Aberrific! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Full disclosure: with flying to Gen Con being two days away, my brain is squirming like a toad. So, quick points from the meeting, all arranged haphazardly just like that toad.

  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter Woohoo: With the TC: Aberrant KS down to it’s last day, we are just thrilled by the number and quality of backers and their commentary. Considering that the original Trinity Continuum KS was for both the Core and TC: Aeon and this one is mostly for one book, it really speaks volumes for how the game is gripping people’s imaginations! Big thanks also to our “KS Concierge” James Bell for his tireless efforts and never-flagging good humor all through this one! (I’ll see James at Gen Con to deliver my personal thanks and buy him a drink or twenty!)
  • V5 Chicago By Night Response: We sent out the Backer PDF for CbyN last week and the comments have been all about how great it looks, and how fantastic the writing is. It’s been so wonderful to hear that our first V5 book has been given top marks for quality! We particularly love hearing how we were able to show how V5 can work in a concrete way. This was always what we intended for a new CbyN, so it’s really gratifying for the whole team! Thanks for all your positive feedback!
Dark Eras 2 art by Leo Albiero
  • GenCon Reminder: Like I said, going there in two days. Mighty Matt McElroy and I are representing for Onyx Path and will be walking around, hanging at our sales partners’ (Studio2 and Indie Press Revolution) booths. We’ll also stop in to where The Wrecking Crew are running demos of our games in the gaming area, and, of course, running our panels. We’ll be joined by Eddy Webb and some of our other creators on the panels, and we look forward to answering your questions. We will not have a booth – this year we chose not to have one. We’ll see if that’s a great idea, or a horrible, horrible mistake.
  • Twitch Goodness: If you missed it, last week we started our Onyx Path Twitch Kickoff, with TC:Aberrant and other actual play sessions, interviews, and an entire episode of the Onyx Pathcast that was broadcast live on Twitch. (Fear not, it’ll be up in audio-only form as usual for the Pathcast!) We are trying out a lot of different content; either our own or by hosting other folks’ streams, and not coincidentally moving towards “Affiliate Status”, which gives us even more fun ways for everyone to enjoy Twitch streams. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/459571845
VtR2 Spilled Blood art by Aaron Riley
  • 5e Creature Collection Kickstarter Coming: Jon Hodgson and his crew at Handiworks Games are reaaaalllly close to launching the Kickstarter campaign for what promises to be an absolutely gorgeous book of Scarred Lands monsters! One of the cool things about this collaboration has been that it is also the launch of a new official Onyx Path Kickstarter account. Since we’ve started, our KSs have been run off of my account, with my picture in the corner and folks sending comments and questions directly to me even if it has actually been our KS “concierge” James who is running them. So Jon can run this one for Creature Collection, and we’ll see how to best migrate other KSs over to the official Onyx Path Kickstarters. Here’s a preview of the book: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/283745/Scarred-Lands-Creature-Collection-Preview-2
  • Next Week’s MMN Blog Guest-blogger: Will be Dixie! She volunteered and so she gets the prize! We’ll send photos of the Con – some might even be worth showing off – and any other tidbits we glean out of the madness.
  • New Onyx Path Team Shirt Sizes Needed: Yes, we pretty much closed our meeting with this request from Mighty Matt, and we’re hoping to get these made up in time to wear to PAX Unplugged in the Fall. It has been a few years since the first official team shirt, and our crew thinks it’s time to get some that are a bit more lightweight than our previous ones. Which just goes to demonstrate that not all of our meeting is about our amazing:

Many Worlds, One Path!



The Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Kickstarter HAS ONE DAY LEFT!

We’ve already passed Stretch Goals that are enabling us to recreate missing first edition books, a compilation of the web comic, three sections of a book statting out the characters, digital wallpaper and dice, a backer-only T-Shirt, a jumpstart adventure, two novellas, an art budget increase, a three-part scenario including a Jumpstart called Novas Worldwide, and:

N!WE N!TERNATIONAL WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT – A new PDF product discussing the N!WE, the performers and industry personnel, and various elements of professional wrestling in the world of Aberrant!

At $115,000 and climbing, we’ve still got more fantastic Stretch Goal rewards to come, so come check it out! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/trinity-continuum-aberrant

Right now, we are working on Deviant: The Renegade as our next Kickstarter campaign, although the 5e Creature Collection for Scarred Lands may premiere first on our new official Onyx Path Kickstarter account!


Onyx Pathcast art by Michael Gaydos

This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast features the crew interviewing fledgling writer and developer, beer expert, and all-around Geist fanatic, Mike Tomasek: https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/

And Here’s More Media About Our Worlds:

Our Twitch channel has been alive with content over the last week, and you can find it right here:  https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
So many of our fans and customers have been engaging with the livestreams we’ve been running through the channel, and we’re so grateful for your involvement in everything we’ve been doing. If you missed any of the episodes of Collateral Damage, the interviews with Matthew Dawkins, Eddy Webb, or the live Onyx Pathcast, or indeed any of the other videos we’ve put up, do not despair! Those videos have all been migrated to YouTube so you can watch them again. Our channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath

In other news, here’s The Story Told Podcast‘s review of the C20 Player’s Guide: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/episode-32-changeling-the-dreaming-20th-anniversary-edition-players-guide-review

Have you been watching one of the best Exalted actual plays ever produced? If not, now’s the time to catch up with Beamduck‘s show right here: https://www.twitch.tv/beanduck

It’s Episode 31 of Occultists Anonymous, the Mage: The Awakening actual play. Wyrd the Seer prepares for the meeting with Mr. Johnson. Mammon readies for company. Atratus and Songbird have some study time. Here’s a link: https://youtu.be/nrAg-msByS0

Do check our Fandible for a two part actual play of Monarchies of Mauhttp://www.fandible.com/

Strange Assembly perform a review of one of the most highly-acclaimed V20 sourcebooks, Anarchs Unboundhttps://www.strangeassembly.com/2019/review-anarchs-unbound-vampire-the-masquerade

And do keep up with the Saving Throw show for an actual play of Pirates of Pugmire too! https://www.twitch.tv/SavingThrowShow

And if you’re looking for some background into the history of Aberrant, check out the Keeper of the Archive‘s series on Aberrant 1st Edition: https://youtu.be/9qkrQeLqZWQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3SkWNjQyHc

Drop Matthew a message via the contact button on matthewdawkins.com if you have actual plays, reviews, or game overviews you want us to profile on the blog!

Please check any of these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games!


As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is now live! Our dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.)


You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble).

If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction!

Our selection includes these fiction books:


We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau out into stores, as well as to individuals through their online store. You can pick up the traditionally printed main book, the screen, and the official Pugmire dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire

We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog: https://studio2publishing.com/products/prince-s-gambit-card-game

Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost

Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!:

Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online

Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/

And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And NOW Scion Origin and Scion Hero are available to order!

Running RIGHT NOW until August 11 is the Dog Days Of Summer Sale! 50% many of our Deluxe Editions!

It’s time for the Christmas In July Sale! Wild savings on PDFs all across DTRPG, including ours! Check it out – it runs until TOMORROW!

On Sale This Week!

This Wednesday, we are offering our monthly Exalted 3rd PDFs AND the Exalted 3rd Music Suites #2: Dreams of the Second Age music files on DTRPG!


Gen Con: August 1st – 4th THIS WEEK!
Save Against Fear: October 12th – 14th
GameHoleCon: October 31st – November 3rd
We’ll also be back at PAX Unplugged later this year!

And now, the new project status updates!

DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM EDDY WEBB (projects in bold have changed status since last week):

First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep)

  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th)
  • W20 Art Book (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th)
  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)
  • Vigil Watch (Scarred Lands)
  • Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)


  • Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core)

Second Draft

  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)


  • M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Creatures of the World Bestiary (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • TC: Aeon Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)

Manuscript Approval

  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Let the Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Geist 2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • Oak, Ash, and Thorn: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd)


  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Heroic Land Dwellers (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Pirates of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)
  • TC: Aeon Ready-Made Characters (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Chicago Folio/Dossier (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)

Post-Editing Development

  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • V5 Chicago By Night (Vampire: The Masquerade)
  • V5 Chicago By Night Screen (Vampire: The Masquerade)
  • CofD Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Distant Worlds (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Dark Eras 2 (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • Memento Mori: the GtSE 2e Companion (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • DR:E Jumpstart (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)



In Art Direction

  • Contagion Chronicle
  • VtR Spilled Blood – All the art that is in is approved. Felipe is working on stuff.
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds
  • Trinity Continuum Aberrant
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e
  • Ex3 Lunars
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea – Contracted.
  • TCFBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties – Gonna just get Michele to do this one
  • DR:E Jumpstart – Sam Denmark is doing this.
  • Deviant for KS – Contracted.

In Layout

  • M20 Book of the Fallen – Files with Josh
  • CoM – Witch Queen of the Shadowed Citadel
  • Dark Eras 2 – Files with Aileen


  • Shunned By the Moon – Errata gathering.
  • Aeon Aexpansion
  • C20 Cup of Dreams – Next week.
  • V5: Chicago – Backer PDF sent, errata coming in.
  • Geist 2e
  • Signs of Sorcery – Inputting Errata.

At Press

  • Dragon Blooded – Deluxe at Studio2, shipping after Gen Con.
  • Dragon-Blooded Cloth Map – At Studio2, shipping after Gen Con.
  • Dragon-Blooded Screen – Shipped to Studio2, shipping after Gen Con.
  • Trinity Core Screen – At Studio2.
  • TC Aeon Screen – At Studio2.
  • Book of Oblivion – PoD proofs coming.
  • Trinity: In Media Res – PoD proofs coming.
  • Scion Ready-Made Characters – PoD proofs coming.
  • Trinity Core – Files uploaded to printer, waiting for proofs.
  • Trinity Aeon – Files uploaded to printer, waiting for proofs.
  • DR: E – final PDF off for approval
  • EX3 Music Suite #2: Dreams of the Second Age – for sale on Weds.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Gen Con is this week! I started going in 1987 – missed a couple of years, so I’m going to say 30 years of going to the coolest congregation of fellow gamers that still holds the crown as the biggest TTRPG convention evah!

  23 comments for “Aberrific! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. perverseness
    July 29, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    “Right now, we are working on Deviant: The Renegade as our next Kickstarter campaign,”

    Right now my heart burns brighter than the stage at a german punk show. Feel free to post this after gencon, I will find the frikin money.

    • richt
      July 29, 2019 at 11:08 pm

      We’re not starting this KS until very late in Aug or into September. No worries!

  2. Matt
    July 29, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Awesome to see you guys collaborating with Jon Hodgson! Loved his work on The One Ring RPG.

    • richt
      July 29, 2019 at 11:07 pm

      Jon and I got thrown together as a couple of art guys for the Gen Con Industry Insider/Special Guests stuff a few years ago, and I was impressed by both his undeniable talent and his take on this wacky business we’re in. Both the book and its Kickstarter should be something special!

  3. Oscar Cuellar
    July 29, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Next to Aberrant… Deviant has been my most anticipated book. It does me good to hear it’s time is coming.

    • richt
      July 29, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      Hope it lives up to your anticipation!

  4. Robert D
    July 29, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Very excited to hear that Deviant the Renegade will be the next KS! 🙂 and happy to see Hunter the Vigil 2 moving up to Editing!

    quick question, it was mentioned that:
    “Right now, we are working on Deviant: The Renegade as our next Kickstarter campaign, although the 5e Creature Collection for Scarred Lands may premiere first on our new official Onyx Path Kickstarter account!”
    Does mean there will be two different KS accounts for Onyx Path projects from here on out: the official Onyx Path one and the one that is currently doing Trinity Continuum: Aberrant? Or will the one currently doing Aberrant be phased out after Deviant and all KS project moved to the upcoming official Onyx Path one?

    • richt
      July 29, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      At least for a while there will be the Richard Thomas KS account that we’ve used from Day One for KS, and also the new Onyx Path one that is debuting with Creature Collection. We’ll see how we handle things after that. Thanks!

  5. Dystopian Sunrise
    July 29, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Glad to get my hands on DR:E. Its great, very well put together, but if the final pdf is off for review are any issues we find from the backer copy going to get fixed by the time for print? Because there are quite a few glitches in the backer preview.

    • richt
      July 29, 2019 at 11:02 pm

      You mean the text given to backers during the KS that usually hasn’t been through editing yet? That’s why we do the errata phase with the Backer PDF.

    • Mateus Luz
      July 30, 2019 at 12:15 am

      I have to agree with the first part: the book is amazing, the art and text are great.
      I liked the way it’s a combination of Scion and TC rules, with several extra tiles for the survival aspect of the setting. Just great!

    • Eddy Webb
      July 30, 2019 at 7:18 am

      No worries. Just put any errata into the errata form posted on the Kickstarter, and I’ll address them before the PDF goes to press!

      • Mateus Luz
        July 30, 2019 at 10:48 am

        Do we need to point all the Page XX?

        • Dixie Cochran
          July 30, 2019 at 2:15 pm

          No, please don’t point out any of them. The p. XX pass is done after the errata pass, in case anything changes that shifts pages around. Thanks!

  6. Yiodan
    July 29, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    May be I’m reading too much into this but, the fact that you are making shirts for PAX, does that imply that there will be several members of Onyx Path present? Because it would be very cool to have the pleasure to meet some of you.

  7. Sam
    July 30, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I’m watching The Boys on Amazon and it reminds me Aberrant. ???

  8. Sye
    July 30, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I really look forward to Heirs of the Shogunate. I got the KS reward tier that let a character be written in, as tribute to my wife, who passed away back in June 2017.

  9. karpomatic
    July 30, 2019 at 7:51 am

    With the success of the Aberrant KS, I’m anxiously awaiting the announcement of Adventure! It is a great setting that didn’t get the love it deserved and I know OPP will do it right.

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      July 31, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Did you see the final KS update for Aberrant?

  10. Tim Flannigan
    July 30, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Can’t wait for Scion Companion and Bestiary!

  11. Jessica Orsini
    July 30, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    A panel hosted by Eddy Webb at ICC 2009, I remember asking if there were any thoughts of a new version of Aberrant. Eleven years later, I’m beyond thrilled to be part of the Kickstarter to create exactly that!

  12. Grimmi
    July 30, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    SO is there gonna be no KS for Hunter 2E? because its already in editing and D:tR is still in manuscript approval.

    • richt
      July 30, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      We never said there’d be no Hunter2e KS. We’ll just do it with edited text.

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