Yarr! There Be a Pirates Dark Era! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Yes! We have passed the first Stretch Goal in the Dark Eras 2 Kickstarter and we have added a Golden Age of Piracy Dark Era to the book. Thanks to much voting, we ‘re making that era featuring the Mage: The Awakening and Geist: The Sin-Eaters game lines.

Thanks to all of you who voted, especially if you took the time to vote on the second poll, too.

Now, we have a new poll up: this one is different than the last, as we’re asking folks to vote on one of three possible eras, but we haven’t linked any of them with specific game lines. Yet. They are:

King Arthur’s Britannia (400-500s C.E.) You’ve heard the stories of Lancelot and Guinevere, King Arthur and Mordred, Merlin and Morgana. Inspired by medieval romance, the Arthurian lives on and on. Get behind the myth, find the source of these tales, and adventure in Great Britain during the legendary King Arthur’s rule. For, in the Chronicles of Darkness, nothing is what it seems. The shadows we explore will expose darker secrets that follow King ...44 COMMENTS

DriveThru’s Christmas in July 2017!

Sales

DriveThruRPG’s annual Christmas in July sale is running once again, offering 25% off thousands of titles!

This includes:

More than 40 Scarred Lands products, both for the original d20 system and the more recent Pathfinder/5e material 260 Onyx Path products, including core rulebooks and supplements from the Classic World of Darkness, Chronicles of Darkness, Exalted, and more Over 1000 classic White Wolf products, featuring material from older editions of all your favorite WW games READ MORE

Fiction Friday: (More) Tales of the Dark Eras

Chronicles of Darkness, Hunter: The Vigil

We’re back this week with more from Tales of the Dark Eras, the tie-in fiction to Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras. Our Kickstarter for Dark Eras 2 is still rolling, so if you want to get involved in the selection of new eras and expansion of existing ones, this is your chance!

One of our developer triumvirate is Monica Valentinelli, who wrote Suffering of the Unchosen for Tales of the Dark Eras, covering the 1690-1695 period for Hunter: The Vigil.

I was but a simple farmer whose tender son once planted seeds in barren, rocky soil, whose sweet wife once gathered berries, herbs, and mushrooms in the forest, whose family once led a trouble-free life surrounded by our cousins and neighbors in Salem Village.

Now, that life — the life of William Mansforth — is over. Though it is by some miracle I still draw breath, the rest of my family was tragically murdered a few nights ago.

I found their smoldering remains after I had returned home, battered and bruised, for I had been robbed by petty thieves earlier that day. Upon witnessing the horrible sight ...READ MORE

Now Available: Dagger of Spiragos and Pugmire Sheets!

Pugmire, Sales, Scarred Lands, Werewolf: The Apocalypse

Now available from DriveThruRPG in PDF: Dagger of Spiragos for Pathfinder and Dagger of Spiragos for 5e!

The Titans’ Relics Must Be Destroyed! 

Artifacts from the fallen titan Spiragos have been recovered, and forces are at work that would see them used for ill. The Dagger of Spiragos and the Ring of Spiragos are now in the player characters’ hands — and they must do what they can to rid Scarn of the foul relics of the titans, whatever the cost!

What Came Before 

Dagger of Spiragos is a sequel to the 2014 Gen Con Scarred Lands Special Preview adventure, Gauntlet of Spiragos (available for Pathfinder and for 5e). It is also the second adventure in the Spiragos Saga, with Ring of Spiragos, the dramatic finale, as the third and culminating title.

In Gauntlet of Spiragos, the PCs traveled to the legendary Chasm of Flies, where they discovered a tribe of spider-eye goblins who possessed relics of their fallen master, Spiragos. Now, with those items in hand, the PCs travel to the city of Fangsfall, where they must seek aid in destroying the foul objects.

But others wish ...READ MORE

Tumbledown Market [Changeling: The Lost]

Changeling: The Lost, Chronicles of Darkness, Open Development, Projects, Worlds

Hi, Rose here. ^_^ Changeling has officially gone to editing! To celebrate, I thought I’d preview one of Meghan and my favorite freeholds from Chapter 6, Lauren Roy’s Tumbledown Market.

Tumbledown Market

The French Market, New Orleans, Louisiana Large Flea Markets across the United States

Running alongside the Mississippi River at the edge of the French Quarter is New Orleans’ French Market. It’s part flea market, part souvenir shop, and part art show. Tourists and residents alike browse the market’s wares. Anything you might need is likely to be tucked away in a stall, from tee shirts to spices to jewelry.

The French Market is also home to a goblin market so sprawling that it’s broken the bounds of not only the alleys of shops along the river, but New Orleans itself. Used to be, the only way to enter the goblin market of Tumbledown was to know the secret entrance at the back of the French Market, near Barracks Street. Nowadays, it has grown so large you can find trods in just about any large flea market in the United States that will wind you ...5 COMMENTS

Pros and Cons (and Kickstarters) [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

So, it is one month before Gen Con.

Gen Con50th, actually.

You can see on the map above our 20′ x 30′ space, that we are sharing with our associates at Nocturnal Media and White Wolf. Our booth will have all sorts of books and other items for sale, an ongoing demo table that we intend to have a constant run of demos happening on every day that you can sit in on, and a further couple of tables for impromptu demo sessions.

Nocturnal will be right next to us, and they’re bravely trying to arrange demos and they will have products to sell, and White Wolf is next to them, and will have new news about V5 and related products, and I hear they may have other goodies especially for Gen Con.

Back at our Onyx Path booth, you’ll find Boppin’ Bill Bodden and Mike Hollywood running the booth under the baleful eye of Mighty Matt McElroy – they are the guys that with the know how as to what and who is where when it comes our products for sale and the ...43 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: Tales of the Dark Eras

Chronicles of Darkness, Mage: The Awakening

Given our ongoing Kickstarter for Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2, we decided it would be prudent to take another look at Tales from the Dark Eras which contains stories from many of the eras covered in the original Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras. This week we look at Bone and Gold, a story by Malcolm Sheppard set in Mage: The Awakening’s Alexandrian period (330-320 BCE).

War is groaning.

We remember the screams of the fray, hurled spears and swift-stabbing swords, but a man can only exert his full strength for a few dozen breaths before he must shuffle back and fght with grimaces and shouts alone, until his vitality returns. As battles progress, soldiers take longer pauses between assaults. They pant beside horses under the relentless sun. The purr of exhaustion rattles from their lips. And of course, they weep. That is war’s true music, nothing so much as a hard day’s work by a thousand of the lowest slaves. Labor and terror.

Today the groaning belonged to one side, populated by Greeks, Persians, Egyptians and others, bound to the service of our Warlord. With five ...READ MORE

Now Available: V20 Dark Ages Companion in print!

Sales, Vampire: The Masquerade

Now finalized in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: the V20 Dark Ages Companion!

Travel the long roads and deep seas in search of power and experience danger, or tackle the wilderness to hunt monsters and face death. Settlements large and small dot the black expanse with the promise of sanctuary, life, and community. These bastions of civilization present cold comfort, when playing host to vampire warlords and sadistic Cainite faiths. Whether led by a Prince, a coordinated belief, or hounded by monsters from without and within — no domain is truly the same as another.

Dark Ages Companion includes:

Domains scattered across the world, from small fiefdoms to massive cities. Bath, Bjarkarey, Constantinople, Rome, Mogadishu, and Mangaluru each receive coverage. Apocrypha including plot hooks, new Paths, and mysteries to explore in your games. A how-to guide on building a domain within your chronicle, including events and servants necessary to make a domain as functional or dysfunctional as you wish. A study on warfare in the Dark Ages period, so combat in your chronicles can gain authenticity and lethality.

 

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Always Darkest Before the Era! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

The above is a totally fake cover for Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2.

The cover is fake because we haven’t bought any art for the book yet. Nor have we written anything but pitches for the Dark Eras. For other Kickstarters, these two things would be bugs and possibly huge red flags.

But for Dark Eras 2, they are part of a feature: our backers are truly enabling the creation of this book.

The various added in sections from the Reward Tiers, the extra Eras or reclaimed Eras added in that lost out in voting, the voting for game lines and eras; these are all going to come together after the KS is done and the writers and developers will be able to weave all of these KS-based sections together from the beginning, not after the fact and shoe-horned in to already written sections like in the first Dark Eras book.

If you want to know what the Eras will be like, they will be like the Eras in the original Dark Eras and Dark Eras Companion. Except each of the Dark Eras ...42 COMMENTS

Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 Kickstarter is LIVE!

Chronicles of Darkness, Press Releases

The Kickstarter for Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 is now live!

Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras 2 starts out presenting a chapter for each of six historical eras; each of which features two Chronicles of Darkness game lines which include Vampire: The Requiem, Mage: The Awakening, Hunter: The Vigil, Changeling: The Lost, and more! The rules in this book are compatible with second edition Chronicles of Darkness. Each terrifying time period and location is examined through the supernatural creatures that dwell there.

Join us!

 

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