Fhatgn. In Cthulhu-speak it means sleeping or dreaming.
Which ties into our Scion: Dragon dragons and their shared memories in a kind of parallel way, creating a thematic connection to Scion: Masks of the Mythos with but a word.
Another word that ties them together is “ending”, which their shared Kickstarter is, in a few days.
It has been a delightful run with this KS, and thanks to all of our backers who have made it so with pledges and commentary. We had to devise a few extra Stretch Goal projects to cover the distance – and here we are: ready to bring both books into the home stretch!
So, if you’ve been waiting – now’s the time to jump onboard! If you’ve backed, please talk up this KS and “like” the various social media posts and ads in order to spread the word. We have some super late-stage Stretch Goals to achieve!
We’ve just sent the set-up page for our next crowd-funding project over to approvals at Paradox. That one is Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition’s Victorian Age deluxe edition. Very importantly, when this one goes live, don’t look for it on Kickstarter!
As I’ve been mentioning these last months, we’re looking to try out new ways to push and deliver our projects, and so we’re going to try out how Indiegogo works as a crowd-funding site!
We’ve heard good things, and that some of the set-up is a lot easier to use, so fingers crossed and here’s hoping we all get the hang of it fast and without too much confusion – creators and backers together!
More news on that as things solidify and both Paradox and Indiegogo approve the set-up, but we’ll go live as quickly as we can! Keep an eye out for the date!
Most of our discussion today was about the second Gehenna Gaming Virtual Horror Con that we’ve helped to sponsor. It runs over this coming weekend, from the 19th to the 21st. We had a great time last year, and expect to have an even better experience this time around!
Here’s our current schedule of events featuring Onyx Path topics and/or creators (all times are EST US):
INTRODUCING PLAYERS TO NEW GAMES – 5:30 PM
Eddy Webb of Onyx Path Publishing and Talia Dean of Reliquary Games
COMMUNITY CONTENT IN TTRPG – 6:30 PM
Chris Handley, Lysa Penrose, Nick Brook, Adriel Wilson, Erykah
Fassett, and Josh Heath
CONTAGION CHRONICLE SAGA FINALE (Chronicles of Darkness) – 8:00 PM
GM: Nick Francia of Gehenna Gaming
WORLD BUILDING – 9:00 AM
Neall Raemonn Price of Onyx Path Publishing
INTERNATIONAL HORROR TABLETOP – 7:30 AM
Klara Herbøl, Hugh Angseesing, Allan Carey, and John Burke
JUST ADD MAGIC: COOKING WITH MEREDITH AND HOLLYWOOD – 9:00 AM – AKA “Breakfast Time”
Meredith Gerber and Mike “Hollywood” Tomasek
HORROR IN MEDIA – 1:30 PM
Mark Q Anderson, Josephine McAdam, Matthew Dawkins, David Castro, and Michael Barker
CROWDFUNDING 101 – 4:30 PM
Meredith Gerber, Adriel Wilson, Adam Jury, and James Bell
FANTASY HORROR – 6:00 PM
Lysa Penrose, Catie Griffin, Adriel Wilson, Cody Pondsmith, Michael Barker
ONYX PATH PUBLISHING PRESENTS PUGMIRE: SQUEAKS IN THE DEEP PLAYTEST – 12:30 PM
GM: Eddy Webb of Onyx Path Publishing
BLOOD ON THE RAILS (They Came From Beyond the Grave!) – 4:00 PM
GM: Wes Franks of Carrion Comfort Studios
CAREERS IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY – 12:00 PM
J Grey of R. Talsorian and Erykah Fassett
COSPLAY, MAKEUP, AND WARDROBE – 6:00 PM
Dixie Cochran of Onyx Path Publishing
ONYX PATHCAST LIVE PANEL – 10:30 AM
Dixie Cochran, Eddy Webb, Matthew Dawkins, and Rich Thomas
ACCESSIBILITY IN TABLETOP RPG – 3:00 PM
Eddy Webb, Todd Crapper, and David Castro
ONYX PATH PUBLISHING PRESENTS: THEY CAME FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE! CAMP MURDER LAKE – 12:30 PM
GM: Matthew Dawkins of Onyx Path Publishing
Here’s the link, if any of these pique your interest:
As we learned last year, the times and dates and guests can shift as technical issues rear their all-too familiar heads, so please do check in on their site to double-check before you settle in to watch and play!
Yes, But, Tell Us About the Meeting Besides Con Talk:
There’s not a ton of it actually.
Related to the Gehenna Games Virtual Horror Con, our sales partners at IPR are running a sale starting Thursday and while the con is running: a mix of our books and dice will be discounted. The link won’t be active until Thursday, so we’ll share it then.
Also we talked about some PDF bundle deals on DTRPG over the weekend of the convention.
A surprising bit of news on the sales front!
RedBubble is running a sale until February 17th that’s 20% site-wide! They almost never run a multi-day sale that I hear about in time to include in the blog. Use this code to get the discount before it expires: 3DAYSALE
We talked about marketing and demographics. A lot. Our survey, etc,
We continue to examine how best to talk. How do we talk to all of you loyal readers, and how do we talk to other gamers out there? Who is where and can we talk with them there? Can we make it easy for them to come here?
We think we do a pretty good job at providing venues for that communication: this blog, social media, all of our actual plays and media like the Onyx Pathcast and our Twitch and YouTube channels. At least to our current community.
But we’re always reviewing and looking at new ways to get new folks into our community, to enable them to enjoy all the terrors and delights we have in store for those who explore our:
Many Worlds, One Path!
Our Kickstarter double feature, for Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos, funded in just a tad over an hour at 66 minutes! We’re in the LAST FEW DAYS, NOW! And yet, there are still some great Stretch Goals to drag into the watery deeps and hidden liars around the world!
Our next crowd-funded project will be Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Victorian Age hosted on IndieGoGo!
Onyx Path Media!
This week: The Terrific Trio delve into What Makes a Good RPG Character?!
Do they mean that in terms of quality, play-ability, power, their ethos? Listen in and find out!
As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/
Also on Podbean this week, on Wednesday, is the 3rd episode of Tales of the Aeon Society! A recently recovered radio program from the 1930s that we here at Onyx Path have lovingly restored at great cost featuring the thrilling adventures of Max Mercer and the Aeon Society! Listen as they investigate An Ominous Voice!!!
Our good friends at Vorpal Tales continue their Scion: Dragon game this week over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath! If you want a preview of that game, go over to our channel and follow (and subscribe!) to be notified when that stream goes live!
The Two D Ten YouTube channel gave our book, Let the Streets Run Red, a glowing review you can watch right here: https://youtu.be/gb-_X1dL5-Y
For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much 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.
This week on Twitch, expect to see these games and streams running:
- Scarred Lands – A Family Affair – Powered by Astral
- Hunter: The Vigil – Stuffed
- Frostlands of Fenrilik – Behind the Screen
- Scion – Dragon – Vorpal Tales
- Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar Gaming
- Scion – Become as Gods – Powered by Astral
- Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale
- Scarred Lands – Dracogenesis – Vorpal Tales
- V5 – Thy Kindred Come – Rolling Nomads
Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games and subscribe to us on Twitch, over at twitch.tv/theonyxpath
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, including:
Onyx Path News! – https://youtu.be/ZENFDzGUiiM
Hunter: The Vigil – Stuffed – E2 – https://youtu.be/0C-qvMtRhvg
Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds – S2E7 – https://youtu.be/5N9wKtRhTQQ
V5 – Boston by Night – FINALE – https://youtu.be/W_Hwvdi6D-w
Scion: Hero – Heroes for the Holidays – E4 –https://youtu.be/s2LBABmR2OQ
Scarred Lands – Welcome to Kovokimru – One-Shot- https://youtu.be/Z5TKQjOacaw
Scarred Lands – Vigil Watch – One-Shot Part 1 – https://youtu.be/ySFq9j0q1Fk
Scion – Masks of the Mythos – E2 –https://youtu.be/1z8ON989o2Q
Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online!
Wards & Witchcraft run a side session of Mage: The Awakening which you can watch right here:
A side session about a girl out of time and the Dragon she rides upon. Using the rules of Mage: The Awakening we explore a reality bending quest through the theater of the mind. Severed from her timeline a duplicate of Ermengarde Ward struggles against a dark shadow that seeks to exploit her connection to the nature of reality. Ermengarde is alone save for the dead, but the dead can be the most loyal friends. This experience will change everything as the World hangs in the balance.
The Ruins of Warsaw is an amazing Vampire: The Masquerade RPG set in Warsaw in 1947. Several episodes have been released, so please check out their videos and subscribe! Here’s their playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKkMR3i11sDdhD_ufgqXbzPBefI6f8cRc
Systematic Understanding of Everything is a fantastic Exalted Explainer Podcast by Exalted Dev Monica Speca and Exalted Writer Chazz Kellner. You should check it out, because it remains among the best Exalted shows out there.
Their most recent episodes are available over on https://www.exaltcast.com/, with their newest:
Some games’ combat are an HP-fueled stabfest as blows are traded until someone crumbles like a maimed ham. Exalted combat combines the elegance of a lightsaber duel with the fun of a tax return! Chazz and Monica explain and then Terry and Monica give it a try.
Back to Exalted, and the Story Told Podcast continue their Fall of Jiara Dragon-Blooded chronicle right here:https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-36
Maera finalizes preparation to depart for her expedition, taking Shao and Pavrani with her. Sarissa, Kai, and Sanzo speculate about their opponent. Sanzo continues to plot to his advantage with his House.
You can find summarized details and character information on Obsidian Portal: https://thefallofjiara.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log/fall-of-jiara-act-2-session-6-2
Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you!
As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! Our 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.)
We’re told that the App Dev is currently creating an updated version for the latest devices, so keep an eye open for those! The App was also pulled down from the Apple store in order to make some required updates – it’ll be back there soon!
Two Virtual Tabletop adventures: the Gauntlet of Spiragos and the Dagger of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop and DriveThruRPG!
Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age.
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.
Astral is browser-based and uses the latest technology to streamline your storytelling experience. Connect with your party online and run your campaigns however you like. Astral offers tools optimized for phone, tablet, and desktop devices, no installation required.
Build epic battlemaps using Astral‘s enormous collection of scenery, props, and tokens or upload your own. Pro users gain access to over 12,000+ assets and fresh new packs every month. Add weather, visual effects, triggers, and so much more with easy-to-use tools
Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos and Dagger of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures!
On Amazon and 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
Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook
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!
As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com!
On Sale This Week!
This Wednesday we lay all of our cards on the table with the Yugman’s Spell Cards and Yugman’s Magic Items Cards Advance PDFs for Scarred Lands and other 5e fantasy games dealt out on DriveThruRPG.com!
Calling all people around the world, and all the ships at sea! News flash! Wednesday also features the second episode of a thrilling brand-new radio adventure: Tales of the Aeon Society – Episode Three: An Ominous Voice! Available wherever podcasts are heard, and definitely with our friends at Podbean!
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!
THIS WEEKEND! Gehenna Gaming is planning a second Virtual Horror Convention in mid-February and Onyx Path will be there and sponsoring sessions! From Gehenna Gaming:
“Virtual Horror Con is back for the second year in a row with three more days of online tabletop RPG, panels, industry workshops and TTRPG actual play streams! Virtual Horror Con 2021 returns February 19-21. VirtualHorrorCon.com”
See commentary above, in the blog!
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)
- No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)
- The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)
- Tasty Bit: Heroes of the Waste (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
- Tasty Bit: Pets (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
- Tasty Bit: Zeus in a Bar (Scion 2nd Edition)
- Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th)
- The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th)
- Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
- Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)
- Tasty Bit: New Paths (Trinity Continuum)
- Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)
- Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)
- Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition)
- TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
- Onyx Path Brochure 2021-2022
- They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!)
- TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
- Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
- Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
- Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)
- Trinity Continuum: Anima
- Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)
- They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
- Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)
- Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
- Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)
- Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
- Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
- The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
- Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)
- The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)
- Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
- Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)
- M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
- Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
- The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
- M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
- Yugman’s Appendix: People of Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)
- V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
- CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
- Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)
- Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
- Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)
- Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
- Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)
- Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
- Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)
- M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
- They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
- Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!)
- TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
- Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
- Tasty Bit: Outer Space Archetypes and Tropes (They Came From…!)
- Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)
- Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
- Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
- They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)
- Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
- Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
- Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
- V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
- N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
- Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)
- V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
Art Direction from Mike Chaney!
In Art Direction
- WoD Ghost Hunters (KS)
- Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Meredith is on it.
- Scion: Dragon (KS) – KS.
- Masks of the Mythos (KS) – KS.
- Scion: Demigod – Getting art notes out to artists.
- They Came From Beyond the Grave!
- TC: Adventure! (KS) – KS artwork incoming.
- Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Finals rolling in.
- M20 Victorian (KS) – Prepping for KS. Indie GoGo page over at Paradox for approval.
- Dead Man’s Rust
- M20 Technocracy Jumpstart – Art in progress.
- Exalted Essence (KS) – Artists being contacted.
- V5 Trail of Ash and Bone – AD’d. Finals already in from Ken Meyer, Jr.
- V5 Forbidden Religions
- TC Mission Statements – New artnotes in.
- TC Aberrant N!We
- M20 Technocracy Dossier/Companion
- M20 Rich Bastards Guide – Speccing today.
- Hundred Devils Night Parade – Figuring out art buy.
- Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – Most of the art coming in this week.
- Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle – Rolling.
- TC Prometheus Unbound – Waiting on art notes.
- Vigil Watch Compiled – Travis tweaking layout to better match Yugman’s.
- M20 Technocracy Reloaded
- TC Aberrant Jumpstart
- LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) – With Travis.
- Children of the Blood – Maria doing layout.
- TC: Under Alien Skies – With Josh.
- Heirs to the Shogunate – A couple more pieces of art coming in, but enough is in to start layout.
- Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Backer PDF going out to backers.
- Deviant – Backer PDF errata gathering/reviewing.
- Yugmans – Reviewing errata.
- Monsters of the Deep – Backer PDF errata ending this week.
- Mummy 2 – At Paradox for approval.
- Lunars Wall Scroll Map – At KS fulfiller. Shipping finishing.
- Lunars Screen and Booklet – At KS fulfiller. Shipping finishing.
- Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – At KS fulfiller. Shipping finishing. PDF and PoD on sale at DTRPG.
- V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Press files sent. PDF and PoD versions are live on DTRPG.
- Aberrant – PoD and trad print files uploaded to printer and DTRPG.
- TC: Aberrant Screen – Press files sent.
- Peoples of the Crossroads Continent – PoD files sent.
- Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands) – PDF versions on sale on Wednesday at DTRPG.
- Tales of the Aeon Society Episode Three: An Ominous Voice! – Goes live on Weds.
Today’s Reason to Celebrate!
Today is President’s Day and a Monday holiday here in the US. It’s also ENIAC day in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA to celebrate the “birth” of the first general-purpose electronic computer in 1946. Which, you know, eventually totally changes the world and all of our lives. The computer, not all the Presidents.