The Deviant KS Stands Alone! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Yes, we’re down to the last few days of the Deviant: The Renegades Kickstarter campaign, and backers have been talking full-time with developer Eric Zawadzki about all the options contained in the previews AND in the Stretch Goal projects. It’s been really great seeing folks come up with how popular (and unpopular, for that matter) characters in various media can be replicated in Deviant.

There’s been a ton of them, and it’s just awesome how flexible the character creation section is! Dave Brookshaw’s extensive process and playtesting is really paying off with a system that absolutely shines.

So, c’mon! Check it out while we’re still rolling and if you pledge you’ll be getting those sweet Stretch Goal projects as well as Deviant itself with your pledge!

And while Deviant is the last KS standing right now, our joint Creature Collection KS with Handiwork Games ended over the weekend with a satisfying amount that’s over 400% our funding amount, a great number of backers, and a fantastic 224 pages (we started with 160).

A huge round of thanks and appreciation to Handiwork and Jon and ...9 COMMENTS

Onyx Path and Pugsteady Partner with DriveThruRPG for Phone PDF

Press Releases announced this week that the Phone PDF, a new format designed specifically for handheld mobile devices, is now available. At the RPG gaming table, while game masters are likely to have a laptop or tablet nearby, an increasingly large number of gamers use their phones for quick reference.

Typical game manuals and comic books in standard PDF format use the same page size and pagination as printed hard copy editions. That format works well on tablets and monitors, but normal PDFs are not well suited to phone-sized screens.

In early 2019, DriveThruRPG worked closely with Onyx Path Publishing to create the Pugmire Phone PDF – which you can download FREE today! According to Onyx Path developer Monica Valentinelli, the Pugmire phone PDF format is 720 pages long and includes quick links on every page for ease of use. In addition to the Table of Contents, for example, added section menus allow for ways to reference rules and other important information necessary to play the game.

Curious about Phone PDFs? Visit DriveThruRPG’s Customer Knowledge Base to learn more about Phone PDFs, including recommended ...2 COMMENTS

Episode 73: An Editorial Interview

Onyx Pathcast

In which Dixie and Eddy interview Maria Cambone, one of our editors, about editing, how she got started, and sticky babies.

Eddy doesn’t support Dixie’s bitInterview Song!What Maria has done for workWe’re all nerds!How she got started with us.We’re all support classes.Eddy is a MethuselahMaria helped on PugmireMaria is working on Vampire!Ugly, sticky babiesCompanies whose values align with yoursFeedbackWe’re not perfect!Outros are sadDeviant Kickstarter!Creeping at cons

Links: Pugmire: Onyx Path Twitch: PDXCon: SAVE Against Fear: Onyx Path Discord: Deviant: The Renegades Kickstarter:


Claws & Effect: Pugmire’s Callings [Realms of Pugmire]


Designing the callings for Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, and Pirates of Pugmire was an interesting challenge. My goal with the games was to be a nostalgic reinvention of classic fantasy gaming, so some form of “class” was necessary. But I also wanted them to be evocative of this new world I was creating.

Early on, I decided a couple ground rules:

Each calling would key off two attributes. It would have been easy to tie each calling to one primary attribute, but I felt two gave each calling more depth. Since tricks are picked and refined by player choice instead of a built-in progression, it meant that following one of two rough “paths” could lead to different expressions of the same core calling idea.I wanted six in each core rulebook. Not only did this pair well with the six attributes, but six is generally the number of players I have in my games. I wanted each player to have the opportunity to play something cool.

Let’s look at how well I did!

Pugmire was the first book, and at the time possibly the only ...READ MORE

Now Available: Witch-Queen and Pugmire Phone PDF

Cavaliers of Mars, Pugmire, Sales

Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: Witch-Queen of the Shadowed Citadel for Cavaliers of Mars!

The exiled queen dwells deep in the Labyrinth of Night. She is Yazora, witch-warlord of Venus, and though she has built a cathedral city to her own glory, her very palace imprisons her. The heroes could free her, and her wish to travel Mars with them is sincere… but her power is unfathomable, and her courtiers love her too dearly to let her go.

And as you might expect, it’s all going to go to hell at a splendid party.


New locations in the Labyrinth of Night and the Shadowed Citadel, each with characters and plot hooks.A complete adventure featuring several factions with both parallel and conflicting goals, all set at a party to make Nero swoon.The new Bond rules, attaching heroes to supporting cast and guiding the flow of the adventure.

Also available: the Pugmire Core Rulebook Phone PDF for free!

What is a Phone PDF?

Phone PDFs are specially formatted PDFs with page sizes and navigation links optimized for your smartphone screen. But why settle for our description? Experience ...READ MORE

Mummy Cults [Dark Eras 2]

Chronicles of Darkness, Mummy: The Curse

Anticipating Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition? We’ve included the upcoming edition in Dark Eras 2. In the Rise of the Last Imperials chapter, we’ve offered sample cults which are included in the Mummy: The Curse portion. The text details three sample cults mummies may rely on on — and hunters might encounter. Here’s a sneak preview of The Wang.

Example Cults: The Wang

“Civilization is in danger, father. We must restore it, whatever the cost. If I thought else, would I be your daughter?” — Wang Ming-Yue

A family, the Wang, close to the Imperial Court in Beijing is contacted by sympathetic traders on the Silk Road. They have sacrificed much to maintain a position as a power behind the throne while the Ming were in control. Now they have been forced to sacrifice even more to appease the new emperor’s courtiers and to sop to his oafish, childish decrees. The promise of a new dawn and a new seat of power calls to them while the offer of aid from a family who are near to enjoying the Eight Privileges of the ...2 COMMENTS

C Is For Creature & Collection, D Is For Deviant! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Here we are, coming to the last few days of the Creature Collection for 5e Scarred Lands Kickstarter, and the last 9 days of the Kickstarter for Deviant: The Renegade. Wow, the time sure flies with these – you can check out below in the Blurbs for details on how everyone’s pledges have added to both projects in different ways.

That’s really a huge part of the fun for us – using KS to help create more and new parts to a project! Not something you can really do with a standard pre-order.

Thanks everybody who already pledged – and if you haven’t yet, you really do owe it to yourself to take a look. Both campaigns have a huge amount of backer activity and involvement, and have great KS-runners.

Next up, we’re looking at Mummy 2nd Edition for the just inaugurated Onyx Path Kickstarter account that Creature Collection is on right now, so we’re really going to need to get our previous backers to give that a try and pop over there. Not the easiest shift to make!

Dark Eras 2 art by ...17 COMMENTS

Episode 72: Deep Dive — Deviant the Renegades

Onyx Pathcast

In which Dixie, Eddy, and developer Eric Zawadzki do a deep dive into the latest Chronicles of Darkness game, Deviant the Renegades! (And a lot of pop culture references.)

Eddy sucks at Mario KartRenegadeS, not RenegadeHigh-level pitchOrigins and CladesTons of pop culture inspirationsThe Midwinter playtestFormsVariations and ScarsConspiraciesStretch goalsEric’s enthusiasm in the Kickstarter commentsInktober


Deviant the Renegades Kickstarter: Kart 8 Deluxe: 3 COMMENTS

Chicago by Night Actual Play [Vampire: The Masquerade]

Vampire: The Masquerade

Our own Klara Herbøl has been running an actual play of The Sacrifice, a story from the upcoming V5 Chicago by Night, for the crew from Red Moon Roleplaying. You can start watching on our YouTube channel:

You can preorder Chicago by Night now on BackerKit!


Now Available: Signs of Sorcery in print!

Mage: The Awakening, Sales

Now available in final PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: Signs of Sorcery for Mage: The Awakening 2nd Edition!

Did they tell you magic is sealed away by the Abyss?That the Supernal Realm can’t affect the Fallen?That you’ll never see the Watchtower again?

Nothing is ever that simple.

The curse keeps Sleepers from seeing it,but we are Awakened.We see past the Lie with our Sight every day,grasp the Supernal with our spellsand seek the Mysteries.And what Mysteries we find!

Artifacts of the true gods.The machinations of Exarchs.The denizens of the Supernal World.Two thousand years of soul stones,grimoires, and scholarship.The Perfected Metals. Awakening itself.

Where will you begin?

— Halcyon, Mastigos

An in-depth look at Supernal Mysteries for Mage: The Awakening 2nd Edition, this book contains:

Expanded rules for Mage Sight and Supernal Entities.New Yantras and advice for ritual magic.The Perfected Materials, and expanded rules for creating magical items, soul stones, grimoires, and more.Artifacts, secret beings, symbolic places, and other manifestations of the Supernal Realm.Advice and rules for encountering an Awakening in process, playing through one during a chronicle, and for the effects of an Awakening gone wrong.Dozens of spells and ...1 COMMENT