The Quick & the Dead [Monday Meeting Notes]

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We’re quickly finishing up a bunch of Gen Con last minute details in order to take quick planes to the con this week. And we are all still alive and planning on getting lively at the con (for all you wanting to explain what “quick” means in the blog title).

Meanwhile, we are releasing the Advance PDF of Promethean: the Created Second Edition this Wednesday! Dead parts that are now alive and all that.

So first, more Gen Con info!


That’s our spot, right in the front. Check out our video this year; we’ve added a few new sequences as well as a special message for our Trinity Continuum: Aeon fans. We’ll have devs and writers coming by and many of them would love to run you a short game-play or character creation demo.

And remember that Dave Martin, the living legend, and the Wrecking Crew are running longer games over in the Marriott in Ballroom 10. A whole friggin’ room for our game lines: WoD, CofD, Exalted, Pugmire, Cavaliers of Mars, Trinity Continuum, Scarred Lands, and especially Scion. They will also be demoing the finalized Prince’s Gambit card game created by Justin Achilli!

Mirthful Mike Chaney wants all you interested illustrators and layout graphic designers to know that he will be in the booth and waiting feverishly to look through your portfolios – so bring them by! I’ve heard he is more likely to be in the booth in the mornings and gets the wanderlust in the afternoon. So if you want to apply your prodigious talents to our internationally recognized visual freelance team, now is your chance and Gen Con is the place!

Also about art, sort of, and more personal: as I have every year, I’ll be signing Magic the Gathering cards (the ones I did the art for, at least) when I’m in the booth. $1 a signature, and we’ll talk if you are looking for a sketch or whatever beyond the signature. Be sure and bring your own pens in the colors you want!

If you’re a podcaster that is interested in talking with me or any of the Onyx Path crew about what we’re up to, please feel free to stop by the booth and talk with Boppin’ Bill Bodden or the ever-loverly Mike Hollywood, our booth maestros, and we’ll get you set up.

If you are going, hope to see ya there! If not, keep an eye and ear out for our many social media tweets and posts! And if you have a question for any of the gang at our panels you’d like us to ask in absentia, post them in the comments here.



Extempore Spread from Promethean 2nd Edition

Extempore Spread from Promethean 2nd Edition

Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition‘s Advance PDF will come out on Weds at DTRPG, while we’re at Gen Con, but we’ll have a thread ready on our forums to take any errata you might find. It’ll take us some weeks to let folks post errata and then gather, review, and implement them, and then we’ll need to get the index created and the updated PDF and PoDs approved. So this is just the first taste of a splendid Promethean 2 release meal of several courses. Thanks!

And, of course, PtC2 developer Matt McFarland will be at Gen Con, too, so you can pepper him with questions about the new edition if you are there!

I hope you agree that this edition takes all the fantastic ideas that really made Promethean something special to play, and adds to them, while toning down some of the aspects that made the game seem difficult to play in groups or at all.


Mark Kelley illustration for PtC2

Mark Kelley illustration for PtC2



Finally, next week we’ll all be returning from Gen Con and we’ll be very, very tired. So no Monday Meeting and therefore no Monday Meeting Notes. But we’ll have stuff going on, so I’m sure you’ll have enough to read!





With the Deluxe V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary Kickstarter over, we’re looking at our next KS campaign being for Scion 2nd Edition in late August. Neall and I are sitting down at Gen Con to discuss the last details, in fact. More news when we have it!




Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition V20

DTRPG is having a massive sale on Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition and the entire line! Check it out here:




Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Here’s the link to the press release we put out about how Onyx Path is now selling through Indie Press Revolution:




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What was once unliving now arises! The Promethean: the Created 2nd Edition Advance PDF will be available at on Wednesday!



Curse of the Blue Nile

The Curse of the Blue Nile fiction anthology for Mummy: the Curse is now on sale at DriveThruRPG in PDF/electronic and PoD versions!

Welcome to the first anthology of original fiction set in the world of Mummy. With Curse of the Blue Nile, the veil draws back to reveal a host of dark glimpses into the power of a single relic… and of the lengths to which the Deathless of lost Irem will go to secure it.

Each tale is a novella, spooling out the unique nature of the Blue Nile within its encapsulated view of the world’s setting, and each story touches on a different one of the five Arisen guilds: The Alchemists, Laborers, Masons, Priests, and Scribes. Five dark turns at the wheel, helmed by the talented hands of veteran talespinners Lisa Morton, Stefan Petrucha, Malcolm Sheppard, Greg Stolze, and Mercedes M. Yardley.

Come, join us on a tour of the mysteries of the ancient, blood-soaked world.




Now Available! on DTRPG in PDF and PoD versions: V20 Ready Made Characters.

Running a one-night game of Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition? Wanting to start up a new chronicle, but your players aren’t sure what to play? Looking for some examples of how to use the material in Lore of the Clans? Thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers, these thirteen ready-made characters cover each of the vampire Clans. Each character is provided with background, roleplay suggestions, art, and some potential coteries and plot hooks — everything you need to start your endless nights as one of the Kindred.

This book includes:

  • Thirteen pre-generated player character, with both starting and experienced character sheets.
  • A brief break-down of the character’s history and roleplaying suggestions.
  • Six possible coteries for these characters, complete with coterie charts.
  • Seven plot seeds to help the Storyteller jumpstart her chronicle.




Ghouls Front

Servants of the Damned: the PDF and PoD versions for V20 Ghouls & Revenants are now available at DTRPG!–Revenants

Ghouls & Revenants includes:

  • Expanded and revised character creation for ghoul and revenant player-characters
  • Clan and Sect write-ups for ghouls who serve them
  • New revenant families including the Rossellini, Kairouan Brotherhood, and more.
  • New rules for ghouls and revenants including new Merits & Flaws, Backgrounds, Discipline Packages, etc.
  • A Storyteller chapter for advice on running ghoul-or-revenant focused chronicles.
  • …and more!




black hand

V20 Black Hand: Guide to the Tal’ Mahe’ Ra is now on the attack at DTRPG in PDF and physical hardcover PoD forms!

The Tal’Mahe’Ra, the Black Hand, plays the long game. They’re fighting a war of millennia, and the stakes could never be higher than they are tonight. They know truths about the Ancients, terrifying truths, dangerous truths, and they know the fight will be long and tireless.

The Black Hand — A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra includes:

  • An updated look at the Tal’Mahe’Ra, which brings the ancient conspiracy into the twenty-first century.
  • Tricks of the Black Hand’s trade, including new Disciplines, Backgrounds, Merits, and eldritch sorceries.
  • Insight into some of the Hand’s sects, including those who hunt the infernal, and the worshipers of Lilith.




Front Cover

There has always been…Darkness. Coming at you through time itself, the Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras PDF and physical book PoD versions are now available at DTRPG!

Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras reveals the world throughout its long and storied past. Through sixteen eras, you’ll learn the secret history of the world, from the flame-lit tales of the Neolithic to the drug-fueled rebellion of the 1970s. Delve into the past, and learn that the Chronicles of Darkness began long before the modern nights.

Dark Eras includes historical settings for Chronicles of Darkness game lines:

  • Vampire: the Requiem
  • Werewolf: the Forsaken
  • Mage: the Awakening
  • Promethean: the Created
  • Changeling: the Lost
  • Hunter: the Vigil
  • Geist: the Sin-Eaters
  • Mummy: the Curse
  • Demon: the Descent


Awakening 2 Cover

Mage: the Awakening 2nd Edition Advance PDF NOW available at!

You are a mage, one of the Wise. You see, know, and explore what others can’t imagine, from the depths of the human soul to the hidden corners of reality. Armed with your spells, driven by an addiction to Mysteries, you delve into the secrets of the world. Knowledge has a price, and the dangers are many.

This book contains:

  • The complete guide to playing a mage in the Chronicles of Darkness.
  • Reimagined Paths, Orders, and powers to create your Awakened characters and their allies, including an updated version of the most comprehensive free-form magic system in gaming.
  • Five example settings across the world, from Los Angeles to Salamanca, each with a central Mystery.
  • A brand-new look at all the strange places of the Fallen World, from the Lower Depths to the Emanation Realms, and what mages might find within.

NOTE: This is the Advance PDF version. A final PDF version and PoD versions will be available at a later date. If you have purchased this Advance PDF, you will be automatically updated to the final PDF and receive a link to enable you to purchase the PoD at a discount designed so that your total price matches our usual PDF and Print combo offer.

You must have your DTRPG account set to accept messages from Onyx Path Publishing before the link messages are sent out, though, so please adjust your settings if you want that discount.




Gen Con 2016 Onyx Path events registration has now been posted on the Gen Con site! A LOT of our events have sold out already, so please jump in ASAP if you’d like to attend:

These don’t include the demos and playtests we’ll be having at the booth.

I’ll be at our panels, and also at this panel about Kickstarters and how to make them work: Please come by and say hi!



We’ll be at the 2016 Grand Masquerade in New Orleans over the Labor Day Weekend both talking about the early years of White Wolf and representing the tabletop part of the World of Darkness! Come play in games hosted by legendary Dave Martin and the Wrecking Crew and demos at the Onyx Path booth in the dealer area!




And now, the new project status updates!

DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM ROLLICKING ROSE (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 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • CtL fiction anthology (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition)
  • BtP Building a Legend (Beast: the Primordial)
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Scion: Origins (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • BtP Player’s Guide
  • V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)



  • EX3 Jumpstart (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • VtR A Thousand Years of Night (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • Pugmire Core Book


Second Draft

  • Arms of the Chosen (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Cavaliers of Mars
  • Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition
  • VtM Endless Ages fiction anthology (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition)



  • W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition)
  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • SL Ring of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • SL The Wise and the Wicked (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • SL The Wise and the Wicked (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • SL Dagger of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • BtP Mortal Remains (Beast: the Primordial)
  • Scarred Lands Player’s Guide 5E: Ghelspad (Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Ring of Spiragos (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Dagger of Spiragos (5e– Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • V20 Dark Ages Anthology (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition)



  • V20 Dark Ages Companion (Vampire 20th Dark Ages)
  • Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition
  • M20 Book of Secrets (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)


Post-Editing Development:

  • Night Horrors: Conquering Heroes (Beast: the Primordial)
  • W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)





In Art Direction

  • Dark Eras Companion
  • Necropolis Rio
  • Beckett’s Jyhad Diary
  • CofD Hurt Locker
  • Mummy Novel
  • V20 DA Tome of Secrets
  • V20 Lore of the Bloodlines
  • Beast RMCs
  • SL Wise and Wicked Update
  • Prince’s Gambit 
  • Beast Conquering Heroes


In Layout

  • Secrets of the Covenants
  • Kinfolk 
  • Mage: the Awakening 2nd – Entering errata from DaveB.



  • Scarred Lands PG PF
  • W20 Shattered Dreams 


At Press

  • Beast Screen – At shipper.
  • Beast Prestige Edition – done printing, arranging shipping.
  • Dark Eras  PDF and PoD versions on sale at DTRPG. Prepping Prestige Edition files for printer.
  • Ex 3 Scree At the Printer.
  • Ex 3 core book – From RichT: Printing the interior.
  • Dark Eras Fiction Anthology  Box of books ordered to be on sale at GenCon.
  • Dark Eras Screen – At the Printer.
  • Promethean: the Created Second – going live with Advance PDF Weds.
  • Ex 3 Backer Charm Book – Ordering PoD proof.


Special- projects on hold in the art and production area until an external factor is resolved

  • Wraith 20 – Art direction and layout can’t go further until art notes come in, still being developed by Rich Dansky.


TODAY’S REASON TO DRINK: Did I mention we’ll be at Gen Con this week? Alcohol as donations gratefully accepted at any of our panels…

  49 comments for “The Quick & the Dead [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Robert D
    August 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    This Monday Meeting Notes couldn’t have come at a better time. A Very Frustrating set of morning events has been all but forgotten thanks to updates and GenCon prep news here 🙂 thanks OnyxPath team!

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Fantastic! Cool to hear that they helped you!

  2. Walter
    August 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    One of these years I hope to get out to Gencon.

    I forget what was said in previous Monday blogs, will there still be a product brochure? And if so, will it be available on DTRPG like before?

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Yes, and yes, and I think it was two weeks ago I talked specifically about the brochure, so you might want to take a look at that.

      • Walter
        August 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm

        I knew it was somewhere but only looked at last week. Thanks for the tip, and I look forward to seeing it.

  3. Phaolan
    August 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I’m so, soooo EXCITED for Promethean: the Created Second Edition! EXCITE!

    A lot of that is because my troupe was among the playtest group, and I cannot wait for everyone else to see what really wonderful stuff is in that book. Without breaking my NDA, I will say that Promethean’s core remains intact (or rebuilt, as the case may be), but this version is both more focused AND more expansive than the original. I mean, see that really wonderful addition of Extempore, above? There’s a lot of that kind of ‘mentioned one place but NOW it’s in the core book’ stuff, but it does NOT take away from what I loved about the game to begin with.

    …I’m sure that it was some kind of lucky charm thing that I brought my copy of Prommie 2: Alchemical Boogaloo (yes, that’s what my printed-out playtest rules binder says). You bet I believe that *I* made the book come out. Uh, not really, but I did help a little. 😛

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      You made it come out with the power of your brain!

      • Phaolan
        August 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        Yes, RichT… My brain that I found, along with some spare parts, a bit of electricity, stuff like that. 😉

        Big congrats to Matt and all his team of writers and artists for getting this out!

  4. mike
    August 1, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I’ve noticed that Deviant: the [???] still isn’t on the Dev Status list. Has writing begun yet? When can we learn a little about it?

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      In three days, I think?

      • Metamurpho
        August 2, 2016 at 4:39 am

        GET HYPE!

    • Dave Brookshaw
      August 2, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Nope, writing hasn’t started yet. for a new gameline, there’s lots to do before that – designing mechanics, naming splats, figuring out who we’re going to hire to write it. Things like that.

  5. Peter
    August 1, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    TODAY’S REASON TO DRINK: Promethean 2nd edition is upon us!

    That calls for a shot of Jack

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Seems fair!

  6. Tim Flannigan
    August 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Any idea when we might get Geist 2nd?

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      We have not announced that one way or the other yet.

  7. atamajakki
    August 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    As a playtester, I’m so excited to see Promethean 2e finally come out.

    And that art is gorgeous!

    • Phaolan
      August 2, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Same here, on ALL counts! Wooo!

  8. atamajakki
    August 1, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    When will the brochure go up online? Always one of the most fun things for those poor souls who can’t make the con this year.

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Probably Thursday. Again, this one is set up differently and contains a different emphasis, and doesn’t have a multi-page list of upcoming projects like in previous years.

      • August 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm

        We’re almost out of Thursday and I’m not seeing them. Were y’all too busy to put them on DTRPG, or just too busy to flip the switch that makes them available to the public? 🙂

  9. Tim Flannigan
    August 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I just looked at the info on Deviant the ?, it looks like it’s going to be amazing. I would certainly kickstart this one.

    • Tim Flannigan
      August 1, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Is there a Facebook page for Deviant yet?

      • Ian A. A. Watson
        August 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm

        I generally don’t create FB pages at least until the full name is announced, to avoid spoiling it.

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      We certainly plan to KS it, so keep your eyes peeled!

  10. Leliel
    August 1, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Wait, it comes out on Wednesday?

    Hooray! That’s the last day of summer classes! Happy test day to me!

  11. Falco1029
    August 1, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I swear Secrets of the Covenants has been in layout forever!

  12. Eric
    August 1, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Promethean 2nd!! Yes!!!

    Any idea when Dark Eras is shipping out. The status has been the same for the last 4 weeks.

    • richt
      August 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      We expect it to be ready to go to the printer this week.

  13. Yossarian
    August 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    I love that cover. Probably my favourite RPG book ever, if only for the look. The way the face fades into the skull gets me every time.

    • richt
      August 2, 2016 at 6:11 am

      That was the brilliant Matt Milberger’s idea and execution, and I agree, it’s always been a favorite.

      • Phaolan
        August 2, 2016 at 11:15 am

        My copy of Promethean: the Created (first edition, needless to say) was kinda beat-up when I purchased it, but I didn’t notice until much later, due to how well the creases fit that image… I kinda thought it was actually PART of the cover treatment! I say this as a testament to its greatness, of course. Also, a few scars TOTALLY increase the book’s street cred, yeah?

  14. Keleas
    August 2, 2016 at 1:12 am

    We’re more than a year past the projected completion date for Wraith 20, is there a new projected date? Thanks for the great games, and good luck at GenCon!

    • richt
      August 2, 2016 at 6:13 am

      No, we no longer give projected dates, but instead provide these progress “snapshots”. Thanks!

  15. Jeff Tressler
    August 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I know you do not like to give estimates, but I would thing the Exalted printer may be more likely to have some estimates.

    Any idea on when all the interiors will be complete as well as when the final product will be done?

  16. Billman
    August 2, 2016 at 10:14 am

    No KS for Promethean 2e? Will the same be true for Changeling 2e?

    • richt
      August 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

      If we were going to KS it, we’d do that before we put the Advance PDF up for sale. No plans for a CtL2 KS, but after that, the future is yet to be written.

  17. August 2, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Promethean 2e is upon us?

    /me begins prepping files for the appropriate directory…. 🙂

  18. Maurice
    August 2, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Any chance we can get a link to the cards you have done for MTG? Excited to find out more for Trinity and scion!!!

    • richt
      August 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      I personally don’t have the links, but there are probably a hundred MtG sites that you can look up cards by artist on. Thanks!

      • Nemo_Oceansoul
        August 9, 2016 at 4:02 am

        to the above poster, and to anyone else who needs it of course:

        im curious: is there any art for a card you would like to revisit and update? either one that you did in the past, or one that is due to an update soon-ish?

        • richt
          August 9, 2016 at 10:12 am

          Did that very thing for the artists anniversary book, and redid one of the Stuffy Doll cards. Think it was The Wrack. Generally, there’s a technique alteration that might be good for some cards (going from the watercolor/line style to the opaque paint style that I’m using now), or a redo in any medium because the composition or color scheme or underlying drawing no longer matches up with how I’d do the piece now. But you can drive yourself nuts trying to “fix” your older work, and now the art for the cards, warts and all, are really important to a lot of people as they are. So changing them seems a bit, to me, as a bit of vanity.

          What I am working on, which was a bit of a surprise, are Token card illustrations in the old style. So if you liked Wall of Water, for example, I’m using the same kind of imagery from that for the new art for the Blue Elemental Token card.

  19. Yiodan
    August 2, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t remember is that has already been said, so, sorry if it has but, will Promethean 2 be a limited release as well? 7 books or will it be continuously developped?

    BTW, I am happy either way. Just curious.

    • richt
      August 2, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      We’re not really working off a limited/unlimited publishing model. If a line sells and we have a cool idea for a book in that line, we’ll get it OK’d and put it together.

  20. Yiodan
    August 2, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Hold the presses. Stop everything. WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT!

    How have I missed the annoucement of the Bunyip tribe book? (Or forgot it was coming?) And who do I thank for that?

    Man! Onyx Path is just too darn awesome!

  21. Ken C
    August 3, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Finally, the Promethean V2 Advance! Yea, Gods be thanked!

    Also, Squeeeeeeeee!

  22. atamajakki
    August 4, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Dumb question, but is the Black Death setting in the Dark Eras Companion still a Promethean/Vampire crossover?

    • Austin Loomis
      August 6, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      The brochure says it is. Also, the brochure reveals the full title of Deviant: The Renegades, and claims that Miracles of the Solar Exalted (which I take, from its description, to be the Ex3 backer Charms book) is already available.

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