Fiction Friday: It Happened to Me, Part 3 [Changeling: The Lost 2e]

Changeling: The Lost

(A day later than anticipated, apologies. I blame the Hedge.) Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition can be purchased on DriveThruRPG.


“Pop art is about liking things, June. Why can’t you just like things?”

She threw a decorative museum-store pillow at me. “Warhol was just dodging. I think he liked trying to get interviewers to put words in his mouth. Like it was more fun for them to invent an opinion for him.” The cashier rolled her eyes and pointedly looked at the pillow lying on the ground. I picked it up and pretended to be fascinated by the certificate of authenticity. Hand-crafted, disenfranchised women, traditional techniques, something something organic. We both knew I wasn’t going to buy it, but now it was my responsibility to put away.

“Look, can we go home yet? It’s Peter’s turn to make dinner, and he’s the only one of us who can actually cook. I want to know what culinary treasures await us if we make it back on time.”

“God, you’re like a baby bird, Michael. Constantly hungry, helpless at taking care of yourself.”

I ruffled my feathers slightly. “I can cook, I’m just not an Artist. Besides, Wendy puts him in charge when she’s going ...READ MORE

Episode 39: What we look for in Writers

Onyx Pathcast

In which Matthew and Eddy discuss the skills they look for in freelance writers.

Where’s Dixie?Diverse VoicesFinding the right voice for the gameVoice in Pugmire vs. voice in VampireVoice in Vampire: The Masquerade vs. voice in Vampire: The RequiemSpaces around emdashesHow clean should a first draft be?The strength of collaborationMatthew’s high standards – he’s a benevolent tyrantSpeaking to the developer and asking for aid when needed / ProactivityMeeting up with the developer and co-writersUnsolicited advice vs. strong collaborationDon’t try to become the developer when hired as a writerSwapping assignmentsGetting the most from redlinesRead other writers’ draftsWriting without shameRead the required writing!Research and writeWhere to find us on social mediaCome back, Dixie!

Links: Chicago by Night on Backerkit: Pugmire on DriveThruRPG: Monarchies of Mau on DriveThruRPG:


Contorting your Continuum [Trinity Continuum]

News, Trinity Continuum

Hey, nerds. As Miracle Mike Chaney is inputting Trinity Continuum errata, I thought I’d take a minute to talk a bit more about the Continuum in general and the setting of the TC core in particular.

With the Allegiances, we wanted to cover a wide array of different sub-genres within the wider action-adventure genre. If you’d like to play heist stories, Les Fantômes should tickle your fancy. If you like stories where a variety of skilled individuals are assembled by a mysterious overseer to accomplish certain tasks, we’ve got the Lightkeepers for that.

December 13, 1795: EXTRAORDINARY STONE Falls from Atmosphere – Lands at Wold Newton Cottage. Proof of Existence of Extra-Terrestrial Matter?

My goal with the Trinity Continuum — at least, the core setting — was to set up a sort of “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” setting: a setting where all works of fiction (or at least, the non-magical ones) co-exist. There’s a lot of ways you can approach this, based on the needs of your own game.

August 3, 1997: Cyber Division of Einsystems, Inc. set to launch Global Defense Digital Network. ...7 COMMENTS

Now Available: Lost Journals and Condition Cards!

Changeling: The Lost, News, Sales

Now available from DriveThruRPG: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Condition Cards!

Part of the Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition rules, Conditions add an additional layer of consequence and reward to certain actions in the Chronicles of Darkness. Various things within the course of a game can cause Conditions. These include exceptional successes, supernatural abilities, and really any situation where the Storyteller thinks they can be used to heighten the drama of a game.

These Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition Condition Cards are a handy and elegant way to keep track of and incorporate Conditions into your Chronicle with each of the cards featuring a single Condition.

Also available from our RedBubble store: Changeling: The Lost Hardcover Court Journals. These journals are filled with blank pages (your choice of lined, grid, or full blank) for you to fill with character notes, chronicle notes, sketches, or whatever else you fancy.

Winter Court (journal)Spring Court (journal)Summer Court (journal)Autumn Court (journal) Kickstarter Update

Our Kickstarter for a deluxe version of the upcoming Lunars: Fangs at the Gate for Exalted 3rd Edition launched yesterday and is now live! Exalted fans managed to hit our goal in a mere 39 minutes!

We’re currently sitting at ...1 COMMENT

Kickstarter for Lunars: Fangs at the Gate is live!


The Kickstarter for a deluxe leatherette edition of the upcoming Lunars: Fangs at the Gate for Exalted 3rd Edition is now live!

The Lunar Exalted are Creation’s divine apex predators, monster-heroes chosen by Luna to hunt and prey upon the enemies of the gods in the Divine Revolution. Like their divine patron, the Lunars are puissant shapeshifters, devouring the forms of their human and animal prey and making these a part of their own nature. The Lunar Exalted are creatures of boundaries and transgression — the boundaries between hero and monster, between devil and saint, between civilization and wilderness, between the mortal world and the divine. They stand on whichever side of the boundaries they please, and cross between them with unmatched ease. A Lunar who embraces the power and freedom of becoming an untamed monster need not sacrifice her humanity; a Lunar who devotes herself to living among mortals and protecting them need not abandon the freedom of running wild and untamed.

Lunars: Fangs at the Gate is a core expansion for the Exalted tabletop roleplaying game. Exalted 3rd Edition is set in a mythic world where spirits ...2 COMMENTS

Vigilant, Voiced

Scarred Lands

Our own Matthew Dawkins, the Gentleman Gamer of yore, has been reading through our new Scarred Lands novel, Vigilant: Through Shadow and Dreams on our YouTube channel. Here are what’s been posted thus far:

Vigilant: Prologue Vigilant: Chapter One

Would you like to see (or, more accurately, hear) more Onyx Path novels and anthologies in audiobook format? Let us know below!


It’s a Marvelous Week for a Moondance! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Yep! This is one of the full page pieces of art (by Gunship Revolution) for Lunars: Fangs at the Gate, the next Exalted 3rd Edition “fatsplat” book that we’re Kickstarting starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2pm Eastern US time.

Looking back at the last two blog posts, let me refer to this Lunars Kickstarter to illustrate some of the ways we’re approaching Kickstarter and book sales now.

1- The text is already written. A lot of the time when our KSs ran way past the estimated date, it was because of writing and/or rewriting the text. That was mostly based on the expectations and aims of Kickstarter from way back when we started, when the creation of the project was part of the whole KS thing. Now, we know better, and with very few exceptions we only KS after the text is finished.

2- The text is going out to backers in sections during the KS. This is a by-product of having the words all written: we can share them with our backers. We prefer to do this is sections throughout the KS so ...22 COMMENTS

Episode 38: The Prolific John Snead!

Onyx Pathcast

In which Dixie and Eddy talk to John Snead about his long and varied career. Seriously, he’s done so much.

We are not the Green Ronin podcast!The intimacy of the RPG industryDixie and Eddy fight for legend statusKilling people with kindnessRedlining and whether green is a rude colorJohn’s start with Lion RampantBlue Rose first editionThe freelance life vs a career in cultural anthropologyWorking on and developing Trinity Continuum: AeonAdding and updating representationExcited about sci-fiEclipse PhaseChangeling the LostMage the AwakeningTurning down work and doing small workloadsWriting magic systemsAwkward silence!Writing Exalted charms and rolling lots of diceWriting fiction and hiding your inspirationHow the industry is changingShout out to Danielle Lauzon!History of the Storypath systemJohn wants to work on his own gamesWe discuss putting Matthew in a boxMore John stuff we didn’t even get toToying with the idea of repeat guestsWe’re close to our 50th episode!


There are just SO MANY projects, so here’s a link to all of John Snead’s work on DriveThruRPG: on Backerkit:

Also, a list of all the magic systems John worked on: 1 Ars Magica 3e: Shamans – Shamanism 1 ...2 COMMENTS

Claws & Effect: Fortune, pt 1 [Realms of Pugmire]


Fortune Markers for Pugmire by Jeff Laubenstein

Today I want to dig into a specific mechanic: Fortune.

If you’ve played either Pugmire or Monarchies of Mau, you know how this works. Each story, you start off with two Fortune in the Fortune bowl. Players experience setbacks or play into their personality traits to add Fortune to the bowl, and anyone in the party can ask to take a Fortune from the bowl. If no one says “no,” the Fortune is removed and the person using Fortune can reroll the die or modify the world in some small way.

I like Fortune because it’s a good example of a mechanic that works better through use than through explanation. Let me digress a bit: As a designer, I prefer to underwrite rules instead of overwriting them. “Underwritten” rules are rules that don’t spell out every possible permutation nor heavily explain why they work the way they do, whereas “overwritten” rules explain everything and often force the players into specific, channels. Whether a rule falls on one side or another is fairly subjective, and both approaches have their ...2 COMMENTS

Now Available: Deluxe Beckett’s, Deluxe Changeling20, and more

Changeling: The Dreaming, Sales, Vampire: The Masquerade

Now available for order from our partners at Indie Press Revolution: Beckett’s Jyhad Diary Deluxe Edition!

It’s ever been a loaded word among vampires. Jyhad is in force everywhere from lofty, perfumed Elysium to cloying, smoke-filled blood feasts. Jyhad’s the eternal game played by elders, Methuselahs, and worse — it’s the agenda of beings so utterly beyond humanity, one such as yourself could scarcely understand its movements. 

Luckily for you, you’ve picked up a copy of my diary. With my help you may just take a step on the first rung of understanding. Information worth having is information you must earn through blood, and oh, how I’ve bled for what’s contained within these pages. 

— Beckett 

Beckett’s Jyhad Diary serves as the definitive book of setting and plot for Vampire: The Masquerade, containing 30 chapters spanning different geographical regions, encountering vampires of every clan, profiling obscure and profound segments of the mythology, and providing countless story hooks on every page. 

Masterfully written by the likes of Neall Raemonn Price, Joshua Alan Doetsch, Myranda Sarro, Steffie de Vaan, Malcolm Sheppard, Alan Alexander, Renee Knipe, and Matthew Dawkins, Beckett’s Jyhad Diary is as ...READ MORE