Not Your Father’s D&D! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

With a bit more than a week to go, Legendlore keeps rolling, even through the traditional 3rd week KS doldrums!

For our part, we continue to try and spread the word about this integrally inclusive setting with panels and actual plays like these:

Now, the very cool thing about Legendlore, and why I call it “integrally inclusive” as well as “Not your Father’s D&D” is that Steffie and team have taken an existing aspect of the original comic book world setting – the transference of a real-world person into this fantasy world – and designed the character generation system so that you have complete freedom to create the sort of character you want to play.

What I mean is that you can or can not be a direct port of who you are into The Realm, or you can change the characteristics and even change your species, but the choice of just what that means in terms of both the setting and the game rules is up to you. Being in a wheelchair, for example, is only a limiter if you want that to be the case with the character – maybe for story reasons, maybe for personal reasons; either way you decide.

And in a different spin on that basic setting concept, the game also explores the idea of taking your character from a different 5e setting and importing them into The Realm. In fact, The Metal Scourge Actual Play linked to above, does just that with characters from the Realms of Pugmire and the Scarred Lands!

Finally, besides all the porting in from other worlds, you can also play a character that was born in The Realm or the other regions in the world of Legendlore. It’s an amazingly flexible set of options!

If a game that is specifically designed to give players the chance to see themselves in the setting sounds like what you’re looking for in fantasy gaming, here’s the direct link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/legendlore-rpg-setting-for-5th-edition-fantasy-roleplaying-0

TC: Aberrant art by Lee O’Connor

#OnyxPathCon Follow-up

Not only did our Monday Meeting crew have an Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention “postmortem” late last week after we got our heads back together after the con weekend, but a bunch of us sat down earlier today with Gehenna Gaming for a con follow-up.

So here are some numbers and what they mean to us:

#OnyxPathCon as a hashtag was headed to trending all weekend, although it didn’t make it over the target to actually do it, although we had more than 1,000 mentions, which is pretty cool.

We raised over $1550 for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and over $1600 for the Bodhana Group! Both extremely worthy charities that we are so glad to be able to donate to. Thank you all who contributed to this effort!

There were 34 games drawn from our many game lines, and the players expressed a 90% satisfaction rate in the after-session poll. This is so fantastic to hear, as so much of our impetus for the con was to provide our community a chance to play during a time their regular gaming might be curtailed.

Let the Streets Run Red art by Oliver Specht

We were also told anecdotally that while most of the attendees were familiar with Onyx Path and played their favorite game lines, they also took the chance to try out our other games during the con. Plus, we heard from players that were trying out our games for the first time! So, from a PR perspective, the idea that we were getting fresh eyes on our games was another piece of great news.

Our convention web-site had over 7,600 unique visitors, which, you know, is more folks than some presidential election rallies, so we’re pretty thrilled about that!

Now, lest you think it was all us patting ourselves on our backs, we also looked into the operational screw-ups and miscommunications that occurred as well. IF, big if, we did this sort of thing again, we’d want to use the experience of having done this one to inform our efforts.

We would definitely give ourselves a lot more lead time, which would actually help us out across several levels. We’d be able to set up more, and more varied, games to play, and have more options for GMs, panelists, etc.

Not saying we will do another, BUT I’m not saying we won’t…

TC: Aberrant art by Lee O’Connor

Today We Talked About:

Lots of talk today about our Jumpstarts, and if we are making them as we should be. Are they providing players with enough to get them started playing the game lines? Overall, that’s what we are aiming for: a quick and easy way to start playing ASAP.

We want to be sure that we’re following through on those aims when push comes to shove with the many creative hands that add their efforts throughout the creation of any given Jumpstart.

These sorts of reviews are vital when we consider the sheer number of projects we’re doing, and sheer number of creators involved. We try not build our releases with projects that aren’t just there to fill out a part of the setting or system, but which also fill an “ecological niche” in our release schedule.

Finally, we also talked about DriveThru‘s massive fiction sale, whose link is below in the Sales Partners area of the Blurbs!. A great chance to get ahold of some fantastic stories that reveal and expand parts of their game worlds that can only be touched on in the rulebooks.

One of the reason’s we try and include fiction in our Kickstarters ties into the idea behind the Jumpstarts, too. In this case, fiction is another method of exploring the game world that doesn’t require other players to insure that you can immerse yourself in our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


Blurbs!


Kickstarter!

The Legendlore Kickstarter funded and now we’re building towards Stretch Goals: the GM’s Screen, and starting the Legendlore Companion book PDF!


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/legendlore-rpg-setting-for-5th-edition-fantasy-roleplaying-0

Grab your friends and escape to another world!

You’ve found an enchanted portal — a transition point — between worlds. The portal, called a Crossing, takes you to a world you thought only existed in novels and films: a magical land where dragons roam the skies, orcs and hobgoblins terrorize weary travelers, and unicorns prance through the forest. It is a world where humans join other peoples such as elves, trolls, dwarves, changelings, and the dreaded creatures who steal the night. It is a world of fantasy — of imagination.

It is the Realm.

It is Legendlore.


Onyx Path Media!

This week: a Game Designers Roundtable with Eddy, Danielle Lauzon, Travis Legge, and Monica Speca! They completely nerd out about game design for an hour!

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

All our panels and games from Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention are all available on twitch.tv/theonyxpath!

All you need to do is head on over to the website and subscribe. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can do so for free and access our entire catalogue of videos!

Don’t miss Jen Vaughn’s Legendlore actual play taking place on our Twitch channel every week on Friday night! Lost in the Crossing is an amazing story played through by a fantastic GM and excellent roleplayers, and handles the Legendlore world from the perspective of visitors and native inhabitants of the Realm! Make sure you’re tuning in every Friday or catching up afterwards by subscribing.

That’s not all for Legendlore, as we have actual plays by Steffie de Vaan and Corinne McCrory over on our YouTube channel, which you can find here https://youtu.be/UaQXSlEatDw and here https://youtu.be/ECRrErPLm64! Please give our GMs some support and tune in!

This week on Twitch, expect to see:

  • Behind the Screen – Scion
  • Realms of Pugmire – Paws & Claws
  • Legendlore – The Metal Scourge
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! – They Came from Devil’s Reef!
  • Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale
  • Legendlore – w / Steffie de Vaan
  • Mage: The Awakening – Occultists Anonymous
  • Legendlore – Lost in the Crossing
  • Scarred Lands – Purge of the Serpentholds

Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games.

Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more, including:

Changeling: The Dreaming – The Last Faerie Tale: https://youtu.be/7-hEqJ5D2KY

Scarred Lands: Purge of the Serpentholds: https://youtu.be/HZN4IlP1PP0

Onyx Path News: https://youtu.be/kpCNbIYzB4I

What’s up with Onyx Path #1? (from #OnyxPathCon): https://youtu.be/wGvD5LnWHaQ

Changeling: The Lost – Littlebrook Reunion: https://youtu.be/EXyXKxJ5usM

Legendlore – The Metal Scourge: https://youtu.be/ECRrErPLm64

Chronicles of Darkness – Seattle by Streetlight: https://youtu.be/JyOeb7X7Y5w

Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online!

A Bunch of Gamers continue their actual play of They Came from Beneath the Sea! and conclude it with a mini review: https://youtu.be/qIMwcOZmR8k

The Botch Pit have released a wonderful new guide for Changeling: The Lost right here. Do give them a like and a subscribe: https://youtu.be/Bd0UZQZt2OM

Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you!


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.)


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 Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost

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!

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

Check out the Massive Fiction Sale at DriveThruFiction.com! Fantastic bargains on huge amounts of our fiction books!https://www.drivethrufiction.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261


On Sale This Week!

Available this Wednesday, we offer the third in the Scarred Lands Vigil Watch PDFs on DTRPG!

Also available this Wednesday on DTRPG: Scion electronic wallpaper and the PDF Scion Screen!


Conventions!

Though dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, here’s what’s left of our current list of upcoming conventions (and really, we’re just waiting for this last one to be cancelled even though it’s Nov/Dec). Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with:

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)
  • Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Anima
  • M20 Technocracy Operative’s Dossier (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
  • Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)

Redlines

  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • M20 Rich Bastard’s Guide To Magick (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary)
  • V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • CtL 2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)

Second Draft

  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Under Alien Suns (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)
  • The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)

Development

  • TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)

Manuscript Approval

  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)

Post-Approval Development

Editing

  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)
  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! (They Came From!)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)

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!)
  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)

Indexing


Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Tales of Aquatic Terror – Handing off to Meredith to AD.
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (KS) – Prepping KS assets.
  • Aberrant – AD’d. Second new comic in.
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e
  • Mummy 2
  • Deviant
  • Legendlore – KS running.
  • Technocracy Reloaded (KS)
  • Cults of the Blood God – Rolling along.
  • Scion: Dragon (KS) – Waiting on art notes.
  • Masks of the Mythos (KS) – Notes back to Chris for tweaks, hiring artists.
  • Scion: Demigod (KS) – Art rolling.
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! (KS) – Finals coming in.
  • TC: Adventure! (KS) – Shen Fei cover art finishing.
  • Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Contracted.

In Layout

  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad
  • Vigil Watch
  • TC Aeon Terra Firma
  • V5 Let the Streets Run Red
  • Pugmire Adventure
  • Scion Titanomachy

Proofing

  • Trinity Aeon Jumpstart – Errata gathering.
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate – Inputting errata.
  • Contagion Chronicle – At WW for approval.
  • Cavaliers of Mars: City of the Towered Tombs
  • Magic Item Decks (Scarred Lands)
  • Yugman’s Guide Support Decks (Scarred Lands)
  • Dark Eras 2 Screen and booklet

At Press

  • Scion Companion – Awaiting errata from devs.
  • TCFBTS Heroic Land Dwellers – Prepping PoD files.
  • TCFBTS Screen and Booklet – Files at press.
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Awaiting color correction from printer.
  • Creature Collection 5e – PoD proof ordered. Traditional files sent to printer.
  • Pirates of Pugmire – Files at press. Prepping files for PoD.
  • Pirates of Pugmire Screen – Files at press.
  • Pugmire Buried Bones – Inputting errata.
  • Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Dark Eras Compilation – Inputting errata.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Three years ago, my good friend and one of the genuinely good people in TTRPGS, Stewart Wieck, passed away. He was the White Wolf, and without Stewart it’s doubtful that all the amazing game worlds that came out of WW and now from Onyx Path would have existed. Thank you, Stew, in your ivory tower in the sky, for giving so many of us the start for so much creativity and imagination!

  11 comments for “Not Your Father’s D&D! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Mateus Luz
    June 22, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    So many KS arts in the line… hard to tell which one I am most anxious (It’s Adventure!, but the others are tied in second place).

  2. Samuraimujuru
    June 23, 2020 at 12:12 am

    What, pray tell, is Squeaks in the Deep? Are we finally getting a rats supplement?%

    • Jason and the Argonauts
      June 23, 2020 at 1:16 am

      From what we heard in OnyxPathCon, yup. Mice and Rats, and a region under Pugmire and the Monarchies that some of them inhabit. I believe Eddy also mentioned that as of now they’re looking at giving Mice and Rats some flavor of Psionics in place of a magic option.

      • June 23, 2020 at 8:54 am

        Correct!

        • karpomatic
          June 26, 2020 at 3:13 pm

          What are we doing tonight, Brain?

  3. Greg Davis
    June 23, 2020 at 2:44 am

    YUSS!!

    Kith and Kin is out of Redlines!

    So h-h-happy…. (weeps openly and unashamedly)

  4. Jeremy
    June 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Victorian M20 is written? That’s exciting news. Do you have a Kickstarter planned?

    (More folks than some Presidential rallies, perhaps, but with rather less horror fantasy involved)

    • June 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

      We announce our Kickstarters one at a time, so keep an eye on this space!

  5. Penelope
    June 23, 2020 at 7:26 am

    I love the Legendlore manuscript and what I’ve seen of the KS so far. Anyone who hasn’t backed it yet should totally give it a chance.

    @Mateus Luz agree about Adventure!

  6. Alex (fenris_chosen)
    June 23, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Raise a glass to Mr. Wieck! Pour one out for him as well. So many great ideas, memories, and games.

    • ThomasM (hot_dog_wizard)
      June 23, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Here here!

      *raises glass*; “To absent friends, in memory still bright.”

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