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Onyx Path: Demi(god) More? [Monday Meeting Notes]

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With just a tad less than ten days to go, the Scion: Demigod Kickstarter keeps offering more and more value to backers as new Stretch Goals are achieved!

Since last week, sections on Solo Play – a first for Scion, Relics from all the pantheons throughout the Scion books, and more on the Cults and Covenants Birthrights have been added to the Scion: Demigod Companion, and we’re racing for the next goal of Relic Crafting rules!

Which is all great news for backers, but if you haven’t yet joined that august company, here are some Scion: Demigod vids that might help you decide to be a proud backer:

Here’s an actual play with Red Moon Roleplaying featuring developer Neall Raemonn Price! Check it out and enjoy: https://youtu.be/6V3NJURmfsw

And here is Neall again, in a fun and informative interview about Scion: Demigod 2e on the 307 RPG Podcast! https://anchor.fm/307rpg/episodes/Podcast-103—Where-we-Interview-Neall-Raemonn-Price-about-Scion-Demigod-ejts88

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Lunars illustration by Gunship

We talk a lot about online gaming here and on the Onyx Pathcast, which is itself a pretty new way to get news about your favorite company and games. We’ve got a whole section devoted to Twitch gaming, and YouTube videos, and Podcasts, and Actual Plays of all sorts. We even did a whole Online Gaming Convention filled to the brim with such things!

Today, I’d like to talk about about a different kind of Online Gaming Convention. It’s not different in terms of offering many online games to play and panels to catch. It has all those. This one if different because it’s a convention that is completely a fund raising effort for our friends at the Bodhana Group; a non-profit organization whose mission is to utilize tabletop gaming as a valuable tool during therapy.

I’ve talked about them before, and I’ve attended their Save Against Fear (SAVE) convention every year since it started. Obviously, the situation in the US means that they, like so many larger conventions, need to go virtual this year. Luckily, our friends at Gehenna Gaming, who ran our Onyx Path Virtual Con, were able to step up and help out running SAVE, too!

So you know this is going to be a well-run con, virtually speaking, and the sessions should be really easy to get into and follow. It starts Friday Oct 9th through Sunday the 11th. There’s also a therapists track that starts Thursday and runs throughout.

Now, unlike ours, SAVE is a pay con, and I think they have a weekend pass sort of thing where one payment let’s you sign up for to play and to sit in on all sorts of panels. Which they really have to do, as SAVE is one of the Bodhana Group‘s biggest fundraisers for the year and a good turnout of bought tickets means that the Bodhana Group is able to continue to offer training in their therapeutic methods. It’s the classic worthy cause.

Or, as they say themselves on their SAVE page
https://tabletop.events/conventions/save-against-fear-20201:

For three days a year, The Bodhana Group combines the love for tabletop with the love for our community by showcasing all of the benefit gaming can accomplish. Celebrating the games, the people, and the opportunities to learn how to bring your own character to life, play with us and game for good at Save Against Fear!

All proceeds benefit The Bodhana Group, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates the use of tabletop gaming as a directed therapeutic and clinical practice that can benefit personal growth as well as enhance social and educational services to individuals and families. https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/

Right now, I know that Eddy, Dixie, Travis Legge, and myself are going to be participating on panels, and playing and running games, and who knows what other Onyx Path folk may stop by? Love to see you there, too!

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Let The Streets Run Red illustration by Ken Meyer, Jr

Like I announced last week, our next Kickstarter is for WoD: Ghost Hunters – which is a “non-gameline” 20th Anniversary book which we expect will be useful for any of the x20 lines, and it will be designed so that it’ll sit proudly on your shelf next to those other Deluxe books.

We’re going to need to run it close to end of the Scion: Demigod KS for a couple of reasons. First is, we just don’t know where the US is going to be as we approach the US presidential election the first Tuesday in November. But it is something we need to be aware of, particularly with having to postpone a KS at the start of the Covid-19 sequestering and all.

Looking at the options, including waiting until after whenever things might return to “normal”, we’ve decided that it’s best to get this KS in and finished before November. That way our US-based community as well as all of our great fans outside the US can all participate and nobody is waiting for us/US.

Which lets us hit the second reason, which is that we can let the KS end on Halloween – which is just too thematically appropriate!

Because we just gotta do that!

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TC: Aberrant illustration by Gong Studios

Just a couple of sales-oriented bits this week:

The Deluxe Exalted 3e sale at Indie Press Revolution continues into its last week!

And thanks to everybody who picked up the Scarred Lands Players Guide PDF giveaway last week! A surprising number of people picked it up considering how long it has been out, really. Seriously, thanks!

We’re always looking for ways that allow people to get a hold of one of our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


Blurbs!


Kickstarter!

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The Scion: Demigod Second Edition Kickstarter has 10 days to go, and is devouring all sorts of Stretch Goals! Currently headed for Relic Crafting rules in the Demigod Companion book! Check it out if you haven’t already:

Our Next Kickstarter:

Coming almost immediately after the Scion: Demigod Kickstarter looms World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters for the 20 Anniversary Editions!


Onyx Path Media!

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This week: Eddy runs Dixie and Matthew through character creation for an ongoing game of Trinity Continuum Core!

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

Red Moon Roleplaying gets top billing this week due to the start of their Scion: Demigod actual play with developer Neall Raemonn Price! Check it out and enjoy: https://youtu.be/6V3NJURmfsw

Not far behind is the 307 RPG Podcast, where they interview Neall regarding Scion: Demigod too! https://anchor.fm/307rpg/episodes/Podcast-103—Where-we-Interview-Neall-Raemonn-Price-about-Scion-Demigod-ejts88

We’ve got another Scion: Demigod actual play video coming this week from the fantastic Vorpal Tales on Twitch. Tune in to watch live!

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For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com

Please give our Twitch channel a follow, as you can find a huge number of videos of all kinds of games being run!

This week on Twitch, expect to see these games and streams running:

  • Scarred Lands – A Family Affair
  • Technocracy Reloaded – Vorpal Tales
  • Scion: Demigod – Vorpal Tales
  • Hunter: The Vigil – Cold Cases Forsaken Spaces
  • Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale
  • Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night
  • Hunter: Unbound Anomalies – Devil’s Luck Gaming
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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:

Scarred Lands Player’s Guide Offer (it may have ended, but you can still buy it!) – https://youtu.be/5sk0WEZKrYM

Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale – E13 – https://youtu.be/tunY1iEoTKU

Exalted Essence – Transgender Law Center Charity Stream – https://youtu.be/T-jcsS6XK8o

Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds – S1E16 – https://youtu.be/KN46JquXjKs

Realms of Pugmire – Paws and Claws S2E16 – https://youtu.be/cygyZFR-yXE

Gen Con 2020 – What’s Up With Onyx Path? – https://youtu.be/KEPOYLHgfLg

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

Tune in to episode three of Tom Murr’s amazing They Came from Beneath the Sea! audio drama over on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/qqS5rM3GA5A

Systematic Understanding of Everything is a fantastic Exalted Explainer Podcast by Exalted Dev Monica Speca and Exalted Writer Chazz Kellner that is breaking down Creation in 45 minute chunks in preparation for Exalted Essence.

Their most recent episodes are available over on https://www.exaltcast.com/, with their newest covering the stunning fantastic (in Matthew Dawkins’ opinion) Infernals! https://www.exaltcast.com/2020/09/21/inner-devils-unchained-infernals/

The Story Told Podcast continues their Fall of Jiara Exalted chronicle, and you can find their newest episode right here: https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-26

And Occultists Anonymous give us:

Episode 128: Proper Preparation 
The cabal knows they’re heading into a fight, a downright assassination, so they prepare the best spells they can, and slip into the villain’s lair.
https://youtu.be/_FOl0DiTDUE

Episode 129: Monty Hall Problem  
Within the Seer pylon’s lair, the cabal find themselves with several doors to peer into. An Avernian Gate is right out, but a doorway to the US Congress? What about the doors into the Shadow?  
https://youtu.be/IIKD01QAaMU

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.)

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!

Introducing a Virtual Tabletop adventure: the Gauntlet of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop!

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Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age.

Gauntlet of Spiragos is a Scarred Lands adventure designed for 1st level characters, although it can be easily modified for characters of up to 5th level.

Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay.

Astral is browser-based and uses the latest technology to streamline your storytelling experience. Connect with your party online and run your campaigns however you like. Astral offers tools optimized for phone, tablet, and desktop devices, no installation required.

Build epic battlemaps using Astral‘s enormous collection of scenery, props, and tokens or upload your own. Pro users gain access to over 12,000+ assets and fresh new packs every month. Add weather, visual effects, triggers, and so much more with easy-to-use tools

Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures!


On Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble).

If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction!

Our selection includes these latest fiction books:

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Our Sales Partners!

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We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below!

You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire

Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost

Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online

Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook

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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

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One more week for the EX3 sale at IPR!: https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/

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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 Wednesday marks the onset of the Contagion throughout the Chronicles of Darkness with the release of the PDF and PoD versions of the Contagion Chronicle on DTRPG!

Do not believe that just because you’ve had a hundred years on this earth, you’ll be exempt. Just because you were ignorant of it until now does not make you immune. Your waking to the reality of this world — of the great machine in its heart, and the sickness in its veins — is just the first step. You must find others like you and me and make them swear to drive back this Contagion. This world doesn’t have long left. You may be a monster, but perhaps with other monsters, you can drive back the destruction of everything.

The Contagion Chronicle includes:

  • The first Chronicles of Darkness book to provide guidance on playing creatures of all kinds in a shared story.
  • Systems and powers enabling teams of vampires, werewolves, mages, Prometheans, changelings, Sin-Eaters, hunters, mummies, Beasts, demons, and Deviants all in the same group, encouraging you to explore all permutations of crossover.
  • A new mythos — the terrifying Contagion — acting as a catalyst for unifying disparate monsters into allied groups known as the Sworn and the False.
  • Over ten settings from diverse locations all around the globe, each wracked with its own Contagion, and all waiting to be explored.

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/

We’re still waiting on word for this one, as a TTRPG publisher we weren’t included in the companies contacted for PAX‘s virtual con replacing their usual electronic gaming con(s).


And now, the new project status updates!

Development Status from Eddy Webb! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.):

First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.)

  • Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)
  • No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)
  • Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)
  • Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)
  • Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)
  • Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!)

Redlines

  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Anima

Second Draft

  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)

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)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
  • Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Manuscript Approval

  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
  • CtL 2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)

Post-Approval Development

  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)

Editing

  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)
  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)
  • V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)

Post-Editing Development

  • 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)
  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)
  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Indexing


Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Tales of Aquatic Terror – Some sketches in.
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) – KS page approved.
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e
  • Mummy 2 – Reviewing the non-KS art notes.
  • Deviant – AD’d.
  • Legendlore
  • Cults of the Blood God – Artists chugging along.
  • Scion: Dragon (KS)
  • Masks of the Mythos (KS) – A few more pieces and we’ll be ready for the KS.
  • Scion: Demigod (KS)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave!
  • TC: Adventure! (KS)
  • Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Final art’s coming in.
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Breakdown brokedown.
  • Monsters of the Deep – Meredith ADing this one.
  • M20 Victorian (KS) – Awaiting art notes.
  • TC: Under Alien Skies – Almost finished ADing.

In Layout

  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad
  • Vigil Watch
  • Trinity Core Jumpstart
  • M20 Technocracy Reloaded
  • V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Over to Josh.

Proofing

  • Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs
  • Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands)
  • V5 Let the Streets Run Red – Hopefully going to WW this this week.
  • Aberrant – Back and forth proofing. Art still coming in.

At Press

  • TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – Files finishing at press.
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! – At KS fulfiller.
  • Pirates of Pugmire – At KS fulfiller.
  • Pirates of Pugmire Screen – Files finishing at press.
  • Dark Eras 2 – Shipping to KS fulfiller from printer.
  • Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet – Files finishing at press.
  • Contagion Chronicle – Press prep, PDF and PoD on sale Weds.
  • Contagion Chronicle Screen and Booklet – Files at press.
  • Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller.
  • Lunars Screen and Booklet – Files at press.
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Prepping files for PoD and press.
  • Scarred Lands Creature Collection – Shipping to backers starting this week.
  • Sunken Bones – Pugmire pirate adventure – PoD proof ordered.
  • Titanomachy – Errata done, Devs reviewing.
  • TC Aeon Terra Firma – Gathering Advance PDF errata.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

A couple of days ago, we lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Obviously, this is not cause for celebration, but the life she forged certainly is. She was an inspiration and a legend who crashed through glass ceilings, and made dissent into an art form and an educational moment. While these sorts of celebrations of lives well-led often include the phrase “Their like will not be seen again”, Notorious RBG’s life-long mission to educate and inform and enable all women, and specifically women lawyers, actually means that we will see more like her. Which is a very good thing.

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