PAX, Mummy, PAX! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

This is the last week for the Mummy: The Curse 2e Kickstarter and as that gets “wrapped up” on Thursday we’re going to run right from that to set up our booth at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, PA.

Ah, Philly! City of my birth and youth! City of cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, and bad attitudes! I return, anon!

But before that: please check out the Mummy 2e Kickstarter if you haven’t already! We’d love to achieve the next chunk of the Book of Lasting Death and get some more Utterances and Judges in there – but we need your help! If you’ve already pledged – tell your friends! Wander the streets and alert the neighbors! If you haven’t pledged, well here’s the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/mummy-the-curse-2nd-edition

Let’s go out strong! (Like the reverse of the Mummys…)

V5 Chicago Folio illustration by Michael Gaydos

We’ll be coming in strong to PAX Unplugged this coming week, with myself and LisaT, Mighty Matt McElroy, Fast Eddy Webb, Dangerous Dixie Cochran, Neall Raemonn Price, Meghan Fitzgerald, Travis Legge, Danielle Lauzon, and Crystal Mazur attending!

Dixie, LisaT, Matt, and myself will be in our booth handing out our new brochure and answering questions – but most of all, we’ll be directing folks to, and signing them up for, demos in both the booth and at our demo table in the gaming area.

Our table is in Area 119a, we’ve been told, in fact! Look right there in this handy map! (Thanks, Ian!)

Right now, the menu for gaming with the rest of our crew is:

  • Meghan: Changeling: the Lost 2e and Contagion Chronicle
  • Neall: Scion Hero 2e and Mummy: the Curse 2e
  • Danielle: Trinity Continuum and Dystopia Rising: Evolution
  • Eddy: Pugmire and Fetch Quest
  • Travis: Scarred Lands and Legendlore 
  • Crystal: Monarchies of Mau and Chicago by Night
  • Matt: Scarred Lands and Cavaliers of Mars

So come on by if you want to sit in on a game and we’ll get you scheduled! Plus, with the brochure, we’ll be announcing at least one secret project, and we’ll be glad to answer questions about that.

We’ll also be directing anyone who wants to buy our games to right across the aisle from us at Studio2 – which is just darn convenient! Let me underline that: we aren’t selling books at our booth, Studio2 is selling them for us! Here’s another handy map:

Looking forward to seeing a bunch of you folks there – it is a very cool con!

Now, here’s some follow-ups for some things I mentioned last week:

The Pugmire Wolfenoot sale went really well, and both Pugsteady and Onyx Path were able to send nice-sized donations to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind! Thanks to all of you who participated in the sale and helped us help them!

Our Reddit AMA went fantastically for about 5 hours and many, many, in-depth questions were asked and answered. Thanks to all of you that participated and if you have any further questions and are at PAX Unplugged, we’ll be glad to continue the conversations! I’ll be there with bells on – well, at least one bell!

They Came From Beneath the Sea! illustration by Eric Lofgren

Last Friday’s Onyx Pathcast started out normally, but then exploded into a frenzy of creative ideas and after the dust settled (or the verbal equivalent) Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy had brain-stormed six new games!

Their titles are:

* Game 1: Envelopes and Urban Legends
* Game 2: The Calamari of Crime
* Game 3: Super Dragon Dining Crisis Tensai: Apocalypse Ultima EX
* Game 4: Universal Faultlines
* Game 5: Barn Raising
* Game 6: Love in the Time of Androids

You really have to listen to get the actual details of these games, and the wacky yet very typical way that they were conceptualized by the Trio, but even the titles give you some idea of the range of genres and approaches they played around with.

While I was listening – like I do every week, Matthew – it struck me that while the gang were riffing pretty wildly, the process is really very typical for a lot of our creative meetings. For years we’ve tried to use the rules of Improv in our game brainstorming. Like, don’t negate what the last person threw out to the group, try and build upon it.

The old “Yes, and…” rather than “No”.

There’s more than enough time to apply critical or realistic thinking to the ideas, first you need to let the ideas pour out.

(And this is actually not easy to do! A lot of our Onyx Path crew are extremely realistic about the challenges inherent to creating projects, and have very strong opinions and likes and dislikes (hard to believe, I know), so holding those comments back can run against our very natures.)

But as you can tell with this Pathcast, or with my riffing with Matthew half a year ago in the UK GamesExpo edition of the Pathcast where we combined Transformers, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Scion, there’s something innately and deeply fun and satisfying to just letting loose with our imaginations!

Which is, I think, the single greatest part of the TTRPG hobby, and why so many of us love it so much. And, in our case at Onyx Path, why we are so excited to create:

Many Worlds, One Path!


BLURBS!


Kickstarter!

The Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition Kickstarter is now IN ITS LAST WEEK and has passed 200% funding and has over 1000 backers with over a week to go. Backers have already unlocked the Mummy 2e Screen as a Stretch Goal, additional Utterances, and a whole new project: the Mummy 2e Companion!

Please check out this blog from several weeks ago for a description of all the amazing features of this new edition!

Be there to witness the majesty and terror of this new version of Mummy: The Curse! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/mummy-the-curse-2nd-edition

Next Kickstarter: V5 Cults of the Blood Gods!


Onyx Path Media!

This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast features an interview with fabulous freelancer Lauren Roy! Available on Podbean or on your favorite podcast venue!

It’s another busy week for Onyx Path and our merry band of fantastic streamers on Twitch this week, with games of Vampire: The Masquerade, Pugmire, Scarred Lands, Aberrant, Changeling: The Lost, Hunter: The Vigil, and more random drop-in games taking place all the time! If you’re subscribed to our channel, you can find some of last week’s games, including Scion as run by Neall Raemonn Price, developer of the game!

What’s more, if you’re a fan of Scion, be sure to check out The Gentleman’s Guide to Scion over on Matthew Dawkins’ YouTube channel! It’s only on the second video so far, so there’s plenty of time to catch up. Check out youtube.com/user/clackclickbang

Please find us, follow us, and subscribe to us on twitch.tv/theonyxpath
If Twitch isn’t your jam, maybe YouTube is! We’re steadily migrating all our content from Twitch to YouTube, but there’s new videos too! Travis Legge and Matthew Dawkins like to dive bomb the news onto different channels at different times, just to keep everyone on their toes, and this week it’ll be on YouTube again! Subscribe to youtube.com/user/theonyxpath

On redmoonroleplaying.com, Klara Herbol runs Vampire: The Masquerade for Matthew Dawkins and the Red Moon Roleplaying team, while Matthew runs Mummy: The Curse for John Burke, Bianca Savazzi, and Craig Austin from Red Moon! Lots of actual plays of tremendous quality there, for you to check out and enjoy.

Occultists Anonymous are back with more Mage: The Awakening fun right here

Episode 62: Another Round of Darts 
The cabal’s plans are interrupted by the arrival of an old acquaintance and have to clean up a mess that isn’t their fault…  https://youtu.be/_JZyq57KNOo

Episode 63: Taking It Offline 
The cabal meet with the Phantasm Society in hiding and plan how to stop the Hunters before they become more of a problem.https://youtu.be/zlSrGhu1Eis

The Story Told Podcast interviewed our very own Ian Watson regarding the Trinity Continuum:  http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/episode-41-aeon-interview-with-ian-watson 

And did you miss Mage: The Podcast interviewing Matthew Dawkins about Technocracy Reloaded and other books? Never fear, the interview is right here: https://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2019/11/24/m5-meditations-metanarrative-tools-and-mummy-with-matthew-dawkins/

Drop Matthew a message via the contact button on matthewdawkins.com if you have actual plays, reviews, or game overviews you want us to profile on the blog!

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.)


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 are available to order!

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

There’s still time to join DTRPG‘s massive sale for Cyber Monday!

https://www.storytellersvault.com/featured.php?promotion_id=CybeM19STV

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/blackfriday.php?manufacturers_id=4261


On Sale This Week!

This Wednesday, we are proud to announce the PDF and physical book PoD versions of both the Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook and Trinity Continuum: Aeon core book are available on DTRPG!


Conventions!

PAX Unplugged: December 6th – 8th, in Philadelphia, PA. We’re going to have lots and lots of gaming for folks to sign up for, a lot of them featuring our game creators! See maps and things above!

2020: Midwinter: January 9th – 12th, in Milwaukee, WI. Check out David Fuller’s Athens, Ohio Scion actual play tie-in adventure (soon to be coming to the Storypath Nexus community content site) that will be running at Midwinter. The event url is below:
https://tabletop.events/conventions/midwinter-gaming-convention-2020/schedule/402


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)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Duke Rollo fiction (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Redlines

  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Second Draft

  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Development

  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)
  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)

Manuscript Approval

  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition)

Post-Approval Development

  • Scion LARP Rules (Scion)
  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)

Editing

  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Let the Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Geist 2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Mythical Denizens (Creatures of the World Bestiary) (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire)
  • M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)

Post-Editing Development

  • Chicago Folio/Dossier (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • TC: Aeon Ready-Made Characters (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • Oak, Ash, and Thorn: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd)
  • W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th)
  • TC: Aeon Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Vigil Watch (Scarred Lands)
  • Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition)

Indexing


ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY!

In Art Direction

  • Contagion Chronicle – Going over sketches.
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Reviewing art that’s already in.
  • Ex3 Lunars – Just need two artists’ pieces in.
  • TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – Contacting two more artists.
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Cults of the Blood God (KS) – Art all seems ready.
  • Chicago Folio – Got cover in this morning.
  • Mummy 2 (KS) – Going.
  • City of the Towered Tombs
  • Let the Streets Run Red – Going over artnotes and dividing stuff up.
  • CtL Oak Ash and Thorn – Awaiting artnotes.
  • Scion Mythical Denizens – Going over sketches.
  • Deviant
  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad – Sending out art notes and contracts.
  • Vigil Watch – Awaiting artnotes.

In Layout

  • Chicago Folio
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds – Haven’t forgotten it.
  • VtR Spilled Blood – Josh is working on it.
  • Pirates of Pugmire

Proofing

  • Memento Mori – Awaiting Dev comments.
  • Dark Eras 2 – Aileen working up the cover.
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon Jumpstart
  • M20 Book of the Fallen – Backer PDF errata is with Josh.
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea!

At Press

  • Trinity: In Media Res – PoD proofs coming.
  • V5: Chicago – Shipping to the KS fulfillment shippers. PoD files up and processing.
  • Aeon Aexpansion – PoD proofs coming.
  • Geist 2e (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) – At press, proofs signed off on.
  • Geist 2e Screen – At press, waiting for proofs.
  • DR:E – At press, waiting for proofs.
  • DRE Screen – At press, waiting for proofs.
  • DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties – PoD proof on the way.
  • Trinity RMCs
  • Tales of Good Dogs – Putting up PoD files.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Celebrating Wikipedia-weirdness, in that it’s really easy to see (and construct) all sorts of patterns from the items in it. Like these all here on December 2nd, Cuba’s Armed Forces Day:

1956 – The Granma reaches the shores of Cuba’s Oriente Province. Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution.

1961 – In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist–Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.

1976 – Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

1986 – Death of Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor, singer, businessman, and television producer (b. 1917)

Busy date!

  27 comments for “PAX, Mummy, PAX! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Mateus Luz
    December 2, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    First of all, I would love to be on Danielle table, not just because TC and DR:E, but also because I have became a big fan of her in the last year.

    I am curious about the Trinity RMCs, really, I didn’t went thru the Talents as deep as I went thru Novas and Psions, and it’s disappointing myself and all my Adventure fan heart…

    But my anxiety is kicking for TCFBTS! I didn’t get the KS, but already pre bought my PDF. I really want to see the pre errata as I have nothing to read about it.

    Also Post-errata Aexpansion and Media Res…

    Finally, of course, when will the TC Nexus open?

    • richt
      December 2, 2019 at 9:45 pm

      YES, Danielle is great! TC on the Nexus should be set up pretty soon. Dunno if the holidays will get in the way of that, though.

  2. Newbie-B
    December 2, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    So excited for Cults of the Blood Gods. Nice to know that it’s the next kickstarter

    • richt
      December 2, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      It should be pretty awesome!

  3. Yodo
    December 2, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Dragon’s been in Manuscript Approval since September – just how long a read is this thing? I fear I’ll need to apologise to my postman for the weight…

    Very excited to see the Scion Companion’s almost here, as well! I’ve been promising my players new pantheons for months, can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when I tell them how many are off limits!

    Also, it’s been over a year since I thought to ask, but how have Earplay’s projects been going? It seems like radio silence (pun not included) on their side as well.

    • richt
      December 2, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Yep, within any given phase are cycles, and manuscript approvals may also include parts we feel need to go in different directions – which take time to explore. Hope you all have fun with Companion, and I know EarPlay has gone through a bunch of iterations on how they have set up their projects, so you might learn more directly on their website/FB page. Thanks!

  4. Joshua
    December 2, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Hmmm, so Blood Cults is the next Kickstarter…and yet there is no set date. For shame, thought we were gonna be getting news instead of this.

    • richt
      December 2, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      That’s right, we’ll announce the date when we are ready to get folks set for it. No shame there, my friend.

  5. Therian
    December 2, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Hey have you guys ever discussed making a book of Conditions and Tilts as a general Chronicles supplement? I know as a Storyteller with limited time I would find that really useful and it seems like it would be easy to push through the production cycle without needing a lot of art and layout. I for one could definitely use some Abyssal Environmental Tilts and would be willing to pay for it.

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      December 2, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      Such a supplement would need approval from White Wolf, so it’s not totally up to us on whether we could one. Regardless, that’s a very focused concept and we tend to look for stuff with wider appeal.

      It sounds like a perfect idea for a Storytellers Vault supplement, though.

    • richt
      December 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Not as such, but it’s a good idea. If we don’t, then maybe somebody should for the Storytellers Vault.

      • Yackronin
        December 3, 2019 at 10:04 am

        I know there’s an unofficial one in Excell spreadsheet form. Maybe sometime i’ll Attempt to do some Storyteller’s vault work as my next project, but i’d Have to do some looking into how exactly it all works so Who knows.

  6. Nicolas
    December 2, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Rich i wanted to ask you this.
    Will there will be announcements of new opp products Both Midwinter and Pax Ubplugged?

    • richt
      December 2, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      Yes, at both conventions.

      • Nicolas
        December 2, 2019 at 10:32 pm

        May I ask. Will any of those announcements be big? Something that’ll make waves in the RPGs industry?

        • Nicolas
          December 2, 2019 at 10:33 pm

          Not to say your announces products aren’t big,I’m just curious to see how big a announcement we will have

          • richt
            December 2, 2019 at 10:50 pm

            We’re not curing cancer here, so let’s keep expectations to reasonable targets, y’know?

  7. Madam Mirror
    December 3, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Heck yessss I am so hyped for Exigents. And whatever Exalted thing is due to be announced. My birthday isn’t even for anotehr few weeks you din’t have get my anything!

  8. karpomatic
    December 3, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Argh! I was hoping for an Aberrant demo, Neall! 🙁 Maybe one off the books?

    • Eddy Webb
      December 3, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Neall wasn’t involved in Aberrant, so it’s not something he’s as knowledgeable of.

      • karpomatic
        December 3, 2019 at 9:34 am

        Ah, okay. He and I talked about it last year @ Pax. Any chance we can get a game of Aberrant?

        • Eddy Webb
          December 3, 2019 at 9:46 am

          Ah, I didn’t know that! Sadly, we had so much great playtest feedback from the Kickstarter that it took longer than expected to prep it for editing (which is where it’s at now). Maybe next year, though!

  9. Yiodan
    December 3, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Wow! That is a great lineup. Thanks for letting us know in advance Richt. Geez, I wanna be at all of those tables! So many great people to meet and enjoy our favorite hobby with.

    I’ll be sure to drop by early to reserve a spot … or three. 🙂

  10. Tim Flannigan
    December 3, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Scion Companion one step closer! WOOT!

  11. Jeroen
    December 4, 2019 at 5:50 am

    When did you run the Cults the Blood Gods Kickstarter for V5?
    Don’t tell me I missed that too, I’ve been on these updates like a hawk.

    • richt
      December 4, 2019 at 11:51 am

      No worries! You haven’t missed it – if you go back and read through, you’ll see it is still listed as our _next_ Kickstarter. We’ll be making a lot more noise about the Cults KS when we pin down the date it starts, after Paradox/WW/Modiphius OK it.

  12. December 5, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    The news regarding Exalted would be posted in the next Monday meeting or in the Onyx podcast?

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