Gen Con Will Be the Death of Us! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Yes, this is the week we go to Gen Con. It is also the last day of the Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition Kickstarter, so act now before time runs out for death. Uh, I have no idea where that line of thought took me.

Anyway, back to Gen Con. Months of preparation to be sure we get the right people to the right events, demos, and booth time, with the right combination of books and stuff to amuse and entice folks into getting more involved with Onyx Path and our many fascinating worlds.

It has, in fact, been a year since we launched our “Many Worlds, One Path” motto for Gen Con 2017, and it is still as evocative of what we’re all about. Maybe more so.

We’ve certainly talked a lot about Gen Con over the years on this blog. It’s big; it exerts a crazy amount of gravitational pull on our hobby and business. But compared to previous years, I’ve actually pulled back on talking about it so much. Part of that is our continuing investigation of other conventions and a changing strategy for them overall, and part of it is that our team has become so experienced with Gen Con that we’re able to do the things we want to do there more easily.

We’ve also developed a few strategies for using Gen Con as sort of a jumping off point to get info out to our community, whether you attend or not. Just about everything we’re doing in Indy at the con is mirrored by something going on on our site or with our sales partners. Some examples:

Traditionally, we unveil and hand out at Gen Con our yearly Onyx Path Brochure that contains announcements for upcoming books and projects. In recent years, we’ve also released a separate Storypath Brochure, to explain the system and the give details on the game lines powered by it. Yes, we’re doing that again this year, but we’re also releasing both brochures as PDFs on Wednesday on DTRPG. That way, our community, whether attending Gen Con or not, can all get in on the discussions that explode after folks get their hands on the brochures.

Tied to that, we are doing TWO “What’s Up With Onyx Path?” panels, one on Thursday at 1pm and one on Saturday at 11am. Part of this is our feeling that we have enough game lines that it’ll take two sessions to get through all of them (!), but we’re also aware that folks like to come to the sessions with questions about things they’ve read in the brochures, and the on-line discussions that happen after they are in their hands. If you can’t get to Gen Con but want us to consider a question or two, go ahead and post it here in the Comments section – please label it as being for the Gen Con panels.

(Full disclosure: I’m only able to attend all of the Thursday session and the first half of the Saturday one. We only have limited control of when our sessions are scheduled for, unfortunately.)

We’re going to be recording those two panels to put up later (we also have a How to Freelance for Onyx Path and a Game writing/Design Bootcamp, and might record one or both of those), either as individual or edited together versions depending on the quality.



Scion: Hero art by Steve Ellis



We’re going to be using our booth for several purposes. It’s #501 and right next to a bank of doors at the end near Paizo.

The first is to demo all sorts of our games, particularly new ones like Fetch Quest and They Came From Beneath the Sea!, and you’ll be able to play with and talk to the creators, like Eddy Webb and Matthew Dawkins. As always, we also have a whole room where our demoing friends, The Wrecking Crew and The Dead Gamers Society, will be playing non-stop throughout the con. I mean, they might have some times they’re sleeping, but don’t worry about that. All of them, and especially one, are Legendary in their love of demoing our games!

We are also planning on selling our latest projects and books at the booth, with some very sweet discounts for our Kickstarter overruns. Much like the examples above, we haven’t forgotten the folks who couldn’t make it, as there is a huge sale until 8/31 of Werewolf 20 and Mage 20 Deluxe projects which will happen at Indie Press Revolution, one of our favorite sales partners, that everyone can participate in at their online store.

Our favorite Trio of Titanic Talent That’s Terrific and Terrifying will also be using the booth and environs to create special Gen Con Onyx Pathcast episodes that we’re expecting to go into further detail on topics from the panels and offer ad hoc interviews with many of our favorite creators, designers, writers, you name it. Folks at the booth can see Dixie, Eddy, and Matthew in action, and you can expect those episodes to go up on our PodBean site or your favorite podcast venue pretty quickly. We want timeliness for these special episodes!

Before we get to those episodes, we’ll have an episode this Friday about Conventions (well, that’s timely) and last week the Trio discussed in great detail the connections between video games and tabletop RPGs. They all come to the topic from different directions and experiences and that makes for fascinating listening.




Dystopia Rising: Evolution art by Mark Kelly



Inevitably, the booth will be a place for business discussions and meetings too, and because of that not all of us may be available to talk all the time. I’ve got a full raft of meetings with individuals coming to pitch me new game or licensing ideas, which doesn’t even count our existing friends and partners and their ideas, or Magic fans that want me to sign some cards. So, please be sure that while we really want to talk with everybody who stops in, we might be pulled away for that pesky business stuff. Please come by again if you miss us the first time!

There’s also the fact that we’re right next to the White Wolf booth and while you may not have heard this news, they are premiering the physical copies of the 5th Edition of Vampire: The Masquerade at the con.

So, it may be a crazy madhouse as folks stand in line to get their copies. We really have no idea what will happen with that, but are hoping for the best and prepared to wave and hand out our brochures to the folks waiting!

Since at least one of the announcements we’re making has to do with those guys over there across the aisle, please bear with us if any of us suddenly pop over there and have one of those heads together, speak out of the side of the mouths, discussions.



Scion: Hero art by Marco Gonzales



Basically, we’re looking forward to seeing you there if you can make it, and we’ve set things up so that everybody can participate during and after via social media and the Onyx Pathcast. Once the announcements start hitting, you’ll appreciate why we did decide to use this motto last year:

Many Worlds, One Path!





Less than ONE DAY LEFT for the Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition Kickstarter and we’ve achieved fourteen Stretch Goals so far, and the last day can sometimes be crazy for our Kickstarters. Thanks to all of our backers out there spreading the word! We are in good shape to be able to make a great looking hardcover edition, and get that into stores, even while we’re giving backers first look at the complete text and other fun benefits:

Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition includes all the rules you need to play as one of the Bound: Five Burdens reflecting the cause that pulled you back from the grave, five krewe Archetypes for building your own mystery religion, and the Haunts, Keys, and Ceremonies that provide the Bound with their macabre powers.

It also includes the Chronicle of the Dead, featuring the Sin-Eaters’ struggle against the all-consuming Underworld and a variety of terrifying threats. In addition, for the first time in the Chronicles of Darkness line, ghosts are presented as playable characters.

Chapters include:

  • The Quick and the Dead: the five Burdens (the reason a Sin-Eater comes back from the dead and what draws a particular geist to them) and krewe Archetypes (the common cause that draws a krewe of Sin-Eaters together).
  • The Road Back: On death and coming back, and why Bound make the Bargain, including possible consequences.
  • One Foot in the Grave: Character creation, with sections on both geist and krewe creation, Anchors, Merits, Synergy, Plasm, Abilities, Haunts, Keys, Ceremonies, and Mementos.
  • Old Laws: the core Chronicles of Darkness rules, with special rules for playing Sin-Eaters, as well as information on subsystems for krewes, ghosts, and the Underworld, including Avernian Gates.
  • Antagonists: villains for your Geist chronicle, including Reapers, Eaters of the Dead, necromancers, enemy Bound, and Kerberoi.
  • The Quiet Places: Setting information and story hooks for playing your Geist chronicle in specific times and places in history., from 16th-century Brazil to modern-day Edinburgh, Scotland to Mobile, Alabama in 1910, as well as information on Dominions.
  • Ghost Stories: Storyteller advice and information for running a Geist chronicle, including designing Remembrances, how to set theme and mood, story seeds, and various ways to play out the end of a game.
  • Appendix: The Absent: This Appendix details the Absent, playable ghosts, including Memories, new Merits, and a collection of possible ghost characters to expand on and use in your chronicle.
  • Appendix: Conditions and Tilts: Geist-specific Conditions and Tilts, including ephemeral Influence Conditions and Manifestation Conditions for ghosts, as well as Haunt Conditions and Tilts.


NEXT KICKSTARTER: Dystopia Rising: Evolution!



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 the PDFs for our two new brochures: the yearly Onyx Path Brochure and this year’s Storypath Brochure!





This is the week of  Gen Con 2018, so look for us at booth #501! See above for more thoughts and news about the con!

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!

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)






In Art Direction

  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff – gonna try out a new artist on some of the NPCs.
  • Trinity Continuum 
  • Geist 2e – Waiting for KS to end before getting rest of art.
  • The Realm
  • M20 Gods and Monsters 
  • Ex3 Dragon Blooded
  • VtR – Guide to the Night – Sketches coming in.
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution – KS art contracted.


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Fetch Quest  contracting additional art post Gen Con.
  • Cav cards
  • Scarred Lands Trilogy Novels – Converting to PDF and PoD.
  • Promethean Night Horrors: The Tormented – KT doing layout.



  • Scion Hero 


At Press

  • Scion Dice – At fulfillment shipper.
  • Monarchies of Mau At printer.
  • Monarchies of Mau Screen Printing.
  • Cavaliers of Mars Screen Printing.
  • Wraith 20 Screen Printing.
  • Wraith 20th PDF/PoD on sale to public after GenCon, Deluxe files getting ready for printer.
  • Scion Origin Backer PDF out, gathering errata.
  • Cavaliers of Mars Printing.
  • Changeling: The Lost 2e Errata gathering.
  • Gen Con and Storypath Brochure – Go live on Wednesday


TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: It’s finally here: Gen Con 2018!

  29 comments for “Gen Con Will Be the Death of Us! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Eric
    July 30, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    I’ve been trying to go to GenCon for six years and am finally able to make it up. Absolutely gigged about it. One of my friends is even going to the Freelance bit.

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Fantastic! C’mon by the booth and say hi – thanks!

      • Eric
        July 31, 2018 at 3:07 pm

        Absolutely plan on doing so! Am pretty far into fanboy these days haha

  2. Grog
    July 30, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Well that sale finally gave me the excuse to pick up one of those Ultra Deluxe copies of mage.

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Super glad to hear that! It’s one of my favorites – I just love how the lenticular card came out as representing the three prior editions.

  3. July 30, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Will you guys be running games? I’d love to play Beast or Demon with someone that really groks the feel. I tried to find stuff a while back on the site, but couldn’t find any of the ChroD games I searched for.

    See you there!

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Come by the booth and we’ll see what we can get you into. Thanks!

  4. July 30, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Really excited to see what you folks have planned for the coming year (but whatever it is, I’m sure it’s going to be awesome!).

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 10:04 am

      We’re chomping at the bit to finally start talking about them!

  5. Yiodan
    July 31, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Oh my! Such teasing! Can’t wait to hear all the news!

    Enjoy the con, everyone!

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 10:03 am


  6. Josh
    July 31, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I noticed that the Project Status section made no mention of the M20 Digital Web 3.0 or Rich Bastards Guide to Magick. Is that due to those books still being in the early pre-first draft stage, or have those books been canceled?

    That aside, I hope GenCon is a blast for you guys, and I can’t wait for M20 Gods and Monsters.

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 10:03 am

      The way the Project Status list works is that we don’t put anything on it until writers are actually working on the projects. We have pitches and outlines for dozens of books that are being reviewed, but until contracts for writing are signed and the team is writing, we don’t jump the gun by putting them in the Status list. A lot can happen in those earlier stages. Specifically to your question, neither of those M20 books have been cancelled. Hope that helps!

  7. July 31, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I’m going to jump in with a bit of shameless self-promotion (and praise for Rich T). I launch a podcast earlier this summer, and Rich was generous enough to offer up folks for interviews. We’ve contacted and interviewed a couple of folks on the C20 team and released our first interview episode yesterday! To hear a little bit from Luka Carroll about Changeling the Dreaming, check out our episode:

  8. Tim Flannigan
    July 31, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the final PDF for Hero, having finished reading Origin last night. Can’t wait to run this for my friends.

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      I’m hoping that means that you enjoyed Origin! 🙂 I’ll be talking to Neall at Gen con, and we’ll be going over Hero and where he’s at with DemiGod and how we can start hitting a few of the projects I really want to do for Scion that are somewhat sideways off the main core path of Origin-Hero-Demigod-God.

      • Tim Flannigan
        July 31, 2018 at 1:36 pm

        Very much enjoyed it! I was planning to wait until Hero was down to the final PDF, but decided I can’t wait that long, so I’m starting the backer PDF preview. Wide is good. The thicker the base, the taller the pillar!

  9. perverseness
    July 31, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Thank you, Rich
    Thank you for so generously opening your workday lives to us. Lots of companies are not near so transparent, much less educational, about their practices and decisions
    Thank you for helping the hobby as a whole by fostering “How to Freelance for Onyx Path and a Game writing/Design Bootcamp”. Better writers and more grounded freelancers IS most definitely helping the community as a whole
    Thank you for riding herd on the cats (Mau Reference Baby!!) and doing so without letting anyone see you sweat. The Captain of the ship must be bold and strong and forward facing so his juniors know which way to go. And that shits hard

    In your expanding social presence as a company, have you considered grabbing a Twitch channel and doing a live play for all the lines? Both as a demo of the systems and as a show of the spirit of the game?

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you. We certainly have thought about a Twitch channel and live-play. It’s really a question of available time and what our gang can do besides their part of the cat-herding and project creation – but we have and will continue to support other folks running our games on Twitch in the meantime as we work things out.

  10. Eric Crabtree
    July 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I’m actually excited for Gencon to be over just so I can get Wr20.

    Also I swore at one time you guys were going to do a Bunyip tribe book for W20. Is that still a thing?

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Indefinitely postponed. Tribe books require more effort and expense than you’d think for their size, and we need to be able to justify that considering the very likely W5 coming down the pike.

      • Yiodan
        July 31, 2018 at 5:01 pm

        So that’s the story. It makes sense. It saddens me because White Howler was AMAZING, but it makes sense.

        On a brighter note, heck, we got a freaking WHITE HOWLER book! How awesome is that? I mean, I never expected I’d be getting more Werewolf when WW shut down the old WOD, but I did. And under your care, they were all top quality books.

        I can never say thank you enough for that.

  11. GenericMaleNPC01
    July 31, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    It may have been asked already (Not sure..) but at what point would you say backers are sent the backer pdf for Dragonblooded?
    My instincts tell me just after layout, but i thought i’d get a more enlightened opinion as it were.

    • richt
      July 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      After WW approvals, after proofing, after layout. Although to be fair, layout and proofing go back and forth until proofing is done.

  12. Tim Flannigan
    July 31, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    So you guys have a Werewolf, Mage and Vampire translation guide from Old WOD to New Wod/COD. Any chance we’ll ever see a Changeling translation guide? Truly hoping the answer is yes.

  13. Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu
    July 31, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Could I ask you guys to reveal the Glares of Deviants in Gencon?

    • Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu
      July 31, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Clades, I meant Clades

  14. perverseness
    August 1, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    My questions for GenCon Panel:
    Deviant- Who, What, When, Where, how, WHY, WHYNOT! What sort of theme music is appropriate? What is the breadth of scope of characters and with such wide range of characters how does theme tie them all together?
    Contagion Chronicles- ALL THE THINGS???? Some of what I have gleaned portrays the god machine as if not the good guy then not the bad guy. If so how does that affect the demons campaign against it in the eyes of the other supernatural communities? Obviously as a crossover book the major splats are going to be well represented but will it have space for empowered mortals (loves me some LostBoys)
    Abberrant- With Comicbooks now so much more part of the mainstream consciousness than they were when it originally came out, does this affect the nature of the book and its themes?
    Chicago- Is the Hybrid still running loose on the streets of Chicago?
    W:TF- Will we ever see more gifts? I love the way they interact with renown, making it an active thing rather than just a gatekeeper for rank
    Mummy- How big of a rewrite is it going to be if any? still start st top of power scale and work down? using the cult rules from Geist (OH YEAH BAHBY!)
    and finally
    LEGENDLORE- Who is working on it? does having so many irons in the fire leave you sweating? should we send prenatal supplements?

    • perverseness
      August 1, 2018 at 6:55 pm


      should have put line breaks

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