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Onyx Path: The Sun Never Sets on M20 Victorian Age! [Monday Meeting Notes]


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As people far and wide keep showing up at all hours and backing the Deluxe M20 Victorian Age crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo! Earlier today we passed the 200% funded mark, and we still have a little more than half of the campaign to go!

The line itself is a play on “The sun never sets on the British empire”, which was said during Victoria’s reign because they had countries under their rule throughout the world. Empire-building and colonialism was in full-flower then, with everything that entails.

M20 Victorian Age deals with both the classic tropes of the Victorian Era, and also with the terrible costs in human misery underlying those tropes. It attempts to provide a background based on history broad enough for players to be challenged with the questions of their time, even with the power at their disposal. This Era could be the most dramatic and dynamic for playing Mage: The Ascension!

Yet to be clear, M20 Victorian Age is not a history book, although our writers have researched the era, and the history of Mage: The Ascension, in order to combine the two, nor will it address every issue that every person can point to. It’s not an encyclopedia of the time, nor is our intention to provide info on all countries in detail. It’s goal is to cover what is going on with Mage in the time period, which is a whole lotta material in and of itself, and give folks the info they need to have fun and enjoy.

Since backers will have access to the full manuscript, every backer will be able to enjoy what the team has created before the campaign is over. (And if you do see an area you’d like covered that’s not in there, please do use the form included with the manuscript downloads to politely suggest adding it).

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TC: Adventure! art by Atagun Illhan

As if M20 Victorian Age wasn’t enough, I’m thrilled to have another big announcement about M20 today!

If you look down at the First Drafts section of the production progress report, below, you’ll see that a previously unannounced project called M20 Lore of the Traditions has shown up! Much as Lore of the Clans did for V20, M20 Lore of the Traditions will devote a chapter to each Tradition, detailing new and deeper info and player options.

Like I’ve gone into all of 2021, we had a whole bunch of projects and other initiatives bog down because of last year – and if you combine our challenges with those of our license holders, it all snowballs. But now, we can shake the snow covered 2020 tree and projects are falling out! It feels good.

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Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart art by Brian LeBlanc

And How About the Monday Meeting, Then?

We spent much of the meeting going over our plans to set up the infrastructure for the next Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention in June. There’s a lot of pre-planning even for a virtual con, and we need to get that settled before we get any closer to June.

Did I mention that it’s in June?

We’re having sales at both DTRPG with their GM’s Day Sale running until the 15th. Almost all of our PDFs are at a sales price:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/rpg_gmsday.php?manufacturers_id=4261

And IPR is selling our dice sets in their Rolling Into Spring Sale:
https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/

We found out during the meeting that we have 2000 members on the Onyx Path Discord. Which is fantastic news since we really haven’t been active with it for that long. We all hope everyone on there is enjoying the conversations in all of our game world categories, and for such things as the Pathcast. It’s moderated, and most of our devs and a lot of our writers are active posters, so come check it out!

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Children of the Blood art by Sam Araya

Speaking of improvements in 2021, we’ve added further to our pay rates, and have begun to phase out Pay Upon Publication from our contracts. This is only possible because of our continuing good sales, even through 2020, and those are only possible because of your support!

We’re always looking towards evolving how we handle the business aspects of the company, from trying out alternative platforms for getting our projects into your hands, to improving how we work with our hundreds and hundreds of freelance creators. In big ways and small, Onyx Path has been evolving every year since we started in order to keep on creating what we all enjoy, our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


BLURBS!


Kickstarter!

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The campaign for the Deluxe Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Victorian Age funded in less than a day on IndieGoGo!

We’ve already politely pushed past several Stretch Goals and are now headed with full steam power right past 200% funding! Whoo-woooo!

Check it out here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/victorian-mage-ttrpg


Onyx Path Media!

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This week: We get letters! We get letters! We get letters every day!

The Terrific Trio reach deep into the Pathcast Mailbag to answer your heartfelt missives and deflect your anguished brickbats! (Actually, these are questions and such from our fans sent in via a google doc response form, but somehow that’s less fun than a physical mailbag!)

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

Also on Podbean this week, on Wednesday, is the 6th and final episode of Tales of the Aeon Society! A recently recovered radio program from the 1930s that we here at Onyx Path have lovingly restored at great cost featuring the thrilling adventures of Max Mercer and the Aeon Society! Listen as they defeat Zorbo’s Evil Plan!!!

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The fantastic team at Vorpal Tales continue their M20 Victorian Age chronicle this week! Do check them out on Twitch and give them a follow (and maybe even a subscribe): https://www.twitch.tv/vorpaltales and here’s episode one of their actual play! https://youtu.be/9MHsKwwuXY4

By Night Studios interviewed developer Chris Allen regarding M20 Victorian Age over on their YouTube channel and it’s well worth a watch if you’re interested in the campaign (or even if you’re not)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8od0ezRMUg

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

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This week on Twitch, there’s a bumper harvest of videos scheduled for you:

  • Scarred Lands – A Family Affair – Powered by Astral
  • Hunter: The Vigil – Stuffed
  • PICK OF THE WEEK – Mage 20th Victorian Age – Vorpal Tales
  • Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar Gaming
  • Scion – Become as Gods – Powered by Astral
  • Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale
  • Scarred Lands – Dracogenesis – Vorpal Tales
  • Scarred Lands – Pirates of Bloodwater – Devil’s Luck
  • V5 – Thy Kindred Come – Rolling Nomads
  • V5 – The Badger Game – Band of Badgers
  • Hunter: The Vigil – Anomalies Unbound – Devil’s Luck

The pick of the week for this week is Vorpal Tales’ M20 Victorian Age chronicle, which is proving very popular and explores just about every one of my (Matthew Dawkins) favourite elements from Mage! Do check it out!

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:

Scion – Become as Gods – Episode 3 – https://youtu.be/yXHCastqGlY

Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 5 – https://youtu.be/p59i6FbJoDc

Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 6 – https://youtu.be/0-TxzRlPprA

Scion: Dragon – Vorpal Tales – FINALE – https://youtu.be/oye7le70__4

M20 Victorian Mage – Vorpal Tales – Episode 1 – https://youtu.be/9MHsKwwuXY4

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

The fantastic Scarred Lands Purge of the Serpentholds crew now run their games over on Roll the Role! Do give them a follow and a subscribe, because their gaming is among the most entertaining I’ve seen: https://www.twitch.tv/rolltherole

Devil’s Luck Gaming have got an SCP-inspired Hunter: The Vigil chronicle running over on their Twitch channel, and we’d love for you to check it out: https://www.twitch.tv/devilsluckgaming

Wards & Witchcraft continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle which you can watch right here:

The Lernean is long gone. Not a even a ghost, only a story remains. This is a tale of when stories intersect. Having survived a vicious attack by hiding in an underground tunnel the cabal reaches a fork of destiny. They dive into long buried mysteries. When one member of the coven goes off on their own they find just how dangerous some secrets can be. https://youtu.be/-2702IBHqV4

Mage: The Podcast continues with an excellent breakdown of Tomes of Magick: A Guide to the Traditionshttp://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2021/03/06/tomes-of-magick-guide-to-the-traditions

Systematic Understanding of Everything is a fantastic Exalted Explainer Podcast by Exalted Dev Monica Speca and Exalted Writer Chazz Kellner. You should check it out, because it remains among the best Exalted shows out there.

Their most recent episodes are available over on https://www.exaltcast.com/, with their newest the following:
Exalts channel their personal Essence to awe-inspiring levels to change Creation, but what of those who command the Essence of Creation itself as sorcerers? Monica and Chazz talk sorcerous workings, demon summoning, and the aptly named Death Ray. 
https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/03/08/hidden-secrets-whisper-sorcery/

A Bunch of Gamers continue their gripping and bloody Werewolf: The Apocalypse actual play!
The packs split up to tackle the fallen Sept of the Winter Fang. The Infernal Alphas along with Dimitri Howls-In-Memory scout out the fallen Caern while Fomori’s Bane return to the Sept of the Five Mirrors to draw upon allies to aid them in the attack.
https://youtu.be/X5mMq-1ErzI

Wendi-Wolf Studios is also on the Werewolf: The Apocalypse train and has an excellent playlist of videos for you to watch right here. It’s a full chronicle! https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLta7aLbIMbwQGL6VWc9L71F7-khSW8hDM

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! The App was also pulled down from the Apple store in order to make some required updates – it’ll be back there soon!


Virtual TableTop!

Two Virtual Tabletop adventures: the Gauntlet of Spiragos and the Dagger of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop and DriveThruRPG!

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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.

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 and Dagger 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!

For fantastic savings on Onyx Path dice sets, check out the Rolling into Spring 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!

The gigantic GMs Day Sale runs until the 15th! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/rpg_gmsday.php?manufacturers_id=4261
Most of our PDF catalog will be on sale:

* From 61 days to 2 years old: 10% off
* Over 2 years old: 40% off


On Sale This Week!

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This Wednesday look for 11 new CofD Dark Eras journal designs going up on our RedBubble store!

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Calling all people around the world, and all the ships at sea! News flash! Wednesday also features the final episode of a thrilling brand-new radio adventure: Tales of the Aeon SocietyEpisode Six: Zorbo’s Evil Plan! Available wherever podcasts are heard, and definitely with our friends at Podbean!


Conventions!

Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with!

As announced, the 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention will be coming to you live this June!


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)
  • The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)
  • Tasty Bit: Heroes of the Waste (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • Tasty Bit: Zeus in a Bar (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th)
  • The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th)
  • Tasty Bit: Car Lifting Competition (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Tasty Bit: Les Fantomes (Trinity Continuum)
  • Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Vigil Watch: The Kelder Mountains (Scarred Lands)
  • M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)

Redlines

  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)
  • No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)

Second Draft

  • Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition)

Development

  • TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)
  • Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)
  • They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!)

Manuscript Approval

  • Onyx Path Brochure 2021-2022
  • Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Anima
  • Tasty Bit: Pets (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)

Post-Approval Development

  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Trinity Continuum: Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)

Editing

  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)
  • Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
  • Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)
  • CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)
  • Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Tasty Bit: Outer Space Archetypes and Tropes (They Came From…!)
  • The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)

Post-Editing Development

  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • 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)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)

Indexing


Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • WoD Ghost Hunters (KS)
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e – AD’d.
  • Legendlore – checking with artists.
  • Scion: Dragon (KS)
  • Masks of the Mythos (KS)
  • Scion: Demigod
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave!
  • TC: Adventure! (KS) – KS assets ready.
  • M20 Victorian (KS) – Ready for KS.
  • Dead Man’s Rust
  • M20 Technocracy Jumpstart
  • Exalted Essence (KS)
  • V5 Trail of Ash and Bone – Sending art for approvals this week.
  • V5 Forbidden Religions
  • TC Mission Statements
  • TC Aberrant N!WE
  • M20 Technocracy Dossier/Companion
  • M20 Rich Bastards Guide – Art buy figured out, need art notes.
  • Hundred Devils Night Parade
  • Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – Just need the KS map & ye olde logo.
  • Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle
  • TC Prometheus Unbound

In Layout

  • M20 Technocracy Reloaded
  • TC Aberrant Jumpstart
  • TC: Under Alien Skies
  • Heirs to the Shogunate – It’s a goin.

Proofing

  • Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Inputting errata/page XXing.
  • Deviant – Page XXing.
  • Mummy 2 – Inputting errata.
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Backer PDF going out to backers.
  • Children of the Blood
  • LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Vigil Watch Compiled – Advance PDF errata compiling.

At Press

  • V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Press files proofs reviewed and returned.
  • Aberrant – PoD proof ordered. Trad print proofs reviewed and returned.
  • TC: Aberrant Screen – Press files sent.
  • Peoples of the Crossroads Continent – PoD proof ordered.
  • Yugmans – PoD proof ordered.
  • Yugman’s spell cards – PoD proofing.
  • Monsters of the Deep – PoD proof ordered.
  • Tales of the Aeon Society Episode Six: Zorbo’s Evil Plan! – Goes live on Weds.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Not only is it National Women’s History Month, but today specifically is International Women’s Day! In our hobby, let’s celebrate women gamers, commenters, creators, and publishers – and all the amazing games and gaming they’ve made! Here at Onyx Path, we couldn’t do what we do without the women in our crew!

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