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(Sometimes, even I have trouble thinking up a general fun title. No real reason, just not connecting to that part of my brain today. Maybe, it’s something to do with that symbol above…)

This week our Monday Meeting crew were still talking about the impact of the Corona Virus (go figure), and generally letting off steam over the situation. We’re all trying to be responsible and self-isolate, wear masks and such, and social distance. So far, we’ve all been fortunate not to have been stricken ill, or to have lost loved ones.

There have been some effects across our various creative teams, but we’re doing what we can to help out. Our first developer “Town Hall” was so successful that we’re doing another set in a couple of weeks – just so our creators know they have a place to ask questions, vent, and really just to be connected and listened to.

For our core Onyx Path team, there’s been some self-care put together, with Eddy taking a couple of days off at the end of last week just to get a break from maneuvering in the virus situation, and this week Matthew needs extra time, so Eddy and Dixie are interviewing some of the Gehenna Gaming gang for the Onyx Pathcast. Which is a change they are flexible enough to make happen.

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Lunars art by Gunship Revolution

Meanwhile, Behind the Facade of This Innocent Looking Bookstore…

We sent the M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter over to WW for review. Once they give the OK, we’ll set a date – hopefully soon. They have their own issues with the pandemic over in Sweden, but right now are still approving what we send, so more hopes that everything remains good over there.

EDIT: Actually, as I was finishing up this blog, they got back to us with the OK! So the M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter will come online on Tuesday, April the 28th, at 2pm Eastern US time!

Related to that, Travis Legge is starting a Twitter game for M20 Technocracy Reloaded – as he says:

“And then like BOOM black suits fill the room up.”

I have the extreme honor and pleasure of bringing Technocracy Reloaded for Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition to Twitch starting May 5th with Phil Brucato, Jacqueline Bryk, Hiromi Cota & TK Johnson

Don’t miss out! Head over to https://twitch.tv/theonyxpath, follow & subscribe.

Be seeing you.

That’s a very stellar cast of players, so this promises to be a real treat – while at the same time providing an in-depth look at the new book.

Plus, before that specific Actual Play series arrives, we have our usual great list of programs for many, many of our game settings being played which you can find below in the Blurbs!

During our meeting, we received word that DriveThruCards is back to being able to print PoD cards, which is great! Coincidentally, just before we heard that news, Eddy let us know that he heard that the Expedition card game is back in stock on the Expedition store!  Since our own Scarred Lands is the theme of one of the supplements and allows players to add in SL creatures, treasure, and adventures, that’s great news and yet another option for a fun diversion.

You can get the cards via DTRPG as well, and I also hear they have online way for multi-player quests, so that’s even better these days!

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Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties art by Michele Giorgi

Finally, here’s the news about our latest sale of physical books from our friends at Indie Press Revolution!

  • Exalted 3rd Edition and Dragon Blooded Deluxe Edition books and screens are 20% off all April (while supplies last).
  • Select Onyx Path books with Storyteller Screens are 25% off April 20 through May 24.
  • Scion Book 1 and 2 (Origin and Hero) are available together for 25% off April 20 through May 24.

Check out the specific book and screen sale bundles here: https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/

That’s it for this week, so please all take care of yourselves, and we’ll see you soon in one of our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


Blurbs!


Kickstarter!

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The M20 Technocracy Reloaded Kickstarter will start at 2pm Eastern US time on Tuesday, April the 28!


Onyx Path Media!

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This week features an in-depth interview with the folks from Gehenna Gaming. Who are they, what are they up to, and how did they do such a great job running their Virtual Horror Con?

As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/

Tune in to our games this week on Twitch! There’s a lot of games coming up, including: V5ScionPugmire, the fantastic and new Storytellers with Coffee chat, Changeling: The LostChangeling: The DreamingMage: The AwakeningScarred Lands, Dark Eras Werewolf: The Forsaken, Chronicles of Darkness, and a new Deviant: The Renegades game! 

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This week you should look out for the new Chronicles of Darkness game, Tooth and Claw. You can subscribe to our channel over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath to catch up with any episodes you missed!

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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:

Trinity Continuum – Aberrant: Community Service: https://youtu.be/oY9gGocsTtU

Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/1OiLEtvunkM and https://youtu.be/M9qJVeyvxmY

Vampire: The Masquerade: Blood City – Chicago by Night: https://youtu.be/deky_yW-0Ho

Do subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online!

Have you checked out the Botch Pit‘s gaming transcripts? Have a look on their clean, beautiful website, and check this one out for a Chronicles of Darkness game: http://thebotchpit.com/new-england-by-night-season-1-session-01-im-not-making-anyone-a-supernatural-yet-transcript/

More new Occultists Anonymous for all you Mage: The Awakening fans:

Episode 98: Looking Back
Atratus speaks with a Supernal Being with a single purpose: Determine what caused the death of her twin brother, Gabe. The ghost of Gabe and the rest of the cabal support as Atratus resolves the last anchor to her past.  https://youtu.be/hGxqIjQTa0U

Episode 99: Looking Forward  
While the cabal speaks back through a scrying spell, they learn more about Gabe’s college experience and the notorious Specter Aviation. Plans are made for retribution and then the cabal begins planning searching for the last grimoire.https://youtu.be/Cjo5vaoDvtM

Here’s the Story Told Podcast where recently they’ve interviewed our developers about Exalted Essence and the great houses of Exalted 3rd Editionhttps://thestorytold.libsyn.com/

Did you miss that Garblag Games have commenced a new series of Mage: The Ascension? Here’s where you can find the first episode: https://youtu.be/yN47_NjYxtA

Roll the Role continue with their Scarred Lands Gauntlet of Spiragos actual play! Roll the Role is a fantastic show, so please do give them a look: https://www.twitch.tv/rolltherole

And the wonderfully named Scabby Rooster continue their actual play of Scion, right here on their Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/scabbyrooster

One of Matthew’s personal favourites, Devil’s Luck Gaming, continues their Werewolf: The Forsaken chronicle over here: https://www.twitch.tv/DevilsLuckGaming Please do give them a follow!

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!

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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:

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Our Sales Partners!

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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

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

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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!

Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition continues its fantastic sale at IPR, soon to be joined by Game-Line Bundles! Check them out!

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As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com!


On Sale This Week!

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This week the Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties for Dystopia Rising: Evolution will be available in PDF and PoD versions on DriveThruRPG on Wednesday!

Traveling across the wasteland and dealing with all manner of beasties isn’t an easy job, but someone’s got to do it. Using their wits, their strength, and a whole lot of luck, they manage to tame, kill, and drive off creatures that threaten areas of newly built civilization. 

Some highlights of Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties include: 

• Details on some of the terrain and mutated animals you will find in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. 

• Rules for presenting six distinct creatures in your series, and also for customizing your own. 

• Stories about Helnau and her beast-hunting crew as they travel across deserts, through forests, and deal with some of the worst the wastelands have to offer. 

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This Wednesday also features the debut of Distant Worlds for Trinity Continuum: Aeon in PDF and PoD versions on DTRPG!

Distant Worlds expands the setting of Trinity Continuum: Aeon with new worlds, new alien mysteries, and rules for playing actual aliens, the secretive telepathic Qin.

Distant Worlds requires both Trinity Continuum: Aeon and the Trinity Continuum Corebook to play. Inside, you will find:

  • Further information about the eight extrasolar worlds described in Trinity Continuum: Aeon, including new dangers and new opportunities for adventure.
  • Detailed write-ups of 10 new planets, including one that is home to a recently contacted intelligent alien species.
  • New technologies for interstellar travel and colonization, as well as a wealth of new devices created by aliens, and new Edges and Paths specifically for interstellar explorers and settlers.
  • The secrets of humanity’s alien allies, the mysterious Qin. This section includes descriptions of four Qin interstellar colonies as well as rules for creating and playing Qin characters and for designing and using custom-made Qin biosuits.

Conventions!

Though dates are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, here’s our current list of upcoming conventions:

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)
  • Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Adversaries of the Righteous (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)
  • Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)
  • V5 The Faithful Undead (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)

Redlines

  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Second Draft

  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • The Book of Endless Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Development

  • 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)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Manuscript Approval

Post-Approval Development

  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)

Editing

  • Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)
  • 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)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)
  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)

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)
  • Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)

Indexing


Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Scion Titanomachy – Wrapping up contracting.
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror – Contracted.
  • TC Aeon Terra Firma – One artist was delayed by Covid in Italy, but their art is coming in.
  • V5 Let the Streets Run Red – Tweaking some art re: WW art approvals.
  • Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs
  • WoD Ghost Hunters
  • Aberrant – Contacting and contracting.
  • Pugmire Adventure 
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e
  • Mummy 2
  • Deviant – Rolling along.
  • Legendlore – Kickstarter on hiatus.
  • Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Awaiting approval.
  • Cults of the Blood God – Rolling along.

In Layout

  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad
  • Vigil Watch
  • Duke Rollo Book

Proofing

  • Trinity Aeon Jumpstart 
  • Pirates of Pugmire 
  • TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – Inputting proofing comments.
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Getting ready to send to WW/Paradox.
  • Scion Companion – Tweaking art re: proofing notes.
  • Contagion Chronicle

At Press

  • TC Distant Worlds – PDF and PoD versions on sale Weds!
  • Night Horrors : Nameless and Accursed – Prepping PoD files.
  • Dark Eras 2 – PoD proof shipping.
  • VtR Spilled Blood – PoD proof shipping.
  • DR:E Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties – PDF and PoD versions on sale Weds!
  • TCFBTS Screen and Booklet
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Geist 2e Anthology – PoD proof coming.
  • C:tL 2e Oak, Ash, & Thorn – Page XXing.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

20 years ago today, White Wolf launched the New Bremen DigiChat environment. A persistent online setting with hundreds of people online at any given time, it was an early success in playing RPGs with others over the Internet. As Impish Ian Watson sez:

“It was fun in the sense that it was all the wildest WoD stories in one place. When, during V20 development, Vampire players talked about some of their favourite memories happening when they botched? That was NB every day. It was frankly ridiculous and I burned out pretty hard, but I look back on it fondly.”

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