After PAX, I’m Lost! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Lost in a Hedge!

We’re almost done the first week of our Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Kickstarter, and it’s going great! Not only are we racing past Stretch Goals like we’re being chased by a Huntsman, but the community response has been terrific. Jumpin’ James and I are going to sit down this week and talk about a bunch of things you’ve been asking about, but I do want to touch on a few points right away.

First, we had some concern when we went live with the KS, because for this KS we are releasing a few chapters of the completed text each week via Backer Only Updates. Our plan is that all of the text will be released by the start of the last week of the Kickstarter, and that you can then decide if the writing is what you are looking for.

Seriously, our intention is that you will be able to decide and keep, update, or drop your pledge as you see fit and however you decide, that’s totally cool.

So because you can cancel your pledge at any time until the KS funds, there’s really no “paywall” at all.

As for why we chose to set it up this way, well, first of all, we wanted folks to be able to read the complete text. But we have noticed that when we do a “here’s a link to the complete text right here in the KS page, tell us what you think”, that the conversation gets pretty noisy. But only for the front end of the campaign.

We’d like to have an ongoing conversation about the text, and for all of you to have something new and interesting to talk about, each week.

Besides that, we really do hold to something I’ve said so many times that it seems like our mantra for Kickstarter: Every Kickstarter Is Different. So we are very interested in continuing to fine-tune how we do our KSs. For efficiency and effectiveness, yes, that’s better for our business and for backers. And also for our sense of being creative, of treating our projects as individual things that can be made more fun to be involved with and evoke more of the feel of the setting and gameplay (even our Kickstarters).



W20 Changing Ways illustration by Leo Albiero



And now with Jumpin’ James starting to apply some ideas he’s been thinking about to them, we’re really lucky to get a fresh brain on our KSs. For example, our “classic PDF” bundle that is often really popular as a pledge or an Add-on has been something that I and Mighty Matt McElroy have created for most of our KSs as a static, “here you go!” sort of offering. But James has changed that with this KS, and now we have Stretch Goals that add additional PDFs to the bundle so that our backers get more value as the KS continues to grow.

Finally, to clarify one of our Stretch Goal rewards, the additional Kiths that can be unlocked are going to be added to the previously announced Kith and Kin supplement. We were and are unclear in the way that was described, even allowing the Book of Kiths shorthand we were using to show through publicly. That caused confusion, and was our bad. (And now we’re kind of stuck with that title as part of what we’re doing, because a bunch of backers are used to it.)

While all that was happening with the Changeling: The Lost 2e KS, we had a crew at PAX Unplugged in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA, that included myself and Mega Meghan Fitzgerald, one of the CtL2 devs. (Why is she Mega? Because she runs amazing demo games at cons one after the other and people were so excited and loving the adventure so much that they were pledging to the Kickstarter on their phones at the table!) So, some of the people who could clarify things with the KS were not readily available.

Neall Raemonn Price and our new friend Nick from The Wrecking Crew were also running exciting games of Exalted, Scion, Pugmire, etc. for folks pretty much from 10am til midnight. The three of them were made of win.


The PAX Unplugged con itself was really good, I think, for Onyx Path, if for no other reason than allowing all of us to talk with gamers who did not know us or what we do.

Heck, for the first time in four years I found myself explaining what a tabletop RPG was and how you play them.

So, for everybody who talks about how unnecessary those “What is Roleplaying” intro sections are in RPG books: nope.


This exposure to a wider audience was one of the objectives we had in mind for attending this particular convention, so that is a win. We also talked to so many attendees who did know us, or who backed one of our KSs, or who had amazing stories about how old WW and now Onyx Path had influenced their lives. I have heard a fair number of those stories about the WW games over the years, and it’s gratifying that Onyx has been around long enough now to have also made a difference for some folks.

We saw lots of old friends in the business, because just about every tabletop RPG publishers was attending in some capacity or another. White Wolf was right next to us (a coincidence, I swear) and so we had some great synergy with them. Plus anytime I can start the day with Jason Carl, Karim Muammar, and Shane von Shane in their black-clad undead beauty next to us, it just makes things a little bit better.

They were demoing parts of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition both there at the booth and in their demo area, and the very excited players seemed to be almost in a frenzy of antici…



While all these great conversations were going on, and boy did I just talk non-stop, we were also selling Changeling 20th PoDs, Chronicles of Darkness core books, Scarred Lands books, a smattering of our extra Deluxe W20s, W20 Changing Breeds, Exalted 3rds, and one Mage 20.

And Pugmire.

Always the Pugmire. It has proven to be the best game book to set up near the aisle so everybody can see the cover and all the dogs fighting the giant ants, and it just brings folks over. (We also sold out of the Monarchies of Mau Early Access PoDs we brought with us, so never fear, cat-lovers!) For a convention where we wanted to talk with new folks, it really did the trick.



Pugmire Audio Drama “Thank You, Darcy Cat”



It didn’t hurt that our dynamic duo of retail sales Dixie Cochran and Lisa Thomas were phenomenally good at engaging the people that came over to ask what Pugmire is all about and stayed to check out all our other offerings and pick up a brochure at least!

One thing though, if you weren’t there, or missed us, and the talk of these Deluxe books and Pugmire being available sounds like you missed out – not so! You can check out the links in The Blurbs! below for Indy Press Revolution and Studio2, who are selling Pugmire and our excess Deluxes.

I don’t know if they have a deadline for ordering books as holiday gifts, either you directly or through a Friendly Local Game Store, but any of these would be great gifts. The Deluxes for that true fan in your life, or Pugmire for pet-lovers, kids, or folks who want something a little different to try.

There is a deadline for ordering Print on Demand books from DriveThru if you want them by Christmas, and that is tomorrow, so short but fair warning!



Wraith20 illustration by John Cobb



One thing we certainly demonstrated at the convention, with our booth background image, our brochures, and just the range of books displayed in the booth, we have:

Many Worlds. One Path.




What a terrifyingly great first week! We funded in about a day, and have already blown through six Stretch Goals and are nearing 200% funded! The goals include the first novella: Autumn, two new sections for the Kith and Kin book that we’re calling the Book of Kiths, and the first sections for the CtL2 Companion: Entitlements and Freeholds. One Stretch Goal has also added another PDF to our CtL 1st Edition PDF reward!

Come along as the seasons change and we reveal the next chapters of the core book text to backers!

Next, our Trinity Continuum Kickstarter will start in early January!



As we try and 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 both rolling and rocking! Here are the links for the Apple and Android versions:

Three different screenshots, above.

(The Solar Anima special Dice)




We’re delighted to announce the opening of our ebook stores on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). Our initial selection includes these fiction anthologies:

  • Vampire: The Masquerade: The Endless Ages Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Rites of Renown: When Will You Rage II (Kindle, Nook)
  • Mage: The Ascension: Truth Beyond Paradox (Kindle, Nook)
  • Chronicles of Darkness: The God-Machine Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Mummy: The Curse: Curse of the Blue Nile (Kindle, Nook)
  • Beast: The Primordial: The Primordial Feast Anthology (Kindle, Nook)


And here are six more fiction books:

  • Vampire: The Masquerade: Of Predators and Prey: The Hunters Hunted II Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: The Poison Tree (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Songs of the Sun and Moon: Tales of the Changing Breeds (Kindle, Nook)
  • Vampire: The Requiem: The Strix Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Forsaken: The Idigam Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Mage: The Awakening: The Fallen World Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)


Andand six more more:

  • Vampire: The Masquerade: The Beast Within Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: W20 Cookbook (Kindle, Nook)
  • Exalted: Tales from the Age of Sorrows (Kindle, Nook)
  • Chronicles of Darkness: Tales of the Dark Eras (Kindle, Nook)
  • Promethean: The Created: The Firestorm Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Demon: The Descent: Demon: Interface (Kindle, Nook)


And even more books are now on Amazon and the Nook store!:

  • Scarred Lands: Death in the Walled Warren (KindleNook)
  • V20 Dark Ages: Cainite Conspiracies (Kindle, Nook)
  • Chronicles of Darkness: Strangeness in the Proportion (KindleNook)
  • Vampire: The Requiem: Silent Knife (Kindle, Nook)
  • Mummy: The Curse: Dawn of Heresies (KindleNook)




We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire 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!




Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Here’s the link to the press release we put out about how Onyx Path is now selling through Indie Press Revolution:

You can now order wave 2 of our Deluxe and Prestige print overrun books, including Deluxe Mage 20th Anniversary, and Deluxe V20 Dark Ages! And Screens…so many Screens!

And you can now order Pugmire: the book, the screen, and the dice!





Legacy of Lies, the V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart, goes undead in PDF and physical book PoD versions on DTRPG this Wednesday!


Marcus Verus, the vampiric Prince of Chester, secretly prepares to go into torpor. Should his plans be made public, the Prince knows the wolves — both real and imagined — would launch an attack, threatening all within his domain.

That’s where you come in.

Legacy of Lies includes:

  • Basic rules for players and Storytellers
  • Introduction to the Vampire: The Masquerade Dark Ages setting
  • Introductory adventure
  • Characters for players and Storytellers




Appearing on DriveThruRPG is the Advance PDF for Arms of the Chosen for Exalted 3rd Edition!

Take up the panoply of legendary heroes and lost ages, and awaken the world-shaking might of their Evocations. Before the dawn of time, the Exalted wielded god-metal blades to cast down the makers of the universe. In an ancient epoch of forgotten glories, Creation’s greatest artificers forged unimaginable wonders and miracle-machines.

Now, in the Age of Sorrows, kingdoms go to war over potent artifacts, scavenger princes risk everything to uncover relics of the past, and the Exalted forge great arms and armor on the anvil of legend. These treasures are yours to master.

Discover the mystical power of the five magical materials and the secrets of creating your own Evocations. Wield weapons of fabled might and don the armor of mythic heroes, making their puissance your own. Claim Creation’s wonders: the miraculous tools of the Chosen, living automatons, flying machines, hearthstones, and more. And unleash the mighty warstriders, titanic god-engines of conquest and devastation, to once more shake Creation with their footfalls.




NOW on DriveThruCards, the Pugmire Card Set One (Trick, Condition, and Initiative Cards) are helpful visual aids for your Pugmire gaming fun!

Enhance your Pugmire game with this set of player aid cards! These helpful visual aids make your Pugmire gaming easier! Lay them out next to your sheet for ease of reference during play, and to keep track of what you can do, what affects your character, and when they get to act.

Set one contains one card each of every trick in the game, as well as every condition. It also has a set of initiative cards to track player and non-player character actions during combat. Sets two and three (covering artisan and shepherd spells) coming soon!




What dark secrets do the eldest vampires hold? Find out in Thousand Years of Night for Vampire: The Requiem! PDF and physical book PoD versions available on

You may think that with a multitude of people coming, going, dying and running away, we’d be tired, done, or ready to give up.
Instead, I find myself restless, looking for the next thing. 
There’s always a next thing, and I for one am not yet ready to die.

– Elder Kincaid, Daeva Crone

This book includes:

• Detailed instructions on creating elder vampires, including how to base chronicles around them

• A look into the lives of elders, how they spend their nights, who they work with, and why including their roles in both their clans and covenants

• New Devotions, Merits, and Rituals for elder vampires

• The kinds of creatures that pose a threat to elder vampires, including Inamorata, Lamia, Sons of Phobos, a new elder conspiracy, and more!




Is a life of running and hiding a life worth living? We say yes. There’s always something between the running and the hiding, and those moments of grace make it all worthwhile.

The Huntsmen Chronicle Anthology is a perfect companion piece to Changeling: The Lost, 2nd Edition. These stories spin tales of the Lost, of those abducted and enslaved by fairies. Those who escaped, but whose captors will stop at nothing to find them. These fairies summon forth the Huntsmen, primordial hunters who understand nothing but pursuit and capture. The Huntsmen are unstoppable monsters, and the Lost can only look to each other for respite, rare comfort, and rarer trust.

The Hedge has parted and you can get the Advance PDF of The Huntsmen Chronicle Fiction Anthology for Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition at!





For over 20 years, the artists of Mage: The Ascension have conjured spirits and constructed hypertech that can transform reality on a whim.

Within this retrospective, those artists and images depict the ever-changing face of magick. From the debut edition to the twenty-first century, this book explores the people behind the pictures, the process of putting such books together, the story behind Mage’s Tarot iconography, and more.

Featuring the artwork of Echo Chernik, Joshua Gabriel Timbrook, Michael Gaydos, Mark Jackson, Leif Jones, Michael Kaluta, Steve Prescott, Alex Sheikman, Christopher Shy…and many, many more.

The Art of Mage: 20 Years and More has manifested on DTRPG in PDF and physical book PoD versions! Here:




A Land Where Legends Walk

Drawing enthusiastically on Greek mythology, the revised and re-imagined Scarred Lands nonetheless retains its place as a modern fantasy RPG setting. This is a world shaped by gods and monsters, and only the greatest of heroes can expect to be counted among them. The most populous continent of Scarn, Ghelspad, plays host to vast unexplored regions, hides unsolved riddles from ancient cultures, and taunts adventures with the promise of undiscovered riches hidden among the ruins of older civilizations.

Yet the myths of the Scarred Lands are relatively recent events. The effects of the Titanswar still ripple through the world, and the heroines and villains of many of these stories are part of living memory, if not still living.

The Award-Winning Fantasy Setting Returns

Scarred Lands has been a favorite fantasy setting since the release of the Creature Collection for the d20 System in 2000. In subsequent years, over 40 titles were published for Scarred Lands, making it one of the most fully supported fantasy RPG settings ever and the premiere product line of Sword & Sorcery Studios.

Available in both 5th Edition and Pathfinder compatible versions! PDF and PoD formats available NOW!


Heroes, Villains, and Others in Between! 

This tome is a revision of the original book by the same title, originally published for use with 3rd edition rules for the world’s most popular roleplaying game. In this revised edition of The Wise & the Wicked, all the same characters have returned (and we’ve added some new ones, too!), for use with the Scarred Lands Player’s Guide. 

Champions of Gods and Titans 

The Wise & the Wicked introduces a rogue’s gallery of the Scarred Lands’ movers and shakers, characters who carry out the will of the gods or the fallen titans. These non-player characters can be friends, enemies, or simply convenient resources for the player characters in your game.

Inside, find villains such as King Virduk of Calastia, the Black Dragon, along with his wife, the beautiful (and black-hearted) Queen Geleeda; the Grand Vizier to King Virduk, the wicked warrior-mage Anteas; and the sinister general of Virduk’s northern armies, Archduke Traviak the Steel-Fisted. At the other end of the spectrum, meet the gracious Lady Ariniel, the Swan Knight, champion of Madriel; Kimer the Shatterer, bearer of the Earth Sword of Scarn and tenacious foe of the titanspawn of the north; and King Thain the Just, the Aleking, ruler of Burok Torn. And many others beside!

Here you’ll find a fascinating compendium of characters from the Scarred Lands, but easily transported into campaigns set elsewhere. In addition, find multiple appendices full of new magic items and artifacts, class archetypes and prestige classes, new feats, new creatures and races, and more.

Available in Pathfinder and 5th Edition versions! PDF and PoD formats available NOW!–the-Wicked-2nd-Edition-Pathfinder–the-Wicked-2nd-Edition-5e-OGL








In December, Matthew Dawkins, Dave Brookshaw, and Eddy Webb are going to be at Dragonmeet in London. Expect plenty of playful class warfare as these three mix it up, represent Onyx Path, and generally redefine the term “hooligans”.


Planning ahead for 2018, we’re heading back to Midwinter Game Convention in Milwaukee, January 11-14, where we’re going to be bringing a big crew of many of your favorite Onyx Path designers and we’ll be running demos and making some special announcements at the show!



And now, the new project status updates!

DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM ROLLICKING ROSE (projects in bold have changed status since last week): No changes this week.

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

  • M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)



  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Rulebook (TCFBtS!)


Second Draft

  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • Exalted 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Night Horrors: The Tormented (Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition)
  • Monarchies of Mau (Monarchies of Mau)



  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • SL Ring of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Ring of Spiragos (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Origin (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition)


WW Manuscript Approval:



  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (Pugmire)
  • Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition)


Post-Editing Development:

  • Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition)






In Art Direction

  • Cavaliers of Mars – Art meeting this Tuesday for sure!
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Scion Origins
  • Ring of Spiragos
  • Changeling: the Lost 2
  • Trinity Continuum Going to review art notes for pieces for KS.
  • Pugmire – Vinsen’s Tomb
  • Ex3 Dragon Blooded 


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Beast PG
  • Pugmire/Scarred Lands Community Content
  • Book of Freeholds
  • DtD Enemy Action – Going to Josh
  • Pugmire Fetch Quest Working on sample designs for more playtesting.



  • Wraith 20 – Second layout proof/PgXX proof with Dansky.
  • Pentex Indoctrination Manual – At WW for approval.
  • VtR Half Damned – At WW for approval.
  • W20 Changing Ways – First proof.


At Press

  • Beckett Screen – Shipped to shipper.
  • Scarred Land PGs & Wise and the Wicked PF & 5e – To fulfillment shipper. PDF and PoD physical book versions on sale at DTRPG.
  • Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) – Deluxe Edition cover and Screen in the works. Waiting for Deluxe cover proofs.
  • V20DA Jumpstart PDF/PoD versions available Wednesday on DTRPG.
  • Prince’s Gambit – Print and Play version updated. Getting specs from printer.
  • M20 Cookbook – Layout waiting for errata.
  • CtL Huntsmen Chronicle Anthology  Layout waiting for errata.
  • V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary– Backer PDF errata with Devs.
  • C20 Ready Made Characters – Finishing Backer PDF errata gathering.
  • Ex 3 Arms of the Chosen – Advance PDF on sale on DTRPG, gathering errata.
  • Pugmire Artisan Cards Files uploaded and processing.
  • Pugmire Shepherd Cards Files uploaded and processing.
  • Thank You, Darcy Cat Audio Drama Being sent to Pugmire backers this week.


TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Thanksgiving! After this month’s double cons, and other “cons”, it is a good day to reflect on the good stuff. The stuff that makes life worth living. I am, of course, referring to MST3K Turkey Day streaming in a marathon. While Uncle Joe watches football, it’s Joel, Mike, the Mads, and the Bots for me!

  13 comments for “After PAX, I’m Lost! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Tim Flannigan
    November 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    For us Kickstarters will the Scion Origins and Hero books ship together or separately? I know it’s a long way off, I’m just curious.

    • richt
      November 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

      They will ship together as planned.

  2. Alexander Overton
    November 20, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I feel a little apprehensive bringing this up, but it seemed important to raise sooner rather than later.
    With Dark Eras, you have material on sale for your Changeling line that isn’t actually compatible with any edition of the game (sections on sale as part of Dark Eras proper, and individually).
    Is it feasible to allocate resources to update that material to align with Changeling 2e as it stands, or will it remain keyed to a David Hill developed iteration that will never be published?
    Once Changeling 2e hits print and .pdf, I can only imagine that new players might seek out any supplementary material they can – having something advertised as compatible but in reality not seems misleading and unfair to both these newcomers and those who backed Dark Eras to begin with.
    I think that in terms of maintaining brand integrity, it might be wise to at least allocate some dev time to an errata sheet that could be pinned to existing and future purchases on DTRPG.

    On a lighter note, I’m still really looking forward to reading what Rose and Meghan’s iteration on the game is like. I’ve enjoyed it so far.

    • Ryan Spinney
      November 21, 2017 at 6:09 am

      That is a good question, right now aside from the 1e changeling chapter, the 2e chapter is unusable.

    • Second Chances
      November 21, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Agreed. Even if it were just a post-release blog, that would be helpful.

    • November 22, 2017 at 8:46 am

      I’ve actually started making notes toward an update of A Grimm Dark Era‘s Grimm seeming to the format used for seemings in the post-Hill edition. (I note a need to rename them, since the Beast seeming now has “Grims” as a nickname.)

  3. Carl Soderberg
    November 21, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Do we have any idea when Signs of Sorcery will leave development? MtAw is my favorite game and Signs look so interesting I can barely wait.

  4. Erik Welehodsky
    November 21, 2017 at 7:44 am

    How does one check the Indie Press Revolution site? I’m looking for a replacement set of Pugmire dice (I lent them to a friend and she lost them), but the link you provided asks me for a username and password.

    • DixieCyanide
      November 21, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Their website/hosting has been having some issues. They’re resolving them, but it’s not up right this second. I recommend following their Facebook page for updates.

  5. Xia
    November 21, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Quick question: Is Kith and Kin now going to be called Book of Kiths (Like is that what’s going to be on the printed cover of the book?)

    I’m just trying to figure out what I should be referring to it as ^.^;

  6. Unsilent Majority
    November 21, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Sweet Mother, Sweet Mother, bring the Pentex Indoctrination Manuel to me!

  7. One Thousand Years
    November 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Is…. is that… is that a new John Cobb piece?!

    • richt
      November 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Oh yesssss!

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