(Exalted) Essence of PAX [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

That photo looks like V5 Philly By Night‘s cover!

(Not an actual book we’re working on).

But it was my view in Philly during this last weekend at PAX Unplugged. Which was fantastic for us, so let me get right to the highlights!

First, there was the convention itself. We went in with a strategy of a non-sales booth, with double demo tables in the booth and more demo tables in the gaming area. Our primary goal was to hand out our new brochures and to talk with as many people as possible. Towards that end, Mighty Matt brought a fine selection of display products, including working texts from several books not yet on sale (or Kickstarted):

And no, we were not selling V5 Chicago By Night at the con, which unfortunately disappointed a few fans. First it needs to get to KS backers (soon), and then into game stores and other sales venues. But, as we had intended, we did give folks a chance to buy our stuff – right across the aisle at the Studio2 booth! Here’s a pic with Jim from Studio2 and our books on prominent display:

That was from set-up day, so you can’t see our new Onyx Path official shirts, and I wasn’t wearing by silver bell yet, but once the attendees rolled in, the system of us sending folks over to buy the books we just talked up, and them sending folks over to us for demos and info (or to get Eddy or Neall’s autographs), worked out better than we had hoped.

And here’s the booth itself on set-up day. It would soon be filled with people talking and demo-ing:

Ah yes, the people. So many the people. We had demos running at at least one table and usually two, all through the con. Dynamic Dixie, Crystal, and LisaT were our ambassadors of goodwill and directed folks to the downstairs gaming area, or next door to buy books, or over to Mighty Matt or myself if they wanted more in-depth answers or to talk business – all the while handing out a phenomenal amount of brochures.

Eddy, Neall, Meghan, Travis, Danielle, and Crystal (again, boy was she busy), all demoed games in the booth and downstairs – a wide cross-section of our publishing, from Chicago By Night to Scion to Pugmire to Scarred Lands to Changeling: The Lost to TC: Aeon (more on that later)!

Here’s a Pugmire game being run by the one and only Eddy Webb:

There was a lot of laughter, some gasps, and a lot of folks who popped over to the Studio2 booth to see what of ours was for sale. That flow from our booth to the demos to Studio2 was what we were looking for, so our booth/demo crew hit it out of the ballpark!

And when I mentioned people, I also meant that we talked to a ton of podcasters and actual play folks, printers and shippers, and our cohorts from around the industry. At least three of us were losing our voices by the end of the con. I did a look back at art directing the original Mage: The Ascension book interview, which I’ll be sharing the link for soon – but let’s just say that our discussion went far deeper into how art direction works in general than I’d have expected.

A real thrill for me was meeting the Devil’s Luck crew (literally) in their Scarred Lands characters’ costumes – especially since the Slitherin rat-men were one of my contributions to the Creature Collection back in the day:

A mighty Manticora!
Squeak, squeak!

If you get a chance to watch, well, really any of their actual plays – not just Scarred Lands – you too will be impressed with their dedication to character and great gaming.

So here are some specific news items from PAXu:

PAXu was the first place you could buy the Trinity Continuum Core and TC: Aeon traditionally printed books, and boy did they go over big! Right now, we are sold out of their respective Screens, so we’re looking into what to do about that! You can ask your FLGS to order both books from their distributor or have them reach out to Studio2 or IPR (below in the sales section of the blog).

Our old friend Ivan van Norman and Hunters Entertainment through Renegade Game Studios announced that they are heading up the creation of Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th Edition! Congrats to Ivan and the whole team!

We released our new brochure for 2020, although the year really doesn’t mean anything except that we can find it in sequential order with all our other ones. The year isn’t associated with any expected releases. I’ve seen some folks ask why this project or that project isn’t in there, and the reason is simple.

This brochure is designed to showcase the various worlds that we are making projects for; to give a taste and info about those game-lines, and not really to provide a listing of everything we have done, are doing, or will do. We picked a few key projects to mention to show some of the range or depth of a line.

Chicago Folio art by Michael Gaydos

And, of course, we followed through with announcing a new project at PAXu that was hitherto unannounced, with a blurb in the brochure and press releases the same day as the brochure went public. That project is Exalted Essence!

Of course, we’ve only teased what’s in this book, because this is just the first announcement, but here are a few clarifications from the team on a few things that people have some questions about:

  • A lot of people have been speculating on the system, so we can definitely confirm it’s still a version of the Storyteller System and not Storypath or something else.
  • Castes/Aspects, etc. will still come into play, but as variations on the main Exalt types.
  • The 10 Exalt types included will be Solars, Lunars, Dragon-Blooded, Exigents, Sidereals, Getimians, Liminals, Abyssals, Alchemicals, and Infernals.
  • There will be some setting information in Essence, enough to run games set across Creation, though players and Storytellers can certainly supplement setting information and history with any of the current and forthcoming Exalted 3e books.
  • Players and Storytellers won’t need to be familiar with any other Exalted books or editions to run a game of Exalted Essence.
  • Our main goal regarding Exalted Essence is to capture the feel of Exalted: the vast, epic-fantasy game that has captured imaginations for almost two decades.

Now, I’d also like to step back a bit and go into our impetus for creating a “lighter” version of Exalted 3rd.

Obviously, Exalted 3rd Edition is a huge book. It has a lot of pages, it’s heavy, and inside, it covers a ton of material with a gigantic Charms chapter, and then several more chapters for other powers. (Obviously, this is a titanic simplification of EX3, but I’m not going into an analysis of everything in there, this is already a long blog post).

What I’m saying is that EX3 is daunting just to look at when you sit down to play. If you hear about it, and want to get it, it costs a lot to buy, it costs a lot to ship, and the page count pushes the limits of book binding technology. Then we look past that, and the material within is also daunting, even to experienced Exalted players.

VtR2 Spilled Blood art by Andrea Payne

So years ago, we began to discuss how to make EX3 less daunting. To start with, despite all that I’ve laid out above, there are a lot of people happy with EX3 exactly (or at least close to exactly) as it is. A lot. So our purpose shouldn’t be to wreck what people do like – we want to make it easier for people to continue to enjoy Exalted as well as to get into it for the first time.

But a Jumpstart alone isn’t going to do it. It’ll get you started but ultimately the only way to keep going is going to require you braving that giant scary book. We realized that we need a simplified version of EX3 that didn’t supersede it, but simplified it while allowing the line to be there if you wanted to get into those more detailed systems and descriptions.

OK, but now it falls on us as publishers to figure out how to make that happen. And EX3 is not just daunting for players, it’s just as daunting to game designers. I’ve said it before, so it’s good to repeat here: Exalted is like a giant steam-punk machine; an intricate interconnected series of gears. And if you mess around with one game system gear in one section, you run the risk of completely screwing up a system or detail on the other side of the machine that is interconnected to a dozen gears of its own.

So we just can’t plop a developer who doesn’t understand Exalted into a chair and they start making Exalted books. We were phenomenally lucky that we could bring on Robert Vance and Eric Minton as developers, and even with their previous Exalted experience there was still a decent ramp-up time. But then, when they were rolling along on all cylinders, they were faced with creating books that were already on the schedule and had been announced, that built off of the EX3 core.

We either had to pull them from that continuation of a very healthy and enjoyed game line in order to develop the EX3 simplified book, and leave a lot of fans in the lurch, or find and train more EX3 devs to create the simpler version even though that would make it even longer before it could come out.

Obviously, ultimately, that’s what we did.

We will certainly have more to say about Exalted Essence in the weeks and months to come. Keep an eye on the project progress info below, and once writing begins you’ll see it pop up in the First Drafts section and then move through all the steps.

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Onyx Path Media!

This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast recaps PAX Unplugged! Available on Podbean or on your favorite podcast venue!

Once again our Twitch schedule is jam-packed with games! We’ve got Vampire: The Masquerade, Pugmire, Scarred Lands, Aberrant, Changeling: The Lost, Hunter: The Vigil, Changeling: The Dreaming, Mage: The Awakening, Trinity Continuum, and even more! If you’ve ever wanted to know how our games are played, check out our Twitch channel on twitch.tv/theonyxpath

Likewise, our YouTube channel is filling up with content, including Aberrant: Community Service, Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion, and Pugmire: Paws & Claws! There’s a ton of content over there to wade through, as well as a recently dropped Onyx Path News! Subscribe to us on youtube.com/user/theonyxpath

I want to give a special profile to Aberrant: Community Service, as this superb actual play really gets into what’s great about Aberrant. For your ease, here’s the playlist of episodes on YouTube so far: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiNRTdSDh6-XTtU1yRfowy7njFNps7qEN

Matthew Dawkins continues his Gentleman’s Guide to Scion over on the Gentleman Gamer YouTube channel. He’s covered an introduction to The World setting and to the Storypath System so far. Videos can be found right here: youtube.com/user/clackclickbang

The fantastic folks at Red Moon Roleplaying have been working with us overtime on producing actual plays of Mummy: The Curse, Changeling: The Lost and Vampire: The Masquerade with Matthew Dawkins, Klara Herbol, John Burke, and Bianca Savazzi. You can find their excellent shows right here: 
Vampire: The Masquerade: https://youtu.be/IRNubrPeIKk
Mummy: The Curse: https://youtu.be/jyZYG-WadpU
Changeling: The Lost: https://youtu.be/Y90EFR8FlR0

Did you know you can pick up the mobile version of the Pugmire RPG for free? Find out about the mobile version right here: https://youtu.be/6TkWfDecVp8

Have you been watching Ekorren‘s Exalted roleplaying journal? If not, you really should, because he makes a fantastic series of videos: https://youtu.be/6OM9lwzzOEQ

And finally, it’s been a while since we last promoted the fine folks at Devil’s Luck Gaming, and their superb actual plays. If you love watching people play RPGs, you’ll really enjoy their games: twitch.tv/devilsluckgaming/

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!


Electronic Gaming!

As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is 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.)


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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!

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Our Sales Partners!

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!:
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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!

As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com!


On Sale This Week!

This Wednesday, we are proud to announce the PDF and physical book PoD versions of In Media Res for the Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook, a collection of pre-constructed stories featuring the hypercompetent Talents including:

  • Codename: Aquarius, a spy story of questionable loyalties in a wilderness of mirrors.
  • Caper, Incorporated, a reality-bending super-science heist for the fate of the world.
  • Classified: Help Wanted, a deadly game of cat-and-mouse in a single locked-in skyscraper.
  • And more…

Plus we’re also releasing the Trinity Continuum Core Screen in PDF – all on DriveThruRPG


Conventions!


2020: Midwinter: January 9th – 12th, in Milwaukee, WI. Check out David Fuller’s Athens, Ohio Scion actual play tie-in adventure (soon to be coming to the Storypath Nexus community content site) that will be running at Midwinter. The event url is below:
https://tabletop.events/conventions/midwinter-gaming-convention-2020/schedule/402


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)

  • Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Duke Rollo fiction (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Redlines

  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Second Draft

  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Development

  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)
  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)

Manuscript Approval

  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition)

Post-Approval Development

  • Scion LARP Rules (Scion)
  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)

Editing

  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Let the Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Geist 2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Mythical Denizens (Creatures of the World Bestiary) (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire)
  • M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)

Post-Editing Development

  • Chicago Folio/Dossier (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • TC: Aeon Ready-Made Characters (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • Oak, Ash, and Thorn: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd)
  • W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th)
  • TC: Aeon Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Vigil Watch (Scarred Lands)
  • Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition)

Indexing


ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY!

In Art Direction

  • Contagion Chronicle
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e
  • Ex3 Lunars
  • TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – Sending out art notes and contracts.
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Cults of the Blood God (KS) – Art all seems ready.
  • Mummy 2 (KS)
  • City of the Towered Tombs
  • Let the Streets Run Red – Sending out art notes and contracts.
  • CtL Oak Ash and Thorn – Awaiting artnotes.
  • Scion Mythical Denizens – Going over sketches.
  • Deviant
  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad – Sending out art notes and contracts. Still looking for a couple of artists.
  • Vigil Watch – Sending out art notes and contracts.

In Layout

  • Chicago Folio
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds – Haven’t forgotten it.
  • Pirates of Pugmire – With Aileen.

Proofing

  • Memento Mori – At WW for approval.
  • Dark Eras 2 – Correction notes back to Aileen, so off to WW soon.
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon Jumpstart
  • M20 Book of the Fallen – Getting PgXX notes from Satyr Phil.
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! – 2nd proof.
  • VtR Spilled Blood

At Press

  • Trinity: In Media Res – PDF and PoD versions on sale on Weds at DTRPG!
  • V5: Chicago – Shipping to the KS fulfillment shippers. PoD proofs ordered.
  • Aeon Aexpansion – PoD proofs coming.
  • Geist 2e (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) – At press, proofs signed off on.
  • Geist 2e Screen – At press, waiting for proofs.
  • DR:E – At press, proofs signed off on.
  • DRE Screen – At press, waiting for proofs.
  • DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties – PoD proof on the way.
  • Trinity RMCs
  • Tales of Good Dogs – PoD files uploaded.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

In Memoriam- Two performers that brought multiple beloved characters to life: Rene Auberjonois, from the original MASH Father Mulcahy, to Clayton Endicott III on Benson, to perhaps his best-known role as Odo on DS9, and Caroll Spinney, who brought Big Bird and, my personal favorite, Oscar the Grouch, to life on Sesame Street and delighted so many children around the world for decades. They did good work, brought two notable grouches to life, and will be missed by the many who loved them for it.

  35 comments for “(Exalted) Essence of PAX [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. JohnD
    December 9, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    “Getimians”

    Oh, thank God. I’ve been excited about these bastards since I first heard of them, and now we are one step closer to seeing them.

    Super excited for Essence! I do enjoy Ex3, but it IS daunting, especially when you have people interested in the game but no one really can dedicate the effort to learning it. A simple version is much appreciated.

    • richt
      December 10, 2019 at 11:40 pm

      Truly our pleasure!

  2. Aldo Montoya Reynaga
    December 9, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, Exalted Essence sounds great. I’ll be ready the Monday News then. Also impatience for the next V5’s book Kickstarter.

    It’s a shame that V5 Chicago by Night hasn’t been released. I would love to have it under my tree this Xmas.

    • richt
      December 10, 2019 at 11:39 pm

      I’m sure James explained to backers why things conspired to delay shipping, but as far as I know the shipments to our fulfillment shippers are rolling towards them right now.

      • Aldo Montoya Reynaga
        December 11, 2019 at 11:14 am

        Yep, James explain to us very clearly the delay. It happens in this tme of the year when it gets very busy. Nonetheless it’ll be a great book, I’m sure of it.

  3. GaggikClaw
    December 9, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    If Ex3 is hard on players, I think it is even tougher on the Storyteller ! Coming up with new interesting NPC or adversaries that can challenge the players from a combat perspective can really turn into a nightmare. As I grow older and have less time to prep games in systems less complex than Ex3, I can only but respect even more my current Ex3 storyteller ! I am pretty sure Exalted Essence will be of interest to our gaming group. Great project and looking forward to it !

    • richt
      December 10, 2019 at 11:38 pm

      I agree! Really, when I say players in this context, I mean everyone playing including the Storyteller, as opposed to those who worked on the game.

  4. Dacar Arunsone
    December 10, 2019 at 5:15 am

    The main question that hangs in the air is: what with other Exalted books? You know, there is Dragon Blooded, Lunars (in production), Exigents (in writing) and then what? Will be there Abyssals, Sidereals, Alchemicals and these new pesky upstarts books? Gods? Half-something? Raksha? Or one book to rule them all and we can start thinking about something new?

    • Ekorren
      December 10, 2019 at 10:53 am

      The idea is still to release one splat per year, with Exigents now in 2020. Essence is more of an alternative for those who want a simpler game focused more on storytelling. The other books and the other splats will come along like planned, and Essence is a standalone book that won’t affect the pacing of the other books.

      • richt
        December 10, 2019 at 11:28 pm

        That’s right. We’ll probably build Essence out a bit with some extra projects if we do a Kickstarter for it – and we are thinking in that direction right now because we want to put it in stores.

  5. Beekay
    December 10, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I love the news of Exalted Essence! Thank you so much for the announcement!
    Since the old downloadable print & play quickstart at the Old White Wolf page I have had the fondest memories of Exalted, & have always wanted to return to Creation, but been intimidated to do so as you’ve mentioned above in the meeting notes.
    I also am so thrilled to know that the long time, loyal fans of 3e will still have time & books devoted to them as well.
    I’m genuinely excited & will be tuning in for more news as it is released.
    Thank you again! 🙂

    • richt
      December 10, 2019 at 11:36 pm

      Absolutely our pleasure! More news on the project when we have it!

  6. R Conway
    December 10, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I feel like OPP is channeling Frank N. Furter with the Geist 2e updates.
    “Trembling with antici…
    .
    .
    pation.”
    Fingers crossed for next week! ?

    • richt
      December 10, 2019 at 11:36 pm

      Love the call out to Frank, but what are you waiting for that could happen next week? It’s the printing process and the plants are headed into the holidays- so to stretch your metaphor a bit, maybe right after “antici…” hit Pause – and give it a few weeks before hitting Play, then. 🙂

  7. karpomatic
    December 10, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Pax was a great experience for me and I’ve already booked my hotel room for next year.It was great seeing my Onyx Path friends and gaining new ones like Danielle, Travis, & Crystal. Danielle ran Trinity’s Classified: Help Wanted for my group at Pax Unplugged and it was great. We laughed a lot. To know the people behind these games makes them more enjoyable for me. Thanks for all OPP does. See you all at the next PAX!

    • richt
      December 10, 2019 at 11:25 pm

      Glad to hear it, it’s always good to see you!

  8. Chris Asher
    December 10, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Oh my gods, can’t wait for the Scion manuscripts to be approved!!

  9. Leo B.
    December 10, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Onyx path should consider doing kickstarters for non core exalted books. I really crave for new supplements for the line.

    Exalted essence sounds dope.

    • richt
      December 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm

      Non-core books are coming, and they don’t need Kickstarters to get done. Besides, how would we fit them into our KS schedule with so many core books needing those slots! 🙂

  10. Michael E
    December 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I truly appreciate the explanation you provided for Exalted: Essence. You very clearly enunciated what I’ve thought for years: EX3 is excellent but daunting, and a streamlined alternative is going to be very much appreciated by me and my players, alongside continued support for the existing high-quality “core” line.

    • Dixie Cochran
      December 10, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you! I’m excited!

    • richt
      December 10, 2019 at 11:30 pm

      Glad it hit the right stuff for you. It’s one of the problems with holding back announcing projects until we’re sure we can talk about them – the initial info drop is quite a shock!

  11. Yiodan
    December 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Re: Exalted essence. This is a fantastic idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ex3 and all the upgrades it did. But it is true that there is quite the learning curve. Essence sounds like the perfect solution.

    • Dixie Cochran
      December 10, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks so much, and it was awesome seeing you this weekend!

      • Yiodan
        December 11, 2019 at 7:46 am

        Likewise, it was an absolute pleasure meeting all of you. Looking forward to doing this again next year.

  12. Wanderer
    December 10, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Exalted bing such a large and complicated system makes it hard to modify thing, you never now what the unforseen consequences are.

    Wil there be (simple) rules for subsystems?
    Like beaurocracy, craft, sailing, war, sorcery, etc?

    And how doable is it to make other splats?
    Other exalted or non exalted, like spirits, fae, sorcerous abominations?

    • Dixie Cochran
      December 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      I have every confidence in the team, many of whom have created some great mechanical systems over the years, to both anticipate issues and implement solutions to anything that comes up during playtesting.

      Past that, it will be awhile before I can answer all of your questions as we’re still working on all the details. Thanks for understanding! 🙂

  13. Ysadrel
    December 11, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Thank you for acknowledging that there are a lot of people (myself being one of them) that are happy with Exalted 3E just the way it is, and for going about creating Essence in a way that minimizes disruption to the existing line. As someone whose favorite Exalts are all in the back half of the release schedule, I feel much better about the news than I did when I thought it was going to kick Sidereals, Abyssals and Infernals out another year.

    (It…it won’t, will it? I know Kickstarter slots are limited, and Exalted traditionally gets one per year; is the plan to have Essence Kickstart outside that schedule? Obviously the details won’t be nailed down yet, so I’m not looking for a specific answer, just something on the order of whether there’ll be a year with two Exalted Kickstarters or not.)

    Essence is still probably not for me, but I’m a lot more interested in seeing where it goes.

    • Dixie Cochran
      December 11, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Essence isn’t impacting the main Ex3 line! I can’t speak to the KS schedule at this time, but part of the reason we’re keeping Eric and Vance on the main books while the three of us develop Essence is to have as few timing issues as possible. I’m glad you’re enjoying Ex3; I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of the books we currently have in the works.

      For what it’s worth, I also enjoy Ex3 a whole ton! At the table, though, I just prefer a less mechanically dense system and I wanted to give folks at least some version of all ten Exalt types as quickly as possible, since the main cores/splats take time to get out the door.

  14. David Wattier
    December 13, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Does this mean that there will be no more of the Ex3 books?

    • richt
      December 13, 2019 at 8:01 am

      Not at all. From the blog:
      “There will be some setting information in Essence, enough to run games set across Creation, though players and Storytellers can certainly supplement setting information and history with any of the current and forthcoming Exalted 3e books.”
      Eric and Vance are still developing EX3 projects and we’ve no plans to stop them. Essence is currently slated to be a single book, and we’ll see what the interest is after that.

  15. Cameron Starkel
    December 13, 2019 at 7:44 am

    So, am I reading correctly that with Essence, we will being seeing early versions of all the Exalted types that haven’t had their own Core books yet?

    • richt
      December 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Yes. Simplified versions designed for Essence will be in the book for ten Exalted types.

  16. Phil
    December 14, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I was pretty nonplussed by the Essence announcement, but listening to the Pathcast this week has definitely turned me around. Dixie did a great job of showing her own excitement and demonstrating the thinking behind the project. Very much looking forward to seeing what she, Monica, and Neall deliver down the line.

    • richt
      December 14, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Glad to hear that the Pathcast – where things can often be talked about in greater detail, and certainly with greater range of emotion – worked for you!

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