Episode 61: Operating at Top Capacity with Matt McElroy

Onyx Pathcast

In which Eddy and Dixie interview Matt McElroy, Onyx Path’s Operations Manager and long-time employee of DriveThruRPG and DriveThruComics.

Our middle namesMatt’s start with DriveThruComicsThe history of print-on-demandAll sorts of interesting experimentsHow we package RPGs, and the iPadThe move to Onyx PathKickstartersDistribution and shippingWhat Operations coversConvention strategy and Gen ConCommunity contentBringing old games backMatthew trains zombiesBut seriously, shipping is awfulSome chatting about art notes


Flames Rising: flamesrising.comDriveThruComics: drivethrucomics.comDriveThruFiction: drivethrufiction.comOnyx Path at DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4261/Onyx-Path-PublishingEXXXalted: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/61015/ExXxalted-Scroll-of-Swallowed-Darkness-CensoredSlices of Fate: https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product_info.php?products_id=97917&affiliate_id=4451Indie Press Revolution: https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/home.phpStudio 2: https://studio2publishing.com/ 2 COMMENTS

Now Available: The Realm in print!

Exalted, Sales, Trinity Continuum: Aberrant

Now available in print from DriveThruRPG: The Realm for Exalted 3rd Edition!

From the chaos of the Dragon-Blooded Shogunate’s collapse arose the Scarlet Empress, hero-tyrant and founder of the Realm.

In the centuries since her ascendancy, the Scarlet Realm has become Creation’s foremost imperial power. Kingdoms and city-states across Creation look toward the Blessed Isle at the world’s center and bow in submission to the authority of the Scarlet Throne, the might of the Imperial legions, and the doctrine of the Immaculate Order. The Great Houses of the Scarlet Dynasty, Dragon-Blooded descendants of the Empress, scheme against each other and vie for power. Now, the Empress is gone, and the Realmís future will be forged by the deeds of heroes.

The Realm expands on the history, politics, culture, law, and economics of Creation’s greatest and most terrible empire. It details the Realm’s governmental institutions: the Thousand Scales ministries, the Deliberative, the magistracy, and the All-Seeing Eye military, and its state religion, the Immaculate Order.

It also provides an in-depth look at the lands that make up the Realm, both its heart on the Blessed Isle, ...3 COMMENTS

Pow, Pow, Pow, Ow! The Sequel! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

This week is indeed a sequel of sorts, as I follow up on a variety of topics I mentioned last week. Sometimes as clarification, sometimes to give you more info, and sometimes because I just want to mention it again.

Like the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter that is kicking butt and taking names and is over 200% funded as we approach the end of week two. Like I said last week, it is just so great that our existing long-time fans are as excited about bringing back this legendary game as we are!

Of course, I do want to mention this week a couple of things about the KS, and maybe more the KS process that I think backers and potential backers might find it worth considering.

First, this is a reboot or re-imagining of the Aberrant setting as well as using the Storypath rules. It’s not a sequel or just a port of the old stuff onto Storypath. The designers had several goals they needed to hit, like making the system actually work this time, advancing the setting in both time and ...7 COMMENTS


Onyx Pathcast

Episode 60: Errata and Playtesting In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy discuss the importance of good errata and playtesting! (this episode is a lot more interesting than it looks on paper!)

Dramatic introductions!How errata was treated in the past (supplementary PDFs, inclusion in subsequent books, etc.)How we handle errata now, with wonderful forms and spreadsheets!How the change in errata processes has affected us as developersForeign languages and font set issuesSmart punctuationThe best way to write errata you want to submit (don’t assume designer intent!)The value of having dedicated fans submitting detailed errataDisney via errata?How to spell “cemetery”Please don’t tell us to “die”Errata can be thought-provoking and make us reevaluate contentHow easy should it be to kill zombies in Dystopia Rising: Evolution?The importance of playtest dataHow to assemble strong playtest dataHow Cinematic cards emerged from playtesting of They Came from Beneath the Sea!Stunts in AGE and StorypathBuilding a spellbook in Mage: The AscensionA rapid wind-up!

Links: Dark Ages British Isles: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/1484/Dark-Ages-British-Isles Giovanni Chronicles: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/2288/Giovanni-Chronicles-I-The-Last-Supper Pugmire: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204313/Pugmire-Core-Rulebook Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/94815/Vampire-The-Masquerade-20th-Anniversary-Edition Pet Sematary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Sematary All Flesh Must be Eaten: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/627/All-Flesh-Must-be-Eaten-Revised Dystopia Rising Evolution: Backerkit: https://dystopia-rising-evolution.backerkit.com/ They Came from Beneath the ...READ MORE

Now Available: Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon

Sales, Scarred Lands, Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, Werewolf: The Forsaken

Now available in advance PDF from DriveThruRPG: Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon for Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition!

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 ...READ MORE

Pow, Pow, Pow, Ow! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Yeah, the above art is pretty much us, dealing with Kickstarter shipping.

I’ll get back to that later, but right now, YAY! for our Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter that funded in less than a day! Right now we’re blasting through the Stretch Goals as noted below in the Kickstarter section of the Blurbs!

Thanks so much for everyone supporting this KS, we’ve had some great comments and ongoing conversations there, with all kinds of fantastic ideas for how folks can enjoy TC: Aberrant. That’s really one of the best parts of using a crowd-funding platform: the energy and ideas that backers share with each other and all of us.

Now, at the beginning, there were a bunch of concerns voiced about the cost of International Shipping, and I would like to poke at that just a bit here, because some folks are moving from “Yikes, that’s expensive!” to “You’re out to get us.”

The former being totally understandable – and my reaction, too, when getting those costs from our shipper – and the latter one…not so much.

Particularly because I made the decision to ...25 COMMENTS

Episode 59: A Super Interview with Steve Kenson

Onyx Pathcast

In which Eddy and Dixie interview Steve Kenson about his career and his work on Trinity Continuum: Aberrant!

Dixie decides not to abandon EddyBack to being comfortable with completely blowing the introEddy introduces Steve flawlessly. FLAWLESSY.Steve started with Shadowrun 2nd Ed on the GEnie NetworkWorking with FASA and quitting his day jobAccidentally becoming “the super hero guy”Hero Games was somewhat responsible for Mutants & MastermindsMore chat about Blue RoseAberrant’s queer content and “Divis Mal has arms?!”Trying a new development processRebooting Aberrant and updating its original late 90s cynicismThe role of media in AberrantStorypath design challengesSidestepping the “preserve the status quo” problem of other superhero gamesMatthew gets obsessed with KalamazooWriting for another creator’s favorite characterWe guess on how well the Aberrant Kickstarter is doing


Aberrant Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/trinity-continuum-aberrant/Steve’s website: https://www.stevekenson.comBlue Rose: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/203007/Blue-Rose-The-AGE-RPG-of-Romantic-FantasyIcons Rogues: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/279116/ICONS-RoguesThe Expanse: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/268471/The-Expanse-Roleplaying-GameExtraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202186/The-Extraordinary-Adventures-of-Baron-MunchausenExtra Credits – Bleed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=sELpk0khx74 4 COMMENTS

Now Available: C20 Player’s Guide and Stickers

Changeling: The Dreaming, Sales, Scarred Lands

Now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: the Changeling: The Dreaming Player’s Guide for Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition!

Autumn Leaves Tumble Down

The Dreaming is a vast and ever-changing place, especially in the turbulent time of the Evanescence. New dreams take shape as Winter winds howl outside the windows and Glamour fights to bring light and warmth to a world where hearts go cold even as temperatures rise. Changelings everywhere must make a dangerous choice – unite and stand together against the rising dark… or take what they can for themselves and hope to rule from the shadows.

Winter Winds Are Rising

This all-new Changeling: The Dreaming Player’s Guide features:

A new form of playable chimera: the enigmatic LyciansIn-depth exploration of lands and new kiths from around the worldAdd a gameplay edge to political chronicles with the new Agendas systemRules for creating highly customized Banner HousesA first-ever look at playing Síocháin, the elusive fae immortalsSecret societies to add mystery and intrigue to any chronicleA deep dive into the culture and inner workings of the Shadow Court Updated Arts: Tale-Craft and InfusionAnd much, much ...1 COMMENT

Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter launched!

Press Releases, Trinity Continuum: Aberrant

In the early years of the 21st century, the Galatea space station unexpectedly exploded. People across the globe began manifesting the ability to control quantum forces. Scientists hail them as Homo sapiens novus, a new evolution of humanity. The media dubs them novas, the superheroes for a new age. Of course, heroism isn’t for everyone. What would you do with the power of a god?

Trinity Continuum: Aberrant is the newest setting ready to be explored on the Trinity Continuum timeline. Set in the near future, Trinity Continuum: Aberrant depicts a world just beyond tomorrow, in the year 2028. The Trinity Continuum: Aberrant setting allows for a variety of playstyles, from four-color action and space exploration, to political intrigue and deniable top-secret operations.

>> Join the Kickstarter here! <<


Look At The Fire, Man! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Of course the big news is that we’re starting the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter campaign tomorrow, Tuesday July 2nd, at 2pm Eastern US time. And above is one of the pieces of artwork; this one featuring the dramatic moment when Randel Portman manifested his powers. Becoming then, The Fireman – the first known Nova (Aberrant).

Just one Word of Warning about the KS: as of the time I’m writing this, we are still waiting for the OK from Kickstarter after their review of the site. Certainly, we don’t expect issues after 30+ KSs, but if they don’t green-light this in time – just keep an eye out on our social media for when it will be live!

And while I’m at it, please note that you’ll need the Trinity Continuum: Core book in order to play TC: Aberrant, and we’ll have options for how you can include that with your rewards. We’re also going to give backers links for the finished TC: Core character creation chapter and the TC: Core Jumpstart along with the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant preview text released during the ...30 COMMENTS