The Squeaky Wheel Gets the… [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

…Meece?

…the hose, again?

…the cheese?

…to back the Squeaks in the Deep Kickstarter?

But, of course! In fact there’s just over a week to jump in and join us all in the deep parts of the world as we scuttle and natter and chitter and chatter as mice and rats! Bring your favorite cat (Mau) and dog (Pugmire) characters and everyone can search for the underground ruins of Humankind.

As I mentioned in previous weeks, the sewers, tunnels, cellars, caverns, dungeons, and buried ruins, of the Realms of Pugmire work thematically for our rodent friends and enemies, and for Realms of Pugmire as a whole. They are quite naturally and logically the buried places; the places where Man’s secrets are most likely to be.

Each culture may have their own rationales for why they would explore and search for artifacts, but, as a concept, dungeons as exploration becomes even more compelling when they are part of a search for truth and identity for your people (as well as the adventure, magic items, and sweet, sweet, plastic! that we all expect out of a dungeon crawl).

To further this emphasis on the search, Eddy has embraced more of a free-form way of looking at these underground areas. There is no mega-map but plenty of smaller ones, so that you can decide how they connect for the story you and your table are telling. These sorts of areas are under Pugmire the city, these sorts of things extend into the Monarchies of Mau, etc.

Once the Stretch Goal for them is hit, these various underground areas will then also be available as maps for adventuring on virtual tabletop, which will make the decision to keep them modular even more helpful for playing!

So, check out the Kickstarter and check out the actual play episodes Vorpal Tales are running with Eddy and Dixie as players! See you in the dark! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/squeaks-in-the-deep-tabletop-roleplaying-game/

Heirs To The Shogunate art by Gunship Revolution

Today, while pushing our current KS, I also want to mention what comes after one of our Kickstarters. There’s a whole ‘nother phase after KSing, where backers can adjust pledges, get more stuff ordered, and folks who missed the KS can also get involved and get in on the KS’d project.

Back before post-KS options, we just had to tell folks they had missed out until the project hit stores – but now, with BackerKit, we all have more options and chances to get in on these projects!

In other words, BackerKits are cool.

In fact, the following Kickstarted products are still open for preorders via BackerKit:

Hope these links help folks find out about some projects they missed or want to now know more about!

They Came From Beyond the Grave! art by Durwin Talon

And Then We Chittered At Each Other For Hours:

Eddy sent around more examples of TTRPG companies announcing shipping/printing woes. And this time they also were talking about their need to increase prices to keep up with the rising pricing from printers and shippers.

I even hear that Hasbro is raising prices on D&D and Magic: the Gathering stuff!

So we continue to discuss how the current economic situation around the word affects us, our projects, and all of you. Basically, expect changes.

We don’t know how dramatic or severe, and so I don’t want this to sound all doomy and gloomy. So far we may have some complications to iron out with our printers and shippers, and with how Onyx Path is going to deal with things internationally as those laws become even more taxing (hah!), but we’re still – like many of you – adapting to changes all over.

Frex, I answered a fan last week in the blog comments who was concerned about why a book was taking so long, and what I noted then, and I want to point out today, is that the effects of this pandemic have no idea about our concepts of the end of a year, or the start of a new one. These Covid and “2020” repercussions are simply going to continue and aren’t stopping because we feel we’ve “turned a page”.

But you can turn a page that is now On Sale with the IPR Dog Days of Summer Sale that is now going on their website!

Yes, fellow babies, you just read one of the worst segues EVAH! Thank you, thank you.

M20 Rich Bastards Guide to Magick art by Mirko Failoni

So we did talk about the above stuff, and some of the items below here, too, but the majority of what we discussed today during the Monday Meeting was troubleshooting fonts. Yep, we’re having a problem with some typefaces working the way we want them to when going from Word to InDesign.

Fascinating, I know. But drilling down into such topics and solving the problem is part of why we have the Monday Meeting in the first place because it affects every project. It’s how a bill becomes a law. How the sausage is made.

It’s not all as exciting as figuring out panels for the online Save Against Fear Convention for our friends at the Bodhanna Group, which we also did today!

Keep an eye out for some additional blog posting starting this week that provide even further Media links to active online games, Twitch games, YouTube vids, etc. featuring our many game worlds! There is just SO MUCH happening out there with folks enjoying our games that we feel like you, our community, deserve to know about so you don’t miss anything!

Finally, I’ll be out next week on my yearly deluxe vacation to Italy on my yacht, The Silver Bell (not even remotely based on reality – it’s a family vacay in a tiny cabin in the woods with bad cell reception), and Dixie and Eddy will be blog-sitting for me. Please be super nice to them, and I’ll catch you later in one of our:

Many Worlds, One Path!


BLURBS!


Kickstarter!

Squeaks In the Deep, for Realms of Pugmire! Funded in less than 4 hours! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/squeaks-in-the-deep-tabletop-roleplaying-game/

Right now, we’re over 200% funded, and have passed Stretch Goals that unlock the Screen and T-Shirt, and have achieved a setting supplement focused on Rabbits! Next up, VTT maps for all your underground scampering and exploring needs!

Rats and mice join the world as player characters! Come explore the hidden depths under the skin of the world and below the City of Pugmire!

Our next Kickstarter is slated to be The Apocalyptic Record for Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition!


Onyx Path Media!

This week: How To Freelance for Onyx Path (part 1)! It’s been OVER TWO YEARS since the Terribly Terrific Trio covered this topic, and the time has come to dispense their hard-earned wisdom once again!

As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/

For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com

Please check out our attached media schedule for the impressive number of videos on our Twitch channel this week! In particular, keep those eyes open for our Storypath Showcase, where we give an excellent profile of our various Storypath games and how to play them!

Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more. This week, we focused on our OnyxPathCon videos!:

Trinity Continuum: Aberrant – Storypath Showcase – Session Zero: https://youtu.be/V3AdMOhgMt0

Vampire: The Masquerade – Vorpal Tales – Sleepy Hollow – One-Shot: https://youtu.be/Du9JBkVXaAI

Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar Gaming – Episode 15: https://youtu.be/XscWmuq4g4U

Chronicles of Darkness – Dark Eras 2 – The Wyrd West – Episode 5: https://youtu.be/dFy6ieMapms

Scarred Lands – Dark Voodoo on the Bayou – Episode 2: https://youtu.be/LcRoDbApCHI

Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Episode 21: Hostages: https://youtu.be/7CLSWxCevAo

Chronicles of Darkness – Dark Eras 2 – The Wyrd West – Episode 6: https://youtu.be/pqawOGQNjBs

Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online!

The highlight of the week on our YouTube channel is the start of our Aberrant campaign for the Storypath Showcase, run by the amazing Travis Legge. Check out session zero right here: https://youtu.be/V3AdMOhgMt0

On Werewolf: The Podcast, Josh has been running A World of Rage! Please give them a listen right here: https://keepontheheathlands.podbean.com/e/a-world-of-rage-episode-2/

Simulacra TV have started up a brand new Aberrant actual play, named Atomic Youth! Please check them out and give them some support. This one looks like a fantastic story, and here’s episode four: https://youtu.be/BcH0ABuT7Gg

Aberrant: Atomic Youth episodes premiere Wednesdays at 5pm EDT on https://www.twitch.tv/SimulacraTV

ExalTwitch: Academy Season Two follows three young Dragon-Bloods in the aftermath of their school’s destruction. The House of Bells’ fall was blamed on Anathema corrupting the student body, but Oresta, Pyres, and Gale Whispered must clear their names and seek out those actually responsible before the Realm collapses.
Watch ExalTwitch: Academy live every Sunday at 18:00 ET on https://www.twitch.tv/rpgclinic.

And here are the first couple of episodes for you! S02E01: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx-YTKL3lPQ&pp=sAQA

S02E02: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggLrSDdddZE&pp=sAQA

And the two minute recap video for Season One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5O1-WpO7Fw&authuser=0

The Exaltcast continues its amazing show with a systems roundup for anyone looking to get into Exalted or Exalted: Essencehttps://www.exaltcast.com/2021/07/13/teaching-incomprehensible-truths-systems-round-up/

A Bunch of Gamers continue their excellent Werewolf: The Apocalypse chronicle right here, with Episode 76: https://youtu.be/iT6IM1YXuQY

The leech war is now in full swing as the High Ban is called till the Sept is able to collect more information on the foul vampires that call the city their home. The packs hear a rumor about a wild animal attack on Fort Carson and suspect someone has gone through their first change. They must act quickly, if Nicolas suspects Garou activity in the city he will murder another Kin as retribution. In addition the pack discover one of their Kin has gone missing and fear the worst. What terrors will they discover?

Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you!


Electronic Gaming!

As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! The 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.)


Virtual TableTop!

NEW on Astral TableTop is the Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb for Realms of Pugmire!

Play Now on Astral TableTop!

The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb module comes with all the maps and encounters, ready to play, along with pre-generated characters and character sheets wired up for automated rolling. It also offers the GameMaster some guidance on playing the scenario on Astral for those GMs new to the platform or entirely new to virtual tabletops (VTT).

Create a free account first, then the Quickstarts will be available on the Home page. If you are getting this via DTRPG, after checkout, look for the link to unlock your adventure on Astral.

Also on Astral TableTop, we have two free projects: Scion 2E: A Light Extinguished and Scarred Lands: Gauntlet of Spiragos and this Dagger of Spiragos module for sale: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/336406/Dagger-of-Spiragos-5e–Astral-VTT

Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay.

https://www.astraltabletop.com/

How to guides and FAQ: https://help.astraltabletop.com/

Here is the main filter for all of our current VTT content on DTRPG:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4261/Onyx-Path-Publishing?filters=0_0_0_45317_0

A few highlights of our platform agnostic content:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/309127/Scarred-Lands-Creature-Collection-VTT-Token-Pack
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/317690/Trinity-Continuum-Hunt-for-the-Red-Widow-VTT
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/340327/Trinity-Continuum-Aeon-VTT-Tokens
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/311578/Scarred-Lands-VTT-Separation-Anxiety
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/311580/Scion-2e-VTT-Origin-Signature-Tokens
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/311579/Scion-2e-VTT-Hero-Signature-Tokens


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 provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below!

You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire

Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost

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 and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order!

The Dog Days of Summer Sale is live at IPR NOW!
V20 Dark Ages Deluxe Edition, Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Wraith The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition & more! indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-an…

As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com!


On Sale This Week!

A shelf-full of Technocracy Reloaded Journals for M20 Technocracy Reloaded will be available Wednesday on our RedBubble store! Perfect to record your…experiments…


Conventions!

Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with!

We’ll be hosting panels and games at the Online Gen Con in September – more details as things firm up with the con schedule!


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)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aether core book (Trinity Continuum: Aether)
  • Weird Wonders and Revolutionary Magick (M20 Victorian)
  • Bizarre Tales and Unusual Characters (M20 Victorian)
  • Scion: Dragon Jumpstart (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon Companion (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Terat novella (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Redlines

  • Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)
  • The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: God (Scion 2e)
  • With Great Power (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Second Draft

  • No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Panopticon Novella (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)

Development

  • Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • TC: Adventure! Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave! core book (They Came From…!)
  • Tasty Bit: The Autocracy (Scion 2nd Edition)

Manuscript Approval

  • Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)

Post-Approval Development

  • Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Editing

  • Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)
  • Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)
  • M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)
  • Heroes in a World of Horror! (They Came From…!)
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Fiction Anthology (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)
  • Prometheus Unbound (was Psi Orders) (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Legacies of Earth (Legendlore)
  • Scion Fiction Anthology (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Across the Eight Directions (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Exalted Essence Edition (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Crucible of Legends (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • The Devoted Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Proteus Nova Compendium (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Dawn (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • They Came From Camp Murder Lake! (They Came From…!)
  • Contagion Chronicle Ready-Made Characters (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Trinity Continuum: Anima
  • Tales of Depravity! (They Came From…!)
  • They Came From [Classified]! (They Came From…!)
  • They Came From [Classified]! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Realms of Magic and Mystery (was Terra Incognita) (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! core (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!)
  • Vigil Watch: The Kelder Mountains (Scarred Lands)
  • Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th)
  • The Paranormal Investigator’s Handbook (WoD 20th)
  • Once and Future (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)

Post-Editing Development

  • Masks of the Mythos (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Squeaks In The Deep (Realms of Pugmire)
  • Novas Worldwide (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart (They Came From…!)
  • Saints and Monsters (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum: Assassins (Trinity Continuum Core)
  • Tasty Bit: Pets (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • Monsters From the Crypt! (They Came From…!)

Indexing


Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Scion: Dragon
  • Masks of the Mythos
  • TC: Adventure! (KS)
  • M20 Victorian (KS)
  • Dead Man’s Rust
  • Exalted Essence (KS)
  • TC Mission Statements
  • TC Aberrant N!WE – Maria ADing.
  • M20 Technocracy Dossier/Companion
  • Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – On KS.
  • TC Prometheus Unbound
  • They Came From Camp Murder Lake!
  • Realms of Magic and Mystery
  • Saints and Monsters
  • TC: Anima (KS) – Sketches and notes are flying back and forth.
  • TC: Assassin
  • Legendlore: Legacies of the Earth
  • Novas Worldwide
  • W20 Apocalyptic Record (KS) – Half the artwork is in.

In Layout

  • WoD Ghost Hunters – Format figured out, working on it.
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Jumpstart – Andrea working on it.
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave!
  • M20 Technocracy Jumpstart
  • Hundred Devils Night Parade – Not mine! Travis’!
  • Aberrant VTT
  • Scion: Demigod
  • V5 Forbidden Religions

Proofing

  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Finishing up.
  • Spiragos Collected Adventures
  • M20 Rich Bastards Guide – Got proof in.
  • Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle – Errata being input.
  • Dearly Bleak – Deviant: The Renegades Novella – At Paradox approval.
  • Legendlore – Proof over to dev.

At Press

  • M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Deluxe getting ready for press.
  • Mummy 2 – Getting ready for press.
  • Mummy 2e Screen – Files sent to printer.
  • Deviant – Getting ready for press.
  • Deviant Screen – Files sent to printer.
  • Technocracy Reloaded Screen – Files sent to printer.
  • Heirs to the Shogunate – Prepping PoD files for printer.
  • TC: Under Alien Skies – PoD proof ordered.
  • TC Aberrant Jumpstart – PoD proof ordered.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

3 Years ago V5 was released, I think at Gen Con. We celebrate the new edition of VtM, and we really, really, celebrate the opportunity it gave us to create an explosion of fantastic supplements! V5 Chicago By Night, The Chicago Folios, Let The Streets Run Red, V5 Cults of the Blood Gods, Children of the Blood, Trails of Ash and Bone… these books are like a masters’ class in how to create rich and exciting books for a license!

Actually, with Gen Con around this time of the year, we have tons of anniversaries coming up – for the long and short of it, it was 1 year ago that the critically acclaimed They Came From Beneath the Sea! boiled up from the depths and 9 years ago we released Falling Scales Chapter 2! An SAS adventure easily adapted for use in the Chronicles of Darkness that was part of our earliest release slate.

  20 comments for “The Squeaky Wheel Gets the… [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. Greg Davis
    August 2, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    OH MY GODDD!!!!! Kith and Kin is in MANUSCRIPT APPROVAL!

    YEH-HEH-HEH-HESSS!!

    So happy…. I honestly never thought this day would come.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • Jose
      August 5, 2021 at 7:43 pm

      OMG! Same! I am so excited!!! Any idea what steps come after Manuscript Approval??

      • ThomasM
        August 6, 2021 at 1:08 pm

        Jose,
        It will have to go through all the steps listed after Manuscript Approval (see above) so it will be some time yet.

  2. Atavist
    August 2, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Hi. I’m glad to hear Squeaks is going well. Pugmire not my kind of game but it’s success is something I do enjoy, for Eddy and OPP, plus all the fans seem so happy.

    I wanted to ask about something different and older, though. On DriveThruRPG, Werewolf the Forsaken’s Predators book is only available in hardcopy, with no pdf option. But that’s relatively new, for some reason the pdf option was removed a few years ago.

    While not a 2e book, the mechanics of spirits haven’t changed much, and the lore is still incredibly useful, the book having something like over eighty spirit examples and writeups. But, especially with the hardcopy cost increase, this 1e book can be a tough meatball to get across to others. Is there any way the pdf can be made available again? There’s no other books on the horizon that seem to focus on spirits the same way, and outdated or not the information secondhand has helped us fans who have the book teach newcomers to the game on discord, but we can’t share much and atm directing them to DriveThruRPG gets them balking at the cost (one of our new players is from Vietnam and prices were already high).

    It seems like it might’ve just been removed by mistake or something as is, but here’s hoping we can get it back and selling.

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      August 3, 2021 at 6:42 am

      Unfortunately, as Predators predates Onyx Path by seven years, it’s not one of ours (note it’s listed under White Wolf as a publisher), so there’s little we can do about it.

    • MATTHEW W LUTZ
      August 3, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Did you contact dtrpg? That seems like your best bet.

      • Atavist
        August 10, 2021 at 1:49 pm

        I did not, but it looks like someone got the word because Predators is now available in PDF once again (with the addition of it being available in softcover).

  3. Kevin
    August 3, 2021 at 1:20 am

    “Hunter: The Vigil 2e – Finishing up.”

    Music to my ears.

  4. MATTHEW W LUTZ
    August 3, 2021 at 10:01 am

    I think part of people’s frustrations in waiting for a product is that they see their Kickstarter pledge as a “pre-order,” which, of course, in some ways it is. But what people fail to realize is that pre-orders in the context of a traditional publishing model usually occur when a project is MUCH closer to being shipped (usually a few months away). For example, Paradox opened pre-orders for Sabbat in May, with an expected ship date in August. Most of OP’s products are done via Kickstarter these days, which makes sense given the cost certainty that provides. But, despite the fact that the *writing* is complete prior to the Kickstarter, the project itself is nowhere close to being “pre-order” ready. So I think people can avoid frustration by divorcing themselves from this idea of their Kickstarter pledge being a pre-order, and instead think of it as a “contribution towards the creation of a product, which I will receive at some point in the future when it’s done.”

    • richt
      August 3, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      Well, you’re not wrong in terms of how folks could perceive KS’d projects to hopefully avoid frustration. And I think a lot of our audience gets that. I made the point time and again that our KSs weren’t pre-orders, but when backers are coming from bigger KSs that are pre-orders, essentially, it is hard to make that stick. And in a bigger, consumer, sense – why should it? If I can order a book on Amazon and get it in two days – or overnight or same-day – then why should I pledge today for something that might be in my hands in a year, or two or more? We hope that by providing a bunch of other cool items via Stretch Goals and other rewards besides the main thing KS’d, and by having an active community, that we are giving people a reason to back beyond that singular exchange of money for product. But, YMMV.

      Also, just a nit-pick to your excellent post, we only KS a dozen books a year, but have releases every Wednesday. Some are projects that came out of KS campaigns, yes, but we do publish a lot outside the backer reward ship-out model from crowd-funding like Kickstarter. Thanks!

      • MATTHEW W LUTZ
        August 3, 2021 at 4:29 pm

        That’s fair, Rich. My perspective is likely skewed towards those products that I, myself, tend to purchase from you- the vast majority of which have been crowd-funded. Which isn’t at all a problem, in my view.

  5. Unsilent Majority
    August 3, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    If there’s any way Mirthful Mike or Radical Rich could get some more shirts on the Red Bubble Store(like the art for Blood-Dimmed Tides hint hint I’d buy 2!), that would be great.

    Regardless, looking forward to the Technocracy journals.

    • richt
      August 3, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      Pretty sure we can only use images from projects we have created that use those images, so that sounds like a Paradox thing. Sorry, that’d look awesome-

      • Unsilent Majority
        August 4, 2021 at 12:08 pm

        Ugh. I should’ve known that. No problem. Thank you for the quick reply, Rich. Appreciate you!

  6. Phil H
    August 4, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Rich, any chance you can update the Onyx Dice section to say “Android only” or similar. I recall in the mists of time this blog said it was being pulled from iOS for updates. It’s never come back.

    Every week I scroll past and get a little sniffy because I can’t throw a hundred dice, after changing devices I can’t download the app, the money I spent on dice skins is wasted, and I part funded it as a KS stretch goal.

    • richt
      August 4, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Last time I checked, the dev was still working on adapting it to the latest iOS.

      • Phil H
        August 4, 2021 at 2:48 pm

        Not wanting to be rude, but when was the last time you checked?

        It barely worked on certain iOS devices for 2-3 years before it was pulled. If it’s not available on iOS and/or the developer isn’t up for making that happen then that’s cool. I’ve lost maybe £10-£15 on dice skins. But all of that remains frustrating.

        • richt
          August 4, 2021 at 5:40 pm

          For years, as you said, Apple has made it harder and harder to adapt to their changing iOS – I’ve been told by the dev. But, as you have had it for years and years, how about if I reimburse you for all the skins you bought? Send me your PayPal address and the amount to richt@theonyxpath.com and I’ll get that out to you.

          • Phil H
            August 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm

            I absolutely appreciate that offer. Thank you. But it’s not what I’m looking for. I genuinely only want the dice rolling app, and as I said I feel a degree of frustration that its not available to me.

            All I’m asking is that you give the dev a bit of a prod if you’ve not done so recently, and be a little more transparent on this blog that it’s essentially not available to iOS users.

  7. THE Donnie
    August 5, 2021 at 4:13 am

    TC: Anima looks so close and so does TC: Assassins. My wallet and I are ready for both.

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