Gaining the Prince’s Favor [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Tomorrow! Tuesday, March 21st at 12 noon Eastern US time!

The Kickstarter for Prince’s Gambit goes live!

This is a description from the KS page:

Designed by long-time Vampire: the Masquerade tabletop RPG developer Justin Achilli, Prince’s Gambit is a fast-paced social deduction game set within the world of Vampire: the Masquerade, but which requires no special knowledge to play. Players must cooperate to gain the favor of the Prince while deducing who among them are secretly the traitorous Sabbat infiltrators.

And here’s a link to our Prince’s Gambit Example of Play video, hosted by Justin Achilli himself, with a special guest appearance by our own Eddy Webb. It’s about 10 minutes long, but goes through the important set-up and highlights how a typical game plays:

I mentioned last week that this is a pretty big Kickstarter for us as it is for our first non-book sort of project. We’ve studied a lot of other card game Kickstarters and tried to adapt what seemed to work for them into the parameters of Prince’s Gambit.

It is also the first time we are structuring the pledges so that shipping amounts are added after the KS is over. We’re hoping this can enable much more accurate costs, particularly for our international backers. It’s only after having put together a handful of other KSs using BackerKit (as our platform for after a KS campaign is over) that I feel comfortable with handling shipping through the BackerKit interface.

The good news for anybody in our community that is interested in our other game lines, is that we’re very much looking at this first foray into card game Kickstarters as a massive learning experience for the whole team. We have every intent of applying what we learn doing this to further card game KSs in the future. That means pricing, pledges, what sort of Stretch Goals get folks excited, do the same press groups get interested, how fast (if at all) do we hit the funding amount, you name it!

Speaking of what gets folks excited, we’ll be holding an Ask Me (Us) Anything on Reddit next Wednesday the 29th starting around 12 noon EDT. Various developers and Onyx Path folks will be on throughout the day, and Justin Achilli will pop on in the evening after he gets done his day job to talk about Prince’s Gambit. So if you want all the inside info, that’s the place to go next week! I might even be on there answering important, secret, stuff if I can figure out the razzin-frazzin’ scrolling of the threads!



Lore of the Bloodlines illustration by Ken Meyer, Jr



Following up from last week’s MMN blog, our friends at DriveThruRPG have resolved our clogged physical book Pod creation process and I’ve ordered PoD proofs of a half-dozen projects (see the project progress updates below in the BLURBS! section). Some of them are already on their way here to Onyx home base as I write this. Now, will any of them get here in time to go on sale this week? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Mighty Matt McElroy, our Operations Head-Honcho, just got back from the GAMA trade show in Vegas, and the word is that lots of folks want to talk with Onyx Path for all kinds of business deals!

Always nice to hear, and I’m really glad Matt got a chance to touch base with our friends from the new White Wolf Publishing, Jason and Dhaunae, and the guys from Indy Press Revolution (IPR) and Q-Workshop. We’ve really enjoyed working with them so far, and it sounds like big things are afoot for the future.

Meanwhile, Impish Ian Watson, lord of all things Trinity Continuum, hosted an Onyx Path Q&A at CAiNE in Canada that looked a bit quiet for a few worrisome minutes but then all the folks whose games had run late poured in and lots of great questioning and answering, too, ensued!



Tattoo Totem for Mage20 Book of Secrets by Preston Stone


Just to recap a few questions from this last week:

#1 We don’t have any current plans to create LARP rules for Chronicles of Darkness because, a) we actually don’t have the LARP license, just tabletop RPG, and b) it is the new White Wolf‘s call on whether any other WW settings get LARP rules. If they decide they want to, and we can help, we’d be glad to.

#2 Yes, we do know how concerned you are about the Exalted 3rd release schedule, and we are too. As I noted late last year or early in January, we are working on a new plan for a couple of our lines, and a couple of specific books, and EX3 is at the top of the list for serious changes to how we’ve been doing things up until now. I also know that actions and delivery speak loader than words, and you will be seeing things actually happen in the next couple of weeks.

#3 Yes, we are still planning the Trinity Continuum Kickstarter for this year. We’re just cagey about which month.

#4 Is Dark Eras Companion‘s PDF ever going to go to backers, you ask? Sometime this week!


Dark Eras Companion art by Vince Locke


Hopefully, I’ll see a bunch of you tomorrow as the Prince’s Gambit KS goes live at 12 noon!





Unless we’re attacked by Sabbat infiltrators, we will be going live with our Kickstarter for Justin Achilli’s Prince’s Gambit casual Vampire card game on Tuesday, March 21st at 12 noon Eastern US time!

Designed by long-time Vampire: the Masquerade tabletop RPG developer Justin Achilli, Prince’s Gambit is a fast-paced social deduction game set within the world of Vampire, but which requires no special knowledge to play. Players must cooperate to gain the favor of the Prince while deducing who among them are secretly the traitorous Sabbat infiltrators.

Next, the Monarchies of Mau KS is scheduled come after Gambit.






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!



The Secrets of the Covenants for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd REVEALED this Wednesday on DTRPG! Physical copy PoD version coming to DTRPG:

Vampires gather under many banners. But five have endured the tumult of Western history better than any other. The Carthian Movement. The Circle of the Crone. The Invictus. The Lancea et Sanctum. The Ordo Dracul. Each has its fierce devotees, its jealous rivals, and its relentless enemies. Now,for the first time, the covenants speak for themselves.
This book includes:
  • A variety of stories from each of the covenants, all told in their own words.
  • Never-before revealed secrets, like the fate of the Prince of New Orleans.
  • New blood sorcery, oaths, and other hidden powers of the covenants.



From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Fallen Blossoms (Hunter 1640-1660 Japan). Japan is moving into the Edo Period. New laws and new ways of thinking wash over the land, and with a new order come new threats to humanity. Take a look at the Vigil in a time where samurai transition from warlords to bureaucrats, Japan massively and lethally rejects outside influence, and when Edo rapidly grows into a world power.

Continuing our individual Dark Eras chapters, we offer you Dark Eras: Fallen Blossoms on in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG!



From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Doubting Souls (Hunter 1690-1695 Salem). Immigrants and tribes struggled to co-exist on the Eastern Seaboard in the ever-expanding Colonies. Violent clashes, supernatural beliefs, and demonic influences spelled disaster for Salem Village and its surrounding towns, while others fought werewolves and vampires on the frontier. With so much at risk, only god-fearing men and women were deemed innocent — and those were few indeed.

Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG:



From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: The Bowery Dogs (Werewolf 1969-1979 NYC). New York City in the 1970s. Crime. Drugs. Gang violence. Vast economic disparity. And werewolves. It’s a lean, ugly time to be alive, and the lone wolf doesn’t stand a chance out there. In the end, all you really have is family.

Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG:




The Locker is open; the Chronicles of Darkness: Hurt Locker, that is! PDF and physical copy PoDs are now available on DTRPG!

Hurt Locker features:

  • Treatment of violence in the Chronicles of Darkness. Lasting trauma, scene framing, and other tools for making your stories hurt.
  • Many new player options, including Merits, supernatural knacks, and even new character types like psychic vampires and sleeper cell soldiers.
  • Expanded equipment and equipment rules.

Hurt Locker requires the Chronicles of Darkness Rulebook or any other standalone Chronicles of Darkness rulebook such as Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, or Beast: The Primordial to use.




Both the Beast: the Primordial & Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition Condition Cards are now on sale on DTRPG in PDF and physical card PoD versions! Great for keeping track of the Conditions that are on your characters!




From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Ruins of Empire (Mummy 1893-1924). Perhaps the quintessential era of the mummy in the minds of Westerners, this period saw the decline of the two greatest empires of the age: British and Ottoman. Walk with the Arisen as they bear witness to the death of the Victorian age, to pivotal mortal discoveries in Egypt, and to the horrors of the Great War.

Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG.



From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: The Sundered World (Werewolf and Mage 5500-5000 BCE). At the birth of civilization, in the shadow of the Fall, the Awakened stand as champions and protectors of the agricultural villages spread across the Balkans. In a world without a Gauntlet, where Shadow and flesh mingle, the steady taming of the world by humanity conflicts with the half-spirit children of Father Wolf.

Available in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG.



Night Horrors: Conquering Heroes for Beast: the Primordial is available now as an Advance PDF:

This book includes: 

  • An in-depth look at how Heroes hunt and what makes a Hero, with eleven new Heroes to drop into any chronicle.
  • A brief look at why Beasts may antagonize one another, with seven new Beasts to drop into any chronicle.
  • Rules for Insatiables, ancient creatures born of the Primordial Dream intent on hunting down Beasts to fill a hunger without end, featuring six examples ready to use in any chronicle.



The PDF and physical book PoD versions of Reap the Whirlwind, the Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition Jumpstart swirls into being on DTRPG!

You are a vampire, a junkie. Every night, you beg and you borrow and you steal just a little more life, just a few more sweet moments. But there’s a guy at the top. The Prince. He’s got everything. The money, the secrets, the blood.

Tonight, you’re going to take it from him. Tomorrow, there’ll be hell to pay.

This updated edition of Reap the Whirlwind features revisions to match the core rulebook for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition. Text edits and rules clarifications have also been updated.

Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes:

  • Rules for creating and playing vampires in the Chronicles of Darkness
  • The first two levels of every clan Discipline, the dark powers of the dead
  • A complete adventure by noted horror author Chuck Wendig

This new revised Reap the Whirlwind Revised includes an updated booklet, 7 condition cards, and the interactive Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition character sheet.




Open the V20 Dark Ages: Tome of Secrets now on DTRPG! Both PDF and physical book PoD versions are now available!

The Tome of Secrets is a treatment of numerous topics about Cainites and stranger things in the Dark Medieval World. It’s about peeling back the curtain, and digging a little deeper. Inside, you’ll find:

• Expanded treatment of Assamite Sorcery, Koldunic Sorcery, Necromancy, and Setite Sorcery

• A look at Cainite knightly orders, faith movements, and even human witchcraft

• Letters and diaries from all over the Dark Medieval World









Discussing GenCon plans. August 17th – 20th, Indianapolis. Every chance the booth will actually be 20? x 30? this year that we’ll be sharing with friends. We’re looking at new displays this year, like a back drop and magazine racks for the brochure(s).

In November, we’ll be at Game Hole Con in Madison, WI. More news as we have it, and here’s their website:





And now, the new project status updates!



DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM ROLLICKING ROSE (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 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • Monarchies of Mau Early Access (Pugmire)
  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)



  • Scion: Origins (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)


Second Draft

  • The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition)
  • CtD C20 Jumpstart (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Pugmire Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (Pugmire)
  • VtR Half-Damned (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition)



  • W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • 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)
  • SL Dagger of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Dagger of Spiragos (5e– Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Arms of the Chosen (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition)
  • Book of Freeholds (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • BtP Beast Player’s Guide (Beast: the Primordial)



  • CtD C20 Anthology (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition
  • M20 Art Book (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • BtP Building a Legend (Beast: the Primordial)


Post-Editing Development:

  • CtL fiction anthology (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition)



  • Pugmire





In Art Direction

  • Beckett’s Jyhad Diary – new stuff AD’d
  • W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook
  • V20 Dark Ages Companion Artist shenanigans.
  • Dagger of Spiragos  – Finals in progress… and maps are progressing.
  • VTR: Thousand Years of Night Contracted
  • Cavaliers of Mars – AD’d(ish)
  • Monarchies of Mau Early Access – Pat’s in.
  • BtP Building a Legend – Sending out notes to artists…
  • April Fool’s thing – Leblanc should be cranking out the cover for the (REDACTED) thing this week.
  • Wraith 20 – Notes out to KMJ…


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Prince’s Gambit – Making the remainder of graphics this week.
  • C20  With Aileen
  • M20 Book of Secrets – Layout in progress.
  • Pugmire Screen – Awaiting specs from Printer.
  • Pugmire Cards – Working on these.



  • EX3 Tomb of Dreams Jumpstart – first proof.
  • W20 Song of Unmaking – Out to WW for approval


At Press

  • Ex 3 Scree– Shipping.
  • Ex 3 core book – Shipping along with map and bookmarks.
  • W20 Shattered Dreams – Shipping.
  • Shattered Dreams Screen – Shipping.
  • Beckett Screen – Shipped to shipper.
  • Beast Conquering Heroes – PoD proof ordered.
  • Mortal Remains: Beast- Red In Tooth and Claw – PoD proof ordered.
  • Dark Eras: Beneath the Skin – PoD proof ordered.
  • Dark Eras: Out of the Cold – PoD proof ordered.
  • Necropolis Rio – PoD proof ordered.
  • V20 Lore of the Bloodlines – PDF out to backers, gathering errata
  • Dark Eras Companion – Backer PDF going out to Dark Eras KS backers this week.




TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Today, let’s celebrate the constant effort put out by the team at Our friends over there are always juggling the needs of hundreds of publishers and tens of thousands of customers and manage to do so with some of the friendliest customer service around. Even their CEO, Steve Wieck, will crack a smile if his programming dictates it. Specifically, thanks to them for coming at the stalled PoDs problem so fast and with all hands on deck!

  52 comments for “Gaining the Prince’s Favor [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. atamajakki
    March 20, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    [incoherent screaming about Dark Eras Companion]

  2. Atavist
    March 20, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Woo! Dark Eras Companion! Finally Forsaken by Rome!

    • NateD
      March 21, 2017 at 12:09 am

      I agree!!

      (Oh god I hope everyone likes it :S)

      • Nik May
        March 21, 2017 at 1:15 am

        You’re not the only one!:D

  3. Octavo
    March 20, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Really looking forward to Dark Eras Companion! Couldn’t have come at a better time. My Rome campaign is kinda stalled and I need inspiration. 😀

    • NateD
      March 21, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Hey, if you ever want (unofficial) discussion / inspiration, I and the other Forsaken by Rome writers would be hella pumped to talk your ear off about it. 😉

      • Nik May
        March 21, 2017 at 1:16 am

        And how! 😉

        • Octavo
          March 21, 2017 at 10:14 am

          Thanks, you guys are great. Really looking forward to reading your work.

  4. Joshua Stotz
    March 21, 2017 at 12:14 am

    I see Wraith 20th Anniversary is in Art Direction and updated (bold)…this makes me insanely happy.

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Us too!

  5. jason
    March 21, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Will a w20 Tribes book be in the works out of curiosity ?

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Not right now, but in the future…?

  6. Ryue
    March 21, 2017 at 1:44 am

    1000 years of night is both in art direction and in layout? Or am I reading things wrongly?

    • chaney_insaney
      March 21, 2017 at 7:03 am

      It’s only in Art Direction…

      • richt
        March 21, 2017 at 9:30 am


    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Ooops, my bad. Fixed it so it’s just in Art Direction. Thanks!

  7. Second Chances
    March 21, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Can sometime this week be tomorrow? (I’m only half kidding). Really happy to see the companion make it almost to the finish line either way. So of the coolest era are in this thing, and I’m super excited for all the Mummy and Promethean goodness.

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 9:32 am

      We’ve got that whole Price’s Gambit KS to roll out on Tuesday and that’s always crazy and takes up our time at least the first day. But, sooooon.

  8. Sol
    March 21, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Thank you for the note about Ex3. It’s reassuring to hear that you guys hear and acknowledge our concerns and that you’re on top of things. Hopefully there’ll be more good news on that front to come soon.

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

      As soon as we have a workable plan approved by all involved, we will lay it out for everybody. Thanks!

  9. Christofer
    March 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Hey guys at OPP. Thanks fro the awesome books so far, hope many more will come :).

    Question regarding the Development Status bit of these Monday Meeting Updates. Is it possible to make sure that the Art Direction stuff is only in bold if it has changed status since the last update, like the other sections of the updates?

    Also, is there someway to create a filter that filters out every news about gameline that someone isn’t interested in. Perhaps by setting some form of tag on each project with their respective gameline and world and allow people to check those gamelines and/or worlds they are interested in.

    For example

    and so on and so on. This would help us to skip stuff we aren’t interested in and would make the updates easier to read.

    Thanks in advance.

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Right now, no to both. Thanks!

  10. March 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Re: LARP rules: #1 c) we’re running around with more computing power on our cell phones than the entire Apollo moon program enjoyed and can thus handle dice pools on the fly, so we don’t really *need* special LARP products in order to LARP anymore. 🙂

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Don’t tell anyone, but with all the books you could have stored in those super computers we use for texting and selfies, nobody actually needs new RPG books to play either. But until everybody figures it out, a lot of people want things to come out and be “official” and the like. Crazy, but we’ve got a whole business based around it. So, shhh, let’s just keep it between you and me. 🙂

  11. MattD
    March 21, 2017 at 9:30 am

    So this might be a dumb question but why does it appear that fulfillment of kickstarter rewards is seemingly random and not tied to backer number? I’d understand the difference on the EX3 kickstarter if two backers had the super deluxe vs the deluxe edition but I’m in the low hundreds while I’m aware of people in the three thousands who have tracking number already for the similar reward tiers. Am I missing something?

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

      We’ve never said that backers get shipped their packages by the order they pledged, so we’ve never stipulated such delivery order to our shippers. For Exalted, we have three separate shippers shipping about 4,000 packages that need to ship everything from a single book to multiple regular deluxes, ultra deluxes, maps, Chibi bookmarks, and Screens in a single reward package. So the sequence any of them pack and ship rewards is up to them and the best practices they use.

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      March 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

      The details are usually up to the shipper to work out. We have shippers specifically so we don’t have to worry about those details.

      Generally, though, location plays a key factor. For example, it’s easier (and cheaper) to have all the European orders shipped together to a European distribution centre, and then shipped out to backers from there, than it is to ship things out alphabetically or numerically.

      • MattD
        March 21, 2017 at 10:05 am

        I expected as much but I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask since I’m waiting on other Kickstarters based on my location in the queue. Since the individual I mentioned, that is in the three thousands, lives in the same state only about 30 min away I suspect we probably got batched with different shippers so there is no real information to glean there it seems.

  12. perverseness
    March 21, 2017 at 9:53 am

    “Meanwhile, Impish Ian Watson, lord of all things Trinity Continuum, hosted an Onyx Path Q&A at CAiNE in Canada ”
    Please for the love of all things super-ninja-fied, some please tell me there was a stenographer there and we are getting clif’s notes.

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      March 21, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Sorry, no. It only went about 20 minutes, and questions generally weren’t anything that people who follow the Monday Meeting notes wouldn’t already know.

      • perverseness
        March 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm

        Ya know, if you wanted to fix that now and just start dropping mental bombs all over the forums, I’d be fine with that. Really, I would.

  13. Esteban
    March 21, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I’m getting worried about the dark ages companion…
    A lot of artist troubles.
    I fear for that quality. What’s going on? They aren’t on time or the quality is not what was expected or what?
    I fear that since the artists are behind schedule, the other steps of the book will be rushed T-T

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Have no fear, true believer! Artist shenanigans run the gamut of every possible woe you can imagine, but we have these situations all the time. Mirthful Mike only mentions them when he wants to. Judging the art for quality is a distinct other part of art direction, and something we take very seriously. As the Exalted 3rd backers will tell you, we don’t rush any of the steps and each stage is given the time it needs to be awesome. So we wouldn’t reduce layout time to fit some end date because the art is taking too long, we’d extend the end date so layout gets the time it needs. That being said, we’ve done the production end of the book creation process for a really long time, and we know ways to save time on the different stages if we really need to without risking the quality.

    • chaney_insaney
      March 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

      One artist is running late… which happens a lot more than you think. It’s a minor annoyance… not a major stumbling block in the process.

  14. Eric Crabtre
    March 21, 2017 at 11:23 am

    *Watching clock waiting for the Kickstarter to begin*

    • richt
      March 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

      You and me, both!

  15. Chazz
    March 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I got my Exalted book and it’s beautiful! I got the final PDF the day I started my first Ex3 campaign, and the physical book shipped the week I started my second. Clearly I need to start more Exalted campaigns…

  16. Dustin Cooper
    March 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Hey, I know this is a bit late in asking, but:
    Why did you guys and gals go with an advanced story for the 2nd Edition Vampire the Requeum Jumpstart book? It seems a bit weird, because it seems it would be for newbies, but the story requires expericed vampires (which seems more complicated to make). On that note, why not include premade characters?

    Sorry, I thought the original quick start mini chronicle for VtR was perfect for jumping into the game, and am curious why you did not go with that model?

    • richt
      March 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      From myself: the logic is that we were more concerned that VtR1 players would be able to have a fun adventure in VtR2 than we were to indoctrinate newbies. Remember, a lot of our strategy for the first batch of 2nd Editions, at least, was to re-invigorate the community and start giving them new editions that would do that. With WoD getting 20th Anniversary Editions, there were a fair number of CofD players who thought the lines would be cancelled and we needed to show them that that just wasn’t so.

      From Rose: For the jumpstart, we picked “Into the Void” because it blows the doors off of what people have been trained to expect from Vampire — instead of the Prince being all powerful, he dies at the beginning, and the story’s about the aftermath of living out that fuck-the-man fantasy.

      I don’t think the characters are too complex to make. We hand out a couple of extra dots in the character creation rules, and that’s all it takes.

      As for pregens… it’s been four years and I don’t totally remember. I _think_ it was because we didn’t have the page count.

      • Josh Stotz
        March 23, 2017 at 10:59 am

        Just to note, I thought Into the Void was absolutely amazing. i ran it numerous times for different groups to get them experienced with Vampire the Requiem. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind low experience jumpstarts, but IMO those don’t show the full crux of what these gamelines have to offer where as a higher experience story allows the characters to get into more mechanics and story development.

        • richt
          March 24, 2017 at 12:13 am

          Well, like I said, our intention was to give a different taste of VtR2 than base-line starting. Glad it worked for you!

      • Dustin cooper
        March 26, 2017 at 11:25 pm

        Thanks for the explanation. It makes a lot more sense now 🙂

  17. Kaze
    March 22, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Happy to finally see Prince’s Gambit and that it was rapidly funded!

    Now, looking at the first picture:

    Incisor teeth as fangs… The “new” White Wolf strikes again.

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      March 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I’m confused: are you trying to criticize someone here? Because that’s the art we commissioned from Mark Kelly for the Camarilla sect for Prince’s Gambit. To my knowledge, WWP didn’t have anything to do with it except to sign off on it.

      • Kaze
        March 24, 2017 at 1:25 am

        What I meant it’s that’s the style of fangs they like and promote for VTM since they owned the IP. It’s good to know this time that decision came from somewhere else, because I was wondering myself if somebody else, directly involved with WoD, agree with that art direction.

        I don’t like it, as you can guess, it has less presence, kind of childish and not scary at all. I just wanted to share my concern.

        • richt
          March 24, 2017 at 8:13 am

          Well, I’ve been doing art for VtM since the main book, and art directing it since the first Storytellers Guide, and never had, or gave, a directive one way or the other. We allowed the artists to create them as they felt looked best, and still do, and I’m sure that that fang look is simply the one preferred by the artist, Mark Kelly.

  18. Tim Flannigan
    March 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Glad to see Tomb of Dreams getting closer. I can’t wait to mangle it for my game 🙂

    • richt
      March 24, 2017 at 12:14 am

      If you get a chance, a couple of notes on how you do twist it for your own nefarious purposes would be great!

  19. Adam
    March 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Got my exalted book earlier this week. It’s gorgeous! Thanks to the team for something so nice!

    • richt
      March 24, 2017 at 12:12 am

      Glad you like it! Thanks!

  20. Stannis
    March 24, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I don’t know if this is the place to post (I’ve also put this on the forum), but on the subject of Dark Eras Companion:

    I’ve realized the books I love by OPP (Sothis Ascends, Tome of Secrets, this one, others) always have Dawkins and / or Sheppard on them. They seem to excel at packing content into their books. This book’s Mummy chapter gives us sorcerers, new antagonists, new relics, a new magic system, history, chronicle ideas, cults, more Deceived, and much more. It’s ridiculously good in quality and as value for money. These guys need to be called out for their work, because they set the standard.

    Please pass on my praise and make sure they team up in future!!!

    • richt
      March 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Glad you are enjoying and appreciate Matthew (Dawkins) and Malcolm (Sheppard)’s work! I’ll let them know!

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