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Onyx Path: Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts! [Monday Meeting Notes]

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We aren’t! Which is mostly because of World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters and its Kickstarter that funded in three hours and has zoomed past 200% funded in just short of a week!

As we’ve been doing for quite a few Kickstarters, the completed text is being released to backers in pieces all through the campaign, so at the KS’s end on Halloween, they’ll have the full text to enjoy (sans final edits and layout and all that good stuff that makes a pile of text into a book)!

Also, as we’ve been doing for quite awhile with our KSs, we’re building a companion book in sections as they are achieved by backer pledges adding up to milestone amounts that fulfill Stretch Goals. These sections are further explorations of ideas from the main book, as well as new topics we think would help the game line – sometimes even from backers who suggest ideas in the Comments section!

In the Monday Meeting today, Matthew Dawkins suggested a couple of things to watch that could get you in a WoD: Ghost Hunters mindset: on Netflix is Bly Manor, a sequel to Haunting of Hill House, and on the BBCi Player there’s the aptly titled Ghost Stories. Matthew suggests both although we’re not sure if everyone can access both of them – guess it depends on your country.

(I won’t be seeing these, though, as it is well known that I’m a-scared of horror films and TV…).

In the weeks to come in the Onyx Path Media section, you’ll be able to find links to several WoD: Ghost Hunters interviews and actual plays, including this interview of Matthew himself:
https://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2020/10/10/world-of-darkness-ghost-hunters-with-matthew-dawkins/

We’re doing our part, too, with next Friday’s drop of the Onyx Pathcast being one the Trios’s patented insightful and incisive Deep Dives all about WoD: Ghost Hunters! Check out Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy, as they explore the info in the book, but also delve into the kind of book it is – a descendant of the old WoD “black books” that dealt with elements of the World of Darkness rather than a specific game line.

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TC: Aberrant art by Steve Ellis

Save Against Fear Virtual Con Notes!

This weekend we were part of the Save Against Fear Virtual Convention, a fund-raiser for the Bodhana Group, who are professional therapists that are using tabletop games as therapeutic methods in their efforts. Pretty sure this was my 9th year attending and sponsoring, as I think they are good smart people trying to use our thing to help people. Which is a good thing.

In recent years, I’ve also brought along (conned) Onyx Path folks and we weren’t going to miss it just because circumstances dictated a virtual con. In fact, we kind of like virtual cons – just the no-pants option is a huge thumbs-up!

To start, we had a panel Friday afternoon at 4 where Eddy, Matthew, Dixie, Travis Legge, and myself, reprised the ever-popular What’s Up With Onyx Path? panel we’ve done at so many cons over the years. A lot, A LOT, of silliness went on as we talked current and upcoming projects, and even revealed a hither-to unknown new main rulebook Matthew is working on!

If you missed it, we’ll have it up on our YouTube channel sometime soon!

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TC: Aberrant art by Steve Ellis

I couldn’t sit in on any other panels as this weekend was extremely busy for me (including a virtual Zoom-based 40th high school reunion gathering – talk about surreal experiences), but Dixie and Eddy were in on a ton more over the next two days. Here they describe what went on:

Dixie: While I did a few events at SAVE Against Fear this year, I feel like I learned the most from the two panels I moderated, “Consent in Gaming” and “Safety Tools in Gaming.” While they had some overlap in content, the panelists were distinct enough to have different conversations at each. For Safety Tools, I spoke with Crystal Mazur, Sen-Foong Lim, Doug Levandowski, and Travis Legge about the physical or spoken tools (like consent forms, the X card, and lines and veils) you can bring to your gaming table to ensure everyone is having the best possible time and feels safe, no matter how horrifying or emotional your game might be.

For the Consent in Gaming panel, I spoke with Shanna Germain, Sarah Lynne Bowman, Jacqueline Bryk, and John Stavropoulos more about the idea of consent and why it’s important: culturally, at the table, and in our communities. I learned a ton from all the industry professionals I was lucky enough to meet with, and once the videos are up on the Bodhana Group’s YouTube, I’d love to hear what any of you think about the panels!

Eddy: The panels at Save Against Fear 2020 were really great. Unlike other streaming panels, the audience was small, which allowed us to actually directly chat with participants in a way that felt closer to an “in person” convention. Two in particular stand out to me. “2020 A Game Changing Year” was a chance to talk about how recent events have really impacted game design, both on the logistics side (with all the Covid-related slowdowns) and the creative side (as certain game topics become more controversial, even in “traditional” spaces like D&D 5e).

Similarly, the “Accessibility in Gaming” panel was a chance to dig deeper into specifically disability accessibility, both physical and mental disabilities. Every panel had folks with a wide variety of experience, so I felt like I learned more than I taught, which is always an excellent sign.

Panels haven’t previously been a massive part of Save Against Fear, but I really hope the convention will keep them in future, because they were great.

I haven’t heard from the Bodhana Group‘s team as to how the con worked out for them, although I expect to later this week, but am really interested in whether this is something they’d like to do again as we at Onyx Path have been discussing doing another virtual Onyx Path con.

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Let The Streets Run Red art by Sam Araya

Also Mentioned At Today’s Meeting:

We have upcoming sales including the Return of Halfoween sale that is running now at Indie Press Revolution (IPR) who are selling our Chronicles of Darkness books and Screens at 50% off! See link in the sales area below.

DriveThruRPG will be starting their annual wacky Halloween sale soon, so keep an eye out for that as we have all sorts of PDFs at scarey-good prices in that from all across all of our game lines.

And finally, real fast, there’s a huge sale at RedBubble that includes our merchandise items and with over 900 designs in our store, now is a great time to grab some at a ridiculously awesome discount at 20-60% off! redbubble.com/people/theonyx…

Use code: FALLDEALS But get over there real fast as it expires October 15, 2020 11:59pm!

Real fast! I’m sayin’!

Just like I’m sayin’ thanks to all of you for supporting us and all our efforts to bring you to our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


Blurbs!


Kickstarter!

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The World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters Kickstarter funded in three hours and has passed 200% funding while ectoplasmically slipping past Stretch Goals!


Onyx Path Media!

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This week: The Trio take a spooky Deep Dive into WoD: Ghost Hunters!

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

The first thing for you lovely media lovers is an interview! Matthew Dawkins spoke at length regarding Ghost Hunters (and a whole host of other topics) over on Mage: The Podcast, so please check it out: https://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2020/10/10/world-of-darkness-ghost-hunters-with-matthew-dawkins/

Plus, more big news! Tune in to our Twitch channel for actual plays of Ghost Hunters by such stalwarts as the fine folks at Vorpal Tales!

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!

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

  • Scarred Lands – A Family Affair
  • Contagion Chronicle – No Time for Reality
  • Scion – Behind the Screen
  • V5 – Cults of the Blood Gods – Styx and Bones
  • World of Darkness Ghost Hunters
  • Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale
  • Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Boston by Night
  • V5 – Cults of the Blood Gods – Thy Kindred Come
  • 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 – E16 – https://youtu.be/M1CfN1vWDOo

Run Your Best RPG – #OnyxPathCon Panel – https://youtu.be/nsBozaBEdj8

Danielle’s Workshop – Design Theory – https://youtu.be/bqzphbwpovM

Realms of Pugmire – Paws and Claws – S2E19 – https://youtu.be/ktJYwsEgcQE

Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds – S1E18 – https://youtu.be/HI2ylvB5u7I

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/

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 133: Robbing Graves
The cabal kicks down the door to Mr. Graves inner sanctum. With Songbird leading the charge, it’s not going to be pretty.
https://youtu.be/dZLQPQMEOLw

Episode 134: Pleading & Threatening
Wyrd the Seer dreams of Zolius, bringing eager pleading and desperate threats. The cabal must deal with a burden they knew was coming but may not have been ready for: The Stalker.
https://youtu.be/u33G0o_ByQM

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 is running until November 1. For the Return of Halfoween, all 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 watery deeps reveal their secrets in the Pirates of Pugmire adventure from its Kickstarter: Sunken Bones! PDF and PoD versions surf in on Wednesday at DTRPG!

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Plus, we’ll be releasing the Pirates of Pugmire electronic wallpapers and PDF GMs Screen on DTRPG, as well!

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And keep your eyes open for a new Frostlands of Fenrilik preview for Scarred Lands on Wednesday, too!


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 has confirmed that they are cancelling the con for this year.


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)

Second Draft

  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (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
  • Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)

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)
  • Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Post-Approval Development

  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • V5 Forbidden Religions (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)
  • 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
  • M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
  • Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)

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

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)
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Breakdown brokedown.
  • Monsters of the Deep – Monsters all AD’d.
  • 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 – Tweaking layout with Josh.
  • Deviant
  • Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Handing off to Travis.

Proofing

  • Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs
  • Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands)
  • Aberrant – Working on Rich’s notes. Art still coming in.

At Press

  • TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – At KS fulfiller.
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! – At KS fulfiller.
  • Pirates of Pugmire – At KS fulfiller.
  • Pirates of Pugmire Screen – At KS fulfiller.
  • Dark Eras 2 – At KS fulfiller.
  • Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet – At KS fulfiller.
  • Contagion Chronicle – Awaiting press proofs.
  • Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller.
  • Lunars Screen and Booklet – At KS fulfiller.
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Press proofs needed two fixes, OK’d now. PDF and PoD on sale at DTRPG.
  • Sunken Bones – Pugmire pirate adventure – PDF and PoD versions available on DTRPG this Wednesday!
  • Titanomachy – PoD proofs ordered.
  • TC Aeon Terra Firma – Inputting pgXXs and prepping PoD.
  • V5 Let the Streets Run Red – Backer PDF out of errata.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Happy Having a Day Off in October Day, if you get a day off. And a happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

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