Episode 127: An Interview with Klara Horskjær Herbøl and John Burke about V5 and RPG Development

Onyx Pathcast

In which Matthew interviews Klara and John about upcoming V5 books and their new experience of developing games, and Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew talk horror and They Came from Camp Murder Lake!

Dixie’s been gearing up for an election some of us are aware ofEddy has a new dog in the house!Matthew’s been listening to the “My Dad Wrote a Porno” podcast, on Dixie’s recommendationSeamless segue to our guestsKlara, John, and Matthew discuss Quentin TarantinoKlara and John’s experiences of the RPG development process and how it differs to writingKlara and Matthew talk about V5 Children of the BloodJohn and Matthew talk about V5 Forbidden ReligionsMatthew talks about V5 Trails of Ash and BoneKlara and John talk about dream RPG projectsKlara, John, and Matthew discuss They Came from Camp Murder Lake!Back to the podcast hosts, releasing Dixie and Eddy from their respective tombsThe hosts discuss horror movies at length, from Scream to The Stepfather (of course!) as we turn our attentions to They Came from Camp Murder Lake!

Links:

Ghost Hunters Kickstarter: http://kck.st/36EVsZJMy Dad Wrote a Porno: https://www.mydadwroteaporno.com/Kill Bill: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266697Inglourious Basterds: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361748/Jackie Brown: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119396/Cults ...READ MORE

Writing for Frostlands of Fenrilik

Scarred Lands

By Sarah L. Stewart

Several months ago I joined a team working on a new book for the Slarecian Vault. I was tasked with writing the bulk of the first three chapters of the Frostlands of Fenrilik. Those chapters introduce the setting and describe various backgrounds, locations, NPCs, story hooks, and encounters found on the far northern continent of Fenrilik in the Scarred Lands world setting. I was excited to participate on this project as it’s a great location in the Scarred Lands. Very little was said about it in the original Scarred Lands publications, giving us plenty of room to expand and enrich the setting.

I’ve been a Game Master for many, many years, but only been a professional writer for a handful. I’ve written many technical papers, but I know the Scarred Lands setting really well and felt confident that I could write about it. A bit back, Onyx Path published my first fantasy novel, set in the Scarred Lands. I started publishing on the Slarecian Vault at the beginning of this year with some small titles. Fenrilik was my ...3 COMMENTS

Now Available: Vigil Watch and Frostlands for Scarred Lands!

Realms of Pugmire, Sales, Scarred Lands, Scion, World of Darkness

Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: the Vigil Watch Chapter 5: The Festering Fields for Scarred Lands!

Ghelspad Expanded!

Ghelspad is a massive and diverse land. Once a paradise, this continent is now scarred by the ravages of the Titanswar. In the wake of divine bloodshed, and beset on all sides by titanspawn, the people of Ghelspad survive and thrive on this befouled continent. Vigil Watch explores six different locations across Ghelspad.

From the bloody shores of the Toe Islands in the east to the Sweltering Plains of the west, Vigil Watch provides an in-depth look at a variety of locales and cultures.

Vigil Watch Part Five details the Festering Fields, a wasteland corrupted by undeath and one of the most dangerous regions in the Scarred Lands!

Also available in PDF and print: Frostlands of Fenrilik, a new continent now available on the Slarecian Vault! See below for all our Fenrilik launch titles!

Adventure Awaits in the Frozen North

Frostlands of Fenrilik is an expansion for Scarred Lands 5e OGL that explores the frozen continent of Fenrilik. Known as the Roof of the World, Fenrilik is a massive frozen tundra filled ...1 COMMENT

Community Content Spotlight: Azukail’s Canis Minor Bundle

Realms of Pugmire

Eddy here! It’s been a couple of years since I last pored through the Canis Minor community content program for Realms of Pugmire, and there have been a lot of great stuff added in that time! One of the ones I want to spotlight is kind of a cheat, because it’s actually a bundle of the great “100” series of products: Azukail’s Canis Minor Bundle. Each of these small products give you 100 things — 100 books to find, 100 cats or dogs to meet, 100 rumors to hear — each divided between Pugmire and the Monarchies of Mau. I’m always a sucker for a chart full of plot seeds, because they make game prep really easy for me. Plus, these kinds of products are wonderful if the players deviate from the planned adventure. For less than ten bucks you can get nearly a hundred pages of story ideas!

I also like them because it shows that not every community content project needs to be elaborate to be useful. Definitely consider making some of your own Realms of Pugmire community content!

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There’s Something Strange, In the Neighborhood…[Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Of course, I’m talking about Halloween coming at the end of the week!

What did you think I was referring to?

Oh, of course – the same thing I’ve been talking about for the last month! The Deluxe 20th Anniversary World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters Kickstarter is now in it’s last week and it actually ends Saturday afternoon on Halloween!

So plenty of time to get in your last pledge boost and then change into your costume for Trick or Treating. Or, you know, you could play a game of WoD: Ghost Hunters using the complete text you’ll have received as a backer!

Which is actually a pretty big deal, because I’ve been reading some concerns from folks who backed our older Kickstarters like Wraith20 and they don’t seem to know that we’ve changed how we do our KSs now.

They don’t know that by the time the KS is over our backers will have the complete text – and that we can do that because the text is really complete. In fact, unless it’s a very different kind of Kickstarter (like for Dark Eras ...6 COMMENTS

Episode 126: Trinity Continuum, Part 2

Onyx Pathcast

In which Eddy runs part two of his Trinity Continuum game for Matthew and Dixie! Things go wrong at a police station — will the agents of Archangel manage to extract their team members from a false charge?

Animal CrossingNewspapers and doom scrolling

Links:

First session: http://theonyxpath.com/episode-122-trinity-part-1/Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/260788/Trinity-Continuum-Core-Rulebook?affiliate_id=548232Hacker Typer: https://hackertyper.net/Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPathOnyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpathOnyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk 3 COMMENTS

NPC Stat Blocks for Frostlands of Fenrilik, Part 2

Scarred Lands

By Sarah L. Stewart

Continued from NPC Stat Blocks for Frostlands of Fenrilik Part 1

Calculating Challenge Rating

Now, finally, I reached the hard and annoying part: running everything against the table in the DMG to calculate a Challenge Rating and make any needed adjustments.

The table is weird. For simple monsters / NPCs you pick a CR for the creature and then go across for their stats. Here’s what it looks like from CR 4-8, the range I expected my NPC stat block to fall in:

CRProficiency BonusArmor ClassHit Points rangeAttack BonusDamage / RoundSave DC4+214116–130+527–32145+315131–145+633–38156+315146–160+639–44157+315161–175+645–50158+316176–190+751–5616

The second and third values (Armor Class and Hit Points) determine the creature’s Defensive Challenge Rating. The Attack Bonus and Damage (or Save DC for spell casters) set the creature’s Offensive Challenge Rating. The Creature’s CR is the average of the two.

Based on what I’d done so far, my custom ranger NPC stat block’s results were:

Proficiency Bonus +3 (for being 7th level, although this can change if the CR changes) = CR 5-8AC 14 (with leather armor) = CR 47d8+7 Hit Dice (which is 5.5 * 7 = 38.5 Hit ...READ MORE

Now Available: Lunars Screen + Map, plus Halloween Sale!

Exalted, Sales, Scarred Lands, Scion, World of Darkness

Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: the Lunars Storyteller Screen for Exalted 3rd Edition!

Shapeshifters, monster-heroes, divine apex predators — the Lunar Exalted are all these and more.

Once they reigned over the First Age alongside the Solars, but in this fallen era, ten thousand Dragon-Blooded sit upon Creation’s stolen throne. The Lunars of the Silver Pact wage war against the Realm, stemming the tide of its imperialist expansion and bleeding away its strength.

Also available in PDF and Image: Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Map for Exalted 3rd Edition!

Shapeshifters, monster-heroes, divine apex predators — the Lunar Exalted are all these and more.

Once they reigned over the First Age alongside the Solars, but in this fallen era, ten thousand Dragon-Blooded sit upon Creation’s stolen throne. The Lunars of the Silver Pact wage war against the Realm, stemming the tide of its imperialist expansion and bleeding away its strength.

This digital edition is a map of Creation from the Lunars perspective – with additional emphasis on The Caul.

Sales

The Halfoween Sale continues on IPR, with 50% off Chronicles of Darkness prestige edition releases until November 1st, ...READ MORE

Community Content Spotlight: The Grays

They Came From Beneath The Sea!

Hi all, Matthew Dawkins here! It’s been a real joy for me to see people creating community content for They Came from Beneath the Sea!, and it’s easy to do, with the template all set up for you to download from the Storypath Nexus.

I wanted to throw a little spotlight over to some of the excellent work by one of our prolific, talented creators, Travis Legge. He’s released more than one product for Beneath the Sea!, but this one is a new kind of threat a lot of you will know from alien invasion movies of the 1950s all the way through to the X-Files, at which point this particular antagonist felt a little bit over-exposed: The Grays.

Travis has presented the Grays in their mould as “People of Earth, we come in peace”, while secretly harbouring aims of invasion. He’s written a couple of very useable story hooks to go along with them (which you can base an entire adventure around), and really displayed a great level of competency when it comes to the Storypath System, as he presents ...2 COMMENTS

GhOOOOOOst Haunters, er, Hunters! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

We’re almost two weeks into the Deluxe WoD20th: Ghost Hunters Kickstarter and it’s getting into the looong plateau before it’s finale on Halloween, October 31st.

What interesting with this KS is that we seem to be surprising folks with what material is being revealed to backers. One backer is interested in the Arcanum. It’s mentioned in there.

Another, the Benandanti and Necromancy.

In there.

Today someone noted Numina in the revealed text, and Matthew mentioned that the team used a lot of the previous WoD material, including WoD: Sorcerer.

So if you still aren’t sure, and/or you haven’t backed one of our KSs for a few years, please do be aware that we have the complete text and are revealing it throughout the course of this Kickstarter. It’s what we do with our KSs now, and means that if you back the project you will be able to see whether you’re favorite stuff is in there.

(And with this team of creators there’s a really solid chance that it will be, as they love working in past WoD material and probably know that ...29 COMMENTS