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  1. In which Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy discuss cults, Cults of the Blood Gods, blood, and gods. Is King Bowser a cat? Do we deserve a break? The lasting greatness of Alan Wake IP law, licensed RPGs and video games, and Beckett’s Jyhad Diary Memories of our Scion actual play The Cults of the Blood Gods theme tune Cults of the Blood Gods is on sale via PDF and print on demand! Problems with the Bahari The One True Way (to Golconda) Why religions are appealing to vampires The Leftovers is a magnificent TV show and you should watch it Fringe beliefs emerging in the 21st century The Lancea et Sanctum (from Vampire: The Requiem) are also magnificent and perform miracles! The reasonable nature of Mithraism (when compared to the Sabbat) Why cults are a mundane horror as well as a supernatural one One of our Trails of Ash and Bone stories Children of the Blood teasers Alternate names for the Hecata The emerging popularity of the Hecata Necrotic Plague and why it’s an excellent power (so there) Jason Newberry doesn’t deserve to have eyes The Giovanni Brand Name The Promise of 1528 Why you should buy Cults of the Blood Gods Links: Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk Alan Wake: https://store.steampowered.com/app/108710/Alan_Wake/ Beckett’s Jyhad Diary: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225322/V20-Becketts-Jyhad-Diary?affiliate_id=13 Onyx Pathcast Scion Actual Play: https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/e/episode-102-scion-actual-play-extravaganza-eddy-was-wrong/ Cults of the Blood Gods: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/336233/Cults-of-the-Blood-Gods-Vampire-the-Masquerade-5th-Edition?affiliate_id=13 The Leftovers: https://www.hbo.com/the-leftovers Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/123898/Vampire-The-Requiem-2nd-Edition?affiliate_id=13 Chicago by Night: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/283858/Chicago-By-Night-Vampire-the-Masquerade-5th-Edition?affiliate_id=13 Heaven’s Gate: https://www.heavensgate.com/
  2. Take your mind off current events with a quick tour through some of our favorite artwork from the past year. … Cypher Chronicles, vol. 01-21 The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 01-21 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  3. In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew watch the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and talk all over the film (and each other). You won’t really understand this one if you aren’t watching along, but Eddy will tell you when to press “play.” Also, if you liked the film, feel free to skip this one and we’ll see you in the New Year! Because we… uh… are not kind to the movie. LINK: Hobbit III (Amazon Prime link, the version we watched): https://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-Battle-Five-Armies/dp/B00R2LTNL2
  4. Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition illustration by Ken Meyer, Jr Greetings, changelings! Meghan here, with a preview of two of the many new kiths appearing in the upcoming Kith and Kin supplement for Changeling: The Lost. Please remember that the text is subject to change in final development. Enjoy! Absinthial “Drink it up. Drink it all up. What, you don’t like the taste of your own medicine?” The brews of the True Fae are as strange and wondrous as those who consume them: Wines so dry they leave a mortal gasping for water, smoky whiskies that set the tongue aflame, and of course, absinthe, the green fairy. As with all things in Arcadia, the green fairy is both simpler and more complicated than it seems. Absinthials brewed absinthe for the Gentry. They were taken specifically for their imagination and the places their dreams wandered. The Fae forced them to brew these dreams into the single most potent beverage on either side of the Hedge. Some Lost report seeing their Keepers in the throes of visions from the bright liquid. Most Absinthials escape when the Gentry are in these fits of ecstasy. The dreams they brewed might be gone, but their memories are intact — as intact as any changeling’s, at least. Some continue to brew draughts in the mortal world; be it craft beer, bathtub gin, or draughts made of goblin fruit, these Absinthials constantly try to recreate the potent absinthe they could only brew in Arcadia. Others are content to render others paralyzed by their presence alone. Fickle, perfectionistic, and creative, the Absinthials always want to do things their way. They know what is best, and criticism isn’t something they take lying down. The Absinthials may have brewed the green fairy, but they also are the green fairies, and those who forget that might wind up on the other end of an Absinthial’s wrath. Fairest: She reminds you of nothing so much as a pixie from the Lang color fairy books, with blond hair, green eyes, and a mischievous smile. The bar she runs is always full of the best gossip — and when someone gets too far out of line, why, she just leaves them out back until they’re found passed out the next morning. No harm, no foul. Wizened: Some say his brews force the speaker to tell the truth. Others say he’s just really good at getting people drunk. His favorite saying is “In vino veritas” and he never passes up a chance to prove it. Kith Blessing: When brewing a drink with any fae ingredient with Crafts, an Absinthial achieves an exceptional success with three successes instead of five. Green Fairy’s Curse: Once per scene, an Absinthial can spend a point of Glamour to inflict the visions of her imagination on a single target who can perceive her directly. Her player rolls Manipulation + Expression + Wyrd, contested by the target’s Composure + Wyrd. Upon success, the victim suffers the Insensate Tilt (Changeling, p. 330) during action scenes, which becomes the Ravaged Condition (Changeling, p. 344) in other scenes, as they are paralyzed by beautiful dreams or brain-freezing nightmares. Once Ravaged resolves, the victim immediately suffers the Confused (Changeling, p. 335) Condition as she slowly comes back to herself. The curse does not work on True Fae or Huntsmen. Arcadian Absinthe Brewed by changelings of the Absinthial kith, true Arcadian absinthe is a mix of wormwood, fennel, peaches from the groves of Faerie, and the dreams of the Absinthial in charge of the batch. It tastes much sweeter than most absinthe and glows a bright green. Gentry who consume it suffer either the Lethargic (Changeling, p. 342) or Wanton (p. 346) Condition. All others who consume it suffer both. Arcadian absinthe is extremely difficult to brew outside of Arcadia itself. Brewing it in the Hedge requires a Hedgespinning paradigm shift with five successes, and the specific peaches needed can’t be Hedgespun; they must come from Faerie. This absinthe is impossible to brew in the mortal world. Spiegelbild “I’m sick of this ‘fairest of them all’ crap! Go find an Artist and get them to paint your portrait if you’re that self-absorbed, don’t waste my time!” Mirrors should be flawless, perfect reflections, but usually, they’re not. A mirror tells truths, often ones a viewer doesn’t want to see, showing you your swollen pimple, the poppyseed between your teeth that’s been there all day, the dark stain cheating on your wife left in your eyes. The mirror knows your secrets, and your reflection has no interest in hiding them from you — or from anybody else. Particularly not a Spiegelbild. Spiegelbilder are not mirror people, but they’re close cousins. They’re not Mirrorskins either, but the two kiths are like refractions of each other. A Keeper may have trapped a Spiegelbild in a mirror to serve as an adviser. While she was there, she made friends: with the creatures peeking in, with others stuck in the liminal space between Arcadian mirrors, with light itself. A Spiegelbild’s new friends might help her escape — though in Arcadia, everything has a cost. For many Spiegelbilder, that cost is telling a truth that may make their new friends feel much less generous. Spiegelbilder are bound by the twin pillars of reflection and refraction: telling the truth doesn’t mean you can’t emphasize some things and minimize others. Still, even the chattiest knows that some truths are better left untold. Before her durance, a Spiegelbild was likely in the business of truth and appearances, though this can range from investigative journalism to a nail technician gig. She was someone people spoke to in confidence, someone who had just the kind of face that made it seem okay to tell her anything — off-the-record, of course. But the kind of person who becomes a Spiegelbild doesn’t keep secrets forever. She never did, and she never will. Darkling: She always seems to sneak up on you — even when you’re walking toward her, it’s impossible to make a good estimate of just how far away she is. And she stands too close, her grin too sunny as she leans down to your ear, sing-songing a lullaby of the violent secrets you’ve kept from everyone else. Fairest: Their ebony hair glitters like light reflecting off the sea, and their lips gleam as red as the ripest apple, the freshest blood. You see yourself reflected in the flat, knowing obsidian of their eyes. Your reflection changes, and your goosebumps rise, and those red, red lips smile, as if they can smell your sweat. Kith Blessing: When a Spiegelbild uses Persuasion to talk their way out of making a promise, achieving three successes counts as an exceptional success. Mirror, Mirror: By spending a point of Glamour and making a successful Wits + Composure roll, the Spiegelbild may use a reflective surface to enter mirror space until the end of the scene. With an instant action, she can look through any mirror she knows the location of and use all of her senses (including magical ones) to perceive what’s on the other side as though she were there. Her face appears in the reflection when she does, and the Wyrd compels her to tell the truth to anyone who asks a question of her, though nothing automatically makes that obvious. She can prevent her face from appearing with Manipulation + Stealth contested by the opponent’s Wits + Composure, but even if she succeeds, anyone who asks a question of the mirror (not just in its presence) still compels a truthful response even if they have no way of knowing she’s there. Breaking the mirror doesn’t force her out, but does impose the temporary Blind Condition (Changeling: The Lost, p. 334) on the changeling, which resolves at the end of the scene — even if she ends this power early, returning from mirror space as another instant action. Any dramatic failure while using this power can, at the Storyteller’s discretion, cause the changeling to become lost in mirror space rather than returning when this power ends.
  5. In which Matthew interviews two of the contributing authors to the upcoming Scarred Lands mega campaign, Jessica Ross and Hiromi Cota! I wanna C.O.O.L. R.I.D.E.R. Dead Man’s Rust is coming to Kickstarter Hiromi’s many and varied contributions to Dead Man’s Rust! Jessica’s wide and wonderful contributions to Dead Man’s Rust! What exactly is Dead Man’s Rust about? Where does it start, and what’s the end game? How did Jessica get into roleplaying, and her mixed relationship with D&D How Hiromi got into roleplaying waaay back when Hiromi’s experiences as a writer with a diverse background The dangers of pigeonholing authors Hiromi and Jessica’s dream projects Check out our Kickstarter! Links: Grease 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_2 Scarred Lands Player’s Guide: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/197803/Scarred-Lands-Players-Guide-OGL-5e?affiliate_id=13 Scarred Lands Creature Collection: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/304849/Scarred-Lands-Creature-Collection-OGL-5e?affiliate_id=13 Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition: https://dnd.wizards.com/ Blue Rose: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/203007/Blue-Rose-The-AGE-RPG-of-Romantic-Fantasy?affiliate_id=13 7th Sea: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/185462/7th-Sea-Core-Rulebook-Second-Edition?affiliate_id=13 Dragonriders of Pern: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonriders_of_Pern The Time of Troubles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_Troubles_(Forgotten_Realms) Shadowrun: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/286850/Shadowrun-Sixth-World-Core-Rulebook?affiliate_id=13 Broken Earth Series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/112296-the-broken-earth Hiromi’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Hiromi-Cota/e/B0854H5MQ2%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Starfinder Threefold Conspiracy Adventure Path: https://paizo.com/store/starfinder/adventurePath/threefoldconspiracy Trinity Anthology May Edition: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088PKH7G9/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6 Jessica’s website: https://www.writejess.com Hiromi’s website: https://www.hiromicota.com Jessica’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/writejessr Hiromi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/hiromicota 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
  6. Great news: We have Beasts of Flesh and Steel in our hot little hands! Less great news: The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 36-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  7. In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew bring back a game we accidentally made back in episode 80 and design nine games based on random prompts. We’re back from vacation! Not really. Rules of the game Dixie: Werewolf of Wall Street (and Pokemon) Matthew: Into the Beyond (and Starjammer) Eddy: War of the World Tortoises (and colonialism) Dixie: Heir Apparent (and murder mystery parties) Eddy: After the Fact (and kids in cyberpunk) Matthew: Snowglobe (and the fun of mixed groups) Dixie: No Return (and problematic cyberpunk designs) Eddy: Hearts of State (and romance in RPGs) Matthew: Descend and Conquer (and avoiding dark elves) What are our favorites? LINKS The EC episode where Eddy talks about Pokemon deathmatches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5I6uo39ujQ Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_in_the_22nd_Century Cybergeneration: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/25143/Cybergeneration-The-2nd-Edition?affiliate_id=548232
  8. that said there are some games, that you might be able to join, you'd have to PM the people running them. Weirder Stuff and Scion Modern Mythology are still going.
  9. Gag! Choke! Yes, the They Came From Beyond the Grave! Kickstarter funded last week, and we’re all really thrilled that it will be over-printed to get copies in stores and that now it can start building some extra projects thanks to the generosity of our backers. Thanks, folks! With three weeks left to run, we figure that with good word of mouth we’ll be able to open up a good solid handful of monsters for the Monsters From the Crypt book we’re building with Stretch Goals, as well as more projects we haven’t yet revealed. So, spreading the word if it looks cool to you is important – please do it if you get the chance! But if support trickles in rather than gushes – that’s OK, too! What we want with our new games is enough support in terms of backers so that the Kickstarter lives up to its name. A little kick that gets the final book into stores and the hands of folks who will play it, or a great big kick into even more of both are both excellent outcomes. One is just more biggerer and means we’ve got a larger base group to start with. Having had both in the forty-some KSs we’ve run, there are challenges to either situation. A lot of biggerer KSs, for us and for a lot of other TTRPG companies, wind up being logistically hard to handle because no one involved is truly ready for how problems multiply at 4,000+ backers. But littler KSs can sometimes not make enough to cover the costs if printing or shipping suddenly goes up. We’ve been lucky in that we never had a KS that actually ran at a loss, but it has been close! So, challenges for both, like I said. Finally, in talking about They Came From Beyond the Grave!, I just wanted to give you some first-hand thoughts about our game that was played at our Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Con a month-ish ago. First, here’s the link to our Actual Play on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/qLEFXntIa3g If you’re not into watching an hour-plus of a gang of gamers explore a creepy old house in the 1970s, or at least roleplay doing that as we sit in little windows, I’m told that the Onyx Pathcast on Friday, August 7th will contain an audio presentation of this gaming session. I really was looking forward to playing this. It was my third game in three days, which is the most TTRPG playing in that amount of time that I’ve done for years. But, I went into it knowing I’d be playing a Professor, and one that had been a bit messed up by the secrets he had uncovered through his career. So, I figured he’d be a natural for shouting out lines and Quips, which would make diving into a new game much easier. In fact, I’d just been in a game that weekend with Dixie, but I’d never had Matthew as a GM, and didn’t know Ian or B. Dave. Fortunately, once again the weird Professor role allowed me to do my thing while getting used to how they played their characters – and if you watch the Actual Play, you can see that Ian worked up to his character a bit, as he had a dark secret or two, while B. Dave went all-in from the start. Which was a delight, and allowed Dixie and I to work out some banter and methodology for how our characters worked together: she was hip and driven, and I was weird. Our time partnered up even gave me a chance to come up with pseudo-scientific catch-phrases in addition to the Quips Matthew provided! V5 Let the Streets Run Red art by Ken Meyer, Jr Here’s Dixie, with some thoughts about the game: “I love how it does camp along with actual horror, and the cinematics like costume change and dramatic meteorology make for amazing scene changes. I had so much fun watching B. Dave’s character and also getting lost in the red room and drenched in blood was a highlight.” Speaking of costuming, I really think this game could be a fantastic opportunity to wear both 60s/70s and kinda Victorian clothes while playing. And the “costume change” cinematic card did come in handy for us after getting soaked in blood up to our waists, as Dixie and I used the card so that as we entered the room where the other characters waited, we were in two totally different, but non-blood soaked ensembles! For myself, I did adopt one bit of costume: round tinted glasses. In the webcam, no one could easily see my eyes, which was really interesting and helped me keep a little mystery going along with the weird science stuff. In my mind, I was modeling myself on the dark glasses-wearing Quincy Harker from the old Tomb of Dracula comic by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan. It must have worked too, because at one point Dixie wondered if the glasses were because I actually was a vampire or at least a ghoul. Which was a great example of how just one bit of costuming or prop can create a whole different set of reactions while we’re playing. System-wise, everything flowed really easily and intuitively and the added system elements like Quips and Cinematics made sense where they fit into the base Storypath System. By the time we realized that we needed to head towards the episode’s denouement, it was obvious that the four of us could have played these characters locked in a broom closet and still have come up with tons of fun roleplay, so it was very smart of Matthew to move us towards the big reveal or we probably would still be playing and have only gotten through half the mansion (and plot). And a satisfying ending it was, too. Everybody got to do their characterful things, and Matthew got to give us the big reveal (no, I’m not going to tell you. You gotta check it out!). Some fiery atmospherics, and we were out in the murder mansion’s driveway again, battered but maybe a tad wiser. Maybe. And with clues towards a larger menace to face in the future! Here’s Matthew’s takeaway of the session: “They Came From (in both its iterations) is always a joy to run, with players and audiences alike responding well to its combination of madcap laughs, hammy acting, and fun, gameplay and narrative altering mechanics. I really couldn’t have asked for a better group to show the game off at Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention, with Ian, Rich, and Dixie each adding their own creative flair to their characters, while B. Dave Walters stole the show with his smoooooth P.I., using the Raconteur Archetype. One thing that stands out most to me from that session, is how differently it played to the session I ran for Red Moon Roleplaying (the third episode of which they’re uploading tomorrow!). Both games were great fun, but struck a different tone and style, and I think that speaks to the flexibility of the game and the characteristics the players brought to each game. Both are great fun and contain a lot of laughs, so please check them out!” Nuff said! Please give it a look-see! Titanomachy art by Felipe Gaona What Did We Talk About At Today’s Meeting? Thanks for asking! For World of Darkness fans, it’s the return of the Dog Days of Summer Sale at IPR. From July 30th to August 31st, all Vampire 20th Anniversary deluxe books, screens, and dice are 50% off! And so are select Werewolf 20th and Wraith 20th deluxe books and screens! Exclusively at Indie Press Revolution! In our ongoing efforts to try and connect gaming with helping out our communities during this tough period, a good number of the Twitch games running on our channel this week will donate proceeds to various charities including RAINN, the US’s largest anti-sexual violence organization; The Trevor Project, the national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth; the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people; and The Bail Project, a national nonprofit organization that provides free bail assistance and pretrial support to thousands of low-income people every year. If you have a chance, you can enjoy watching some great gaming and elect to contribute to some worthwhile causes. Yugman‘s art by Shen Fei As a reminder, as I think I mentioned this last week, we’re doing our annual Gen Con “What’s Up With the Onyx Path?” panel virtually this year at Gen Con Online. Join Dixie, Eddy, Danielle Lauzon, maybe Matthew if the trans-Atlantic timing works out, and myself as we discuss just what we’re doin’ these days, dontcha know! Finally, as I’ve gone on about pretty much since the pandemic started, we’re looking at more and more ways to enable folks to play our games virtually. This week we have a Virtual Table Top “encounter pack” going on sale at DTRPG that is usable for your VTT playing: Hunt for the Red Widow, a short encounter designed starting Talents in the Trinity Continuum Core setting. It has the storyline written up, character tokens for the antagonists, maps, and some new powers, all the pieces needed to play through chasing down the Red Widow and her minions after their theft of a valuable artifact hidden by the Aeon Society. It’s designed to be easily fit into your virtual gaming, and just as easily into face-to-face gaming, too! Give it a run through and let us know what you think! After all, we need to hear from you as to which of the many projects we’re getting out there work for you, so that we can create more ways to explore our: Many Worlds, One Path! Blurbs! Kickstarter! The They Came From Beyond the Grave! Kickstarter funded last week, and as it finishes its first full week we have opened up (like a crypt!) the Screen and the first section of Monsters from the Crypt: a book containing More Monsters! Next up in Stretch Goals are the T-Shirt and even More Monsters! Thanks to all of you who have pledged to enable this fantastic project and its Stretch Goals! Here’s a specially-made special trailer by the brilliant Larry Blamire: And keep your eyes open for: Onyx Path Media! This week: Scion Status Update Roundtable featuring the affable Neall Raemonn Price! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ With They Came from Beyond the Grave! haunting Kickstarter, let’s take a look at some of the media related to that game! Over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath, Vorpal Tales are running their first campaign of They Came from Beyond the Grave! This follows their fantastic They Came from Beneath the Sea! campaign, and I really think you should check it out! Their YouTube channel has episode one right here: https://youtu.be/Q6na0WHTfjo Meanwhile, over on YouTube, our friends at Red Moon Roleplaying have started their own They Came from Beyond the Grave! story, with their usual excellent editing, quality, and in this case, a lovely cast of players led by Director, Matthew Dawkins! Come join in and listen to the Cult of Abaddon at play: https://youtu.be/RDYzNbk7VkQ Also on YouTube, Larry Blamire’s hilarious trailer for They Came from Beyond the Grave! has dropped and is there for your viewing pleasure. It’s a testament to the kinds of stories you can tell using this game: https://youtu.be/NP65PlAw7mI And finally, also on YouTube, in case you missed it we have the actual play of They Came from Beyond the Grave! that Matthew ran for Rich Thomas, Ian Muller, Dixie Cochran, and B. Dave Walters. Dare you enter Karnstein Manor? https://youtu.be/qLEFXntIa3g This week on Twitch, expect to see a whole heap of games, including a lot of games we’re running for charity!: Scarred Lands – RAINN RPG Chaos, with Danielle Lauzon – Transgender Law Center Cavaliers of Mars, with Vorpal Tales – The Trevor Project They Came from Beneath the Sea!, with Ravyn Evermore – The Trevor Project V5, with Gehenna Gaming – RAINN They Came from Beyond the Grave! – The Bail Project They Came from Beneath the Sea!, with PolishedCryptid – The Trevor Project Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous Exalted Essence, with Monica Speca – Transgender Law Center Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds Chronicles of Darkness – Tooth & Claw 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: Storytellers with Coffee: Technocracy Reloaded – https://youtu.be/hb44inqafmE Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion Episode 23 – https://youtu.be/-O-74ePyQC4 (Matthew’s favourite) Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds Episode 8 – https://youtu.be/PFBYHw5TqoM Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Session Zero – https://youtu.be/5u9haYcXHa8 Storytellers with Coffee – Changeling: The Lost and Other Games – https://youtu.be/K7STCgIi8RY Storytellers with Coffee – The Games of Onyx Path – https://youtu.be/QxRRq-WQytg Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! The ExaltCast continues with its superb breakdown of Exalted, hosted by Monica Speca and Exalted Writer Chazz Kellner. Check out their array of episodes (the show’s only just started!) over at http://www.exaltcast.com/ Our very own Chris Allen continues his chronicle of Werewolf: The Forsaken here and on Twitch: https://youtu.be/FyghldnRGPM 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! Virtual TableTop! This Weds, we are releasing a Virtual Tabletop encounter pack for the Trinity Continuum Core: Hunt for the Red Widow on DTRPG! Hunt for the Red Widow is a short encounter designed starting Talents in the Trinity Continuum Core setting. When a renowned but mysterious thief known as The Red Widow steals an ancient artifact from the Æon Society’s vaults, it is up to the party to track her down and recover the device. She is heading to an old ruin said to unlock the artifact’s true power. Can the heroes reach her in time? Inside you’ll find: A short encounter for use with the Trinity Continuum Corebook Two new antagonists: The Red Widow, and her minions, known simply as “Ghosts.” Virtual tabletop tokens are included to represent the antagonists Two maps, ready to be uploaded into your virtual tabletop platform of choice New Anomaly Powers. On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order It’s the return of the DOG DAYS OF SUMMER SALE! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday, part the fourth of Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad, a multi-part PDF for Scarred Lands will be adventuring on DTRPG! This section of Yugman’s includes: 6 new Backgrounds detailing Devotional and Political societies Two new subclasses Nine new spells New equipment and magic items Plus, as mentioned above, also this Weds, we are releasing a Virtual Tabletop encounter pack for the Trinity Continuum Core: Hunt for the Red Widow on DTRPG! Hunt for the Red Widow is a short encounter designed starting Talents in the Trinity Continuum Core setting. When a renowned but mysterious thief known as The Red Widow steals an ancient artifact from the Æon Society’s vaults, it is up to the party to track her down and recover the device. She is heading to an old ruin said to unlock the artifact’s true power. Can the heroes reach her in time? Inside you’ll find: A short encounter for use with the Trinity Continuum Corebook Two new antagonists: The Red Widow, and her minions, known simply as “Ghosts.” Virtual tabletop tokens are included to represent the antagonists Two maps, ready to be uploaded into your virtual tabletop platform of choice New Anomaly Powers. 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: PAX Unplugged: https://unplugged.paxsite.com/ Keep an eye out for our games being run at the online version of GenCon at the end of the month, as well as our What’s Up With the Onyx Path? panel currently slated for 1pm, Thursday July 30th! https://www.gencon.com/online/ 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 Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) CtL 2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire) Trinity Continuum: Anima Second Draft Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) 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) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Manuscript Approval Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Post-Approval Development Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum) LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Post-Editing Development City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) Indexing Lunars: Fangs At The Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction Tales of Aquatic Terror WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) Aberrant Hunter: The Vigil 2e Mummy 2 Deviant – Sam doing fulls for this next. Contracting out all the rest. Legendlore Technocracy Reloaded Cults of the Blood God – Rolling along. Scion: Dragon (KS) – Splats contracted. Masks of the Mythos (KS) – KS art contracted, a couple of finals already in. Scion: Demigod (KS) – KS art in progress. They Came From Beyond the Grave! (KS) – KS running. TC: Adventure! (KS) – Cover is in. Geist: One Foot In the Grave In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad Vigil Watch TC Aeon Terra Firma V5 Let the Streets Run Red – Almost wrapped up, still working on Loresheets. Pugmire Adventure Scion Titanomachy Trinity Core Jumpstart Proofing Trinity Aeon Jumpstart – PoD files updated. Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Indexing. Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs Magic Item Decks (Scarred Lands) Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) At Press TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – PoD proof on the way. TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – Files at press. They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Shipping from printer to KS fulfiller, PoD proofs on the way. Pirates of Pugmire – Shipping from printer to KS fulfiller. Pirates of Pugmire Screen – Files at press. Dark Eras 2 – Files at press. Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet – Files at press. Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Dark Eras Compilation – PoD proof on the way. Contagion Chronicle – Press prep. Contagion Chronicle Screen and Booklet – Files at press. Lunars Wall Scroll Map – Files at press. Lunars Screen and Booklet – Files at press. Scarred Lands Creature Collection – Printing. Scion Companion – PoD proofs ordered. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Today marks 80 years since the first named appearance of Bugs Bunny on screen. A Wild Hare in 1940 was his first appearance as Bugs. He did appear earlier as a Bugs-like rabbit in Porky’s Hare Hunt, but he was unnamed in the episode. Guess they liked the reaction to his character enough to give him a name. For several generations that grew up with the cartoons, especially run in blocks on TV, Bugs was an anarchic, rebellious, and sarcastic role model – very often the first that young minds were exposed to. You can tell because even to this day we quote certain lines, like my old WW buddy Ken Cliffe who often replied to questions about whether the text for game books would hit deadlines with “Could be, rabbit. Could be.”
  10. Now available in PDF and print-on-demand from DriveThruRPG: Pirates of Pugmire! “Out here on the Acid Sea, it doesn’t matter what your house is or what noble family you’re fidescended from. All you need is a sturdy ship, a plastic hull, and a firm wind behind you. And maybe some guns.“ — “Stumpy” Sabu Chromachilde, gecko captain of the Pig’s Tale With the advent of the plastic hull, people of all species took to the Acid Sea to explore, seeking new shores and facing dangers unknown. Life on the sea is different than life in the relative safety of the kingdoms and monarchies. Sailors must face the dangers of hunger, starvation, or becoming hopelessly lost and adrift while the plastic hulls of their boats slowly melt into uselessness. Large portions of the sea remain unexplored and uncharted, denying pirates the assurance of a safe journey home. If treasure is found, there’s always a hostile crew or two out there on the waves, lying in wait to raid returning ships. And twisted corpses of dead sea life animated by Unseen forces haunt the waves. It takes an extra level of grit to brave the Acid Sea. Do you have what it takes? Pirates of Pugmire is a chronicle sourcebook for both Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau. It’s usable with either game, or as part of a joint experience. Some highlights include: Two new species for players to enjoy: lizards and birds Six new callings, including two for dogs and two for cats Rules for building, sailing, and sinking ships A trove of new allies, enemies, and treasures Information on Waterdog Port and Port Matthew “Going on the Account,” a chronicle of three new adventures, taking characters from 1st through 6th level Can you brave the Acid Sea? Also available in print from DriveThruRPG: Buried Bones: Creating in the World of Pugmire! “Is Pugmire a joke? No. Because it can be so much more.” – Eddy Webb Since the release of Pugmire, creator Eddy Webb has gotten a lot of questions. Is Pugmire a “funny” game? Can I play my favorite dog? What products inspired the game? How can I make my Pugmire game as authentic as possible? Collecting a variety of internal documents, email exchanges, blog posts, and community content projects, Buried Bones is the ultimate guide to creating in the Realms of Pugmire. Whether you’re making your own products for the Canis Minor community content program, want to make your personal Pugmire chronicle as accurate as possible, or are just interested in some of the behind-the-scenes details of the world, Buried Bones is the book to read! The writer’s guide shared with all Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau creators! Buried Bones includes: A number of blogs related to the Realms of Pugmire, rewritten for this edition A handy guide to help people convert material from the 5e OGL to Pugmire or Monarchies of Mau Answers to frequently asked questions about the lore of the world and the mechanics of the RPGs Sales It’s Christmas in July on DriveThruRPG! Hundreds of products from Onyx Path and associated community content are 25% off! Kickstarter Update Our latest Kickstarter, They Came from Beyond the Grave!, was launched yesterday, and funded in under five hours! We’re currently at $25,887 of our $20,000 goal, or 129%, thanks to our 476 backers, and we’re on our way to our first stretch goals! Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Scarred Lands: Creature Collection 5e Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Realms of Pugmire: Pirates of Pugmire Vampire: The Masquerade: Cults of the Blood Gods Mage: The Ascension: Technocracy Reloaded Exalted: Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Chronicles of Darkness: Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Chronicles of Darkness: The Contagion Chronicle Chronicles of Darkness: Deviant: The Renegades Chronicles of Darkness: Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition Chronicles of Darkness: Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Storypath has been added to the Storypath Nexus in the last week: Trinity Continuum: Babel Dossier Vol 3: Arsenal of Evil Scion: The New Gods Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell?
  11. Well with Lilly's Departure, Coach Meyers is somewhat concerned, and starts to lean heavily on Cade to join the football team. With a changing dynamic in his life, he decides to give it a shot. He'd join, and quickly end up taking over as quarterback. This would at least start to grow Cade's confidence as a leader, maybe help him actually become a good one. Cade's still game to invite everyone for a fishing trip/fishfry/barbecue at the Pond, not a training thing, but more just a relaxing get-together. Good food, good friends, and outdoor fun. Cade would like to actually see the Smilodon again, both to make sure it's being treated well, and to work with it, because let's face it, he's probably the only one who's got a shot at doing so. Cade is concerned with what he can actually do in the coming fight. Currently his means are purely mundane, and he's worried about that being effective, so he'll want to try to push himself and up his game "Curve the Bullet" stuff maybe.. I want Cade to actually become aware of Dramatic Editing and his ability to do it, at current he's ignorant of it. It could come off that he's always been lucky, things go the way he wants them to more often than not, and he learns that he's actually making his own luck. Cade still needs to actually ask Marissa to homecoming. Probably something that will happen in the current phase of the thread. I see Cade spending a fair amount of time with Marissa, enough that she learns he's into anime and manga. I foresee the Bag of Horrors making an appearance, so that now they both know the dark secrets of each other.
  12. Learning, growing, and exploring through the internet and the datasphere. An interview with Shanna Germain, and an upcoming #SplitTheParty stream with Dominique Dickey. Recommendations for adventure, charity bundles, dino dudes, and much more in this week’s Cypher Chronicles. The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 23-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  13. In which the trio present their live Pathcast recording from the previous weekend’s Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention. A bit of convention recap Convention panel chatrooms? Live Pathcast! We don’t have a plan! What a surprise! We talk about the charities we were supporting A bit about the inception of the Pathcast Some more on the Pathcast, including how we structure and book it Recurring Pathcast bits Dixie and Matthew break into song Who would we…fight? Audience questions! Matthew is…something Things we didn’t get as kids that we get now. Links: Legendlore Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/legendlore-rpg-setting-for-5th-edition-fantasy-roleplaying-0 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. Chicago by Night This week’s actual play spotlight shifts to the fine team over at Red Moon Roleplaying, who hosted an immensely popular actual play of The Sacrifice, from V5 Chicago by Night. The game’s Storyteller was our frequent freelance writer Klara Horskjær Herbøl, with Matthew Dawkins, Craig Austin, and Hjalmar Nordén as players. In this story, we see the dysfunctional coterie struggle with many moral and political quandaries, not the least of which is whether the Lasombra will be permitted to join the Camarilla! You can find the full playlist for the Sacrifice here: https://www.redmoonroleplaying.com/podcast/tag/The+Sacrifice You can buy Chicago by Night from a multitude of venues, including: Indie Press Revolution (traditionally printed) Studio 2 (traditionally printed) Amazon (traditionally printed) Modiphius (traditionally printed) DriveThruRPG (print on demand and PDF)
  15. Hello friends! We’re going to be doing a regular spotlight on some of the fantastic actual plays that have been organised and run for games we publish. Some of them have been hosted or broadcast on our Twitch or YouTube channels, others are on podcasts or via media separate to our channels, but each of them deserves recognition for the excellent work they’re doing bringing new eyes to our games. The first spotlight goes to the ongoing Littlebrook: Reunion, a Changeling: The Lost chronicle run by Chris of The Primogen YouTube channel. This game has covered many highs and lows, along with much of the adored tragedy, hope, and horror of Changeling: The Lost. Not only does Chris invest time and energy crafting his wonderful story, his players routinely bring stellar performances to their show. You can find Littlebrook: Reunion in a couple of places! If you want to view this chronicle live and up to date, check it out over on our Twitch channel: https://twitch.tv/theonyxpath If you want to watch the library of existing sessions of Littlebrook: Reunion, you can find them on this playlist on our YouTube channel. And if you’re interested in buying a copy of Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition, here’s a few links for where you can pick up copies: DriveThruRPG (Print on Demand and PDF) Studio 2 Publishing (Traditionally Printed)
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