How We Do What We Do. [Monday Meeting Notes]News
This week, due to popular demand from both our community and the Onyx Path gang in our meeting today, I’m going to explain a little bit about how we go from a pitched idea for a project through writing and development to layout and ending up with a book. I’m not going to give you a set in stone, this MUST be done like this, kind of explanation, though. Instead, I’ll cover the steps you see below all my chatter each week in the Updates as a process that we generally cover for each book. Obviously, if you’ve been following the updates you’ll have noticed that some steps take longer on one project than they do on another. We like to keep that flexible so that any process we use doesn’t become more important that the book itself.
We’ve talked about Pitch Season before. That magical time at the end of a year when our developers and writers send in their ideas for what new projects they’d like to add to the schedule. I take a look at the ideas and ...14 COMMENTS
[Beast]HungersBeast: The Primordial
Still from Ravenous (1999, dir. Antonia Bird)
Every Beast has cravings.
Beasts’ bodies are human, they need food and water and so on just like any other living thing. But the Soul of a Beast is a primordial monster. Its needs stem from the nightmares that formed it. The Beast’s Soul – and therefore the Beast herself – require spiritual sustenance. If the Soul isn’t fed, it goes roaming through the Primordial Dream, inflicting nightmares on sleeping humans, taking what it needs without regard for the consequences.
It behooves the Children, then, to make sure they feast regularly. But what does a monster eat?
Beast details first primal Hungers. These determine how the Beast increases her Satiety, and inform her approach and personality. The Hungers are:
The Hunger for Power (Tyrants): Tyrants are Beasts who crave power, feeding off the act of besting someone and proving their own superiority. They bask in the fear, respect, and trembling worship of those beneath them, whether the Beast is standing at the top of the pyramid or controlling things from the shadows while their subjects tremble at the ...21 COMMENTS
Now Available: Posters, Bloodlines in print, and shirts!Mage: The Ascension, Vampire: The Masquerade, Vampire: The Requiem
We have a wide variety of different things ready for you this week:
Now in Print
Vampire: The Requiem’s Bloodlines: The Chosen is available via print-on-demand for the first time! Uncovered here are entries for many of the bloodlines listed in the Requiem 1e core rulebook, based on submissions sent in by fans: the Agonistes, Baddacelli, Duchagne, Noctuku, Rötgrafen, Sangiovanni, Taifa, California Xiao, Tianpàn Xiao, and Yagnatia.
Eleven new shirt designs: one Onyx Path design and ten for Kindred of the East.
Retro Onyx Path: Older WW fans might recognize this design.
Kindred of the East: Dragon
Cover: Demon Hunter X by Duncan Fegredo
Cover: Half-Damned: Dhampyr by John Van Fleet
Cover: Heresies of the Way by Dave Leri
Cover: Killing Streets by Christopher Shy
Cover: Kindred of the East Companion by Leif Jones
Cover: San Francisco by Night by Michael Gaydos
Cover: Shadow War by Duncan Fegredo
Cover: The 1000 Hells by George Pratt
Cover: World of Darkness: Tokyo by John Van Fleet
Mage: The Ascension Revised Poster by William O’Connor
The Bitter Road Poster by Christopher Shy
Horizon: The Stronghold of Hope Poster by John Van Fleet
[Beast]FamilyBeast: The Primordial
From The Addams Family (1991, dir. Barry Sonnenfeld)
One of the big themes of Beast: The Primordial is family. The characters in Beast refer to themselves collectively as “the Children” (or, if they’re feeling formal, “the Begotten”) and consider themselves the offspring of the Dark Mother. The first monster, the mother of nightmares. Lilith, Tiamat, Hekate, the Queen Mother of the West — she’s been called a hundred different names in tongues still living and long dead alike, described in a thousand ways across ten thousand years, but these days her Children usually call her the Dark Mother. Some say she was the first being to travel the Primordial Dream and absorb its secrets, then brought them back to this world and formed them into her children. Others claim that she is the Primordial Dream given form, and that when she walks once more the world will know fear like it hasn’t since the dawn of time.
Intrinsic to the theme of family are a couple of sub-themes, if you will:
One Big “Happy”
Regardless of the truth, all Beasts recognize the Dark Mother as the first ...56 COMMENTS
After the Sound & Fury… [Monday Meeting Notes]Monday Meeting
After last week’s blog, how about we get back to business as usual? And in a lot of our worlds, the above picture by Sam Araya for V20 Lore of the Clans (see below) is business as usual! But no, first I just need to take a minute to touch base on all the great responses I got this whole last week to that blog, and to clarify one thing.
Thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to reach out, either on this blog or through other methods, and let me know how much you appreciate what we have tried to do and are doing with Onyx Path. The good wishes, accolades, and most of all, the understanding, was incredibly heartening and I’ve passed your support on to our gang and our creative teams that are kicking ass on projects around the world. Remember they’re the ones who make all these amazing books possible, and who really need to hear the yays.
The one thing I wanted to clarify came out of some of the responses last week about ...115 COMMENTS
Lancea et Sanctum Merits and Miracles Playtest [Vampire: The Requiem]Open Development, Vampire: The Requiem
Now, presenting our final playtest blog for Secrets of the Covenants: the Lancea et Sanctum! Here’s an assortment of new Merits and Miracles for your characters.
When discussing this, please link to the original document, rather than reposting it. I sometimes make changes or clarifications in response to feedback.
Please note that we’re primarily interested in what happens when you put this to work at your table, so actual playtest feedback is much appreciated. Also, this hasn’t been edited, so we’re not looking for grammar/spelling corrections.
<Click here for the playtest materials>
Welcome to My Nightmare [Beast: The Primordial]Beast: The Primordial, Open Development
Still from Deep Rising (1998, dir. Stephen Sommers)
Eve loosened the hoodie. She had pulled it tight around her face, trying to screen out the world, for all the good it had done. The cafeteria was too loud, and the sounds too diverse. Boys thumping on tables, high-pitched laughter from girls, the hum of the microphone that the lunch lady used, in vain, to get them to shut up. Eve stared down into her juice, and thought of water, the silent, cool, Boundless Deeps. She felt the cold on her skin, and she was home, if only in her mind.
Something slammed into her back and pitched her forward. One of the boys — Antonio — was playing catch using a wadded up piece of paper and had slipped. Eve stood up, wiping juice and the remnants of her lunch from her hoodie. She turned to face him.
“My bad,” said Antonio. Eve said nothing. Antonio didn’t wait for acknowledgement, he just turned and went back to his game.
Eve reached out and grabbed him by the hair. She pulled, ...73 COMMENTS
TableTop Day Sales Continue with Mummy: The Curse!Mummy: The Curse, Sales
Yesterday I mentioned that the Trinity Universe is on sale for the next week, for less than $5 apiece.
For today only Mummy: The Curse is also available in PDF for only $4.99! Now’s your chance to pick up the first new game offered by Onyx Path, from 2013.
Imagine being both dead and deathless at the same time. Imagine being cradled in the arms of death for years, sometimes decades on end, but all the while knowing that you will eventually not only arise again, but awaken to an unfamiliar world that mostly fears and hates you. Now imagine that your purpose, your entire existence, is bound within this cycle — that you are chained to it for all eternity. You sleep, you wake, your serve your Judge’s will in the lands of the living, and you return to the death-sleep once more. The ancient culture that empowered you is gone, lost to the sands of time… yet you endure.
In Mummy: The Curse, a Storytelling game set in the World of Darkness, you play one of these beings. Those who know ...4 COMMENTS
Trinity Universe On Sale For Under $5!Sales, Trinity Continuum, Trinity Continuum: Æon
Tomorrow’s International Tabletop Day, so what better way to celebrate than with some discounted games?
All three games of the original Trinity Universe are currently on sale on DriveThruRPG for $4.99 apiece, and will be for the next eight days.
In Trinity, you play psions, each from a different Psi Order. Sixty years ago, the formerly-human mutated Aberrants, with powers to reshape the world around them, were exiled from Earth following a devastating war… but now they want it back.
In Aberrant, you play novas, people who have manifested the ability to manipulate the fundamental forces of nature.
Adventure! is a game of pulp action in which you are an inspired hero battling dastardly villains and bizarre monsters!
Now Available: More Changeling: The Dreaming and Hunter: The Reckoning shirts!Changeling: The Dreaming
Mike said “I made 47 new shirts.” I cried. And spent the next two hours uploading them all.
42 new shirt designs for Changeling: The Dreaming. A lot of you requested the Fae Realm symbol, shown to the right, and the Houses. So we did that. And a bunch more.
Art: Boggans by Tony DiTerlizzi
Art: Eshu by Tony DiTerlizzi
Art: Nockers by Tony DiTerlizzi
Art: Pooka by Tony DiTerlizzi
Art: Redcaps by Tony DiTerlizzi
Art: Satyrs by Tony DiTerlizzi
Art: Sidhe by Tony DiTerlizzi
Art: Sluagh by Tony DiTerlizzi
Art: Trolls by Tony DiTerlizzi
Realm: Prop (bonus: pretend you’re a clockwork Tony Stark)
Cover: Nobles: The Shining Host by Tony DiTerlizzi
Cover: The Enchanted
Cover: Changeling Storytellers Guide by Michael Gaydos
Lost Dreams Part 1 by Rebecca Guay
Lost Dreams Part 2 by Rebecca Guay
After that, we have a mere five new Hunter: The Reckoning shirts, which should make brooklynventrue happy.
Cover: Urban Legends by Alex Maleve
Cover: First Contact
Cover: The Moonstruck by Steve Ellis
Cover: The Nocturnal by Christopher Shy
Cover: The Walking Dead by Tommy Lee ...10 COMMENTS