That Toddlin’ Town! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Chicago is!

If you remember the original Chicago By Night cover art, this is the same scene – this time illustrated by Adrian Majkrzak – but the point of view is reversed. A nice call-back!

Of course, all this Chicago referencing is because we are currently running a Kickstarter campaign for our new Chicago By Night book for Vampire 5th Edition. So far, we crushed the funding goal in half a day and have blasted through several Stretch Goals.

Sincere thanks to all of you who have backed and made this possible!

We’re very excited about the additional projects being built by the Stretch Goals: first, the Chicago Folio, an in-character artifact book compiling diary entries, transcripts, emails, and other treasures to use in the course of a V5 chronicle, especially useful when utilizing the characters and plots from Chicago by Night. We’ve already added the Camarilla Record section and the Anarchs Accounts section to the Folio via Stretch Goals, so let’s see what else we can add!

Second, we have Let the Streets Run Red, a PDF supplement set in and around the Chicago and Midwest area, incorporating characters absent from V5 Chicago by Night and exploring the activities of Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and the rural Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana areas. The first section, starting in Chicago, is our current Stretch Goal and almost achieved at the time I’m writing this!

If you are interested, you can check it out here:

Like all of our recent KSs, backers are getting sections of the text that will add up to 95% of the full text for the book before this KS is over. So if you are concerned over the writing direction, or that it might get changed before it’s published, here’s your chance to see all the words before they go to editing.



Trinity Continuum: Aeon illustration by Michele Giorgi



As part of our ongoing outreach to let our community know all about the V5 Chicago By Night Kickstarter, the developer, our own Gentleman Gamer Matthew Dawkins, will be hosting a Q&A to answer your many many questions! In fact, here he is now:

“Matthew here! I’ll be hosting a live Q&A on my YouTube channel focused on Chicago by Night, but in which you can ask me anything (within reason) and I’ll answer (probably)! I’d love for you to join me, and we can all discuss the Chicago project and how it’s doing so far.”


It’s on Friday 9th November at 22:00 GMT right here:



Trinity Continuum Core illustration by Felipe Gaona



Mirthful Mike Chaney wants all of you prospective Exalted artists out there that he’d love to see your stuff! Just follow the submission guidelines on this site, and if you can create illustrations along the lines of the artwork you’ve seen in Exalted 3rd, the monthly EX3 releases, and the previews of Dragon-Blooded – then he wants to see your stuff! (As a note, Chibi style isn’t really what we’re looking for, as much as we love it).


Eddy Webb notes that he has a special deal going on with Pugmire‘s Canis Minor Community Content site, like so:


I need to cut this one a bit short this week folks. I lifted weights with the intention of getting back some tone in my shoulders and now that one muscle sort of along the shoulder blade is REALLY hurting.


Makes it very hard to type, actually. Fortunately most of my work this week is talking and coordinating and not art and writing!



Trinity Continuum: Aeon illustration by Jon Reed



So, one final note that this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast features an interview with “Diamond” Dave Brookshaw, who is not only developer of the Mage: The Awakening line and lead dev on Deviant, but I think still holds the record for the writer who has worked on the most of our game lines. Certainly, his knowledge of our lines (and other things) is vast, so expect some excellent talkin’.


Plus, Dave having worked on so many of our game lines means I can segue right into him knowing all about:


Many Worlds, One Path!




Lo the darkness that lies like a pall over Chicago.

The V5 Chicago By Night Kickstarter went live as planned last Tuesday and blew through its funding goal in half a day, and is currently at over a thousand backers in just one week ! Congrats to the whole team and all our backers, and we’ve already started to pass through several Stretch Goals and activate additional projects!

We’d be thrilled if you’d give it a look here:

Next up, we’re working on the Kickstarter for They Came From Beneath the Sea! (TCFBtS!), which has some very different additions to the Storypath mechanics we’ll be explaining during the KS.  They take an excellent 50’s action and investigation genre game and turn it to 11!






As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is now 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 both rolling and rocking!

Here are the links for the Apple and Android versions:

Three different screenshots, above.

And our latest, the dice for Werewolf: The Forsaken 2e:



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 you bought it from. Reviews really, really help us with getting folks interested in our amazing fiction!

Our selection includes these fiction books:

  • Vampire: The Masquerade: The Endless Ages Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Rites of Renown: When Will You Rage II (Kindle, Nook)
  • Mage: The Ascension: Truth Beyond Paradox (Kindle, Nook)
  • Chronicles of Darkness: The God-Machine Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Mummy: The Curse: Curse of the Blue Nile (Kindle, Nook)
  • Beast: The Primordial: The Primordial Feast Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade: Of Predators and Prey: The Hunters Hunted II Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: The Poison Tree (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse: Songs of the Sun and Moon: Tales of the Changing Breeds (Kindle, Nook)
  • Vampire: The Requiem: The Strix Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Werewolf: The Forsaken: The Idigam Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • Mage: The Awakening: The Fallen World Chronicle Anthology (Kindle, Nook)
  • 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)
  • Scarred Lands: Death in the Walled Warren (KindleNook)
  • V20 Dark Ages: Cainite Conspiracies (Kindle, Nook)
  • Chronicles of Darkness: Strangeness in the Proportion (KindleNook)
  • Vampire: The Requiem: Silent Knife (Kindle, Nook)
  • Mummy: The Curse: Dawn of Heresies (KindleNook)



We’re working with Studio2 to get Pugmire 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!

And we’ve added Prince’s Gambit to our Studio2 catalog:



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

Here’s the link to the press release we put out about how Onyx Path is now selling through Indie Press Revolution:

And you can now order Pugmire: the book, the screen, and the dice!




This week, we are releasing the Advance PDF for the Promethean book Night Horrors: The Tormented! This Wednesday on DTRPG!

“The Pilgrimage ain’t got no shortcuts, no quick fixes. Heck, even death’s not a reprieve for us. So you pick yourself up now, and you keep goin’. I promise there’s light at the end of this tunnel, even if the walk takes forever and a half. Just mind those that’d get in yer way.”

— Sister Meshé, Tammuz Sage

Night Horrors: The Tormented includes:

• More than 50 Storyteller characters, including Centimani, Pandorans, alchemists and genitors, qashmallim, clones, and Zeky

• A new way the Pilgrimage can go awry: petrificatio

• Two new Flux Alembics

• Plot hooks and story seeds for your Promethean: The Created chronicles

• An in-depth look at the Zeky, complete with rules to play one, and clones

• A close examination of the enigmatic Jovian






THIS WEEK! Matt, Monica, Bill, Crystal, and other Onyx Path writers and
developers will be at GameHoleCon in Madison, WI November 8th – 11th
running demos of Pugmire, Scarred Lands, and more!

Rich, Lisa, Matt, Eddy, Dixie, Danielle, and other Onyx Path writers
and developers will be at PAX Unplugged in Philly, November 30th –
December 2nd running demos of Scion, Monarchies of Mau, Exalted, and

Start getting ready for our appearance at MidWinter this January in Milwaukee! So many demos, playtests, secret playtests, and Onyx Path Q&As you could plotz!


And now, the new project status updates!

DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM FAST 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)

  • C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 The Technocracy Reloaded (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • City of the Towered Tombs (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition core rulebook (Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition)
  • Scion Ready Made Characters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion Jumpstart (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Geist2e Fiction Anthology (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • Memento Mori: the GtSE 2e Companion (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition)
  • Pirates of Pugmire (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Distant Worlds (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #1 (Exalted 3rd Edition)



  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Night Horrors: Nameless and Accursed (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Witch-Queen of the Shadowed Citadel (Cavaliers of Mars)
  • Heirs to the Shogunate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Scion Companion: Mysteries of the World (Scion 2nd Edition)


Second Draft

  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)



  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • CofD Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon (Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition)
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Wr20 Book of Oblivion (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Oak, Ash, and Thorn: Changeling: The Lost 2nd Companion (Changeling: The Lost 2nd)
  • CofD Dark Eras 2 (Chronicles of Darkness)


Manuscript Approval:

  • V5 Chicago By Night (Vampire: The Masquerade)
  • Tales of Excellent Cats (Monarchies of Mau)



  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Aeon Aexpansion (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • C20 Players’ Guide (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Adventures for Curious Cats (Monarchies of Mau)
  • In Media Res (Trinity Continuum: Core)


Post-Editing Development:

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







In Art Direction

  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Pretty much all contracted.
  • Geist 2e
  • The Realm Yihoung on the fulls. I will probably get Gunship going soon.
  • Trinity Continuum (Aeon and Core) Aeon sketches coming in.
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Chicago By Night KS moving along.
  • C20 Player’s Guide Contracted.
  • Aeon Aexpansion
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Getting more KS art since we have a little time.
  • Lost 2e Jumpstart Art contracted.
  • EX3 Lunars Getting KS art.
  • Signs of Sorcery Contracted.


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Trinity Core Working.
  • Trinity Aeon Inputting 2nd proof notes.
  • M20: Gods and Monsters – With Josh.
  • Pugmire Roll of Good Dogs and Cats



  • Scion Hero Backer PDF is out, errata coming in.
  • Scion Origin Corrections are in.
  • Ex3 Dragon Blooded
  • CtL2 Jumpstart Adding in corrections.


At Press

  • Monarchies of Mau and Screen At Studio2. Dice and buttons at Studio2. Shipping to backers soon.
  • Wraith 20th – Printing the Deluxe interior, proofing cover this week(???).
  • Wraith 20 Screen Printing.
  • Scion Dice – At Studio2.
  • Lost 2e Screen Off to printer.
  • Scion Screen Off to printer.
  • Changeling: The Lost 2e Printer getting started.
  • Fetch Quest Files sent to printer.
  • Exalted 3rd Novel – Going out to backers this week.
  • PTC: Night Horrors: The Tormented Advance PDF on sale this Wednesday on DTRPG!



Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot….
I just love V for Vendetta!

  37 comments for “That Toddlin’ Town! [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu
    November 5, 2018 at 7:11 pm


    • richt
      November 6, 2018 at 6:58 am

      Yes it is!

  2. perverseness
    November 5, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I ask for no details. timing is a touchy subject. BUT, is it likely we will see one more kickstarter before the end of the year or is Chicago more than likely the capper for the year?

    • November 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      Last I heard, they still intended to get the They Came from Beneath the Sea! KS done this year.

      • richt
        November 6, 2018 at 6:55 am

        Yes, although we are running out of available time and may need to extend They Came From into January to leave space for the holidays. We’re still discussing it.

        • karpomatic
          November 6, 2018 at 7:34 am

          Yes, please push it into next year. My wallet begs you!

  3. Aldo Montoya Reynaga
    November 5, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Now I understand why that image seems familiar. That’s a nice Easter egg.

    • richt
      November 6, 2018 at 6:57 am

      Yes, I agree, and it also suggests that while there’s a link to previous editions, this book and V5 as a whole are coming at this from its own point of view.

  4. wyrdhamster
    November 5, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Why Tales of Excellent Cats is in Manuscript Approval? The Pugmire and Mau is in-house brands in Onyx Path Publishing, not licensed games, don’t they?

    • Torakhan
      November 6, 2018 at 12:03 am

      I think that technically it’s a Pugsteady game, so Eddy may have to do approvals if others are writing the book?
      Or it’s just part of the process, regardless if it’s an in-house, or out-of-house product.

      • richt
        November 6, 2018 at 6:49 am

        Your first suggestion is the correct one. Eddy needs to review Realm of Pugmire projects for those he didn’t directly develop.

      • Eddy Webb
        November 6, 2018 at 7:11 am

        Yes, because I license it to Onyx Path. 🙂

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      November 6, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Onyx Path owns: Scarred Lands, Scion, They Came From Beneath The Sea!, Trinity Continuum.

      Onyx Path licenses: World of Darkness (White Wolf), Chronicles of Darkness (White Wolf), Exalted (White Wolf), Dystopia Rising: Evolution (Eschaton), Legendlore (Caliber), Realms of Pugmire (Pugsteady), Cavaliers of Mars (Rose Bailey).

  5. Pete
    November 5, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Can we start referring to Dave Brookshaw as DDB? It’s kind of a wrestling rev so Eddy and Matt should love it.

    • richt
      November 6, 2018 at 6:53 am

      You do what seems right to you. So far, I’ve seen it linked to wrestling, Van Halen, and the diamond in Mage: The Awakening.

      • DaveB
        November 6, 2018 at 8:54 am

        It’s more appropriate than Dapper, whatever it means!

    • Dixie Cochran
      November 6, 2018 at 11:44 am

      I’ll have you know that in the meeting it was ME who made the Diamond Dallas Page reference! They’ve corrupted me with wrestling knowledge! Oh no!

      • Phil H
        November 7, 2018 at 7:06 am

        That’s not a corruption, it’s a refinement.

        • November 7, 2018 at 10:36 am

          No no, it’s a corruption. Matthew and I have been working very hard at this.

  6. Torakhan
    November 6, 2018 at 12:01 am

    The idea of a Milwaukee by Night in V5 (even as a stretch goal content) makes me chuckle.

    … Any chance of a connection to Under A Blood Red Moon as an intro to W5 in the book?

    • richt
      November 6, 2018 at 6:51 am

      As an intro to W5? No. Which is not saying there couldn’t be veiled references to UBRM in there somewhere.

  7. karpomatic
    November 6, 2018 at 7:40 am

    I’m hoping for a Trinity or Dystopia Rising demos at the OPP booth and V5 demos at the WW booth come PAX Unplugged.

    Also, I was trying to find a book that Rich, Eddy, & Dixie were all involved so I can get it signed in but I don’t think I have any. I believe they are all KS books that have not been released yet.

    • November 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Pugmire and Beckett’s Jyhad Diary?

      • karpomatic
        November 6, 2018 at 11:26 am

        Thanks, Matthew! I have the PDFs but both those books are on my shopping list. I’ll have to get one or both to get signed. Shame you won’t be there. It seems like I’ve gotten to know you all by listening to the pathcast. Maybe next year.

        • November 6, 2018 at 11:46 am

          Yep, sadly no PAX for me! I’ll be at Midwinter instead.

  8. Phillip Malerich
    November 6, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Is there any idea for when the final Monarchies pdf will go live?

    • richt
      November 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      First we get the backer rewards shipping, then retail stores and the PDF/PoD versions on DTRPG go live. Not long now!

      • Phillip Malerich
        November 6, 2018 at 4:32 pm

        Was this the same process that happened with original Pugmire? I was confused that products were shipping but the pdf wasn’t updated, but your comment reminds me that this is only the second KS I backed for a regular book that has completed. All my other fulfilled projects were deluxe editions where the pdf dropped well in advance because fancy books take longer

        • richt
          November 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm

          The key thing, as you touch on, is that as we are running KSs to get books into stores, the methodology used for other KSs that had different goals needs to change. And we are still working on developing our best practices for retail destination KSs. Mau is using a tweaked methodology based on Cavaliers, which used a tweaked methodology based on Pugmire.

          • Phillip Malerich
            November 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm

            Oh, okay. Awesome! Good to hear I’m not crazy (… in this regard…) Hope the experiment works out well for everyone.

  9. Nogard
    November 6, 2018 at 11:35 am

    RichT. Are there be Beast:The Primordial books being planned ?

    • richt
      November 6, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Right now, I’d say Beast is in the part of the cycle where we’ve published the main projects so folks can play with rich experiences, and we’ll give everyone a chance to get a hold of those. Meanwhile, there are still Beast-focused Dark Eras that will be arriving very soon.

  10. David Meloche
    November 7, 2018 at 2:01 am

    My group keeps asking about the timeframe for when we can order PDF’s of Changeling 2nd, and I keep telling them “the printer is warming up.” Now, i’m not exactly sure what that means, so when I got asked this week why the heck the printer needs so long to warm, i figured I’d ask on here. Is that a pdf that will be available before December, before 2019, or just straight up TBD?

    • richt
      November 7, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Right now, it’s TBD. We really try to steer away from estimates, although we know everybody wants them. Just keep your eyes on the blog and be aware that traditional printing isn’t like going to Kinkos, but an involved process of proofing first, and then the printing, and then the binding. And then shipping to our fulfillment partners. It’s really a manufacturing process, and like those processes, we have to deal with quality control and drying times and all sorts of press time issues.

  11. Madam Mirror
    November 7, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Know it’s bit late but how long is backerkit gonna accept pre-orders for Dark Eras 2? trying do some budgeting this month.

    • richt
      November 8, 2018 at 8:22 am

      The next two months, at least.

      • Madam Mirror
        November 9, 2018 at 12:15 am

        AH, thanks!

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