Shapeshifting [Lunars]

Exalted

Originally posted as yesterday’s update on our Kickstarter for Lunars: Fangs at the Gate for Exalted 3rd Edition.

The Lunars are peerless shapeshifters, clothing themselves in the skins of fierce beasts or stolen faces. Their protean power evinces their predatory nature; before a Lunar can take a human’s or animal’s shape, she must consume its heart’s blood in the ritual called the sacred hunt. 

A Lunar may enter an animal or human shape she possesses as a miscellaneous action, committing four motes for the transformation’s duration. This can be flurried, but not with attack actions. She may reflexively revert back to her true human form by releasing this commitment.

Note that these rules depict Lunars’ baseline potential. Individual Lunars may take Charms that refine or expand their shapeshifting prowess.

What Are Animals?

Lunars are limited to taking human and animal forms — they can’t take become magical beasts, elementals, demons, or other strange creatures. However, Creation is home to many animals extinct or fictional on Earth, and the difference between them and magical beasts isn’t always obvious. If not specified, the Storyteller determines whether a ...READ MORE

About Matt McFarland

Monday Meeting, News

Warning: This is a short post and I try not to go into any disturbing details, but the overall subject matter itself may be disturbing.

It is, and continues to be, important to me that none of our creators feel that they are being put into inappropriate or unsafe working situations.

Many of you will recall Matthew McFarland, a writer and developer for the original White Wolf and then later a freelance writer and developer for us at Onyx Path.

In 2017, Onyx Path stopped working with McFarland because of accusations of abuse and rape that were made against him concerning a relationship several decades earlier.

Last week, several more people came forward to further accuse him of abuse and harassment that occurred more recently.

I personally, and all of the crew here at Onyx Path, have spent the last week fumbling our way through renewed, intense feelings of betrayal. Many of our developers looked to McFarland as a mentor, coworker, ally, and friend. We are horrified at the actions he took while working with us.

We hear his accusers and believe them.

We have been building an inclusive environment that fosters creativity, and there is ...47 COMMENTS

Mostly Our Regular Weekly [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Friends, this has been a tough week.

So we’re going to actually provide you with all the usual material that comes after the Blurbs!, but this upper part of the blog where I try and ramble through some useful stuff; I’m keeping this short.

In fact, the topic I’m really writing about this week is on another blog post that I’m going to link to. The post concerns Matt McFarland and why we are no longer working with him, and further connected issues:

http://theonyxpath.com/?p=11633

Why? Because the topic is an ugly one. It’s not what I normally post about, and it’s not what you probably expect from your weekly MMN blog. But it is an important one, and it needs to be written.

But after discussing it during our monthly meeting, we decided on this method of delivering it to you. This way, the topic isn’t just sitting on top of wacky Blurbs! and business as usual, because that would be inappropriate to the subject matter.

At the same time, we think it is important for our community to read this even while it ...14 COMMENTS

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.

Michael

“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: https://www.backerkit.com/projects/200664283/chicago-by-night-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed Pugmire on DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204313/Pugmire-Core-Rulebook Monarchies of Mau on DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/243273/Monarchies-of-Mau-Core-Rulebook

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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!

Exalted

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!

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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 ...23 COMMENTS