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  1. “Dead Man’s Rust is the most blood-spraying, face-melting, ass-kicking, heart-wrenching, undead-filled, heavy-metal pile of awesomeness ever conceived of for the fifth edition of the world’s most popular role-playing game!” These are the wise words of Travis Legge, developer for Dead Man’s Rust – which just went live on Kickstarter today! Just look at that wrap-around cover art by Aaron Riley! EPIC! Check out last week’s MMN blog for a far more in-depth rundown of the project details, and check out all the many links in our Media section below for video detailed looks into the Scarred Lands, including those from the Gentleman Gamer himself, Matthew Dawkins! There are also a ton of Actual Plays of Dead Man’s Rust listed, with different sections of the adventures being played, and many more to come! As I write this we’re past the halfway point to successfully fund, and there are still a few really cool rewards in the upper tiers left! Remember, this is one of our Kickstarters where the backers receive the complete manuscript by the time the KS is over, so you know what you’re getting! Dead Man’s Rust art by Michele Giorgi This is our last Kickstarter of 2020, and we are really looking forward to starting off 2021 with a bang- in fact, we have a wide range of amazing projects that will start off on Kickstarter for 2021. In 2020, we had several projects where there Kickstarter campaigns were really their jumpstarts, as well as a couple of KSs for games with established audiences. I don’t know if we’ll have totally new games for 2021, although we will have new spins or big additions to existing game lines. Possible 2021 KSs include Trinity Continuum: Adventure! as well as Trinity Continuum: Anima. Victorian Age Mage 20 is still on the docket, as is Squeaks In The Deep for Realms of Pugmire. Exalted Essence and also Exalted Exigents. Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos. What about TC: Assassins or They Came From [Classified]!? Look at that, we pretty much filled up the year already! That isn’t even counting our super secret projects we’re always working on! Pfew! One Foot In The Grave art by Tilen Javornik So, At the Meeting: What Didya Talk About? We talked about everybody’s projects and their status, and we talked about the sales (Wolfenoot is running still and the DTRPG and IPR holiday sales are right around the corner!), plus we talked a bit about our customer Survey. That’s still getting collated, but here’s a factlet: Lots of room to grow in the under 24 bracket, which is actually really good news in terms of our growth potential. We have an excellently solid audience majority from 25-44, so things look good there too! Monsters of the Deep art by James Stowe Finally, here in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, and as is our little tradition here at Onyx Path, I asked our Monday Meeting crew what they were thankful for. Here are their printable responses: Matthew Dawkins: Ian Watson: Lisa Thomas: Mirthful Mike Chaney: Eddy Webb: Dixie Cochran: And my own: Thanks to all of you who battled through everything that occurred this year and are standing (or at least leaning) as we start to approach the end of 2020. Some folks were impacted in terrible and life-changing ways, and the situation was way off of normal for pretty much everyone, yet our community found ways to play, to read, to create, and to support other people. Every section of our business was affected, and is still affected, by the upheavals in the US and around the world. Our printers and shippers have had huge challenges as they have tried to conduct business as usual, as have our sales partners – and our licensing partners, too! Most directly affecting us was the extreme difficulty in staying on-task and focused that so many of our freelance creators faced. I am supremely thankful to all of them and to our in-house developers who all pulled together – sometimes painfully – to put forth their best efforts in making game worlds while our real world pulsated chaotically. We’re not out of it yet, but by keeping on keeping on, you’ve all enabled us to provide a helluva lot of excellent enjoyment with our many worlds during a time that a lot of people needed just that. That’s what I’m thankful for this 2020 Thanksgiving. In fact, I’m so thankful that I’m not even going to sneak in a segue to: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! Dead Man’s Rust for Scarred Lands is LIVE! Dead Man’s Rust is the most blood-spraying, face-melting, ass-kicking, heart-wrenching, undead-filled, heavy-metal pile of awesomeness ever conceived of for the fifth edition of the world’s most popular role-playing game! As of this writing we are already more than halfway to goal after a couple of hours, and I write this section of the blog first! Onyx Path Media! This week: Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy ask What Can Games Do For You?! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ This week we want to draw your attention to a lot of fantastic Scarred Lands media! Let’s start with interviews, deep dives, and teasers regarding Scarred Lands and Dead Man’s Rust. Podcasts Pathcast: Travis Legge: http://theonyxpath.com/episode-119-dead-mans-rust-scarred-lands-mage-and-dd-discussions-with-travis-legge/ Hiromi Cota and Jessica Ross: http://theonyxpath.com/episode-130-dead-mans-rust-interview-with-hiromi-cota-and-jessica-ross/ Darker Days Radio:https://link.chtbl.com/Ru4obNri 307 RPG https://anchor.fm/307rpg/episodes/Podcast-111—Where-We-Talk-About-Dead-Mans-Rust-for-Scarred-Lands-emrev0/a-a3tvkr9 A Bunch of Gamershttps://abunchofgamers.podbean.com/e/gm-talks-episode-14-scarred-lands-ft-travis-legge/ Videos: Deep Dives by Wanderer’s Haven Productions (The Lore You Know): A Brief History of the Scarred Lands: https://youtu.be/8PF5MHbK3II Dragons of Scarn: https://youtu.be/8iow878zsvQ Slarecians: https://youtu.be/Nvp_1KJjbmE The Divine War: https://youtu.be/EvnU-ra2vg8 The Divine Pantheon: https://youtu.be/jIB0k4aM-7Q The Demigods: https://youtu.be/fXB5E7T6h5Q The Planes: https://youtu.be/sczFXwgVYRo Mithril – City of the Golem: https://youtu.be/wE122vXyCIA And many, many more: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpK1DZP4y9yt3h4HAhLtGunwcvzkZtoUx Overviews by Jorphdan (Forgotten Realms Explained): Scarred Lands Campaign Setting Part 1:https://youtu.be/GdAkE6xhpPE Scarred Lands Campaign Setting Part 2:https://youtu.be/hjKPVfaE-F0 The Gentleman’s Guide to Scarred Lands:https://youtu.be/nVzPWEiTLYA The Gentleman Gamer: Scarred Lands Clerics and Druids:https://youtu.be/hm_Lw_oBehQ The Gentleman’s Guide to Scarred Lands: The Destruction of Mormo: https://youtu.be/sEnmw-EQLgo Dropping today (I think) Really Dicey Dead Man’s Rust roundtable: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd4Z_SM4RuY85XeWY8AdYYA Actual plays for this week: Today at 3PM EST Scarred Lands: A Family Affair on https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath/ and https://www.twitch.tv/plasticageplays Tuesday at 11 AM EST: Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Foul Ingredients, starring Dixie Cochran, Eddy Webb, Matthew Dawkins, and Jessica Ross https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath/ Tuesday at 9 PM EST: Scarred Lands: Dead Man’s Rust: from Vorpal Tales at https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath/ 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, expect to see these games and streams running: Scarred Lands – A Family Affair Scarred Lands – Frostlands of Fenrilik – Nerdsmith Frostlands of Fenrilik – Behind the Screen Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Pathcast Players Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Vorpal Tales Pugmire – How the Pirates Stole Yuletyme They Came from Beneath the Sea! – They Came from the Skies! Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Scion – Heroes for the Holidays – Dork Tales Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds V5 – Cults of the Blood Gods – Thy Kindred Come Hunter: Unbound Anomalies – Devil’s Luck Gaming 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: Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale – E22 – https://youtu.be/8t5qb6JYeGo Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night – Game 6 – https://youtu.be/fEXaivaemJU They Came from Beyond the Grave! – Vorpal Tales – FINALE – https://youtu.be/9HGKSj1jtkw OnyxPathCon – What’s Up with Onyx Path? – https://youtu.be/tdWs-bccwlY They Came from Beneath the Sea! – They Came from Devil’s Reef – FINALE – https://youtu.be/tfTavsxdwJw Hunter: The Vigil – Cold Cases, Forsaken Spaces – Ep. 2 – https://youtu.be/MKOUdV6gjU0 Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Occultists Anonymous continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: Episode 145: When, Where, How? Armed with new information about the Tetrarch, the cabal make some initial plans for infiltration, and then make a call to Todd Larsen, an ordinary businessman in Seattle. https://youtu.be/LqehQGKLNus Episode 146: An Ordinary Warehouse The cabal realizes that no manner of preparation will aid them more than actually getting eyes on their target. After a quick call, they find their way into a quiet Rust Belt down in the midst of the US, looking at an ordinary warehouse. https://youtu.be/u6v5PMAPQG4 Ekorren is back with more excellent Exalted content! Do check out the latest edition of their Exalted roleplaying journal here: https://youtu.be/5raSjfrirF4 Plus, Ekorren made an excellent video about creating your first Lunar for Exalted: https://youtu.be/0HF0-8wbfnk Please like and subscribe! Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) We’re told that the App Dev is currently creating an updated version for the latest devices, so keep an eye open for those! The App was also pulled down from the Apple store in order to make some required updates – it’ll be back there soon! Virtual TableTop! Two Virtual Tabletop adventures: the Gauntlet of Spiragos and the Dagger of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop and DriveThruRPG! Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age. Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay. Astral is browser-based and uses the latest technology to streamline your storytelling experience. Connect with your party online and run your campaigns however you like. Astral offers tools optimized for phone, tablet, and desktop devices, no installation required. Build epic battlemaps using Astral‘s enormous collection of scenery, props, and tokens or upload your own. Pro users gain access to over 12,000+ assets and fresh new packs every month. Add weather, visual effects, triggers, and so much more with easy-to-use tools Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos and Dagger of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures! On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below! You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order Later this month, IPR is having Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales with a special focus on Storypath System games! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! Wolfenoot Sale is LIVE on DriveThruRPG. We’ll have all of the Realms of Pugmire and Werewolf corebook PDFs 50% Off and everything else in those lines 20% off for 11/19 – 11/26! And then, later this week, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales are coming our way with a special focus on Storypath System games! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday the 6th and final installment in the Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad PDF monthly serieswill be available on DTRPG! Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Part Six includes two new Ranger subclasses, including the Hornsaw Sentinel, as well as new spell and new magic items. Also this Wednesday, the Virtual Tabletop Tools for the Creature Collection 5e for Scarred Lands 5e goes live on DTRPG! Conventions! Though dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, here’s what’s left of our current list of upcoming conventions (and really, we’re just waiting for this last one to be cancelled even though it’s Nov/Dec). Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted) No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition) TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition) They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e) They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (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) The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition) Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!) Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!) They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!) TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Anima Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Legacies of Earth (Legendlore) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Post-Approval Development Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Peoples of the Crossroads Continent M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!) Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire) Post-Editing Development Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) 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) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Indexing Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 – AD’d. Legendlore Scion: Dragon (KS) – Art for KS in progress, getting 8 halfs. Masks of the Mythos (KS) – Ready for the KS. Scion: Demigod (KS) They Came From Beyond the Grave! – ADing rest of the fulls. TC: Adventure! (KS) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Awaiting artnotes. Monsters of the Deep – Art still in progress, pinging Meredith. M20 Victorian (KS) – ADing rolling. Some splats and scenes contracted already. Looking at logo design. TC: Under Alien Skies – Art in progress. Heirs to the Shogunate – ADed. Already getting sketches in. Dead Man’s Rust (SL KS) – KS rolling. Children of the Blood – ADed. M20 Technocracy Jumpstart – Working on this. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Over to Josh. Proofing Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs – Prepping PoD files. Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) Aberrant – Backer PDF in dev errata compilation. Geist: One Foot In the Grave – First proof to dev. Tales of Aquatic Terror – Second proof with Matthew. Deviant – First proof with dev. At Press TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – KS shipping. They Came from Beneath the Sea! – KS shipping. Pirates of Pugmire – KS shipping. Pirates of Pugmire Screen – KS shipping. Dark Eras 2 – KS shipping. Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet – KS shipping. Contagion Chronicle – Finished printing, getting ready to ship to fulfiller. Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller. Lunars Screen and Booklet – At KS fulfiller. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Deluxe printing. PDF and PoD on sale at DTRPG. V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Backer PDF getting errata. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Thanksgiving here in the US on Thursday. Also known as Turkey Day (and the day for the MST3K Marathon)!
  2. In which the Eddy and Dixie cover for Matthew and talk about the challenges of playing games as game design professionals! We are very distracted Why game designers play games Rise of solo play (fact check: We did have a solo play stretch goal on the Demigod Kickstarter) Why Eddy keeps getting his dog’s name wrong When’s the last time I played a game for fun? Playtesting and white room balance is bullshit Playing in games you worked on Social anxiety and Gamehole Con Dixie’s Switch tangent Research and enjoyment aren’t binary Characters we don’t usually play Doing things that could be for work but for play Optimum group sizes for video chat Games that surprised us Links: Phasmaphobia: https://store.steampowered.com/app/739630/Phasmophobia/ Danielle’s chaos game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOp2TswC4ac Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord (#onyx-pathcast): https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  3. Wow, what a week, huh? Here are a few of our favorite distractions for getting through these tough times with … Cypher Chronicles, vol. 41-2020 The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 41-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  4. In which the Eddy runs a game of Trinity for Dixie and Matthew! CW: We are playing a game that deals with fighting against corrupt cops and also possibly human trafficking, along with missing children. Eddy recaps the first two episodes! We play Trinity core. Dixie hacks into everything while Matthew goes on dates. Links: Trinity Part One: https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/e/episode-122-trinity-part-1/ Trinity Part Two: https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/e/episode-126-trinity-part-2/ Trinity Core: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/260788/Trinity-Continuum-Core-Rulebook Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  5. “Ah,” Archimedes nodded and gestured to a chair and for Fisher to take a seat. He say across form the boy, crossing his legs and straightening his vest before continuing. “Fisher, Zeus knows. I assure you he's known for quite some time, because I told him. I wouldn't keep something like that from him for reasons just like this: somewhere there is always someone trying to get the upper hand on you with blackmail or other such form of skullduggery. My father trusts me to handle my affairs down here in the World, so I keep things honest with him. He's not a monster,” he shrugged and smirk. “Despite the legends.” The ancient god laced his fingers together and rest his arms on the table, leaning in a bit to Fisher like a mentor or parents trying to make sure whom they were addressing was listening clearly. “I commend your character, Fisher. Coming here and telling me something like that takes courage, especially since you have no idea how I would react.” He smiled and nodded as he pieced together his next thought. “For now, let Adrianna believe she has the upper hand. Let her keep holding this whole situation over your head like a ripe apple she's threatening to shoot off your head. It may give us some insight into her end game and whether ot not she can be trusted. Use her as she is using you.” “That's a little dishonest, Mr Syracuse.” Fisher grinned. “I'm impressed. You've been hanging around a high school too long.” “Lot's of Game of Thrones,” he quipped. “Besides, I'm the god of Arithmetic, not honesty.” “Make it right?” Sheriff Farrow looked at Austin and shook his head. “Son, near as I can tell you and yours ain't done nothing wrong. Whoever this guy is he's playing us at every angle and got us grabbing our ankles and thanking him for whatever comes next.” “C'mon,” he waved Austin on. “Until Fisher gets here you tell me what it is you're looking for and we'll talk. Looks to me like you got more on your mind than any boy your age had a right to. I've been there. I know.” The two stepped off together and made their past a few officers and medical experts who were called in to make sure it wasn't any sort of mass plague or pandemic about to infect the local population. “You holdin' up okay?” He finally asked as they under the pier. While down right serene and peaceful, the two ladies spent the better part of a half an hour searching for something and about all they came up with was a few torn open condom wrappers, discarded liquor bottles and various cigarette butts left by members of their high school who used this site as a hook up spot. It didn't make sense. There were no signs of any sort of witchcraft here. No discarded items of relics, no bubbling cauldron or small bones or... nothing. “Nadya, I'm looking at Google Maps and....” Rachel reversed their search and sent the pin to northern most route, towards the more populated areas of Salem. After all the triangulation went both ways. If nothing was here, then maybe something was there. “ We've covered nearly a quarter of an acre with super senses. There's nothing here.” “There's gotta be!” she protested. “The math checks out, unless...” “Yeah.” Rachel pursed her lips together and held up her phone to show her bestie what she was looking at. "Oh, you gotta be kidding me..." Nadya's face went pale. Twenty minutes later... “You're sure?” Nadya asked Rachel. “This can't be right. Please tell me this is not right.” “Yup.” Rachel said lazily, more displeased by the sudden revelation the two ladies were facing than anything else. “Positive. Fan-fucking-tastic.” The two ladies stood in front of a massive gate to massive private residence. The mansion was situated behind tall walls and it looked like it belonged more in Beverly Hills than Salem. A bright white exterior and open air balconies added a charm to the place along with the large white columns supported the large gabled walkway that led to the front entrance. Nadya didn't want to believe it, but she knew the home because she'd been there before. The bronze plaque bolted to the wall outside the gate read: 'Rhodes'. “Well, poo.” Nadya huffed.
  6. Say Hi to LaTia! Say Hi to SUPERHEROES! Say Hi to scores of weird science-fantasy creatures for 5e! The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 40-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  7. When disaster strikes or menace looms, the best among us don’t run from danger—they run toward it! The Heroes of … Announcing Heroes of the Cypher System The post Announcing Heroes of the Cypher System appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  8. By Sarah L. Stewart Several months ago I joined a team working on a new book for the Slarecian Vault. I was tasked with writing the bulk of the first three chapters of the Frostlands of Fenrilik. Those chapters introduce the setting and describe various backgrounds, locations, NPCs, story hooks, and encounters found on the far northern continent of Fenrilik in the Scarred Lands world setting. I was excited to participate on this project as it’s a great location in the Scarred Lands. Very little was said about it in the original Scarred Lands publications, giving us plenty of room to expand and enrich the setting. I’ve been a Game Master for many, many years, but only been a professional writer for a handful. I’ve written many technical papers, but I know the Scarred Lands setting really well and felt confident that I could write about it. A bit back, Onyx Path published my first fantasy novel, set in the Scarred Lands. I started publishing on the Slarecian Vault at the beginning of this year with some small titles. Fenrilik was my first time writing for an RPG as part of a large team. I was given a list of areas to cover and a specific word count for each chapter, but otherwise I had relatively free rein on how to write it. I took my initial inspiration from the style of many of my favorite Scarred Lands setting books for the D&D 3.X system (Mithril, Shelzar, Hallowfaust, Calastia, etc.): most chapters in these books started with in-world first-person observations from an NPC, like from a letter, report, journal, ancient text, or similar. I decided on the journal of a scholar visiting Fenrilik from the continent of Ghelspad (where the majority of Scarred Lands content takes place). Before writing anything, I kicked things off by watching a few documentaries on the Antarctic (which was amusing, as at the time we were having 90+ degree Fahrenheit weather). Then I wrote several pages of my scholar’s adventures: crossing the ocean to Fenrilik, meeting various people there, what she saw, how she felt, etc. I created an awesome, rich story for the character. Then I submitted those pages to our development lead for his feedback. He cut out over half of it. “This is all neat stuff,” he said, “but it doesn’t bring anything to the party for Fenrilik itself.” I was disappointed at first but, after a tiny bit of thinking about it from the perspective of a GM, realized he was completely right. While a travel journal is fun to read (and write), GMs need quick references when they’re running a game, which is really what I needed to focus on. That became my guidepost for the project: what would I want in a campaign sourcebook? I kept the journal for the establishing sections, but I shifted my focus in the straight-up game content sections to mostly the facts, with touches of flavor. When I pick up RPG sourcebooks (as opposed to rule books) I look for: Adventure modules (which another project team member was writing) Maps & artwork (left to those with better artistic talents than me) Descriptions of locations the PCs are likely to visit or hear about NPCs the players can meet and interact with Obstacles the PCs can encounter Interesting setting elements the PCs can discover I started world-building. Who are the people of Fenrilik? What are they like? What’s important to them? How do they survive in this incredibly harsh environment? And what will the PCs (whether native to Fenrilik or from elsewhere on Scarn) need to do to survive as well? I also needed this new material to be consistent with the original descriptions of Fenrilik published in Strange Lands: Lost Tribes of the Scarred Lands, as well as what’s in the Scarred Lands Players Guide. Personally, I love those kinds of constraints. Give me a blank white page and I don’t know where to start. Give me a few constraints and the words start to spill out of my brain onto the page. With all that, just covering the things I find the most useful as a GM turned out to be tough to do, since we had limited word counts for each section. I (and our editor) did a lot of rewriting to squeeze more good content into fewer words. Then, once I got the content written, I needed to go over everything for game rules, balance, and consistency. 5e D&D and the Slarecian Vault have a lot of style guidelines to follow when describing locations, creatures, effects, etc. Plus, word use, word order, capitalization, spelling, and fonts are all important. Sticking to the proper styles helps GMs and readers easily understand how the new content fits into the existing game rules and find what they need during a game. For example, you say, “Make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw,” and not “Make a Dex Save at DC 13.” Luckily, both Wizards of the Coast and Onyx Path provide great style guides that help writers get it right (and we also had a great development lead and a great editor, both of whom checked everything for mistakes. I’m eternally grateful for their hard work). Be sure to keep all these style guides in mind when you write your own titles for the Vault. With multiple writers on a project like this one, it was very important that we were all consistent, especially with overlapping materials. One person couldn’t describe a location as underground while another put it on top of a hill. Part of our development lead’s job was to make sure everything locked like LEGO bricks. It was a blast seeing it all come together. For the previous RPG titles I’d worked on, I only worked with one or two other people at a time. This time there was a large group of us, and we actively collaborated on several areas. In one case I created a location while other contributors each created the people, the related adventure, the map, and the art. We threw ideas around back and forth, growing and enriching the concepts. The writer working on the adventure content also decided to include my journal-writer character as an element of her adventure. I even got to run a playtest of her adventure (and some of my own game elements), so she could take notes and improve her content. I very much look forward to working with her again in the future! In fact, I’d love to do more close collaborations like these the next time I work on a big title. Even if it’s not easy to coordinate with everyone, I think it produced some of our best work. Frostlands wasn’t a perfect project, and we did make a few mistakes along the way. Since we were writing for the Slarecian Vault, we didn’t use Onyx Path’s official RPG project processes. Communication fell apart in a few places, and a couple of people on the project got pulled away by regular life stuff preventing them from finishing their parts. As a result, a few things came in after our original deadlines (and we crunched a little at the end to make sure everything was completed on time). There was also some confusion around ownership and access. We learned lessons, though, like having a document repository, using standard naming conventions (Especially for file versions!), having clear lines of delivery and communications, and probably having more frequent check-ins (all things to keep in mind for your own RPG projects). Yet despite our obstacles, we made something awesome. And personally, I’m not done quite yet. I plan to reincorporate the cut parts of that travel journal, with expanded materials, add a new map and some other content, and put it all out on the Slarecian Vault as an extra little title that people can use alongside Frostlands of Fenrilik. I hope you check it out. I’m also planning to stream a game on two set in Fenrilik on Twitch, if you want to see a “Master GM” at work with their crazy friends. Anyway, I hope you pick up and enjoy Frostlands of Fenrilik when it comes out and think about adding to this rich setting yourself. And remember to keep your stick on the ice, and never lick a crawling glacier!
  9. In which Eddy runs part two of his Trinity Continuum game for Matthew and Dixie! Things go wrong at a police station — will the agents of Archangel manage to extract their team members from a false charge? Animal Crossing Newspapers and doom scrolling Links: First session: http://theonyxpath.com/episode-122-trinity-part-1/ Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/260788/Trinity-Continuum-Core-Rulebook?affiliate_id=548232 Hacker Typer: https://hackertyper.net/ Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
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  11. Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: the Lunars Storyteller Screen for Exalted 3rd Edition! Shapeshifters, monster-heroes, divine apex predators — the Lunar Exalted are all these and more. Once they reigned over the First Age alongside the Solars, but in this fallen era, ten thousand Dragon-Blooded sit upon Creation’s stolen throne. The Lunars of the Silver Pact wage war against the Realm, stemming the tide of its imperialist expansion and bleeding away its strength. Also available in PDF and Image: Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Map for Exalted 3rd Edition! Shapeshifters, monster-heroes, divine apex predators — the Lunar Exalted are all these and more. Once they reigned over the First Age alongside the Solars, but in this fallen era, ten thousand Dragon-Blooded sit upon Creation’s stolen throne. The Lunars of the Silver Pact wage war against the Realm, stemming the tide of its imperialist expansion and bleeding away its strength. This digital edition is a map of Creation from the Lunars perspective – with additional emphasis on The Caul. Sales The Halfoween Sale continues on IPR, with 50% off Chronicles of Darkness prestige edition releases until November 1st, or while supplies last! Beast: The Primordial is already sold out! DriveThruRPG also launched its own Halloween Sale, with over 200 discounted PDFs from Onyx Path! Kickstarter Update The Kickstarter for World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters launched two weeks ago! We funded to 100% in just over three hours, and are currently at 253% of our $20,000 goal, or $50,619, thanks to our 864 backers! We’ve reached the following stretch goal: World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters Storytellers Screen Paranormal Investigator’s Toolkit: Expanded Hunting Monsters: Expanded Backer T-Shirt Digital Wallpaper Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: They Came from Beyond the Grave!: They Came from Beyond the Grave! Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Legendlore: Legendlore Vampire: The Masquerade: Cults of the Blood Gods Mage: The Ascension: Technocracy Reloaded Chronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The Renegades Chronicles of Darkness: Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition Chronicles of Darkness: Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Vigil Watch: Dromyas Songs of Ghelspad Chase Across Ghelspad: Vengeance of the Shunned Side Quests (also available in print!) Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Scion: Nautical Adventures Scion: Divine Menagerie Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  12. Subtitle: Program Information Banner: Content Title: D&D Virtual Play Weekends Content Text: The success of virtual play offerings at events such as D&D Live and D&D Celebration has shown a desire for more opportunities to share our love for all things Dungeons & Dragons. As we continue to evolve how we connect with one another, we’re excited to announce a new program for players worldwide to play D&D together on a regular basis. D&D Virtual Play Weekends is a monthly program that serves as a “mini-convention” for D&D tabletop play. We’ve partnered with our premier event organizer Baldman Games to bring this program to you! Connect with your friends around the world and play D&D with some of the best Dungeon Masters anywhere. Bring your favorite D&D Adventurers League characters to play debut content, all from the comforts of your own home. And we have more features planned—stay tuned! Event Features Each month, D&D Virtual Play Weekends will feature the following: Monthly D&D tabletop play, starting on Fridays and ending on Sundays New D&D Adventurers League adventures—play them here first! Dungeon Masters can submit and run their adventures outside of D&D Adventurers League Ticketing and registration through the Yawning Portal Organization and table assignments powered by Baldman Games’ Discord Play with some of the best Dungeon Masters around! Event Dates Our next few event dates are listed below. November 13-15, 2020 December 11-13, 2020 January 15-17, 2021 February 19-21, 2021 March 12-14, 2021 Helpful Links and Other Information Player and General Event Information: http://baldmangames.com/virtual-dd-weekends DM Information: http://heraldsguild.com/virtual-dd-weekends Games will be either two or four hours long—time slots may be longer to account for the virtual play format or if games run a little over on time. All Dungeon Masters are vetted and approved by Baldman Games. If you signup to be a Dungeon Master for D&D Adventurers League games, you can also submit your own D&D adventures for play! Future events will open DM-submitted adventures for other DMs. Dungeon Masters are compensated by Baldman Games through sales of tickets at their table. November 2020 Event Specifics Our first theme for this event will be scary. Let’s keep the scary stories rolling into November! Consider our theme “in beta” for now. Themes are fun prompts to help inform DM-submitted adventures and will eventually apply to some D&D Adventurers League adventures as well! Display large thumbnails: Mosaic Columns: Display Submenu: Black text: Hide Store Locator Widget:
  13. In which Eddy, Matthew, and Dixie take a deep dive into World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters! Matthew sells used cars Classic World of Darkness support books “Most Haunted” The two branches of 21st century horror cinema Scooby Doo and the light touch of ghost stories Hunters who might just be wrong Orpheus and other public hunters Dixie isn’t scared by ghosts How to use WoD: GH with the various 20th Anniversary games Our halloween plans YA horror books (more) (again) Links: Ghost Hunters Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/ghost-hunters-for-world-of-darkness-20th-anniversary Most Haunted: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_Haunted The Scooby Doo Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAe5oZpDMgs Geist Second Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/272090/Geist-The-SinEaters-Second-Edition?affiliate_id=548232 Ghostbusters (kind of): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY6xuZR4V4o Costume Quest: https://store.steampowered.com/app/115100/Costume_Quest/ Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  14. In which the trio talks about video and tabletop games they’ve been playing recently! A note on digressions and improv Crusader Kings 3 Matthew gets mad about tutorials The Great Ace Attorney Game Center CX2 Among Us Hades (I’ve made it out several times since we recorded this.) Wildermyth Pendragon A bit on gender biases in games What Eddy’s been playing Can you watch us play games somewhere? We talk a bit about Dixie’s home V5 game Final thoughts Links: Crusader Kings 3: https://www.crusaderkings.com/en Hearts of Iron 4: https://www.heartsofiron4.com/ Great Ace Attorney: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai_Gyakuten_Saiban:_Naruhod%C5%8D_Ry%C5%ABnosuke_no_B%C5%8Dken Game Center CX2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retro_Game_Challenge Among Us: http://www.innersloth.com/gameAmongUs.php Hades: https://www.supergiantgames.com/games/hades/ Wildermyth: https://www.wildermyth.com/ Pendragon: https://www.chaosium.com/pendragon/ Blood Bowl: https://www.bloodbowl.com/ Sentinels of the Multiverse: https://sentinelsdigital.com/ Rick and Morty D&D: https://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/dungeons-dragons-vs-rick-and-morty Forgotten Realms: https://dnd.wizards.com/dungeons-and-dragons/what-is-dd/forgotten-realms Alien RPG: https://www.alien-rpg.com/ Vaesen: https://frialigan.se/en/games/vaesen/ Broken Rooms: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/104277/Broken-Rooms They Came from Beneath the Sea!: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/tcfbts/ Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition: https://www.modiphius.net/products/vampire-the-masquerade-5-edition Ghost Hunters Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/ghost-hunters-for-world-of-darkness-20th-anniversary Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  15. What fantasy worlds inspire you? The classic high fantasy of Tolkien, Zelazny, or Jordan? Modern fantasy like the Harry Potter series, The Dresden Files, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer? The post Godforsaken appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
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