Lunar Eclipse This Week! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Well, in a manner of speaking, Luke. This week wraps up our Lunars Kickstarter for a deluxe edition of this Exalted 3rd Edition sourcebook. The 72 hour warning just went out today, and we’re already seeing a dramatic upswing in pledges!

Look below in the Kickstarter section of The Blurbs! for more info and links!

Looking forward to see how it wraps up, and thrilled so far with how it has been going. Next up, we’ll be taking a couple/few weeks off and then starting the Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter for our Chronicles of Darkness “crossover” chronicle book.

More news on that as we get closer to the start, but if you want to get started with early Contagion Chronicle info, go ahead and check out the link to Matthew’s character creation session in the Onyx Path Media section of The Blurbs!, below.

Wraith20 Book of Oblivion art by Ken Meyer, Jr

Meanwhile, last week I placed Print On Demand proof orders for five different projects, and I expect to put out a couple more in this coming week. They’ll come my way whenever the PoD printers get them done and out, but it is still really great to know so many of our projects are nearing the finish line.

(PoD Proofs are the books printed out just like they will be for any of you who order them from DriveThruRPG, just early so that I can look through them and make sure there aren’t any printing errors.)

In the Monday Meeting this week, we reviewed our thoughts about next year’s brochure and found them good. Thanks to all of you who sent me your thoughts, either in the comments or directly!

We’ll be setting up a separate meeting group to handle what we’ll actually be putting into the brochure, it’s size, how many we’ll print, all that stuff, now that the strategy has been set in the larger Monday Meeting.

Signs of Sorcery art by Alex Shiekman

Having just had a full schedule review meeting last week, this week’s reports on the projects were done in record time. We had a few discussions on switching a few of our developers around; mostly because of some of their life issues.

This is really an important part of what we have been trying to do for years at Onyx Path, and which has been working out very well with our in-house dev crew being able to pitch in and resolve issues this last year, in particular. If a creator needs to ease back, or even drop out for a while, we want to work with them to make the transition something that is actually a good thing, or at least minimally disruptive, as they tackle the challenges of their “real” lives.

If you listened to last Friday’s Onyx Pathcast where our crew interviewed Rich Dansky, you’ll hear him mention how the chance to develop Wraith20 had him dancing with joy. But, you’ll also hear him talk about the real-world losses that occurred while Wr20 was being worked on: he lost three cats, both his parents, and went through a divorce.

Through all that personal upheaval, we were prepared to reconfigure the development of the project in whatever way Rich needed, and ultimately Matthew was able to help Rich finalize the project by providing both creative and process support.

EX3 The Realm art by Gong Studios

It might have been easier to just drop Rich when the rest of his life, day-job included, started to slow down progress on the project, but I am very glad that Onyx Path is able to maneuver to support creators like Rich through their tough times.

It’s not easy and does not come without cost. I know we have lost fans who wanted/needed their KS’d books earlier, and while most of our backers understood the reasons, some didn’t. Nor are we always perfect in how we work things out.

But we’re trying, Ringo. We’re trying real hard….

Changeling20 Players Guide art by Ken Meyer, Jr

It’s what we do so we can take all of you to the many amazing game lines, the…

Many Worlds, One Path!

BLURBS!


KICKSTARTER:

With our Kickstarter for the Deluxe version of EX3‘s Lunars heading into the last three days, we are well over 400% funded and have over 2175 backers! Multiple Stretch Goals have already been achieved, and we’ve just gotten started. So c’mon and get your beast-form on and join the fun!

The Story Told Podcast has a wonderful interview about Lunars: Fangs at the Gate: https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/bonus-episode-5-exalted-lunar-ks-interview-with-eric-minton

ONYX PATH MEDIA

Illustration by Michael Gaydos

This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast is a Sell Me On episode where our titanic Trio take the suggestions they received from our listeners on Twitter, and give five minute spiels on the wonders of ten Onyx Path game lines. If you ever wanted to know why one of these lines is cool – this is the episode for you!https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/

And Here’s More Media About Our Worlds:

If YOU have a podcast, YouTube or Twitch channel, or talk about games on a blog or other website, and want to perform actual plays or make reviews of our games, please reach out to the Gentleman Gamer on the Onyx Path forum. From there we’ll share emails and get you started, so when you do start producing content we’ll be able to promote it on our blog and YouTube channel!

In case you missed it last week, we hosted an Exalted character creation session for Lunars: Fangs at the Gate. Here’s the link to the video Neall Raemonn Price, Dixie Cochran, and Matthew Dawkins put together: https://youtu.be/cRr9WZHa2PA

Matthew’s also been busy running They Came from Beneath the Sea! for the folks at Red Moon Roleplaying! Here’s the latest episode in that series: https://youtu.be/QM2f6njFwng

And to show Matthew clearly has too much time on his hands, here’s a link to a character creation session for the upcoming Contagion Chronicle! More sessions will follow: https://youtu.be/STOec6if8NE

We have a new game to show you this week, with Occultists Anonymous – an actual play of Mage: The Awakening 2E – having put a first session up on YouTube. Check it out, as the viewer numbers are shooting up already: https://youtu.be/r6NroG9vRe4

Devil’s Luck Gaming continue with their excellent costumed Scarred Lands actual play: https://www.twitch.tv/DEVILSLUCKGAMING

Red Moon Roleplaying also uploaded their finale to the Changeling: The Lost 2E chronicle they’ve been running: https://youtu.be/cjRkH8HHJ5I

And last but not least, one we might have missed from a few weeks ago: Garblag Games has several episodes of their Scion series up on YouTube and we seriously think it’s worth checking out: https://youtu.be/yXz0Quc_Ln0

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 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’s an update from the App devs:

Onyx Dice!  We’ve recently released the Changeling: The Lost, Trinity Continuum: Aeon dice, and now the Geist dice.  Next up on our radar is: Demon: The Fallen,  Mummy: The Resurrection,  Kindred of the East, Vampire Dark Ages, and Mummy: The Curse.

We have a serious issue on the Pixel and Motorola phones that prevent the user from using the app correctly.  A fix is coming shortly.  A temporary workaround is to minimize the app without shutting it down, and then restore it.

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 you bought it from. Reviews really, really help us with getting folks interested in our amazing fiction!

Our selection includes these fiction books:

OUR SALES PARTNERS:

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! 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

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

And you can now order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=296

And available this week! Deluxe Changeling: The Dreaming and Deluxe Beckett’s Jyhad Diary! The additional books we have after the Kickstarter ship-outs are done are now at IPR!

DRIVETHRURPG.COM:

On Sale This Week!

This Wednesday, we’re thrilled to offer the second Exalted 3rd Edition novel: False Images by Aaron Rosenberg and Lauren Roy! PDF, physical book PoD, and ePub versions will all be available on DTRPG, and in the Kindle and Nook stores!

CONVENTIONS


UK Games Expo: May 31st – June 2nd
Gen Con: August 1st – August 4th
Save Against Fear: Oct 12-14
GameHoleCon: October 31st – November 3rd
We’ll also be back at PAX Unplugged later this year.


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 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • Geist2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)
  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • TC: Aeon Ready Made Characters (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • TC: Aeon Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Heroic Land Dwellers (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)

Redlines

  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)
  • Creatures of the World Bestiary (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Chicago Folio/Dossier (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Let The Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Distant Worlds (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)

Second Draft

  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion Ready Made Characters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)

Development

  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Oak, Ash, and Thorn: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd)
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Memento Mori: the GtSE 2e Companion (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • Pirates of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)

Manuscript Approval:

  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • CofD Dark Eras 2 (Chronicles of Darkness)

Editing:

  • V5 Chicago By Night (Vampire: The Masquerade)
  • V5 Chicago By Night Screen (Vampire: The Masquerade)
  • Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • Scion Jumpstart (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • CofD Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Witch-Queen of the Shadowed Citadel (Cavaliers of Mars)

Post-Editing Development:

  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon (Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition)
  • Tales of Excellent Cats (Monarchies of Mau)
  • Wr20 Book of Oblivion (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • C20 Novel: Cup of Dreams (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Aeon Aexpansion (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)

Indexing:

ART DIRECTION FROM MIRTHFUL MIKE:

In Art Direction

  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff  
  • Chicago By Night
  • Aeon Aexpansion
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea!
  • EX3 Lunars
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2
  • Shunned By the Moon – Sketches and finals coming in.
  • Contagion Chronicle AD’d for KS.
  • Scion Jumpstart
  • VtR Spilled Blood – Going over notes.

Marketing Stuff

In Layout

  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution
  • Book of Oblivion 
  • Signs of Sorcery

Proofing

  • M20: Gods and Monsters – PoD proof ordered.
  • Pugmire Roll of Good Dogs and Cats – PoD proof ordered.
  • Adventures for Curious Cats Waiting on art fixes.
  • Trinity Core – Putting inMind Meld changes.
  • Trinity Aeon – Putting in Mind Meld changes.
  • Ex3 Dragon Blooded – PoD proofs ordered.
  • Geist 2e 2nd Proof.
  • C20 Player’s Guide – Waiting on fixed piece of art to do 2nd Proof
  • In Media Res – Inputting proof corrections.
  • The Realm – Art is arting, book is proofing.

At Press

  • Scion Hero – Printing. PoD proof getting worked on.
  • Scion Origin – Printing. PoD proof ordered.
  • Scion Dice – At Studio2.
  • Scion Screen At Studio2.
  • Fetch Quest – At Studio2 prepping for shipping.
  • False Images – EX3 novel – On sale at DTRPG.com this week in PDF/PoD/eBook versions.

TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: 

Our friends at The Bodhanna Group have published their first book! Wizards, Warriors and Wellness: The Therapeutic Application of Role Playing Games is a short booklet that gives a basic overview of the benefits that can be gained through intentional use of Tabletop Role Playing Games. It introduces readers to the therapeutic value of RPG and how this can be focused for treating various mental health disorders and behavioral challenges. One warning: although this should be enjoyable and informative for gamers of all sorts, the therapeutic strategies inside are for trained professionals. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/268200/Wizards-Warriors-and-Wellness–The-Therapeutic-Application-of-Role-Playing-Games Congrats to all the team at TBG!

  37 comments for “Lunar Eclipse This Week! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Just Here
    March 11, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Any chance of a regular offset print run of the Exalted 3d books? I really want a print copy, but I’ve heard that the PoD from DriveThruRPG doesn’t hold up well at that page count.

    • Ferozstein
      March 12, 2019 at 7:17 am

      I have several PoD books from DTRPG, including some thick ones like Mage’20, Changeling’20 and Ex3 Core. There are no issues with the binding whatsoever and the books are quite sturdy (I took the Ex3 corebook for a vacation trip in my luggage and used it quite heavily for the subsequent two weeks – no problem).

      • John
        March 12, 2019 at 8:40 am

        Counterpoint: My Exalted 3rd Edition PoD started coming apart nearly instantly. I’ve noticed the early warning signs from my other PoDs of similar thickness, but they’re much more gently used than Ex3, which you need to flip through constantly.

        In short – I too would like a traditional printing of Ex3, if it can be done at a reasonable price point. Or, failing that, maybe a two-volume version of the PoD.

        • DarkWolff
          March 12, 2019 at 12:17 pm

          My PoD copy of Ex3 lost it’s cover by the end of our first session. My deluxe copy is still holding together well, so a traditional print run would definitely hold up better. I used packing tape to fix the PoD copy, and I always get two core books for a heavily played game, so it’s no biggie.

          However, Onyx Path might consider splitting the core book into two volumes (one for Charms, one without). This way they can still go the PoD route with a slight increase in cost (which the users could choose), and get two books that will hold up.

        • dirtypoolfilms
          March 12, 2019 at 6:14 pm

          Counterpoint to your counterpoint (not really I just felt like saying that)

          A traditional print run may be no better at holding together at that length. I watched two traditional print run Exalted 1st Edition books practically disintegrate – so it may just be the White Wolf Curse that destroyed your book.

  2. Ben
    March 11, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    So many things in proofing, AD or press! Good work to the entire team at OP. Y’all excite me so much

  3. Jim Groves
    March 11, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Hi!
    1.) I got my deluxe Wraith20 book! Looks lovely. Very pleased, so thank you to everyone involved!

    2.) I’ve really enjoyed the Lunar Exalted Kickstarter campaign. The material from the Dragon-blooded campaign has been great and within schedule (it’s not done but it’s ticking along nicely). I think the Exalted line has turned a corner towards the awesome and I hope folks check the Lunars out.

    3.) Regarding Scion, since the print copy is off to the printers, can the DriveThru PDF versions be updated with the index and XX page number references? If this has been done and DriveThru has not gotten to it yet, please accept my pardons. I know they can be a little slow sometimes.

    • March 12, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Once the printing is finalized (we want to make sure we don’t need to make any changes during that process), we’ll send out updated PDFs!

      • Jim Groves
        March 12, 2019 at 2:18 pm

        @Eddie- Oh, I see. My eyes stopped at “printing” and didn’t go any farther down the sentence. It hasn’t actually gone to final print, like I thought. You’re still reviewing the proofs. My bad.

        • March 12, 2019 at 4:47 pm

          It’s spelled “Eddy,” thanks!

          • Jim
            March 12, 2019 at 6:44 pm

            I plead autocorrect. Sorry!

  4. Chazz
    March 11, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Just in time for everyone to get their Wraith books, we released our Wraith AP episode: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/episode-22-wraith-the-oblivion-actual-play

  5. Dennis
    March 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I keep seeing blank lines with bullet points in the Project Status Updates. I can’t tell if this is end-user (i.e. my) formatting, a secret message, or an accidental keystroke; this is the third week and it’s starting to drive me nuts.

    • Zilaenor
      March 12, 2019 at 12:36 am

      “The blog formatting was upgraded recently, and so the bullet-points seem to come and go on their own. I see a blank on the preview, but no such blank exists in my working format. So just assume a blank is nothing, a glitch in the Matrix.” RichT

      • Dennis
        March 13, 2019 at 11:09 am

        Thank you! I thought I remembered something about updates, but I couldn’t find mention of it again.

  6. Lian
    March 12, 2019 at 12:48 am

    So closer on c20 pg….

  7. Brian Goubeaux
    March 12, 2019 at 4:46 am

    When will we get 20th Anniversary Editions for Hunter: The Reckoning, Mummy: The Resurrection, and Demon: The Fallen?

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      March 12, 2019 at 6:08 am

      That’s up to White Wolf to greenlight.

  8. karpomatic
    March 12, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Crap. I was really hoping for the Aberrant KS to be next. Maybe after the Contagion Chronicle.

    • Harry S
      March 12, 2019 at 6:46 am

      Me too. But contagion chronicle does look great.
      My guess is they want to alternate WOD/ COFD books with non WOD/COFD books.
      At a guess the schedule is probably:
      Lunars
      Contagion
      Abberant
      Hunter
      Possibly another Scion book? Not sure what else is near Kickstarter zone.

      • March 12, 2019 at 9:07 am

        Don’t forget Pirates of Pugmire! 🙂

      • ThomasM
        March 12, 2019 at 3:15 pm

        If we are lucky we might see a Kickstarter for LegendLore this year. I’ll admit to a fair bit of interest in that one.:)

  9. DubiousRuffian
    March 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Just out of curiosity, what determines which books get kickstarted?

  10. Matt P.
    March 12, 2019 at 10:56 am

    I’ll definitely be picking up False Images tomorrow as I’ll be finishing Circle of Protection sometime this week.

    I hope we can hit the Lunar Novella #2 Stretch Goal during the Lunars KS! I’m really enjoying the fiction so far!

    • richt
      March 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

      Great to hear! What way are you reading them? Physical book, PDF or ePub on a reader?

      • Charles Kellner
        March 14, 2019 at 9:52 am

        I usually read the epub version. I occasionally read the PDF on my e-reader if I just can’t wait for the final format.

  11. JAAAAAAAASON
    March 12, 2019 at 11:43 am

    So many Kickstarters I’m excited for! Contagion, PIRATES, Deviant. Hopefully these next two come up in the next year.

  12. Nina
    March 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Is the W20 Tribebook: Bunyip still a thing? Haven’t heard anything in ages 🙁

    • Walter Soto-Liebman
      March 12, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      I asked about that last week. Unfortunately at the moment it is essentially shelved until further notice, most likely due to any possible plans for W5 from White Wolf.

      • richt
        March 13, 2019 at 9:33 am

        Yes. Thanks!

  13. Atavist
    March 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Super looking forward to Dark Eras 2 and Shunned by the Moon. Need my Werewolf goodness.

  14. Grimmi
    March 12, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Oh man. I was really looking forward to Hunter being the next CoD Kickstarter because I just got my work bonus and could afford to drop a little extra money oh it. oh well guess I will back Contagion.

    • richt
      March 13, 2019 at 9:34 am

      We’ll be glad to have you join the fun on Contagion, and the Hunter KS should be later this year.

  15. Wandering
    March 12, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Is it weird that the first thing I though on seeing that Wraith20 Book of Oblivion art is “Hey look, there’s one of those cute spiders that wear bubbles on their head on top of that thing.”

    The Lunars kickstarter has been a blast to participate in, and I’m looking forward to the years ahead!

    • richt
      March 13, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Great to hear, and no, not weird. Art is like that, we see something and all sorts of connections pop up in our heads.

  16. Knurlurzhad
    March 13, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Wow, I’ve been so busy paying attention to the Lunars KS that I didn’t realize how far along The Realm was! This is great news, especially because my Realm Civil War game is reaching its first battle!

  17. Cardul
    March 15, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Eddy! Congratulations on getting a guest writer spot for two episodes on Extra Credits! That is awesome!

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