Legendary Legendlore! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Our next Kickstarter is for the Legendlore RPG, and starts on this Thursday, March the 12th, at 2pm Eastern US time!

From the Kickstarter:

Legendlore was originally a comic, first published by Arrow Comics in 1986 and since procured by Caliber Comics, about four people who fall through a Crossing into the Realm. The Realm is home to fantasy creatures from elves to dragons, and the characters discover they too have ‘fantasy powers’ – the jock becomes a Fighter, while the bookish one becomes a Wizard, and so on. They go on adventures and some of them eventually find their way back to Earth.

This is the basic premise of the Legendlore RPG. You Cross into the Realm, where you become a hairfoot Bard, or maybe an elven Sorcerer. You can change any characteristics you like. For example if you have hay fever and glasses, you choose if your Legendlore self keeps or drops those. Your identity might not always match your outward physique, but your Legendlore character does. We’ve also updated the 1980s setting so Realmborn characters represent all ethnicities, genders, and sexualities. No one in the Realm will bat an eyelash at your agender panromantic self.

This comes hard on the heels of our fantastic Kickstarter campaign for Hunter: The Vigil 2e, which ended up at over 500% of the funding goal and just a couple of folks away from 2000 backers! Truly, the Vigil was a rewarding one, and we’re thrilled so many folks came along with us on the hunt.

Even though we’re jumping right into the new KS for Legendlore, Hunter 2e‘s campaign left us with a number of Stretch Goal projects to continue with, and, for us, Legendlore is such a different kind of project that creatively it is a nice break in our recent string of Kickstarters in the Chronicles of Darkness and V5 game worlds.

Legendlore will also be our newest game line to use the d20 system for 5e fantasy gaming, along with Scarred Lands and (much-simplified) the Realms of Pugmire, so that also gives us a chance to stretch some system creative muscles we like to keep toned up.

If you’re a fan of D&D, etc. then I think you’ll find a lot of fresh spins you’ll enjoy in how Legendlore treats genre expectations and tropes while still providing a sweeping setting ripe for adventuring in. And if you aren’t so much, I still think you may find value in supporting developer Steffie de Vaan and her creative team’s 2020 take on this multi-decade saga and setting.

Like almost every one of our Kickstarters these days, Legendlore is pretty much finished in the writing stages, and backers will get sections of the finished text during the course of the KS campaign. Steffie is working with at least one Twitch streaming group to create actual play episodes showing how Legendlore plays at an actual gaming table, and we’re really looking forward to airing those (and they’ll be linked on the KS page).

So, anyone interested is going to have multiple chances to check this project out in a way that works for them, as we’ve been working to set up with each of our KSs. And, James Bell, our Kickstarter Concierge will be back for this KS to once again provide information and guidance, as well as his patented affable banter!

V5 Chicago Folio art by Felipe Gaona

Items From Our Monday Meeting:

In no particular order, which is a lot like our meeting style!

DriveThruRPG‘s massive GM’s Day Sale has another week to go, and hoo-boy are there a lot of our PDFs for sale over there! All of our game lines are represented, as well as offerings from the Community Content sites!

This was a Twitter note sent out during our meeting by Eddy Webb:

“Thanks to Justin Achilli, I got to be in a work meeting where we talk about the aesthetics of urine and throwing bears at the moon.”

Which is pretty much true.

Mighty Matt McElroy was scheduled to attend Emerald City convention this coming weekend, but the whole con was postponed due to concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). He’d already had a bunch of meetings cancelled out from under him and was figuring on cancelling, when boop! the convention cancelled instead!

You folks all take care of yourselves out there! We’re a virtual office, so aren’t going to infect each other, and we don’t have anything currently being manufactured in China, so I’m just encouraging all our folks to stay in and work 20 hour days at their computers. (I’m kidding.) (But not really.)

Mirthful Mike Chaney wonders how that’s any different than his usual day, anyway?

They Came From Beneath the Sea! Heroic Land Dwellers art by Brian LeBlanc

We’re still getting folks asking about whether projects that come out as Advance PDFs will be released in PoD versions or if Backer PDFs will be sold to the public, along with PoDs, on DTRPG. First, we’re always glad to answer folks’ questions, and second, yes, our sales strategy has always been to deliver PDFs and PoDs of projects on DTRPG and so we have been releasing them that way for the whole time we’ve been in business.

The only caveats to that are projects we might do like printed Screens offered on Kickstarters, which DTRPG can’t create in PoD form, and recently with the V5 Cults of the Blood Gods book, and then its Stretch Goal rewards which will only be available in PDF.

We’ve scheduled a nice surprise for the backers of Exalted 3rd‘s Dragon-Blooded KS that should put some folks’s concerns to rest about getting their rewards. So keep your eyes open for that, DB backers!

I’m out next Monday, so Dixie Cochran will be in as our guest MMN blogger! Please be nice to her as she wrangles the rusty and arcane controls for this blog, and I’ll talk to you in two weeks about our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


BLURBS!


Kickstarter!

On Thursday, March 12th at 2pm Eastern US Time we start the Kickstarter for Legendlore!


Onyx Path Media!

This Friday the Onyx Pathcast Terrific Trio take a deep dive into Vampire: The Requiem 2e‘s Spilled Blood! Messy, but fun!

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

We’ve got a stupendous number of shows on Twitch this week! Tune in for V5Chronicles of DarknessScionPugmire, Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition, Scarred Lands, MORE Vampire: The MasqueradeChangeling: The LostMage: The Awakening, even more Scarred LandsWerewolf: The Forsaken and a third Vampire: The Masquerade game! We’ve even got Eddy Webb’s Workshop, which takes you through the development process of our books! Hail Ming!

A big shout-out to our three Vampire: The Masquerade games running this week, which have been running week-in, week-out! You can subscribe to our channel over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath to catch up with any episodes you missed! This Ming’s a psycho.

Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find the following videos uploaded last week alone:

The Onyx Path News: https://youtu.be/zKo1h7bLPE0

Scion: Behind the Screen: https://youtu.be/v9Wo38rl5-Y

Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/hxSbemynBLs

Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale: https://youtu.be/gKAm-zGxTW4

Even more Scion: Behind the Screen: https://youtu.be/QDSIS_ClFbE

A special shout-out to the Scion: Behind the Screen series, which has provided a wonderful entry point for people new to the game! Flying blind on a rocket cycle!

Do subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Spare me the madness.

In case you missed it last week, the Story Told RPG Podcast continue with their excellent Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition chronicle right here: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/the-78-laments-episode-3-riders-in-the-sky

And back once again, the Story Told‘s review of Trinity Continuum: Aeon http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/episode-40-trinity-continuum-on-overview

Red Moon Roleplaying‘s V5 Cults of the Blood Gods “The Family” chronicle continues on their YouTube channel, Spotify, their website redmoonroleplaying.com and everywhere else good podcasts and New York City girls might be found! https://youtu.be/J1qCIhMPn7Q

Now, the tributes from Ardentia.

Even more shows from Occultists Anonymous for all you Mage: The Awakening fans out there!

Episode 86: Risky Business
Wyrd the Seer prepares to found a legacy and shape her soul. Songbird makes contact with the Carthian Movement. Atratus meets with the Phantasm Society who have a daring plan.https://youtu.be/9XWLaxl_B-Y

Episode 87: New Lives
Wyrd the Seer pays the price for tying herself to the Rookery. Songbird makes himself useful at the Arrow Armory. Atratus kills Emily Miller.https://youtu.be/ZZklb6-fC7o

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.)

Update: the devs are working on the updates for the roller in both Android and iOS – here is the rundown from them:

1) Redo the UI for system for android.  It will look the same as the current design.  My goal is to have something ready by Saturday to send out to the Facebook users, asking them if this fixes the issues.  This will be a beta type thing.  This will break several of the fancy dice.

2) If the above worked out and the android users give all the clear, we’ll redo the graphics system to fix the fancy dice that got broken.  We’ll do another android beta through Facebook.  This might take up to two weeks, as my schedule allows.

3) If everything worked well, we’ll release to android for real at that point.

4) Port all of the existing stuff to iOS and release on that.


On 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).

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!

Our selection includes these latest fiction books:


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!:
https://studio2publishing.com/collections/scarred-lands

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 AND Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order!

The massive GM Day’s Sale continues for another week with huge savings on PDFs from all of our game lines!

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/rpg_gmsday.php

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


On Sale This Week!

This Wednesday, we will be releasing the Advance PDF of Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed for Mage: The Awakening 2e AND the electronic, PDF, and physical book PoD releases of Haunting Shadows: the Wraith20th fiction anthology on DTRPG!


Conventions!

Assuming these conventions are not postponed due to plague, here is our current list:

UKGames Expo: https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/

GenCon: https://www.gencon.com/

Tabletop Scotland: https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Gamehole Con: https://www.gameholecon.com/

PAX Unplugged: https://unplugged.paxsite.com/


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)
  • RUST (Working Title) (Scarred Lands)
  • Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
  • Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)

Redlines

  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • The Book of Endless Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)

Second Draft

  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)

Development

  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)

Manuscript Approval

  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)

Post-Approval Development

  • Scion LARP Rules (Scion)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)

Editing

  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)
  • Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Post-Editing Development

  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th)
  • Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)

Indexing

  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! (They Came From…!)

ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY!

In Art Direction

  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant – Awaiting replies to pings.
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e (KS)
  • Cults of the Blood God (KS)
  • Mummy 2 – Starting to contract the rest of it.
  • City of the Towered Tombs
  • Let the Streets Run Red – Some finals in.
  • Deviant
  • Legendlore (KS) – KS prep of bits.
  • Technocracy Reloaded (KS)
  • TC: Aeon Terra Firma – Contracted.
  • WoD: Ghost Hunters (KS) – Cover in, getting rest of KS art set.
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror
  • Pirates Extra Adventure – Loboyko lined up for this one.
  • Scion Titanomachy – Contacting artists.

In Layout

  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad – Ongoing.
  • Contagion Chronicle – With Josh, interior proof coming.
  • Vigil Watch – Ongoing.
  • TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers
  • TCFBtS! Screen and Booklet
  • Ex3 Lunars – Yep, pretty much my March right here.
  • Scion Companion

Proofing

  • Dark Eras 2 – Sending back to Aileen for errata input.
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon Jumpstart
  • Chicago Folio – Creating PoD files.
  • Pirates of Pugmire – Fixes in, working on cover.
  • CtL Oak Ash and Thorn – At WW for approvals .
  • Geist 2e fiction anthology – Backer PDF out to backers for errata.
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 – The Silence of Our Ancestors (Exalted 3rd Edition) – Backer errata being gathered.
  • Distant Worlds – Errata being gathered.
  • VtR2 Spilled Blood – Errata being input.

At Press

  • Geist 2e (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) – Prepping to go live with PDF/PoD versions on DTRPG a week Wednesday (the 18th).
  • DR:E – Shipping to backers, PoD files uploaded.
  • DRE Screen – Shipping to backers.
  • DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties
  • Memento Mori – PoD proof ordered.
  • Scion Mythical Denizens – PoD files uploaded.
  • Wraith20 Anthology – ePub, PDF, physical book versions all live Weds on DTRPG.
  • MtAw2 Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – Advance PDF on sale this Weds on DTRPG.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and that’s certainly worth celebrating today as well! (Especially since here in the US we lost an hour from yesterday due to the return of our Daylight Savings Time. Typical).

Today, we heard of the death of actor Max von Sydow at 90. The man who played chess with death, acted in just so many roles in mainstream and genre films that I’m not listing them here, and, just for Matthew Dawkins, starred as Ming the Merciless.

  20 comments for “Legendary Legendlore! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Zak
    March 9, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    “and recently with the V5 Cults of the Blood Gods Stretch Goal rewards which will only be available in PDF as the V5 managers at Modiphius do not want PoD versions made available.”
    Booo! Who do I need to bribe to make printed books happen? I need names and Venmo accounts.

    • Matt
      March 9, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      There has to be some financial impetus for this, but I can’t figure out what it is.

    • Rory
      March 10, 2020 at 4:47 am

      I noted this as well, and wonder whether it’s simply because Modiphius want to maximise sales for their own print run?

      I have a vested interest in this as I really want a copy of Cults of the Blood Gods, but despite backing on Kickstarter for a PDF, can’t really afford the delivery costs to NZ through that source. I did get Chicago by Night (excellent!) via Modiphius, so I’m hoping to do the same with CotBG when it becomes available.

      Beyond this, are there plans to get other lines like the Trinity Continuum distributed through alternative channels also? It personally opens up opportunities for me to invest further in the line (I have the Trinity Core rules, but the postage cost more than the book itself!)

      • Ian A. A. Watson
        March 10, 2020 at 5:44 am

        “Beyond this, are there plans to get other lines like the Trinity Continuum distributed through alternative channels also?”

        It already is.

        Only the cores are in distribution, however — and the same will apply to any other non-stretch goal Kickstarted projects — supplements will be limited to PDF/PoD.

      • March 10, 2020 at 7:48 am

        Cults of the Blood Gods will be available via traditional printing in book and game stores, so whether ordering through Modiphius, Waterstones, Studio 2, or whomever works for you, it will be available. The only way you won’t be able to purchase it will be print on demand.

        • Zak
          March 10, 2020 at 7:16 pm

          The supplement books too?

          • March 11, 2020 at 1:16 pm

            Yep, them too. They’ll be PDF only.

  2. Colin Jones
    March 9, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    I’m beyond excited for Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed! I absolutely adore Mage 2E and love any more content for it!

  3. cipher
    March 10, 2020 at 4:22 am

    is technocracy reloaded on KS?

  4. karpomatic
    March 10, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Legendlore is awesome! Travis did a great job running the demo at Pax Unplugged. My group talked about it a lot after the con. It was one of our favorite demos of the con. I hope it does really well.

  5. ThomasM
    March 10, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Thank you for all the Flash Gordon quotes. I love that movie far more than I should.:) While I would have LOVED to meet Max (Hail Ming! Hail!) von Sydow, I do hope to meet Melodie Anderson, Brian Blessed, and Sam Jones at a local con next month (assuming the plague doesn’t destroy society first).

    8-year old me is sooo happy!

    • richt
      March 10, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      Brian BLESSSSEEEEDDDDDD! Best part of that film IMO. Come to think of it, he’s usually up at the top of anything he’s in. Hope the con is great!

      • Troy
        March 10, 2020 at 1:49 pm

        And apparently he makes great inspiration for a Dark Ages Lasombra. At least that’s what I’ve heard on the Pathcast…

        • March 11, 2020 at 1:17 pm

          That dropkick was powered by Potence 4.

          • ThomasM
            March 11, 2020 at 2:17 pm

            Which episode of the Pathcast mentions this? I am pretty far behind but I obviously need to listen to this episode right away.

      • ThomasM
        March 11, 2020 at 2:16 pm

        Thank you very much, sir! I agree, he makes most movies better just by being present.:)

  6. Xia
    March 10, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    So, Question. What are the Legendlore runes supposed to say if anything?

    “??????????????????????????????”

    It’s obvi using the Eldar Futhark but there’s some parts that are evading my understanding.

    The first five letters could be jwert, ywert, jvert, yvert so from an English standpoint I don’t see correspondence although yvert could be “y-Value” according to google translate but I’m thinking that’s more a coincidence.

    The second confusion is the double ?? which was not a thing in Elder Futhark or Proto-germanic (which is ok, it doesn’t need to if it’s not being used for that purpose. That said I do not know what to make of this. This could either be where the end of one word splits with the beggining of another word or it could be analogous to the oo (uu) sound in English.

    Third is the slurry of consonants. Just just it.

    I thought maybe it was a Caesar cipher but with both the Elder Futhark having less letters (and therefore ambiguous letters that could mean a couple roman letters) and without knowing the exact number, I couldn’t find anything with my first couple attempts. My first attempt was to assume the large L in Legendlore was combined with the Jera but I didn’t find anything with either Y or J.

    tl;dr:
    Is there anything behind those?

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      March 10, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      The logo was inherited from the original Caliber Comics run, so if there’s any intended meaning to it, you’d probably have to ask them.

  7. Horodrigo
    March 10, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Oak Ash and Thorn is close. Yay. I’ve been dreaming with it for so long now.

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