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Things are go, go, going here at Onyx Path central! Lots of project discussions today, along with some tomfoolery, which makes for a fun meeting even when we’re getting things done.

So, let’s dive right into a heapin’ helpin’ of what we went over today in the Monday Lunch Meeting!

Big news for Exalted fans, and something we’ve been working on finalizing for a couple of weeks, is that the Exalted: Exigents crowd-funding campaign is going to be on IndieGoGo starting on Tuesday, May 24th, at 2pm Eastern US time!

You can go to the preview page right here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/exigents-out-of-the-ashes-for-exalted-3rd-edition/coming_soon/x/805340

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Deluxe Exalted Exigents cover mockup.

If you listened to the Onyx Pathcast’s Exalted roundtables last month, Episode 204 is specifically about Exigents, with Dixie interviewing developers Robert Vance and Elliott Freeman. If you’d like to know about what’s in the book, there is a lot of fantastic info there as well as their experiences on bringing the book together. As always, you can check out the Onyx Pathcast on most podcast venues or right on PodBean!

We look forward to seeing everybody over on IndieGoGo next week!

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Masks of the Mythos art by Darko Stojanovic

Our May celebration of Scion continues as the 10th Anniversary Sale enters phase 2 this week! You can get the PDFs at DTRPG of the following Scion projects for 90% off – so, 10% of their normal price since it’s our 10th Anniversary:

  • Mysteries of the World: The Scion Second Edition Companion
  • Scion Second Edition Storyguide Screen PDF
  • Scion Live-Action
  • Zeus! We Just Wanna Talk!
  • Scion: Car Competition
  • Scion: Tales of Heroes – A Scion Anthology
  • So Now You’re A Hero

Plus, our sales partners at IPR are holding a 50% sale of the Scion projects they sell for us (books, dice and screens) and you can check that out here:
https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/

(There’s also a sale on Pugmire and other D&D 5e-based PDFs happening on DTRPG right now!)

Continuing with our May Scion celebration, that rascal Neall Raemonn Price will be talking all things Scion with Eddy on this week’s Onyx Pathcast. As I mentioned in this very blog last week (or the week before?), Neall was involved with Scion 2e from very near the start of our planning the project, and ultimately took over the project’s development.

So, what I’m saying, this should be a great interview!

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Novas Worldwide art by Lee O’Connor

One of things we’re discussing more is running around to various Conventions around the world. Eddy is attending Momocon in Atlanta at the end of the month, Matthew is taking an Onyx Path crew up to Tabletop Scotland in August, and we’re still looking at what sort of appearances we can make at cons later this year.

Plus, there are the virtual cons that are coming up soon, that we’re a lot more open to attending!

The biggest and coming very soon for us – in less than a month, in fact, is our own Onyx Path Virtual Convention! Lots and lots of talk and planning for that! The panel and actual plays are still listed below in the Conventions section, so sign up now if you haven’t already!

Because we want everybody to have the most fun, and that includes actually gaming, I’m again going to urge all you GMs out there to sign up to run games during the con. Remember, you get to charge for your game, and you’ll be keeping 50% of that amount – with the biggest chunk of the rest going to our designated charity!

Don’t worry if you feel like that’s a lot to jump into – you’ll have tech help, and once you start running the game, those “GM muscles” will kick in. That’s not just words – I recently ran my first game on Roll20 and I got the hang of it pretty quickly!

Just say “And what do you do?” and “Are you sure you want to do that?” a lot. Also, make them roll a lot of Perception or Awareness type checks – that always keeps the suspense ratcheted up!

You’ll do great, so sign up to run your game!

I was able to let our crew know that over the weekend I saw the third of our ads on the MST3K Gizmoplex event specials. The ads are a lot of fun, and it is really a kick to see our They Came From Beneath the Sea! book right there on the Satellite of Love in Jonah’s hands! They’re trying something pretty cool with the Gizmoplex, so if you’re already a fan, it’s worth trying out their new streaming site. And if you’re a They Came From fan, MST3K is a great place to pick up new Quips for your games. They have all the old shows plus they are rolling out the new season all this year!

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Things got a little tense during our meeting today. I hesitate to say they got ugly, but… By the time you read this, the issue will be resolved one way or the other, but it appears that the two charity auction games during the SFWA con that are being run by Matthew and Eddy respectively have become a contest between our two team-members.

Eddy came in all bitter and hurt (he might have been weepy, but it’s hard to tell as it’s a voice-only meeting) that his game was slightly less highly bid on than Matthew’s. It’s Pugmire folks – dogs and cats and all in armor and casting spells. Who wouldn’t love that?

Well, apparently the people who want to play They Came From with Matthew. They were placing higher bids, and no doubt dropping amusing quips while they did so! When informed about this, Matthew seemed hard pressed to express sympathy or empathy with Eddy’s plight.

Hopefully, this can all be resolved and not turn into some sort of ongoing feud that lasts for years… of… hilarity – as it was all in good fun! The theatrics, while they lasted, were so unlike either of them that it made everything even funnier.

Like I mentioned at the start, the meeting was busy and fun. Which is a pretty good way to describe these:

Ten Years, Many Worlds, One Path!


BLURBS!


Kickstarter/Crowdfunding!

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Exalted: Exigents goes live on IndieGoGo on Tuesday, May 24th at 2pm Eastern US time!

Here’s the link for the pre-launch preview and sign-up page!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/exigents-out-of-the-ashes-for-exalted-3rd-edition/coming_soon/x/805340


Onyx Path Media!

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This week:
Eddy sits down with Neall Raemonn Price to talk about the history of the development of Scion Second Edition!

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

Onyx Path Media now has its own blog on Tuesdays! THURSDAY THIS WEEK! We’ll continue posting our highlight of the week here, but Tuesday will be the day to visit if you want to catch up on actual plays, interviews, deep dives, and other assorted Onyx Path media!

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!

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:

We’re here once again to promote Devil’s Luck Gaming, as they’ve been producing such a fantastic Assassins / Adventure double bill show for the Trinity Continuum. Do check out their website right here: https://devilsluckgaming.com/

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The Onyx Path News goes live every single week to discuss recent and upcoming releases, dive into some of our most anticipated books, and answer questions from the audience. You can find it on our YouTube channel (click the bell to be informed when we go live!) but if you missed last week’s episode, here it is: https://youtu.be/p_YdQhoAGbc


Virtual Tabletop!

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The Scion: Origin Compendium is now available on Roll20!

https://marketplace.roll20.net/browse/compendiumexpansion/12522/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin

It’s native to Roll20, so not for use elsewhere, but perfect for starting your Roll20 Scion game – plus, the official Origin & Hero sheets are already available!

And the first of our official sheets designed for Roll20 are now available!

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The first of our official sheets designed for Foundry VTTis now available!

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.”

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More VTT offerings and projects will be arriving this year!

A Quantum Leap (A Trinity Continuum: Jumpstart),The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow (A Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Jumpstart),Quantum Entanglement (A Trinity Continuum: Aeon Jumpstart),are all on Astral TableTop.

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

Check out Astral TableTop for 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

On DrivethruRPG, here is the main filter for all of our current VTT content:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4261/Onyx-Path-Publishing?filters=0_0_0_45317_0

A few highlights of our platform agnostic DTRPG content:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/309127/Scarred-Lands-Creature-Collection-VTT-Token-Pack
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/317690/Trinity-Continuum-Hunt-for-the-Red-Widow-VTT
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/340327/Trinity-Continuum-Aeon-VTT-Tokens
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/311578/Scarred-Lands-VTT-Separation-Anxiety
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/311580/Scion-2e-VTT-Origin-Signature-Tokens
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/311579/Scion-2e-VTT-Hero-Signature-Tokens


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!

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Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books, dice, and screens? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/

Scion Books, Dice, and Screen at 50% Off at IPR:
https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/

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As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles in PDF and PoD versions at DriveThruRPG.com!

The second half of the Scion 90% off Onyx Path 10th Anniversary Celebration Sale is on now!
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4261/Onyx-Path-Publishing/subcategory/8329_22322/Scion-2nd-Edition

  • It includes:
  • Mysteries of the World: The Scion Second Edition Companion
  • Scion Second Edition Storyguide Screen PDF
  • Scion Live-Action
  • Zeus! We Just Wanna Talk!
  • Scion: Car Competition
  • Scion: Tales of Heroes – A Scion Anthology
  • So Now You’re A Hero

The annual D&D Sale on DTRPG starts today. Scarred Lands and Pugmire
PDFs will be on sale along with almost 17k other D&D and OGL PDFs: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261

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).

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Check out the Trinity Continuum: Aeon novellas Dawn and Meridian in the Kindle store!


On Sale This Week!

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This week, the Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook for the 20th Anniversary World of Darkness, and Wraith20 specifically, is released to aid and inform the search for the truth behind the shadows! PDF and PoD versions on sale Weds on DTRPG!


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!

Tabletop Scotland is due to take place on 27th and 28th August 2022 and will play host to at least four Onyx Pathers running our games and sitting on panels live and there in the room with you! If you’re UK or Europe based, it’s an excellent con to visit and within traveling distance from Edinburgh, which takes flights from a lot of places! Consider paying Tabletop Scotland a visit. https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Eddy will be speaking and running games at Momocon in Atlanta from May 26th through 29th. He’d love to talk with you, so if you’re there – look him up!

3rd Onyx Path Virtual Con – June 10th-12th.

This year’s Onyx Path Publishing Virtual Convention page is now live on Start Playing Games:

https://startplaying.games/event/onyx-path

Check it out now for the GM sign-ups section if you want to run games during the con. More info on events and panels and all yet to come!

How to list a game:
https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/4516071-how-to-create-and-list-a-game

Here are our panel listings:

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And our Actual Play Schedules:

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And now, the new project status updates!

Our full list of projects will be available monthly on our blog! Check out April’s full list report here: http://theonyxpath.com/release-roundup-april-2022/

Development Status from Eddy Webb!

(Here are the projects that moved to the next stage of production):

Final Drafts

TC: Aberrant – Hated and Feared

  • Eddy: First of two Aberrant books with progress this week. Our scrappy anti-establishment novas are plunging ahead to final drafts!

Mage: The Ascension – Technocracy Novellas

  • Matthew: We have reached consensus. These stories will teach all the unknowing, ill-informed, sleepers of the world about our Technocratic Union. The risks are great, but the chance for a more enlightened world is worth those risks.

TC: Anima – Anima Jumpstart – Terra Surge

  • Eddy: The second of the Anima jumpstarts, this one entirely focused on playing within Terra Surge, including all of the Terra Surge-specific gamerules. These are both looking really great!

Manuscript Approval

TC: Aberrant – With Great Power

  • Eddy: Second of two Aberrant books with progress this week. Like all good superhero teams, this manuscript is training to make sure its superpowers are as sharp as possible!

Editing

Scion – Tasty Bit – Making History Modern

  • Eddy: This Tasty Bit of advice on how to turn myths into modern adventure ideas for Scion is already off to editing!

They Came From – Tasty Bit – They Came from Bikini Beach Party

  • Matthew: Say hello to two new Archetypes for the They Came From line along with new Tropes, Quips, and more!

Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Exalted Essence – Remaining artwork contracted
  • TC Adventure! – Remaining artwork contracted
  • Squeaks in the Deep Companion – ADing
  • Squeaks Jumpstart – ADing

In Layout

  • CTL2e Kith and Kin – Awaiting text.
  • SCION Masks of Mythos – With Ron. Working on Character sheet and page design motifs and fonts.

Proofing

  • TC Novas Worldwide
  • TC Earth Orbital Habitat Tasty Bit

Indexing

  • Scion Demigod

At Press

  • Scion Demigod – In Indexing.
  • Squeaks in the Deep Screen – Files ready for Press.
  • Squeaks in the Deep – Files ready and proofed for traditional printer.
  • Squeaks in the Deep Bookmarks – At KS shipper.
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e Files ready and proofed for traditional printer.
  • HTV 2 Screen – Files ready for Press.
  • Tales of Depravity – PoD proof ordered.
  • M20 The Operatives Dossier – Awaiting errata.
  • TC: Aberrant: Terat Novella – PoD proof on the way.
  • Trinity Continuum: Assassins – Awaiting errata.
  • Scarred Lands: Dead Man’s Rust – Gathering errata.
  • Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook – PDF and PoD versions on sale on DTRPG this Weds!

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Today, we’re celebrating a bunch of disparate Wikipedia entries (YAY!):

1532 – Sir Thomas More (the Man For All Seasons) resigns as Lord Chancellor of England. (This did not end well for him)
1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England. (This will not end well for her).
1842 – The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail from Elm Grove, Missouri, with 100 pioneers. (And anyone who played the Oregon Trail games knows how well that turned out).
1866 – The United States Congress establishes the nickel. (This turned out just fine, phew!)
1888 – Nikola Tesla delivers a lecture describing the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances. (Didn’t work out, Nik. Sorry. But we’ll be talking a lot more about Mr. Tesla and his work in a month or so…)
1920 – In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc. (Loved her in Bill & Ted).
1929 – In Hollywood, the first Academy Awards ceremony takes place. (A long time before the Slap Heard Round the World).
1951 – The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines. (There’s a whole sociological thing about a shrinking world and all that, but let’s not get into that whole thing now. Yay for the planes!)
2005 – Kuwait permits women’s suffrage in a 35–23 National Assembly vote. (I’m not digging into this any further as I’m hoping this lets us end on an up-note).

Hmm, kind of a meh day for celebrating. Let’s hear it for the nickel!

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