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Onyx Path: And a’Hunting We Will Go! [Monday Meeting Notes]

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Ghost Hunting, I say, Ghost Hunting, that is!

TOMORROW! At 2pm Eastern US time, the WoD: Ghost Hunters Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter carefully enters the fray! Probably wearing those low-light goggles geared up for ectoplasm.

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I’ve mentioned before, but I think it bears repeating, this is the first book we’ve done that is for the WoD 20th Anniversary Editions but not specifically from one of the game lines. More generally useful, like the old-school “A World of Darkness” black border books.

So we don’t know how well this KS will go as support isn’t just because we’re doing a new book for a long-cherished game line, especially with the short notice we’re stuck with giving people! Everyone’s support will be hugely appreciated!

More Stuff We’re Doing!

And went over in the Monday Meeting today!

First up, we’re trying something different with our Scarred Lands Community Content. Which is not unusual, we’re always experimenting with different approaches and methods towards our projects and our community.

In this case, we are offering almost an entire continent in the Scarred Lands setting for Community Content creators to fill in with their own projects. Basically, we’re going to sketch in a few areas and important stuff creators need to work with, and then let folks publish their ideas for this section of the world on the Slarecian Vault Community Content site for Scarred Lands.

We’re hoping it’ll be a lot of fun, and that creators will start to bounce ideas off of one another and play off each others’ ideas. We’ll see how it goes. Meanwhile, who better than the project originator and coordinator, Travis (Pegge) Legge to describe the Frostlands of Fenrilik project:

Frostlands of Fenrilik expands the world of Scarred Lands 5e by introducing a new continent on which to stage your adventures! This vast land is dangerous and untamed, with deadly titanspawn and a perilous climate that challenges even the heartiest travelers. It is also a land of mystery, wonder, and opportunity. Secrets and treasures can be found hidden beneath the ice, and an underground network of caves and tunnel holds the potential for grand adventure and grander reward.

Creators at the Slarecian Vault will find ample opportunity to expand, define, and explore the Roof of the World. Frostlands of Fenrilik is littered with hooks and prompts for creators to build their own adventures, settlements, and creatures. The subterranean element introduced in Frostlands of Fenrilik allows for adventures that move back and forth between geothermal caverns ripe for development to the icy surface and the challenges that await adventurers there. Enterprising creators might define whole sections of this cavernous realm, making them their own.

Do not let the focus on Community Content creation fool you though! The hooks, environments, and creatures presented in this book provide ample material for a Game Master to pick up and play, including an adventure that introduces the city of Kovokimru, takes the party to a new frontier as they explore the Tobor Gorge, introduces a new playable people in the form of the Krampek, and gives the adventurers their first introduction to one of the greatest threats the people of Fenrilik face: the monstrous Skerrai!

Great care was taken while crafting Frostlands of Fenrilik to ensure utility for Slarecian Vault creators as well as Scarred Lands players and Game Masters. There is truly something for everyone within this volume. We cannot wait to see what the community builds with this tool set!

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TC: Aberrant art by Steve Ellis

One more reminder that myself, Dixie, Eddy, and maybe even Matthew “It’s late in the UK, dammit” Dawkins, will be on a “What’s Up With Onyx Path?” panel at Save Against Fear Virtual Con this Friday, the 9th, at 4pm Eastern US time! https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/about-the-convention

Dixie is on an additional five panels and a game, Eddy is on three or four other panels, and Travis is running three games for us during the con – and other folks are also running our games, too!

So if you’ve been a bit leery of trying out online gaming, this is a low-stress way to start, and it’s for a great cause: our friends at the Bodhana Group who are one of the world’s leading advocates for the use of tabletop gaming for therapy!

Sort of along the same lines, we’re running two of our Developer Town Halls tomorrow, where we open up the floor to our many developers and we go over their concerns and trials and triumphs. We’ve been doing these all during the pandemic just to provide another venue for our folks to get some face-to-face time with the Onyx Path in-house crew, but also with their fellow devs.

If you have any questions or comments you’d like me to share with our developers, please go ahead and put them in the blog comments below!

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Let the Streets Run Red art by Glenn Osterberger

Another thing you can comment on, if you want to, comes out of the idea that we think it would be helpful to send out an Onyx Path Survey for our community. It’s been an… unusual… year, and we’ve weathered the many storms and have put out some great projects this year and really built up our online presence, but we didn’t get to a bunch of the stuff we thought we would when the crew met last January.

We’re going to need to re-calibrate, for sure, as we approach the last few months of 2020, so we’re thinking some direct input from all of you might be really helpful. I mean, besides the direct “you suck!” kind!

So before we set one up and get it out with the kinds of questions we think we need to ask, we’d love to hear from any of you that have ideas for what we should put in the survey. Even what kind of survey as I know a lot of people have strong opinions on length and format. As always, just drop them right here in the Comments.

After all, we might make our many delightful, dark, and dramatic game worlds, but you folks are an important part of our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


Blurbs!


Kickstarter!

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The World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters Kickstarter starts TOMORROW Tuesday, October 6th at 2pm Eastern US time!


Onyx Path Media!

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This week: The Trio reveal just what the heck they’re playing these days, donthcha know?

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

The Dead Gamers Society are running their second virtual gaming convention – Something Wicked This Way Con – on 24th and 25th October, and a bunch of our games are being spotlighted! Please check them out on their website and sign up to a game or three, whether it’s Pugmire, They Came from Beyond the Grave!, Vampire: The Masquerade, or something equally as fun or macabre (or both!) https://tinyurl.com/y2ygz5s2

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We made a mysterious announcement regarding the upcoming Frostlands of Fenrilik for Scarred Lands on our YouTube channel! We’re doing some experimental, fun stuff with the Slarecian Vault and what you, as fans, can do to contribute to the setting. Please check out our video and stay tuned for more information: https://youtu.be/Xm6hqg-YlVY

Red Moon Roleplaying conclude their amazing Scion: Demigod actual play with developer Neall Raemonn Price! Check it out and enjoy: https://youtu.be/p-80Yy3ozjE

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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
  • Contagion Chronicle – No Time for Reality – PREMIERE
  • World of Darkness Ghost Hunters – PREMIERE
  • Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale
  • Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Thy Kingdom Come
  • Hunter: Unbound Anomalies – Devil’s Luck Gaming

Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games and subscribe to us on Twitch, over at twitch.tv/theonyxpath

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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:

Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale – E15 – https://youtu.be/lmILh_bgJsY

Scarred Lands – Frostlands of Fenrilik Teaser – https://youtu.be/Xm6hqg-YlVY

Onyx Path News https://youtu.be/KaSK5309sFo

They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Actual Play to benefit the Trevor Project – https://youtu.be/SyMBpQEdWEk

Realms of Pugmire – Paws and Claws – S2E18 – https://youtu.be/0awS-r1P-GA

Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds – S1E17 – https://youtu.be/dThR-FaL3oA

Legendlore – Lost in the Crossing FINALE – https://youtu.be/k_GTYW64T7s

Scion: Origin – #OnyxPathCon Actual Play- https://youtu.be/vnrkZV3FZss

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

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 very popular Alchemicals and involving our good friend and colleague Neall Raemonn Price! https://www.exaltcast.com/2020/10/05/alloyed-refinement-of-flesh-alchemicals/

The Botch Pit delve into the horror of Promethean: The Created‘s Centimani over on their YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/cf22y0HuB64

Chris Allen continues his Werewolf: The Forsaken chronicle on Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/paleo_gaming but you can also find them on YouTube right here: https://youtu.be/XTaTf7sxnLk

Occultists Anonymous continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here:

Episode 131: Awoo-ACK!
The cabal finds themselves at the upper level of Mr. Graves’ castle in the Shadow. Songbird dispels a large number of veiling spells and reveals more than they were expecting:https://youtu.be/LYU1dYq7Trs

Episode 132: The Door
Fresh from the defeat of the werewolf guardians, the cabal take the fight to Mr. Graves. Like many mages, he is warded and protected deep within his sanctum, starting with a massive door.https://youtu.be/vfRCaWwyBWE

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

IPR‘s Chronicles of Darkness Halloween Sale starts on Sunday the 11th through November 1. CofD Books and Screens will be 50% Off.

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

DTRPG‘s Halloween Sale will be the 19th – Nov 2nd and all of our Horror
PDF titles more than 30 days old will be 25% off! Plus, get an eye out for our 6 or 7 freebies in the annual trick-or-treat giveaway!


On Sale This Week!

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This Wednesday the Lunars will fight their way free! The PDF and physical book PoD versions of Lunar: Fangs at the Gate for Exalted 3rd will burst forth on DTRPG!

Shapeshifters, monster-heroes, divine apex predators — the Lunar Exalted are all these and more. Once they reigned over the First Age alongside the Solars, but in this fallen era, ten thousand Dragon-Blooded sit upon Creation’s stolen throne. The Lunars of the Silver Pact wage war against the Realm, stemming the tide of its imperialist expansion and bleeding away its strength.

This Exalted Third Edition sourcebook provides everything players and Storytellers need to introduce Lunars into their story. It details the Silver Pact, its ancient vendetta, and the Lunar dominions spread throughout Creation. It also contains Lunar character creation, Charms, and rules for shapeshifting, as well as new Merits, spells, martial arts, and artifacts that can be included in any game.


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).

A bunch of us will be at Save Against Fear Virtual Con October 9th – 11th
https://tabletop.events/conventions/save-against-fear-20201
Join RichT, Dixie, Eddy, Travis Legge, and other Onyx Path creators in various panels, including the always popular What’s Up With Onyx Path? at 4pm Friday, and gaming!


And now, the new project status updates!

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

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

  • Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)
  • No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • 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…!)
  • They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)

Redlines

  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)

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)
  • Trinity Continuum: Anima

Development

  • TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)

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)
  • V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Peoples of the Crossroads Continent

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)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)

Indexing


Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Tales of Aquatic Terror – Waiting on some finals.
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) – KS this week.
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e
  • Mummy 2 – ADing.
  • Legendlore
  • Cults of the Blood God – Artists chugging along.
  • Scion: Dragon (KS)
  • Masks of the Mythos (KS) – Ready for the KS.
  • Scion: Demigod (KS)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave!
  • TC: Adventure! (KS)
  • Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Getting art over to WW for approval.
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Breakdown brokedown.
  • Monsters of the Deep – Meredith ADing this one.
  • M20 Victorian (KS) – ADing rolling.
  • TC: Under Alien Skies – ADed.
  • Heirs to the Shogunate – Awaiting art notes.
  • Dead Man’s Rust (SL KS) – KS art AD’d.

In Layout

  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad
  • Vigil Watch
  • Trinity Core Jumpstart
  • M20 Technocracy Reloaded – In layout realized needed some more art: contracted.
  • V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Josh is chuggin’.
  • Deviant – Into layout while waiting for some finals.

Proofing

  • Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs
  • Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands)
  • V5 Let the Streets Run Red – At WW for approval.
  • Aberrant – Working on Rich’s notes. Art still coming in.

At Press

  • TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – Shipped to fulfiller from printer.
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! – At KS fulfiller.
  • Pirates of Pugmire – At KS fulfiller.
  • Pirates of Pugmire Screen – Shipped to fulfiller from printer.
  • Dark Eras 2 – Shipping to KS fulfiller from printer.
  • Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet – Shipped to fulfiller from printer.
  • Contagion Chronicle – Awaiting press proofs.
  • 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 – Awaiting press proofs. PDF and PoD on sale Weds at DTRPG.
  • Sunken Bones – Pugmire pirate adventure – PoD proof coming.
  • Titanomachy – Inputting errata.
  • TC Aeon Terra Firma – Awaiting errata from dev.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Lot’s of Onyx Path-y stuff this week:

  • back on Oct 2 was Scarred Lands‘ 20th anniversary!
  • Today is Justin Achilli’s birthday – Hooray to Justin for living another year!
  • Tomorrow is the anniversary of the release of the original Scarred Lands Campaign Setting: Termana!
  • Friday is the 1 year anniversary of the Pugmire Phone PDF!

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