The Shadow Over Chicago (by Night)[Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

M20 Gods and Monsters art by Ivan Dixon

Actually, it’s our shadow over Chicago, and not whatever that is in the art above, as we continue to work with White Wolf to insure that V5 Chicago By Night‘s text is accurate to their vision and as complete as we can make it prior to launching its Kickstarter. We want that text finished so that we can roll right into preparing the book for the Backer PDF and to create the traditional printer and DTRPG PoD files so that physical copies will exist as quickly as possible.

So, better waiting for the KS to go live than waiting for the book to ship to backers! Several of our latest Kickstarters that have been created using this dictum have shipped early: Cavaliers of Mars shipped a year before its estimated date, and Monarchies of Mau will ship next month four months earlier than estimated.

All of which means that we hope that the V5 Chicago By Night Kickstarter can start on Tuesday October 30th, but we’ll have to see. We WILL broadcast it all over our social media once we can absolutely say so for sure!

Already, I can tell you that the book contains nearly 100,000 words of characters, some classics, some newly created, spanning a broad array of clans, genders, races, and sexualities. We’ve gone to a lot of effort to ensure every character is connected to at least one other through plot, rumor, or personal connection, in order to make this city sourcebook the biggest source of interconnected plots and secrets we’ve ever presented.

And then, there’s also the mystery of what the Lasombra are up to in Chicago.



Trinity Continuum Core art by Felipe Gaona



Speaking of working on a V5 book, and of White Wolf, reminds that this week on the Onyx Pathcast, the mysterious master of Kindred politics and online streaming, WW‘s Jason Carl, materializes into the studio for an interview! Expect all kinds of V5 and other vampiric goodness, because Jason is an Elder (at least).

(Also, there’s no studio so I’m sure he’ll just call in, but I don’t want to ruin the Gothic atmosphere.)

Last week’s Pathcast was one of our Special Episodes and features Eddy reporting in on the Save Against Fear convention that he and I went to, and I talked about in last week’s blog, and his recording of our game designer Q&A, so you can hear the Pure Genius! of our answers to the audience’s insightful questions.

Pure Genius!, and it’s right here:

Special Episode 4:

And yes, if you listen to the audio from the panel it really sounds like the mic is on a moving train, but as Eddy says leading up to it, we didn’t know the table was moving every time one of us leaned onto it. Not so much the Pure Genius!, there, but I do think the conversation and Q&A is worth the weird and annoying extra sounds.

Another new way to get a dose of fun from ones of our game lines is the streaming craze that sweeping the nation, and we have a new Scarred Lands game being presented by Travis Legge (you can check out his work in the Community Content areas for Scarred Lands and D&D 5e) on Twitch:

And we have the last episode of our Pugmire: Homeward Bound adventure on the Saving Throw Show wrapping up LIVE on Tuesday the 23rd (tomorrow night) at 6pm PST/9pm EST, running on Twitch at

And if you want to catch up on the first episode, it’s now available on YouTube!

We’re thrilled to say that our simultaneous release of Cavaliers of Mars physical book via our friends at Studio2 and IPR, and PDF/PoD releases on DTRPG, has been going great! So much so that we’re putting two support projects, the Cavaliers Screen and the Talent and Path Cards up for sale this week! So when you want to start playing this gorgeous book you’ve received, you can jump right in in proper swashbuckler fashion!

Also at IPR, HALFOWEEN is more than half over, but there’s still time to save 50% off World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness prestige and deluxe editions and storyteller screens until 10/31 midnight, while supplies last.…



Scion Hero art by Pat McEvoy



Finally, just a word about our Onyx Path Forums.

We love them, we love the community that has built up over the years – many of our forumites came over from the old WW forums – and we love that in recent years we been able to make sure they are places where, despite an occasional outbreak of trying to win the internet and getting intense about it, folks can come and actually talk about all of our games.

So this isn’t meant as a rebuke to every single person who posts on our forums. I say that ahead of time, with the lead-in paragraph above, so you know that what I’m talking about isn’t pointing a big finger right at you personally, even if you may have done what I’m about to talk about.

I’m not yelling at you personally.


We have our general threads, and then, over the years, we’ve found it really helpful to have two other types. The first is the “Ask the Devs” type of threads, of which we have two going right now, I think: for Exalted and for Scion. Then there are the “Errata Threads” we do for almost all of our projects where we ask anyone in our community who got either the Backer PDF or the Advance PDF, depending on the project, to help us out and post any slip-ups.

It’s really important that when posting to either of these two kinds of threads that folks remember the purpose of that thread. One is questions for the Devs, the other is to bring errata to our attention for that project. Neither type of thread is there for discussions – that’s what all the rest of the forums are for, and we encourage anyone who wants to discuss something further to please start a new thread in order to do that.

Along the same lines, please don’t answer the questions posed in the Ask the Devs threads, those are posed so the devs can answer them, and in the Errata threads, please don’t try and explain or clarify someone’s posted errata – even if you know it is not actually errata. Our devs will figure that out, and the nature of collating one of these threads into a useful form in a timely manner means that anything not errata gets caught like sand in the gears.

Thanks for your consideration in following these guidelines, because they really help us sort through and publish all these:

Many Worlds, One Path!




Lo the darkness that lies like a pall over Chicago. The V5 Chicago By Night Kickstarter arises in October! We’re still hoping to hit October the 30th!

We’re also 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!





First there was Cavalier of Mars last week – and now this Wednesday we are releasing both the Cavaliers of Mars Screen, and the Cavaliers of Mars Talent and Path Cards on DTRPG!

Ha ha haa! Welcome to our red planet…and en garde! Cavaliers of Mars swashes its PDFs and buckles its PoDs at DTRPG this Wednesday!

Return now to dying Mars in its last age of glory. A world of flashing swords and choking sands, of winking courtesans and lantern-lit canal cities. Mars, where romance and heartbreak are two sides of the same obsidian chit.

Cavaliers of Mars includes:

• A vibrant setting with cultures, careers, characters, and dozens of locations, all organized to get you right into the world of Mars!

• An all-new system combining your character’s motivations, history, and beliefs with strategic swashbuckling action!

• Astrology, crafting, psychic powers, and much more!





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



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)
  • Tales of Excellent Cats (Monarchies of Mau)
  • 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)



  • 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)
  • Adventures for Curious Cats (Monarchies of Mau)
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • In Media Res (Trinity Continuum: Core)
  • 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)



  • 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)


Post-Editing Development:

  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Rulebook (TCFBtS!)
  • Dog and Cat Ready Made Characters (Monarchies of Mau) (With Eddy)







In Art Direction

  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution
  • Geist 2e
  • The Realm
  • Trinity Continuum (Aeon and Core) Aeon sketches coming in. Recontracted stuff contracted. Hopefully for the last time.
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Chicago By Night All the art we have approved is ready for KS.
  • Pugmire Roll of Good Dogs and Cats Art contracted.
  • C20 Player’s Guide – Got stuff divided up and ready to roll out to artists Monday morning.
  • Aeon Aexpansion
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! KS art all in.
  • Lost 2e Jumpstart Art contracted.
  • EX3 Lunars Getting KS art.
  • Signs of Sorcery Awaiting updated art notes.


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Trinity Core Working on symbols this week (swearsies).
  • Trinity Aeon Inputting 2nd proof notes.
  • Exalted 3rd Novel
  • M20: Gods and Monsters – For Josh.



  • Scion Hero Backer PDF is out, errata coming in.
  • PTC: Night Horrors: The Tormented At WW for approval.
  • Scion Origin Corrections are in.
  • VtR: Guide to the Night WW approved today.
  • Fetch Quest Package design done, waiting for OK from printer.
  • Ex3 Dragon Blooded
  • CtL2 Jumpstart


At Press

  • Monarchies of Mau and Screen At Studio2. Dice and buttons getting ready to ship to Studio2.
  • Wraith 20th – Printing the Deluxe interior, proofing cover this week(?).
  • Wraith 20 Screen Printing.
  • Scion Dice – At Studio2.
  • Cav Talent cards and Screen On sale this Wednesday!
  • Lost 2e Screen – Prepping files.
  • Scion Screen – Prepping files.
  • Changeling: The Lost 2e – Prepping files for printer.


TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: I’d be beaten and forced to live in the closet by my younger daughter if I did not mention that today is Jeff Goldblum’s birthday. (She is a huge fan.) Saved our world using movie hacking, wore a huge fur coat in the old west, and explained all about chaos theory and how nature will out when the dinosaurs came. He was geeky and uncool, and geeky and cool, and now, I guess he’s just cool. I hope my own geek trail might follow his path…but I doubt it…

  26 comments for “The Shadow Over Chicago (by Night)[Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu
    October 22, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Rich,I’m getting a little worried about Deviant. Its everything okay with this project? It seems to be on redlines for a unusually long time

    • richt
      October 22, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      It’s a new big game, and if you’ve been following how Mage the Awakening 2e books have been bogged down, then you know that Dave has been up against it for a while. We’re getting things rolling along again, and faster, but the work still needs to be done.

  2. Jack K Rayner
    October 22, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Guide to the night as been approved does that mean we are getting it in a couple days time or something?

    • richt
      October 22, 2018 at 11:38 pm

      We release projects on Wednesdays and it was not on the blurb for this week, so stay tuned!

  3. Unsilent Majority
    October 22, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    “M20: Gods and Monsters – For Josh.”

    Who is Josh and what does this mean?

    • richt
      October 22, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      It’s in the Layout section, so what’s your take on what it could mean?

      • richt
        October 23, 2018 at 7:02 am

        Seriously, Josh is one of our freelance layout designers and he is working on the book now.

  4. GenericMaleNPC01
    October 23, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Dragonblooded is now in proofing. What does proofing entail? If you are allowed to answer of course.

    • richt
      October 23, 2018 at 7:08 am

      The developers will review the laid out book to be sure it looks the way they intended/expected, is formatted correctly, and note any errors that have crept in during layout, or that were missed during editing the text. Sometimes we only see things when the text is in format and in book form. They will send notes back to the layout designer and/or art director and corrections will be made. Usually we only do two proofing passes to catch and then confirm changes, but they can be a lot more back and forth for new book formats or main rulebooks.

  5. Beekay006
    October 23, 2018 at 3:19 am

    I’m thrilled to see Cavaliers of Mars getting Path & Talent cards! Thank you for the brilliant & awesome surprise!

  6. Knurlurzhad
    October 23, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Oh, nice, Heirs of the Shogunate is in Redlines!
    …oh, nice, WFHW is in proofing!!
    today is a good day

    • chaney_insaney
      October 23, 2018 at 4:42 am

      The KS art for Lunars is in Art Direction…

      • GenericMaleNPC01
        October 23, 2018 at 6:29 am

        Still pretty sweet

      • ffanxii4ever
        October 23, 2018 at 7:17 am

        I mean, at this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Lunars Kickstarter be the one after They Came From Beneath The Sea!

        I admit, that is partly me being hopeful, but that is probably mid-February to early March timeframe so I could see it.

        Either way, it’s nice to see it coming along!

  7. Rosencroft
    October 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I am truly sorry if I may seem annoying but is there any work done on Signs of Sorcery? It just seems it’s been forever…

    • richt
      October 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

      It has been a long while. But as you can see in the project progress part of the blog, SofS is in editing and is being art directed.

    • Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu
      October 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Rich explained up there that the developerhas been up against it for a while. But it is being worked on

  8. Kurt
    October 23, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Cool! I have been waiting for Deviant a long time. Question, considering that VTM 5th edition came with a wonderful dice set, it could be possible to have again the dice sets for the CofD games?

    • richt
      October 23, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Glad you like the V5 dice, they are, of course, an important new part of the V5 playing experience. So far, we have produced V20 and C20 dice, as well as dice for Pugmire, Mau, Scarred Lands, and Scion. Each of those sets was predicated on a successful Kickstarter campaign that allowed us to devote the time and effort it takes to pushing through the dice manufacturing. We often revisit the possibility of pitching CofD dice to WW, but in the meantime, we continue to add CofD dice for the various game lines to our Onyx Path Dice Roller App. (See that section in the blog).

      • Gamerngeek
        October 23, 2018 at 8:22 pm

        As regards this, two quick questions:

        1) Your update said the Scion dice were over at Studio2, but when I ran there to buy them, no such luck. Are they not gonna be for general sale?

        2) If they are gonna be for sale, is there any chance of getting a photo of the actual dice, rather than the KS pre-production render?

        • Ian A. A. Watson
          October 23, 2018 at 11:52 pm

          The Scion dice are currently available for preorder via BackerKit.

  9. Purple Snit
    October 23, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Got my Scion Hero backer PDF, and I’m happy to say it was worth the wait. It will be nice to have physical copies when they are done, but having the rules in their [essentially] final form gave me something fun to read this week. Thanks to everyone at OP for their hard work, and for putting up with the grumbling from us fans in the weeds.

    • richt
      October 23, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Glad to hear you are enjoying and appreciating Scion Hero! Onward and upward!

  10. Aldo Montoya Reynaga
    October 23, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Great news! The “possible” date for the Kickstarter of Chicago By Night. I hope to be off the first 100 backers hehehe
    What kind of rewards would you offer? The usual kind for the prestige editions of OP and will the KS be the only way to get the Physical edition?

  11. Phil H
    October 25, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Question… if I buy the Princes Gambit set from Studio 2 do I get everything? By that I mean does it include the non Camarilla clan cards?

    • richt
      October 26, 2018 at 6:07 am

      It’s the traditionally printed version from the Kickstarter, so yes it has the nonCam cards included. Thanks!

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