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  1. You Are Not Alone: Page 16

    ↓ TranscriptAntaeus: I cannot answer your question. Not yet. Just a question in return. If you'll permit me to ask it? Jericho: Knock yourself out. Antaeus: Here. Let me show you. Jericho: No, wait... ... ehhh... >ahhh<... ...what are you going to do? Wait... I can't breathe! Antaeus: It's just fear. Breathe very slowly. Listen to the sound of my thoughts. View the full article
  2. Episode 60: Errata and Playtesting In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy discuss the importance of good errata and playtesting! (this episode is a lot more interesting than it looks on paper!) Dramatic introductions! How errata was treated in the past (supplementary PDFs, inclusion in subsequent books, etc.) How we handle errata now, with wonderful forms and spreadsheets! How the change in errata processes has affected us as developers Foreign languages and font set issues Smart punctuation The best way to write errata you want to submit (don’t assume designer intent!) The value of having dedicated fans submitting detailed errata Disney via errata? How to spell “cemetery” Please don’t tell us to “die” Errata can be thought-provoking and make us reevaluate content How easy should it be to kill zombies in Dystopia Rising: Evolution? The importance of playtest data How to assemble strong playtest data How Cinematic cards emerged from playtesting of They Came from Beneath the Sea! Stunts in AGE and Storypath Building a spellbook in Mage: The Ascension A rapid wind-up! Links: Dark Ages British Isles: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/1484/Dark-Ages-British-Isles Giovanni Chronicles: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/2288/Giovanni-Chronicles-I-The-Last-Supper Pugmire: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204313/Pugmire-Core-Rulebook Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/94815/Vampire-The-Masquerade-20th-Anniversary-Edition Pet Sematary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Sematary All Flesh Must be Eaten: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/627/All-Flesh-Must-be-Eaten-Revised Dystopia Rising Evolution: Backerkit: https://dystopia-rising-evolution.backerkit.com/ They Came from Beneath the Sea! Backerkit: https://www.backerkit.com/projects/200664283/they-came-from-beneath-the-sea-a-tabletop-roleplay Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/149562/Mage-The-Ascension-20th-Anniversary-Edition View the full article
  3. You Are Not Alone: Page 15

    ↓ Transcript Jericho: So, he was wrong -- my husband, I mean. He lied to me. Thanks to you people, my little boy and I are all alone. Jericho (narrating): It's taken us a month to understand the extent of the damage. The world's fifth-largest economy lost a tenth of its value in a matter of minutes. Three hundred souls suddenly vanished from the face of the Earth. And all the thoughts and prayers in the world don't amount to a way I can explain to my child that his father won't be coming back anytime soon. Jericho: So, you tell me this, Antaeus: what are you people? View the full article
  4. You Are Not Alone: Page 14

    ↓ TranscriptJericho: My husband, Kevin, used to tell me all the time that I'm not alone. All the way up until he left me. All alone. Jericho (narrating): The last time I saw him, we were standing out on the porch -- me and my little boy, Jake. He waved to us. Said he'd be back in time for the USC game. We saw what was happening downtown on TV. They broke into the USC game Kevin was late for. Said there was an incident developing downtown. Like that was just a thing that was happening in the news cycle. And when that incident died down, over two hundred first responders were dead. Including mine. View the full article
  5. Now available in advance PDF from DriveThruRPG: Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon for Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition! You’ve got it into your head that there can’t be much worse than you. You’re a monster, a feral animal, barely controlled and just snapping at unfortunate bastards who cross your path. Well, newsflash, buster: there’s far worse out there than your hairy hide. We are mutation. We are forced devolution. We are throwbacks and beings so ancient you wish mommy Luna had kept a lid on us. You’ve got teeth and claws. We use disease as a weapon, tear open the Gauntlet for fun, get into the minds and bodies of your precious families. You talk a good game. You claim to be “Forsaken.” Oh, poor you. You don’t know what it is to be unwanted, shunned, truly treated as abominations. But don’t worry, cousin. We’ll show you. Shunned by the Moon includes: A rich cast of monstrous creatures suitable for Werewolf: The Forsaken, Beast: The Primordial, and other Chronicles of Darkness games. Thorough examinations of the culture, practices, and abilities of the Pure, the Bale Hounds, and other depraved werewolves. Threats from the world of spirits, including void spirits, spirit-ridden, and new Hosts such as the Children of Termite, the Wasp Hosts, and the Toad Hosts, among many more. Human antagonist groups fit to take on any pack of werewolves or direct their attentions against other supernatural foes. New, terrifying idigam and Father Wolf’s first attempt at predators, the Geryo. An accessible how-to guide on running your first chronicles of Werewolf, including how to incorporate many of the creatures introduced in this book. Sales Scarred Lands products for Pathfinder (the Scarred Lands Players Guide and The Wise & The Wicked 2nd Edition) are upwards of 90% off from IPR and Studio 2! Both products are an incredible $5 each! Kickstarter Update Our current Kickstarter, Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, launched last week and we’re already at $76,470 of our original $40,000 goal, or 191%, funding after only 16 hours and 40 minutes! Wow! With nearly three weeks left, we’ve hit the following stretch goal, with more to come: Aberrant Storyguide Screen Comic compilation: You Are Not Alone N!WE: N!nterational Wrestling Entertainment supplement featuring professional nova wrestling Backer T-shirt 1e’s Aberrant Worldwide: Phase I to be scanned, uploaded to DriveThruRPG, and added to PDF bundle Proteus Nova Compendium: Stat blocks for many of the character bios from the rulebook Aberrant digital wallpaper Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Dystopia Rising: Evolution: Dystopia Rising: Evolution rulebook They Came from Beneath the Sea!: They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum (core rules and Trinity Continuum: Æon) Exalted: Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought Exalted: Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Vampire: The Masquerade: V5 Chicago by Night Chronicles of Darkness: Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Chronicles of Darkness: The Contagion Chronicle Geist: The Sin-Eaters: Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Scarred Races: Player Options for the Scarred Lands Vengeance of the Shunned 2: A Scholarly Schism Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell Coming soon: The Storypath Nexus for all your Storypath System needs: starting with Scion, and eventually the Trinity Continuum, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, and Dystopia Rising: Evolution! The FAQ is up now! View the full article
  6. You Are Not Alone: Page 13

    ↓ TranscriptJericho: Six weeks ago, Aberrants attacked the Los Angeles Toy District for reasons they never divulged. They took out a twelve-story building near the L.A. Mission, and a couple of surrounding buildings with it. They never said why. Jericho (narrating): A nearby elementary school was obliterated. Two entire blocks were in flames within six minutes. Dozens of first responders lost their lives. All we got was a public statement from Cestus Pax telling us, effectively, that first shots had been fired. Antaeus: Fire destroys. It also cleanses. And brings change. Which you people always fear. Jericho: So, you're not a person. You're not a person. A person would have cared about the deaths of other people. View the full article
  7. Yeah, the above art is pretty much us, dealing with Kickstarter shipping. I’ll get back to that later, but right now, YAY! for our Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter that funded in less than a day! Right now we’re blasting through the Stretch Goals as noted below in the Kickstarter section of the Blurbs! Thanks so much for everyone supporting this KS, we’ve had some great comments and ongoing conversations there, with all kinds of fantastic ideas for how folks can enjoy TC: Aberrant. That’s really one of the best parts of using a crowd-funding platform: the energy and ideas that backers share with each other and all of us. Now, at the beginning, there were a bunch of concerns voiced about the cost of International Shipping, and I would like to poke at that just a bit here, because some folks are moving from “Yikes, that’s expensive!” to “You’re out to get us.” The former being totally understandable – and my reaction, too, when getting those costs from our shipper – and the latter one…not so much. Particularly because I made the decision to continue to allow international backers, and to be upfront about the costs, specifically so that our international community could have the information and options to be able to choose how they can obtain our projects. You can back the KS for a hardcover with shipping, you can back the KS for a PoD version, you can back for a PDF, you can not back and buy the hardcover in stores, you can not back and get the PDF and/or PoD version from DTRPG. You see, other game companies have straight-up just stopped shipping internationally. Boom- full stop. And I understand why. Primarily, there are the costs. If you do as we have and put accurate shipping costs into your Kickstarter, backers and potential backers can get angry. As I understand it, a lot of these other companies have chosen not to take the chance that angry customers become customers no longer. And really, all we do is take the numbers our shipper gives us and add them in; there’s no secret mark-up so we make more sweet, sweet, cash. But there’s still sticker shock. Like I said, I understand and have experienced it myself. It makes no sense to me why our own Dixie Cochran just spent $50 to ship a book to a friend in Canada. Canada! Right up there to the north and connected to the US by land (mostly). So seriously, we all relate. Wr20 Book of Oblivion art by Phil Lee The thing is, we’re not just wringing our hands and passing the shipping costs on to backers. We continue to explore other options that are actually possible for a company our size. Like, despite how big we seem, we’re still doing TTRPG Kickstarters, so even our biggest ship-outs to some 4,000 backers are once in several years things. Those numbers are “phftt!” to shippers; I mean they don’t earn us reduced rates or anything that could help from that direction. We have tried to ship in bulk to individuals and companies outside the US, to the EU specifically, but either through logistics reasons or just bad luck, I’ve never been able to find a way to do that which didn’t wind up costing us more. Which is, y’know, the opposite of what we’re trying to do with our Kickstarters…we want to make the pledges go towards the KS’s goals, not to shipping. So, I continue to look. Part of the reason we are working with Handiwork Games on the Scarred Lands 5e Creature Collection is to explore with them more potential solutions, as they are not a US-based company. We also continue to talk with our friends at Modiphius with the same eye towards finding solutions to the KS shipping problem. Enough about this for now, I think, it’s a complicated issue that gets even further into the weeds once you factor in getting through Customs as well – which is probably a topic for a whole nother blog! Scion Ready Made Characters art by Marco Gonzales Gen Con 2019 is fast approaching in less than a month, and while we have decided that we won’t be in a booth on the exhibition floor this year, like I talked about several MMN blogs ago, you’ll be able to find Mighty Matt McElroy and myself around the con, chitting and chatting with anybody who will listen. Specifically, we may be at either the IPR or Studio2 booths, or at these events: Wednesday night – Diana Jones Awards Thursday 3pm – What’s Up With Onyx Path Publishing? panel Friday 11am – What’s Up with Onyx Path Community Content? panel Friday 3pm – Freelancing with Onyx Path Publishing? panel Saturday 11am – What’s Up with Onyx Path Publishing? panel Right now, I’m not going to be able to make the Saturday panel, although if things change I will be there with bells on. But Matt and Eddy are slated to run things there, plus we always have walk-on creators stopping by. It’s going to be a very different Gen Con for us, but I think a really good one. V5 Chicago art by Amy Wilkins Finally, a few notes from the meeting today: #1: The Scarred Lands mega-epic adventure series, The Vengeance of the Shunned, started going on sale last week and will continue all month on the Slarecian Vault, the SL Community Content site. Check out interviews and profiles of the creators on our social media, and the projects themselves! #2: The Storypath Nexus Community Content site is coming this week! Could be tomorrow or later in the week, but the chance to publish your Scion ideas is almost upon us! #3: DTRPG is going to be starting their Christmas in July sale very, very soon, and as always there are going to be some great deals on our PDFs as part of it! And that is a lot of PDFs, because we’re not just talking one game line on sale, but games from: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! The Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter funded in less than a day and continues to blast its super-powered way into our lives! We’ve already passed Stretch Goals that are enabling us to recreate missing first edition books, a compilation of the web comic, and… N!WE N!TERNATIONAL WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT – A new PDF product discussing the N!WE, the performers and industry personnel, and various elements of professional wrestling in the world of Aberrant! At $73,000 and climbing, we’ve got many more fantastic Stretch Goal rewards to come, so come check it out! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/trinity-continuum-aberrant ONYX PATH MEDIA Onyx Pathcast art by Michael GaydosThis Friday’s Onyx Pathcast features a timely deep dive (considering our new errata process and forms) by our Intrepid Trio into errata, playtesting, and how to give good feedback: https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ And Here’s More Media About Our Worlds: The Onyx Path News returns with another live edition for last week here: https://youtu.be/nlQjKxQX860 Subscribe to our channel and click the bell symbol to be informed whenever a new video goes up! The first major chapter of Matthew’s Contagion Chronicle concludes here: https://youtu.be/JUTaYwffjI0 We will return once all the players are again available! Keep watching Travis Legge’s Scarred Lands actual play of Myths & Matchmakers over here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmiXCaSrrCIjmCJQQ7oLwLNahmDbdn_2J Devil’s Luck Gaming continue their epic costumed pirate journey through Scarn here: https://www.twitch.tv/DEVILSLUCKGAMING Occultists Anonymous‘ Mage: The Awakening actual play continues here: Episode 27: Hammer & Anvil With some technical difficulties, on our part, we’ve got a short episode. Songbird delves into his soul. Wyrd, Mammon, and Atratus breach the home of… someone? https://youtu.be/xmiuK7lU_oQ And here’s the Story Told Podcast with another episode of their excellent Dragon-Blooded actual play: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-episode-9-a-road-to-trouble Please check any of these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! ELECTRONIC GAMING As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is now 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.) 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 selection includes these fiction books: OUR SALES PARTNERS: We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands 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 are available to order! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday, we are offering the Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition Night Horrors book Shunned By The Moon Advance PDF on DTRPG! Like all Night Horrors books, this is usable for any of the Chronicles of Darkness game lines, although I’m told it is especially tasty as a treat for Hunter: The Vigil and Beast! CONVENTIONS! Gen Con: August 1st – 4th Save Against Fear: October 12th – 14th GameHoleCon: October 31st – November 3rd We’ll also be back at PAX Unplugged later this year! 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) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core) Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) W20 Art Book (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad (Scarred Lands) Vigil Watch (Scarred Lands) Redlines Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Second Draft Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire) Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Geist 2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) Development WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) Oak, Ash, and Thorn: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd) M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Creatures of the World Bestiary (Scion 2nd Edition) Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) TC: Aeon Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Manuscript Approval Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Chicago Folio/Dossier (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) TC: Aeon Ready-Made Characters (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Let the Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Editing Memento Mori: the GtSE 2e Companion (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition) Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Heroic Land Dwellers (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) DR:E Jumpstart (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) Pirates of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Post-Editing Development M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) V5 Chicago By Night (Vampire: The Masquerade) V5 Chicago By Night Screen (Vampire: The Masquerade) CofD Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Distant Worlds (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Dark Eras 2 (Chronicles of Darkness) Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition) Indexing ART DIRECTION FROM MIRTHFUL MIKE! In Art Direction Contagion Chronicle – Figuring out art buy. Dark Eras 2 VtR Spilled Blood Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds – Sketches coming in. Trinity Continuum Aberrant Hunter: The Vigil 2e Ex3 Lunars They Came From Beneath the Sea TCFBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed Ex3 Monthly Stuff In Layout M20 Book of the Fallen Trinity Core – Getting cover specs from printer. Trinity Aeon – Getting cover specs from printer. CoM – Witch Queen of the Shadowed Citadel Proofing DR: E – annotated proof back to Josh Aeon Aexpansion C20 Cup of Dreams – This week. V5: Chicago – Proceeding to 2nd proof. At Press Dragon Blooded – Deluxe at Studio2. Dragon-Blooded Cloth Map – Shipped at Studio2. Dragon-Blooded Screen – Shipping to Studio2. The Realm – PoD proofs ordered. Trinity Core Screen – Shipping to Studio2. TC Aeon Screen – Shipping to Studio2. Geist 2e – Inputting Errata. Book of Oblivion Signs of Sorcery – Gathering Errata. Trinity: In Media Res – PoD proofs ordered. Scion Jumpstart – Prepping PoD files. Scion Ready-Made Characters – Waiting to order PoD proofs. Blood Sea – PoD file uploaded, waiting to order proof. WtF Shunned by the Moon – Advance PDF on sale Wednesday at DTRPG. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Today we are 6 degrees from Kevin Bacon’s birthday! View the full article
  8. You Are Not Alone: Page 12

    ↓ TranscriptFirefighter: What the hell just happened? Did we do that? Officer: Hell if I know! That looked like people up there! Firefighter: Jesus Christ! Those are novas up there! They just pulled down one of our S-64s! Officer: Ryan! Kelly! Get the hell over here! We need backup! Ryan, what the hell are you waiting for...? Officer Ryan: Oh my God. View the full article
  9. In which Eddy and Dixie interview Steve Kenson about his career and his work on Trinity Continuum: Aberrant! Dixie decides not to abandon Eddy Back to being comfortable with completely blowing the intro Eddy introduces Steve flawlessly. FLAWLESSY. Steve started with Shadowrun 2nd Ed on the GEnie Network Working with FASA and quitting his day job Accidentally becoming “the super hero guy” Hero Games was somewhat responsible for Mutants & Masterminds More chat about Blue Rose Aberrant’s queer content and “Divis Mal has arms?!” Trying a new development process Rebooting Aberrant and updating its original late 90s cynicism The role of media in Aberrant Storypath design challenges Sidestepping the “preserve the status quo” problem of other superhero games Matthew gets obsessed with Kalamazoo Writing for another creator’s favorite character We guess on how well the Aberrant Kickstarter is doing LINKS Aberrant Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/trinity-continuum-aberrant/ Steve’s website: https://www.stevekenson.com Blue Rose: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/203007/Blue-Rose-The-AGE-RPG-of-Romantic-Fantasy Icons Rogues: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/279116/ICONS-Rogues The Expanse: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/268471/The-Expanse-Roleplaying-Game Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202186/The-Extraordinary-Adventures-of-Baron-Munchausen Extra Credits – Bleed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=sELpk0khx74 View the full article
  10. You Are Not Alone: Page 11

    ↓ Transcript Caption: Runyon Canyon, Los Angeles -- Six Weeks Ago Fireman: We've got to move back! Widen the damn exit lanes and let's get these people out of here! View the full article
  11. You Are Not Alone: Page 10

    ↓ TranscriptJericho: So, you consider yourself a transcendent. Seems to me that makes you an Aberrant by default. Antaeus: A question? Jericho: An observation. Antaeus: Over here. I sometimes like to present the illusion of walking. I find it puts my guests more at east. And it's good for the bloodstream, so I've heard. Jericho: So you're not Aberrant. Even so, my readers -- all fifty of them, I guess -- would love to understand what your intentions are for humanity. Antaeus: And if I explained them, is there anything your readers could do about it? Look on the bright side, Miss Jericho. I suspect your readership is about to go up. Jericho: So, there's nothing we can do about the emergence of novas. We have no say in what happens next. Antaeus: An observation? Jericho: Nope. A cry for help. View the full article
  12. Now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: the Changeling: The Dreaming Player’s Guide for Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition! Autumn Leaves Tumble Down The Dreaming is a vast and ever-changing place, especially in the turbulent time of the Evanescence. New dreams take shape as Winter winds howl outside the windows and Glamour fights to bring light and warmth to a world where hearts go cold even as temperatures rise. Changelings everywhere must make a dangerous choice – unite and stand together against the rising dark… or take what they can for themselves and hope to rule from the shadows. Winter Winds Are Rising This all-new Changeling: The Dreaming Player’s Guide features: A new form of playable chimera: the enigmatic Lycians In-depth exploration of lands and new kiths from around the world Add a gameplay edge to political chronicles with the new Agendas system Rules for creating highly customized Banner Houses A first-ever look at playing Síocháin, the elusive fae immortals Secret societies to add mystery and intrigue to any chronicle A deep dive into the culture and inner workings of the Shadow Court Updated Arts: Tale-Craft and Infusion And much, much more! Let the Balefires Burn Bright! This week also marks the beginning of the Vengeance of the Shunned campaign on the Slarecian Vault, our Scarred Lands community content site. Over 20 community content creators have banded together to bring you a full-length Scarred Lands campaign! Vengeance of the Shunned takes your adventurers across Ghelspad on a quest to end the greatest threat to the world since the Titanswar! This campaign offers adventures from levels 1-15, and will be releasing new content weekly ALL SUMMER LONG! See the Community Spotlight section below for the first adventure, A Mishap of Ill Portent, and keep watching over the rest of the summer. Merch To go along with your new copy of the C20 Player’s Guide, why not pick up some Changeling stickers? Dreaming Kith: Boggans (sticker) Dreaming Kith: Eshu (sticker) Dreaming Kith: Nockers (sticker) Dreaming Kith: Pooka (sticker) Dreaming Kith: Redcaps (sticker) Dreaming Kith: Satyrs (sticker) Dreaming Kith: Arcadian Sidhe (sticker) Dreaming Kith: Sluagh (sticker) Dreaming Kith: Trolls (sticker) Sales Scarred Lands products for Pathfinder (the Scarred Lands Players Guide and The Wise & The Wicked 2nd Edition) are upwards of 90% off from IPR and Studio 2! Both products are an incredible $5 each! Kickstarter Update Our current Kickstarter, Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, launched yesterday and we’re already at $49,480 of our original $40,000 goal, or 124%, funding after only 16 hours and 40 minutes! Wow! With nearly four weeks left, we’ve hit the following stretch goal, with more to come: Aberrant Storyguide ScreenDid you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit: Dystopia Rising: Evolution: Dystopia Rising: Evolution rulebook They Came from Beneath the Sea!: They Came from Beneath the Sea! rulebook Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum (core rules and Trinity Continuum: Æon) Exalted: Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought Exalted: Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Vampire: The Masquerade: V5 Chicago by Night Chronicles of Darkness: Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Chronicles of Darkness: The Contagion Chronicle Geist: The Sin-Eaters: Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition Community Spotlight The following community-created content for Scarred Lands has been added to the Slarecian Vault in the last week: Blood Sea Rising Seafarers and Sea Dogs Vengeance of the Shunned 1: A Mishap of Ill Portent Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell? The following community-created content for Realms of Pugmire has been added to Canis Minor in the last week: Your product could be here! Have you considered creating your own to sell Coming soon: The Storypath Nexus for all your Storypath System needs: starting with Scion, and eventually the Trinity Continuum, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, and Dystopia Rising: Evolution! The FAQ is up now! View the full article
  13. In the early years of the 21st century, the Galatea space station unexpectedly exploded. People across the globe began manifesting the ability to control quantum forces. Scientists hail them as Homo sapiens novus, a new evolution of humanity. The media dubs them novas, the superheroes for a new age. Of course, heroism isn’t for everyone. What would you do with the power of a god? Trinity Continuum: Aberrant is the newest setting ready to be explored on the Trinity Continuum timeline. Set in the near future, Trinity Continuum: Aberrant depicts a world just beyond tomorrow, in the year 2028. The Trinity Continuum: Aberrant setting allows for a variety of playstyles, from four-color action and space exploration, to political intrigue and deniable top-secret operations. >> Join the Kickstarter here! << View the full article
  14. You Are Not Alone: Page 9

    ↓ TranscriptAntaeus: I feel myself growing. In a literal and figurative sense. Evolving. And if you ask, "What am I?" Perhaps the answer is, "I am the sum of my capabilities." But I don't know the extent of my capabilities. Ergo, I don't know what I am. Antaeus (narrating): I am the mangrove swamp, scrubbing the air of carbon. Growing in abundance. An antidote to the poison. I am the memory of the world that was, perhaps -- the dream of what it should be. I am the arbiter of life. The growth of the new. The ecosystem that predates humans by millions of years and will live long after humans leave. And in the end, if humanity is a part of that system is of no consequence to me. View the full article
  15. Of course the big news is that we’re starting the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter campaign tomorrow, Tuesday July 2nd, at 2pm Eastern US time. And above is one of the pieces of artwork; this one featuring the dramatic moment when Randel Portman manifested his powers. Becoming then, The Fireman – the first known Nova (Aberrant). Just one Word of Warning about the KS: as of the time I’m writing this, we are still waiting for the OK from Kickstarter after their review of the site. Certainly, we don’t expect issues after 30+ KSs, but if they don’t green-light this in time – just keep an eye out on our social media for when it will be live! And while I’m at it, please note that you’ll need the Trinity Continuum: Core book in order to play TC: Aberrant, and we’ll have options for how you can include that with your rewards. We’re also going to give backers links for the finished TC: Core character creation chapter and the TC: Core Jumpstart along with the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant preview text released during the Kickstarter. As previously, our goal with this Kickstarter is to raise the funds to print more books than the ones backers pledge for, so that we can get Trinity Continuum: Aberrant into retail stores. Scion 2nd Edition has only just been available for a month in retail, and our next Storypath System books to go into stores will be the Trinity Continuum: Core and TC: Aeon projects, followed by Dystopia Rising: Evolution and They Came From Beneath the Sea!, so we’re just getting started with introducing Storypath to the world. Any help you can give by pledging to this Kickstarter will certainly help that effort! Shunned By The Moon art by Leo Albiero Like I mentioned last week, I personally have a long history with Aberrant, so I’m really looking forward to seeing where this KS goes. Plus, I got to work with Steve Kenson on this edition, a designer whose work I’ve loved since Mutants and Masterminds, and who was great to chat with on the couple of Diversity in Gaming panels we were on together. I was so glad that after having pitched him on joining the team, and then poor Steve having to wait years as we hammered out the core Storypath rules, when at last I could finally contact him and say we were moving forward. A fair amount of that gladness was that he was still interested in the project after so much time had passed since we first talked about it! But he was, and, in fact, you’ll be able to hear his fascinating thoughts on Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, as well as many other games and issues, on this coming Friday’s Onyx Pathcast where he is interviewed by the team! In parallel with the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter, we continue to run the TC: Aberrant web comic You Are Not Alone right here on this site. So far, we’ve been thrilled with everyone’s comments as the storyline begins to talk about the world situation in TC: Aberrant and hint at the changes we’ve made to the setting in this edition. Please be assured, we made no changes lightly, but this is very much a new edition, not a continuation of storylines from first edition. Our real world has significantly changed since the late 90’s when Aberrant was conceptualized, and so must the game’s setting. Plus, then, the idea of examining personality cults and deconstructing super hero tropes was still something fresh to the genre…not so much now. We think we’ve moved the whole setting forward in ways that will thrill newbies and long-time fans alike, but we should know better how that has registered once You Are Not Alone and the TC:Aberrant KS have finished. Come along with us – and let us know what you think – it should be a fun ride! Related Storypath System news: the Storypath Nexus Community Content site looks like it’ll be ready to go after this week. The July 4th holiday just jams up our effective time, so after this week we’ll be more readier. Speaking of another world entirely, July is also the start of the Scarred Lands mega-campaign.The Vengeance of the Shunned starts, why, right about now, on the Slarecian Vault Community Content site for SL. This was all planned by a team of community content authors headed up by Travis Legge, who we just recently brought on to lead the development of Scarred Lands. So, you could think of this mega-campaign as a really huge “audition piece”! But really, there are so many talented people who contributed, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing their names in official projects before long! Wraith20 Book of Oblivion art by Mel Uran Finally, I’d just like to encourage our community to give a listen to last Friday’s Onyx Pathcast. Our Trio have had a lot of fun during this past year of podcasting, and while they continue to bring their positive energy to last Friday’s episode, the subject matter is really not something that they are joking about. The subject is Harassment, which is an issue that we at Onyx Path have been dealing with in a variety of ways since the company was founded. In fact, some of the strongest sections of this Pathcast are when Dixie, Eddy, and Matthew, speak of the different kinds of harassment they have personally encountered during their time in the TTRPG business. From over-eager fans, to other industry “professionals”, to attacks and threats from strangers on the internet; all of these and more demoralize and frighten the very creators that our community look to for creative and engaging work. I’ll provide you with another anecdote: if you look at our production in the 2017 time-frame, and the relative dearth of Kickstarters and number of seemingly stalled projects, a large number of these issues were because our creative teams were simply exhausted from dealing with harassment across the board. They had no creative impetus because so much of their time was spent defending themselves, and friends and co-workers. A large part of our 2018 and 2019 Onyx Path Summits were about how to deal with all this negativity, including my shifting these blogs away from talking directly about these ongoing problems and into focusing on the fun and creative things we are doing. Not as a smoke-screen or panacea, but as a deliberate effort to remind both our community and ourselves of how awesome it is that we are able to create whole worlds for a living. We can acknowledge the seriousness of the issues involved without letting that drive us away from the truly magical projects we create. You can hear that in the voices of Eddy, Matthew, and Dixie, and the conversation they have. This is why this episode of the Onyx Pathcast is important. Please take some time and give it a listen, if only to get a better grasp on the challenges we all face to bring you all of these: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Starting Tuesday July 2nd at 2pm EDT, the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter will blast its super-powered way into our lives! ONYX PATH MEDIA Onyx Pathcast art by Michael GaydosThis Friday’s Onyx Pathcast features world-renowned expert on all things super-heroic in games, Steve Kenson! The gang talk with Steve about his huge body of work, his specific brilliant design work on Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, and his many other interests: https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ And Here’s More Media About Our Worlds: The live Onyx Path News was such a hit last week (watch it again here: https://youtu.be/ssolzT5iGOo) that we’ll be doing it live again this coming Wednesday! Subscribe to our channel and click the bell symbol to be informed whenever a new video goes up! Matthew’s Contagion Chronicle actual play continues apace with multiple parts uploaded over the last week! Here’s episode seven, where our characters encounter (and slaughter) a bunch of Beshilu: https://youtu.be/U5yrLR1WYmI Keep watching Travis Legge’s Scarred Lands actual play of Myths & Matchmakers over here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmiXCaSrrCIjmCJQQ7oLwLNahmDbdn_2J Seriously: he’s one of the best people to watch if you want to find out about this setting! Devil’s Luck Gaming haven’t stopped with their epic journey through Scarn either: https://www.twitch.tv/DEVILSLUCKGAMING And our journey through the Scarred Lands doesn’t end yet, as the always excellent Caffeinated Conquests continue to march through the Gauntlet of Spiragos here: https://youtu.be/ygamfg9yBak Returning to the Chronicles of Darkness, Occultists Anonymous‘ latest episodes of the Mage: The Awakening 2E continue here: Episode 25: Igniting An Old Flamehttps://youtu.be/2va2Eae2jfcMammon has some time alone to reconnect with an old acquaintance. Atratus speaks with her dead brother. Wyrd has some concerns. Songbird… meditates. Episode 26: Escalation https://youtu.be/L4pADEK8aPo Atratus, Songbird, and Wyrd the Seer have a discussion of what is necessary to handle the mysterious Letter Man. Plans are made to investigate the original meeting spot. Songbird remains in his room.. And the Keeper of the Archive continues their overview of Scion Second Edition here! https://youtu.be/nCg8aXg1c0c and https://youtu.be/iaLFToU6OD0 Please check any of these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! ELECTRONIC GAMING As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is now 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.) 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 selection includes these fiction books: OUR SALES PARTNERS: We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands 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 are available to order! On Sale This Week! This Wednesday, we are offering the Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition Player’s Guide in PDF and physical book PoD versions on DTRPG! CONVENTIONS! Gen Con: August 1st – 4th Save Against Fear: October 12th – 14th GameHoleCon: October 31st – November 3rd We’ll also be back at PAX Unplugged later this year! 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) M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted) Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core) Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition) One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e) Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition) Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition) Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition) Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness) W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) W20 Art Book (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th) Redlines Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e) Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition) Second Draft Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire) Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition) Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition) Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition) Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition) Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition) Geist 2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) Development WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness) Oak, Ash, and Thorn: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd) M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Creatures of the World Bestiary (Scion 2nd Edition) Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition) Let the Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Legendlore core book (Legendlore) City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars) TC: Aeon Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Manuscript Approval Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant) Pirates of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire) Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition) Chicago Folio/Dossier (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades) TC: Aeon Ready-Made Characters (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Editing Memento Mori: the GtSE 2e Companion (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition) Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition) Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition) Heroic Land Dwellers (They Came From Beneath the Sea!) DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) DR:E Jumpstart (Dystopia Rising: Evolution) Post-Editing Development M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) V5 Chicago By Night (Vampire: The Masquerade) V5 Chicago By Night Screen (Vampire: The Masquerade) CofD Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness) Distant Worlds (Trinity Continuum: Aeon) Dark Eras 2 (Chronicles of Darkness) Indexing ART DIRECTION FROM MIRTHFUL MIKE! In Art Direction Contagion Chronicle Dark Eras 2 M20 Book of the Fallen VtR Spilled Blood – Waiting on the splat art. Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds – Sketches coming in. Trinity Continuum Aberrant – KS Sketches and finals coming in. Hunter: The Vigil 2e Ex3 Lunars They Came From Beneath the Sea TCFBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed Ex3 Monthly Stuff In Layout V5: Chicago – A couple of chapters left to go! Trinity Core – Getting cover specs from printer. Trinity Aeon – Getting cover specs from printer. CoM – Witch Queen of the Shadowed Citadel Proofing DR: E – annotated proof back to Josh Aeon Aexpansion C20 Cup of Dreams – This week. Ex 3 Monthlies At Press Dragon Blooded – Deluxe shipping to Studio2. Dragon-Blooded Cloth Map – Shipped to Studio2. Dragon-Blooded Screen – Printing. The Realm – PoD proofs ordered. Trinity Core Screen – Printing. TC Aeon Screen – Printing. C20 Player’s Guide – PDF and PoDs for sale Wednesday! Geist 2e – Need to input Errata. Book of Oblivion – Putting in errata. Trinity: In Media Res – PoD proofs ordered. Scion Jumpstart – Gathering errata from Backer PDFs. Scion Ready-Made Characters – Gathering errata from Backer PDFs. Blood Sea – Errata being input. WtF Shunned by the Moon – Advance PDF prepping for next week. Today’s Reason to Celebrate! On this day, at about 11:30 in the morning after 23.5 hours of labor, my first daughter was born, singing, well cooing, from first breath and looking right into my eyes with her baby blues. And today, she’s a Psychiatric Resident and mother of her own cute little baby. Time, it flies! Love ya, kid! View the full article
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