Back from Gen Con and We’re Dead Tired! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting

Wraith20 Print Proof from Gen Con


Matthew Dawkins here! I imagine I look pretty damn frightening after a week in Indianapolis for Gen Con. My tie may have loosened or top button come undone… Still, my purpose guest blogging isn’t to scare you but to enthuse you, because…


It’s been a long time coming, I know, and I need to thank all of you for your great patience, but it’s finally here:

Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition will be available in PDF and print on DriveThruRPG this week! Check back on our blog soon for the link to purchase a copy!

Before I get onto the hype train, I should also mention the deluxe version of the book. Now the text and art is completely final, the files have been sent to the producers responsible for assembling our deluxe copies. I ordered one as well, so don’t worry, I’m eager for mine as well. In the meantime however, please enjoy the finished version of the PDF or order a print on demand version. I feel confident it’s the best 20th Anniversary game yet.

I’ve long held a strong love for Wraith. It may be my favourite of all the World of Darkness lines. I recall in one of my conversations with developer extraordinaire, Richard Dansky, that I mentioned it’s so difficult to find players for it, which was something that always disheartened me. He disagreed and said “The number of people who have approached me saying they’d love to play but could never find a group could have formed hundreds of groups by now.”

What he said was true. Or at least, it is now. With the internet, livestreaming, forum play, and similar, you can play Wraith with a whole host of ghosts. If your local tabletop group doesn’t want to play (and they should want to play), you’ve no reason to succumb to Oblivion. Instead, post in our forum or on one of the many World of Darkness Facebook groups that you’re open to running a game or looking to play one. With private messaging enabled in any of those forums, you have an excellent way for your Shadow to whisper threats and secrets to you, or their player can put their dialogue in different colours, or italicised.

Wraith was always a game ahead of its time. Mechanics such as the Shadow, a world as bleak of Stygia, and tone as heavy as death, struggled to find an audience in the 1990s. In these days, with fantastic games like Vampire: The Requiem 2e, Promethean: The Created 2e, Monsterhearts, Bluebeard’s Bride, and all kinds of other indie press and innovative mainstream games, it finally finds its place.

Another thing Richard said to me was he believed Wraith was the most hopeful of the World of Darkness games. It’s not a game about death: That’s already happened. It’s a game about finding peace and moving on. I think we’re ready to move on from waiting for this game to arrive. It’s here. Let’s now arrange to play it!

Many Worlds, One Path!

Ian here! Following up by hitting all the news that came out over the weekend (at least, that I’m aware of):

From White Wolf:

  • Vampire: The Masquerade’s 5th Edition came out. Congratulations to everyone involved!
  • Changeling: Waking Dreams is an upcoming blockbuster LARP event from Dziobak Studios and the ImagineNation Collective.
  • Nice Game Publishing’s Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage is a quick-playing legacy game of clan politics with an epic campaign spanning 700 years of vampire history
  • Belladonna’s Cupboard is now offering Vampire: The Masquerade makeup sets
  • Rusted Icon Designs is now offering World of Darkness merch: laser etched drinking glasses, character cards, dog tags, vinyl decals, and more
  • Geek & Sundry will be streaming an L.A. by Night chronicle for V5




Dystopia Rising; Evolution art by Mark Kelly

We ended off our Geist Kickstarter last week with 232% of our original $50,000 goal! Thanks to James and everyone on our Kickstarter Krewe for getting us there, and helping us hit 14 different stretch goals on the way!

Our next Kickstarter will be for Dystopia Rising: Evolution, so keep an eye out for further details.



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 both rolling and rocking!

Here are the links for the Apple and Android versions:

Three different screenshots, above.



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 you bought it from. Reviews really, really help us with getting folks interested in our amazing fiction!

Our selection includes these fiction books:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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? Try this link!

Here’s the link to the press release we put out about how Onyx Path is now selling through Indie Press Revolution:

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

SPECIAL W20 and M20 SALE! Huge savings on our Deluxe printing overruns until 8/31!





This Wednesday, we will release Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition in the PDF and print!




From Fast Eddy Webb, we have these:

Eddy will be speaking at Broadleaf Writers Conference (September 22-23) in Decatur, GA. He’ll be there to talk about writing for interactive fiction, and hanging out with other writers who have far more illustrious careers.
Eddy will also be a featured guest at Save Against Fear (October 12-14) in Harrisburg, PA. He’ll be running some Pugmire games, be available for autographs, and will sometimes accept free drinks.

If you are going and want to meet up, let us know!



And now, the new project status updates!

(Ian here: since most of the crew was at Gen Con, there wasn’t much in the way of updates. This list is copied-and-pasted from last week, albeit without anything bolded.)

DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM FAST 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 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Tales of Excellent Cats (Monarchies of Mau)
  • Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Witch-Queen of the Shadowed Citadel (Cavaliers of Mars)



  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • Wr20 Book of Oblivion (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Adventures for Curious Cats (Monarchies of Mau)
  • CofD Dark Eras 2 (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd)


Second Draft

  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • Aeon Aexpansion (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • C20 Players’ Guide (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • In Media Res (Trinity Continuum: Core)
  • Changeling: The Lost 2nd Jumpstart (Changeling: The Lost 2nd)



  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Fetch Quest (Pugmire)
  • CofD Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon (Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition)


Manuscript Approval:

  • Dog and Cat Ready Made Characters (Monarchies of Mau) (With Eddy)



  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Rulebook (TCFBtS!)


Post-Editing Development:

  • Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Exalted 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition)
  • M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Night Horrors: The Tormented (Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition)
  • Guide to the Night (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)






(Ian here. Mike, like me, was not at Gen Con, so unlike the production stuff above, this is updated over last week)

In Art Direction

  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution – KS art sketches coming in.
  • VtR: Guide to the Night
  • M20: Gods and Monsters 
  • Geist 2e
  • The Realm
  • Trinity Continuum (Aeon and Core)
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff – gonna try out a new artist on some of the NPCs.
  • Ex3 Dragon Blooded


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Scarred Lands Trilogy Novels – Converting to PDF and PoD.
  • PTC: Night Horrors: The Tormented
  • Fetch Quest
  • Cav cards



  • Scion Hero 


At Press

  • Changeling: The Lost 2e Errata gathering.
  • Monarchies of Mau Awaiting press proofs
  • Scion Origin Out gathering errata.
  • Cavaliers of Mars Printing.
  • Wraith 20th Going live Wednesdsay, Deluxe files getting ready for printer.
  • Monarchies of Mau Screen Printing.
  • Cavaliers of Mars Screen Printing.
  • Wraith 20 Screen Printing.
  • Scion Dice – At fulfillment shipper.


TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Gen Con’s over! Time to celebrate by taking a long, long nap.

  22 comments for “Back from Gen Con and We’re Dead Tired! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Tyler
    August 6, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    That Scarlet Empress and shy Mnemon cosplay is heart melting.

  2. Rob
    August 6, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Looks like you folks had a great showing at Gencon this year. I wish I could have been there. Speaking of Wraith, is The Book of Oblivion going to get a merits and flaws section since it didn’t make it into the main Wr20 book?

    • James Hunt
      August 8, 2018 at 8:56 am

      I am also curious about the plan for merits and flaws in Wraith. Could you share if there has been any discussion of if they will be included in future books?

      • August 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

        There will not be any Merits or Flaws in Book of Oblivion, as it’s primarily an antagonist book.

        • Rob
          August 9, 2018 at 8:43 am

          Bummer. Well, here’s hoping the Wraith goodness doesn’t end with the currently announced projects.

  3. itsthatperson
    August 6, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Good for you, Wraith 20. Congrats on your imminent and hard fought release, Onyx Path.

    I had hoped to hear more news of CofD and WoD beyond V5, perhaps even a bit more for lines Onyx Path owns like Scarred Lands, but I see many titles nearing release and that’s always a positive.

    • richt
      August 7, 2018 at 12:58 am

      We deliberately focused on the new announcements, and then answered questions about folks’ specific line or book questions. Go ahead and ask any of those you might have here. Thanks!

      • Second Chances
        August 7, 2018 at 1:54 am

        From chatting with the Darker Days crew, it sounded like there was some discussion of Mummy 2e? Anything major beyond what was in the brochure?

      • itsthatperson
        August 7, 2018 at 3:45 am

        Oh, cool. I’m mainly interested in new products for CofD. Was there anything announced we hadn’t heard of yet, whether for existing or new lines?

  4. August 6, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I ran Wraith for a year back in the day.I also ran a couple crossover characters and two games that fizzled after a couple sessions.

    I mentioned it at the booth this weekend…I also said I ddint know anyone else who ran it successfully.

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      August 6, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      Sorry to hear you haven’t had luck with Wraith in the past!

  5. perverseness
    August 7, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Any idea when the audio or video for the Whats up panels will be going up?

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      August 7, 2018 at 12:28 am

      I believe the Darker Days crew recorded them.

      • richt
        August 7, 2018 at 12:50 am

        Eddy and maybe Matthew were also recording the audio. We’re hoping a combined version of both panels will cover a bunch of what happened in both.

  6. Madam Mirror
    August 7, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Oooooooo Wraith. nice~

  7. Second Chances
    August 7, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Wraith’s been a long time coming. I’ve never played it, but I sure as heck am happy for all the people who do that this week has finally arrived!

  8. Rory
    August 7, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for releasing Wraith at last!

  9. Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu
    August 7, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Since I wasn’t on Gencon,and unfortunately I didn’t have any friends that could’ve attended the painel so I ask here
    Could one of the Deviant developers reveal me what the Clades are?

  10. Cardul
    August 7, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Soo…what is this Distopia Rising?

    • Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu
      August 7, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      It started out as a larp. Now onyx path publishing is turning into a role-playing game!

      • Cardul
        August 7, 2018 at 2:18 pm

        OK..what is the setting, or other information about it? This is kind of the first I heard of it.

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