Many Worlds. One Path. [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Above is the design for our booth backdrop that premiered at GenCon50 for 2017’s booth. You’ll be able to see this at the various conventions we attend all this year.

We had a bunch of things premiere at GenCon this year, and I’d like to roll through them here.

Of course, as we do every year, we premiered this year’s Onyx Path Brochure. Which you can download for free on

Now, a bunch of folks did download the Brochure the week of GenCon and didn’t understand that this year we wanted to present all of our different game-lines and use the brochure for that purpose at the sold-out GenCon50. We figured that there’d be a larger than average group of attendees that might not have heard of Onyx Path nor know all the games we’ve been creating these past six years.

As opposed to some previous Brochures which were designed to be where we announced new projects. We did include a few of the real tent-pole releases like Mummy 2nd Edition or the teaser for They Came From Beneath the Sea!, but not the full list of upcoming projects. I saved those announcements for our panels (more on those next week).

So: understandable confusion.



The stacks of Pugmire before one of the four times we sold out.

Next, we sold Pugmire to the general public for the first time at GenCon50, and as noted previously, we sold out of every book we brought to the convention. Which is just amazing!

Even better, many of those sales were indeed to people unfamiliar with Pugmire, or Onyx Path, or both, so we had a great chance to let them know just what we are all about (and slip them a Brochure so they could see themselves all that we are up to).

Kudos to all of our booth team for creating a fun and friendly, yet cool, atmosphere at the booth!

Better still, for everyone who missed the Pugmire Kickstarter and were not a GenCon50, Pugmire‘s PDF will be available on DTRPG this Wednesday, as will the physical books, screens, and dice with our friends at IPR and Studio2. Not only can you order from them directly, but Studio2 will also be putting the books into distribution and into retail game stores!

This is our first traditionally printed Onyx Path project to be solicited into game stores, and we think we’ve found a way to make that process make sense for us and our business model, so we’re really excited and interested in how things work out. Hopefully, working with Studio2 on mainstream distribution can become another avenue that our community can use to get our projects, along with Kickstarter, electronic media like PDFs, and PoDs on DTRPG.



Drew Tucker illustration for Beast Players’ Guide



Another premiere, but not Onyx‘s, that I heard about at GenCon and wanted to pass on to you folks, is of our longtime creator Jess Hartley’s new fiction anthology: Monsters I Have Known. Jess is a fantastic writer whose work has been featured in our projects for years back into the old WW days, so well worth checking out.


Here is the Amazon link:


Monsters I Have Known features 13 stories, including several ghost and ghost hunter tales, a re-telling of Rapunzel from the perspective of the witch, a steampunk story, and a murder mystery with a very Promethean victim/protagonist.



Wraith 20 illustration by Richard Kane Ferguson



Our booth-mates at GenCon50, White Wolf, also had a premiere of their newest alpha playtest of V5 being demoed at the con. Written by our own Matthew Dawkins and our friend Jason Andrew, Rusted Veins continues the Gary storyline from Ashes To Ashes and Dust To Dust…and tests out a bunch of V5 systems. It is NOT the pre-alpha, and will eventually be available for free to all who want to deal with The Juggler and Sullivan Dane once more, while exploring the prototype V5 rules.



Beast Players’ Guide illustration by Brian LeBlanc



Finally, in the Brochure we included four very important words that you will be seeing more of in the year to come as they are our new tagline, motto, guidepost, philosophical beacon:


Many Worlds. One Path.





Haaawooooo! The W20 Bundle of Holding is raging today all the way through until September 18th!

You can get all sorts of W20 PDFs at great discounts and better still you can help our chosen charity for this bundle: the International Wolf Center.




We’re delighted to announce the opening of our ebook store on Amazon! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle. Our initial selection includes these fiction anthologies: Vampire: the Masquerade‘s Endless Ages, Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition‘s Rites of Renown: When Will You Rage 2, Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition‘s Truth Beyond Paradox, Chronicles of DarknessGod Machine Chronicle, Mummy: The Curse‘s Curse of the Blue Nile, and Beast: The Primordial‘s The Primordial Feast!

And now you can get these books in the Barnes and Noble Nook store too!


And here are six more fiction books:


Andand six more more:

  • 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)





Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Here’s the link to the press release we put out about how Onyx Path is now selling through Indie Press Revolution:

You can now order wave 2 of our Deluxe and Prestige print overrun books, including Deluxe Mage 20th Anniversary, and Deluxe V20 Dark Ages! And Screens…so many Screens!

And starting on Wednesday, August 30th, you can order Pugmire: the book, the screen, and the dice!




Calling all Good Dogs! The Pugmire Core Rulebook PDF goes on sale this Wednesday on!

And the actual physical book, screen, and dice, will be available to order on the IPR and Studio2 websites!



From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: A Grimm Dark Era (Changeling: The Lost Grimm’s Tales). With the publication of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the Lost find themselves subject to the strength of stories, to a degree never before seen. As numerous stories reach greater audiences, the power of tales redefine what it means to be a changeling. Here, we explore a shift in the veil between fiction and reality, and find changelings who escaped by embracing the odd rules of the fantastic.

On sale in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG!



From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Lily, Sabre, and Thorn (Changeling: The Lost Swashbuckling France 1600s – early 1700s). In the Age of Reason under the reign of Louis XIV, enlightenment went hand-in-hand with court intrigues. The Sun King’s court influenced a time when changeling freeholds gained increasing unity and communication. It is a time of adventure, deception, betrayal, and passion — the roar of cannon, the rustle of silk, the ring of steel. The joys and sorrows and outrageous fortunes of the swashbuckler — these are all too well-known to the Lost.

On sale in PDF and PoD versions at this Weds!



Satyr Phil Brucato beckons you once more into the Annex of Mage: The Ascension with this 300 page follow-up to M20. The M20 Book of Secrets is NOW on sale in PDF and PoD versions at!

More Than Magick

For mages who think they have everything, this trove of treasures expands upon the wealth of material presented throughout Mage: The Ascension’s 20th Anniversary Edition. New Traits, new rules, essays, answers, information… the Secrets are revealed within.

Enter the Annex

Building upon the M20 core rulebook, this Book of Secrets features updated rules and setting material, such as…

  • An M20 FAQ Genres & Resources
  • Matters of Focus Justice & Influence
  • New Abilities, Archetypes, Merits & Flaws
  • Expanded Rules for Combat, Resonance, Wonders, Computer Systems, and More

This Ascension Continues…




Chomping it’s way to you comes the Dagger of Spiragos adventure PDF for Scarred Lands! This second in the Spiragos trilogy for levels 4-6 is now in both 5e and Pathfinder PDF versions on!



The Titans’ Relics Must Be Destroyed! 

Artifacts from the fallen titan Spiragos have been recovered, and forces are at work that would see them used for ill. The Dagger of Spiragos and the Ring of Spiragos are now in the player characters’ hands — and they must do what they can to rid Scarn of the foul relics of the titans, whatever the cost!

What Came Before 

Dagger of Spiragos is a sequel to the 2014 Gen Con Scarred Lands Special Preview adventure, Gauntlet of Spiragos (available as a free download on DriveThruRPG. com and It is also the second adventure in the Spiragos Saga, with Ring of Spiragos, the dramatic finale, as the third and culminating title.

In Gauntlet of Spiragos, the PCs traveled to the legendary Chasm of Flies, where they discovered a tribe of spider-eye goblins who possessed relics of their fallen master, Spiragos. Now, with those items in hand, the PCs travel to the city of Fangsfall, where they must seek aid in destroying the foul objects.

But others wish to possess these items, too,




Sailing out of the dark, the V20 Dark Ages Companion PDF and physical book PoD versions are going on sale Wednesday on!

Travel the long roads and deep seas in search of power and experience danger, or tackle the wilderness to hunt monsters and face death. Settlements large and small dot the black expanse with the promise of sanctuary, life, and community. These bastions of civilization present cold comfort, when playing host to vampire warlords and sadistic Cainite faiths. Whether led by a Prince, a coordinated belief, or hounded by monsters from without and within — no domain is truly the same as another.

Dark Ages Companion includes:

• Domains scattered across the world, from small fiefdoms to massive cities. Bath, Bjarkarey, Constantinople, Rome, Mogadishu, and Mangaluru each receive coverage.

• Apocrypha including plot hooks, new Paths, and mysteries to explore in your games.

• A how-to guide on building a domain within your chronicle, including events and servants necessary to make a domain as functional or dysfunctional as you wish.

• A study on warfare in the Dark Ages period, so combat in your chronicles can gain authenticity and lethality.




From the Primordial to your Chronicles, Beast‘s Building a Legend has risen in PDF and PoD formats on!


…so why should the Storyteller have all the fun?

The whole troupe should get in on the action, making for a chronicle that reflects the preferences and predilections of all the players.

Building a Legend is a guide for doing exactly that — making a cohesive chronicle, starting with character creation, for Beast: The Primordial. It includes advice on creating Storyteller characters, folding in real world history, and populating the Primordial Dream.





From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Requiem for Regina (Vampire: The Requiem Elizabethan London 1593). We have shared the world with monsters for millennia. In Elizabeth’s London, vampires built their own empire brick by bloody brick while Elizabeth I cemented her grip on newly Protestant England. Carefully balancing demands from those with Catholic and Lutheran sympathies, she forged a police state. Yet London emerged as a thriving cultural center, and from the crucible emerged a Kindred society forever changed.

On sale in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG!




What dark secrets do the eldest vampires hold? Find out in Thousand Years of Night for Vampire: The Requiem! Advance PDF version available now on

You may think that with a multitude of people coming, going, dying and running away, we’d be tired, done, or ready to give up.
Instead, I find myself restless, looking for the next thing. 
There’s always a next thing, and I for one am not yet ready to die.

– Elder Kincaid, Daeva Crone

This book includes:

• Detailed instructions on creating elder vampires, including how to base chronicles around them

• A look into the lives of elders, how they spend their nights, who they work with, and why including their roles in both their clans and covenants

• New Devotions, Merits, and Rituals for elder vampires

• The kinds of creatures that pose a threat to elder vampires, including Inamorata, Lamia, Sons of Phobos, a new elder conspiracy, and more!








Gee, it looks kind of bare here without GenCon news.


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


And now, the new project status updates!

DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM ROLLICKING ROSE (projects in bold have changed status since last week):

First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep)

  • Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Monarchies of Mau (Monarchies of Mau)
  • Night Horrors: The Tormented (Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Rulebook (TCFBtS!)



  • Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Exalted 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition)


Second Draft

  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition)



  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • SL Ring of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Ring of Spiragos (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Pugmire Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (Pugmire)
  • Scion: Origin (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition)
  • DtD Night Horrors: Enemy Action (Demon: the Descent)
  • Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition)


WW Manuscript Approval:

  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)



  • C20 Ready Made Characters (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)


Post-Editing Development:

  • W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition)
  • M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)






In Art Direction

  • W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook Have to double check, but I think all the art is in.
  • Cavaliers of Mars – Prepping KS.
  • W20 Changing Ways – AD’d and Contracted.
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Scion Origins – Art almost all in.
  • Ring of Spiragos
  • Ex 3 Arms of the Chosen – Finals are done, just waiting for them to be uploaded. Once those are up and approved, I’ll get things over to layout.
  • Beast PG – Finals in.
  • VtR Half Damned – Art coming in.
  • Book of Freeholds AD’d.
  • DtD Enemy Action – Fulls contracted.
  • C20 RMCs 


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Prince’s Gambit – New Cards out for playtesting.
  • Beckett’s Jyhad Diary 
  • Wraith 20
  • VDA Jumpstart



  • M20 Art BookPDF out to KS backers this week.


At Press

  • Beckett Screen – Shipped to shipper.
  • Scarred Land PGs & Wise and the Wicked PF & 5e
  • Dark Eras: God’s Own Country
  • Dark Eras: After the Fall
  • VTR: Thousand Years of Night Errors discovered at GenCon, getting fixed.
  • Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition) – PoD proof ordered…
  • C20 Jumpstart PDF Awaiting errata.
  • CtL Huntsmen Chronicle Anthology PDF


TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Well, it’s good to be back and making stuff after the long, wet, summer.

  33 comments for “Many Worlds. One Path. [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Andrew McGraw
    August 28, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    They Came From Beneath the Sea!

    But, who are they? And what do they want…

    • Anthony Elmer
      August 29, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Loch Ness Monsters. $3.50. Actually I have no idea, but I am very interested in checking it out lol.

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 6:56 am

      More info will come…

  2. Yodo
    August 28, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Good to see the art’s almost in for Origins! Is the same true for Hero, or is that still running a little behind?

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Correct, Hero was worked on after Origin since it required some things from Origin before it could be finalized. Pretty much across the board it’s running a bit later.

      • unnatural1
        August 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm

        Once all the art is in for Origin, does that mean we’re down to planning the book and then putting it altogether? Another editing pass?

        Is it safe to say we’re really close to a release date for Origins?

        • richt
          August 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm

          It’s never safe to say that with any project until we’re at final proofs. In the case of Scion: Origin, the text has not finished in development – although I hear it’s close – and still needs to go through my review and editing and then into layout with the art.

          • Unnatural1
            August 29, 2017 at 1:57 pm

            Gotcha. Thanks!

            I mostly asked because I’ll be moving soon and I nwed to figure out how to change my mailing address with Backerkit so they send my physical copies to the right place.

            Looks like I’ve got some breathing room after all.

          • richt
            August 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

            You can go to your BackerKit page and change it in your survey response. No worries!

  3. JetstreamGW
    August 29, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I hope someday soon there’ll be a Mage 20 Bundle. That’d be nice.

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      August 29, 2017 at 1:11 am

      First we need to fill out the Mage20 catalogue a bit more to make such a bundle worthwhile.

      • BurritoMage
        August 30, 2017 at 1:26 am

        2020 The year of the M20 Bundle!

        • Irioth
          August 31, 2017 at 11:05 am

          Well, maybe not 2020, but unfortunately we are still far from getting the basic supplement stuff catalog any close to filled out. GMaFS and Book of the Fallen are still being written so their release is deep into 2018 at very best, Technocracy Reloaded and Rich Guy’s Guide to Magick are even further back.

  4. Chewy
    August 29, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Preliminary estimate on Wraith 20 PDF download?

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 7:01 am

      We don’t do the whole estimate thing after long experience with it. You can keep an eye on the weekly progress report as it proceeds through layout and proofing to get an idea for how well along it is. Thanks!

  5. christopher houmann
    August 29, 2017 at 3:18 am

    cant wait for changleing 2nd edition :b

  6. Anthony Elmer
    August 29, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I am glad to see that you guys are partnered with a conservation charity again. We are members of Wolf Park in Battleground IN, and will be supporting this fully!

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Fantastic! Thanks!

  7. Troy
    August 29, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Lots of stuff moved down the list this week, I feel like. I guess GenCon is productive!

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Well, to be fair, we didn’t have much of a progress update last week 😉

  8. Forrest
    August 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    So, I had negative experiences demoing/playtesting Scion 2e at Gencon both this year and last year, and I wanted to put some words to those experiences in the hopes of seeing some improvement.

    First, let me say that I understand that Scion is still in development, and I wasn’t expecting perfection. But both demos left me more confused than enlightened, even on simple game concepts.

    Second, our GM for the demo this year, Louis, was phenomenal and did a lot with very little in order to make a bad situation better. While I can’t say it was a great experience for playing Scion 2e, it was a fun gaming experience.

    The problems this year stemmed from the slipshod condition of the provided materials. From the very start, there was going to be trouble because there were only four characters prepared for a six person table. The quality of the sheets was also questionable. My sheet had several obvious errors in the skill block, and none of the sheets had instructions for calculating defensive values of any kind.

    Since the GM had little experience with the system, and an incomplete rules reference, we were forced to fudge a significant portion of the games mechanics, which was all the more problematic because at least one point of the session was to test the mechanics and report back on what worked and what didn’t. It was essentially a playtest of a system that we didn’t actually have.

    This was similar to my experience last year, though in that case, our GM was actually Neall, making the rules issues easier to resolve. In both cases, however, the lack of focus and preparation diminished the player experiences and undermined any information that could have been gained from the playtest.

    I understand that the experience of an OP game, particularly one that is still in development, is never going to be as prepared and regimented as other RPG experiences, but for the second year in a row I have been shocked and disappointed with the lack of diligence and rigor on display. Which is all the more frustrating because I am a backer of Scion 2e and have invested in the quality of the system.

    It is hard for me to know the circumstances behind either of these playtests, so I’ll stop short of pointing fingers. But if these two experiences are representative of the overall quality of OP playtesting, you all have a serious problem.

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Well, no, the game this year was really not supposed to be a play test, as the text is in the last stage of development. Last year, with Neall running it, it was. But beyond that, sorry that you did not enjoy the game at the con. Since I wasn’t standing at your table, I really can’t tell you where any sort of disconnect occurred, but Louis and the rest of the crew are often trying to focus on a lot of different game lines and perhaps he was not given enough time with the text to really master it. Which is odd, because at it’s heart StoryPath is really pretty simple, but again I don’t know what your table was trying to do. Thanks for the feedback, and again, sorry you didn’t enjoy the experience.

    • Neall
      August 29, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that you had an issue. In this case, there was a bit of a miscommunication between the Wrecking Crew and I and I didn’t provide them with updated stat blocks or the “cheat sheet” I myself had available. In this case, I regret that you had a bad experience, but the system is through playtesting – the only feedback I requested was whether players enjoyed the game or not. Again, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t, and I take full responsibility for the lack of care in the materials provided and the issues it caused.

  9. Cardul
    August 29, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    While I did not get to directly talk with any of y’all at the booth(My arms were getting tired holding the books by the time I got into line into the cashout portion of the booth),it was great to see you at GenCon, and finally be able to put a face to the name of Rose Bailey.

    I look forward to seeing you guys at next year’s GenCon!

    • chaney_insaney
      August 29, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Sure you did… you just didn’t know it…

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Well, sorry we couldn’t chat! Next year for sure!

  10. Karl Erik L. Hoftaniska
    August 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    When will those with Creator/Contributor Rewards be contacted? Since it has been quite a while since the kickstarter was ended and we are now done with gencon i thought it made sense to ask.

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Up to our dev team, I have heard no ETA yet.

  11. Yiodan
    August 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    *reads the teaser for TCFBtS*
    *squits eyes*
    *scans the whole page*

    Oooooookay! Thats one way to grab my attention.

    Well played, Richt, well played.

    • richt
      August 29, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Why thank you! It is a teaser after all, a lot more to come in the future!

  12. Yukikaze
    August 30, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you for the updates! I’ll admit to some disappointment that Origins and Hero aren’t closer to release, but I’m glad to hear that they’re still progressing.

  13. Irioth
    August 31, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Well, it is good to know there are good reasons for the PoD delay of C20 and Thousand Years of Night. Let’s hope the wrinkles get iron out soon. Even better to see Beast Player’s Guide and W20 slowly crawling their way to release. I’m not really sure how TCFBtS is going to square, playwise and thematically, in comparison to Beast, Deviant, and Promethean, so I reserve any judgement about it, same as Deviant.

  14. Mike Bowie
    August 31, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Any spoilers planned for Geist 2nd Edition? I would love to know how the new Key/Manifestation works.

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