Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Wood! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Dragon-Blooded illustration by Priscilla Kim


It’s not our oldies prog-rock band, oh no.

Tomorrow (or today if you read this on the day after we post it), Tuesday the 27th, the Kickstarter for Exalted 3rd‘s Dragon-Blooded deluxe edition starts at 12 noon Eastern US time!

Since I went to great (or not so great, depending on your point of view) detail last week on how we have reconfigured this Kickstarter set-up specifically to avoid making the missteps made with the first Exalted 3rd Kickstarter, I won’t go into that here. But here’s that link:

Instead, I just want to point out how much we are looking forward to this KS, and how great the communication, cooperation, and energy has been with our Dragon-Blooded KS team. Eric Minton and Robert Vance, our EX3 dev team, have been totally on top of getting James Bell, our Kickstarter Pooh-bah, info and guidance to set up the Kickstarter, and so that Mirthful Mike Chaney can deliver the illustrations and graphics that will make the KS page something really exciting and clear to read through.

And as for me, well besides gut-checking and working with James to fine-tune the whole shebang, at 12 noon Tuesday I press the big red button that starts the KS. (It’s not really a big red button, but in my mind it is.)





Pan’s Guide for New Explorers illustration by Pat Loboyko




If our boosting of the Dragon-Blooded KS is the start of a Kickstarter life-cycle, at least in public, then my next piece of news represents the delightful end of a Kickstarter campaign. Or several.

Our friends at Indie Press Revolution are running a super sale on Deluxe V20 books from various Kickstarters. Those books that we have left after shipping to all the backers, because we print more than we need in order to have replacement books for those lost or damaged in shipping. Here’s a little ad:

And here’s the link:

We’re always thrilled when we can get these to good homes, so please check it out and adopt one of these blood-suckers!




Hundred Devils Night Parade Mole Hound illustration by Priscilla Kim




If you missed our announcement about Trinity Continuum: Aberrant last Friday (N-Day), we’ve confirmed that we are working on it, and that Ian Watson, Eddy Webb, and (Sturdy?) Steve Kenson, are the development team.

We are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce Steve’s participation, as he is both a huge fan of Aberrant, and a literal one-man army in terms of superhero TTRPGs as designer of RPGs like Mutants & Masterminds, DC Adventures, and ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying, as well as writing on RPGs like Champions, DC Universe, Marvel Super Heroes, and Silver Age Sentinels.

Plus, I think I asked him to join the Trinity Continuum team something like four years ago (it might be more) and he has been incredibly patient while we got things pulled together.


Finally, “When three become one” is your clue to something cool we’re cooking up. A number of things, into a single thing. Hmm? What could that mean…

Many Worlds, One Path!





Our next Kickstarter is EX3‘s Dragon-Blooded starting at 12noon EDT in the US, Tuesday March 27th!




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!

The devs have added a whole bunch of new game lines’ dice and rolling bg’s and got caught by a bug Apple needed to fix, so be sure to update your app and soon that should be fixed.

There’s been tweaks to all elements of the UI, you can now preview every die type in the store, and you can use multiple die types per roll! Here are the links for the Apple and Android versions:

Three different screenshots, above.

(The Solar Anima special Dice above)


Promethean: The Created and Demon: The Descent dice on a Demon: The Descent tabletop


Hunter: The Reckoning and Mage: The Awakening dice on a Mage: The Awakening tabletop





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

Our latest fiction offerings are a classic Scarred Lands fantasy book, and our latest Chronicles of Darkness anthology: the Huntsmen Chronicles for Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition!

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 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? 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:

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!

Wave 3 of our extra Kickstarter projects is now on sale at IPR!

Here are the direct links for the Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras Prestige Edition:

Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras Storytellers’ Screen:

Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition:

Ultra-Deluxe (Orichalcum) Exalted 3rd Edition:

Exalted 3rd Edition Storytellers’ Screen:

EX3 Chibi Bookmarks:

Deluxe W20 Shattered Dreams:

W20 Shattered Dreams Storytellers’ Screen:

Plus price adjustments on M20, Book of the Wyrm, Anarchs Unbound and a
few other projects!




This Wednesday, as per usual at the end of the month, we will be releasing two more PDF entries for Adversaries of the Righteous and Hundred Devils Night Parade for Exalted 3rd Edition! Check out Ashana-Ikatu for the former, and both the Eight-Tailed-Mole-Hound-and-Mahicara-the-Volcanic-Earthwalker for the latter!

Plus, more cool Exalted 3rd merchandise like phone cases over at our RedBubble store!




When you need a Changeling 20th character and a way to get started with C20: here are the C20 Ready Made Characters in PDF and physical book PoD versions! Available on!

Running a one-shot game of Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition? Starting up a chronicle with new players who aren’t sure what to play? Looking for some examples of how the various kiths might look?

Thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers, these thirteen ready-made characters cover each of the Changeling kiths. Each character is provided with background, roleplaying suggestions, art, and some potential motleys and story seeds — everything you need to immerse yourself in the Dreaming!





Coming NOW as both PDF and physical book PoD on DTRPG, we reveal The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb, a Jumpstart adventure for Pugmire.–A-Pugmire-Jumpstart

A cat living in Pugmire disappears, but neither the police dogs nor the cats of the Cat Quarter know why. When zombies attack the heroes, however, all signs point to an invasion by the Monarchies of Mau. But how does this intrigue tie into the lost tomb of the first king of Pugmire?

The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb is a Pugmire story for three to six characters. This jumpstart contains all the rules and characters you need to play — just grab some dice and go! You can also use this adventure with the full version of Pugmire.

The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb contains:

• An evocative and mysterious setting that’s both family friendly and deep enough to create compelling stories.

• A summary of Pugmire’s traditional fantasy rules system. It’s designed for streamlined play, with an emphasis on cooperation and action over competition and violence.

• A complete adventure for a Guide to run for three to six players. Also useful for Guides running a full Pugmire game of first or second level characters!

• Six ready-to-play characters, so you can jump into the action.

Can your good dogs discover the secret of Vinsen’s Tomb?


Also available NOW, are two physical PoD spell card packs and PDFs for Pugmire: the Artisans‘ and the Shepherds‘ spells.





Ask the darkness, and it shall answer: the Beast: The Primordial Player’s Guide Advance PDF will answer your questions now that it is live on!

The Beast Player’s Guide expands on the material presented in Beast: The Primordial, with additional information on the Families and Hungers, what it feels like to be a Beast and experience the Devouring, and how to commune with the Dark Mother. You’ll also find two new Families and two new Hungers!

The book also includes a plethora of new Atavisms, Nightmares, Merits, and Birthrights, as well as systems for creating smaller, subservient versions of the Horror, new forms of Inheritance, and details on the mysterious Obcasus Rites.




There are some things that even a Demon fears – Night Horrors: Enemy Action for Demon: The Descent arrives now as an Advance PDF on!

Fighting the Machine is like fighting the ocean. You literally cannot hurt it. Doesn’t matter how much poison we dump into the ocean. We’ll only kill the things in it. We’ll never kill it. Same with the God-Machine. Kill angels, traitors, stigmatics, cultists, cryptids, whatever, you’ll never hurt the Machine Itself. No, that doesn’t mean we stop trying. You stop trying, you drown. Screw that.

—Mr. Bliss, Guardian Inquisitor

Night Horrors: Enemy Action includes:

• Dozens of Storyteller characters, including Unchained, angels, exiles, cryptids, and stigmatics, for use as antagonists, allies, or just inspiration

• Multiple plot hooks and story seeds for your Demon: The Descent chronicles

• A brief look at cults in Demon, including the Ten Thousand Names of God, a secret society fueled by the God-Machine





With a howl of RAGE, the W20 Changing Ways PDF and physical book PoD charges at you now on!

Changing Ways is an in-depth look at what it means to be a werewolf, both on a personal level and as part of a pack. It digs deep into what it feels like to have bones re-knit after breaking, the range of senses available across all forms, and the sudden heady rush of the Gifts and Rites bestowed by spirits. It also provides a look at what life is like for lupus and metis werewolves, characters who have had experiences alien to any person. It shows the many ways that werewolves organize in packs, and how those packs are designed as groups of warriors, rather than aligned to the behavior of wolves.

Changing Ways contains:

• A detailed look at what it means to grow up as a lupus or metis werewolf, and how that colors a character’s perspective.

• More information on what it feels like to be a werewolf, a creature that changes in both body and mind.

• Frameworks and organizations for packs, along with new tactics and systems for forging the pack as part of play.





Appearing now on DriveThruRPG are the PDF and PoD physical book versions of 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.





We unveil Vampire: The Requiem 2e‘s Half-Damned as PDF and PoD versions now on!

I love her, she’s family, but I don’t love what she is.

– Antonio Ramírez, dhampir

This book includes: 

• An exploration of what it means to be one of the Half-Damned, dhampir, revenants or ghouls.

• Mechanics for creating Half-Damned characters.

• Information for creating and running chronicles using the various Half-Damned character types, both with vampires and alone.

• Information on Half-Damned antagonists for vampire chronicles.





Mighty Matt McElroy, our Operations Manager, will be out at C2E2 in Chicago (April 6-8), walking and talking.

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


And now, the new project status updates!

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)
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • CofD Dark Eras 2 (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon (Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition)
  • C20 Players’ Guide (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)



  • Guide to the Night (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • CofD Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)


Second Draft

  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)



  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition)
  • Night Horrors: The Tormented (Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition)
  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Fetch Quest (Pugmire)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Rulebook (TCFBtS!)


WW Manuscript Approval:

  • Handbook of the Recently Deceased (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)



  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Exalted 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Monarchies of Mau (Monarchies of Mau)


Post-Editing Development:

  • Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (Pugmire)
  • The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)






In Art Direction

  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Scion Hero
  • Changeling: the Lost 2 Contracted.
  • Trinity Continuum
  • Boggans – Contracted.
  • Monarchies of Mau 
  • Wr20 Guide for Newly Departed – Reading through it.


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Scarred Lands Community Content – Over to DTRPG.
  • Scion Origin
  • Wraith 20 Screen 
  • Fetch Quest Primary item this week barring any KS shenanigans.
  • EX3 Dragon Blooded



  • Book of Freeholds Waiting on Cover text so I can wrap it up.
  • Pugmire – Pan’s Explorer’s Guide (or whatever)
  • Cavaliers of Mars 


At Press

  • Beckett Screen – At shipper.
  • Scarred Land PGs & Wise and the Wicked PF & 5e – At fulfillment shipper. PDF and PoD physical book versions on sale at DTRPG.
  • Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition – Books and Screens slated to start shipping this week.
  • Prince’s Gambit – Being sent to the US.
  • V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary– Deluxe edition files at printer.
  • Scion Dice – At fulfillment shipper.
  • Wraith 20 – Backer PDF out, compiling errata.
  • Ring of Spiragos – PoD versions at KS fulfillment shipper.
  • Beast PG Advance PDF on sale at, inputting errata.
  • DtD Enemy Action Advance PDF on sale at, inputting errata.
  • SL Champions of the Scarred Lands Anthology PoD – Uploaded and processing.


TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: While snow came roaring down on Onyx Path HQ, we actually padded into Spring here in the US, so we hope for brighter days, longer days, and weather that is fun rather than freezing. Don’t need the seasonal blues!

28 thoughts on “Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Wood! [Monday Meeting Notes]”

  1. Question about the development process: can books in post-editing development stage get held up due to art not being ready?

    I ask because I noticed that stuff like CtL2e and Kithbook Boggan has been stuck at post-editing development, but Art Direction lists those two’s art as “Contract”.

    AKA it can’t move to Layout because art’s still not ready?

    Or are there completely other reasons for why those two have been stuck where they’re at?

    • We certainly can and do start layout as the art is coming in, so no, there’s not an absolute connection between those two stages being where they are.

  2. I remember (maybe from kickstarter) a “Book of Oblivion” for Wraith20. Is “Handbook for the Recently Deceased” its new title?

    • Nope. They’re two separate titles.

      From the KS:

      -The Book of Oblivion…The BoO will contain: Tempests and Maelstroms, Spectre Castes and Dark Arcanoi, the Labyrinth, more Shadow material, and Spectre Cults.

      -The Handbook for the Recently Deceased, a 24-page guide for the newly dead.

    • Nope, they’re two different books. Handbook for the Recently Deceased is a 24-page guide to starting existence as one of the Restless Dead, while Book of Oblivion is a book covering the Tempest & Maelstroms, the Labyrinth, Spectres and Shadows.

    • They are already working on Lunar mechanics. I believe it’s just too early in development to officially announce. It should be the next splat after DB though.

  3. What is the Contagion Chronicle? I hadn’t really paid attention to it before because I’m a bit out of touch on CofD at the moment.

    • OPP talked about it a fair bit at Gen Con. It used to be called the Crossover Chronicle on the projects page. It’s a Core Book/Dark Eras size ish book that creates a chronicle/a bunch of chronicle hooks that can be used for games that leverage multiple titles from the Chronicles of Darkness. So a big central plot that all the various supers from CofD have a vested interest in. Still not any kind of canon, just a big optional Chronicle framing

      I’m sure the OPP crew can describe it more elegantly than I have, but that’s my very awkward understanding of the pitch.

    • Contagion Chronicle is the big “hope to do crossovers” book. In keeping with how Chronicles of Darkness does things, this is further supported by a Chronicle setup that’s designed specifically to highlight crossovers: that would be the Contagion.

  4. I am SO excited to see Cavaliers of Mars in proofing! OOOOH every step closer makes me a VERY happy person (lol). So what is the next step after that?

  5. Excited to See Deviant and Contagion moving forward! I think that just leaves Mummy 2E as the last CoD line not yet seen on the Monday lists. Will the Mummy 2E team be sharing some of their notes with the Contagion team for the future cross-over-ings of Mummies? (I know that was a horribly constructed sentence. Hunger afflicts me with lunch approaching). I like how the rest of the CoD lines have reached Development pending approvals, so that the Contagion team has had a full set of lore and mechanics to bind the lines together. and welcome Steve to Aberrant!

  6. Any update on when the backerkit for Dark Eras 2 will be ready? Really itching to get my hands on that Mage 2nd edition add on


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