Prince’s Gambit Joy! Exalted Plans! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Repel the Crusade for Prince’s Gambit by Andrew Trabbold

 

 

Kind of feel like our vampiric character pictured above in the Prince’s Gambit Intrigue deck. Crawlin’ through some tough times to get here. But HERE is quite excellent actually.

First, our first foray into Kickstarting a card game is going gangbusters, with our Prince’s Gambit KS funding goal met in the first few hours, and our backers jumping our pledge totals past several Stretch Goals that add to the deck already. There have also been some great ideas talked about for game rules variants: everything from adding rules for Anarchs and the Inconnu to rules for fewer or more players.

Because backers can download the card PDFs and rulebook, we’ve also been getting folks telling us how much fun they’ve been having maneuvering through the Intrigues and trying to discover who’s Sabbat. Which is always so great to hear! You never know if players will enjoy the game as much as you did creating it.

If you haven’t checked it out, please do, and if you like it: spread the word. With this being ...47 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: Demon: The Descent

Demon: The Descent

Today we take a preview of Enemy Action, the opening fiction from Demon: The Descent:

Ms. Book and Kyle stood at the police cordon, looking at the wreckage strewn across the clearing. Book spoke briefly to an officer, then jerked her head, signaling Kyle as she strolled nonchalantly back to the car.

“What’s going on?” Kyle asked.

“They are still claiming a light aircraft crashed in the park,” she said, tapping at her emergency phone.

“But..?”

She raised a single finger. Quiet. Then dialed Mr. Knight. The other demon gave the correct recognition sign in Swahili. Kyle stared at his feet as he listened. He made out “Cougar Mountain,” in among the foreign language.

Ms. Book locked the phone’s screen and returned it to her jacket.

“What is that? It’s not an aircraft,” he asked again.

“It is the remains of an angel.”

“A … dead?”

She remembered to shake her head. “Not dead. Fallen. The police haven’t found a pilot and they won’t — what’s lying out there is everything that came away when he Fell.” She thought for a moment, then added, “Like a cocoon.”

They reached the car and she ...1 COMMENT

Now Available: More Requiem Bloodline Shirts!

Sales, Vampire: The Requiem

Unfortunately, Rich didn’t get the proofs he was waiting for in time to have any new books on sale this week. Fortunately, that means we get to further fill out our shirt selection!

These bloodlines go all the way back to the first edition Vampire: The Requiem rulebook.

Daeva: Toreador Gangrel: Bruja Mekhet: Morbus Nosferatu: Burakumin Ventrue: Malkovians

Enjoy!

Although it uses Masquerade rather than Requiem, we encourage you to check out our Kickstarter for the Prince’s Gambit, which has just hit its second stretch goal since we started it yesterday at noon. The Prince’s Gambit is a social deduction card game where you each play a Camarilla member of one of the city’s clans, vying for the prince’s favor by completing Intrigues, while the Sabbat infiltrators among you secretly try to tear everything down.

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The Prince’s Gambit Kickstarter begins!

Press Releases, Vampire: The Masquerade

The Prince’s Gambit Kickstarter is now live!

Prince’s Gambit is a casual card game where each play is a vampire called to the court of the vampiric Prince of the city. Players must cooperate to gain the favor of the Prince while deducing who among them are secretly the traitorous Sabbat infiltrators.

Designed by long-time Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop RPG developer Justin Achilli, Prince’s Gambit is a fast-paced social deduction game set within the world of Vampire, but which requires no special knowledge to play. Neophytes and experienced fans of Vampire both can jump right in.

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Gaining the Prince’s Favor [Monday Meeting Notes]

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Tomorrow! Tuesday, March 21st at 12 noon Eastern US time!

The Kickstarter for Prince’s Gambit goes live!

This is a description from the KS page:

Designed by long-time Vampire: the Masquerade tabletop RPG developer Justin Achilli, Prince’s Gambit is a fast-paced social deduction game set within the world of Vampire: the Masquerade, but which requires no special knowledge to play. Players must cooperate to gain the favor of the Prince while deducing who among them are secretly the traitorous Sabbat infiltrators.

And here’s a link to our Prince’s Gambit Example of Play video, hosted by Justin Achilli himself, with a special guest appearance by our own Eddy Webb. It’s about 10 minutes long, but goes through the important set-up and highlights how a typical game plays:

I mentioned last week that this is a pretty big Kickstarter for us as it is for our first non-book sort of project. We’ve studied a lot of other card game Kickstarters and tried to adapt what seemed to work for them into the parameters of Prince’s Gambit.

It is also the first time we are structuring the pledges so that shipping amounts are added ...52 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: The God-Machine Chronicle

Chronicles of Darkness

Today’s slice is a look at Road Gospel by Chuck Wendig, as featured in The God-Machine Chronicle Anthology. Road Gospel originally appeared in World of Darkness: Midnight Roads.

Under the light of her crooked lamp, I could see that Mom didn’t look so good. Sitting there in the ratty recliner, I knew she was old, but she wasn’t that old. In the pale light of the poorly lit house, her skin almost looked translucent. The way it hung off her in places, sags of skin unanchored to muscle or bone.

“You sick?” I asked her. “Be straight with me, Mom.”

She waved it off, held out a plate of macaroons. I took one, but noticed that she wasn’t looking at me. Her eyes were searching over my shoulder.

The window. She was looking out the front window.

“It’s night, Mom. What do you think you’re gonna see out that window?”

“Nothing.” She said it too fast. Too sharp and short. Brittle hands tightened.

“You sure? Someone been bothering you?” Not that I knew who such a someone could even be, given that the town appeared to have very few people left in ...1 COMMENT

Now Available: Antitribu Shirts!

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Due to popular demand, we’re now offering antitribu shirts for Vampire: The Masquerade in our RedBubble store!

Panders Assamite antitribu Brujah antitribu Serpents of the Light Gangrel antitribu Lasombra antitribu Malkavian antitribu Nosferatu antitribu Ravnos antitribu Toreador antitribu Tremere antitribu Ventrue antitribu

Those Lore of the Clans backers among you who have received your advance copies of Lore of the Bloodlines, a friendly reminder that all the featured bloodlines have shirts available too:

Baali Daughters of Cacophony Gargoyles Harbingers of Skulls Kiasyd Nagaraja Salubri Samedi True Brujah 1 COMMENT

What’s the Deal? [Monday Meeting Notes]

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Those are three of the Clan cards from the Prince’s Gambit casual Vampire: the Masquerade card game that we will be Kickstarting next week. Here’s a bit of text we’re using in the KS that helps describe the game:

Designed by long-time Vampire: the Masquerade tabletop RPG developer Justin Achilli, Prince’s Gambit is a fast-paced social deduction game set within the world of Vampire: the Masquerade, but which requires no special knowledge to play. Players must cooperate to gain the favor of the Prince while deducing who among them are secretly the traitorous Sabbat infiltrators.

We’re going live at 12 noon, Eastern US time, next Tuesday the 21st and hope you’ll join us for Onyx Path‘s first-ever fantastic card game Kickstarter!

Here’s a link to our Prince’s Gambit Example of Play video, hosted by Justin Achilli himself, with a special guest role by our own Eddy Webb. It’s about 10 minutes long, but goes through the important set-up and highlights how a typical game plays: https://youtu.be/b9SSpeli5JE 

Since this is our first card game Kickstarter, expect that we’re going to go for a pretty straightforward set of Rewards, and then ...53 COMMENTS

March Pugmire Update

Pugmire

Greetings, citizens of Pugmire! It’s time for another update!

PUGMIRE CORE RULEBOOK

The Backer PDF went out, and we got some great errata. Thanks so much to the people who took the time to point out those little problems that can sometimes creep in — it’ll never be perfect, but you’ve saved me from some of the more embaressing typos! The book is now off for indexing, which means we’ll probably have a final version in April. And then, off to the printers to make beautiful physical books!

SCREEN, DICE, AND CARDS

Now that the text is locked in, we’ve started work on the Pugmire Guide screen, the custom dice, and the card deck. All these are in the initial discussion stages, so I don’t have much say yet.

MONARCHIES OF MAU

I finished the draft, and did an edit pass myself. While I want Early Access to read well, a lot changed between Pugmire Early Access and the final Pugmire book. Based on that, my time is better spent getting Mau to where I can have better conversations with the community, instead of making the ...1 COMMENT

Fiction Friday: Scion: Hero

Scion: Hero

Today we look at a slice of Carl Bowen’s Birthright, the introductory fiction from the first edition of Scion: Hero:

 The next morning, Eric awoke hearing a conversation about wars in the Holy Land. The television was on and broadcasting the news. He sat up to blearily paw around for the remote and was shocked to find Sylvester, the desk clerk, sitting in the vinyl chair beside his bed. The lanky fellow clicked the TV off and smiled at Eric, as if his being there weren’t at all strange.

“Morning!” Sylvester said. “I let myself in.”

“What are you doing in here?” Eric snapped. He jumped out of bed in his boxers to loom over the intruder.

Sylvester cringed and tried to put on a charming smile. “Housekeeping?”

Eric snatched him up by the shirt in one hand and drew back a fist. “I said…”

“Okay, okay!” Sylvester said, pleading for peace with splayed hands. “I just wanted to talk. This seemed like the best way to get your attention.”

Eric’s eyes narrowed, but he lowered his fist. He realized he’d lifted Sylvester completely off the ground like the man weighed ...READ MORE