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EXIGG!

That’s Exalted: Exigents on IndieGoGo that is doing great! We started the crowdfunding last Tuesday and were funded in 40 minutes! As I write this we’re past $100,000 in funding and over 1000 backers – which is fantastic! Thanks to everyone who has backed already – we’re thrilled you made the jump over to IndieGoGo with us for this campaign!

As regular MMN blog readers know, we had a fair bit of trepidation when it came to moving this campaign over to IndieGoGo, so a super strong start really cheers our whole crew!

One of my favorite things about a crowdfunding campaign that takes off like this is how we can go back in and add additional special pledge reward tiers because all of the ones we started with have been taken already, and Exigents certainly has jumped right up and needed more! So we did add more of those extra special Reward Tiers for folks who want to participate even more than the average backer! We’re thrilled to do it!

Plus, we’re blasting through the Stretch Goals and adding extra content as we create a brand new Exalted supplement! Right now we’ve achieved:

  • Exigents Expanded Content: Miracles of Divine Flame: Additional Charms for the four playable Exigents featured in the book — Strawmaiden Janest, the Puppeteer, the Architects, and the Sovereigns of Uluiru. These additional charms will be released as a supplemental companion PDF.
  • Exigents Expanded Content: Great Forks Jumpstart: An introductory scenario designed to introduce new players to the game, using the four playable Exigents featured in the book in an adventure set in Great Forks, the City of Ten Thousand Temples where heroes seek out Exaltation and gods seek worthy champions.
  • Exigents Expanded Content: The Chosen of Masks: A design seed for the Chosen of Masks, detailing her history and nature and providing traits and sample Charms for her magical masks to use as a beginning point for designing a full Charm set yourself.
  • Exigents Expanded Content: Bearers of the Spark: A list of gods, both new and returning, who might serve as patrons to Exigents, with discussions of each god’s themes and how it might inform their Chosen.
  • Exigents Expanded Content: The Thousand Venoms Mistress: A design seed for the Thousand Venoms Mistress, detailing the history and nature of the Chosen of Poison and providing traits and sample Charms to use as a beginning point for designing a full Charm set yourself.
  • Exigents Expanded Content: Streets of Great Forks: A gazetteer of the City of Ten Thousand Temples that expands on its description in Exigents, exploring notable locations, cults, and figures of local interest in Great Forks that can be used in games for any type of Exalted. 

And we’re not even a full week in, yet!

But, and you know there’s always a but, if you do know of other Exalted fans who might be interested in this first new Exalted type in decades – please do let them know we’re over at IndieGoGo and would love to have them join us! Here’s the link:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/exigents-out-of-the-ashes-for-exalted-3rd-edition/x/25772954#/

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TC: Mission Statements art by Sam Denmark

As May Changes To June…

So too do we say goodbye to our May celebration of Scion and all the Actual plays, Pathcasts, and sales. (In fact, here’s a reminder that the Scion 90% off sale only runs through May 31st, which is tomorrow as I write this. If you were interested and forgot – now’s the time!)

We do get to say hello to June, though, in just a couple days. And with that, June is a bit different than the last few months’ game line celebrations. First off, our game line focus for June is my Crossroads Continent 5e fantasy setting, which has only one project currently up on DTRPG! But it’s also the month of the Onyx Path Virtual Convention, so don’t worry, we have made plans.

We’re doing a big anniversary sale on DTRPG, Studio 2, and IPR that starts on Wednesday, June 1st. Lots of PDFs of all game lines will be 50% off, plus books, screens, and dice. And the Peoples of the Crossroads Continent PDF will be 90% Off all of June.

We early-on decided on the CRC for the same month as the OP Virtual Convention, so that we had the freedom to do all sorts of funky things during the Con and around the Con, as it really is a focal point for all of the fun of the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration.

And the Convention is less than TWO WEEKS away!

I’ve seen some folks online going back and forth on running games for the Con, and I totally understand that feeling. But, seriously, sign up and do it! You CAN DO IT!

Our Onyx Path crew will be on panels and running and playing in Actual Plays, and we really think that community-run games are so much in the spirit of what we’ve been doing these ten years that I can only repeat: DO IT!

(Plus, what we’ve been saying about you getting to charge cash money for the session so you can don the mantle of a professional GM/Storyteller/Storyguide, and also that beyond your portion of the proceeds we’re donating a portion to The Bodhanna Group – our friends who are fast becoming the authorities for using TTRPGs for therapeutic purposes! Onyx Path makes no money from your game – this all about you folks!)

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!

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Speaking of conventions, the saga of the bitter feud between Matthew Dawkins and Eddy Webb over their charity games during the SFWA online convention came to its inevitable conclusion over the weekend as both masters of gaming ran their respective games. Here are their comments:

From Matthew: On Friday I ran a session of They Came from Beneath the Sea! for the successful bidders of the SFWA auction. Their story took them to the creepy seaside town of Carnaby (which spends half its time underwater), where they encountered people infested with crabs, a suspect jar of pickled eggs, and a hydra living beneath the church crypt (who was also the town mayor). This Beneath the Sea! game definitely had its share of Beyond the Grave! scares and Cyclops’s Cave! monsters, which led to a lovely crossover one-shot everyone enjoyed!

From Eddy: In partnership with the SFWA, I offered seats for a Pugmire game, which I ran last night. I had written a Halloween-themed adventure for a convention last year, but I was sadly unable to run it due to a personal emergency. So I polished it up a bit and ran as “The Hound of Dusty Hill,” with the good dogs exploring Transylvania-Hound Manor. We had a lot of fun! One of the players was living in Germany, and he stayed up until 4am to play with us, which is real dedication! I’m looking forward to running this adventure again in future.

Sounds like a fun time was had by all, which is the whole point along with the charity, and now the two can go back to being best friends!

One more note concerning our June celebration of the Crossroads Continent: on this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast we’ll be broadcasting the first part of me running the first new CRC adventure to be available since White Wolf Magazine included The Search For the White Horse in the late eighties! This is also the first time I’ve been recorded running a VTT game, and I’m afraid to even listen!

Gulp!

But if you listen, and have some helpful feedback, I’d love to hear from you and what you thought. I’ll also be running this new adventure, called Down In The Hole, during the Onyx Path Virtual Con, so if you get a chance to watch then, I’d love to hear what you thought of that, as well!

I might have some “Making Of” notes to share about the adventure next week….

Something else popped up over the weekend – our friends at MST3K ran their 4th ad for They Came From Beneath the Sea!. We’ve all been happy with folks’ reactions to seeing Jonah, Tom Servo, and Crow crack wise while playing at playing They Came From Beneath the Sea!, and if you’ve missed them, there’s an ad in each of the first four experiments. This latest was Munchie! (Google it, and prepare to be stunned).

They’ve been super people to work with, and who knows what all our twisted brains may come up with?

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TC Mission Statements art by Farri Lensen

Finally, Impish Ian let us know that June 3rd marks 20 years since the Players Guide to Ghelspad for Scarred Lands was published!

This was the sourcebook we at WW created that took the setting hints we scattered willy-nilly into the entries for the Creature Collection and pulled them together to create a cohesive fantasy world wrecked by the war between the gods and titans. Like with Creature Collection, the writing through art process was a marathon of explosive creative energy, and I’m pretty proud of how from all that chaos we were able to pull together one of the best settings of the d20 Era.

It’s really cool to talk with the creative teams working on Scarred Lands now (literally today as we discussed getting Dead Man’s Rust, the Scarred Lands mega-adventure book, ready for the printer) for Onyx Path, and how that wacky world we all contributed to inspired their games and creative works!

In ten more years, at Onyx‘s 20th anniversary, who knows who’ll be inspired to create new work? But that’s in the future. This year, I’m just happy to wrap up any MMN blog with our favorite tagline:

Ten Years, Many Worlds, One Path!


BLURBS!


Kickstarter/Crowdfunding!

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Exalted: Exigents went live on IndieGoGo on Tuesday, May 24th and we have already passed 1,000 backers and $100,000 in pledges! We’re very strongly looking to pass 300% funded in the next day or so! Thanks everybody who has backed so far – keep spreading the word!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/exigents-out-of-the-ashes-for-exalted-3rd-edition/x/25772954#/


Onyx Path Media!

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This week:
Crossroads Continent AP, Part 1! RICH THOMAS HIMSELF runs Dixie, Eddy, Matthew, and Travis Legge through the new Crossroads Continent adventure!

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! 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:

The Path of Night Podcast have just commenced their Chronicles of Darkness crossover chronicle! This is a fantastic one to check out, so please give it a look if you’re a fan of or interested in any of the CofD games! https://path-of-night-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/forgetting-ashville-1-homecoming

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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/KaVC0IyevJY


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 until June 1st:
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 ends right before June 1st!
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

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 Wednesday, let us tell you some tales – Tales of Depravity! A collection of adventures for They Came From Beyond the Grave! in PDF and PoD versions 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!

We’ve just submitted panels for the online version of Gen Con for early August, and if you’re interested in running or playing our games there, they’ve recently released this link:

https://www.gencon.com/gen-con-online/hosting-events-eo-gmhttps://www.gencon.com/event_registrations/new

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/

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

They Came from the Danger Zone!

  • Matthew: Danger Zone! enters redlines! I’ve read through everyone’s work so far and am very happy with what I’m seeing. I’ll soon be sending these drafts off to the consulting developers to get their views as well, on our new Archetypes, Cinematics, and more!

Development

Hunter: The Vigil – Tending the Flame

  • Dixie: This book offers a few more groups for Hunter: The Vigil characters to join, as well as some other fun new toys, and I’m sure Eric will do an excellent job getting it across the finish line!

TC Anima – Anima Jumpstart – Cascade

  • Eddie: Now the second Anima jumpstart slides across my desk, just in time. I look forward to developing these two jumpstarts in tandem this week!

Post-Approval Development

TC: Aberrant – With Great Power

  • Eddy: Our first non-Kickstarter supplement for TC:Aberrant has passed approvals! This book on superhero teams, with a focus on the iconic Team Tomorrow, should please many Aberrant fans!

Editing

TC: Adventure! – Adventure! Addendum

  • Eddy: Our stretch goal book for TC: Adventure! has whipped through approvals and landed on Dixie’s desk for editing. Look forward to rules on secret bases and playing non-human characters in the pulp tradition!

Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Ex3 Adversaries – Whole bunch of final color art in approvals.
  • TCFBTG Monsters from the Crypt – Luis is done with his Kith and Kin, so I’m getting him on this. Also have an artist from Assassins who does a style that’d work for this.
  • Legendlore: Legacies of Earth Getting Sheikman on the halves… and probably Pride on the fulls.

In Layout

  • M20 Victorian Mage – We should see the first layout proof this week.
  • Masks of the Mythos – Had a brainstorm during the meeting today, might be a bigger book than we first figured.
  • Crossroads Continent Adventure #1 – Getting layout finished in time for the con.

Proofing

  • M20 SorcererSome great art coming in for second proof.
  • Scion Demigod Screen – Also getting this quoted for press.

Indexing

At Press

  • Scion Demigod – Prepping trad press and PoD files.
  • 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.
  • M20 The Operatives Dossier – PoD proofs ordered.
  • TC: Aberrant: Terat Novella – PoD proof on the way.
  • Trinity Continuum: Assassins – Awaiting errata input.
  • Scarred Lands: Dead Man’s Rust – Inputting errata.
  • Tales of Depravity – PDF and PoD versions on sales this Weds. on DTRPG!

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Today in the US we celebrate Memorial Day, a holiday dedicated to those in uniform who died in service. We can only stand in gratitude and awe of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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