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  1. The full quote is “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king,” which is from Hamlet. But the reason for my using that quote in our title this week is to highlight both the amazing Exalted: Essence Kickstarter, and the fabulous 2021 Onyx Path Virtual Convention which ran the last three days over the weekend! And the (game)play was certainly the thing during the Con! Wow! Because most of our crew were involved a fair bit with being on panels, demos, playtests, and just playing games – and Dixie ran the after-con Discord party where Jackbox was played to much hilarity – we did not have our weekly Monday Lunch Meeting today. Instead, here are some highlights from the Convention as told to me by our folks (and told to me by me). Big picture, the funding for the Bodhanna Group was very much appreciated, and our various sales during the Con were good. Nothing that changed the course of things, but good. Behind the scenes, things ran very smoothly. Having each of the Twitch channels (ours and other folks’) be devoted to one of our “umbrella” groupings of game lines seemed to work really well in terms of keeping it simple to find your games. Which was really helpful since we had a panel or a game for pretty much every gameline we publish. We’ll remember that trick. Legendlore art by Gong Studios We released the link for our latest copy of the Onyx Path Brochure on DTRPG, which we are thinking will stay PDF-only for a bit, maybe all year, so we can adjust where needed. Here it is for those who missed it: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360302/Onyx-Path-20212022-Publishing-Brochure The Brochure always starts the speculation as it usually contains new releases. In this case, we went right into some announcements of new projects during the Opening Ceremonies panel, so there was only a little lead time. If you missed this panel, it’s on Twitch still and then will be on our YouTube channel. It’s also going to be replayed as our Onyx Pathcast this Friday, but in audio only. But to spill the beans, we revealed that They Came From [CLASSIFIED]! is actually the title of the game, as the [CLASSIFIED] part is because the genre we are having fun with in this game is the 60s and 70s spy films like James Bond, The Prisoner, the Matt Helm movies, The Man From Uncle, Get Smart, The Avengers tv show, and even Austin Powers. We also announced the next Trinity Continuum game after Anima, which is TC: Aether! This is set in the Victorian Era and has a lot to do with the Martian invasion of Earth, Sherlock Holmes and other heroes of the time, steampunk with a Trinity Continuum twist, etc! Later during other panels, we also announced that the NEXT They Came From…! game is going to be They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave!, a loving look at sword and sorcery films like those created by Ray Harryhausen, the sword and sandals Hercules movies, Krull, The Sword and the Sorcerer, and the Hercules and Xena tv shows; previewed a bunch of the Kiths from CtL‘s Kith and Kin; and revealed three of the pantheons in Scion: God! During the What’s Up With the Onyx Path? panel, James Bell, who was talking about our Kickstarters, had to leave, so in came a surprise guest: Brian Jenkins, the creative lead who’s developing the pitch for the Scion TV show! Brian was able to give a bit more of his background as a fan of our games, and let folks know some of where he is on writing the pitch for the show. I know our panel got a big kick out of his enthusiasm – we even had a chance to answer a few questions and to once again pooh-pooh the idea that this show has anything to do with the old VtM show from the 90s. I mean, everyone involved had nothing to do with that show, including all the companies, and the entire nature of TV has changed, Soooo, maybe let it go? Anyway, I thought both of those panels were excellent, and then on Saturday afternoon I got to play in Eddy’s Trinity Continuum: Anima playtest. What a hoot! to begin with, we started out in the ubiquitous MMO that exists in the setting, using the infrastructure of that MMO to fight/stealth/magic/talk our way through a quest in the game only to discover that there was some sort of skullduggery afoot that led to what we were investigating in the “real world” city of Cascade… …and we took a break, changed our costumes and the Twitch overlays to show we were in a cyberpunk-y dystopia, and played out the rest of the adventure in Cascade. Eddy got a lot of notes from this playtest – the first one seen in public – and I and my fellow players, Lyssa, Michelle, and Dixie, were able to each contribute in very different ways. Everybody did a great job! There is a lot of range to the character choices in this game. My only regret is that I didn’t get to do something wild with my cybernetic arm! V5 Trails of Ash and Bone art by Edoardo Campagnolo Dauntless Dixie Cochran had a few thoughts about the con: Mirthful Mike Chaney popped in to the con and has this to report: Matthew Dawkins writes in from across the sea to say: Eddy Webb sez: We received this very nice after-con message from Michelle Light, who joined us to playtest Trinity Continuum: Anima: Ian Watson was all over the place, as he notes here: V5 Trails of Ash and Bone art by Mark Kelly This Where We Normally Put Meeting Stuff… …but since we had no meeting today, I’ll just put things here that we would have talked about. Big news in Exalted: Essence land is that it’s CHARMS WEEK!!! What that means is that James will be releasing the sections of the Charms chapter of Exalted: Essence all throughout this week to its Kickstarter backers. This is huge for the Exalted community, and for our EX:Ess team of creators, and there will no doubt be much, much, discussion, so let’s figure that we’ll check back in after the dust settles! V5 Cults of the Blood Gods is live in stores and over at Studio2, so you should be able to get your traditionally printed copy just like from the Kickstarter, now at your Friendly Local Game Store! To commemorate that release, we have put together a V5 Chicago By Night PDF bundle on DTRPG, so check that out if you are missing anything! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/347386/V5-Chicago-by-Night-Collection-BUNDLE OK, folks, that’s it for this week. Thanks to all of you who hung out with us over the weekend, and here’s hoping that the rest of you can get a chance to watch at least a bit of the fun when the vids go up on YouTube. Because we really do want as many of our community who can to be able to engage when we run something like this con. It’s already easier for a lot of folks to attend since there’s no travel involved, so if we can find ways for more of you to jump in – we will. Because, you know, we’re all together groovin’ on our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! The Exalted: Essence KS is not even half-way through, it funded in 13 minutes and is currently over 700% funded! We have over 3200 backers so far – and we’ll be unlocking more special Reward Tiers like characters in art and special charms! Twenty-three Stretch Goal rewards have been achieved so far, including unlocking the Exalted: Essence Screen, enabling a partnership with NerdieKeppie to create Ex:Essence merchandise like book bags, an Exalted: Essence Novella, two parts of an epic scenario Adventure Book, a Jumpstart and Ready-Made Characters to get started with Essence, and the Exalted: Essence Companion already has twelve sections that will be combined into one PDF free for backers, and more great Stretch goal rewards to come! Onyx Path Media! This week: While recovering from the convention, Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew present the recorded version of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2021 Onyx Path Virtual Convention! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ With all the excitement of Onyx Path Con over the past few days, we have a lot of panels and actual plays to sort and get onto our YouTube channel! Look out for those over the next week and beyond! If you can’t wait, go to our Twitch channel and give us a follow to catch up on anything you’ve missed! Check out Vorpal Tales‘ Exalted: Essence actual play on our Twitch and on our YouTube! Here’s episode one: https://youtu.be/XZioOSDJnrc and here’s episode two part one: https://youtu.be/_2wXaH301cM and episode two part two!: https://youtu.be/xkKDhougS0I 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: Exalted: Essence – Vorpal Tales – Episode 2 Part 1 – https://youtu.be/_2wXaH301cM Exalted: Essence – Vorpal Tales – Episode 2 Part 2 – https://youtu.be/xkKDhougS0I Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar Players – Episode 11 – https://youtu.be/JiprOUI5Qbk Demon: The Descent – Honey and Vinegar – One-Shot: https://youtu.be/deWcbICHN7g Changeling: The Lost – Hearts on Trial – One-Shot: https://youtu.be/nTvdRgv8Oa4 Trinity Continuum: Adventure! – The Purist Evil – Ep. 2/2 – https://youtu.be/NzVKZkZbD7w Vampire: The Masquerade – Styx and Bones – Table Goth – Ep. 4 – https://youtu.be/zbD3t93h7Vs Chronicles of Darkness – The Wyrd West – Ep. 3 – https://youtu.be/l6okotsw98k Geist: The Sin Eaters – Jumpstart – One Foot in the Grave – One-Shot: https://youtu.be/N7INcv1vKFM Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Our very own Matthew Dawkins was interviewed about world building, They Came from Beneath the Sea! and Vampire on the Andy’s Board Game Thing podcast! Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/43chfbn4OV3wleCBQPfMQ3?si=a-cTCPrpTT6g7sppZ2rDdQ&utm_source=copy-link Vorpal Tales have a whole raft of Onyx Path content coming soon! On Fridays at 5pm EDT experience our Contagion Chronicle: No Time for Reality Season 2. Chicago is still flooded with the reality warping Contagion from strange spaces beyond the Supernal realms. The original team is still lost in Arcadia, but Macintosh alerted a new team to be ready to step in should he and his team disappear. It’s up to this new group now to leverage their vectors and contain this threat. On Tuesdays at 5pm EDT experience their new overarching Chronicle of Darkness, Insurgence. Vorpal Tales weave an ambitious tale connecting 7 Chronicles of Darkness game lines in one overarching story of rebellion and the cost of self-awareness. Book 1: Defiance begins the tale with Mage: The Awakening 2e. Beginning on June 14th, immediately after Onyx Path Con, join Vorpal Tales every Monday at 9pm EDT for They Came from Beyond the Grave! Enjoy their tale of derring do against the minions of evil in a 6 part summer tale! Beginning June 19th, join Vorpal Tales for a story of a pack’s Rite of Passage as they tell a terrifying tale of Werewolf: The Apocalypse every Saturday at 9pm EDT. The Story Told Podcast are back with the new season of The Fall of Jiara for Exalted! This episode is Episode 44 – The Dragon-Blooded react to their conference with Saffron Veil and begin to prepare for the threats they all face. https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-44 A Bunch of Gamers continue their Werewolf: The Apocalypse chronicle here. The packs head to the Silent Striders’ tribal moot for North America. They go there looking for experts regarding ancestor spirits and ghosts as the Silent Strider Theurges tend to be experts in both. Ancestor spirits because they lost connection to their own and ghosts because the spirits of the dead tend to hound members of this tribe. They are desperate to find something, anything, to aid Howling King: https://abunchofgamers.podbean.com/e/werewolf-the-apocalypse-episode-72-strider-moot/ This is episode 72! The Exaltcast continues its fantastic show introducing you to all ten of the Exalt types! https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/06/02/the-essence-of-exalted-essence-pt-i-the-ten-exalt-types/, delving into Exalted: Essence! Over on ExalTwitch they conclude their first season of Exalted! 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 and final VOD for the season, Episode 21 (“School’s Out”), is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z2WC26v4QY The playlist for the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zb3M2x8PJk&list=PLsZP95-GZNa0ynoCIVyliNF5rypCHvh0MThe show wiki, with synopses, character descriptions, etc: RPGClinic Wiki | Fandom Wards & Witchcraft reach Session 25 of their fantastic Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: https://youtu.be/kyyUB_njo9c The key in the ignition and everything is ready to happen. Will the Fools tum the world and what will become of them? 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 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! The Post-Apocalypse Sale is on DriveThruRPG! Dystopia Rising: Evolution featured bundle deal: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/featured.php?promotion_id=2021-May-postapoc Select Pugmire, Monarchies and DR:E titles are also on sale: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 And we have a V5 Chicago PDF Bundle on sale this month!: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/347386/V5-Chicago-by-Night-Collection-BUNDLE On Sale This Week! It’s a trilogy of releases this week – all different as if in celebration of the recent convention – starting with the compiled Vigil Watch for Scarred Lands PoD and PDF versions of the book, and then electronic files of the TC: Aberrant wallpapers, and last but not least we have VTT Character Tokens from V5 The Chicago Folios. All will be available Wednesday on DTRPG! Conventions! Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention Was Last Weekend! See above: a great time was had by all! And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)Tasty Bit: Car Lifting Competition (Scion 2nd Edition)Panopticon Novella (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Scion: God (Scion 2e)With Great Power (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Trinity Continuum: Aether core book (Trinity Continuum: Aether)They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave! core book (They Came From…!)Weird Wonders and Revolutionary Magick (M20 Victorian) Bizarre Tales and Unusual Characters (M20 Victorian) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition) Second Draft No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)TC: Adventure! Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Development Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Post-Approval Development Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)Tasty Bit: Pets (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Trinity Continuum: Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Trinity Continuum: AnimaTales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!) They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)Vigil Watch: The Kelder Mountains (Scarred Lands)Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th)The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th)Once and Future (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)N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (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…!)Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Scion: Dragon Masks of the Mythos Scion: Demigod – Got Maria helping me finish out the pantheons and we are all good.TC: Adventure! (KS) M20 Victorian (KS) Dead Man’s RustExalted Essence (KS) – On KS.V5 Forbidden Religions – AD’d. TC Mission Statements TC Aberrant N!WE M20 Technocracy Dossier/CompanionSqueaks In The Deep (KS) – Prepping KS. TC Prometheus Unbound – Maria ADing.They Came From Camp Murder Lake! Realms of Magic and Mystery Saints and Monsters TC: Anima (KS) TC: Assassin In Layout Spiragos Collected AdventuresWoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Legendlore M20 Rich Bastards Guide – Over to Charles, art is all in.They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart – Over to Andrea.They Came From Beyond the Grave! – Final art coming in.June Tasty Bit – Les FantômesM20 Technocracy JumpstartHundred Devils Night Parade – Getting layout files over to Josh. Proofing TC: Under Alien Skies – Wrap up for release. Heirs to the Shogunate – Backer errata finishing.TC Aberrant JumpstartHunter: The Vigil 2e Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle – Proof to dev. V5 Trail of Ash and Bone – Backer errata inputting.Technocracy Reloaded Screen – To Paradox for approval. At Press M20 Technocracy Reloaded – PoD proofs shipping from DTRPG.Vigil Watch Compiled – On Sale Wednesday on DTRPG!Mummy 2 – Getting ready for press. Mummy 2e Screen – Getting ready for press. Deviant – Waiting on printer specs.Deviant Screen – Getting ready for press. 21-22 Onyx Brochure – Now available on DTRPG! Today’s Reason to Celebrate! I missed the last day of the Con because it was my youngest son’s graduation from high school – so proud celebration and congrats, Alex!
  2. "No, it's not," Adrianna replied coolly, her eyes narrowing as she studied Grim and Fisher. She tapped her phone to her lower lip a few times before pushing herself off of her car with a rock of her hips. "The Nekiya belongs to Lord Zeus and I'm not about to get in the middle of a squabble between the Big Three. My father is interested in it, sure, but he'd not send me for it. Full disclosure, he's more interested in the individual that managed to spirit it away in the first place." "Dane," she said after a small pause. "What?" The child of summer asked with suspicion in his tone. She sighed and rolled her eyes. "No, genius. You. You are my bargain. If you want me to loan you my medallion and the secrets of use, which you need me for, then I want something of yours," she looked to Grimm. "Once I'm done with him I'll return him in... well, 'like-new' condition. A few extra miles, but you need me for a job and frankly, I have a few things coming up that could use a simple touch... or something simply touched." Her sarcastic grin fell on Dane. She seemed colder towards the Aesir, less professional and more spiteful which placed even more emphasis on their past. "Screw you, Addy." Dane growled through gritted teeth. "Don't call me that," she hissed back, then composed herself as she remembered that it was not just her and Dane present. She offered Fisher and Grimm a lift of her shoulders. "Those are my terms." Dane turned to the others. "We can do this without her, forget this." He seemed completely different than the usual, jovial stoner they'd all come to know as adrenaline and anger seemed to creep just under the surface of his skin. The pace of his breathing increased as well, along with his blood pressure as he appeared on the cusp of some sort of explosive outburst. The reason he was constantly stoned was becoming more and more apparent. "We can handle the problem without her. She's just like her dad, manipulative and greedy." Her chuckle at his harsh appraisal didn't go unnoticed. "Perhaps you need a few moments," they could tell she was enjoying this, but what was her angle? "I have a quick call to make. If you'll excuse me." She stepped away, evil smirk on her lips as she tapped the screen on her phone.
  3. Converting Ptolus wasn’t simply a matter of opening the original files, updating the rules information, and sending the revised files off to the printer—it took a lot of work and attention to detail, all with the dual intentions of preserving the feel of the original Ptolus and making sure that the new versions were as user-friendly as possible. The post Game Design Challenge: Converting Ptolus Part 2 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  4. Type: NewsSubtitle: Beyond English LanguageBanner: Text: Our vision for Dungeons & Dragons as a global brand Ray Winninger, Executive Producer – D&D TRPG Studio In North America, Dungeons & Dragons is more popular than ever, having racked up seven years of continuous growth since the launch of the game’s fifth edition in 2014. It’s now time to duplicate this success outside of North America, creating a truly global D&D community and getting us considerably closer to making the world’s greatest roleplaying game available to everyone across the globe. Today it is my pleasure to give you some of the first details of what we’re doing to make that happen. Earlier this year, Wizards of the Coast resumed direct control over localized versions of D&D in French, Italian, German, and Spanish, and started planning new releases for these languages. Other languages may be added later. We’re now making the final preparations to launch our own translated D&D products for the first time. To make D&D as successful in other languages as it is in English, we’re making a significant, long-term investment. Steps we’re taking include: Hiring dedicated team members to work on these products Investigating new printing and production vendors outside the US and China Undertaking extensive translation reviews and updates of existing content Commencing new translation work on multiple titles Collaborating with our local market teams in Europe and Latin America to get these products into the hands of fans, old and new So, what should you expect? This September we’ll launch our first products—the three core rulebooks, and the Essentials Kit—in four new languages. Then, beginning next year, we’ll kick off a roughly quarterly cycle of new releases, bringing our latest and greatest titles to a truly international audience, many for the very first time. When possible, we’ll align release dates across all four languages, making it easy to know when the next D&D release is coming. We are thrilled to make our beloved game accessible to more people around the world than ever before. Bienvenue, Willkommen, Bienvenidos, Benvenuti! Now I’ll hand over to Dan from our European team, who can give you some of the specifics of the launch plan. Localised D&D products, coming September 2021 Dan Barrett, Senior Brand Manager EMEA – D&D We’re excited to continue the strong growth of D&D in Europe by adding four more languages in September: French, German, Italian, and Spanish. All Spanish-language products will also be coming to Latin America, around one month later. Before announcing release dates, there are four important things you need to know about these language additions: PRICE: We recognise that $49.95 does not equal 50 Euros! Accordingly, we are realigning to €39.99 for our standard hardcover books in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. UPDATES: While some products have been available before, all have been updated with the latest errata additions from the English source books, typo corrections, and translation revisions. Books now also feature a flag on the spine for easy language identification. EASIER TO FIND: Both online and in physical retail, we’re working hard to bring D&D to more stores than ever before. EASIER TO LEARN MORE: We’re creating new resources to help fans learn more about D&D and connect with one another, in their own language. This includes: Social Media – TODAY we launch our new localised presence on Facebook and Twitter for you to get the latest news and gather with other D&D fans. Website – Later this summer, we will launch localised pages on our official website. Video – We’ll be working to create and promote VOD and streaming content that will inform and entertain fans, new and old. 2021 Localised D&D Products – European Release Dates September 24th: ESSENTIALS KIT – Available for first time outside of English, everything you need to start playing D&D for the first time – €19.99 September 24th: PLAYER’S HANDBOOK, DUNGEON MASTER’S GUIDE, MONSTER MANUAL – New and updated printings of our Core Rulebooks – €39.99 each. October 19th: CORE RULEBOOKS GIFT SET – Available for first time outside of English, this premium collection of our Core rulebooks features foil book covers, and a DM screen with brand new art (same as the English Dungeon Kit), all presented in a beautiful slipcase – €129.99 Preorders for these products will open soon. We also have one more product brewing up later this year, but we’re not ready to reveal that just yet. Follow our new localised social media channels to be the first to hear about it, and all future news relating to Dungeons & Dragons in your language! Publication date: 06/10/2021Tags: NewsTexture banner: ShowBlack text:
  5. In which Eddy and Matthew discuss (in reverse order) our thoughts on the evolution of crowdfunding, the recent Sabbat book announcement, and Trinity Continuum: Anima! Meetings are the mind-killer.Feedback on the Anima design diary.Playing and writing to or against expectations.The V5 Sabbat announcement from Paradox.The Sabbat as antagonists?When crowdfunding started in earnest, and the ways in which it has changed.Is crowdfunding begging for money?Early bird offers, physical stretch goals, additional page count as rewards, etc.What’s the economy behind stretch goals?The curve of sales via crowdfunding.Exalted: Essence is currently on Kickstarter!Open development vs. manuscript releases vs. errata. Links: Exalted: Essence Kickstarter: http://kck.st/3vsbUGvOnyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPathOnyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpathOnyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  6. Exalted: Essence features streamlined rules for a new way of playing a classic game, incorporating story-focused action and a presentation designed to appeal to new players and longtime fans alike. Featuring multiple classic Exalt types with Charms for each, written to enable ease of play, Exalted: Essence emphasizes story over character, character over mechanics, and mechanics over minutiae in order to drive Exalted: Essence toward engaging players with the myriad stories they can tell in the world of Creation. Exalted: Essence is a streamlined version of Exalted Third Edition, designed to welcome new players and reintroduce old friends to the world of Creation. It contains all the mechanics and advice players and Storytellers need to run complete games of Exalted: Essence, though setting material and character, place, and creature ideas can be supplemented by the core line’s content. All the material in the book is compatible with Exalted Third Edition, so new and established fans can collect the core line’s books and use them with a beginner-friendly and less mechanically dense system. Inside you will find: Rules for creating all 10 Exalt types: Solars, Dragon-Blooded, Lunars, Exigents, Sidereals, Abyssals, Infernals, Getimians, Liminals, and Alchemicals.A brief overview of Creation, so players and Storytellers can dive right in.Rules for Universal and Exalt-specific Charms, Artifacts, Martial Arts, Sorcery and Necromancy, and more!Advice for running and playing Exalted with mixed parties or same-Exalt parties, in multiple interesting styles of play The primary purpose behind this Kickstarter campaign is to enable Onyx Path to create the best version of Exalted: Essence that’s possible. Your support will allow Onyx Path to use the best production, the most appropriate components, and possibly even contract more art for this book. The hope is not only to deliver the book in three formats — a PDF, a standard hardcover, and a deluxe hardcover version — but to fund at least one print run of the standard hardcover to be sold through distribution and into book and hobby stores, bringing Exalted to the environments that are so vital to our community. >> Join us on Kickstarter! <<
  7. “It’s appreciated,” Rachel said coldly to the graceful, blonde beauty. Her tone said that she didn’t wholly trust the motives of the rich violinist, knowing how Laurel danced between the two bands at the school without showing much loyalty to either. Still, she always seemed more dedicated to assisting Scions against the Titans and not the ongoing personal drama that coiled around all of them like saranwrap on Freshman Friday. “Why don’t you four go take care of that, we’ll give this place one more patrol and then see if we can’t possibly find out a little more on what’s going on at this little party Mercedes is throwing tomorrow night. She didn’t say anything to Grimm or Dane as she collected the others and made off on their last patrol of the cemetery, leaving the four remaining scions to make their way to Laurel’s awaiting vehicle and driver to see them off to the meeting location. ---==={@}===--- Salem High School parking lot, 20 minutes later… Adrianna was pacing near the driver’s side of her car, a sleek black sports car that looked like only Laurel’s bank account could handle its burden of ownership. She was speaking on her phone as the four Scions exited Laurel’s car and approached her. “Yes, fine,” she said, smiling at Laurel and the others. Her eyes widened a bit in pleasant shock at the sight of Dane, only for her mouth to curl mischievously into a smirk as she realized he had no real desire to be present. “No, Corbin, that’s fine. If he has it then I will too and you can reap the fool proper. Yes, I’ll meet you in Dubai by next week. Of course, yes, now, I must run, my next appointment has arrived.” She tapped the screen on her phone and placed it in her handbag as she offered them a smile and greeted them. “Terribly sorry about that, just last-minute business. Dane, you’re looking well.” “We need your medallion,” he replied in place of a proper greeting. “We’ll give it back right after we’re done with it tomorrow night.” The Greek hero seemed a bit taken aback by the Aesir’s straightforward manner of negotiating for something that was rightfully hers. Instead of offence, she seemed more humored than anything else. “Well, I suppose some things never change. Still right to the point, as always.” “I’m sober,” the young blonde replied. “Please cut the crap. I’m not the best of moods at the moment.” “Aw,” she taunted him. “Poor thing, but we all know this isn’t how negotiations work. I have something you want, what have you to offer in trade? Also, I’m eager to know what you learned, your drama here in Salem seems far more intriguing than anything I’m working on currently.”
  8. It wasn't hard to locate a coffee shop in Manhattan but it didn't make the silent walk any less awkward. Kestrel could have said something several times along the way but felt as if she was already on thin ice with Maya as it was and didn't want to press her luck. Maya noticed the way her two guest tag-alongs seemed obsessed with consistently looking up at the tall building that lined the streets of the concrete jungle they lived in. They were obviously looking for something they either one, could not find, or two, no one could see but them and that didn't make this entire situation seem any less crazy. None of them had ever been in the little hole-in-the-wall shop before, but Maya sighed when she realized the prices matched the neighborhood, and wondered why (why!) anyone would ever pay eleven bucks for a cup of coffee, but appreciate Kestrel's logic of it being a business meeting, so there was no reason her boss shouldn't be paying for it, and offered the barista her company card. It wasn't a very popular spot though, at least not at this times of day so, thankfully, it was relatively empty, save for the random hipster guy on the opposite side with his laptop open, trying to be inspired to start/finish/edit the novel that was going to make him famous. They sat at a table while they waited for their beverages, and Kestrel opened with a sigh as she steepled her and muzzled her face between her hands as she thought of where to begin. "About a year a go I discovered I was different. Lengthily origin stories aside," She started while she leaned back in the booth and looked out the window to kindle the memories she'd archived. "Horatio helped me discover who I was and what I could do and how I could help other people like me. Ms. Flynn, the world you thought you knew is an illusion. There is so much going on under the streets of this city, in it's alleys, among the shadows... it would take more cups to describe than this place has available." "Long and the short of it, guys is that magic is real. From acupuncture, to chakras to psychics, all of it is real, but most people are either complete hacks or they're doing it without realizing they have the potential for something greater. Alchemy, curses, spells, cantrips... it's all real and the reason you didn't know about it this morning when you woke up is because it is the most carefully guarded secret in the world." She looked at both Mel, who was sitting next to her, and Maya, who was sitting across from her, and continued. "Supernatural things exist, always have, and I wish I could teach you all I know but lets focus on the problem at hand and that is, Ms. Flynn, that you've been cursed." She took a deep breath and decided to just rip the band aid off. "By goblins. Dark fae who are mischievous and cruel, and I've been asked to try and protect you and hopefully stop it. Problem is, our only lead, one of the goblins, I kind of scared off." Maya had already heard enough and it shown in her eyes. Before she could get up, Kestrel hail Mary'd a quick, "One cup, remember? One cup of coffee, that was the deal." "Ordered scalding hot, I take?" Maya narrowed her eyes at Kestrel who smiled wryly. She didn't seem like a bad person, and it didn't take a PhD in psych to see she really wanted Maya to listen to her. "Clever." "Look, it sounds batshit crazy, I know. How do you think I feel? My boss asked me to follow a complete stranger with nothing more to go on than 'goblins have struck this woman with Oranges and Lemons, you have to get to her before Stepney. Be careful Kes, she's too important to loose.' I mean seriously, that's what he said," she swiped her phone and turned the screen to show them both. There was a text from Mourne with some of Maya's personal info a picture (not a flattering one, either which Maya grumbled internally at) and the bit about Oranges and Lemons. "Fae are weird, wasn't hard to figure out the old nursery rhyme, and it mentions Stepney... but I don't know what it means, and I can't reach my boss, he's away on business." She sighed, heavily, as their coffee arrived at the table, as the server left she blew gently into her mug. "I've been training for this for almost a year, Ms. Flynn. This is my first gig, and I'm pretty sure I'm blowing it. Whatever I need to do to convince the two of you that I'm not making this up, I will tell you. First guy I kissed? Matt Carter, we were madly in love for three months until Stacy Schantz made out with him at a party. Worst date? Shelly Baker, would not get off social media the entire date, it was horrible. I'm not a lunatic, I swear, I just sound like one Monday thru Friday during normal business hours." "Process." She said simply as she reached for ripped open a few sugar packets. "While I add cream and sugar."
  9. "Ever the gentleman," Sable's silky accent lured their attention as she walked into the small infirmary. They could hear her footsteps echoing on the marble floors (seriously, who marbled their entire penthouse these days...) and it grew more and more obvious that D'Sombra kept everything running like a successful business, twenty-four-seven. Her security were always in suits, with polishes dress shoes, and in the great deal of time Ravi have been in Sable's company she was never in anything that he would consider not 'business wear' with that hint of 'vampires make everything look sexier'. It had occured to him that he'd yet to see her in jeans or sweats, or workout leggings, or pajamas... like she had no life outside her service to D'Sombra, and never in anything but black. Now she'd settled on a pair of leggings that shimmered like satin and a form-fitting long sleeved top. "Lie back and relax please, Mr. FitzCoventry." She was holding folded clothes in her hand and offered them to Amelia, who quickly noticed they were actually her own clothes. The two massive mountains in suits followed her in. The fact that they had to duck to enter the doorway didn't make Amelia feel any safer. "Ms. Parsons, these gentlemen will show you to the guest room down the hall. There you may freshen up. Feel free to use anything you need, it's fully stocked. If you wish to return, be mindful I'll be in here wrenching a bullet from his lung, so should you be the squeamish sort, consider that your warning." "Why black?" Asked Amelia. "Everything here is black, except this one room." "Blood, dear," Sable answered honestly as she slowly peeled away the bandage. "Doesn't show up on black as well as on other colors. Also, and I'll use layman's terms, 'vampires' all possess different powers, some like what you've seen in the movies. In the Marquesa's case, her bloodline, or 'Clan' as they call themselves, are masters of shadows. The darkness is her home. As her ghoul, I have inherited some of her power, but never have I been able to master shadows. To see it is truly fascinating." She collected a few implements from the drawers and begun setting them out on a finely-polished medical tray. "Everything supernatural, however, comes with a price. Often several. In my Mistresses case you may have noticed by now that she casts no reflection, yes? Finely polished floors, gold, silver, mirrors... she surrounds herself with all the things that no longer cast her reflection." "So, the portraits..." Ravi quietly added. "They obsess over portraiture. When you go a millennia without seeing yourself it takes a toll, I would imagine." Her heels tapped softly as she turned to set the tray next to Ravi and turned back to the counter to collect a few more things. "Thankfully, it's been easier in the last few years. For some reason digital photography is not affected and thanks to 3D printing and scanning technology she has been able to see herself for the first time in centuries. Dare I say, you've caught her at a good time and in a fine mood." She turned her head to look at Amelia. "A word of advice though, dear. Once you notice her lack of a reflection, don't gawk. Her kind consider it impolite, and never speak about it unless she does first. It's a grave insult." Sable turned and looked to the two huge men and nodded. They both opened their mouths, and revealed that they were missing their tongues before slowly closing them again. "Supernatural society is not human society." She shadowy clad assistant slid the cap off a syringe and inserted it into the bung of a vial. "The laws and customs are quite different. Mouthing off to a person on the street might get you into a shouting match, among these people it could get your throat ripped out. I mean that for the both of you, but in fairness and no disrespect, Ms. Parsons, you seem to have a more direct personality. I'm asking you to be mindful, is all. However, she does have a use for you, so, at least your throats are safe, for the time being." The two men stepped aside and waved their arms towards the door, ushering Amelia out. "Now, this will hurt you a lot more than it hurts me," on Sable, a mischievous and sociopathic grin never looked so good. "I'll try to be gentle, I swear, but I promise nothing." Ravenna was right, she had the hands of an angel. As she spoke she'd already injected him twice with the local anesthetic and he's not even felt it while lost in her full lips and the exotic almond shape of her eyes.
  10. Their hostess listened to her guests, poised elegantly with her blood red lips concealed behind her curled fingers in a standing ''thinkers' pose. "For now, Ms. Parsons," she pointed a digit upwards and took a few steps towards Amelia, her shoes echoing on the hard marble floor. "We'll do nothing. It's not uncommon for your kind to have to hide in the shadows and skulk about in plain sight of the kine." "Kine?" Amelia asked with an inquisitive eyebrow in her hosts direction. "A word we kindred use for your people. Mortals. Humans." The derisive tone in her accent reappeared briefly as she explained. "Our little shadow has gone on for millennia, those agents won't make a second attempt any time soon, but I've taken the liberty of relocating your apartment, you're welcome. You job, honestly, is probably quite safe. My people are working against them now so a direct assault on you again is not wise." Ravenna offered Amelia a matronly glare before turning her attention to Ravi. "But let's not tempt Fate, shall we?" "Let my people do their jobs, besides," her eyes locked on Ravi and he'd seen the expression of hunger in a woman's eyes numerous times, but nothing like what he saw in D'Sombra's. "Mr. FitzCoventry is not yet in any condition to be galivanting about the city, sleeping with it's estranged female populace while simultaneously completing a journey of self-discovery, now are you?" She leaned down and traced her finger gently up his abdomen with centuries of careful, practiced and erotic precision. A touch from her was like nothing he'd experienced and in the back of his mind he wondered if it was her, or just the nature of her 'condition'. She stopped at his wound, her finger tip smeared in half dried blood and withdrew it, rubbing it gently on her lips before indulging in a slow taste as her tongue traced the blood and cleaned her finger tip with a soft kissing sound. "My," she smiled. "You are a rare breed. Delicious." She had no need to, but the deep breath assisted her regaining control and restoring her poise. They could both a certain unease coming from her, like they were suddenly trapped in a room with a vicious animal and a brief moment later that moment had passed. "I hate to admit it," she said to them, turning once more to address them both. "But we need Mourne. My people are searching for him. He's not answering his phone, so chances are he's... conducting business. For now, Ms. Parsons, collect your thoughts, get cleaned up," Amelia noticed the way her arrogant gaze absorbed Amelia's appearance and she certainly caught the 'for the love of God', her hostess added a bit more quietly. "And enjoy my hospitality for the evening. Mr. FitzCoventry, these two gentlemen," she motioned to the ebony mountains that stood at the doors leading into the larger penthouse. "Will take you someplace more comfortable and we'll see about getting that bullet removed, save you some pain in the long run. Sable has an angel's touch, you'll be fine. I'll join you two shortly, after all, I owe you payment, Ravi. Do I not?" The two men left their post at a gesture from their mistress and proceeded to carry out her order. One gestured for Amelia to join them as the other assisted Ravi in standing and helping him along. The penthouse was a like a maze, consuming the entirety of the floor it was a combination of office and living space divided into dozens of large and small rooms. It was almost painful on the eyes how the color theme was so monochromatic, blacks and silvers everywhere with the only color being in the thousands of portraits that hung on the walls. Every ten feet was a painting, old and dated and in one instance, Ravi swore he saw 'Madame Monet and her Son' brightly lighting up the dreary décor of a meeting room as they passed by. The only white room they was a small infirmary, muted with grays and white, it didn't really surprise either of them that this room existed up here. In truth, Amelia was half expecting a Wal-Mart tucked into one corners of her 'how the rich live' experience. The man helped Ravi get situated on the table, lying him back and resting his head on a cylindrical pillow so he could see the room and still talk with Amelia. Despite their size and gruff exterior, bot men seemed gentle and professional, not manhandling their charge any more than was necessary. "Juffrou Sable sal binnekort by u aansluit." One said in a deep baritone as he and his partner left the room. "What?" Amelia asked. She shrugged looking at Ravi confused. "We- we don't understa-" The door closed, but it didn't seem locked. "Something about Sable joining us, I'm assuming," Ravi said calmly, winching and grunting slightly at the pain of not having quite settled in comfortably yet onto his new table. "Hints of Germanic... Afrikaans, possibly?" "You understood that?" she chuckled. "I am from Europe, Amelia. I know German when I hear it, not too hard to assume the rest. As for what they said? Not a clue." He smiled, reassuring her that he was just in the dark as she was.
  11. It’s Shanna’s birthday today and we’re having a birthday party in the Darkest House . . . The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 13-2021 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  12. Punching Nazis is no joke, and we’re keeping the joke out of the coming week, too! You see, there’s always an expectation for some sort of April 1 shenanigans, but we’re not doing that this year. Too much good stuff to talk about to kid about it or to try and trick anyone. Plus I did tell ya’ll that we were going to announce something fun today! V5 Ash and Bone art by Davide De Bellis But before we get to that, let’s talk about the Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Kickstarter campaign that went live last Thursday and funded in about three and a half hours! You can join in here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/trinity-continuum-adventure-tabletop-roleplaying-game So far TC: Adventure! is 200% funded with over 1120 backers, at four days in. We’ve funded the creation of three supplements: a full Jumpstart, which includes a handful of Ready-made characters and an introductory scenario and guidance for launching your own story. We’ve started a Companion book, with guidelines and information on creating secret lairs, hideouts, and HQs. And we’ve started a cliffhanger scenario book, detailing and expanding the Tales of the Æon Society audio adventure. The fun has really just started – and for any of you first edition fans, we’re already set to create more supplements than 1e Adventure! ever had. I know Impish Ian Watson is just over the moon over that! We’ve got Actual Plays, interviews, and the KS page itself to explain the setting and gameplay, but if you prefer listening to folks who know describe the game and the development choices, you can’t go wrong with last Friday’s Onyx Pathcast where Eddy and Dixie interview developer Danielle Lauzon and that darn Ian (Mr. Trinity) Watson again in a deep dive on the creation of TC: Adventure!! Ian talks a bit about how the process for publishing Adventure! first edition was a bit of an ordeal. By the time we got to Adventure!, the decision at old White Wolf had already been made to end the Trinity lines. I did have to fight for finishing the lines with the third one, Adventure!, and fortunately I (and some other folks), succeeded. If you recall that first version, it was set up to look like an actual pulp magazine. How into pulps was I? Well, here are several actual pulps that I picked up at San Diego Comic-Con around that time: They were for reference – yeah, that’s the ticket. Reference! You’ll note several have 1937 and 1938 cover dates, so that too led forward 20+ years to our discussions about setting our TC: Adventure! time-frame in the mid to late 30s. Creatively, things always feed into other things. Speaking of things that lead to other things, we also finished the M20: Victorian Era crowd-funding campaign late last week! It was a pretty sweet campaign overall, and we’re thrilled at how many folks made the jump to Indiegogo, although we are aware that not having Kickstarter‘s communication network may have prevented some folks from even being aware the book was at Indiegogo instead. Which is one reason we’ll be on BackerKit as soon as James can get the BK page set up, and we’ll continue tallying pledges towards Stretch Goals for 60 days so that all of our M20 fans get a chance to contribute! Please do note that this is also something we’ve never done with BK before, and may not do again – but these are special circumstances. Mummy 2e art by Tilen Javornik Hmmm. Was There Something Important We Talked About Today? Oh, yeah: the Scion TV Announcement! Here’s the link to the announcement: http://theonyxpath.com/announcement-scion-tv/ For those who want my short take on this rather than the official announcement: Onyx Path has signed an agreement with a company called Jenkins & Tate for them to develop a pitch for a live-action Scion TV show that they will put in front of TV venues like Netflix and Amazon. Hopefully, one of those venues will pick up the series and then after the shows are made you (and all of us) will be able to see it! So this is the beginning of possible Really Good Things! We started talking about this in 2019 actually, and expected that we’d be announcing sooner, but then 2020 punched us all, and things took longer. Through it all, though, Brian Jenkins and Alex Tate have been fantastic and professional to work with all through our business and creative meetings and this has been a truly collaborative process. Scion is the first project J&K have taken on with their new company, but given the years, nay decades, of experience of their crew it really feels like our baby is in a very good place. As you might imagine, I can relate to industry professionals who go off on their own and start their own company! Since the announcement, I’d like to touch on some points folks have brought up so far: 1- When is the TV show going to be on? What network? Who’s in the cast? Is Eric in it? Is Donnie? Answer: We announced that we signed Jenkins & Tate to start developing a series to pitch to a venue for broadcast. None of these things are even close to being determined until their pitch is accepted by whatever company wants to air it. This is the start of something that could be big, but it is really just the start. 2- How could Onyx Path possibly pay for this? Is this taking money away from creating games? Answer: We aren’t – although there are pre-development costs, of course, but we aren’t financing a TV show. I mean, seriously, the scale differences between TTRPGs and TV are huge. If the show is picked up, it’ll be financed like all TV shows. And no, the only person whose schedule was impacted so far was poor lil me. 3- Will this be another Kindred the Embraced from you guys? Answer: First off, Onyx Path didn’t license out or work on Kindred the Embraced. That was old White Wolf and we ain’t them. But for the real concern: we don’t expect it to be like Kindred as J&K are not only fans, but are extremely proactive in asking us for our thoughts on whether an element or idea is accurate and appropriate to use in the show they are envisioning. Brian Jenkins actually bought a Kindred the Embraced DVD set as it had extremely limited airing in the UK, watched it and now uses it to remind the team of how far adapting IPs has come since then. 4- Is this announcement an April Fools’ joke? Answer: I warned J&K that some people would jump to that conclusion, but no, like the MMN blog title says: no foolin! This is real, and we hope it’s the start of something big. V5 Ash and Bone art by Edoardo Campagnolo Beyond that, we really didn’t have a lot of time to review much beyond the weekly status reports on all of our projects. It was just fun to enjoy the huge reactions after we posted the announcement! Like we say every week right below this, it’s all One Path, but sometimes it can take us to some cool places we didn’t expect! Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Trinity Continuum: Adventure! went live on Kickstarter last Thursday and funded in 3.5 hours! Join us for two-fisted action in a world on the cusp of World War Two! Check it out! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/trinity-continuum-adventure-tabletop-roleplaying-game Onyx Path Media! This week: The Trio once again delve deep into our mailbags for their third informative and hilarious foray into the messages and missives sent our way by all of you inquisitive fans! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ I don’t know about you folks, but it seems the biggest media news might be something to do with Scion getting developed towards its own TV series… But that’s not out yet, so check out these videos! BIG NEWS! This April is 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! 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 PICK OF THE WEEK! Frostlands of Fenrilik – Behind the Screen Trinity Continuum: Adventure! – Vorpal TalesScarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar GamingScion – Become as Gods – Powered by AstralDystopia Rising: Evolution JumpstartChangeling: The Dreaming JumpstartTrinity Continuum: Aeon Jumpstart – Vorpal TalesScarred Lands – Pirates of Bloodwater – Devil’s Luck Contagion Chronicle JumpstartV5 – The Badger Game – Band of BadgersHunter: The Vigil – Anomalies Unbound – Devil’s LuckVampire: The Requiem JumpstartCofD: Dark Eras: The Wyrd West – Haunted Chronicles The pick of the week for this week is Frostlands of Fenrilik: Behind the Screen! The Behind the Screen series has been running for over a year now, and presents you with a breakdown of how to run games and use certain supplements. Check out Frostlands of Fenrilik! 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 6 – https://youtu.be/FCsp_RDUy_Q Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 9 – https://youtu.be/Jsu5_aZ2Ffo Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Episode 11 – https://youtu.be/Dzir5QymsM0 Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Episode 12 –https://youtu.be/TomvgUQ4dn8 M20 Victorian Mage – Vorpal Tales – Episode 4 – https://youtu.be/532UKtj5IW0 M20 Victorian Mage – Vorpal Tales – FINALE – https://youtu.be/mrZBvRguJtw Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Teaser – https://youtu.be/yIXo3oiXU7U Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! 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 10 (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9w9SIpf7Ec 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 Matthew Dawkins ran a Learn2Play session of They Came from Beneath the Sea! for the OneBookShelf crew! This session includes character creation for three characters (taking an hour) and a short b-movie story (taking another hour!). Do give it a look and give the channel some support: https://youtu.be/tqz02wdyZI0 McStabber Studios run a superb chronicle of Wraith: The Oblivion we’d love for you to check out over on their Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/mcstabberstudios The amazing 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: A time displace copy of yourself just came through the backdoor. Awakened head hunters broke in through the front. Seems like a perfect time to slip out to another realm where dreams (and nightmares) come to life as story personified! Explore the verge of Arcadia with the Junior plane hoppers fresh off a weeklong vacation. https://youtu.be/y-x_vviroT8 A Bunch of Gamers continue their gripping and bloody Werewolf: The Apocalypse actual play! Pursued by the Black Spiral Dancers of the Pit they just closed the packs have been on the run for about two day. The Spirals have been keeping pace and finally catch up. It’s time to finish their fight and to tie up these bloody loose ends. https://youtu.be/rR1A8EbjKXU There’s a new Exalted 3rd Edition actual play starting up over on Caius Wickersham’s Twitch channel! Caius will be taking several new people to Exalted through a Creation-spanning adventure of five Dragon Blooded from all over Creation out to become the greatest sworn brotherhood. One Dragon Blood of each Aspect come together: The Realm, the Prasdai Empire, Lookshy, the Forest Witches, and an outcaste. Will they leave their mark on Creation and beyond?https://www.twitch.tv/caiuswickersham Vorpal Tales have been running a separate Mage: The Ascension chronicle over on their Twitch channel! It’s not metaplot heavy at all, so it’s an excellent intro to the world of Mage, with a splash of KULT: Divinity Lost cosmology (by our friends at Helmgast!). Do check out their first few episodes here: Session 0: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/896291755 Session 1: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/905550817 Session 2: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/914628656 Vorpal Tales also have a bunch of their own games they’d love for us to tell you about! Trinity Aberrant Four-Part Short Story completed (they call in reinforcements and kill like half of Team Tomorrow) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/965801778 Mage: The Ascension / KULT: Divinity Lost crossover: a mage got their avatar shredded by Nephandic Gilgul but he was wolfkin and Fenrir decided that was not how his story would end and forced a late stage First Change. Drama. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/967146916 Vorpal Tales also completed their Deviant: The Renegades chronicle right here! Escape from Orochi is one to watch and is only four parts long: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9fUj4KdqE4DH0SDiea0olEa5cfqoRGKV 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! 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.) 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! Join us for discounts on our fiction books during the March Mystery Sale at DriveThruFiction:https://www.drivethrufiction.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 On Sale This Week! On this Wednesday our monthly Tasty Bit PDF is They Came From Beyond the Stars! with new archetypes and tropes for your They Came From …! games on DTRPG! Also this Wednesday, we are releasing the Yugman’s Spell and Magic Item Cards for Scarred Lands on DTRPG! Conventions! Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! As announced, the 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention will be coming to you live this June! A collection of World of Darkness podcasters are putting together an online convention called TryItCon the weekend of May 14th-15th geared towards just getting to try new games. They’re figuring out what games to offer and are looking for both players and GMs that would be interested in participating. If you have a game you’d like to try, ask for it: https://forms.gle/mt5eY3QRQhY3WXD26 If you’d like to help storytell/guide for the bonanza, ST applications are here: https://forms.gle/URAagdGn7rnaufgr6 A schedule will be available in mid-April. For more information, please visit https://www.tryitcon.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)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Zeus in a Bar (Scion 2nd Edition)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)M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th) Second Draft Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) 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)Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!)Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th)Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Post-Approval Development Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) 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)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)The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)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…!) Onyx Path Brochure 2021-2022 Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Trinity Continuum: AnimaTales of Depravity! (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 Mummy: The Curse 2eDeviant: The Renegades Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS)Legendlore – checking with just a couple more artists. Scion: Dragon (KS) Masks of the Mythos (KS) Scion: Demigod – AD’d. They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) – KS going.M20 Victorian (KS) Dead Man’s RustM20 Technocracy Jumpstart Exalted Essence (KS) – Artwork continuing, Maria working on logo designs. V5 Trail of Ash and Bone V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements TC Aberrant N!WEM20 Technocracy Dossier/CompanionM20 Rich Bastards Guide – AD’d. Hundred Devils Night Parade – Fulls contracted. Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – Just need the KS map & ye olde logo.Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle TC Prometheus Unbound They Came From Camp Murder Lake! – Art notes in.Realms of Magic and Mystery – Art buy configured. Saints and Monsters – Art buy configured. TC: Anima – Art buy configured. TC: Assassin – Art buy configured. In Layout M20 Technocracy ReloadedTC Aberrant JumpstartMummy 2e Screen – Maria is doing the collage. Deviant ScreenV5 VTT Tokens Spiragos Collected Adventures Hunter: The Vigil 2e – roughed in and over to Josh as art comes in. Proofing Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Inputting errata/page XXing. Deviant – In Indexing.Mummy 2 – In Indexing.LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) – Out to backers, gathering errata. Vigil Watch Compiled – Advance PDF errata input.TC: Under Alien SkiesHeirs to the Shogunate – Proofing. At Press V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Printer finished, shipping to KS fulfillment shipper. Aberrant – Printer finished, shipping to KS fulfillment shipper. TC: Aberrant Screen – Printer finished, shipping to KS fulfillment shipper.Yugmans – PoD proof ordered.Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Advance PDF errata gathering.Children of the Blood – Backer PDF out to backers this week, maybe. Yugman’s spell cards – On sale this Weds on DTRPG! Tasty Bit: They Came From Beyond the Stars! PDF on sale this Weds on DTRPG! Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Selfishly, we’re using this one to celebrate announcing the TV development deal for Scion. Full story above. Woot!
  13. "No, Fisher, I don't," Darcy replied flatly. She stopped and rolled her eyes, sighing loudly and raising her voice so everyone could hear her. "Look, I get that you want to protect me, all of you, and I appreciate it. Your concern is noted. Also, it's summarily discarded. I understand that all of you have been, and I hate to quote a god, 'burdened with glorious purpose'. The amount of anxiety and stress and drama you've had to go through I am truly sorry for." She paced about for a moment, obviously pissed but trying not to laser line that ire to one specific person, in this case, Fisher hadn't done or said anything wrong, his intentions were noble and pure, but as always, his deliver needed work. This time, he was merely the catalyst, not the problem. "Yet here you are! The graceful and the elegant," she motioned to Laurel and then to Nadya and Dane. "Hanging out with the criminal and the 'stoner dude'. The anti-social," she gestured to Grim then Fisher and Austin. "Ready to fight and die along side the anime dork and the local prep-jock who has a perfect foster life! Why? Because that's what you have to do get the job done. A unified front. If the World ended tomorrow you guys have a fifty-fifty chance of being swept away to whatever god-worlds your parents live in, right? Not me. That's it for me. I'm dust, a cloud in the wind, one more soul for Asphodel, or Duat, or... wherever in the Nine-Hells I'm going!" She glared at them all, seething at her friends as she let the stress of a mortal who was recently confronted by existence of the Divine vent. "I would rather Felicity Smoak in a chair and feed all of you guys the intel you don't have the time to research on your own or get my Speedy on and be out here in the shit getting dirty with the rest of you than sit on my ass and do nothing. So, here is where I will be. This is my World. This is my home." Now she turned to Fisher and too a few steps towards him. "Let a son of an Amatsukami tell me I haven't a duty, on my honor to protect it. Or," she turned to Grim and Dane, although Dane had agreed to let her come, he did so on the condition of being her knight. She was thankful for it, but still, she didn't want to admit that she needed them for any of that. It wasn't until Runa singled her out that she felt her resolve harden into contempt, what was the giantess trying to say to her? "Would the mighty Aesir like to tell me that when outsiders appear on my land and wish to do me and my people harm that I've not the right to pick up a weapon and spit in their face as I scream 'not today'." She didn't touch on the others, as she didn't know much about the Greeks, Loa or Egyptian gods. Facing Fisher again, her cheeks rosy and flushed with rage mingled with the autumn chill. Leaning in she kissed him gently. "I don't want a security blanket, Fisher, I want my boyfriend."
  14. This is a wild week! First, we have the finale of the M20: Victorian Age crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo on Thursday, and then we also have the start of the Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Kickstarter. Also on Thursday, but at 2pm Eastern US time! So we go from one to the other. (Or at least, that was the plan but apparently Indiegogo decides when your campaign ends – another thing we have learned along the way – so there’s overlap we didn’t intend. Sorry.) But sliding from one to the next also makes a kind of sense for these two game books. Both are set in “historical” eras where we take the cool stuff, the fun stuff, that popular culture has selected from and added to each time period and play with those aspects for our gaming. Our goal isn’t to ignore or try and hide the awful parts of those eras so much as provide ways for players to approach and/or deal with the racism, sexism, colonialism, and so many other issues that are part of those time periods. In both games, the player characters are extraordinary and can be involved with extraordinary organizations. Some who challenge the status quo, and some who buttress it. Can magic and steam-punk change the M20: Victorian Age world? For the better? Or putting lofty goals aside, how much satisfaction will a TC: Adventure! player get from punching out a Nazi? (That was a rhetorical question. We all know the answer is: A lot!) Hunter: The Vigil 2e art by Alex Sheikman But back to the games themselves and their crowd-funding campaigns! Just a few more days left on the M20: Victorian Age campaign – how did we get here so fast? We’re closing in on $100K of pledges, and are over 1100 backers! Fantastic! We just passed the Stretch Goal to add more art to the book, something I always love to see, and we haven’t yet hit the end of the campaign surge. So plenty of room for awesomeness yet to go! Like we mentioned a week or so ago, once M20: Victorian Age is done on Indiegogo on Thursday, we’ll be moving as fast as possible to BackerKit and are going to be continuing to tally the amount coming in and count them for Stretch Goals for backers for, I believe, 60 days. We think that should give the majority of our M20 supporters a chance to find the BK site and contribute, while still letting us do the boring banking reconciliation and all stuff that we need to get wrapped up after one of these campaigns. Which brings us to Trinity Continuum: Adventure! and its KS starting on Thursday at 2pm EDT. TC: Adventure! is the third of the Trinity (Aeon) games that we have redone for this new edition inside the Continuum and it’s always been one of my favorites! More on why and just what’s so damn enjoyable about the Pulp genre will come up here in the weeks to come, but for now let’s start with the idea that anything could happen, the idea that you would find both wonders and perils if you chose to find them. Adventure! is right around the corner! Finally, in reference to the challenges of this era as noted above, here’s a quote from the team: “TC: Adventure! is an updated, more inclusive take on the pulp genre”. We’ll have more on just what that means once the KS goes live and excerpts start being released, and also on this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast when the crew take one of their patented Deep Dives into the game. See you Thursday! M20: Technocracy Reloaded art by Pat McEvoy Then There Was A Monday Meeting, See? The Peoples of the Crossroads Continent PDF and PoD goes on sale this Wednesday, and I shared a bit of what that means to me with our Monday Meeting crew today. I figure we’re all friends here, so here’s a bit of that. Little personal note here, in case you want to skip that sort of thing: The Crossroads Continent is a world I started over 40 years ago, and we played an average of a game a week in that world through some of the most wrenching, awful times in my life. Yet, no matter what was happening in the real world, I could immerse myself in the creation of more detail for me, and more story lines and adventures for my players. And I think it was a haven for my players. The high school kids who didn’t fit in, who wanted a camaraderie they didn’t find in the real world. The college students dealing with making choices and decisions which seemed to have unknowable outcomes, but who knew if they rolled a 20 in the CRC it’d be double damage. Players at the start of their careers, at the start of their families, at the beginnings and ends of marriages; they all came over to play knowing that the CRC was there, and I had a story for them. So Peoples of the Crossroads Continent feels really special because of what it comes out of, and because most of the characters in there are player characters from over the years. It contains one of the first characters in the setting, Orville MacLoch, a seriously good-guy human Paladin played by one of the nicest guys I went to high school with, all the way through to several of the 5e group of playtesters from two years ago. Those characters that represent the Peoples in the book span the decades. The book also represents in a lot of ways the culmination of over 40 years of creating. All the art, the graphics, the logo were created by myself, plus most of the writing. That also means a lot to me, but I’ll tell you that even with all that, the book wouldn’t be possible (nor anywhere near as useful) without the writing, graphic and layout work – and advice – that Travis Legge brought to the project. Which tops off just how awesome it is to finally bring this small part of the CRC to any of you who are interested. TTRPGs are rarely one person creations, and Peoples of the CRC is no exception. It’s what makes our hobby magical (Personal stuff over!) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart art by Brian LeBlanc From last week: Dixie has received a lot of submissions for Editors, which has been fantastic, and is working her way through them. Thanks to everyone who jumped on that after my note last week! If you enjoy the various fiction novels and anthologies we’ve published, there’s a sale over on DriveThruFiction that we noted today: https://www.drivethrufiction.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 Last week, I hinted at two announcements coming up, and this is the first of them – the other will come next week: Throughout April, we will be running our Jumpstarts through Actual Play sessions on our Twitch channel! If you’ve ever wondered how a game line plays – or even just how that particular Jumpstart plays – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Here is the schedule as it currently stands but as it says: “More To Come” as more games are added! As you can tell, this is just the start of the Jumpstart Actual Plays, and you can also tell that we have Jumpstarts for many, many game worlds! Even if you aren’t into the APs, please do check them out on DTRPG. Hmm. Seems like that’s my cue to say something about our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! The campaign for the Deluxe Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Victorian Age is now in its last week on IndieGoGo! We’ve already politely pushed past several Stretch Goals and have now passed with full steam power over 1100 backers! Whoo-woooo! Check it out here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/victorian-mage-ttrpg We’ll be on BackerKit ASAP after the end of the campaign late Thursday, and will continue tallying pledges towards Stretch Goals for 60 days so that all of our M20 fans get a chance to contribute! Also on Thursday, at 2pm Eastern US time, Trinity Continuum: Adventure! will go live on Kickstarter! Join us for two-fisted action in a world on the cusp of World War Two! Onyx Path Media! This week: The Trio take a Deep Dive into the pulp-tastic world of Trinity Continuum: Adventure!! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ The fantastic team at Vorpal Tales continue their M20 Victorian Age chronicle this week! 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 By Night Studios interviewed developer Chris Allen regarding M20 Victorian Age over on their YouTube channel and it’s well worth a watch if you’re interested in the campaign (or even if you’re not)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8od0ezRMUg Really Dicey gave M20 Victorian Mage some lovely coverage right here, so please give them a view and a subscribe: https://youtu.be/Xa2j2dYsjEc 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 PICK OF THE WEEK – Mage 20th Victorian Age – Vorpal Tales Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar GamingScion – Become as Gods – Powered by AstralChangeling: The Lost – Spreeepark Pt 2Scarred 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 LuckScarred Lands – A Family Affair – Powered by Astral The pick of the week for this week is once again Vorpal Tales’ M20 Victorian Age actual play, which goes from strength to strength with each passing week! Give it a watch! 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 5 – https://youtu.be/3r2VZGvssQw Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 8 Pt 1 – https://youtu.be/QD5nxkOzsWQ Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 8 Pt 2 – https://youtu.be/Vzeb5i78eEA M20 Victorian Mage – Vorpal Tales – Episode 3 – https://youtu.be/iMbgBZXSUNQ Onyx Path News – https://youtu.be/K5sxIAnX8_o 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 ran a Learn2Play session of They Came from Beneath the Sea! for the OneBookShelf crew last week! This session includes character creation for three characters (taking an hour) and a short b-movie story (taking another hour!). Do give it a look and give the channel some support: https://youtu.be/tqz02wdyZI0 McStabber Studios run a superb chronicle of Wraith: The Oblivion we’d love for you to check out over on their Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/mcstabberstudios The amazing 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: All shows need an episode which takes place in just one room. In this session, the cabal nourishes a baby montage spirit and comes to know themselves better. https://youtu.be/s5Xr9qcdSZI A Bunch of Gamers continue their gripping and bloody Werewolf: The Apocalypse actual play! After the initial investigation into Good House International by the Infernal Alphas, Roy Mindscape must now take a moment to collect his thoughts and participate into a time honored tradition of the Stargazers. He must project his mind into the High Umbra and discover truths about himself. Desiring companionship he brings along Zeb Speaks-in-Sweet-Whispers. What truths will they discover about themselves? https://youtu.be/3Qf6yCVR0Gw There’s a new Exalted 3rd Edition actual play starting up over on Caius Wickersham’s Twitch channel! Caius will be taking several new people to Exalted through a Creation-spanning adventure of five Dragon Blooded from all over Creation out to become the greatest sworn brotherhood. One Dragon Blood of each Aspect come together: The Realm, the Prasdai Empire, Lookshy, the Forest Witches, and an outcaste. Will they leave their mark on Creation and beyond?https://www.twitch.tv/caiuswickersham Vorpal Tales have been running a separate Mage: The Ascension chronicle over on their Twitch channel! It’s not metaplot heavy at all, so it’s an excellent intro to the world of Mage, with a splash of KULT: Divinity Lost cosmology (by our friends at Helmgast!). Do check out their first few episodes here: Session 0: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/896291755 Session 1: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/905550817 Session 2: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/914628656 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! 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.) 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! For fantastic savings on Onyx Path dice sets, check out the Rolling into Spring Sale at IPR:https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/ As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! Join us for discounts on our fiction books during the March Mystery Sale at DriveThruFiction:https://www.drivethrufiction.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 On Sale This Week! On this Wednesday the Peoples of the Crossroads Continent arrive in PDF and PoD versions on DTRPG! The Crossroads Continent is a vast land with marvelous diversity among its people. This book introduces a collection of folk who hail from the Crossroads Continent, providing new takes on familiar peoples while adding folk specific to the Crossroads Continent. Each entry provides not only game traits, but also an overview of that people’s history, culture and settlements. The peoples in this collection can be used in your favorite 5e setting, or used to begin your own adventures in the Crossroads Continent using the rule set for the world’s most popular roleplaying game! Peoples of the Crossroads Continent contains: 11 distinct peoples to draw your character from, presented with information on their history in the Crossroads Continent29 heritages to refine your character’s history and upbringing7 new regional backgrounds and 8 new cultural backgrounds to fully flesh out your character’s backstory. Also this Wednesday, we are releasing the Advance PDF and errata sheet for the Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart on DTRPG! Conventions! Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! As announced, the 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention will be coming to you live this June! A collection of World of Darkness podcasters are putting together an online convention called TryItCon the weekend of May 14th-15th geared towards just getting to try new games. They’re figuring out what games to offer and are looking for both players and GMs that would be interested in participating. If you have a game you’d like to try, ask for it: https://forms.gle/mt5eY3QRQhY3WXD26 If you’d like to help storytell/guide for the bonanza, ST applications are here: https://forms.gle/URAagdGn7rnaufgr6 A schedule will be available in mid-April. For more information, please visit https://www.tryitcon.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)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Zeus in a Bar (Scion 2nd Edition) Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (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)M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition) Second Draft Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Heroes of the Waste (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th) 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)Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!)Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Onyx Path Brochure 2021-2022 Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)Trinity Continuum: AnimaTales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) 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)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…!)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…!) 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 Mummy: The Curse 2eDeviant: The Renegades Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Hunter: The Vigil 2e – AD’d.Legendlore – checking with just a couple more artists. Scion: Dragon (KS) Masks of the Mythos (KS) Scion: Demigod – AD’d. They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) – KS assets ready.M20 Victorian (KS) Dead Man’s RustM20 Technocracy Jumpstart Exalted Essence (KS) – Artwork continuing, Maria working on logo designs. V5 Trail of Ash and Bone V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements TC Aberrant N!WEM20 Technocracy Dossier/CompanionM20 Rich Bastards Guide – AD’d. Hundred Devils Night Parade – Fulls contracted. Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – Just need the KS map & ye olde logo.Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle – Felipe is on it. TC Prometheus Unbound They Came From Camp Murder Lake! – Art buy configured.Realms of Magic and Mystery – Art buy configured. Saints and Monsters – Art buy configured. In Layout M20 Technocracy ReloadedTC Aberrant JumpstartHeirs to the Shogunate – It’s a goin. Mummy 2e ScreenDeviant ScreenV5 VTT Tokens Spiragos Collected Adventures Proofing Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Inputting errata/page XXing. Deviant – In Indexing.Mummy 2 – In Indexing.Children of the Blood – Just need to wrap up cover and then in for approvals. LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) – Out to backers, gathering errata. Vigil Watch Compiled – Advance PDF errata input.TC: Under Alien Skies At Press V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Press files proofs reviewed and returned.Aberrant – PoD proof ordered. Trad print proofs reviewed and returned.TC: Aberrant Screen – Press files sent.Yugmans – PoD proof ordered. Yugman’s spell cards – PoD ordered.Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Advance PDF goes live on Weds on DTRPG!Peoples of the Crossroads Continent – PDF and PoD versions go live on Weds on DTRPG! Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Since we know our friend Bill Bridges is a big fan, today we celebrate the birthday in 1937 of Angelo Badalamenti, American pianist and composer – particularly noted for his haunting music for Twin Peaks; a great soundtrack for gaming in strange and unusual settings.
  15. "Look, Maya, Ms. Flynn," Kestral seemed completely unsure what to actually call Maya, but pressed on, fearing they were losing her. "I get it, I do. Frankly, were our roles reversed I'd be throwing hands right about now, so thank you for not doing that." She chuckled with a bit of levity. "You said worst week, ever, right?" Kestral looked around on the street, trying to keep the conversation between them. "Let me guess, lost your keys? Spilled your coffee, flat tires, broken bike chains, dead car batter, if you own a car, I-I don't know. Split pants? Ruined outfits for work, and every son of a bitch you meet is either screwing you over, or its a once-in-a-lifetime chance meeting with that one person you don't want to talk too? Co-works acting double douchey to you lately? Nothing going right? At. All." "I don't blame you for not trusting us, believe me, I wouldn't either," she pleaded as well as she was able, but it was obvious that Kestrel wasn't all that good being comforting. "Been seeing things? Weird people in your dreams, lucid, quasi waking nightmares with all kinds of weird people? Mr. Mourne, that's who I work for, he said the emissaries were looking for you. A-an animal. Something about a Mason. He thinks he's found Mason and asked me to come and help you. Please, Ms. Flynn. A cup of coffee. That's all I'm asking for from you. Join us for a cup of coffee and give me time to try and help you understand what the hell is happening lately, because... I've been through it too." No more parties, no more days off, Maya swore silently to herself, even as she got the sense that it likely wouldn't matter. In the past week, she hadn't met or spoken with any of the people she'd come to associate with the strangeness slipping between the city alleyways and wafting up from the streets like vapour, and yet here she was. Here they were, specifically, and she had to admit that this Kestrel woman had guessed more accurately than chance alone should permit. So... Okay. "Okay," she conceded. "One cup of coffee. One. As long as it's not at The Full Pot."
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