tale of horror at sea as a pleasure yacht finds itself caught between iguanoids, a U-Boat, and the US Navy, with the yacht’s passengers forced to take action to survive their vacation!A mystery in Portland, Maine, where the Prefecture of the Pod engineer a conspiracy to take control of an important government official, and only the player characters can stop them!A journey of aquatic menace as the passengers of the Rose Marie luxury cruise liner encounter a plethora of threats on what is supposed to be the transatlantic journey of a lifetime!Playable characters provided throughout the book, immediately available to use or adapt for your stories. Calling all people around the world, and all the ships at sea! News flash! Wednesday also features the second episode of a thrilling brand-new radio adventure: Tales of the Aeon Society – Episode Two: Death From the Skies! Available wherever podcasts are heard, and definitely with our friends at Podbean! Conventions! Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! Gehenna Gaming is planning a second Virtual Horror Convention in mid-February and Onyx Path will be there and sponsoring sessions! From Gehenna Gaming: “Virtual Horror Con is back for the second year in a row with three more days of online tabletop RPG, panels, industry workshops and TTRPG actual play streams! Virtual Horror Con 2021 returns February 19-21. VirtualHorrorCon.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)No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)Onyx Path Brochure 2021-2022Tasty Bit: Heroes of the Waste (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)Tasty Bit: Pets (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Tasty Bit: Zeus in a Bar (Scion 2nd Edition) Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!)They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)Tasty Bit: New Paths (Trinity Continuum) Second Draft Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition)TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)Trinity Continuum: AnimaMany-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Manuscript Approval Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Legacies of Earth (Legendlore) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Post-Editing Development Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)Legendlore core book (Legendlore)Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Meredith ADing it right now.Legendlore Scion: Dragon (KS) – KS. Masks of the Mythos (KS) – KS. Scion: Demigod – Getting art notes out to artists. They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) – KS artwork coming in. Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Signed off on sketches this morning. M20 Victorian (KS) – Prepping for KS.Heirs to the Shogunate – Even more art and sketch reviews/approvals.Dead Man’s RustM20 Technocracy Jumpstart – Art in progress. Exalted Essence (KS) – A few new symbols being designed, getting Gong on some scenes. V5 Trail of Ash and Bone – AD’d. V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements – Artnotes in. TC Aberrant N!WeM20 Technocracy Dossier/CompanionM20 Rich Bastards Guide – Speccing today. Hundred Devils Night Parade – Figuring out art buy. Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – All Ad’d, sketches coming in.Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle – Rolling. In Layout Vigil Watch Compiled – Travis tweaking layout to better match Yugman’s. M20 Technocracy ReloadedTC Aberrant JumpstartLARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) Children of the Blood – Maria doing layout. TC: Under Alien Skies – With Josh. Proofing Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands)Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Backer PDF going out to backers for errata. Deviant – Backer PDF errata gathering/reviewing.Yugmans – Reviewing errata.Monsters of the Deep – Backer PDF out to backers for errata.Mummy 2 – Finishing character sheets and off to Paradox. At Press Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller. Shipping finishing.Lunars Screen and Booklet – At KS fulfiller. Shipping finishing. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – At KS fulfiller. Shipping finishing. PDF and PoD on sale at DTRPG.V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Press files sent. PDF and PoD versions are live on DTRPG.Tales of Aquatic Terror – PDF and PoD versions on sale this Wednesday on DTRPG! Aberrant – PoD and trad print files uploaded to printer and DTRPG.TC: Aberrant Screen – Press files sent.Peoples of the Crossroads Continent – PoD and final PDF making.Tales of the Aeon Society Episode Two: Terror From the Skies!– Goes live on Weds. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Today is the birthday of Mr Mike Tinney, ex-CEO of White Wolf: Mike is like 40-something, but his liver is 209! Seriously, Mike is now the founder of FIX Health and makes some fantastic and fun fitness apps, and was a founder of Nite Owl Productions – one of the first companies creating LARPs for WoD. He was also the exec who helped me start up Onyx Path over nine years ago. In fact, it was while discussing what I should name my company that Mike remembered an earlier conversation we had and suggested Onyx Path! Thanks, Mike, and Happy Birthday!
  11. Follow along as Max Mercer, a cunning daredevil with extraordinary luck, leads an amazing group of daring humans known only as the Aeon Society. These heroes travel all over the world to investigate strange phenomena, right wrongs, and protect the innocent. This week’s episode: Deadly Eclipse! Who are the Aeon Society? What is going on with the strange eclipse? And what has Doctor Primoris discovered? Look for Trinity Continuum: Adventure! on Kickstarter soon! Written by Eddy Webb Directed by Drew Profit and Austin Beach Sound Design and Production by Austin Beach Musical Score by Dayn Leonardson Cast (in order of appearance) Narrator, played by Austin BeachMax Mercer, played by Drew ProfitHelen Perkins, played by Jessica RainvilleDr. Primoris, played by Mike JansonDanger Ace, played by Dayn Leonardson
  12. Type: Unearthed ArcanaAuthor: F. Wesley Schneider, Ben Petrisor, and Jeremy Crawford, with input from the rest of the D&D design teamSubtitle: Unearthed Arcana 2021Banner: Text: Transform into a creature of the night in today’s Unearthed Arcana! With the playtest options in the PDF below, your D&D character can become a dhampir, a hexblood, or a reborn. We’ll release a playtest survey on this website soon. When we do, please let us know what you think of these options. Your feedback can help shape future D&D books! This Is Playtest Content The material in Unearthed Arcana is presented for playtesting and to spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in draft form, usable in your D&D campaign but not refined by final game development. They are not officially part of the game. For these reasons, material in this column is not legal in D&D Adventurers League events. Material Publication date: 01/26/2021Tags: Unearthed Arcanaexternal_urls: External url: https://media.wizards.com/2021/dnd/downloads/UA2021_GothicLineages.pdfExternal url description: UNEARTHED ARCANA: Gothic Lineages Texture banner: ShowBlack text:
  13. Now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: Cults of the Blood Gods for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition! When you have already experienced death, why have faith? If you accept that you and everyone like you is cursed by God, why cling to His word? When you return from the other side as a blood-drinking monster, what purpose serves belief? Kindred build and are drawn to faiths for myriad reasons. The exertion of power over a flock. Satisfying their Hunger and their Beasts. Elevation of the self. Reassurance of the possibility of redemption. A grand plan they forged or that was bestowed upon them by secret masters. While some vampire cults span the globe hiding in plain sight, others are fringe faiths with morbid practices and ancient conspiracies lasting centuries. Others such as the incestuous Clan of Death and the malignant Church of Set — arguably the largest vampire cults of all — believe in a destiny that will enable them to impose their wills on the world of the living and the dead. Whether for power, salvation, or transcendence, all Kindred cults wallow in blood. They shed it in sacrifice, demand it of their followers, and exalt in it in unholy baptisms proclaiming their divine glories. These cults dedicated to blood gods are among the most insidious, damning sects of Kindred, and tonight they approach their apex of power. Cults of the Blood Gods includes: An in-character breakdown of the rise of esoteric beliefs among the ranks of the undead and how faith drives many of the major aspects of vampire culture. A host of religions — from historic theocracies and globe-spanning conspiracies to fringe cults and mortal beliefs arising in the modern nights — introduced for incorporation into your character backgrounds or as supporting casts and antagonist groups in your chronicles. The history, structure, and ambitions of the Hecata, the vampire group known as the Clan of Death, as well as a chapter dedicated to playing a vampire among the Necromancers, and the rituals for their signature Discipline: Oblivion. Guidance on how to use ecclesiastical horror and construct cults in Vampire, making them a vivid backdrop for your own stories, including new coterie styles focused on cult play. Faith-based story hooks and a full chronicle centered on the activities of the Hecata, involving walking corpses, ghosts, ready-made characters, and the secrets of the most twisted family in the World of Darkness. New Loresheets, Backgrounds, and Predator types for inclusion in your chronicles, encouraging player characters to engage fully with the material presented in this book. Sales DriveThruRPG’s New Year, New Game sale runs for another 12 days, with nearly 50 Onyx Path products at up to 50% off! The Jackie’s Dreaming bundle continues at Bundle of Holding, benefiting Jackie Cassada’s widow Nicky Rea. Kickstarter Update Onyx Path’s next Kickstarter will be a Scion 2nd Edition two-in-one: Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos. Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scion: Scion: Demigod They Came from Beyond the Grave!: They Came from Beyond the Grave! Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Legendlore: Legendlore World of Darkness: WoD: Ghost Hunters Vampire: The Masquerade: Cults of the Blood Gods Mage: The Ascension: Technocracy Reloaded 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: Ghelspad: The War Wagon Ghelspad: Pages of the Demigods Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Scion: Divine Battles: Massive Combat Rules for Scion 2nd Edition Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  14. They beat Caestus Pax? Whew. That's a very high-level campaign, yeah. He's the leader of one of the major Nova groups, Team Tomorrow. To repeat Matt's question, do you have the books you need? (Secondary question: Do you know which version of the system you're using?) Also, what kind of character do you want to play? Aberrant allows for a considerable amount of flexibility, but it's easier to help create a character and work up power sets if you know what kind of niche you want your Nova to fill.
  15. All of this. The more information we have about the type of game you're joining, what kinds of characters are allowed (and what kind you're interested in playing), what resources they're using in terms of rule sets and books, and so on, the better we can help you. A lot of the books for the different versions of Trinity are available online, for example, if you don't have them- and almost all the people who read/post here regularly are familiar with both systems. Also, welcome!
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