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As we are all here at the top of a long slide into Xmas, and are still trying to tell Santa what we want (but before he boots us down the slide), here’s what our Monday Meeting crew are hoping for from the big guy himself!

From Matthew Dawkins:

My Christmas hope is pretty simple: for more people to discover the games we’ve made over the preceding and upcoming years, for gamers to embrace the They Came From line, and for my gaming groups to remain healthy, active, and always happy to try out new RPGs and board games. I’ve always been fortunate to have access to multiple groups of regular gamers and my wish is that they continue to support Onyx Path’s many excellent games.

And from Ian Watson:

I want people to be able to find a game that’s right for them, that they really enjoy — especially if it’s one of ours, and especially if it’s the Trinity Continuum — and I hope they’re able to find an enthusiastic group that can meet and play regularly.

A personal heartfelt wish from Lisa Thomas:

I would like good health for my mom in 2022.

Mirthful Mike Chaney chimes in his wishlist:

  • For smaller companies in the gaming industry to make a comeback in 2022. I’ve seen too many companies that I hold near and dear to me struggle or disappear since the world went to hell in March of 2020.
  • For the printing industry to possibly get back to some resemblance of normal… hell, I’d settle for 50% normal
  • To put a dent in my garage of shame… so many models, so many still in boxes wrapped in cellophane.

Eddy Webb sez:

What I’d love for Christmas is for the various publishing problems to just go away. The rising cost of paper, the shipping issues, the overloaded printers… it would be great if all these things settled down a bit so we could focus on making amazing games.

But, outside of that, a copy of the latest Yakuza game would be cool.

Dixie Cochran adds her thoughts:

I, like Eddy, would love for every publishing industry issue to go away, but I would also like to see new people pick up a lot of our games, especially the ones that we produce in house and love so much, like They Came from Beneath the Sea! and Pugmire. I hope to see some really cool APs in the coming year as well. So yeah, Santa, please bring us more people to play and love our games!

And as for me, I have these thoughts for Santa:

Get it together, man!
I’m asking for good health, safe lives, great friends, and fun gaming for everyone! Also, if you could get us a pick-up for the Scion TV pitch from Netflix or Amazon, that’d be great, y’know?

We’re having fun with this, but we do also recognize that this is a tough time of the year for a lot of folks – so please do the best you can and try and cut yourself some slack if you can’t dive in to all the festivities. If you can.

Prometheus Unbound art by Digital Art Chefs

Here’s The Words From the Last Monday Meeting of the Year!

Yes, we finished up the TC: Anima kickstarter last week and topped over 1000 backers, which was what we were aiming for. It was closer than we liked, but the efforts of our backers paid off in the end and they succeeded in achieving the Stretch Goal for some companion book material at over 200% backing. A real nail-biter photo-finish!

I’m not going to list the next crowd-funding project we’ll put up right now, as there are several developing situations with Kickstarter that we’re still looking at. I will suggest that folks take the time to listen to last Friday’s Onyx Pathcast where Dixie and Eddy dig into some of our decision making when it comes to KSing projects and why we can’t crowd-fund every book we create.

The whole episode is excellent in giving some background to the decisions we make here, even beyond KSing, so please do give it a listen if you are perplexed or curious about how we do that voodoo that we do so well.

Paranormalists Handbook art by Ivan Vegar

For the last couple of years we’ve been getting up to speed on offering official Virtual Table-Top materials, usually “non-denominational” items useful for any game, like our character tokens. But now, the first of our official sheets designed for, and available on, Foundry makes its debut this week!

As they say:
Direct Link: https://foundryvtt.com
“Foundry Virtual Tabletop is a self-hosted roleplaying
platform with support for hundreds of game systems with modern
features and a developer-friendly API. Foundry VTT is a one-time
purchase where your players connect for free using a web browser.”

We’re offering first the character sheet for Scion Origin and Hero, featuring:

  • A whole platform as a new place for Storyguides and Players
  • Fully integrated and up to date character sheet
  • Familiar to users of the paper sheet
  • Handles all needed rolls
  • Officially created and supported

More VTT offering and projects will be arriving next year!

Here are a few more items we touched on in the meeting today, like the second text release for Trinity Continuum: Assassin‘s Pre-Order having dropped last week to those who pre-ordered. We want folks to know how this is working and that pre-ordering does have its perks!

Another thing we’d like folks to know, or at least remember, is that even though WoD‘s Demon: The Fallen is having an anniversary, it’s still not our call to make any projects for it. Only Paradox can make that call, as only Paradox owns the game-line. And no, we actually can’t tell you if we pitched anything for it as we have contractual obligations there.

But knowing how hard we went at the 20th Anniversary Editions; what we did in regards to pitching Demon, or Hunter, or whatever of the old game lines, should be a pretty easy conclusion to draw.

Speaking of 20th Anniversary books, we saw on our Twitter that someone ordered a PoD edition of Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary, and when they opened the W20 cover, they found that the interior was actually the inside pages of a bible. So a freaky misprint, for sure!

Misprints do happen, especially since Lightning Source, the PoD printer used by DTRPG, has been affected just like any other printer by the pandemic and is working feverishly to get books out. So if something, maybe not quite as bizarre as this, but similar, happens to a book you’ve ordered, please do contact the fantastic Customer Service team at DTRPG and they’ll get you fixed right up!

Paranormalists Handbook art by Farri Lensen

I’m reminded that during the meeting we went over a few end of the year sales we have going, so I’ll share them with you! For non-PoD sales at DTRPG there’s the Teach Your Kids to Game Sale at DTRPG!:

And check out this discounted bundle of Legendlore projects- both the comics and our TTRPG! https://www.drivethrucomics.com/product/378523/Legendlore-Collection-BUNDLE

It’s a great chance to get the deep source background right from the comics – the very material we drew from to create our updated and inclusive fantasy game!

For physical books, we’ve added an End of the Year Sale at IPR, too:

Interestingly, we have two They Came From! Jumpstarts going on sale on Wednesday AND there is an Actual Play They Came From! Double Feature playing through those same Jumpstarts happening on Tuesday featuring our own Dixie Cochran as a player:


Starting at 6pm EST on Tuesday, we are presenting a They Came From! Double Feature! First up, Director Travis Legge is running Party Beach Creature Feature – a thrilling tale of a troubled town under attack by fiends from Beneath the Sea!.

Then at 9pm, we turn our attention to the horrifying halls of Abbeyham Priory as a cast of harrowed heroes must face horrors from Beyond the Grave! with The Haunting of Abbeyham Priory directed by Joshua Doetsch!
Each suspenseful story boasts a cast of faces familiar to the Twitch channel and features one of the jumpstart adventures available for They Came From! at DriveThruRPG! Pop some popcorn and prepare for thrills, chills, comedy, and calamity with the They Came From! Double Feature!

Finally, this is it for this year, folks!

Hard to believe we’re at the end of 2021 already.

Next year is, as I’ve kind of mentioned briefly before, our 10th Anniversary as a company – starting on Jan 1st. Now most of us will be out until the 3rd when we have our first Monday Meeting of the New Year, so that’s when you’ll see some of the changes to this blog, as well as some 10th Anniversary shenanigans and sales!

(I will actually be posting a Monday Meeting Notes blog next week, just to note any progress on projects, but we aren’t meeting as most of our crew will be on vacation).

Talk to you all next year all about our:

Many Worlds, One Path!




Thanks to everyone who pledged, and if you missed out…keep an eye out for TC:Anima on Backerkit and you can still get in on the fun!

Onyx Path Media!


This week: Matthew’s Holiday Mailbag! The Gentleman reads and answers messages from our community in this very special heartwarming episode!

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!


HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Check out Devil’s Luck Gaming over on their Twitch channel! You may think that you have to pay to subscribe to a Twitch channel and access archived content, but you’d be incorrect! All you need to do is give them a free follow and you’ll have access to their amazing Exalted: Essence actual play, fully costumed and beautifully performed. Do give them your support! https://www.twitch.tv/devilsluckgaming


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! Please check the following videos out:

Trinity Continuum Anima: Polyhedron Podcast Actual Play – Episode Six: https://youtu.be/UpwLMFf2MWQ

Trinity Continuum Anima: Polyhedron Podcast Actual Play – Episode Seven: https://youtu.be/NMfDcu0QirE

Trinity Continuum Anima: Polyhedron Podcast Actual Play – Episode Eight: https://youtu.be/OHMY0GSKHx0

Storypath Showcase – Trinity Continuum: Anima – Session Zero: https://youtu.be/yYeDpud-5m4

Storypath Showcase – Trinity Continuum: Anima – Session One: https://youtu.be/yYeDpud-5m4

Storypath Showcase – Trinity Continuum: Anima – Session Two: https://youtu.be/Bw2Oo6JwXyw

Storypath Showcase – Trinity Continuum: Anima – Session Three: https://youtu.be/-eR4cBbde40

Storypath Showcase – Trinity Continuum: Anima – Session Four: https://youtu.be/x2CfVvXgySY

307 RPG Podcast spent time discussing They Came from Beyond the Grave! in depth recently, and have even created a character! Listen to their show right here: https://307rpg.com/


Mage is full of conspiracies but what about hyper-competent assassins for hire? Monica Speca joins Mage: The Podcast to explain how to add assassins and assassin societies to the World of Darkness from Trinity Continuum: Assassin. http://magethepodcast.com/assassins-and-societies-from-trinity-continuum-with-monica-speca/

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 and appreciate your notes and feedback!

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 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!

Last Minute Holiday Needs?! Check out this End of the Year Sale at IPR:


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

Join the Teach Your Kids to Game Sale at DTRPG!:

And check out this discounted bundle of Legendlore projects – both the comics and our TTRPG! https://www.drivethrucomics.com/product/378523/Legendlore-Collection-BUNDLE

On Sale This Week!


This Wednesday you can gift two great ways to get started gaming through the holidays, with both They Came From Beneath the Sea!’s Jumpstart: Party Beach Creature Feature!, and They Came From Beyond the Grave!’s Jumpstart: The Haunting of Abbeyham Priory! available in PDF and PoD versions on DTRPG!


Plus, check out the release of our new They Came From Beneath the Seas! VTT Tokens, for all of your virtual tabletop needs!


Remember: the Pre-Order page for Trinity Continuum: Assassins is open on DTRPG! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/379041


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!

While we won’t be attending as a company, Eddy and a few more of our gang will be at Midwinter Convention in Milwaukee in January. Seek them out if you are attending those cons!

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)
  • Tasty Bit: Polyphemus (Trinity Continuum)


  • 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)
  • Adventure! Addendum (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Terat Novella (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Second Draft

  • The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)
  • Squeaks in the Deep Jumpstart (Realms of Pugmire)


  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Bizarre Tales and Unusual Characters (M20 Victorian)
  • Weird Wonders and Revolutionary Magick (M20 Victorian)
  • No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon Jumpstart (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • W20 Howls of Apocalypse Scenario Book (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)

Manuscript Approval

  • Trinity Continuum: Aether core book (Trinity Continuum: Aether)
  • Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)

Post-Approval Development

  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon Companion (Scion 2nd Edition)


  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)
  • Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • TC: Adventure! Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • W20 Icons of Rage (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Squeaks in the Deep Companion (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Whispers From Darkness (was Masks of the Mythos Companion) (Scion 2nd Edition)

Post-Editing Development

  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • 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!)
  • Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)
  • Trinity Continuum: Anima
  • They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!)
  • Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave! core book (They Came From…!)
  • Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Tasty Bit: They Came From Animal Distaster Films!


  • Hunter 2e (Hunter: The Vigil 2e)

Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Scion: Dragon
  • Masks of the Mythos
  • TC: Adventure!
  • M20 Victorian
  • Dead Man’s Rust – Sending to Maria to AD.
  • Exalted Essence – Art buy figured.
  • TC Mission Statements
  • Squeaks In The Deep
  • Realms of Magic and Mystery
  • TC: Anima (KS) – KS live.
  • TC: Assassin – Maria ADing.
  • Legendlore: Legacies of the Earth
  • Novas Worldwide
  • W20 Apocalyptic Record
  • Mage20 Lore of the Traditions – KS art AD’d – working on design assets.
  • TCFBtG! Monsters From the Crypt
  • They Came From [CLASSIFIED]! and They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave – Art is going – checking in on artists this week.
  • Kith and Kin – Awaiting art notes.
  • EX3 Exigents (KS) – Art notes to Maria to get artists, Gong working on splats.
  • EX3 Across the 8 Directions – Awaiting art notes.
  • EX3 Adversaries of the Righteous – Awaiting art notes.

In Layout

  • Scion: Demigod – Layout proceeding.
  • Squeaks in the Deep Screen
  • Squeaks in the Deep – Layout proceeding.
  • HtV 2e Screen
  • Paranormalists Handbook – Layout proceeding with Josh.
  • Saints and Monsters – Layout proceeding.
  • M20 Technocracy Dossier/Companion


  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Indexing.
  • Spiragos Collected Adventures
  • They Came From Camp Murder Lake! – Prepping PDF and PoD files.
  • Hundred Devils Night Parade – Advance PDF errata input.
  • Aberrant VTT
  • Tasty Bit: They Came From the Bermuda Triangle!
  • TC Prometheus Unbound
  • TCFGtG! Heroes in a World of Horror

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.
  • TGFBtG! Screen – Files sent to printer.
  • WoD Ghost Hunters – Trad printed book files with printer.
  • WoD Ghost Hunters Screen – Prepping for printer.
  • Legendlore – Trad printed book files with printer.
  • Legendlore Screen – Files with printer.
  • TC Aeon Novella: Dawn – PoD proof ordered.
  • V5 Forbidden Religions – PoD proof ordered.
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart – PDF and PoD versions on sale this Wednesday!
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! – Trad printing proofs being reviewed, PoD proofs ordered.
  • Trinity Continuum: Assassins pre-order is live on DTRPG.
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart – PDF and PoD versions on sale this Wednesday!
  • TC Aberrant N!WE – PoD proofs ordered.
  • Ghost Hunters Jumpstart and RMCs – PDF going out to KS backers.
  • Dystopia Rising Evolution fiction: Exquisite Corpse – PDF going out to backers.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Looking out at this whole week leading up to Xmas holiday, there are all sorts of anniversaries for books we released, like W20 Changing Ways in 2017 or V20 Lore of the Clans in 2015, or fictional anniversaries like the Pax Hermetica: when the Order of Hermes was formally founded in 767, but the most important anniversary this week is the birthday of everyone’s favorite RPG creator, the nicest guy in gaming, Eddy Webb. We couldn’t have made it through the last ten years without Eddy, and not just for Pugmire! Eddy is the consummate collaborator, and has engendered true team spirit on our projects and processes. And he’s a very good friend! Happy BDay, Eddy!

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