Episode Eight: Steffie de Vaan and Promethean

Onyx Pathcast

In which Dixie and Matthew interview one of our newest developers, Steffie de Vaan!

How Steffie got involved Started on web games and Promethean 2nd Edition Steffie talks about Matthew’s development style What it’s like to work from the Netherlands UK Games Expo and the trouble with rail Steffie and the hosts do a detailed dive into Promethean: The Created Matthew cuts a promo on Dixie (again) How to handle Disquiet in Promethean The Onyx Path games Steffie is most drawn to Monarchies of Mau, Pugmire, and Scion at UK Games Expo Matthew interrupts Angry Hamster Publishing’s games, and wandering through afterlives Pitch for Changling the Lost The emergency question! Promethean 2nd Edition: http://drivethrurpg.com/product/189395/Promethean-the-Created-2nd-Edition Changeling 2nd Edition at Backerkit: https://changeling-the-lost-2nd-edition.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders Angry Hamster Publishing: angryhamsterpublishing.com More from Steffie: http://drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?x=0&y=0&author=Steffie%20de%20Vaan 1 COMMENT

Character Creation: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition

Changeling: The Lost

In today’s character creation installment, Bill Bodden dives into the upcoming Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition for the Chronicles of Darkness.

After I read through Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition, I was struck by how bleak the setting can be. You have a character that’s been held prisoner in another world, and a doppleganger has replaced them in ours. At the same time, the setting also presents a wealth of opportunities for gameplay, because your character can now build a life exactly the way they want it to be.

Changeling explores the potentially uncomfortable aspects of the being in the Faerie Realm along with the good and legendary ones. To me, it is both stark and hopeful.

Step One: Concept

After reading about the Elemental class of changelings, I was intrigued. These changelings are people who have been physically transformed by Fae magic to perform tasks that are otherwise impossible for them. To be clear, most changelings undergo some sort of change brought about by their masters — emotional, mental or physical — but the change for Elementals seems to be more dramatic than ...4 COMMENTS

Now Available: Kithbook: Boggans and Lore of the Clans Deluxe!

Beast: The Primordial, Changeling: The Dreaming, Chronicles of Darkness, Demon: The Descent, Mummy: The Curse, Sales, Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse

Now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: Kithbook: Boggans for Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition!

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest differences in life, and nowhere is this more evident than the boggan kith. Although they have preferred to let others glory in the spotlight, this industrious kith has worked its own subtle and patient magic over the centuries, drawing power from dreams of hearth and comfort and becoming no less than the bedrock of Kithain society. Even heroes need homes to return to, after all.

For the first time ever, the secrets and gossip of the boggan kith are being shared with outsiders. So pull your chair closer to the fire, take up a fresh cup of tea, and listen carefully, because the real truth about these unsung heroes is finally coming to light.

Kithbook: Boggans features:

A history of this unassuming yet vital kith, and how they’ve subtly shaped the Dreaming. Insight into boggan nature combined with advice for bringing boggan characters to life. Ready-made characters for quick play, and profiles of famous boggans past and present. New Treasures, Merits, and ...READ MORE

Psi Order Norça [Trinity Continuum: Æon]

Trinity Continuum: Æon

Following up on a previous Sudamérica preview, today we offer a look at the continent’s Psi Order, the Norça.

There is a power that humanity has both wielded and been the victim of since the era of cave paintings, a power that can achieve far greater things than the mightiest expression of psionic power. It’s a power the Norça have mastered, the power of myth. Ever since the psi orders revealed themselves, the biokinetic order has been shrouded in mystery, allowing gossip to grow as well as nurturing some of their own. The result is a public perception that is one part misconception, one part fable, and the rest is up in the air. In Sudamérica, the Norça are heroes of legend, the strangers that emerge from the wild to defeat evil and protect nature, only to vanish without giving so much as their nickname. In the rest of the world, they are the shadows in the corner, the eyes that pierce the strictest privacy, and the things that replace friends and family with ill-minded duplicates. This contradictory view suits ...1 COMMENT

Waggin’ Tales & Wraithy Wails [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

With tails wagging and tongue’s lolling, we are racing towards the last days of the Fetch Quest Kickstarter campaign! If you haven’t yet checked it out, please take a look at this easy to learn, cooperative, deck-building card game for all ages. The KS page has reviews and how to play links, and as a backer you can download a print’n’play version of your own and start having fun right now! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/fetch-quest-a-deck-building-game-in-the-realms-of/description

And once you do, let us know what you think! Card games aren’t our usual thing, so the more feedback we get on the game or the way the Fetch Quest Kickstarter is set up, the better we can do the next ones!

 

 

Changeling: The Lost 2nd art by Ken Meyer, Jr

 

 

Here are a few more bite-sized treats selected from what we talked about in the Monday Meeting today:

Our sales partners at IPR‘s sale on prestige edition Chronicles of Darkness books (Demon: The Descent, Mummy: The Curse, Dark Eras, Beast: The Primordial) and their Screens ends June 24th. These are the remaining books from their respective Kickstarters, and are ...9 COMMENTS

Episode Seven: Dissecting Vampire the Requiem

Onyx Pathcast

In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew talk about their experiences with Vampire the Requiem, and talk about some of the design decisions that went into it.

We totally plan these episodes (not really) We each talk about our experience with Requiem The differences between Masquerade and Requiem, and between first and second edition The social dynamics of Requiem Planescape and the X/Y/Z axis The science of number of choices Eddy gets academic, but it doesn’t last Dixie talks about how second edition mechanics makes you feel like you’re struggling to not be a monster The focus on relationships, and ghouls in particular Breaking points The role of noir and the detective tradition in Requiem 19-2, the Wire, and the influence of police drama Matthew breaks down the power design, and how it avoids redundancy Eddy asks Matthew and Dixie what their favorite clan and covenant combinations

You can pick up Vampire the Requiem at DriveThruRPG: http://drivethrurpg.com/product/123898/Vampire-The-Requiem-2nd-Edition

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Fiction Friday: Flowers of Hell: The Demon Players Guide

Demon: The Descent

“The Startup” is the introductory fiction to Flowers of Hell: The Demon Players Guide for Demon: The Descent.

The press swarmed all around the courthouse, slowing exit. Hundreds of people ?ocked, all eyes on Eric as he left the courthouse doors. He practically danced between the rows of reporters. His grin grew with each step down the courthouse stairs. He mugged for every camera, and posed for gaudy cellphone pictures.

The press exploded. They fought over his limited periphery, climbing, shoving cameras, and thrusting microphones over one another, like beetles on a corpse.

“Start wherever you want, Mister Pearce!”

“Tell us about the orgies!”

“Tell us about his wife!”

“Tell us about Thailand!”

“What does it feel like to win the case?”

Eric smiled, and held a hand up to pause the crowd. “What does it feel like to win the case? I’ll tell you what it’s like.”

He stopped, and motioned up to the courthouse. His practiced, exaggerated gesture made the crowd look back to the building, even though they knew what they’d see.

“See these steps? When I walked down these stairs, I felt like Rocky running up the steps ...READ MORE

Murray [Realms of Pugmire]

Pugmire

Eddy’s latest:

In September 2017, my pug Murray passed away. He was the inspiration for Seneschal Murra Pug, and one of the pets that acted as the initial inspiration for Pugmire as a whole. The night he passed away, this small fiction piece came to mind, full-formed. It’s sad, and I still tear up to read it, but it’s something that shows just what kind of depth Pugmire can have.

Yosha knocked hesitantly on the thick oak door to her uncle’s office. She heard a deep “Come in, come in,” and pushed the door open.

Behind his desk, Seneschal Murra, Prince of Pugmire, shuffled papers from one part of his desk to the other. Yosha noticed his fur was getting grayer every day. At this point, it was more gray than black. She wondered if he would end up being completely gray at some point.

“You sent for me, Uncle Murra?” Yosha sat in the chair across from him, paws folded in her lap.

“I just need you to sign some papers, niece. A mere formality.” He flipped through the stack, and carefully extracted one. ...3 COMMENTS

Now Available: More Journals for V20 and W20!

Chronicles of Darkness, Sales, Scarred Lands, Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse

Now available from our RedBubble store: Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition Bloodline Journals! You loved last week’s Clan journals, so we’re following those up with some of the most popular Bloodlines, using Mark Kelly’s depictions from Lore of the Bloodlines!

V20 Baali (journal) V20 Daughters of Cacophony (journal) V20 Gargoyles (journal) V20 Harbingers of Skulls (journal) V20 Kiasyd (journal) V20 Nagaraja (journal) V20 Salubri (journal) V20 Samedi (journal) V20 True Brujah (journal)

But that’s not all! We’ve also added Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition Tribe Journals:

W20 Black Furies (journal) W20 Bone Gnawers (journal) W20 Children of Gaia (journal) W20 Fianna (journal) W20 Get of Fenris (journal) W20 Glass Walkers (journal) W20 Red Talons (journal) W20 Shadow Lords (journal) W20 Silent Striders (journal) W20 Silver Fangs (journal) W20 Stargazers (journal) W20 Uktena (journal) W20 Wendigo (journal) Kickstarter Update

Last week we launched the Fetch Quest deck-building card game Kickstarter! With 7 days remaining:

We funded in 21 hours, and have since raised $17,016 of our $6,000 goal, or 284% We’ve got 381 backers We’ve passed three stretch goals: A Kickstarter backer T-shirt Fetch Quest Booster Cards: 6 Pioneers from the Monarchies of Mau

Did you miss one of our previous Kickstarters? The following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders ...READ MORE

The Cryptocracy [Contagion Chronicle]

Beast: The Primordial, Changeling: The Lost, Chronicles of Darkness, Mage: The Awakening, Mummy: The Curse, Vampire: The Requiem

Matthew Dawkins here once again! In the first episode of the Onyx Pathcast we discussed the Contagion Chronicle. That discussion included coverage of the Cryptocracy: one of the “splats” in that upcoming book. The splats in Contagion are classified as the Sworn and the False, with the Cryptocrats as a proud member of the former.

Meghan Fitzgerald wrote all the player options for this game, due to my desiring consistency and connectivity across the Sworn, as well as knowing how Meghan excels at this kind of writing. We took a different approach to writing this book, with my assigning Meghan the task of writing the splats before any of the other writers were hired on. I wanted the Sworn detailed so every writer who came on later had a firm base from which to work for the remainder of the book. I think it’s worked out pretty well.

Today is not the day I unveil all the Contagion Chronicle’s secrets, but as we discussed part of the Cryptocracy in the podcast, here is the full splat in written form for your reading ...20 COMMENTS