Evolutionary Paths [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Dystopia Rising: Evolution illustration by Jonothan Reed


Every once in a while, I need to take a week’s worth of this blog and do kind of an Onyx Path Publishing primer.

Just go through our history, who we are, and how and why we do what we do. Usually this sort of “Who the Hell is Onyx Path?” blog is necessitated by external forces; by an influx of questions or misapprehensions here or on other bits of our social media.

And this is no exception.

This installment is brought to you by the letter V and the number 5, in fact.

The recent release of White Wolf‘s Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (v5) has increased the number of folks stopping by here – hi, nice to see ya! – and with WW planning to continue to push further into new venues and media, I’m not thinking we’re going to see less folks confused by who we are and how we relate to White Wolf and V5.

And it is totally understandable that who we are and what we do is not obvious, particularly if you ...21 COMMENTS

Episode 15: Gen Con 2018 Retrospective

Onyx Pathcast

In which the Terrible Trio talk about their Gen Con experience * Since our normal recording solution was acting wonky, we switched to Skype. As a result, Eddy is a bit quiet in parts. * Playing (and running) demos at the show * They Came from Beneath the Sea demos (also, obligatory wrestling reference) * Pugmire demos and lizard society * More about Pirates of Pugmire * Dixie asks a burning question about bird arms * Demigod and more about Scion * More about Mummy the Curse 2e * Updates on other Chronicles of Darkness games * More about M20 Victorian Mage * More about Chicago by Night (and Vampire Fifth Edition overall) * We talk about Dixie’s love of the Lasombra * More about Dystopia Rising: Evolution * Harry and Izzy’s shrimp cocktails * We talk about inclusion and diversity * ENnie Award Ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UiAhyIBK9c  * Obligatory Sailor Moon reference


Fiction Friday: Scion: Origin


Presenting “Apple,” written by the inimitable Kieron Gillen, from the upcoming Scion: Origin.

Everyone liked Donnie. They always liked him.

Donnie served the girl her cappuccino. She glanced down, and her eyes widened in delight. Written in the froth, in perfect foam writing, was the word “Brittany.”

“How did you know my name?”

Donnie shrugged a sculpted shoulder. “When you walked in the door, I just looked at you and thought… there’s a Brittany.” He unleashed his matinee-idol smile for a second. “Was I right?” Her cheeks reddened as she looked down at her drink and then, with a calm determination, raised her gaze.

“This isn’t a thing I’d normally do but…” she said, “do you want my number?”

“I’m sorry. I’ve got a girlfriend,” said Donnie, who didn’t.

This wasn’t enough to stop her. She pushed a business card across the counter. “Well, if you ever don’t have a girlfriend, call me.” She gave him a smile that made him suspect she wanted Donnie to call her, girlfriend or not, and left.

Donnie examined the card. Brittany was a model. He could have guessed. She was, by any ...3 COMMENTS

The People of the Labyrinth [Cavaliers of Mars]

Cavaliers of Mars

The rumors are many and varied. Cannibal tribes run by a magical woman, people who can create water out of nothing, glowing plants and animals that give any who eat them mystical powers. I’m going to find out for myself what lies in the Labyrinth of Night once and for all.

– The last entry in the diary of Diokel, explorer

Soon after the First Martians disappeared, as the Red Martians made their way across the planet to settle cities, a group of voyagers made their way into the Wyeth Valley. They did not make contact with the Wyeth, but instead traveled far to the northernmost tip of the canyon, a place where the sun cannot reach, and found a wondrous landscape of luminous flora and fauna. They built a city there and lived in a perpetual twilight within the glowing cavern. As the years passed and the city became prosperous, trade between the Red Martians and the Wyeth flourished, despite the Wyeth’s misgivings about the Reds living so close to their homeland.

One night a bright light fell from the sky and ...READ MORE

Now Available: Wraith Guild Journals!

Mage: The Ascension, Sales, Scarred Lands, Vampire: The Masquerade, Wraith: The Oblivion

Now available on our RedBubble store: Hardcover Guild Journals for Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition!

There are countless ways of tracking the events of your life, especially with the advent of digital records and social media. But all that comes to an end once you’ve died. How will you keep track of what happens after death? Let these hardcover journals help!

These blank journals come in 13 varieties, one for each of the major Guilds. The interior pages come in your choice of lined, grid, or blank pages.

Guild Art: Artificers (journal) Guild Art: Chanteurs (journal) Guild Art: Harbingers (journal) Guild Art: Haunters (journal) Guild Art: Masquers (journal) Guild Art: Monitors (journal) Guild Art: Oracles (journal) Guild Art: Pardoners (journal) Guild Art: Proctors (journal) Guild Art: Puppeteers (journal) Guild Art: Sandmen (journal) Guild Art: Spooks (journal) Guild Art: Usurers (journal) Sales

Until the end of August, all Werewolf20 and Mage20 products on Indie Press Revolution are 40% off while supplies last!

Kickstarter Update

Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit:

Scion: Scion 2nd Edition (Origin and Hero) Trinity Continuum: Trinity Continuum (core rules and Trinity Continuum: Æon) Cavaliers of Mars: ...READ MORE

Book of Oblivion [Wraith: The Oblivion]

Wraith: The Oblivion


Matthew Dawkins here, to talk a little about Book of Oblivion for Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition! The writing of this book proceeds apace, as we endeavor to include new Arcanoi, provide fresh looks at antagonists, make environmental horror a real thing (especially in the Underworld), and give new coverage to heretofore only mentioned Necropoli and Kingdoms the world over.

It’s an exciting time to be on a Wraith book.

Honestly, one of the things I love about working on Wraith is the ability to provide deeper and darker coverage of material left fallow in its previous editions. Lacking a Revised edition, we have a lot of ground we can cover, and the Book of Oblivion seeks to address some gaps while adding brand new material most of you won’t expect.

Do you want an example? While the Guilds are still at the forefront of Hierarchy life in the Shadowlands, we wanted more organizations and clubs wraiths might belong to. Here’s Clayton Oliver’s Maelstrom Bureau and a piece on how Reapers target ...10 COMMENTS

Gen (Pros and) Cons [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Hi, everybody!

It’s good to be back after a week away post-Gen Con. So I’m going to tell you a little bit of what went on there, from my point-of-view, of course, but I’m also going to intersperse some quotes from some of our Onyx Path folks who were there helping us.

Of course, the first big thing we announced there was that we’re publishing Chicago By Night for Vampire 5th Edition!

We actually did feel kinda bad that we couldn’t tell you about it sooner, in that we do try and keep our inner workings pretty transparent for all of you. This was one of those times where the nature of working with White Wolf on this made it impossible to reveal it until the con. Their efforts and emphasis had to be on getting V5 out as promised, so we put our efforts towards getting V5 Chicago By Night written.

And as you see it mysteriously appear already in Redlines in the Progress Report below, you’ll realize we’ve been rolling on this for a while. Right now, we expect to have the ...36 COMMENTS

Special Episode Two: What’s Up With Onyx Path (Gen Con 2018)

Onyx Pathcast

In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy present a recording of our “What’s Up with Onyx Path” panel. But will their sanity survive low audio quality and recording software issues?

* Intro, and we talk about the audio quality and the applause next door * Rich introduces the panel, and talks about the stuff that’s not specific to games * Changeover in process and staff over the past year * Rich is on the board of the Bodhana Group * iThrive and the Critical Strengths Engine * Rich has to go, leaving us in charge * Matt McElroy talks about fiction and distribution * Community Content programs * Talking about the Onyx Pathcast while recording for the Pathcast! Pathcastception! * Matthew talks about World of Darkness * Chicago By Night for Vampire 5th Edition * Mage 20th updates: Book of the Fallen, Guide to the Technocracy, Victorian Mage * Wraith 20th updates: Book of Oblivion * Changeling 20th updates: C20 Player’s Guide * Dixie and Matthew talk about Chronicles of Darkness * Innocents Second Edition * Mummy the Curse Second Edition * Exalted updates: Lunars, Heirs of the Shogunate, Sidereals * Scion, guest-starring Neall Price * Some initial ideas about Scion: ...8 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition

Mage: The Ascension

Today’s sample comes from “No Fear is There for the Wide-Awake,” the introductory fiction to Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition.

If, with perceptions polluted, one speaks or acts, Thence suffering follows As a wheel the draught-ox’s foot. — The Dhammapada, Chapter I: The Pairs, Verse 1


There’s a boy on a boat in a purple sky, where the air flashes like catastrophic dragons and a patch-eyed man lays a heavy hand on that boy’s shoulder and tells him This is where the world dies, son.

…but this isn’t the way it happened at all…

From the edge of the boat, I gaze into the Abyss. I’d like to think it gazes back, but all I feel is vast indifference. This, then, is the legacy of truth: Everything I have known, was a lie.

“Johnny!” cries the Patch-Man, his black boots gleaming with the ending of our world. I refuse to answer him. If this is where it ends, or starts, I want to be alone when it does.

But the Patch-Man grabs me by the arm so hard I feel things break inside. His familiar face ripples ...1 COMMENT

Just D&D With Dogs [Realms of Pugmire]


Eddy returns with the latest “Claws & Effect”:

Last post, I talked about the number one question I get about Pugmire (“Can I play as my favorite breed?”). Today, I want to cover the other side — my number one criticism. Time and again I’ll wade into a forum thread or Facebook post about Pugmire, and someone will say “Oh, that’s just D&D with dogs.” And that’s both right and wrong.

Yes, it’s based on the d20 OGL used for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons. And unlike some OGL-based games, the surface layer (what I call the “output”) looks and acts a lot like 5e D&D. But the mechanics that drive the game (what I call the “engine”) are distinctly different. I tend to call it a “streamlined” version of 5e, but even that’s not entirely right. I’ve spent a lot of time challenging core assumptions, adapting new ideas, and seeing how each piece impacts the others. For example, rather than having a pre-constructed set of abilities, I presented a series of options so players can pick and choose the ...READ MORE