Should Cults Acquaintance Be Forgot…[Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Here we are at the end of the year with our last Monday Meeting Notes blog. Salut to you all!

A few things before we get to celebration preparation. First, the V5 Cults of the Blood Gods KS is doing fantastic, with over 1700 backers and a whole passel of Stretch Goals achieved – and we still have more than two weeks to go!

You can check it out here, if for some wacky reason you haven’t yet:

But, if you’d like some more info before heading over to the KS page, well, do we have options for you! They are just the links for this week to interviews and reviews…there are even more out there!

(These links are also below in the Onyx Path Media section curated by the irrepressible Matthew Dawkins).

This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast is a V5 Cults of the Blood Gods design diary! Check it out direct on Podbean, or your favorite podcast venue!

Plus, Polyhedron Podcast interviewed Matthew Dawkins regarding V5 Cults of the Blood Gods right here on their show:

And Gehenna Gaming did the same thing just yesterday over on their Twitch channel, and you can catch up with that interview by subscribing to them!

And circling back around to the Story Told Podcast, here’s their interview with Matthew Dawkins regarding V5 Cults of the Blood Gods

While Flames Rising interviews a whole bunch of the writers of V5 Cults of the Blood Gods right here:

And even more Matthew Dawkins interviews (if you haven’t had enough) over here on, in respect of (you guessed it) V5 Cults of the Blood Gods

Lunars art by Priscilla Kim

End of the year “look-back” from the OP crew as to what could have gone better:

To sort of match and compliment our look back at the good stuff from 2019 that I put up in last week’s MMN blog, here are the thoughts from our Onyx Path crew as to what things in 2019 maybe weren’t so good – or at least are something we can look to improve.

Now this sort of retrospective can be seen as a downer, but for us, we want to be always looking for ways to improve what we do. In fact, a lot of the “Goods” from last week’s list were “Needs Improvement” in previous years! So in a lot of ways, these are snapshots of where are crew sees our issues right now, and are extremely useful for us:


For me personally, I hope to do a better job in 2020 than I did in 2019 of managing the stable of incredibly talented editors with whom we work. Personally, I love talking with each and every one of them, but anyone who watches the blog knows there have been weeks here and there when 12 projects were in editing at once, and that’s a lot! Anticipating a project’s needs weeks or months out is something we should all keep in mind so that no one department, be it art, approvals, development, or editing, ever gets bogged down for too long. I want to deliver books that are not only beautiful and well-done, but timely and efficient!


There’s so many channels we have to communicate, it’s difficult to sync up and get the same message. On some of our convos, we’ll have three people posting almost the same thing. I’d like to see better coordination so we’re not either jumping the gun or over-responding to what’s already been addressed.


I don’t know how to do this effectively, but we need to try to do a better job of shaping conversation so it’s more productive. During the Aberrant Kickstarter, a lot of forum discussions got pretty heated and just went around and around in circles even after a given topic had already been addressed. I want people to be able to consider concerns so we can make a better game, but the way the conversation took place made me want to avoid it instead.

Mighty Matt:

This is mostly on me, but we could have been a lot more proactive in explaining how our expansion into local game stores rolled out this past year. We could have had more tools for retail stores to communicate with us and our distribution partners. Something of a personal goal of mine to do more outreach to stores and work with distributors in more ways.

Deviant art by Michael Gaydos

Mirthful Mike:

Even though we have been doing the “put the books into stores” thing with out KSs since the Cavs KS, I’m still not seeing a lot of our product out in the wild. While I’ve seen Pugmire and Mau every now and then… I’ve seen nothing of CtL2 or Scion. I don’t know if that is a shortcoming on our end… or maybe stores are hesitant to order anything other than OGL and 5e titles. 


Travel and conventions. It’s becoming a running joke / curse that whenever I travel internationally to attend a convention, I suffer flight delays, lost luggage, missed connections, and other such mishaps. This year saw everything bar an actual plane crash, so here’s hoping for an exemption from that when I fly to Milwaukee for Midwinter in January! I’m staying at a hotel near the London airport I’m flying from the night before I depart, I’m building more time in for my connections, and I’m taking everything as carry-on luggage, just to try to alleviate some of this travel hell! 


One thing that we could have done better: Focus on the positive. It’s understandable that we get derailed by a shitty vocal element or focus on a project that’s on fire, but sometimes that ends up dominating our discussions, and making things seem like they’re worse than they really are. V5 is a good example — it’s been a slog to deal with all the problems with that property, so much that I was genuinely surprised with how good Chicago by Night turned out to be.


The bad for me is being at PAXU and having a freelancer have to tell me who they are or worse be there and not know they are present at all. Many fans enjoy being able to tell writers, artists and developers how much they enjoy their work on our games and even get an autograph. It would be nice to be able to introduce them at the booth if I know they are there. Some sort of communication to let us know who may be in attendance and find out if they want any sort of recognition would be great.

Dark Eras 2 art by Luis Sanz


Most importantly, these and other thoughts on how we can better do what we love to do are going to be part of our Onyx Path Summit in just a week – right before we attend Mid-Winter. So, part of my job is to get discussions going there as to our team’s concerns, and believe me – these are just the first ones they sent me, as well as other changes we might be positioned now to implement.

We’re also doing a panel there in the intimate surroundings of the Hilton’s Founders Room, so if you have questions and/or concerns, praise or problems, please feel free to add them in the Comments for this blog and I’ll pass them along!

Talk to you all next year, as we prep for all that and continue to create our:

Many Worlds, One Path!



V5 Cults of the Blood Gods has passed $100,000 and 1700 backers, and has trumpeted forward passing through Stretch Goal after Stretch Goal despite the holidays!

Onyx Path Media!

This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast is a V5 Cults of the Blood Gods design diary! Check it out direct on Podbean, or your favorite podcast venue!

Today we give special focus to the Story Told Podcast‘s recent review of Book of Oblivion for Wraith: The Oblivion. It’s a glowing review (four ghosts out of five, or eight oboli out of ten), and you can listen to it right here:

Plus, Polyhedron Podcast interviewed Matthew Dawkins regarding V5 Cults of the Blood Gods right here on their show:

And Gehenna Gaming did the same thing just yesterday over on their Twitch channel, and you can catch up with that interview by subscribing to them!

Our Twitch channel continues with its streams of fantastic content, including a behind-the-screen special for Scion, a new year’s special for Scarred Lands, and regular games of Changelign: The Lost, Hunter: The Vigil, Mage: The Awakening, and more Scarred Lands!

Follow us on to watch us live or catch up by subscribing!

Likewise, continue to tune in to us on YouTube for actual plays of Changeling: The Lost, Pugmire, Vampire: The Masquerade, and much much more!

Subscribe to us on

And of course the Gentleman Gamer, Matthew Dawkins, continues his Gentleman’s Guide to Scion over on his channel,

Here’s the ever-increasing trove of Occultists Anonymous actual plays of Mage: The Awakening, expanded even further!

Episode 68: Who Are You?
Wyrd the Seer takes stock of her cult and Labyrinth, calling on Stephen Klein to get to know more about him… and to begin instructing him in the higher mysteries.

Episode 69: What Have I Done?
Wyrd the Seer calls upon Shodel, the Consilium’s Herald, to speak about her work at the theater and then returns to her search for the Other World.

And circling back around to the Story Told Podcast, here’s their interview with Matthew Dawkins regarding V5 Cults of the Blood Gods

While Flames Rising interviews a whole bunch of the writers of V5 Cults of the Blood Gods right here:

And even more Matthew Dawkins interviews (if you haven’t had enough) over here on, in respect of (you guessed it) V5 Cults of the Blood Gods

Don’t forget Red Moon Roleplaying have two actual plays of Vampire: The Masquerade and one of Changeling: The Lost going, with all locatable on

Drop Matthew a message via the contact button on 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!

We’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog:

Now, we’ve added Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here:

Scarred Lands (Pathfinder) books are also on sale at Studio2, and they have the 5e version, supplements, and dice as well!:

Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2:

Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link!

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 Onyx Path’s titles at!

On Sale This Week!

This Wednesday, we will be releasing the PDF and physical book PoD versions of Tales of Good Dogs, the Pugmire Fiction Anthology on DTRPG!


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:

More talk about this next week!

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)
  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Duke Rollo fiction (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • TC: Aberrant Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • RUST (Scarred Lands)


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

Second Draft

  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)


  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness)

Manuscript Approval

  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Buried Bones: Creating in the Realms of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core)

Post-Approval Development

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


  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd 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)
  • 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)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Post-Editing Development

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)



In Art Direction

  • Contagion Chronicle – Finals coming in.
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e
  • Ex3 Lunars – Art is in.
  • TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers – Working on finals.
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – Contracted.
  • Cults of the Blood God (KS)
  • Mummy 2
  • City of the Towered Tombs
  • Let the Streets Run Red – Art notes and contracts finishing going out this week.
  • CtL Oak Ash and Thorn
  • Scion Mythical Denizens – Need sketches for fulls.
  • Deviant
  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad – Sketches coming in, should see some finals soon.
  • Vigil Watch
  • Legendlore (KS)
  • Technocracy Reloaded (KS) – Got notes out to artists for halfs and splats.
  • Scion Companion – Working on art notes for that.

In Layout

  • Chicago Folio – Halfway through layout.
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds
  • Pirates of Pugmire – With Aileen.


  • Dark Eras 2 – At WW for approval and they will be back after the New Year.
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon Jumpstart
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • VtR Spilled Blood

At Press

  • V5: Chicago – Shipping to the KS fulfillment shippers. PoD proofs ordered.
  • Geist 2e (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition) – Being printed.
  • Geist 2e Screen – Being printed.
  • DR:E – Being printed.
  • DRE Screen – Being printed.
  • DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties – PoD proof on the way.
  • Trinity RMCs
  • Tales of Good Dogs – PDF and PoD versions on sale Wednesday!
  • Memento Mori – Gathering errata.
  • M20 Book of the Fallen – PoD proof on the way.
  • Trinity Continuum Storypath Nexus Community Content – Getting it set up.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Today in 1920, Jack Lord – of Hawaii 5-0 fame – was born. He was “a groovy lady-killer”.

  12 comments for “Should Cults Acquaintance Be Forgot…[Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. David Fuller
    December 30, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Scion: Athens, Ohio is available now! You can find it here:

    Thanks for promoting it these past weeks!

  2. Nicolas
    December 30, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Could you tell me something about any announcements at Midwinter,Rich?

    • richt
      December 30, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Yes, we will be announcing a few things there. 🙂

      • Nicolas
        December 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm


  3. Tiresias
    December 30, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    The halberd in the Lunars art kind of looks like a broom at first glance because of how it’s blurred and I have now realized how badly I need broom martial arts in my life.

    • Terry Robinson
      December 31, 2019 at 12:22 am

      Same. I hope the Broomsmanship specialty isn’t cut from Exalted Essence.

    • richt
      December 31, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      Something, something, sweeps clean, etc, etc.

  4. December 31, 2019 at 12:54 am

    So odd one, I’m waiting for Wraith20 to go on sale at IPR, and the stock was in the 60s for months. Suddenly it’s listed as 567 in stock. That seems like a lot…did Wraith20 get a massive over print?

    • richt
      December 31, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      No, the numbers are from IPR’s accounting getting all the back stock we have listed.

  5. Mateus Luz
    December 31, 2019 at 1:08 am

    I was out of reach last week, but I am here now to desire the entire OP team happy holidays and a magnificent 2020.

    Anyway, what Ian talked about about Aberrant KS is true. Aberrant KS had more posts in a day that Most of the KS have in the entire month, thanks to all the pointless discussion (pointless because it was pointing everywhere with no progress).

    One thing is good with it all… the devs are reviewing many of the concerns we had and I am sure I will be happy with the results… you guys never disappoint me…

    • richt
      December 31, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Yes, we have certainly had plenty of dialogue and ideas to sift through from the TC:Ab Kickstarter! Happy Holidays right back at you, and let’s see what 2020 brings us!

  6. Tim Flannigan
    January 3, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    How long until we can purchase Geist 2 on IPR? Wasn’t able to be part of the KS.

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