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Onyx Path: Good (Scion) God! [Monday Meeting Notes]


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The Scion: God crowdfunding campaign on Backer Kit has entered its last few days!

We are so thrilled by everyone’s response to the campaign, and we’re hoping that nobody has been too confused by it being on the beta-test for Backer Kit‘s crowdfunder. Certainly, it’s doing great, but, y’know, we worry and compare, too. We really just want to be sure that our Scion community is aware of the campaign and everybody gets a chance to participate.

Plus, the more backers backing means that we’ll be creating more Stretch Goal projects in the months to come. Those really help us to include elements for the game and setting that might not quite fit in the main book. Either because of word count or thematically.

So please, here in the last days, if you know anybody who might be interested – let them know about it! They’ll thank you for it – as will we!

If you’re tired of hearing the usual hoopla from me: why, here’s developer Hiromi Cota with some fresh thoughts about Scion: God:

Scion: God takes the Scion experience to the next level, enabling players to explore the pinnacles of power and responsibility. Characters attaining God status have more options than ever. They can create a new Pantheon for their closest friends and allies. They can create (or steal) an Overworld for their new Pantheon, as well as found a religious Creed to shape how their worshippers act down on The World. They can create Incarnations, fragments of their Legend, to tend to their affairs and guide their Scions from children to heroes. With Scion: God, the sky isn’t a limit — it’s just another thing you can shape.

Team Scion has been blown away by the fans’ enthusiasm for our newest game. Even the small updates have gotten been received with massive love and excitement. It’s hard to express just how much it means to us that fans are this enthusiastic and supportive.

We’re nearing the end of this campaign, but there are still a handful of exciting stretch goals that our amazing players can reach. As I’m writing this, we have just unlocked the digital wallpaper and are $4,892 away from an expansion to Divine Inspiration. Divine Inspiration is a toolkit for Storyguides to rapidly build God-tier scenarios and even entire story arcs. 

A little past that achievement, we have the fourth expansion to Scion: God Companion, which elaborates on how Dragons and Titanic & Mythos Scions work at God-tier. After our wonderful players unlock this achievement, they’ll be able to make their version of The World stranger and more complicated.

I’m excited to see what our players will do.

And here are a few thoughts from Matthew Dawkins, who has worked on this, and so many of our games:

It’s genuinely difficult to create a game where every character is what could be regarded as “high level” and retain a sense of elegance and balance to the system, let alone keep the game engaging and fun. I’m honestly amazed at how well the team behind Scion: God have managed all these things. This book is worth picking up just to see how masterfully it hits its lofty, godly ambitions.

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Realms of Magic and Mystery art by Farri Lensen

Speaking of Kickstarters…

Our next one is slated to be for a beautiful Deluxe version Sidereals, for Exalted 3e. This version will go with the Deluxes of the other Exalted 3e “fatsplats” and will be very soon, indeed!

Seriously. Really soon.

We need one more OK from those who give us OK’s, but right now, don’t be surprised if we don’t get this baby out to you live next Tuesday – which is the earliest we can do so. That’s right, about a week from now!

We’re torn between giving a bunch of time to lead up and give folks awareness that it’s coming, and with not having another KS campaign over the holidays. That’s hard on everybody, even our most loyal Exalted fans – there’s just so much stuff going on!

So keep your eyes opened – because we will be yelling about this once we are sure the stars are aligned correctly. 😉

Some Social Media Stuff We Talked About Today

Every week, we put together the Onyx Path Media section of this blog and in the listings for the upcoming Twitch shows that coming week, we also mention that these recordings will be posted on our YouTube channel after their time on our Twitch channel.

Well, hoo-boy is there a motherlode of great vids up on our YouTube channel right now! Everything from Actual Plays, to interviews, to character creation sessions and deep-dives into particular game lines. There’s really something for everybody up there – we’re even hearing that some folks have been inspired to create their own quick takes on our games on TikTok!

You too, can be inspired (although maybe not to jump on camera on TikTok, but maybe that too, why not?), so check out the Onyx Path YouTube channel!

Flip-side of that, our Twitch streams are in a bit of a slow down period with the holidays coming up and folks not wanting to get jammed up, so if you’ve thought about running a game or a series of games, please reach out to us. You can have an established streaming presence, or be totally new, if your idea sounds good to our social media crew, then now’s the time we have slots open!

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Realms of Magic and Mystery art by Sam Denmark

November = Legendlore

I’ve talked a lot about how cool the character creation (chargen) is for Legendlore all this month, so far, and this Friday you can see it – or at least, hear it – in action on the Onyx Pathcast, as Eddy takes Dixie and Matthew through that very process!

Simply put: chargen is a very rich period during the game – as designed – and the transit from our world to Legendlore‘s fantasy world can really allow player’s to decide not just the details about their characters, but about the nature of the campaign. Well worth taking a listen to hear how the Pathcast Trio do it.

As we’ve done all year, November being the month we celebrate Legendlore means we’re offering celebratory sales on DTRPG and IPR, 90% off for the PDFs and 50% off for the physical copies respectively!

It’s Onyx Path’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, after all!

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Monsters From the Crypt! art by Brian LeBlanc

Anything Else?

Well, really, you folks tell me.

Are you getting the sort of info you want from this blog? It has evolved all through these ten years, and I’m always interested in knowing what works for our community.

Would you like different info, or funnier stories, or more art?

Should I put up more teasers of upcoming game lines and other initiatives or are those too frustrating to see every week while not know what they refer to?

We have a raft of projects that are coming and several big lines that we’ve barely teased, if at all, as well as new versions of our game systems, so I just want to be sure that you’re all good with our transparency and pace as we look into 2023.

That year – it’s coming up fast! Someday, I’ll need to change our weekly tagline…but that day is not today!:

TEN YEARS, MANY WORLDS, ONE PATH!


BLURBS!


KICKSTARTER/CROWDFUNDING!

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Over $105,000 raised so far on BackerKit crowdfunding… Scion: God!

Join over 1940 other folks who have already backed the Scion: God Backer Kit crowdfunding campaign! Can you help us make it to over 2000 before this campaign is over on Thursday?

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Onyx Path Media!

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This week:

Eddy helps Matthew and Dixie make Legendlore characters!

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 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 Old Ways Podcast finished up their Victorian Mage chronicle not all that long ago! You can find episode one right here, and the remainder on their website: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/5wspodcast/id/24632166

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The Onyx Path News discusses recent and upcoming releases! You can find it on our YouTube channel (click the bell to be informed when we go live!) but if you missed the last episode, here it is: https://youtu.be/2sGBfTCuNKw


Virtual Tabletop!

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The Scion: Origin and Scion Hero Compendiums are now available on Roll20!

https://marketplace.roll20.net/browse/publisher/1716/onyx-path-publishing

Scion is just the start! They Came From Beneath the Sea! and other
Onyx Path RPGs are in development for Roll20 virtual tabletop!

The first of our official Scion sheets designed for Foundry VTT are
now available!

Direct Link: https://foundryvtt.co

Looking for more virtual tabletop resources? We have a selection of
Tokens, Encounters, and more available now at DriveThruRPG!

Get ’em here: https://bit.ly/3SnrNJ7


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/

The Legendlore Hardcover and Screen are 50% off on 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 Legendlore PDF and PDF screen are 90% off on DTRPG!

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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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The long-anticipated Kith and Kin book for Changeling: The Lost 2e crosses to us from out of The Hedge this Weds in PDF and physical book PoD formats on DTRPG!

Kith and Kin is a companion book to Changeling: The Lost Second Edition, expanding on the core book. It contains:

• A deep dive into the return from Arcadia, including details about the BriarNet, the Wishing Roads, and the Lunar Freehold, as well as additional options for Touchstones and Clarity.

• Expanded changeling powers, including new Regalia and Contracts, Regalia manifestations, expanded pledgecraft, and rules for the fae sympathetic magic known as dramaturgy.

• A vast selection of new kiths, as well as options for playing kithless characters and acquiring a kith in play.

• Advice and options for motleys: example motley oaths, a new type of Hedge ghost which feeds on those oaths, and structured motley conflict, as well as a discussion of forming motleys with non-changelings — other fae creatures, mortals, and other supernatural creatures as presented in other Chronicles of Darkness games.


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!

Game Night With Onyx Path Publishing at Start.Playing is the last Friday every month! Our special focus this month will be Legendlore! (But any of our game lines are welcome!)

Please spread the word about GMing games as much as
possible. Details on how list a game are at the bottom of the page in
the FAQ:

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


And now, the new project status updates!

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

DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM EDDY

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

First Draft

Exalted – Abyssals

  • Danielle: Time for some spooky, gothic, Exalted to start getting underway. Very excited to see what the team comes up with.

Redlines

TC Aether – Aether Radio Drama

  • Eddy: Matthew found some time to write up the script for the radio drama, so I’m looking forward to cutting it to pieces… uh, I mean, redlining it!

Exalted – What Lies Forgotten novella

  • Danielle: The first of our THREE Exalted Essence novellas is finally in my grubby little hands to read through. (not grubby, but little)

Final Draft

TC: Aether – The Aethernaut Collection

  • Eddy: Our collection of aethernauts from public domain fiction is clipping right along at a steady pace!

Manuscript Approval

Scion – Tasty Bit – Boon Companions

  • Eddy: Turns out there weren’t too many things that needed fixing on the Tasty Bit, so it’s already zoomed along to approval!

Exalted – Pillars of Creation (was Exalted Essence Companion)

  • Danielle: This beefy Essence Companion is off to Paradox for approval!

Editing

They Came From Beneath the Sea! – Community Content Guide

  • Matthew: For all you beach bums out there, you’ll soon have guidelines for community content creation, Beneath the Sea! style!

Post-Editing Development

Chronicles of Darkness – The Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks

Matthew: Ah, Contagion Chronicle, my old foe. We meet again, but perhaps for the final time. We shall see which one of us survives this next, most terrible part of our conflict: the battlefield of Post-Editing Development!


ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY!

In Art Direction

  • Ex3 Sidereals KS – I actually have the big fancy graphics done… which was fun with a wonky mouse.
  • Contagion ChornicleGlobal Outbreaks – Contracted.

In Layout

  • Squeaks in the Deep Jumpstart VTT Assets

Proofing

  • TCFBTG Monsters from the Crypt – Wrapping that up today and getting it ready for KS backers.
  • TC Adventure! – Inputting 2nd proof fixes and working on symbology.

Indexing

  • M20 Victorian Age

At Press

  • Scion Dragon Screen – Printing started.
  • Scion Dragon – Files at traditional printer.
  • Scion Dragon Wallpaper – Going out to KS backers.
  • Scion Masks of the Mythos – Files at traditional printer.
  • Scion Masks of the Mythos Screen – Printing started.
  • Scion Masks of the Mythos Wallpaper – Going out to KS backers.
  • DMR VTT – Going out to KS backers.
  • Legendlore VTT
  • Vinsen’s Tomb VTT
  • Pugmire Core VTT
  • Squeaks in the Deep VTT – Getting them ready to go out to KS backers.
  • TC: Mission Statements PoD proofs on the way.
  • Squeaks in the Deep Jumpstart – PoD files uploaded.
  • TC: Aberrant – Proteus Nova Compendium – Gathering backer errata.
  • CtL Hollow Courts Novella – Out to KS backers.
  • CtL 2e Kith and KinPDF and PoD versions on sale this Weds on DTRPG!

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

He is the night. He is Justice. Let us celebrate the life of the voice of Batman, and the superlative standard that all other versions must be held to – Kevin Conroy, who passed away late last week. By all accounts, the voice actor was not the character he portrayed so perfectly, and Kevin was both approachable and truly enjoyed meeting his fans – truly a role-model!

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