Wake Up and Smell the Mage2nd! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Awakening 2 Cover

Just two weeks ago we released the PDF and PoD versions of Exalted 3rd Edition for sale and going “double platinum”, and now this week we’ll be release the Advance PDF for Mage: the Awakening 2nd Edition! New, improved, self-contained, and more mysterious magic and mysticism than ever before! What a month!

For those of you who might not know what I mean by “Advance PDF”, that’s the first PDF released to the public for sale on DriveThruRPG.com. It is not what we would consider the finished PDF, like it won’t have hyperlinks or an index. It is however the stage where we encourage our amazingly dedicated community to read through and send us notes on any mistakes or unclear areas of the text (or strange places where we drop a line of text or hide it behind a sidebar or art), that sort of stuff.

A thousand eyes rather than a dozen, if you will.

We got this idea from our Kickstarted projects actually, because we’d promise the PDF before the printed version and when we first started getting notes back, we’d ...54 COMMENTS

“Dark Ages is a world lit only by firelight” [V20: Dark Ages Companion]

Open Development, Vampire: The Masquerade


In an interview I hosted several years ago with Richard Dansky as my guest, he said to me “Dark Ages is a world lit only be firelight.” It’s a phrase that’s always stuck with me. In Masquerade, vampires walk the cold city streets illuminated by flickering street lights, neon from shop windows, and the occasional gleam of a car’s headlights as it rushes by at speed, to get out of the dreadful neighbourhood.

In Dark Ages, the only light is fire.

What brave mortal will extinguish her candle? Who would be so foolish to travel between villages at night? What of pious kine, holding torches aloft in one hand, their faith brandished in the other? The darkness is the vampire’s friend, just as much as it’s the mortal’s enemy. The darkness hides a multitude of monsters the world over. This is something I want to explore with V20: Dark Ages Companion. The plans of vampires dwelling the shadows, from different regions, with different beliefs. The societies they form for their own protection, and philosophical furtherance they pursue to give meaning to lives ...42 COMMENTS

Release Roundup: April 2016

Beast: The Primordial, Exalted, Vampire: The Masquerade

Ex3 Cover

It’s been a big month for us as we continue to push our way through the development bottleneck. In the last couple of days of March we released Beast: The Primordial, and then a slew of April Fools posts, and the fun train didn’t stop there:

Books Vampire: The Masquerade: The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra (Advance PDF) Beast: The Primordial: The Primordial Feast fiction anthology (ebook and print) Exalted: Exalted Third Edition (PDF and print) Merch Onyx Path: Happy Text Logo (Galaxy phones, iPhones, shirts, mugs, travel mugs, stickers) Onyx Path: Happy Full Logo (shirts, mugs, travel mugs) Vampire: The Masquerade: Sect: The Black Hand (shirts) Vampire: The Masquerade: Art: Black Hand Cover (shirts) Vampire: The Masquerade: Art: Black Hand (shirts) Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodline: Maeghar (shirts) Vampire: The Masquerade: Clan Variant: Old Clan Tzimisce (shirts) READ MORE

May The Fourth Be With You [Mage: The Awakening]

Mage: The Awakening



Philosophy is odious and obscure;

Both law and physic are for petty wits;

Divinity is basest of the three,

Unpleasant, harsh, contemptible, and vile.

‘Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me.

 — Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus


Welcome back, faithful readers!

You’ve all been patiently and not-so-patiently waiting for Mage‘s release. Every Monday Meeting blog, someone asks about it. Every time I turn up on a different forum, someone asks about it. There’s a reddit thread asking about it right now.

Last time on Signs of Sorcery‘s Open Development, I said my next blog would likely be good news. And it is.

Mage: The Awakening Second Edition will be released next Wednesday, the 4th May

This will be the Advance PDF, and after a few weeks of collecting errata and mistakes eagle-eyed readers submit on our official forum, the book will then be locked and the Print-on-Demand option turned on. If something unexpectedly bad happens to us or DrivethruRPG, it could delay release, but the game has now been cleared by White Wolf and, from our point of view, is ready to go.

I should note that the Advance PDF won’t have ...57 COMMENTS

Nine Years and a Week [Scion Second Edition Open Development]

Open Development, Scion, Scion: Hero

Eileen Bran, Scion of The Dagda, the Red Man of All Knowledge

Eileen Bran, Scion of The Dagda, the Red Man of All Knowledge

“His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god.”

– Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light

We often sneer as we say the word “myth”, using it as a way to deride ideas and concepts as fanciful falsehoods that have no basis in fact. We do this to exalt our own narrative, our own truth, reducing all others to, well, myths. But the root of the word myth has a different meaning – ‘story’, no more true or false than any other.

What if all those stories we call myth were true after all?

The Roman Sallustius said “Myths are things that never happened but always are.” Mircea Eliade said, “A myth is a true story that may or may not have happened.”

But what if they did happen?

Those ancient powers never went away. They wander our roads and cities, mingling ...34 COMMENTS

Quantum Frontiers, Part 2 [Trinity Continuum: Æon]

Open Development, Trinity Continuum: Æon

Aeon swirl

Some interesting questions were raised with last week’s Marfisa preview, courtesy of Topher Gerkey. Let’s see how the rest plays out:

Pandorans and Preservers

By 2104 the planet’s population had grown to almost five million, and Endurance had achieved a sort of practical, friendly independence from Endeavor. That was the year that everything changed, when – in one last spasm of uncontrolled power – the warp tunnel opened up one last time and spit out a huge metallic cube into a residential area of Endeavor. The police force discovered an entry into the cube, and exploration quickly revealed what had landed on Marfisa: a giant, quantum­tech automated manufactory, capable of consuming raw materials and producing practically any tool or technology the colonists might want. The manufactory was controlled by an artificially intelligent supercomputer, who confirmed that “she” had been created by Babbage to help the colonists in whatever way they required. The computer had been sent immediately after the colonists, but due to the disastrous failure of the warp tunnel, it had somehow arrived sixty years later.

The population of the colony was almost immediately divided. The leadership of Endeavor, convinced that any ...2 COMMENTS

Now Available: The Primordial Feast Fiction Anthology!

Beast: The Primordial, Sales

Primordial Feast Front

Now available in ebook and print formats on DriveThruFiction: The Primordial Feast Fiction Anthology

The world of the Chronicles of Darkness is a strange place… 

For the human masses, it is terrifying and brutal, full of monsters waiting to drink the blood and taste the flesh of those foolish enough to delve into forbidden corners.

For the Begotten, though, it is home, and those who transgress serve to feed the Horrors within.

The Primordial Feast contains nine new stories inspired by Beast: The Primordial, including new fiction from:

Christine Beard Dave Brookshaw Gregory Eburn Meghan Fitzgerald Jose R. Garcia Myranda Kalis Lauren M. Roy Sean K.I.W. Steele Peter Woodworth



Outrageous Thrice-glorious Edition of the Exalted Technique! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Ex3 Cover

Last week, we put Exalted 3rd Edition on sale!

(I know, I know: “Finally!”)

Truth though, it was a long time coming. No one can deny that. Thanks to all of you who stuck with us as we wrestled this mammoth project into being.

And as the number of sales are showing, I have a lot of dedicated Exalted fans to thank!

So: Thanks Again, folks!

For all of you, it’s the actual game you can play, and talk about again. For John Morke and Holden Shearer and their writing team, it is the actual book that they have labored over these several years available for everybody to get, read, and play. The start of their edition of Exalted.

For Onyx Path, it is the third section of our drive to revitalize the old White Wolf game lines finally happening. Right on the edge of my original 5-Year Plan, but happening nevertheless! Phew! We are just so very happy the book has been received so very well. I feel like we are finally fulfilling the potential we committed to when Onyx Path was first created.

It’s a ...88 COMMENTS

Quantum Frontiers [Trinity Continuum: Æon]

Open Development, Trinity Continuum: Æon

Aeon swirl

Thanks for all your comments about Sudamérica in our last couple of previews! I know the Æon team appreciates your thoughts.

Having explored one of Earth’s many continents, let’s turn our eyes skyward. There are dozens of  worlds and outposts in the depths of space. While Sudamérica is territory we’ve travelled before in previous editions (albeit somewhat different than our presentation), let’s have a look at something entirely new: a nova colony.

Or to be more specific, a nova-era colony with no novas, which should be useful even for those of you who prefer your Æon quantum-free. While this will also be split into two parts, this is a bit of a shorter preview.


The most recently discovered “lost colony” from the Aberrant War era, Marfisa has been isolated for nearly a century due to a catastrophic accident that occurred during the colonists’ Aberrant-provided warp to the distant planet. The circumstances of the warp disaster stranded the survivors for sixty years without access to advanced technology. The unexpected recovery of a quantum­-tech supercomputer and automated manufactory led to an ideological split in the colony’s population, forming the basis for a 19 ...21 COMMENTS

Now Available: Exalted Third Edition!!!

Exalted, Sales

Ex3 Cover

It’s here! Now available in PDF and print at DriveThruRPG:

This is the tale of a forgotten age before the seas were bent, when the world was flat and floated atop a sea of chaos. This is the tale of a decadent empire raised up on the bones of the fallen Golden Age, whose splendor it faintly echoed but could not match. This is a tale of primal frontiers, of the restless dead, of jeweled cities ruled openly by spirits in defiance of Heaven’s law. This is a tale of glorious heroes blessed by the gods, and of their passions and the wars they waged in the final era of legends.

This is your tale. This is Exalted. What legends will they tell of your deeds?

Exalted 3rd Edition depicts both a revitalized and expanded Creation, and the triumphant return of the Solar Exalted—but whether their rebirth will herald the salvation or destruction of the world, none can say. The system redesign takes the best parts of the previous editions and streamlines the mechanics for maximum playability.


Exalted 3rd Edition includes:

New Fiction – Read a new tale ...30 COMMENTS