Whoah, Nelly! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

The Masters Tools for Dark Eras Companion by Justin Norman

 

Shhhhh.

Don’t startle the bronco, as so far it’s a bit of a calmer start to this week than last. (Last week’s blog was entitled “Bucking Broncos” for those unfortunate few who missed it). While I expect that horse to start buckin’ any minute now, let’s enjoy the calm between yee-haws!

I’m feeling better this week, thanks for asking. The coughing can still be back-muscle-tearing intense, but the spells are less frequent and I finally got some decent sleep this weekend.

Much more capable of getting things done.

The first thing that I got done was the prepping of the shipping sheets for both the Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition Kickstarter and the Deluxe W20 Shattered Dreams Kickstarter. KS allows creators to download Excel spreadsheets containing the backers’ shipping addresses as well as their responses to the Backer Survey, which is where backers note the Add-on items that they have added money to their pledges for.

It is the Add-ons which are the time killer because there is no programmatic way to assemble that info besides ...11 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: America Offline

Trinity Continuum: Æon

Today we take a peek at Oversight, the opening fiction from America Offline: Psi Order Orgotek & FSA Sourcebook for Trinity’s 1st edition.

Subject: Invitation From: Arthur Bengali, Sierras Management Corporation, Yosemite Park To: Leslie Contarkis; Chris Fortier; Gabrielle Whitbloom Encryption: SPE Transmission Type: textfile Date: 08:19:31 03.08.2120

Greetings from your friends at Sierras Management Corporation! Each year we like to have special events for our friends in the Central Security Agency. This year we have brand new climbing and gliding systems to display!

We’ve selected your names at random from the list of guests. Please respond if you’d like to be the first to use our new systems.

>>> end transmission <<<

Fortier and Whitbloom accepted the invitation within the hour. Leslie Contarkis didn’t. Since Bengali went through the guest list looking for agoraphobic guests, he wasn’t surprised. Now he’d have some time alone with the potential defectors.

For a half-hour, he did exactly what SiMag expected him to. The “lucky winners” found the biotech ascenders startling at first, then they grew delighted with the sensation of going hand-over-hand up sheer rock faces. Fortier wanted to know technicalities, so Bengali described how ...2 COMMENTS

Now Available: Awakening Tarot in print, plus Requiem Bloodline shirts!

Mage: The Awakening, Sales, Vampire: The Requiem

Now available in print from DriveThruRPG: Mage: The Awakening Tarot!

At long last, the Mage Tarot deck is back in print! DriveThru now supports tarot-sized decks, as well as the capability to create tuckboxes.

A Player aid for Mage: The Awakening, this 78-card Tarot deck is suitable for stand-alone use or in conjunction with chronicles and contains lavish, full-color art commissioned specifically for this deck.

Includes instructions on standard Tarot readings as well as using the cards as a Storytelling tool for chronicles.

Note: Originally released in 2009 for Mage: The Awakening 1st Edition.

Also available from our RedBubble store: Vampire: The Requiem bloodline shirts!

Daeva: Anvari Gangrel: Bohagande Mekhet: Alucinor Mekhet: Khaibit Nosferatu: Gethsemani Ventrue: Architects of the Monolith 7 COMMENTS

Bucking Broncos! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Parting the Waters from the Ex3 Jumpstart by Gunship Revolution

 

First, for those of you following what I never intended to be a saga: it turns out I have not just a cold or the flu, but bronchitis. The doctor has me on antibiotics, and I am actually feeling better. So, hopefully I only have to ride this bucking broncho for a while longer. Thanks to everybody who sent in “get well” messages!

The other bronco the gang here at Onyx Path have been riding for a couple of days, and was the subject of much of our meeting today.

(The official one. My meeting with Eddy was mostly talking about how David Tennant’s Doctor parsed with his Purple Man on Jessica Jones.)

I’m referring to the upset in our community after the Vampire and Mage interactive fiction Preludes were released last week by Asmodee under license from the new White Wolf Publishing. If you want to look it all up, the details are out there. For us, Matt McElroy and I have been talking with WWP about this issue since last week ...86 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: Curse of the Blue Nile

Mummy: The Curse

Today we look at Father of Ab, a story by Lisa Morton from the Curse of the Blue Nile anthology for Mummy: The Curse.

Nebet’s tomb was set into a hillside, and opened onto a large enclosed yard that displayed obvious great wealth. Even though it was night, the air was warm, smelled of smoke, and a slight reddish glow covered the sky, blocking out any stars.

“Where are we?” Nebet asked, eyeing the luminescent, blue pool before her, surrounded by tile, stone, and plants she knew had never grown in Irem. Gonzalez answered, “The city of Los Angeles.” As he saw her pause and stare into the sky, he added, “…on the western edge of the North American continent.”

Nebet turned her attention to the three men with Gonzalez, who seemed to represent a variety of races: one looked like a traveling merchant she’d once met from the Far East, one looked like Gonzalez, and one had pale skin the hue of the simple white shroud she wore. “None of you look Iremite.”

Gonzalez smiled. “Los Angeles is a melting pot, and the Tef-Aabhi ...READ MORE

Now Available: Dark Eras: Doubting Souls and Bowery Dogs!

Hunter: The Vigil, Sales, Werewolf: The Forsaken

Two more individual chapters from Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras are now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG for your reading enjoyment!

Dark Eras: Doubting Souls for Hunter: The Vigil

Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

Immigrants and tribes struggled to co-exist on the Eastern Seaboard in the ever-expanding Colonies. Violent clashes, supernatural beliefs, and demonic influences spelled disaster for Salem Village and its surrounding towns, while others fought werewolves and vampires on the frontier. With so much at risk, only god-fearing men and women were deemed innocent — and those were few indeed.

 

Dark Eras: The Bowery Dogs for Werewolf: The Forsaken

Ford to City: Drop Dead

—New York Daily News,October 30, 1975

New York City in the 1970s. Crime. Drugs. Gang violence. Vast economic disparity. And werewolves. It’s a lean, ugly time to be alive, and the lone wolf doesn’t stand a chance out there. In the end, all you really have is family.

These chapters and more are available ...READ MORE

Cough- Back In -hack- The Saddle -cough Cough- Again [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Three Suns Standing by Gunship Revolution for the Exalted 3rd Jumpstart.

 

Feeling a lot better, but am still fighting the last bits of this flu or whatever it is. Last week, though, was a sort of semi-conscious staggering from the one thing I could focus on each day to trying to rest/medicate/cough this thing out until the next day and the one thing I could concentrate on that day. And so on.

I did manage to work with BackerKit to send out the links for the Backer PDF for Pugmire. There was a hiccup on coding that they fixed pretty fast, all things considered, and then I not only Locked Down the pledges, but charged them for any additional Add-ons they might have added on to their pledges.

I think the timing for these three steps basically worked as intended by BK, so that’s good to see happen with our first use of their system. Next will come the address corrections right before shipping; so a few months down the line. Until we Shut Down the project then, anybody interested can still ...43 COMMENTS

Fiction Friday: Rites of the Blood

Vampire: The Masquerade

This week we look at The Price, the opening fiction from Rites of the Blood.

“Knowledge always comes at a price. Whether that price is paid in blood, security, or spirit, Vrisa, there is always a cost.” Shick-shick-shick went the knife along the leather strap, sharpening its blade to an impossibly fine edge. The little old man paused, eyeing the knife’s razor point, and then went back to sharpening.

“The first hunt was a Tremere. You can guess why, of course. They say the Usurpers stole Salubri power and Salubri blood — but they took their immortality from the Tzimisce! What is the greater crime, I ask you?” He grumbled. “Revenge was the order of the day.

“Now it seems those fires have cooled. More’s the pity.” Shaking back a shock of white hair, the old man gave a gravelly chuckle. “I knew their magic when they were humans crawling on the earth like worms on sodden graves. To think, they took Tzimisce vitae, our knowledge of the spirits and the energies of the land, and they cocked it all up. Rats in their Hermetic ...READ MORE

Now Available: Hurt Locker and Condition Cards in print!

Beast: The Primordial, Chronicles of Darkness, Promethean: The Created, Sales

Now available in print 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. Weíre talking ramifications of violence and how pain perpetuates pain down the line. Weíre 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.

Beast: The Primordial 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 ...7 COMMENTS

[Pugmire] February Update!

Pugmire

Hello wonderful Pugmire supporters! Things are kicking into a new gear, so let’s dive into the update!

PUGMIRE CORE RULEBOOK

As I hope you’ve already seen, we’ll have a Backer PDF for folks on Wednesday! It’s a week later than our planned release date, but we wanted to give folks time to adjust their pledges before we lock things down. Rich posted details about this release and why we do Backer PDFs in update 50. This is the first time we’ve used BackerKit to deliver a book PDF, so please bear with us if there are hiccups! Check out Rich’s update if you haven’t already.

MONARCHIES OF MAU

I ran a couple playtests of Mau at Midwinter last month, and reception was positive. The playtests helped me identify areas that need work, and solidify areas that are working well. Players said the game made them feel like cats in the same way that Pugmire makes them feel like dogs. They also helped me identify some specific areas that I needed to improve. Based on that, I’m revising and finalizing the first draft of Monarchies ...5 COMMENTS