Good (Scion) God! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

The Scion: God crowdfunding campaign on Backer Kit has entered its last few days!

We are so thrilled by everyone’s response to the campaign, and we’re hoping that nobody has been too confused by it being on the beta-test for Backer Kit‘s crowdfunder. Certainly, it’s doing great, but, y’know, we worry and compare, too. We really just want to be sure that our Scion community is aware of the campaign and everybody gets a chance to participate.

Plus, the more backers backing means that we’ll be creating more Stretch Goal projects in the months to come. Those really help us to include elements for the game and setting that might not quite fit in the main book. Either because of word count or thematically.

So please, here in the last days, if you know anybody who might be interested – let them know about it! They’ll thank you for it – as will we!

If you’re tired of hearing the usual hoopla from me: why, here’s developer Hiromi Cota with some fresh thoughts about Scion: God:

Scion: God takes the Scion experience to the next level, enabling players to explore the pinnacles of power and responsibility. Characters attaining God status have more options than ever. They can create a new Pantheon for their closest friends and allies. They can create (or steal) an Overworld for their new Pantheon, as well as found a religious Creed to shape how their worshippers act down on The World. They can create Incarnations, fragments of their Legend, to tend to their affairs and guide their Scions from children to heroes. With Scion: God, the sky isn’t a limit — it’s just another thing you can shape.

Team Scion has been blown away by the fans’ enthusiasm for our newest game. Even the small updates have gotten been received with massive love and excitement. It’s hard to express just how much it means to us that fans are this enthusiastic and supportive.

We’re nearing the end of this campaign, but there are still a handful of exciting stretch goals that our amazing players can reach. As I’m writing this, we have just unlocked the digital wallpaper and are $4,892 away from an expansion to Divine Inspiration. Divine Inspiration is a toolkit for Storyguides to rapidly build God-tier scenarios and even entire story arcs. 

A little past that achievement, we have the fourth expansion to Scion: God Companion, which elaborates on how Dragons and Titanic & Mythos Scions work at God-tier. After our wonderful players unlock this achievement, they’ll be able to make their version of The World stranger and more complicated.

I’m excited to see what our players will do.

And here are a few thoughts from Matthew Dawkins, who has worked on this, and so many of our games:

It’s genuinely difficult to create a game where every character is what could be regarded as “high level” and retain a sense of elegance and balance to the system, let alone keep the game engaging and fun. I’m honestly amazed at how well the team behind Scion: God have managed all these things. This book is worth picking up just to see how masterfully it hits its lofty, godly ambitions.

Realms of Magic and Mystery art by Farri Lensen

Speaking of Kickstarters…

Our next one is slated to be for a beautiful Deluxe version Sidereals, for Exalted 3e. This version will go with the Deluxes of the other Exalted 3e “fatsplats” and will be very soon, indeed!

Seriously. Really soon.

We need one more OK from those who give us OK’s, but right now, don’t be surprised if we don’t get this baby out to you live next Tuesday – which is the earliest we can do so. That’s right, about a week from now!

We’re torn between giving a bunch of time to lead up and give folks awareness that it’s coming, and with not having another KS campaign over the holidays. That’s hard on everybody, even our most loyal Exalted fans – there’s just so much stuff going on!

So keep your eyes opened – because we will be yelling about this once we are sure the stars are aligned correctly. 😉

EDIT AND UPDATE: We are going live on Tuesday the 22nd at 2pm Eastern US time! And here’s the pre-launch sign-up page link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/sidereals-charting-fates-course-for-exalted-third-edition

Some Social Media Stuff We Talked About Today

Every week, we put together the Onyx Path Media section of this blog and in the listings for the upcoming Twitch shows that coming week, we also mention that these recordings will be posted on our YouTube channel after their time on our Twitch channel.

Well, hoo-boy is there a motherlode of great vids up on our YouTube channel right now! Everything from Actual Plays, to interviews, to character creation sessions and deep-dives into particular game lines. There’s really something for everybody up there – we’re even hearing that some folks have been inspired to create their own quick takes on our games on TikTok!

You too, can be inspired (although maybe not to jump on camera on TikTok, but maybe that too, why not?), so check out the Onyx Path YouTube channel!

Flip-side of that, our Twitch streams are in a bit of a slow down period with the holidays coming up and folks not wanting to get jammed up, so if you’ve thought about running a game or a series of games, please reach out to us. You can have an established streaming presence, or be totally new, if your idea sounds good to our social media crew, then now’s the time we have slots open!

Realms of Magic and Mystery art by Sam Denmark

November = Legendlore

I’ve talked a lot about how cool the character creation (chargen) is for Legendlore all this month, so far, and this Friday you can see it – or at least, hear it – in action on the Onyx Pathcast, as Eddy takes Dixie and Matthew through that very process!

Simply put: chargen is a very rich period during the game – as designed – and the transit from our world to Legendlore‘s fantasy world can really allow player’s to decide not just the details about their characters, but about the nature of the campaign. Well worth taking a listen to hear how the Pathcast Trio do it.

As we’ve done all year, November being the month we celebrate Legendlore means we’re offering celebratory sales on DTRPG and IPR, 90% off for the PDFs and 50% off for the physical copies respectively!

It’s Onyx Path’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, after all!

Monsters From the Crypt! art by Brian LeBlanc

Anything Else?

Well, really, you folks tell me.

Are you getting the sort of info you want from this blog? It has evolved all through these ten years, and I’m always interested in knowing what works for our community.

Would you like different info, or funnier stories, or more art?

Should I put up more teasers of upcoming game lines and other initiatives or are those too frustrating to see every week while not know what they refer to?

We have a raft of projects that are coming and several big lines that we’ve barely teased, if at all, as well as new versions of our game systems, so I just want to be sure that you’re all good with our transparency and pace as we look into 2023.

That year – it’s coming up fast! Someday, I’ll need to change our weekly tagline…but that day is not today!:

TEN YEARS, MANY WORLDS, ONE PATH!


BLURBS!


KICKSTARTER/CROWDFUNDING!

Over $105,000 raised so far on BackerKit crowdfunding… Scion: God!

Join over 1940 other folks who have already backed the Scion: God Backer Kit crowdfunding campaign! Can you help us make it to over 2000 before this campaign is over on Thursday?

https://www.backerkit.com/call_to_action/a0c8d51d-83cd-4f6c-8577-f80482b2c1f8/landing


Onyx Path Media!

This week:

Eddy helps Matthew and Dixie make Legendlore characters!

As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/


Onyx Path Media now has its own blog on Tuesdays! We’ll continue posting our highlight of the week here, but Tuesday will be the day to visit if you want to catch up on actual plays, interviews, deep dives, and other assorted Onyx Path media!

Please check out our attached media schedule for the videos on our Twitch channel this week! In particular, keep those eyes open for our Storypath Showcase, where we give an excellent profile of our various Storypath games and how to play them!

MEDIA HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:

The Old Ways Podcast finished up their Victorian Mage chronicle not all that long ago! You can find episode one right here, and the remainder on their website: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/5wspodcast/id/24632166

The Onyx Path News discusses recent and upcoming releases! You can find it on our YouTube channel (click the bell to be informed when we go live!) but if you missed the last episode, here it is: https://youtu.be/2sGBfTCuNKw


Virtual Tabletop!

The Scion: Origin and Scion Hero Compendiums are now available on Roll20!

https://marketplace.roll20.net/browse/publisher/1716/onyx-path-publishing

Scion is just the start! They Came From Beneath the Sea! and other
Onyx Path RPGs are in development for Roll20 virtual tabletop!

The first of our official Scion sheets designed for Foundry VTT are
now available!

Direct Link: https://foundryvtt.co

Looking for more virtual tabletop resources? We have a selection of
Tokens, Encounters, and more available now at DriveThruRPG!

Get ’em here: https://bit.ly/3SnrNJ7


Our Sales Partners!

We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below!

Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books, dice, and screens? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/

The Legendlore Hardcover and Screen are 50% off on IPR: https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/

As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles in PDF and PoD versions at DriveThruRPG.com!

The Legendlore PDF and PDF screen are 90% off on DTRPG!

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/370797

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/377510

Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

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

Check out the Trinity Continuum: Aeon novellas Dawn and Meridian in the Kindle store!


On Sale This Week!

The long-anticipated Kith and Kin book for Changeling: The Lost 2e crosses to us from out of The Hedge this Weds in PDF and physical book PoD formats on DTRPG!

Kith and Kin is a companion book to Changeling: The Lost Second Edition, expanding on the core book. It contains:

• A deep dive into the return from Arcadia, including details about the BriarNet, the Wishing Roads, and the Lunar Freehold, as well as additional options for Touchstones and Clarity.

• Expanded changeling powers, including new Regalia and Contracts, Regalia manifestations, expanded pledgecraft, and rules for the fae sympathetic magic known as dramaturgy.

• A vast selection of new kiths, as well as options for playing kithless characters and acquiring a kith in play.

• Advice and options for motleys: example motley oaths, a new type of Hedge ghost which feeds on those oaths, and structured motley conflict, as well as a discussion of forming motleys with non-changelings — other fae creatures, mortals, and other supernatural creatures as presented in other Chronicles of Darkness games.


Conventions!

Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with!

Game Night With Onyx Path Publishing at Start.Playing is the last Friday every month! Our special focus this month will be Legendlore! (But any of our game lines are welcome!)

Please spread the word about GMing games as much as
possible. Details on how list a game are at the bottom of the page in
the FAQ:

https://startplaying.games/event/game-night-onyx-path


And now, the new project status updates!

Our full list of projects will be available monthly on our blog! Check out October’s full list report here: http://theonyxpath.com/release-roundup-october-2022/

DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM EDDY

Here are the projects that moved to the next stage of production:

First Draft

Exalted – Abyssals

  • Danielle: Time for some spooky, gothic, Exalted to start getting underway. Very excited to see what the team comes up with.

Redlines

TC Aether – Aether Radio Drama

  • Eddy: Matthew found some time to write up the script for the radio drama, so I’m looking forward to cutting it to pieces… uh, I mean, redlining it!

Exalted – What Lies Forgotten novella

  • Danielle: The first of our THREE Exalted Essence novellas is finally in my grubby little hands to read through. (not grubby, but little)

Final Draft

TC: Aether – The Aethernaut Collection

  • Eddy: Our collection of aethernauts from public domain fiction is clipping right along at a steady pace!

Manuscript Approval

Scion – Tasty Bit – Boon Companions

  • Eddy: Turns out there weren’t too many things that needed fixing on the Tasty Bit, so it’s already zoomed along to approval!

Exalted – Pillars of Creation (was Exalted Essence Companion)

  • Danielle: This beefy Essence Companion is off to Paradox for approval!

Editing

They Came From Beneath the Sea! – Community Content Guide

  • Matthew: For all you beach bums out there, you’ll soon have guidelines for community content creation, Beneath the Sea! style!

Post-Editing Development

Chronicles of Darkness – The Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks

Matthew: Ah, Contagion Chronicle, my old foe. We meet again, but perhaps for the final time. We shall see which one of us survives this next, most terrible part of our conflict: the battlefield of Post-Editing Development!


ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY!

In Art Direction

  • Ex3 Sidereals KS – I actually have the big fancy graphics done… which was fun with a wonky mouse.
  • Contagion ChornicleGlobal Outbreaks – Contracted.

In Layout

  • Squeaks in the Deep Jumpstart VTT Assets

Proofing

  • TCFBTG Monsters from the Crypt – Wrapping that up today and getting it ready for KS backers.
  • TC Adventure! – Inputting 2nd proof fixes and working on symbology.

Indexing

  • M20 Victorian Age

At Press

  • Scion Dragon Screen – Printing started.
  • Scion Dragon – Files at traditional printer.
  • Scion Dragon Wallpaper – Going out to KS backers.
  • Scion Masks of the Mythos – Files at traditional printer.
  • Scion Masks of the Mythos Screen – Printing started.
  • Scion Masks of the Mythos Wallpaper – Going out to KS backers.
  • DMR VTT – Going out to KS backers.
  • Legendlore VTT
  • Vinsen’s Tomb VTT
  • Pugmire Core VTT
  • Squeaks in the Deep VTT – Getting them ready to go out to KS backers.
  • TC: Mission Statements PoD proofs on the way.
  • Squeaks in the Deep Jumpstart – PoD files uploaded.
  • TC: Aberrant – Proteus Nova Compendium – Gathering backer errata.
  • CtL Hollow Courts Novella – Out to KS backers.
  • CtL 2e Kith and KinPDF and PoD versions on sale this Weds on DTRPG!

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

He is the night. He is Justice. Let us celebrate the life of the voice of Batman, and the superlative standard that all other versions must be held to – Kevin Conroy, who passed away late last week. By all accounts, the voice actor was not the character he portrayed so perfectly, and Kevin was both approachable and truly enjoyed meeting his fans – truly a role-model!

  40 comments for “Good (Scion) God! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Grant
    November 14, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Sidereals! Oh yes please!

    I’ve been hanging out for that ever since KS started appearing in the Monday notes!

  2. Ferdinand
    November 15, 2022 at 6:30 am

    Hi !
    I’m a CofD / WoD fan – and not so interested in the other RPGs you’re developing.
    So I like to read about anything concerning that.
    I know that you cannot tell much about the communication with Paradox, but probably you could just tell which projects you did pitch, or ideas for books that you internally discussed?
    For example I’m a bit sad that there is no Hunter20 – even though there is a Hunter 5th now. I thought that the 20th Aniversery editions were also used as a way to prepare for the 5th editions by Paradox …
    Well, whatever you feel safe to share about the WoD/CofD- I like to read.

    • Chad
      November 15, 2022 at 7:47 am

      I know that it is out of your control, but I second the wish for a Hunter20 as well as a Demon20. I understand that Paradox wants to focus on the new stuff but I would still like to complete my set of 20th Anniversary books. 🙁

      • richt
        November 16, 2022 at 9:28 am

        Indeed, it is not our call. Hey, I’m just glad we were able to create and deliver the 20th’s for the original five WoD core games!

    • richt
      November 16, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Glad you’re a fan of the WoD/CofD lines! So are we! But I have to ask: what’s stopping you from trying other games? Subject matter? System?

      You’re right, too- we can’t talk any more about communication with Paradox. All of that falls under non-disclosure in our license contract. All we can say is that Paradox did not approve any further WoD 20th core books, nor anything further for CofD. At this time. Could change tomorrow, could change in a year, and it might not ever change. The whys and wherefores of their strategies and decisions are up to them to discuss.

      • Ferdinand
        November 22, 2022 at 1:49 am

        Hi Rich,
        my taste for role playing is pretty refined – after over 30 years of playing.
        – I want deep personal stories with real emotional impact (which makes me prefer the Horror genre of RPGs)
        – I prefer rules light games that move the focus from following rules to experience a story (actually the CofD is already a tad to rules heavy for me nowadays, but I know the rules by heart, so it still is in the comfortable zone for me; the system I currently like most is KULT:DL – and I really hate the D&D rules system)
        – I love the many possibilities for PCs and NPC due to the strong crossover potential in the CofD (and I own every core rulebook there)
        -as a GM I created a “CofD sandbox” in Vancouver, and I’ve been playing there for over 15 years, add some new things there is much easier for me than creating a completely new campaign (you know job, kids …)

        Still Onyx Path is my most loved RPG publisher – and I rarely play anything not created by you…

        Your fan since Vampire 2nd Ed.
        Ferdinand

        • richt
          November 22, 2022 at 9:42 am

          Thanks for taking the time to let me know. Seems like if modern horror is your thing, and simple dice pool rules, I think you’re going to like some news we’ll be putting out next year-

          • Ferdinand
            November 25, 2022 at 3:57 am

            Now you really spiked my interesst !
            I am really looking forward to a time when my favorite publisher will provide more RPGs that are fitting to my personal taste !

  3. Unsilent Majority
    November 15, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    More art and teasers, please.

    • richt
      November 16, 2022 at 9:28 am

      Noted. Thanks!

  4. ron
    November 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I know my opinion probably doesn’t count for much, but I for one vote for waiting on Sidereals until after the holidays. PLEASE, my wallet can only take so much of a beating.

    • Phil H
      November 16, 2022 at 7:52 am

      If it comes at a bad time you could always go in at the absolute minimum and then up your pledge on BackerKit later when things are a bit more settled. That would let you take part,get the manuscripts, update toget the book later, and not put yourself in a bad way financially.

    • richt
      November 16, 2022 at 9:32 am

      I hear ya, and thanks for all your support! That being said, check out Phil H’s advice about a minor pledge you can expand on with the post-Kickstarter BackerKit page. We do try and give folks a lot of options in supporting our projects, as everybody’s circumstances go through changes all year long.

  5. Madam Mirror
    November 15, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Since my birthday is on the 26th of December a Sids KS shortly before would be a very nice gift.

    …I doubt that’ll affect anything but I’d put me in such a good move going the new year.

    • richt
      November 16, 2022 at 9:34 am

      I hope us starting the Sidereals KS at 2pm on 11/22 and it running until shortly before your BDay is a cool gift – because that’s what we just got confirmed!

      • Madam Mirror
        November 16, 2022 at 6:33 pm

        I just made a weird happy noise. I’m so looking forward to this.

  6. GREEM
    November 15, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I’m still waiting for movement on Once and Future. Eager to see Arthur and Pwyll!

    • richt
      November 16, 2022 at 9:34 am

      Keep your eye on the Progress Report each week – it’s sure to show up!

  7. B
    November 16, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    RIP, Kevin Conroy, the Batman of my childhood.

    • richt
      November 17, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      Not mine, but I surely appreciate your meaning and sentiment. His Batman was truly definitive.

  8. Jim
    November 16, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    I paused to think if I could provide some feedback on the Monday Meeting Blog; and I don’t have anything specific to tell you. That said, this might be worth knowing. Monday Meeting Notes is my primary, and often only source of information about Onyx Path games and media. I have become disenchanted with social media platforms, and I generally only hit forums and Discord channels when I have a specific need or specific question. Those places are not hangouts for me. They’re not doing anything wrong, I’m just not personally tied into the community. So I hit them up when I have specific needs.

    But I always know I can come here, every Monday, and get the skinny on what the company is doing. Even if it’s just a link to another blog entry like the monthly publication recap. But Kickstarters, new games, new products… I get all that news here. I may not even read it on Monday, but if I wake up in the middle of the night during the week and want to look at something on my iPad, I come here for the latest news.

    I think more art and fun stories are great things. Go for it! Just don’t lose sight of what you do best with this blog- in my opinion anyway. For me, it’s your best, well known, consistent platform for promoting your products.

    • richt
      November 17, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      Glad to hear you’re happy with how we’ve been doing it! (And the other stuff won’t get in the way too much.) Thanks!

    • Ferdinand
      November 22, 2022 at 1:53 am

      Exactly my opinion!
      Please continue the MM Notes ! I also don’t use any social media/Discord, so reading the news in here is always a great start for the Tuesday (here in Germany).

  9. bouik
    November 17, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Does « The Hedge » for Changeling still in the works?

    • richt
      November 17, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      You can see it in progress on the monthly progress report linked in this very blog post you’re commenting on. Not the weekly, but the linked October monthly. Hope that helps!

  10. lnodiv
    November 19, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Any chance for preorders to be turned on for the God campaign? I missed the close by a day or two but would love to kick some cash over.

    • richt
      November 19, 2022 at 11:57 pm

      Of course we will once James works through the next steps with BackerKit. Remember, this is our first time with their crowdfunding site and it’s still in beta. Once he has all the connections made from the crowdfunding campaign to post-campaign, we’ll have options for folks who missed the campaign itself. Thanks!

  11. David Coleman
    November 20, 2022 at 5:42 am

    More Mummy – The Curse books please!

    • richt
      November 20, 2022 at 1:34 pm

      We agree! Not our call to make though, unfortunately.

      • David Coleman
        November 21, 2022 at 11:10 am

        Who must I ‘persuade’, Master..?

        • richt
          November 21, 2022 at 12:48 pm

          It’s all up to Paradox, the IP owners. We operate on a license to do TTRPG books, but they have to OK them before we can start making them. Unless they do, we aren’t legally able to just jump in and create something. Fortunately, we’re still doing some great CofD projects that are still coming out, but some lines can’t move forward without an OK from Paradox.

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