Now Available: Hurt Locker and Secrets of the Covenants!

Chronicles of Darkness, Sales, Vampire: The Requiem

Now available in advance PDF from DriveThruRPG: Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker.

“Of course it hurts. Everything hurts. If you’re alive, you hurt. Don’t think of yourself as bleeding out; think of yourself as more alive.”

Horror is all about the stakes. And most commonly, pain, injury, and death are those stakes. Hurt Locker is all about the stuff that hurts. We talk why it hurts, how it hurts, and how to deliver pain at your table beyond just rolling the dice and marking health boxes.

Hurt people hurt people. We’re talking ramifications of violence and how pain perpetuates pain down the line. We’re talking about how even after wounds heal, scars always remind you.

Hurt Locker features:

Treatment of violence in the Chronicles of Darkness. Lasting trauma, scene framing, and other tools for making your stories hurt. Many new player options, including Merits, supernatural knacks, and even new character types like psychic vampires and sleeper cell soldiers. Expanded equipment and equipment rules.

Hurt Locker requires the Chronicles of Darkness Rulebook or any other standalone Chronicles of Darkness rulebook such as Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition, Werewolf: The Forsaken ...6 COMMENTS

Well Met at Dragonmeet! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Daughters of Cacophony from Lore of the Bloodlines by Mark Kelly


It is always so great to hear from our creative gang after they’ve returned from a convention that has really gone well, and the reports from Dapper Dave Brookshaw and Matthew Dawkins, The Gentleman Gamer, from Dragonmeet in London certainly sound like they had a great time! If memory serves me right, this is not the biggest UK convention, but it has been consistently growing and seems to have built up a very dedicated and friendly group of conventioneers.

Matthew and Dave hosted an Onyx Path panel and answered questions while handing out a box worth of our 2016-2017 Onyx Path brochures, and they tell me that folks there were thrilled to get their hands on them. The brochures, that is.

One of the things attendees mentioned was that they’d like to see smaller core books that are less intimidating to new players. Which is interesting as a lot of our thinking recently is making sure that while the long-time fan gets their compiled big book of love for the game ...37 COMMENTS

Release Roundup: November 2016

Beast: The Primordial, Exalted, Mage: The Ascension, Promethean: The Created, Scarred Lands, Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Werewolf: The Forsaken

What a harvest season we’ve had! An endless bounty of new releases for you came out this month:

Books Scarred Lands Players Guide for 5th Edition OGL (PDF) Scarred Lands Players Guide for Pathfinder (PDF) Vampire: The Masquerade’s Endless Ages anthology (b&w print option) V20 Dark Ages’ The Cainite Conspiracies anthology (ebook/print) Werewolf: The Apocalypse’s Shattered Dreams (PDF/print) Werewolf: The Apocalypse’s Kinfolk: A Breed Apart (previously in PDF, now in print) Werewolf: The Forsaken’s Signs of the Moon (previously in PDF, now in print) Werewolf: The Forsaken’s Night Horrors: Wolfsbane (previously in PDF, now in print) Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition (previously in PDF, now in print) Cards Exalted Third Edition Charm Cards Set 1: Archery-Investigation (PDF/print, also available separately:) Archery Charm Cards Athletics Charm Cards Awareness Charm Cards Brawl Charm Cards Bureaucracy Charm Cards Craft Charm Cards Dodge Charm Cards Integrity Charm Cards Investigation Charm Cards Exalted Third Edition Charm Cards Set 2: Larceny-Resistance (PDF/print, also available separately:) Larceny Charm Cards Linguistics Charm Cards Lore Charm Cards Medicine Charm Cards Melee Charm Cards Occult Charm Cards Performance Charm Cards Presence Charm Cards Resistance Charm Cards Exalted Third Edition Charm Cards Set 3: Ride-War (PDF/print, also available separately:) Ride Charm Cards Sail Charm Cards Socialize Charm Cards Stealth Charm Cards Survival Charm Cards Thrown Charm Cards War Charm Cards Beast: The Primordial Condition Cards (PDF) Merch


Now Available: Beast Condition Cards, Cainite Conspiracy, Scarred Lands, and more!

Beast: The Primordial, Sales, Scarred Lands, Vampire: The Masquerade

Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: Beast Condition Cards!

Did your heart seize up in your chest a little when I said that? It should. Those horrors you’ve dreamed of all your life – the arms dragging you down into the ooze, the thing with fangs and too many legs waiting in the dark, the sleek, silent killer dropping on you from a clear sky – they’re real. 

But don’t fret, little brother. You’ll never have to wake up in fear, ever again. The nightmares are real…and you’re one of them. 

Now, let us feast.”


Part of the Beast: The Primordial rules, Conditions add an additional layer of consequence and reward to certain actions in the Chronicles of Darkness. Various things within the course of a game can cause Conditions. These include exceptional successes, supernatural abilities, and really any situation where the Storyteller thinks they can be used to heighten the drama of a game.

These Beast: The Primordial Condition Cards are a handy way to keep track of and incorporate Conditions into your Chronicle with each of the 36 cards featuring a single Condition.

The Condition Cards errata thread is ...1 COMMENT

Cainite Conspiracies: Family is Family

Vampire: The Masquerade

The Cainite Conspiracies for V20 Dark Ages releases later today, so we reached out to some of the anthology’s authors to get an inside look at their chapters:

Family is Family

Written by Renee Ritchie

“Family is Family” tells the story of Zamra, a Brujah elder looking to preserve what positive history exists over Carthage. I wrote this story to tie into the notes and apocrypha included about the Brujah in the main V20 Dark Ages Vampire book.

In the story, Zamra teams up with Aidan, the neonate childe of an old friend and clanmate, to retrieve some old letters from Carthage, specifically written by her sire. In addition to the wide age gap of elder and neonate, they’re near exact opposites: he’s crafty and underhanded where she’s more forthright, and he was a European  Crusader while she is at least a practicing Muslim. They press each other’s buttons just by existing, which inflames the Brujah temper in both of them. However, a Baali threat to those documents, as well as the Cainite holding them, helps them push past their differences, at least a little. Strong ...READ MORE

Cainite Conspiracies: Sand and Dust

Vampire: The Masquerade

As the release of the upcoming The Cainite Conspiracies for V20 Dark Ages approaches, we reached out to some of the anthology’s authors to get an inside look at their chapters:

Sand and Dust

Written by Andrew Peregrine

I knew from the start I wanted to avoid a story about the Nosferatu being ugly or finding beauty. That has been done before. Also, most Nosferatu are all about Obfuscate, so I wanted to focus on something they aren’t so renowned for, and their ability with Potence led me to consider a Nosferatu knight. Could even a Nosferatu find acceptance among the elite if he proved himself, and what would he have to give up to do so?

Originally I wanted to set the story during the Crusades, but the dates didn’t quite work, and Jerusalem was too big. I wanted to tell a smaller tale about a less important place. So that naturally led to the Reconquista and the social and religious melting pot of pre-Spain Iberia. With my main character a Spanish knight, I couldn’t resist a few Don Quixote references. In that story, the ...1 COMMENT

Leftovers! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Posting after Thanksgiving always seems like bits and pieces of topics and ideas, not unlike the Promethean pictured above; the leftovers that we now take care of one by one. Since that’s how we at Onyx Path are now handling those messages and pieces of projects we put aside until after the holiday, that’s pretty much the patchwork of conversations we had at our meeting today.

So, to start off: we released Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition in physical book PoD format to go with the PDF last Wednesday, in case you might have missed it during the holiday craziness. You can read more below in the BLURBS! section, but I do want to mention that developer Black Hat Matt McFarland and his crew of awesome writers did a fantastic job of retaining the mood and feel that was so interesting in first edition, while tweaking those elements that seemed to give Promethean a bum rap.

The idea that you absolutely had to play solo, or completely destroy any area your character stayed in, or that the Pilgrimage is hard to manage, have ...46 COMMENTS

Cainite Conspiracies: A Quest for Blood

Vampire: The Masquerade

As the release of the upcoming The Cainite Conspiracies for V20 Dark Ages approaches, we reached out to some of the anthology’s authors to get an inside look at their chapters:

A Quest for Blood

by Russell Zimmerman

Twenty-mumble years ago, I stumbled into it just like you and so many others did. I fell deeply into, and fell deeply in love with, the World of Darkness. Monsters from other games were player characters in this one – though monsters, still – and there wasn’t a single d20 in sight? Awesome! But the elevator pitch barely scratched the surface, and the best was yet to come.

The depth and breadth of sourcebook support for any given WoD game was staggering, but Vampire reigned supreme. There was still room to grow, though; in a shadowy world dominated by (in)human passions, hungers, threats, and myths, the present day just wasn’t enough. Then Dark Ages hit and fixed all that. The history of the world was spun, flipped, tumbled, and examined in terrific new ways. Broadswords and bloody smiles, what wasn’t to love? The tremendous depth of the World ...READ MORE

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DriveThruRPG’s Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sales are live!

Our big-ticket item is Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition, whose PDF is available for an incredible 50% off!

You can get 15% off on more than 50 of our other digital titles, including:

Trinity Universe: Trinity Rulebook Trinity Universe: Trinity Players Guide Trinity Universe: Aberrant Rulebook Trinity Universe: Aberrant Players Guide Trinity Universe: Adventure! Rulebook Scion 1e: Scion: Hero Scion 1e: Scion: Demigod Scion 1e: Scion: God Scarred Lands: Champions of the Scarred Lands Anthology Cavaliers of Mars: A Festival of Blades: A Cavaliers of Mars Jumpstart Pugmire: Pugmire Early Access Vampire: The Masquerade: Vampire 20th Anniversary Edition: The Dark Ages Vampire: The Masquerade: Of Predators and Prey: The Hunters Hunted II Anthology Vampire: The Masquerade: Dread Names, Red List Vampire: The Masquerade: The Beast Within Anthology Revised Vampire: The Masquerade: The Endless Ages Anthology Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Changing Breeds Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Rites of Renown: When Will You Rage Anthology 2 Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Songs of the Sun and Moon: The Changing Breeds Anthology Werewolf: The Apocalypse: The Book of the Wyrm Mage: The Ascension: Mage Translation Guide Mage: The Ascension: Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Mage: The Ascension: Truth Beyond Paradox Anthology Exalted: Shards of ...READ MORE

Now Available: Promethean 2e in print! Plus: some 1e Forsaken

Promethean: The Created, Sales, Werewolf: The Forsaken

Now available in print from DriveThruRPG: Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition!

Don’t run. 

Please. I know what I look like. I know you saw me, with my stitches and punctures and wires. 

I know you felt the Fire. 

It’s not my fault. 

It’s what I have instead of a soul. 

It’s how I know I’m alive. 

Don’t run! I don’t want to hurt you. 

I’m not trying to hurt anyone. 

I know it looks like I should. 

I know you’re afraid — but so am!

Don’t run! No, don’t scream! Please… I don’t want to run, either. 

You are a pilgrim now, one of the Created. You rose to life from dead flesh or inert matter, under the ministrations of one of your own, or a mad scientist, or perhaps just the power of the Divine Fire. You wander the world, sometimes alone, sometimes in the blessed company of your own kind, driven by memories of events and facts you never knew, all in the service of one Great Work…

…to be human.

Humans don’t make it easy, though. The Divine Fire that animates you burns too bright, blinds people, and scorches the land ...9 COMMENTS