Running the Contagion Chronicle

Chronicles of Darkness

This is a preview of the Storytelling chapter from the upcoming Contagion Chronicle. The Kickstarter only has about two days remaining: if you’ve been curious about it, now’s your chance to join the infected!

The Contagion Chronicle is, by default, a crossover game. You can use anything in this book in other games, likeWerewolf or Geist, but it’s designed to enable chronicles in which the characters come from multiple game lines.

This chapter provides the Storyteller with advice on how to run the Contagion Chronicleitself, and how to run Chronicles of Darkness crossover games in general.

Running the Contagion Chronicle

This book is a game of what if: what if everything the characters trusted turned on them, and everything they took for granted flipped upside down? It’s a journey into Wonderland, if Wonderland looked like their shitty studio apartment and their clunker with the blacked-out windows, but felt like the rules they understood no longer applied and everything was what it wasn’t. Taking charge of the situation means opening themselves up to ruin and potentially letting the madness run rampant, through them and everything they love. So running this game means balancing the risk of losing ...READ MORE

What’s the Contagion Vector, Victor? [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Yes, we’re down to the last week of the Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter – and so I know you’ll all be sad to know that it’s my last week of coming up with awful pun-ny titles for this blog based on the KS.

(Never fear, in several weeks we’ll be starting the Pirates of Pugmire Kickstarter campaign, and you KNOW I’ll have pirate titles for the run on that!)

(Of course, I may just title them “Yarrr!1”, “Yarrr!2”, and so on.)

But back to The Contagion Chronicle!

We’re looking to finish strong on Thursday, so this is really the home stretch. Hopefully, at this point, backers are able to tell whether the project is intriguing them based on the text that’s almost done being released.

And hopefully, folks who are wondering about backing have seen enough from backers posting here and on social media, and the various Actual Play vids that Matthew and James have linked to, to give the project a shot.

Remember, you can back for a mere pittance and get the chance the review the text yourself without being locked in to pledging ...16 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: Dead God Trilogy 2: Forsworn

Scarred Lands

Today we preview chapter 1 of Dead God Trilogy 1: Forsworn for the Scarred Lands. This novel trilogy dates back to the d20 era of Scarred Lands (specifically 2002-2003), but Onyx Path has recently remastered it, making it available in various ebook formats and in print on demand.

Vladawen had hoped to enter the city with a certain stateliness, because, while he nolonger much cared about appearances, he knew many other people did. His weary traveling companions likely just wanted to get inside the place quickly, before the red twilight bled from the sky, for autumn had taken the continent of Ghelspad in its grasp, and even here, in proximity to the burning wasteland called the Ukrudan Desert, the nights grew cold. The horses and mules confounded everyone’s desires by balking before the massive gate.

Thin and raven-haired, fair in the harsh way an unadorned but well-made sword might be, Lillatu cursed the animals and spurred her black mare. Vladawen found her display of filthy temper reassuring, while the guards atop the massive wall grinned down at it. He suspected travelers ...1 COMMENT

Episode 48: Great Exaltations with Monica Speca

Onyx Pathcast

In which we mostly talk about Exalted with Monica Speca!

Finger guns! Good at audio!It’s Monica Speca!How she got started with roleplayingHow she joined Onyx PathGetting into Exalted via Scion and TrinitySo much Exalted talk!Dixie messes up researching our guest!We talk a lot more about ExaltedWhat are our Exalt types?We talk a bit about InfernalsWe’re keeping MonicaWe talk about Storypath SystemBonus Experience podcast!A bit more about Exalted

Links: Exalted: V20 Dark Ages: Changeling:The Lost Second Edition: Scion Second Edition: Trinity Continuum: Bonus Experience: Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter:


Contagion Chronicle Character Creation

Chronicles of Darkness

The Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter is entering its final week!

Matthew Dawkins has been uploading a Contagion Chronicle Actual Play series to our YouTube channel. Here’s the video covering character creation:


Now Available: Dragon-Blooded Journals

Exalted, Sales

Not Final Design

Now available from our RedBubble store: Dragon-Blooded Hardcover Journals for Exalted 3rd Edition!

These hardcover journals are filled with your choice of fully-blank, lined, or grid paper, for you to fill with character notes or drawings or maps at your leisure.

Air Aspect (journal)Earth Aspect (journal)Fire Aspect (journal)Water Aspect (journal)Wood Aspect (journal)

Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought is currently available from DriveThruRPG.


Just under five days remaining in the big World of Darkness 20th Anniversary Edition sale! WoD20 core rulebook PDFs are 75% off, supplements are 25% off, and remaining deluxe edition stock from IPR is also 25% off!

Also: Scarred Lands products for Pathfinder (the Scarred Lands Players Guide and The Wise & The Wicked 2nd Edition) are upwards of 90% off from IPR and Studio 2! Both products are an incredible $5 each!

Kickstarter Update

Our Kickstarter for a prestige version of the upcoming Contagion Chronicle crossover chronicle for the Chronicles of Darkness is coming into the home stretch, with only eight days remaining!

We currently have $61,699 of our $50,000 goal, or 123%, with 1234 backers. We’ve hit two stretch goals thus far, ...READ MORE

Plagues, Interstitial and Otherwise [Contagion Chronicle]

Chronicles of Darkness

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

— Hippocrates

The God-Machine is sick. The God-Machine has always been sick. The God-Machine will, someday, become sick. It’s hard to tell with an entity that so flagrantly violates causality. Ultimately, the Contagion is as universal as the God-Machine that hosts it. There is scarcely a place on Earth the God-Machine hasn’t touched at one time or another, and therefore there’s scarcely a place on Earth that couldn’t host an outbreak of the Contagion. All scholars of the Contagion can really say is that history is replete with breakouts, moments where cultures and even reality itself collapsed around a point, or a person, or a practice. 

Accounts of unexplainable events on such a scale stretch back as far as ancient Mesopotamia, where we first know of writing as a common practice, and therefore where written history begins. Some believe that the flood myth itself, present in so many cultures, reflects a massive, ancient outbreak, one which nearly ended the world, that is only preserved in oral histories. Not every historical ...READ MORE

April Showers Bring Contagion Flowers! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Yes, the Contagion Chronicle continues to open up like a flower with each new section revealed to backers during this Kickstarter. We’re loving hearing from folks as they get excited by the way the Contagion manifests in city and region after city and region.

Is this the way you’ll include the Contagion in your ongoing Chronicle? Or is this manifestation so perfect for your group that you’ll just use it as-is for an all new Chronicle?

It works either way!

Plus, with the Stretch Goals to both expand on the Contagion, and to go crunchier into crossover rules, backers are going to have a fantastic spectrum of options to pick from.

Check out the link below in The Blurbs! section!

Geist 2e art by Avery Butterworth

Speaking of The Blurbs!, I want to point out our whole Onyx Path Media section, and in particular, the weekly Onyx Path News vid that Matthew has been doing for, what?, ten weeks now.

Each week, he’ll give you a fast recap of the week that was, the fantastic projects we’ve put on sale, where things are with our Kickstarters ...44 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: Dead God Trilogy 1: Forsaken

Scarred Lands

Today we preview chapter 1 of Dead God Trilogy 1: Forsaken for the Scarred Lands. This novel trilogy dates back to the d20 era of Scarred Lands (specifically 2002-2003), but Onyx Path has recently remastered it, making it available in various ebook formats and in print on demand.

The fear had been creeping up on him for hours, until Vladawen abruptly realized he was certain. “They caught her.”

“How do you know?” asked Nindom. A wiry little man with a broken nose, he had a taste for fancy clothes that made him look like a dirk in a lace scabbard.

“Because, idiot,” said Opal, “otherwise she’d be back by now, wouldn’t she? It’s hard to break into a true wizard’s stronghold, and by all accounts, Redstone Castle is downright impossible.” Homely and rawboned, Opal had had the least trouble passing for a local in what was, despite the imposing castle on the rise, essentially a farm town.

“What an intelligent observation,” Nindom said. “It dazzles me to think how useful it might have been if you’d served it up a few hours ago, ...READ MORE

Episode 47: Emotional RPG Experiences

Onyx Pathcast

Episode 47: Emotional RPG Experiences In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy discuss the range of emotions they’ve experienced at the gaming table and retell some anecdotes of emotional roleplay.

All the AppalachiansChicago by Night editingPirates of Pugmire and Aberrant art directionPirates of Pugmire and Cults of the Blood Gods design diariesThe Contagion Chronicle is on KickstarterDixie’s in-character and out-of-character divide (roleplaying as acting)Matthew’s experience at the Convention of ThornsEddy’s many Vampire LARPing experiencesHeroic roleplay over mundane playPower dynamic and power fantasyRoleplaying characters we’re comfortable to playTears at the tabletop, from Vampire to PugmireEvoking emotions from your fellow playersMatthew’s games aren’t funGetting emotionally invested in one-shotsEvoking fear and revulsionFeeling anger in your roleplayMisogyny isn’t much funWhere to find us online

Links:Chicago by Night on Backerkit:

The Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter:

Pugmire on DriveThruRPG: