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Everybody’s backing it!

(And so should you!)

Very glad to say that the Deluxe W20 Apocalyptic Record Kickstarter has hit 200% funded AND has achieved the W20 Icons of Rage Stretch Goal! That will give us the impetus to create a new book that details all sorts of famous and infamous characters from Werewolf: The Apocalypse!

Let’s keep this party howling and tell all your friends! It’s like in 101 Dalmations when all the pets and farm animals howl from one to another to spread the word – except it’s werewolves!

Legendlore art by Alex Sheikman

And speaking of making pop-culture references…

Over the weekend, our friends at Mystery Science Theater 3000 announced the sponsors for their upcoming season and their streaming site – and guess what? Onyx Path is one of them!

We are thrilled to announce this, and that we’ve been talking with the gang over there about the promos they are going to be creating for us that will run during the new season!

They’ve been great to brainstorm with, and I think you’re really going to get a kick out of what their creative and twisted minds have come up with! We sure are!

This is another one of those secret things we’ve been working on that I stamped “REDACTED” on many moons ago. Or was it “CLASSIFIED”? We have so many top secret initiatives percolating right now that I can’t keep track of the darn things!

They Came From Camp Murder Lake! art by Aaron Riley

There Was Also This Here Monday Meeting Thing:

Besides the above, we talked a lot about some other secret stuff that we can’t reveal right now.


But we did.

Anyway, we also chatted about this last weekend and our appearances at the Save Against Fear online convention run by and for the fabulous Bodhana Group to help finance their efforts to bring TTRPGs and therapy together for the betterment of all.

I’ll get to our panels, but just a congrats to the Group and their sneak preview/demo of their own therapeutic TTRPG. What a great step forward! I won’t even name it here, but you will definitely hear more about it in the months to come!

OK, now onto the non-secret part of things, with a look at our time at SAVE. First of all, I had no reports of tech glitches from our crew. Which isn’t to say that they might not have had them, but not with any panels we were on. Which makes it so much easier for our folks to stay on-mission and cover our topics.

Matthew, Dixie, Eddy, and myself started off Onyx‘s panels on Friday with “How to Turn Old Favorites into New Favorites“. We all shared our experiences doing new editions of well-loved games, from the very first days that I did that at White Wolf, to Eddy’s work on V20, to what has been effectively Onyx Path‘s MO with the 20th Anniversary Editions for WoD, CofD 2nd Editions, and Exalted 3rd and Essence. And new editions of the Trinity games and Scion!

Matthew, who has worked on new editions too, also brought up that the basic concept of the They Came From…! games falls into the topic for the panel, as we’re taking genres that are old favorites and then turning them into new favorite TTRPGs. Good show, old chap!

And I think it was a good show, so please do check it out on the Bodhana Group’s Twitch channel, and coming soon to our YouTube channel.

On Saturday, the same crew started with the “perennial favorite” (although this might be the third time we’ve done it this year) “What’s Up With the Onyx Path?“, which we started out with the very same MST3K announcement that I mention above! Then we did much banter, and filled in where our various game lines and projects were.

Finally, Dixie, Eddy, and I, were joined by Travis Legge and the Bodhana Group‘s grand-poobah, Jack Berkenstock, to take a “Deep Delve Into the Crossroads Continent 5e Setting“.

This is my very own D&D world that Travis and I are bringing forward into the D&D 5e ruleset, and the rest of the crew were there because they were some of the players when I dusted off the setting and DM’d again after several decades at the very last physical Save Against Fear Convention two years ago.

As I’d hoped, they were able to give a player’s perspective while Travis and I could talk world building and construction.

Overall, I was kind of embarrassed by all the very kind things that were said about the CRC and how much fun they had adventuring in it during that one late-night session. And I probably talked a tad too much about the formative years when I had game sessions at least twice a week, if not more, during high school and then college – when you have time for such things!

But I do feel that in the end, the whole panel was helpfully informative as to how to create compelling game worlds and I hope y’all get a chance to watch it once we get the panels up on our YouTube channel in the near future.

(I’m also doing a drawing a day of monsters from the CRC for all of October and posting to my social media channels, including @rich_thomas_op on Twitter, if you want snippets from the world and some ink-drawn/painted pictures to go with.)

Finally, DTRPG is having a Halloween Sale, which coincides with IPR‘s Halfoween Sale – so do take advantage of those this month! The deets are below in the Sales Partners section!

I said “deets”.

Just goes to show ya, and which was something pointed out in the CRC panel: you’ve got to keep growing, trying out new media and games and books and whatever your sources of inspiration are. Old classics are great to see with new eyes, and new ideas are great to stretch our minds and abilities so we aren’t _only_ doing the same-old, same-old.

Which is why we keep exploring and creating:

Many Worlds, One Path!




The Deluxe Apocalyptic Record for Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition is now 200% funded!

We’ve already passed the Storyteller Screen Stretch Goal, and now the W20 supplement Icons of Rage has been achieved, too, so there are many more to come, including Ready Made Characters and much more!

Onyx Path Media!


This week: Here’s the GenCon Online panel of the “Storypath System Q&A” presented for your enjoyment and edification! Everything you have ever wanted to know about Storypath!

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

For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath 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 check out our attached media schedule for the impressive number of videos on our Twitch channel this week! In particular, keep those eyes open for our Storypath Showcase, where we give an excellent profile of our various Storypath games and how to play them!


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. Please subscribe and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! We’re once again listing out week’s uploads to YouTube, so please check the following videos out:

Storypath Showcase: Trinity Continuum – Multiplicity – FINALE: https://youtu.be/ZFGd3kzHXzo

Storypath Showcase: Trinity Continuum Aeon – Session Zero: https://youtu.be/sQS70s8jgo0

Trinity Continuum Aberrant – The Entelechy Archive: Session One: https://youtu.be/jRdoJ_BmvUU

Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Sins of Shelzar S2E1: https://youtu.be/pRn-mXKVxlc

GenCon Online 2021: Storypath Q&A: https://youtu.be/Vun4EoMOxRM

GenCon Online 2021: What’s Up with Onyx Path?: https://youtu.be/p3OIF3D8HDU

Are you interested in our Werewolf: The Apocalypse Kickstarter? If so, you might want to check out Werewolf: The Podcast’s interview with Leath Sheales and Michele Masala, who worked in different capacities on The Apocalyptic Record! You can check it out right here: https://keepontheheathlands.podbean.com/e/apocalyptic-record-wleath-sheales-and-michele-masala/

If Werewolf: The Apocalypse is your thing, you may also be in the mood for a Werewolf actual play by McStabber Studios! This fantastic team has a great chronicle starting right here: https://youtu.be/qZIj5UwjLtQ

The Exaltcast reviews Heirs to the Shogunate for Exalted 3rd Edition! Heirs to the Shogunate outlines cadet houses, forest witches, outcastes, notable Dragon-Blooded, new charms, a civil war, and more: https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/10/09/pain-in-the-dice-preview-heirs-to-the-shogunate-review/

Simulacra TV‘s amazingAberrant actual play – Atomic Youth – commence a new arc, so it’s the perfect time to hop on board! Please check them out and give them some support. https://youtu.be/UN2GT93u63o

Aberrant: Atomic Youth episodes premiere Wednesdays at 5pm EDT on https://www.twitch.tv/SimulacraTV

Are you interested in Promethean: The Created? If so, we’ve got an excellent series of videos for you. The Domain Gaming channel has a multi-part series already uploaded, so you can start from the beginning or skip to the present episode and find out a little more about the troubled and tragic lives of the Created. https://youtu.be/NOxlcWC0U9I

That’s not all, because The Domain Gaming also have a crossover chronicle on their channel! So if you like The Contagion Chronicle or are interested in seeing various characters of different types conflicting (and working) with each other, check out their latest episode: https://youtu.be/6U3b0GyupfU

ExalTwitch: Academy Season Two follows three young Dragon-Bloods in the aftermath of their school’s destruction. The House of Bells’ fall was blamed on Anathema corrupting the student body, but Oresta, Pyres, and Gale Whispered must clear their names and seek out those actually responsible before the Realm collapses.
Watch ExalTwitch: Academy live every Sunday at 18:00 ET on https://www.twitch.tv/rpgclinic.

And here are the latest episodes of the new season for you! If you’ve missed any, the videos in their back catalogue are easy to find. All you have to do is subscribe.

S02E07: https://youtu.be/k2yIv4oTcpg

S02E08: https://youtu.be/IzZh0mlhKks

S02E09: https://youtu.be/AScafMqH-A8 

S02E10: https://youtu.be/FhMj6MB3-0w

S02E11: https://youtu.be/jmFWaC-TucU

S02E12: https://youtu.be/Zzs05QrjkrQ

Electronic Gaming!

As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! The 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.)

Virtual Tabletop!


Jump into the Trinity Continuum with 3 NEW Astral Jumpstarts!

The Trinity Continuum is a vast timeline of adventure, speckled with dramatic points across the past, present, and future. Explore parts of the Trinity Continuum timeline with these three Jumpstarts fully enabled for play on Astral TableTop. Each Jumpstart includes ready-to-play characters and all the rules you need to embark on your Astral adventure.


A Quantum Leap (A Trinity Continuum: Jumpstart)

A group of cultists is playing with matter altering explosives beyond their control. Join forces with 3-5 players to track down and stop them before the universe as we know it is changed forever. 


The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow (A Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Jumpstart)

Bring the superhero action to your table with all the rules you need to assume the roles of Teen Tomorrow and jump right into play! This adventure is designed for 3-6 players.


Quantum Entanglement (A Trinity Continuum: Aeon Jumpstart)

The Stars Await! – Launch yourself onto the galactic stage with this high-flying, interstellar romp. Includes everything you need to run this adventure for 3-5 players. 

Also on Astral TableTop is the Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb for Realms of Pugmire!

Play Now on Astral TableTop!

The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb module comes with all the maps and encounters, ready to play, along with pre-generated characters and character sheets wired up for automated rolling. It also offers the GameMaster some guidance on playing the scenario on Astral for those GMs new to the platform or entirely new to virtual tabletops (VTT).

Create a free account first, then the Quickstarts will be available on the Home page. If you are getting this via DTRPG, after checkout, look for the link to unlock your adventure on Astral.

Also on Astral TableTop, we have two free projects: Scion 2E: A Light Extinguished and Scarred Lands: Gauntlet of Spiragos and this Dagger of Spiragos module for sale: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/336406/Dagger-of-Spiragos-5e–Astral-VTT

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.


How to guides and FAQ: https://help.astraltabletop.com/

Here is the main filter for all of our current VTT content on DTRPG:


A few highlights of our platform agnostic content:


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:


Our Sales Partners!


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


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!

Check out the scaaaary half-off deals at The Return of Halfoween Sale at IPR:



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

The Halloween Sale at DriveThruRPG/DriveThruFiction/Storytellers Vault starts on Thursday and most of our horror titles will be 20% – 40%
off, plus there will be free treats.

On Sale This Week!


This Wednesday the door bursts open and in come google-wearing humans seeking the paranormal: Ghost Hunters for the 20th Anniversary WoD lines is here! – in spooky PDF and scary PoD versions on DTRPG!

These ghosts, and more, haunt our world. They watch us, they torment us, they play with us, they find themselves locked in Sisyphean cycles, where the only respite comes through the haunting of the living.

It is our role to hunt these spirits down. Some believe we’re laying them to a deserved rest. Others hunt for the renown and to put down the homicidal dead. Others believe they’re doing God’s work, or with every hunt, their knowledge of the paranormal world increases.

We are ghost hunters, and regardless of our motives, it is our task to ensure the dead may no longer torture the living. 

Ghost Hunters includes:

• A broad, deep history of ghost hunter cells, and catalogue of weapons and artifacts ghost hunters might use in the World of Darkness.

• Playable options among the hunters that fight with bullets and blades, and those who fight with belief and supernatural power. Alongside them, those hunters who would track, cage, and study the dead.

• A wide array of story hooks and rich storytelling advice for those who wish to run a game of Ghost Hunters set alongside any of the World of Darkness games.

• An appendix containing a selection of antagonists your ghost hunters may come to face.


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!

GameHoleCon is next week and it looks like we have some Scarred Lands and Pugmire games going on at the Noble Knight Games booth. Please do stop by if you’re there and say hi!

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)
  • Terat Novella (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Squeaks in the Deep Companion (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Squeaks in the Deep Jumpstart (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Adventure! Addendum (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Tasty Bit: Polyphemus (Scion)


  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)
  • Scion: God (Scion 2e)
  • With Great Power (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Scion: Dragon Jumpstart (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon Companion (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Whispers From Darkness (was Masks of the Mythos Companion) (Scion 2nd Edition)

Second Draft

  • No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)
  • Bizarre Tales and Unusual Characters (M20 Victorian)
  • Weird Wonders and Revolutionary Magick (M20 Victorian)


  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aether core book (Trinity Continuum: Aether)

Manuscript Approval

Post-Approval Development

  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)


  • 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)
  • The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)
  • Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!)
  • They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Vigil Watch: The Kelder Mountains (Scarred Lands)
  • The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th)
  • Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Panopticon Novella (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave! core book (They Came From…!)
  • TC: Adventure! Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Tasty Bit: New Team (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Post-Editing Development

  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)
  • Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th)
  • The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)
  • Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Tasty Bit: Dracula’s Tomb (They Came From…)
  • Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)
  • Trinity Continuum: Anima


Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Scion: Dragon – Getting Gong on board for the Flights.
  • Masks of the Mythos – Mirko and crew on pantheon art. Working ideas for border designs.
  • TC: Adventure! (KS)
  • M20 Victorian (KS)
  • Dead Man’s Rust
  • Exalted Essence (KS)
  • TC Mission Statements
  • TC Aberrant N!WE – Sketches coming in.
  • M20 Technocracy Dossier/Companion – Artists working.
  • Squeaks In The Deep (KS)
  • Realms of Magic and Mystery
  • Saints and Monsters – Fulls contracted, working on halfs.
  • TC: Anima (KS) – Shields rolling.
  • TC: Assassin – Interior art rolling.
  • Legendlore: Legacies of the Earth
  • Novas Worldwide – Working on it.
  • W20 Apocalyptic Record (KS) – KS rolling!
  • Mage20 Lore of the Traditions – KS art AD’d
  • TCFBtG! Monsters From the Crypt
  • TCFGtG! Heroes in a World of Horror – Leblanc’d.
  • They Came From [CLASSIFIED]! and They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave – KS art inquiries being made.
  • Ghosthunters Jumpstart/Ready Made Characters – Ken Meyer Jr. Nuff said.
  • Paranormalist’s Handbook – Rolling along.
  • Kith and Kin – Art buy figuring.

In Layout

  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart
  • Aberrant VTT
  • Scion: Demigod
  • Squeaks in the Deep Screen
  • Squeaks in the Deep
  • TC Prometheus Unbound


  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Errata input.
  • Spiragos Collected Adventures
  • Legendlore – Backer PDF errata input. Press and PoD files being prepped.
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! – Backer PDF errata being input.
  • V5 Forbidden Religions – 2nd Proof.
  • M20 Technocracy Jumpstart
  • TC: Aberrant Storypath Nexus materials
  • They Came From Camp Murder Lake! – Dev notes being input.
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart

At Press

  • M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Deluxe getting ready for press.
  • Mummy 2e – Getting ready for press.
  • Mummy 2e Screen – Files sent to printer.
  • Deviant – Press proofs back to printer.
  • Deviant Screen – Files sent to printer.
  • Technocracy Reloaded Screen – Files sent to printer.
  • WoD Ghost Hunters – PDF and PoD versions on sale Weds on DTRPG!
  • WoD Ghost Hunters Screen – Prepping for printer.
  • Hundred Devils Night Parade – Prepping Advance PDF to go on sale soon.
  • M20 Rich Bastards Guide

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

It’s International Coming Out Day today! If you choose to come out, we hope it is a great moment for you!

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