A Month On Mars [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News


Wow. We are indeed closing in on a month of visiting the red planet via the Cavaliers of Mars Kickstarter campaign!

Now, the KS is closing in on its last few days, and we raised quite a bit more than expected (wow 700%+) and were able include some cool extra Stretch Goal projects so far. Really looking forward to see what the usually energized last days will bring.

Most importantly, thanks to our KS backers, Onyx Path can now be sure that we are able to fully bring a complete new world to all the gamers out there looking for sword and sorcery, pulpish fun, but with a modern sensibility appropriate for our community today.

That’s really what this is all about, and why Rose’s idea for this game was so appealing. I want Onyx Path to have the range to handle huge expansive settings and also be able to create a focused, “jewel box” of a game, and Cavaliers is just that. Even the system, which Rose and I discussed many times, is something designed to work specifically with the other game ...3 COMMENTS

Now Available: Scarred Lands in print, plus Wise & Wicked 2e!

Sales, Scarred Lands

Now available in print from DriveThruRPG: the Scarred Lands Players Guide for 5e OGL and Pathfinder!

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Drawing enthusiastically on Greek mythology, the revised and re-imagined Scarred Lands nonetheless retains its place as a modern fantasy RPG setting. This is a world shaped by gods and monsters, and only the greatest of heroes can expect to be counted among them. The most populous continent of Scarn, Ghelspad, plays host to vast unexplored regions, hides unsolved riddles from ancient cultures, and taunts adventures with the promise of undiscovered riches hidden among the ruins of older civilizations.

Yet the myths of the Scarred Lands are relatively recent events. The effects of the Titanswar still ripple through the world, and the heroines and villains of many of these stories are part of living memory, if not still living.

The Award-Winning Fantasy Setting Returns

Scarred Lands has been a favorite fantasy setting since the release of the Creature Collection for the d20 System in 2000. ...READ MORE

Life On Mars [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Another beautiful Chris Huth illustration from Cavaliers of Mars, this time in crisp, detailed, black and white line-art. Aesthetically, this is a look that our recent projects have tended to move away from in favor of staying current with audience expectations of full color, or at least some color. But it is a style and look I’ve always enjoyed and I was thrilled Rose wanted Cavaliers to embrace this style of art.

It’s also a style that I started with and love working in; pen and ink, mostly with a crowquill pen and some brushwork. As far back as the graphic novel I wrote and drew in grad school (based on a series of adventures in my D&D world), and a style I returned to recently for Nocturnal Media‘s re-push of the “Storypath Cards”. (No relation to our StoryPath System). Which are still coming soon, I hear.



Lasombra for Prince’s Gambit clan card by Mark Kelly




To continue the theme of what I’m up to, and you can see what else we’re all up to down in the BLURBS! section, here’s a ...34 COMMENTS

[Scion] Pantheon Preview: Orisha


This post originally appeared as a July Kickstarter update.

Greetings, true believers!

Sorry for the delay in the update, but Scion: Origin and Hero are both coming along nicely as we speak – I’m integrating the final playtester feedback, editing down the World into a coherent setting, and making sure everything syncs up with the first corebook. We’re coming into the home stretch now, with art coming in. Take a look!

Scion 2nd Frost Giant by Preston Stone

I’m running a bit low on pantheons to share for updates, but I’ve saved one of the best for last. The Orisha are somewhat new and somewhat old to Scion, as befits their nature, trapped between worlds old and new. The Loa were a beloved pantheon in 1e, but we definitely wanted to expand out to the original roots of the religion for Hero 2e. Syncretic with parts of Christianity, blending dozens of native African and American religions together, transformed by the Middle Passage, the Orisha still watch over their people, reveling in the World and all of its experiences.

If you miss the traditional Loa, don’t worry — their ...6 COMMENTS

Now Available: God’s Own Country and Fiction Wave 4

Chronicles of Darkness, Geist: The Sin-Eaters, Mummy: The Curse, Sales, Scarred Lands, Vampire: The Masquerade, Vampire: The Requiem

Now available in PDF and print: Dark Eras: God’s Own Country, a Dark Era for Geist: The Sin-Eaters.

World War II is over and a new age of technology is coming, but a hidden storm threatens to overwhelm both the Maori and the European New Zealanders, flooding the world with the restless dead. The Bound are the last line of defense between a spirit-world gone mad and a sleepy island nation concerned with the advent of rock and roll and mourning their lost soldiers.

Unless I miss my guess, this is the final chapter from Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras to be released as a standalone product. Thank you to all of our Dark Eras Kickstarter backers who helped make this possible!

Fiction Wave 4

Our next wave of fiction releases is now live on Amazon’s Kindle store and B&N’s Nook store:

Scarred Lands: Death in the Walled Warren (Amazon/B&N) V20 Dark Ages: Cainite Conspiracies (Amazon/B&N) Chronicles of Darkness: Strangeness in the Proportion (Amazon/B&N) Vampire: The Requiem: Silent Knife (Amazon/B&N) Mummy: The Curse: Dawn of Heresies (Amazon/B&N) Storytellers Spotlight

The following community-created Vampire: The Masquerade products have been released in the last week via ...7 COMMENTS

Flashing Blades! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

This is the art for the cover of Cavaliers of Mars by Chris Huth, and it just so strongly reminds me of Mike Mignola’s comic art for Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, but even more detailed. Those comics were early 90s, and I was thrilled to be able to hire Mike Mignola some years later for the covers and some interior pieces for the editions of their adventures White Wolf reissued under our Legends fiction imprint.

Which is a round-about way of saying: I like that Cavs cover!

It’s sword and sorcery, and pretty inspiring, and Rose Bailey absolutely loves that inspirational material. She’s woven a setting that draws on all that great early sword and sorcery, and modern fiction and anime, and more. We’re half-way through Cavaliers of Mars‘ Kickstarter, and she’d be thrilled if you took the time to check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/cavaliers-of-mars-a-tabletop-roleplaying-game



V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart Ventrue



One thing, if you do: don’t be put off by Cavaliers of Mars‘ Kickstarter Estimated Delivery dates. We’ve had many adventures with those dates, and at this point I just stretch them ...31 COMMENTS

Release Roundup: September 2017

Changeling: The Dreaming, Demon: The Descent, Exalted, Mage: The Ascension, Trinity Continuum: Æon, Vampire: The Masquerade

Products released over the last month:

Game Products Trinity Continuum: Æon: Trinity Continuum: Æon poster (with logo) (print) Trinity Continuum: Æon: Trinity Continuum: Æon poster (without logo) (print) Changeling: The Dreaming: Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition (PDF/print) Changeling: The Dreaming: Yours to Keep: A Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition Jumpstart (PDF/print) Exalted: Exalted Third Edition Music Suite 1: Fanfare for the Chosen (audio) Exalted: Exalted Third Edition Wallpapers (images) Exalted: Hundred Devils Night Parade part 5: Cloud Person & Fang-Blossom (PDF) Demon: The Descent: Dark Eras: After the Fall (PDF/print) Back in Print Mage: The Ascension: Mage Chronicles Volume 2 (Ascension’s Right Hand and Halls of the Arcanum) Mage: The Ascension: The Traditions Gathered 2: Blood and Dreams (Cult of Ecstasy, Dreamspeakers, Verbena) Storytellers Vault Missoula by Night Savannah by Night Storytellers Guide Menagerie of Mortals Bloodlinebook: Daeva States of Bearing Hunter’s Armory I / Armorial do Caçador de Vampiros Chronicles of the Blood Moon 3: To Never-Ending Island / Chroniques de la Lune de Sang 3: L’Île Sans Fin Savannah by Night Complete Chroniques de la Lune de Sang 4: L’Eveil Clanbook: Nahema Hunter’s Armory II Vampire Drawings Things Go Southy: One Page Chronicle Jumpstart A Singular Darkness: One Page Chronicle Jumpstart The Templar’s Childe: One Page Chronicle Jumpstart Monastery of Metamorphosis: One Page Chronicle Jumpstart Obelisk of Oak Island: One Page Chronicle Jumpstart Storyteller Reference Charts ...READ MORE

House Tepet [Exalted]

Exalted, News, Open Development, Projects, Worlds

Hi, folks. Eric and Robert have sent along a new preview from Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought — House Tepet!


[Scion] Pantheon Preview: Shen


This post was originally featured as a May Kickstarter update.

Greetings, true believers!

Besides mechanical work (we’ve integrated all of the Team Trinity improvements to the system – and I’ll preview our version of the advancement rules very soon – and we’ve been testing the new Purviews added after the Kickstarter), I’ve been working with players and writers to nail down the pantheons into something very gameable that’s unique to Scion, yet still respectful of their religious origins. At this point, all of the final drafts and Kieron Gillen’s story are in, and I’m finishing the text of the Storyguide’s section this week.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Scion doesn’t feature the true Odin, or Woden, or Wotan. That god belongs in the heart of his worshippers across time, and in Asgard awaiting Valhalla. Tinia, Zeus, and Jupiter were truly three different gods with different traits, adopted by three separate cultures — saying “the Etruscans, the Greeks, the Romans” is like saying “the Americans” describing a period of time far longer than this country’s been around, and a multitude ...READ MORE

One. Of a kind. [Deviant: The Renegades]

Deviant: The Renegades, Open Development

Welcome back, faithful readers!

Last Time we talked about the elevator pitch for Deviant: The Renegades, the newest Chronicle of Darkness game. Deviant will be the eleventh main gameline in the CofD, the third to be written entirely for a second edition ruleset, and if you include every monster, faction and creature ever published in the “blue” books like Changing Breeds or Second Sight… Well, it’s a lot. Any new game has to do something to make itself stand out from the crowd. Unique points of interest, compared to its big siblings. Why should you play Deviant, rather than a “mortals” game using the Lost Boys in Hurt Locker? What does Deviant have to say about the fallout from trauma that Changeling doesn’t? Demon had the God-Machine, all the way from the original 2004 corebook, as an antagonist. Beast flipped our usual crossover assumption from supported in a supplement, maybe, to talked about throughout the core. Mummy brought back player-Storyteller knowledge separation and inverted our usual character progression.

When we pitched the game to White Wolf, we included the following key points, ...24 COMMENTS