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  1. Cade Allister Cade is on steroids, how else could he have set the records he set in track practice? Cade is the latest victim of the Terror Twins, the Jauntsens. Their debauchery has claimed one of the last innocent souls in Shelly High. Cade is dating Marissa to make Lilly Pryor Jealous. All the squirrels in the area are slave to Cade's will. Cade's actually a genius, he just chooses to only apply himself to sports to give everyone else a chance. Dating women is a sham, Cade is secretly in a forbidden relationship with Mr. Bancroft. The Allister family has "A Past" Mr. Bancroft is a criminal mastermind, living off his last big score. Hiring the son of the sheriff is just ironic camoflage. Ian Allister isn't Cade's real dad. Cade's mother learned something she shouldn't have, this is why she died. Cade's actually a superpowered alien hiding his power in a small Montana town. Cade hired the guys who beat Liam Day
  2. All Scion 2nd Edition, Trinity Continuum, and Scarred Lands (5e OGL and Pathfinder) PDFs are DriveThruRPG are 50% off for the rest of the month! Scarred Lands (5e OGL/Pathfinder) Scion 2nd Edition Trinity Continuum Dystopia Rising: Evolution This sale includes Community Content PDFs, on sale for the first time ever! Slarecian Vault (Scarred Lands) Storypath Nexus (Scion and Trinity Continuum) Also on sale are Scarred Lands, Scion, and Trinity Continuum print books and dice via Indie Press Revolution! (New titles activated on or after today’s date, March 25, are not included.)
  3. Type: Features Banner: Text: Over the past few weeks, we have been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and closely following the situation and adjusting as recommended by local governments. That means Wizards of the Coast is working from home as we continue to craft new D&D stories and supplements for our fans. Some D&D streaming programming will be disrupted during this time, including introductions of new series, but we’re working hard on that front to provide as much entertainment as possible. We believe the social connection playing games, including D&D, can continue to be helpful for those of us who feel isolated or alone in our homes in order to stay safe from transmission. As social distancing impacts our ability to get together in person, we wanted to offer the following resources and advice for more remote play—many of which are free. On behalf of the D&D Team, we want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take all necessary precautions. Please take care, and hang in there everyone. Tips & Tricks To help support fans playing D&D digitally, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks for safely enjoying D&D with others without breaking out your 10-foot poles. Basic Rules The Basic Rules for fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons are available for free! Download the free 180-page PDF which includes information on how to create a character, how to play the game, 120 spell descriptions, and tips for Dungeon Masters. Everything you need to start playing Dungeons & Dragons can be found here! Virtual Spaces Taverns can take on many forms. While it may not be advisable to meet in an actual tavern, you can still gather your party before venturing forth. Utilize virtual tabletop platforms like Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds if you prefer using battle maps and minis. You can even find new groups to adventure with online! Manage your campaign virtually using D&D Beyond. D&D Adventurer’s League content can be played and logged from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about how to organize an official Adventurer’s League game here. If you don’t require a battle map and minis to play, programs like Skype, Zoom, and Discord are great for both voice and video chat and free to download. Dice No dice? No problem! If you find yourself dice-less you can still roll a natural 20. We have resurrected an ancient and arcane dice roller for all your digital dice rolling needs. As James Wyatt discovered a few years ago, virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa can roll a d4, d6, d8, d10, d20, or d100. Just ask! Consider the DIY route and create your own paper chits by numbering cardstock pieces and drawing from a hat or bowl to simulate rolling. You’ll be playing D&D like folks in 1977! Support content creators Many content creators in the community may be impacted by the current situation. Check out their work on the Dungeon Master’s Guild and consider tossing a few coins their way if you are able. You can also support the online streaming community by watching other adventures. Check out the Dungeons & Dragons category on Twitch and find a new group to watch. These are just a few ways to enjoy Dungeons & Dragons with your friends and loved ones. Let us know what other solutions you find so we can share them with the wider community! More About Online Tools D&D Beyond Your digital D&D source: fifth edition tools, rules, races, classes, items, spells, monsters and more! D&D Beyond aims to enhance the Dungeons & Dragons experience by making game management easier by putting all of the game information you need to tell fantastic stories with your friends into a digital format, eliminating the need to manually search through books, and taking the load off of players through other features. Learn more at: dndbeyond.com. Fantasy Grounds Fantasy Grounds is an application acting as a virtual online gaming table primarily intended for pen-and-paper style narrative roleplaying games (such as Dungeons & Dragons). Designed to perform many of the things you can do while playing at a conventional gaming table and move it online. Run games as the Dungeon Master or take part as a player, the application provides all the necessary tools to communicate, manage information and perform tasks such as rolling the dice or creating drawings. Learn more at: fantasygrounds.com. Roll20 With the award-winning Roll20 virtual tabletop, you can play Dungeons & Dragons with friends across the world. It's free-to-use, browser based, and features a full suite of tools to quickly build characters, roll dice, and run any campaign. Roll20 provides a rich toolset including a character builder, map tools, dynamic lighting, video and voice chat, and a powerful dice roller. Explore full digital conversions of official D&D content, including ready-to-play adventures, drag-and-drop monsters, integrated rulebooks, and more. Learn more at: Roll20.net. Publication date: 03/20/2020 Tags: Features Texture banner: Show Black text:
  4. We know one book isn’t necessarily enough to satisfy you while you’re in isolation. All this week, Onyx Path has you covered with some amazing free offers. Today’s gift to you: Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition! These are the final days- The signs are clear: Even our pups know That this is the age of the Apocalypse! Werewolf the Apocalypse roared into hobby games in 1992, inspiring a generation of fans to stand up and howl their defiance at a corrupted world in a battle they knew they were doomed to lose. WTA presented the Garou: creatures at once both man and wolf, and filled with a Rage against the evils that would destroy and corrupt both the natural and spirit worlds. Capable of transforming into a variety of forms and blessed with Gifts that enabled superhuman and supernatural powers, the Garou fought many foes, always knowing that in the end they would fall. But what stories would be told and what songs sang of their exploits! This epic tragic story, combined with the unwavering dedication of an unparalleled fan base, is the reason this book is being published. Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition brings the entire World of Darkness experience full circle and will serve as the perfect anniversary milestone to celebrate two decades of gaming the epic sagas of the Garou. What’s in it? All thirteen original tribes, tribe variants and Lost Tribes, with their signature Gifts and Rites updated from the Werewolf: The Apocalypse Revised tabletop rules. Rules for character creation and advancement. Gifts from level one through six, including expanded lists. Updated setting to the modern nights. New full-color original art by Ron Spencer, John Bridges, Steve Prescott, Dan Brereton, Richard Kane Ferguson, and other classic “Apocalypse” artists, as well as classic B&W pieces carefully chosen from the earlier editions.
  5. In which the trio is joined by Danielle Lauzon to talk about Spilled Blood for Vampire: The Requiem, among other things. A bit of off-topic banter We talk about COVID-19 and some politics/economics; skip from 6:30 to 11:00 if you’re not interested Some chat about sensitively playing disease as a threat in Vampire Disease in gaming talk, including some real-world examples, takes us to 24:15 or so (as a content warning) We finally get around to Spilled Blood! Why Danielle put in ten new bloodlines Explaining the Parliamentarians and the Penumbrae Some chatting about lost clans Weirder antagonists, like amaranthine cats and blood worms Playable options! Twice-Cursed! Belial’s Brood! Matthew forces Danielle to make A Choice Eddy reminds us to talk about vampire mermaids Links: Spilled Blood: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/303157/Night-Horrors-Spilled-Blood Thousand Years of Night: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/214130/Thousand-Years-of-Night? Guide to the Night: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257465/Guide-to-the-Night? COVID-19 Tracking Website: shorturl.at/PRVY8 Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  6. Our next Kickstarter is for the Legendlore RPG, and starts on this Thursday, March the 12th, at 2pm Eastern US time! From the Kickstarter: This comes hard on the heels of our fantastic Kickstarter campaign for Hunter: The Vigil 2e, which ended up at over 500% of the funding goal and just a couple of folks away from 2000 backers! Truly, the Vigil was a rewarding one, and we’re thrilled so many folks came along with us on the hunt. Even though we’re jumping right into the new KS for Legendlore, Hunter 2e‘s campaign left us with a number of Stretch Goal projects to continue with, and, for us, Legendlore is such a different kind of project that creatively it is a nice break in our recent string of Kickstarters in the Chronicles of Darkness and V5 game worlds. Legendlore will also be our newest game line to use the d20 system for 5e fantasy gaming, along with Scarred Lands and (much-simplified) the Realms of Pugmire, so that also gives us a chance to stretch some system creative muscles we like to keep toned up. If you’re a fan of D&D, etc. then I think you’ll find a lot of fresh spins you’ll enjoy in how Legendlore treats genre expectations and tropes while still providing a sweeping setting ripe for adventuring in. And if you aren’t so much, I still think you may find value in supporting developer Steffie de Vaan and her creative team’s 2020 take on this multi-decade saga and setting. Like almost every one of our Kickstarters these days, Legendlore is pretty much finished in the writing stages, and backers will get sections of the finished text during the course of the KS campaign. Steffie is working with at least one Twitch streaming group to create actual play episodes showing how Legendlore plays at an actual gaming table, and we’re really looking forward to airing those (and they’ll be linked on the KS page). So, anyone interested is going to have multiple chances to check this project out in a way that works for them, as we’ve been working to set up with each of our KSs. And, James Bell, our Kickstarter Concierge will be back for this KS to once again provide information and guidance, as well as his patented affable banter! V5 Chicago Folio art by Felipe Gaona Items From Our Monday Meeting: In no particular order, which is a lot like our meeting style! DriveThruRPG‘s massive GM’s Day Sale has another week to go, and hoo-boy are there a lot of our PDFs for sale over there! All of our game lines are represented, as well as offerings from the Community Content sites! This was a Twitter note sent out during our meeting by Eddy Webb: “Thanks to Justin Achilli, I got to be in a work meeting where we talk about the aesthetics of urine and throwing bears at the moon.” Which is pretty much true. Mighty Matt McElroy was scheduled to attend Emerald City convention this coming weekend, but the whole con was postponed due to concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). He’d already had a bunch of meetings cancelled out from under him and was figuring on cancelling, when boop! the convention cancelled instead! You folks all take care of yourselves out there! We’re a virtual office, so aren’t going to infect each other, and we don’t have anything currently being manufactured in China, so I’m just encouraging all our folks to stay in and work 20 hour days at their computers. (I’m kidding.) (But not really.) Mirthful Mike Chaney wonders how that’s any different than his usual day, anyway? They Came From Beneath the Sea! Heroic Land Dwellers art by Brian LeBlanc We’re still getting folks asking about whether projects that come out as Advance PDFs will be released in PoD versions or if Backer PDFs will be sold to the public, along with PoDs, on DTRPG. First, we’re always glad to answer folks’ questions, and second, yes, our sales strategy has always been to deliver PDFs and PoDs of projects on DTRPG and so we have been releasing them that way for the whole time we’ve been in business. The only caveats to that are projects we might do like printed Screens offered on Kickstarters, which DTRPG can’t create in PoD form, and recently with the V5 Cults of the Blood Gods Stretch Goal rewards which will only be available in PDF as the V5 managers at Modiphius do not want PoD versions made available. We’ve scheduled a nice surprise for the backers of Exalted 3rd‘s Dragon-Blooded KS that should put some folks’s concerns to rest about getting their rewards. So keep your eyes open for that, DB backers! I’m out next Monday, so Dixie Cochran will be in as our guest MMN blogger! Please be nice to her as she wrangles the rusty and arcane controls for this blog, and I’ll talk to you in two weeks about our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! On Thursday, March 12th at 2pm Eastern US Time we start the Kickstarter for Legendlore! Onyx Path Media! This Friday the Onyx Pathcast Terrific Trio take a deep dive into Vampire: The Requiem 2e‘s Spilled Blood! Messy, but fun! As always this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ We’ve got a stupendous number of shows on Twitch this week! Tune in for V5, Chronicles of Darkness, Scion, Pugmire, Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition, Scarred Lands, MORE Vampire: The Masquerade, Changeling: The Lost, Mage: The Awakening, even more Scarred Lands, Werewolf: The Forsaken and a third Vampire: The Masquerade game! We’ve even got Eddy Webb’s Workshop, which takes you through the development process of our books! Hail Ming! A big shout-out to our three Vampire: The Masquerade games running this week, which have been running week-in, week-out! You can subscribe to our channel over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath to catch up with any episodes you missed! This Ming’s a psycho. Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find the following videos uploaded last week alone: The Onyx Path News: https://youtu.be/zKo1h7bLPE0 Scion: Behind the Screen: https://youtu.be/v9Wo38rl5-Y Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/hxSbemynBLs Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale: https://youtu.be/gKAm-zGxTW4 Even more Scion: Behind the Screen: https://youtu.be/QDSIS_ClFbE A special shout-out to the Scion: Behind the Screen series, which has provided a wonderful entry point for people new to the game! Flying blind on a rocket cycle! Do subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Spare me the madness. In case you missed it last week, the Story Told RPG Podcast continue with their excellent Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition chronicle right here: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/the-78-laments-episode-3-riders-in-the-sky And back once again, the Story Told‘s review of Trinity Continuum: Aeon http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/episode-40-trinity-continuum-on-overview Red Moon Roleplaying‘s V5 Cults of the Blood Gods “The Family” chronicle continues on their YouTube channel, Spotify, their website redmoonroleplaying.com and everywhere else good podcasts and New York City girls might be found! https://youtu.be/J1qCIhMPn7Q Now, the tributes from Ardentia. Even more shows from Occultists Anonymous for all you Mage: The Awakening fans out there! Episode 86: Risky Business Wyrd the Seer prepares to found a legacy and shape her soul. Songbird makes contact with the Carthian Movement. Atratus meets with the Phantasm Society who have a daring plan.https://youtu.be/9XWLaxl_B-Y Episode 87: New Lives Wyrd the Seer pays the price for tying herself to the Rookery. Songbird makes himself useful at the Arrow Armory. Atratus kills Emily Miller.https://youtu.be/ZZklb6-fC7o Please check any of these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) Update: the devs are working on the updates for the roller in both Android and iOS – here is the rundown from them: 1) Redo the UI for system for android. It will look the same as the current design. My goal is to have something ready by Saturday to send out to the Facebook users, asking them if this fixes the issues. This will be a beta type thing. This will break several of the fancy dice. 2) If the above worked out and the android users give all the clear, we’ll redo the graphics system to fix the fancy dice that got broken. We’ll do another android beta through Facebook. This might take up to two weeks, as my schedule allows. 3) If everything worked well, we’ll release to android for real at that point. 4) Port all of the existing stuff to iOS and release on that. On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And NOW Scion Origin and Scion Hero AND Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! The massive GM Day’s Sale continues for another week with huge savings on PDFs from all of our game lines! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/rpg_gmsday.php As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday, we will be releasing the Advance PDF of Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed for Mage: The Awakening 2e AND the electronic, PDF, and physical book PoD releases of Haunting Shadows: the Wraith20th fiction anthology on DTRPG! Conventions! Assuming these conventions are not postponed due to plague, here is our current list: UKGames Expo: https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/ GenCon: https://www.gencon.com/ Tabletop Scotland: https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/ Gamehole Con: https://www.gameholecon.com/ PAX Unplugged: https://unplugged.paxsite.com/ And now, the new project status updates! DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM EDDY WEBB (projects in bold have changed status since last week): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted) RUST (Working Title) (Scarred Lands) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition) Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition) The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades) Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition) M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary) Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core) The Book of Endless Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Second Draft Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!) Development Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Manuscript Approval Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Post-Approval Development Scion LARP Rules (Scion) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Editing Legendlore core book (Legendlore) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (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!) Indexing They Came From Beneath the Sea! (They Came From…!) ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY! In Art Direction Trinity Continuum: Aberrant – Awaiting replies to pings. Hunter: The Vigil 2e (KS) Cults of the Blood God (KS) Mummy 2 – Starting to contract the rest of it. City of the Towered Tombs Let the Streets Run Red – Some finals in. Deviant Legendlore (KS) – KS prep of bits. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) TC: Aeon Terra Firma – Contracted. WoD: Ghost Hunters (KS) – Cover in, getting rest of KS art set. Tales of Aquatic Terror Pirates Extra Adventure – Loboyko lined up for this one. Scion Titanomachy – Contacting artists. In Layout Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad – Ongoing. Contagion Chronicle – With Josh, interior proof coming. Vigil Watch – Ongoing. TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers TCFBtS! Screen and Booklet Ex3 Lunars – Yep, pretty much my March right here. Scion Companion Proofing Dark Eras 2 – Sending back to Aileen for errata input. Trinity Continuum Aeon Jumpstart Chicago Folio – Creating PoD files. Pirates of Pugmire – Fixes in, working on cover. CtL Oak Ash and Thorn – At WW for approvals . Geist 2e fiction anthology – Backer PDF out to backers for errata. Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 – The Silence of Our Ancestors (Exalted 3rd Edition) – Backer errata being gathered. Distant Worlds – Errata being gathered. VtR2 Spilled Blood – Errata being input. At Press Geist 2e (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) – Prepping to go live with PDF/PoD versions on DTRPG a week Wednesday (the 18th). DR:E – Shipping to backers, PoD files uploaded. DRE Screen – Shipping to backers. DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties Memento Mori – PoD proof ordered. Scion Mythical Denizens – PoD files uploaded. Wraith20 Anthology – ePub, PDF, physical book versions all live Weds on DTRPG. MtAw2 Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – Advance PDF on sale this Weds on DTRPG. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and that’s certainly worth celebrating today as well! (Especially since here in the US we lost an hour from yesterday due to the return of our Daylight Savings Time. Typical). Today, we heard of the death of actor Max von Sydow at 90. The man who played chess with death, acted in just so many roles in mainstream and genre films that I’m not listing them here, and, just for Matthew Dawkins, starred as Ming the Merciless.
  7. Type: Features Author: Shelly Mazzanoble and Kate Welch Subtitle: Dragon Talk Banner: Text: Kate Welch jumps in as special co-host this week with Shelly and the two break down all the news and happenings going on with D&D right now. PAX East, Monster Madness, Laeral Silverhand's Explorer's Kit, and why Greg Tito exclusively wears suits while not on Dragon Talk. Later, our very own Jeremy Crawford stumbles in the door for an intoxicating edition of Sage Advice on alcoholic beverages at your table and within your games. Our special guest this week is meteorologist for The Weather Network, Scott Sutherland! Dragon Talk is executively produced by Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble & Wizards of the Coast. Show production by Lisa Carr & Ryan Marth of Siren Sound. Podcast recording, editing, mixing and mastering by Ryan Marth & Siren Sound. Dragon Talk: Scott Sutherland & Sage Advice on Alcohol Dragon Talk - 02/27/2020 By Shelly Mazzanoble, Kate Welch SEE MORE PODCASTS Podcast/Notes Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins: 00:00: Intro and news with Shelly Mazzanoble and Kate Welch 13:54: Sage Advice with Jeremy Crawford 36:45: Interview with Scott Sutherland 1:40:45: Outro Stay Informed More Ways to Tune-In: Subscribe to the Official D&D Podcast on iTunes, on Google Play, or wherever you get podcasts. Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on twitch.tv/dnd Fridays at 12pm PT! More Ways to Play: Learn more about the Adventurers League here. More Ways to Become Involved: Find out more about the Guild Adept program here. If you’re interested in submitting your artwork to be considered for use with D&D, send five images to artdrop@wizards.com. About the Guest: Scott Sutherland Scott Sutherland is a meteorologist and science writer for The Weather Network. There, he shares his enthusiasm for weather, astronomy and space, using writing and storytelling skills he honed over more than 40 years of playing Dungeons & Dragons. Scott is an avid LEGO builder, and he has designed some innovative paper & cardstock terrain pieces for the campaigns he's played in over the years (including an astral sailing ship, Baba Yaga's Hut, & some really cool vehicles and set pieces for Gamma World!). He has even worked on writing projects with the legendary Gary Gygax! As a meteorologist, Scott's passion for weather has looped back into his gaming. Partly, this is by contemplating a Tempest Cleric or a Storm Sorcerer for some future game, but also in thinking about how to use weather as a storytelling tool in campaign and adventure planning, and how it can act as both a boon and a bane to characters during encounters. Twitter: @ScottWx_TWN Instagram: @scott.r.sutherland YouTube: Weather Wise Website: Weather Network Blog: Once a Gamer Your Podcast Hosts Shelly Mazzanoble Shelly Mazzanoble will always play a magic-user. There. She said it. Enough pretending to want to break out of her comfort zone. She’s a magic-user. She’s also the brand lead for Avalon Hill and loves talking about that one time she played Diplomacy and SOMEONE (okay, it was Ben Petrisor) stabbed her in the back and took over her beloved Russia. If you enjoy tales of sorcery, board game upheavals, and reasons her 3 year-old is crying (HINT: She tried to make him eat a Nutella crepe), find Shelly on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook: shellymazzanoblewriter Twitter: @shellymoo Kate Welch Kate Welch is a game designer on Dungeons & Dragons. She plays Rosie Beestinger on Acquisition Incorporated's The "C" Team, Wednesdays from 4-7pm Pacific on twitch.tv/pennyarcade, and streams D&D video games on Welch's Game Juice, Thursday from 3-5pm Pacific on twitch.tv/dnd. Twitter: @katewelchhhh Publication date: 02/27/2020 Tags: Features Podcast Texture banner: Show Black text:
  8. News from the streets of Ptolus, secrets of the upcoming Kickstarter revealed, the release of Stay Alive!, a Humble Bundle treasure trove of Cypher System books, a fireside interview with Monte Cook, and much more in this week’s Cypher Chronicles! You can get Cypher Chronicles, and other MCG news, delivered right to your inbox! The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 7-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  9. The Ptolus Kickstarter is on the horizon, take your character sheet to the next tier, and take a walk on the dark path. All this, streams, and more in this week’s Cypher Chronicles. You can get Cypher Chronicles, and other MCG news, delivered right to your inbox! The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 6-2020 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  10. In which we do a deep dive (get it?) into They Came from Beneath the Sea! (TCfBtS!) with developer Matthew Dawkins. A Dickensian derailment! About the meta-elements in TCfBtS! Connecting it to MST3K Cinematics How Matthew came to make this game How the tone of the game shifted over its development Larry Blamire and meta horror movies A bit about the fiction in TCfBtS! (Dixie helped!) Some thoughts on the humor and inclusivity of TCfBtS! A bit on cult movies A Twilight digression Putting TCfBtS! into Storypath Mechanics discussion Various ways to run TCfBtS! A bit on They Came from Beyond the Grave! Matthew talks about the Midwinter TCfBtS! session (Hi, Gehenna Gaming crew!) Types of characters you can play/crossover possibilities Links: They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://they-came-from-beneath-the-sea.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared (CW: all sorts of weird shit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ All Flesh Must Be Eaten: https://www.edenstudios.net/allflesh.html Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Marenghi%27s_Darkplace X-COM: Terror from the Deep: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-COM:Terror_from_the_Deep Phoenix Dawn Command: https://www.phoenixdawncommand.com/ Men in Black: The Roleplaying Game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_in_Black:_The_Roleplaying_Game Trail of the Screaming Forehead: https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/trail-of-the-screaming-forehead/2228147 The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_Skeleton_of_Cadavra Twilight Article Dixie mentioned: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/twilight-isnt-the-worst-film-ever-made-youre-just-sexist Scream: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scream(1996_film) Red Moon Roleplaying: https://www.redmoonroleplaying.com/ The Room: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Room_(film) Gehenna Gaming: https://www.gehennagaming.com/ TCfBtS! Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/kxLydk4t76s TCfBtS! Actual Play: https://youtu.be/DlcvFpWKH6Y Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  11. Greetings! Travis Legge here, returning to continue playtesting for our forthcoming Scarred Lands RPG supplements. The feedback we received on last month’s release of Playtest #1 Hollow Legionnaire Revisited and Goreguard has been incredibly insightful and helped us immensely in finalizing those elements for release! With this post we now begin our weekly releases of playtest material, so please be sure to check back here each week for the latest post! As our team prepares for the release of Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad and Vigil Watch, we’ll be introducing several rules to playtest through Open Development. Check them out, use them at your tables, and let us know what you think. Here’s the details! Thirteen playtest packages in total Each playtest is open for three weeks Each playtest includes a survey for you to enter your feedback and rate your satisfaction with the content Each playtest document will contain a link to a brief survey for feedback. I will post a new playtest each week, with each survey open for three weeks, on the Onyx Path blog. The final Open Development playtest in this schedule will be posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. This week we return to the crimson waters of the Blood Sea! Follow the link to find rules for the Rogue Archetype: Blood Sea Pirate and Blood Sea Alchemy. Try them out at your table and let us know what you think! Link to Playtest #2: Blood Sea Pirate and Blood Sea Alchemy Link to Playtest #2 Feedback: https://forms.gle/SZ1d23mdzPhqhnV6A The next playtest will be posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. See you then!
  12. LESS THAN THREE DAYS LEFT FOR THE V5 CULTS OF THE BLOOD GODS KICKSTARTER! It is, in fact, doing fantastic, with over 2200 backers so far. The comments section, knock wood, has been overwhelmingly positive and energized – which really encourages our team to pop in and answer questions and chat a bit. So, come over and check it out and as a backer you can check out the text that we’ve released to backers so far. Which is most of it. If you disagree with those 2200 other backers and dislike it, you can bail out before the KS is over. No harm, no foul. We want our backers to be into the project, and totally understand when some folks don’t dig it. Not every project appeals to every potential backer. It’s why we set up our KSs this way, now. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/cults-of-the-blood-gods-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed Most of last week was spent at Mid Winter Convention in a gathering of almost the entire Monday Meeting crew plus dozens of freelancers. And a wonderful group of friends and fans, too. We started with: THE SUMMIT This was a day long – well half a day, it took us 12 hours – meeting where we took a look back at 2019, and then mostly looked at our plans for ongoing projects and how we could evolve our processes. Then we spent the second half of the day looking at how we wanted Onyx Path to grow throughout 2020. What works for us and so should be nurtured and fed with love and effort and money. If we felt something was no longer working, we didn’t just trash it, we looked at ways to change it or replace it so that our original goal for it was more likely to be met. It was loud and long and lively, and ultimately we filled three walls with Post-Its filled with our ideas. We’re already working on some of the changes, with more to come of our efforts all through 2020 (and beyond). Then it was time for dinner, and normally in Milwaukee we’d go to the traditional German restaurant Maders (a tradition going all the way back to when White Wolf ate there during Gen-Con), but then this happened: I cry at the door to Maders: temporarily closed for renovation. So we all ate at a different restaurant, which was perfectly nice, but not steeped in tradition. Sob! Later that night, I joined with our amazing Onyx Pathcast hosts (Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy) for a very silly Pathcast recording that went live last Friday. You can find that on Podbean, or on your favorite podcast venue. Matthew, Eddy, and Dixie “enjoying” their favorite Mario pastime! From there on in, we were attending the convention. So: THE MID WINTER CONVENTION Here is a run-down with a whole lot of pics taken throughout, as were the earlier ones, by the multi-talented Meredith Gerber. Eddy’s Developer Bootcamp. Thursday was set-up for the booth and some professional seminars and panels designed to help freelancers and aspiring creators with tips on such things as running a Kickstarter (Mighty Matt McElroy, Meredith, and I were that panel), to networking, to Eddy’s Developer Bootcamp where he divides attendees into teams, has them come up with a game concept, and walks them through each stage of creation. My favorite idea was a game where a cyber-pug is created in parts, with each cyber-part containing one bit of what I believe was an exploded pug’s body. I heard about it second-hand, so I might not be grasping the full nuanced concept. Friday, for us, was important. This was the day of our Onyx Path Q&A Social, which is a small gathering in a boardroom at the hotel, with snacks and drinks. We’ve found that this works better for us than the traditional panel at this convention. Onyx Path Q&A Social 2020 I explain some minor, inconsequential, point while the gang wait to announce new releases. Matt reminds us to announce Trinity Continuum: Adventure!, TC: Assassins, They Came From Beyond the Grave!, and The Hedge for CtL2e. Naeall Raemonn Pricae makes a point – potentially about Scion, Exalted Essence, or Trinity Continuum: Assassins. Or something that applies to all three at once. Eddy also makes a point – in an elegant and thought-provoking manner. That was our big group event, but individually everybody still had events they were a part of. In fact, right after the Q&A, Matthew demo’d They Came From Beneath the Sea!. Which I didn’t know about until I heard gales of laughter from the demo area and popped my head in to see what the jocularity was all about. It turns out the group was menaced by Commie Seaweed! But with a clever use of improvised Quip and Cinematics cards… …the day is saved by, well, getting the sinister seaweed stoned! Besides They Came From Beneath the Sea!, we had other games of ours being demoed throughout the convention, including Eddy playing Pugmire (big surprise, I know), and at least one more panel – which was for V5 Chicago By Night. Incidentally, mentioning V5 reminds me that not only do we have the Cults KS finishing up, but our friends over at Modiphius still have the pre-order open for Fall of London for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition! You can do that whole pre-order thing for the physical book over there on their website, and get a link for the PDF right away! But, besides helping out our fellow V5 content creators with a plug, here are some pics of Eddy playing Pugmire, and then the V5 Chicago By Night creators at their panel: Eddy demos Pugmire, the very best doggy game in the world! The V5 Chicago By Night creators no doubt revealing some scary and mysterious bit of lore from the book! The Chicago panelists and creators: Crystal Mazur, Matthew “The Gentleman Tongue” Dawkins, Mike Tomasek, and Eddy Webb. And so, to end our little visual tour of our adventures at Mid Winter in Milwaukee, here is a gorgeous picture taken once again by Meredith Gerber, of Matthew and I in a moment of downtime in our habitual haunt, the Monarch Lounge in the hotel: Lords of the Night, indeed! Check us out next week, after we’ve fully recovered – we hope! We’ll have lots more talk about our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! V5 Cults of the Blood Gods is in its last few days! Thanks to all of you, the kickstarter has passed $131,000 and 2240 backers, and has trumpeted forward passing through Stretch Goal after Stretch Goal right into the new year! Next on Kickstarter, we are looking at Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition for Chronicles of Darkness! Onyx Path Media! This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast is an in-depth roundtable on the Trinity Continuum with Danielle Lauzon and Ian Watson from the MidWinter Convention in Milwaukee! Check it out direct on Podbean, or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ An abbreviated profile of media this week, as Matthew has only just got back from the States and is a little tired. We’ve a busy week ahead of us on Twitch with Vampire: The Masquerade, Chronicles of Darkness, Pugmire, Aberrant, Changeling: The Lost, Hunter: The Vigil, Changeling: The Dreaming, Scarred Lands and Blood City’s Chicago by Night! As ever, tune in to twitch.tv/theonyxpath to watch these shows live and subscribe to the channel! Our YouTube channel will start boosting its content again this week, with more Scion, Pugmire, Scarred Lands, Aberrant, Vampire and more! Find our YouTube channel on youtube.com/user/theonyxpath and as with Twitch, click subscribe! An Onyx Path News is coming this week! Here’s Occultists Anonymous‘ latest fantastic Mage: The Awakening shows: Episode 72: From The Ashes Before heading to the Yucatan, Atratus visits the soul fragment of a mage in an Atlantean soul stone. The cabal then heads down to Mexico and begins to investigate the ancient pyramid.https://youtu.be/NylE4FsuYfs Episode 73: This Isn’t Kansas The cabal investigates the portal atop the Pyramid of the Magician, for beyond it lies another world, and perhaps a clue to the grimoire they are searching for. Wyrd has spotted what seems to be a living Mayan civilization beyond the portal, but what really is out there?https://youtu.be/CETbEGEbrUU The Story Told Podcast have recently interviewed Onyx Path mainstay Vera Vartanian on the subject of Exalted right here: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/episode-44-exalted-dragon-blooded-great-houses-part-1-with-vera-vartanian Red Moon Roleplaying have posted the final episode of The Sacrifice for V5 Chicago by Night, run by the excellent Klara Herbol, but as well, they’re still posting episodes of V5 Cults of the Blood Gods and Changeling: The Lost! Find their content on YouTube, Spotify, or redmoonroleplaying.com Drop Matthew a message via the contact button on matthewdawkins.com if you have actual plays, reviews, or game overviews you want us to profile on the blog! Please check any of these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And NOW Scion Origin and Scion Hero are available to order! One more week: DTRPG and its affiliated Community Content sites are running the New Year, New Game sale! A huge number of our PDFs are on sale from all of our game worlds, as well as a Big Scion 2e Bundle with 4 PDFs being offered for $13! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/299474/NYNG-Scion-2E-BUNDLE As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday, we will be releasing the PDF and physical book PoD versions of M20 Book of the Fallen on DTRPG! This book deals with extremely disturbing and mature topics as it examines evil within the World of Darkness, and in Mage: The Ascension, in particular. Please be aware of this before making your order. Conventions! More conventions will be listed for 2020 in the weeks to come- 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) N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness) Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Duke Rollo fiction (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) RUST (Working Title) (Scarred Lands) Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Redlines Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Second Draft M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Development Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) Manuscript Approval Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core) Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Post-Approval Development Scion LARP Rules (Scion) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Editing Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Geist 2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) Mythical Denizens (Creatures of the World Bestiary) (Scion 2nd Edition) Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire) Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad (Scarred Lands) Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition) Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Post-Editing Development TC: Aeon Ready-Made Characters (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition) City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) TC: Aeon Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Vigil Watch (Scarred Lands) Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Let the Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Indexing ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY! In Art Direction Contagion Chronicle – Last of finals coming in. Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Hunter: The Vigil 2e Ex3 Lunars – Art is in. TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers – LeBlanc working on finals. Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – Finals starting to come in this week. Cults of the Blood God (KS) Mummy 2 City of the Towered Tombs Let the Streets Run Red – Art notes and contracts finishing going out this week. CtL Oak Ash and Thorn – Figuring out art notes. Scion Mythical Denizens – Need sketches for fulls. Deviant Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad – Finals all coming in. Vigil Watch – Need one more artist. Legendlore (KS) – Starting to gather art needs for KS. Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Artwork for KS in progress. Scion Companion – Working on art notes for that. TC: Aeon Terra Firma In Layout Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds Pirates of Pugmire – With Aileen. Wraith20 Anthology – First Proof. Proofing Dark Eras 2 – Backer PDF going out to backers this week. Trinity Continuum Aeon Jumpstart They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Backer PDF almost ready to send to backers. VtR Spilled Blood – 2nd proof with dev. Chicago Folio – First proof. At Press V5: Chicago – Shipping labels for backers being created, should start shipping rewards soon. Geist 2e (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. Geist 2e Screen – Being printed. DR:E – Shipping to fulfillment shippers. DRE Screen – Being printed. DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties Memento Mori – Awaiting errata for input. M20 Book of the Fallen – PDF and PoD version go live on Wednesday on DTRPG! Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Almost our entire Monday Meeting crew made it to Milwaukee and back safely, and had a great and productive time at our Summit and the convention. I got stuck for a while in Milwaukee’s airport with a delayed plane, and Ian had a bunch of flights cancelled out from under him, but we’re all home now. Which is, for us, a pretty great trip!
  13. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2020 — Rich Thomas, founder and creative director of Onyx Path Publishing announced that Trinity Continuum: Adventure! and Trinity Continuum: Assassins will be the next tabletop RPG supplements in the Trinity Continuum line. Both will employ the Storypath system. Trinity Continuum: Adventure! is the newest science fiction-meets-pulp setting ready to be explored on the Trinity Continuum timeline. Set in the 1930s, Trinity Continuum: Adventure! retains its pulp action feel for Daredevils, Mesmerists, and Stalwarts while offering an update to the story. The Æon Society for Gentlemen, now in its tenth year, has evolved. Has philanthropist Maxwell Mercer been successful in his mission to build a community of Inspired? Though many of the same allegiances remain, Trinity Continuum: Adventure! setting advances the setting’s timeline to provide even more mystery and conflict. “The original edition of Adventure! stood alone in the Trinity Universe, and was limited to a single book, offering a tantalizing hint into a fantastic pulp setting,” said content lead Ian Watson. “We’re really looking forward to returning to period, and the exciting potential in being able to expand on it for the first time.” Trinity Continuum: Adventure! is being developed by Danielle Lauzon (Scion: Dragon, Trinity Continuum) and Ian A. A. Watson is overseeing setting-related content. The manuscript is currently in first draft. Trinity Continuum: Assassin creates a modern-day world of shadow for use in Trinity: not the world of hope, sacrifice, and unity posited by the core rulebook, but one where hidden societies of criminals and assassins lurk behind the surface of world government and high fashion. Inspiration strikes to those who seek to perfect the art of the kill. Assassins in the Trinity Continuum work to end the lives of the evil and corrupt. “This is something new for Trinity Continuum, adding additional elements to the modern-day setting,” said Eddy Webb, Trinity Continuum’s coordinating developer. “It’s a chance to showcase the wide variety of parallel possibilities within the Continuum, while tapping into exciting experiences like those seen in Assassin’s Creed and John Wick.” Trinity Continuum: Assassin is being developed by Monica Speca (Trinity Continuum) and Ian A. A. Watson is overseeing setting-related content. The manuscript is currently being outlined. Note: both the Trinity Continuum: Adventure! and Trinity Continuum: Assassin book will require the Trinity Continuum Core rule book for gameplay and will be designed using the Storypath System. The Storypath System is also the engine that powers Onyx Path’s Scion 2nd Edition and Trinity Continuum RPGs. Both digital and print editions of Trinity Continuum: Adventure! and Trinity Continuum: Assassin are planned for the new game following the success of a future Kickstarter. Links: Trinity Continuum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityContinuum Trinity Continuum on Onyx Path forums: http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/trinity About Onyx Path Publishing: Founded in 2012, Onyx Path Publishing is a Pennsylvania-based company dedicated to the development of exemplary, immersive worlds. Working with a group of amazingly talented creators, we explore print, electronic and other forms of media distribution to produce games and fiction based on the Scarred Lands, Pugmire, Scion, Trinity, Exalted, World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness properties. With over 20 years of publishing experience from which to draw, we are industry professionals who love the art of the game and plan to continue making meaningful, innovative contributions in the years to come. On the web: http://www.theonyxpath.com Twitter:@theonyxpath Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheOnyxPath Press Contact: Matt McElroy Email: theonyxpath@gmail.com ###
  14. Are you looking for inspiration to tell stories or narrate a game using the Monarchies of Mau corebook? Want a cat-tastic story to read? Tales of Excellent Cats can help. Edited by Melanie Meadors, this anthology is a collection of fourteen short stories written by established authors such as Elaine Cunningham and Lucy Snyder, as well as up-and-coming storytellers like LaShawn M. Wanak and ZZ Claybourne. Today, we’re pleased to share with a preview from “By Footpad and Clenched Claw”, written by Beth Cato. “What did you do, Raul?” Amelie Cymric von Mau asked the empty room. She wanted to grab her brother by the collar and shake him, hug him, never let go, but he was already gone. Dead. Murdered. In this very room, hours ago. Half his belongings were gone, too. She doubted either the constables or the murderers would have stolen Mama’s old theatrical mask collection off the wall. Papa’s collection of songbooks was gone, too. Had Raul hocked them himself — and if so, why? Was he being blackmailed? Or, perhaps more likely, was a friend of his in trouble? Oh, Raul. So sweet, so gullible. He’d give his right paw to help someone in need. When she’d last seen him two weeks before, she’d been infuriated by how he fussed over her. “I’m not about to fall over dead,” she’d finally snapped at him. Her black tabby tail lashed back and forth. “No,” he had murmured. “We know your death will come slowly.” “I’m fine,” she’d insisted as she left. The memory caused a new flare of sorrow. Her final words to him had been a lie. She should have been the one who died first. Her daily duties as a novitiate minister at the Temple of the Nine prepared her soul for her next life. Raul should have happily bumbled along for decades more, sleeping half the day and going to late shows and thieving just enough to scrape by. Instead, he was dead. The local constables didn’t care about justice. Raul had been a footpad, after all, and not a particularly good one. She’d seen the judgment in the eyes of the officers who came to deliver the bad news. Therefore, it was up to her to find Raul’s killer. That meant she had to move fast. As Papa used to say, she needed to “look for the musician while the last note wavered in the air.” A knock echoed through the door. “Amelie!” a familiar creaky voice called. “Are you still here, love?” Amelie hurried to open the door for Haley. When Amelie and Raul were young kits, they used to joke that Haley was so old, she’d been running the boarding house since the age of the Old Ones. Today, the gray cat looked more haggard than ever before. “I’m so sorry about Raul,” Haley said as she pulled back from a hug. “How do you fare?” Amelie knew she wasn’t merely inquiring about how she handled her sibling’s death. “I’m alive.” “You poor thing. Every time I hear cats go on about Daphne Persian von Cymric and that sick kitten of hers, I think of you. Do you ever tend to her little one?” Amelie supposed she should feel annoyed by how Haley swiftly changed the subject to the singer she and half the city idolized, but she welcomed the tangent today. “No. I heard the hospital can’t do much at this stage.” The older cat’s whiskers drooped. “That kind of suffering shouldn’t exist.” Amelie couldn’t argue with that. Issues like cancer and organ failure had largely been eradicated in the age of the Old Ones when cats took their rightful, dominant place in the world. And yet, Daphne’s kit was dying. So was Amelie. Her head minister said a few of the old, supposedly cured diseases had always lingered among cats, but the cases were usually kept quiet — with reason. Cats could be judgmental and cruel. A vocal segment of the public insisted that chronic conditions didn’t exist, which meant, in their minds, Daphne was surely faking her kitten’s illness to take a sabbatical. Right now, another death was foremost on Amelie’s mind. “Haley, what was going on with Raul? Why are half his belongings gone?” “He carried them out in a crate, whistling as he went. He didn’t seem sad or worried. He must have been under some sort of contract, too. His laundry stank of the sewer this week.” “He smelled like the sewer?” she echoed. “But he usually works — worked — the theater district.” By worked, she meant he picked pockets there. “I wish I knew,” Haley said. “I’ll find out.” Amelie edged out into the hallway. “You’re going already? When do you think you’ll be back? I don’t want to push you, but there’s a waiting list for rooms and—” “Soon,” Amelie said with a curt smile. She knew just who to ask about Raul’s business dealings, but she had to get to him prior to nightfall when he busied himself burgling houses — or before he indulged in one too many mugs of fermented milk. To finish reading “By Footpad and Clenched Claw” by Beth Cato, check out Tales of Excellent Cats today! Now available in multiple formats: Amazon (Kindle), B&N (Nook) DriveThruFiction (eBook/PoD)
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