Some Q’s & Some A’s! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Questions! We get questions every day, and while a lot of them start with “when”, as in “when is my favorite book coming out?”, a fair number are more about some integral things that aren’t obvious to folks if they haven’t been lucky enough to read this blog regularly.

Unlike you, my fine friend, who no doubt already know a lot of the following! But I bet there’s a few things in there even you can use brushing up on!

“In order to put out so many game lines, Onyx Path must be a big TableTopRPG company with lots of employees, right?”

Well, we work with a lot of talented freelance creators, but there’s only four actual staff members, so no, not really big at all. There’s myself, as founder and Creative Director, Mighty Matt McElroy as our Operations Director, Lisa Thomas as our Office Manager, and Mirthful Mike Chaney, our Art Director and primary Graphic Designer.

The hundreds of writers, editors, artists, designers, and developers we work with all around the world are all freelancers – that means that they are hired with a contract. Sometimes per project, sometimes for a time period to do a particular agreed-upon set of goals.

“You mean that those lovable scamps from the Onyx Pathcast – Dixie, Eddy, and Matthew – aren’t staff members?”

Correct! Although the Pathcast is one fun thing that they do for us, and their biggest responsibilities lie in shepherding our projects, all three of them are freelancers for us. Albeit freelancers who are part of our weekly meeting to cover how all our projects and the company in general are doing because they are just really great at what they do.

Being freelance also means that our creators can easily take part in other projects for other companies – which is something I encourage. More experience from any source means that a creator is building their expertise, and that means better and better projects for all of us.

We also hire consultants when needed – sometimes for long periods, sometimes on a project – to cover viewpoints or areas of expertise we need to have. Sometimes to cover the nuts and bolts, day to day needs of part of our business, like working with translation partners or like James, our Kickstarter concierge, that our usual crew don’t have the bandwidth for.

TC: Aeon Distant Worlds art by Michele Giorgi

“I heard Onyx Path was secretly still owned by White Wolf, and that you, Rich Thomas, were still with WW.”

That sounds like an internet rumor, and we all know how reliable those are!

So, no. I left WW a few years after the merger of WW with CCP and started Onyx Path Publishing in 2012. I am the sole owner. Other than being a licensee of the current White Wolf/Paradox, we have no other connection with them on a business level. Again, let me underline that no other company has any sort of ownership of or ability to control Onyx Path.

Also, Eddy Webb does not own Onyx Path, or even part of it. Because I’ve heard that rumor, too. He owns Pugsteady, which is a very good company all on its own.

M20 Book of the Fallen art by Michael Gaydos

“But you do own Exalted, right?”

Nope. Exalted, Chronicles of Darkness, and the World of Darkness books that White Wolf/Paradox allows us to publish under license still belong to them.

Beyond the fact of WW‘s ownership of those IPs, what that means for you noble readers and players is that Onyx Path has limits as to what we can publish based on what the owners of the game lines are comfortable with us publishing. For example, we get a lot of this sort of question:

“Why won’t you make Hunter The Reckoning, Demon: The Fallen, or, OMG, Mummy 20th Anniversary Editions?

And the reason is: we would – if it was cool with White Wolf/Paradox. Unless they give the OK, about these or any of the books we publish under the license with them, we have no legal right to just put out a book. This has been true for us going back to when CCP granted Onyx Path the license, so it’s not something nefarious, just how this license works.

The Realms of Pugmire game lines, Cavaliers of Mars, Dystopia Rising: Evolution, and Legendlore, are also licensed lines as well, with different sorts of contracts that specify different things as part of their terms.

The game lines we own, and therefore have a much wider latitude on how the lines develop, are: Scion, Scarred Lands, They Came From Beneath the Sea! and the Trinity Continuum. Without outside approvals, we can move a lot faster with our decisions as to what projects to do next, and how fast, and in what order, and where they are sold, and, well, just everything.

So if it seems like you’re hearing and seeing a lot more hoopla about our owned lines lately, that’s a huge part of the reason: we can just decide on Scion Pantheon Journals in a meeting Monday, and they can go on sale on RedBubble on Wednesday.

By Jove! That’s actually what’s happening this week! What a coincidence!

TC: Aeon Distant Worlds art by Sam Denmark

“You didn’t announce anything new at GenCon, and the First Draft section is getting kind of thin. What’s up? You guys out of ideas?”

Far from it! I think the Project Progress section here on the blog can be, or at least, has been, misleading in this regard. What we’ve had happening for the past year or year and a half, has been a kind of bloat brought on by us finally finishing a bunch of old Kickstarter and other projects, and being up-to-date on current Kickstarter and other projects.

Plus, we have multiple pitches that we’ve been waiting to hear on – relating to my notes above about approvals from our Licensors. Doesn’t make sense for us to get writers started until the projects have been given the green light.

Most importantly, we’ve several bigger projects still under wraps: from working out just what we want to do all the way to finishing the outlines for writers. For example, now that we ran the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant KS, we’re working on TC: Adventure! and actively discussing how to bring all that’s awesome about a pulp-genre setting to modern audiences, while dealing with the more problematic aspects of the time period.

Oh yes, there are still many games we want to create and we are all set to develop more projects for our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


BLURBS!


Kickstarter!

Keep an eye out in this space as well as on our social media for the Deviant: The Renegades Kickstarter that will be launching after August wraps up!


Onyx Path Media!

This Friday’s Onyx Pathcast features our Terrific Trio deep in anticipatory antics about upcoming games they’re excited about!

Today in the media we’re mainly going to talk about our Twitch channel! As you can see from the schedule, we have games planned for Scion, Pugmire, TC: Aberrant, Scarred Lands, Vampire, and there’s so much more to come! Please do check us out and if you have an Amazon Prime account, and aren’t already subscribed to a Twitch channel, you can subscribe to ours for free for exclusive content! Here’s the channel for you, and thank you so much for keeping up with our content:
https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath/

And if you missed it, here’s episode zero of Paws & Claws, our Pugmire actual play on the Twitch channel: https://youtu.be/Y519d9Cmx7g

We have of course produced videos beyond that, including this video here where Matthew asks for your They Came From ideas: https://youtu.be/ek8x-eoJ2Tc

And the Onyx Path News went live today. Find the link to today’s episode here: https://youtu.be/XE1kAsRYIJw Matthew talks all about new releases, Kickstarter, Backerkit, community content, our media, and his favourite authors!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t promote some of our favorites too. As our main focus is on our own Twitch today, we’re going to point you in the direction of only a couple more channels, but the big list of streams will return next week!

Here’s Occultists Anonymous (who are also appearing on our Twitch channel) with their Mage: The Awakening actual play:
Episode 36: After emerging from Atratus’ soul and getting a frenzied call from Mammon, Wyrd the Seer and Songbird investigate their cabalmate’s disappearance.
https://youtu.be/GopIcUu-rAU

And the excellent Story Told Podcast continues their superb Dragon-Blooded actual play here, so do tune in if you’re interested in Exalted: http://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-episode-12

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 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!


On Sale This Week!

This Wednesday, we’re offering a selection of Scion pantheon themed journals on our RedBubble store!


Conventions!

Save Against Fear: October 12th – 14th
GameHoleCon: October 31st – November 3rd
PAX Unplugged: December 6th – 8th

2020: Midwinter: January 9th – 12th


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)

  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Yugman’s Guide to Ghelspad (Scarred Lands)
  • Vigil Watch (Scarred Lands)
  • Pirates of Pugmire KS-Added Adventure (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Redlines

  • Monsters of the Deep (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Wraith20 Fiction Anthology (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Second Draft

  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • One Foot in the Grave Jumpstart (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Titanomachy (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • Terra Firma (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)

Development

  • M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Creatures of the World Bestiary (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Legendlore core book (Legendlore)
  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • TC: Aeon Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)
  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)

Manuscript Approval

  • Geist 2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • Creatures of the World Bestiary (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Oak, Ash, and Thorn: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd)
  • Cults of the Blood Gods (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • W20 Shattered Dreams Gift Cards (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th)
  • W20 Art Book (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th)

Post-Approval Development

  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • V5 Chicago Screen (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Let the Streets Run Red (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)

Editing

  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • TC: Aeon Ready-Made Characters (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e core (Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Chicago Folio/Dossier (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)
  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)

Post-Editing Development

  • Memento Mori (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2e Companion)
  • DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • DR:E Jumpstart (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • Heroic Land Dwellers (They Came From Beneath the Sea!)
  • Pirates of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)

Indexing


ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY!

In Art Direction

  • Contagion Chronicle
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e
  • Ex3 Lunars – Contracted.
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! – Contracted. Sketches already coming in.
  • TCfBtS!: Heroic Land Dwellers – Contracted. LeBlanc doing the splats.
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed – Thinking I throw a bunch of this at Vince and Trabbold.
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • DR:E Threat Guide – Helnau’s Guide to Wasteland Beasties – Michele is doing the critters.
  • Deviant (KS) – Contracted.
  • Trinity RMCs – Getting Riley on these this week.
  • Cults of the Blood God (KS) – Mark is in to do fulls and cover.
  • Chicago Folio – Lemme see who I got left post KS art buy for Cults. I am gonna try to get Paul Lee to do the fulls.
  • Mummy 2 (KS) – Got Matthew’s notes.

In Layout

  • CoM – Witch Queen of the Shadowed Citadel
  • Dark Eras 2 – Files with Aileen
  • Trinity Continuum Aeon: Distant Worlds
  • VtR Spilled Blood – For Josh.
  • DR:E Jumpstart
  • Aeon Aexpansion

Proofing

  • C20 Cup of Dreams
  • V5: Chicago – Inputting errata.
  • Geist 2e – XX’s and then Indexing.
  • Signs of Sorcery – Inputting errata.
  • M20 Book of the Fallen
  • DR: E – Inputting errata.

At Press

  • Dragon Blooded – Deluxe at Studio2, shipping.
  • Dragon-Blooded Cloth Map – At Studio2, shipping.
  • Dragon-Blooded Screen – Shipped to Studio2, shipping.
  • Trinity Core Screen – At Studio2.
  • TC Aeon Screen – At Studio2.
  • Trinity: In Media Res – PoD proofs coming.
  • Trinity Core – Printing.
  • Trinity Aeon – Printing.
  • Shunned By the Moon – PoD proof ordered.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Born on this date in 1921 – Gene Roddenberry, who, love him or leave him, got Star Trek on the air and set the stage for many, many, folks’ first introduction to science fiction – and utopian science fiction at that! Plus, because why not, this is also the birthday of William Marshall in 1924, who appeared on Star Trek as Professor Richard Daystrom, and whose amazing voice graced us as both Blackula and the King of Cartoons! Also, to continue the Star Trek theme: in 1938, Diana Muldaur, who appeared on both the Original Series, and on STtNG as Dr. Pulaski, was born, and last but not the least likely to get it on on an alien planet, William T. Riker’s portrayer, Jonathan Frakes, was born in 1952. (Bill Clinton was also born on this date in 1946, and while we all know he’d give Riker a run for his money, he was never on Star Trek – just a US President.)

  28 comments for “Some Q’s & Some A’s! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. RobertD
    August 19, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I love that you all are working on a TC: Adventure! game!!! That was my favorite of the old Aeon Trinity games, and I love pulp adventures!!! 🙂

  2. RobertD
    August 19, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    And super excited for the DtR KS 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. David Fuller
    August 19, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Love the Distant Worlds art!

    • richt
      August 20, 2019 at 9:07 am

      Yes, there’s been some excellent pieces coming in. I think the artists have been inspired!

  4. Tim Flannigan
    August 19, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Can I ask what Crucible Of Legends is going to be?

    • Dixie Cochran
      August 20, 2019 at 12:12 am

      Crucible is the Storyteller’s Guide for Exalted 3e. It’s going to give a lot of advice for the table and a few fun things we wanted to throw out there sooner rather than later.

      • CrownedSun
        August 20, 2019 at 2:28 am

        Oh wow, Exalted is finally getting a Storyteller’s Guide??! That’s awesome. Color me excited for that.

  5. MikeR
    August 20, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Is Hunter the Vigil going to get a Kickstarter?

    • richt
      August 20, 2019 at 9:06 am

      That’s the plan so far!

      • Troy W
        August 26, 2019 at 2:07 pm

        Any idea when the hunter 2e kickstarter might be? Just trying to see if it will be available, even manuscript wise by the time my club is starting our next Chronicle

    • MikeR
      August 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Great! That’s my favorite line! Time to save those penny’s.

  6. Atavist
    August 20, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Thanks for keeping us informed, man! I love Werewolf the Forsaken but getting the word out is tough when you’re not an influencer. The more we know the better we can sell the idea.

    Hope we get some awesome pitches-to-books announcements soon too!

    • richt
      August 20, 2019 at 9:06 am

      No problem! Hope anything here helps get the word out!

  7. Mateus Luz
    August 20, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I see Aexpansion is done for for proofing. That’s good news, even out of the list completely.
    Does it means we are going to put our eyes on it this week?
    Thanks guys!

    • richt
      August 20, 2019 at 9:05 am

      It’s not done, it’s being tweaked so it’s in Layout.

      • Mateus Luz
        August 20, 2019 at 10:33 am

        Didn’t notice it there. I guess there are too many projects, as you said in the post, and I am interested in more than a few of them.
        Thanks Rich!

  8. Peter
    August 20, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Wow! William Marshall was Blackula. I am sure that was one of the inspirations for Vampire the Masquerade.

    • richt
      August 20, 2019 at 9:18 am

      I don’t recall hearing about Blackula specifically at the time, but certainly I was aware of the movie back then and I’m pretty sure that Josh Timbrook was into it as a “spoof”. Josh loved spoofs.

  9. Unnatural-01
    August 20, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Whoo-hoo! Demigod advances to Second Draft!

  10. Purple Snit
    August 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Happy to see Demigod advance, but worried about shipping costs to Canada. Have you considered putting a Kickstarter tier where “if we cross $xxx we will reduce shipping costs by $xxx”? I’ve been part of other KS that have done so.

  11. August 20, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I own Onyx Path? WOO! I HAVE THE POWER!

  12. Matt
    August 20, 2019 at 10:30 am

    The lone downside to all of these great projects is deciding what, as an adult with a job, I’m going to run and or play. I only have so much time for leisure.

    • Yiodan
      August 20, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Gosh, I hear you. But I loke having options and a kick ass library filled with awesome books so I buy pretty much all I can anyway. I mean, OP has never delivered a book I didn’t like so, it’s a pretty safe bet for me.

    • August 21, 2019 at 11:46 pm

      I have to agree with Yiodan: OP has never put out a book I didn’t like.

      My CofD group dispersed a few years back but half of them want me to run Scion 2e and I myself want to get into Scarred Lands so I’m still an active customer. 🙂

  13. Carl
    August 20, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Soooo when are we getting Mummy the Ressurrection 20th?

    Hehe

    Sooo I’ll habe yku know you started it, with the whole mention of it on top. Lol

    Nice Q&A. Though I admit I thought you guys had at least few more employees, like James the Kickstarter guy or Ian, who seems to do lots of Trinity stuff long term. But hey, what wlrks worjs right.

    Anyway, lookibg forward to seeing the books on the list moving forward and coming out. Especially the two Aeon books, I can’t wait for Superior and Psiad love, and the book wbere tge awesome scifi art is in

  14. Aaron McLaughlin
    August 20, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Not seeing VTR Spilled Blood above, which I’m checking for weekly. Is it done? Am I not looking closely enough?

    • chaney_insaney
      August 20, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      It’s right up there in the layout queue

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      August 21, 2019 at 5:38 pm

      If you don’t see something, please Ctrl-F to make sure

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