Episode 69: Convention Rambling

Onyx Pathcast

In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy discuss conventions they’ve recently attended, the kinds of conventions they enjoy, and sponsorships!

Buggered up introductions!Sponsorship potentialWhat is a “bio break”?Dixie’s adventures at Dragon ConArcades, gaming rooms, cosplay, parades, and so much moreConvention TV (Gen Con, take note of this)Eddy’s adventures at PAX WestFormal conventions, blackbox meetings and seminars, quiet spacesVideo games on displayMatthew’s adventures at Tabletop ScotlandMeeting new gamers, the heat inside hangars, and running They Came from Beneath the Sea!Upcoming conventions: Save Against Fear, PAX Unplugged, PDX Con, Dragonmeet, MidwinterBack to sponsorshipsDixie ruins our airline sponsorship deal

Links: Dragon Con: https://www.dragoncon.org/ PAX West: https://west.paxsite.com/ Tabletop Scotland: https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/ Save Against Fear: https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/about-the-convention PAX Unplugged: https://unplugged.paxsite.com/ PDX Con: https://pdxcon.paradoxplaza.com/ Dragonmeet: https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk/ Midwinter: https://tabletop.events/conventions/midwinter-gaming-convention-2020 They Came from Beneath the Sea! Backerkit: https://www.backerkit.com/projects/200664283/they-came-from-beneath-the-sea-a-tabletop-roleplayThe Dragon Con videos Dixie promised:


Scarred Lands 5e Creature Collection Kickstarter Now Live!

Press Releases, Scarred Lands

We’re bringing the best adversaries from the history of the Creature Collection to 5th Edition! We want to make a full-color, one creature per page, hardcover bestiary for the world’s favorite roleplaying game.

It’s going to be expertly converted, beautifully illustrated, wonderfully laid out, and full to the brim with useful content.

If we’re extra-successful we’ll also include random encounter tables, drop-in encounters with battle maps, and lots of additional digital content.

Way back at the beginning of the d20 times, when 3rd Edition was the big noise, gamers had two core manuals with which to play. The Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide were available, but there was a pause before we got the official Monster Manual. Into that gap burst the Creature Collection – the very first bestiary of 3rd Edition monsters!

Now we’re bringing the Creature Collection to 5th Edition!

Our aims and campaign are simple: To see how large a 5th Edition bestiary we can create with your help!

Join the Creature Campaign now!


Now Available: Aberrant Comic and Scarred Lands Kickstarter Warning!

Sales, Scarred Lands, Trinity Continuum: Aberrant

Now available in PDF and print from DriveThruComics: Trinity Continuum: Aberrant – You Are Not Alone!

Gillian Jericho is a young blogger with the interview of a lifetime: the mysterious Antaeus of Team Tomorrow. He’s a nova, one of the superpowered beings that started to appear in the world ten years ago.

But the interview takes a bizarre twist, and Gillian soon learns why Antaeus wants to speak to her… and some of the hidden secrets about the world of Trinity Continuum: Aberrant.

This comic originally appeared on the Onyx Path Publishing website as a lead up to the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter and is now presented in PDF and Softcover collected versions.


Scarred Lands products for Pathfinder (the Scarred Lands Players Guide and The Wise & The Wicked 2nd Edition) are upwards of 90% off from Studio 2! Both products are an incredible $5 each!

Kickstarter Update

It turns out our next Kickstarter isn’t Deviant after all… it’s the Scarred Lands Creature Collection for 5e! The Kickstarter launches TOMORROW, Thursday the 12th, at 12 noon Eastern.

This Kickstarter is being handled by our partners at Handiwork ...4 COMMENTS

Conviction and Loyalty [Deviant: The Renegades]

Deviant: The Renegades

Eric here. Today, I’m posting a fair chunk of the current Conviction and Loyalty section of Deviant. If conspiracies drive the actions of the entire cohort, Conviction and Loyalty Touchstones provide specific motivation to each individual Remade. Ready? Here we go:

Divergence damages the part of the Remade’s soul that once guided her senses of self and identity, replacing Virtue and Vice with the twin Anchors of Loyalty and Conviction. She defines herself by her interactions with others — specifically those actions driven by love and hate and directed toward a specific person, group, cause, or location.

A Remade’s Conviction can run white hot or blisteringly cold. It compels the transformed to do what needs to be done, often forcing her to make hard choices in the pursuit of her designated enemies. It dictates her need to confront anyone who would keep her from pursuing her goals. Conviction is the churning, seething anger that always lurks at the edges of her emotions. It is what makes a Renegade fight, what gives her the courage to escape, and what pushes her to determine ...11 COMMENTS

Schedules & Emergencies! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

This week, we continue our trend of unusual Monday Meeting posts. Last week it was because we didn’t have a Monday Meeting, so Rich talked about covers because that’s what you do on Labor Day, I guess? This week we did have a meeting, but Rich isn’t writing the blog.

No, Rich hasn’t decided to start talking about himself in the third person. Instead it is I, “Fast” Eddy Webb, writing the Monday Meeting blog chat up top while Rich and Lisa rush off to handle a family emergency. Further, Matt McElroy is wrapping things up to take a well-deserved break for a week. So I got nominated because the biggest emergency I have right now is that I got a new tattoo on my forearm last week, and it itches like the Dickens. (It’s a Sherlock Holmes-themed tattoo, which is not a surprise to anyone who knows me.)

M20 Book of the Fallen art by Sam Denmark

This seems like a good time to talk about schedules and delays.

One thing we mention a lot around here is that we don’t do release ...30 COMMENTS

Episode 68: Gen Con Panel: What’s Up With Onyx Path?

Onyx Pathcast

In which we present our Gen Con 2019 version of the What Up With Onyx Path panel (but with intros and outros!). The sound quality for the panel isn’t amazing, as it’s recorded in a panel room, but bear with us!

Matthew is a MalkavianA soundboard!Gen Con Panel!! We talk about ALL THE THINGS!Convention talkMatthew (CW) worked in an abattoirBring Michelle to Midwinter! She can talk about coffin liquor!We try to sign off, but get derailed by the Followers of Senpai

Links: Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Ian’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/VonAether


Flaws [Dystopia Rising: Evolution]

Dystopia Rising

Dystopia Rising: Evolution art by Sam Denmark

Hello, survivors! This is Eddy, with a peek into Dystopia Rising: Evolution, as well as the design process. After the Kickstarter, I added the concept of Flaws. If you’re a Storyteller / Storytelling veteran, these aren’t what you think. In DR:E, Flaws are effectively the same as Conditions, but they apply to Gear instead of characters.

See, one of the things I felt was important to DR:E was to keep the aesthetic that salvaged equipment is generally quirky and unreliable. The more I dug into the design, the more I realized that Gear should have Conditions all their own. That’s where Flaws came from. It also allowed me to rewrite some weird one-off rules and put them nicely into one space. So, here are the current (pre-edited) Flaw rules, to give you an idea of how this will look.

Once all the Milestones are completed, choose one additional Flaw. This is the item’s Fatal Flaw, and it is persistent — it can never be removed unless the item is completely destroyed and rebuilt. But if you ...READ MORE

Now Available: Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon in print

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Now available in print from DriveThruRPG: Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon!

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 ...READ MORE

A Collection of Scars [Deviant: The Renegades]

Deviant: The Renegades

Eric, here. Now that we’ve showcased some of the cool powers (Variations) that come with the Divergence, it’s time for a look at a few of the potential prices Deviants pay for their remarkable abilities: Scars.

Every Variation takes on the activation method of the Scar connected to (or “entangled” with) it. Variations entangled with Controlled Scars are Controlled Variations. Those entangled with Involuntary Scars are Involuntary Variations. Those entangled with Persistent Scars are Persistent Variations.

Concentration (• to •••••)

Keywords: Mental; Subtle; Repeatable

The Variation demands constant, intense concentration to maintain, and any distraction can cause it to fail or to get out of control – or make it impossible to activate in the first place.

At Magnitude •, whenever an unexpected surprise or other distraction causes the entangled Variation to shut down (or prevents her from activating it) in a way that creates a complication for the Deviant, the player may take a Beat.

At Magnitude ••, whenever the Remade suffers lethal (or aggravated) damage not caused by a Scar or Adaptation, whenever she Falters, or whenever she suffers the Stunned Tilt or the ...5 COMMENTS

Ab-solutely a Cover! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Today’s blog is going to be a bit different. It’s one of the rare Mondays we aren’t holding our weekly meeting, in that it’s the Labor Day holiday here in the US and a bunch of us are all over the place taking care of everything from finishing up conventions to driving a kid back to college.

So, while we still have our updates and all that, I don’t have a meeting’s worth of notes to share with you in some mutated form. Instead, I thought I’d selfishly take the opportunity to talk about one of my processes; specifically, the process I go through to design the look of one of our game line’s cover treatments.

In this case, I’m talking about the cover for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant.

To do that, we need to go back to when I was designing the overall look of the entire Trinity Continuum line. Sitting down and considering what direction to go with it, I made the a call to make sure the covers let folks know that they were part of a series, ...32 COMMENTS