Up the Amazon Without a Paddle [Monday Meeting Notes]

Monday Meeting, News

Samedi for V20 Lore of the Bloodlines by Mark Kelly


Something about the Samedi illo by Marvelous Mark Kelly just works to encompass the overall feeling coming out of today’s meetings. Lots and lots of stuff was discussed, all being pushed, prodded, and pulled forward with a ton of energy.

Some highlights (basically the ones I can talk about):

1- Our Extended Media team “Amazon Explorers”, Bill Bridges and Valerie Tate, has completed the first wave of six fiction books into ebooks for sale on Amazon! That’s V20 Endless Ages, W20 Rites of Renown, M20 Truth Beyond Paradox, Curse of the Blue Nile (Mummy), The Primordial Feast (Beast), and the God-Machine Anthology (CofD).

We don’t know when Amazon will put the books live, but we’re hoping to give out links on Wednesday with our weekly sales posts. This is our first foray into that jungle, so it’ll be really interesting to see what happens!

Congrats to both Bill and Val for pulling the project forward and if it works, expect Wave 2 in about a month or so!

This is not the only Extended Media project that Val is shepherding, and we’re hoping to have some exciting app news for you in a few months. On the electronic gaming accessory front, though, we’ve kind of ground to a halt after losing our graphics person. If you or someone you know is familiar with creating graphics for Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds, and would like to be considered for a freelance gig creating those gaming accessories for us, please contact me at richt@theonyxpath.com.




Changeling: the Dreaming 20th art by Jeff Laubenstein



2- Our Prince’s Gambit Kickstarter finished stronger than expected with 1520 backers and $46,774 in pledges. We’ll be doing more of a postmortem next week, as we just plain ran out of time this week, that I hope to share, but overall it’s great to be able to say that Justin’s little card game idea got that big a response!




Beckett’s Jyhad Diary illustration by Ken Meyer Jr.



3- Speaking of Kickstarts, Fast Eddy Webb and I had two meetings today going over Pugmire and then the upcoming Monarchies of Mau Kickstarter. Monarchies of Mau is the companion game to Pugmire that allows players to play as uplifted cats in the same world. Of course, they have their own society whose rigid code of honor is quite different than that of the dogs of Pugmire, and which often causes misunderstanding and conflicts when the cats deign to engage with the dogs.

We’re looking at starting the Kickstarter in May, so keep your eyes peeled and listen for the padding of stealthy feet.



Mage20 Book of Secrets art by Jeff Holt



4- We’ve been so busy with all these projects and the ones we haven’t announced, not to mention Gen Con 50 prep (yes, it’s that time of the year again), that we almost missed gaining over 10,000 Likes on our Facebook page! Huge thanks to all of you who have given us the thumb’s-up on FB!

And with that, I am out of here!






Right now, Fast Eddy Webb and I have been putting together the way we want to set up the Kickstarter for Monarchies of Mau, the companion game to Pugmire and set in the same world. If you have things you’d like to see us include in the Monarchies of Mau KS, like certain Rewards or Stretch Goals, please let us know!






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: http://theonyxpath.com/press-release-onyx-path-limited-editions-now-available-through-indie-press-revolution/

You can now order wave 2 of our Deluxe and Prestige print overrun books, including Deluxe Mage 20th Anniversary, and Deluxe V20 Dark Ages!




V20 Lore of the Bloodlines will be awaiting you this Wednesday in PDF and physical book PoD versions on DriveThruRPG.com!

Lore of the Bloodlines is a single volume (created via Kickstarter) that revisits some of the bloodlines in Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition, providing story hooks, character concepts, history, and bloodline-specific rules. The secrets of the Baali, Daughters of Cacophony, Gargoyles, Harbingers of Skulls, Kiasyd, Salubri, Samedi, and True Brujah are now yours.

Lore of the Bloodlines includes:

• The history, lore, and nightly practices of nine bloodlines, told from the perspective of the Kindred themselves.

• New combo Disciplines, powers, Merits, Flaws, and other rules specific to each bloodline.

• Revisions and updates of more classic Vampire: The Masquerade material to V20.




Night Horrors: Conquering Heroes for Beast: the Primordial, PoD and PDF versions is now on sale on DTRPG.com!


This book includes: 

  • An in-depth look at how Heroes hunt and what makes a Hero, with eleven new Heroes to drop into any chronicle.
  • A brief look at why Beasts may antagonize one another, with seven new Beasts to drop into any chronicle.
  • Rules for Insatiables, ancient creatures born of the Primordial Dream intent on hunting down Beasts to fill a hunger without end, featuring six examples ready to use in any chronicle.



From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Beneath the Skin (Demon and Skinchangers 1486-1502 Aztec Empire). Ahuitzotl sits on the throne at the height of the Aztec Empire, overseeing his sorcerer-priests’ sacrifices and the endless flower wars his jaguar and eagle warriors carry out in his name to keep the altars well-supplied with victims. The gears of the Aztec Empire turn smoothly and inexorably, but not everything is what it pretends to be. Skinchangers take the shapes of animals to run the wilds or bring down human prey, the Unchained cobble together identities from stolen lives, and stranger things still lurk in the deserts and jungles beyond the walls of Tenochtitlan.

On sale in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/206028/Dark-Eras-Beneath-the-Skin-Skinchangers-and-Demon-the-Descent


From the massive Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras main book, we have pulled this single chapter, Dark Eras: Into the Cold (Demon: the Descent 1961 Berlin). East Germany erects a wall against its Western counterpart, turning West Berlin into an island within its own country. As the Cold War heats up, demons find themselves the targets of increasing human scrutiny, and begin to realize that the God-Machine’s plans didn’t end with the War.

On sale now in PDF and physical copy PoD versions on DTRPG! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/206081/Dark-Eras-Into-the-Cold-Demon-the-Descent




The splendor and horror of Rio is unwrapped! Cursed Necropolis: Rio for Mummy: the Curse is on sale in PDF and PoD versions: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/205257/Cursed-Necropolis-Rio

Beneath the splendor of Rio de Janeiro seethes a hotbed of occult activity. Over a score of mummies keep their tombs in Rio, their presence seeping into the soil and stones and souls of the city. Over all this reigns the infamous Teshra-Gemet, the pretender Pharaoh.

The city of Rio births marvels both bright and dark… and you never know which kind you have until it’s too late.

Cursed Necropolis: Rio contains:

  • The secrets and schemes of Rio’s Arisen.
  • New Utterances, from the perception usurping Horse and Rider to the cleansing fire of Baal’s Due.
  • “The Serpent’s Tooth,” an all-new adventure to introduce players to the conflicts and power plays of Rio de Janeiro.




Beasts are added to Hunter: the Vigil with Hunter: Tooth and Nail, coming atcha in PDF and physical book Pod versions on DriveThruRPG.com! http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204066/Hunter-Tooth-and-Nail

Tooth and Nail is a bonus chapter/companion book to the previous released Hunter: Mortal Remains that explores antagonists inspired by the Beast: the Primordial RPG.

Hunter: Tooth and Nail includes:

  • Fiction and story hooks to bring these beasts of legend to your Hunter: The Vigil chronicle.
  • New bestial Dread Powers.
  • New Compacts and Conspiracies which hunt the monsters, but also sometimes hunt the zealous heroes that hunt as well.




The Secrets of the Covenants for Vampire: the Requiem 2nd REVEALED this Wednesday on DTRPG! Physical copy PoD version coming to DTRPG: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199280/Secrets-of-the-Covenants

Vampires gather under many banners. But five have endured the tumult of Western history better than any other. The Carthian Movement. The Circle of the Crone. The Invictus. The Lancea et Sanctum. The Ordo Dracul. Each has its fierce devotees, its jealous rivals, and its relentless enemies. Now,for the first time, the covenants speak for themselves.
This book includes:
  • A variety of stories from each of the covenants, all told in their own words.
  • Never-before revealed secrets, like the fate of the Prince of New Orleans.
  • New blood sorcery, oaths, and other hidden powers of the covenants.





Discussing GenCon plans. August 17th – 20th, Indianapolis. Every chance the booth will actually be 20? x 30? this year that we’ll be sharing with friends. We’re looking at new displays this year, like a back drop and magazine racks for the brochure(s).

In November, we’ll be at Game Hole Con in Madison, WI. More news as we have it, and here’s their website: https://www.gameholecon.com/





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)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • C20 Novel (Jackie Cassada) (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • Monarchies of Mau Early Access (Pugmire)
  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • DtD Night Horrors: Enemy Action (Demon: the Descent)
  • The Realm (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Dragon-Blooded (Exalted 3rd Edition)



  • Kithbook Boggans (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)


Second Draft

  • V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart (Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • Scion: Origins (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Arms of the Chosen (Exalted 3rd Edition)



  • W20 Changing Ways (Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • SL Ring of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Ring of Spiragos (5e – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • SL Dagger of Spiragos (Pathfinder – Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Dagger of Spiragos (5e– Scarred Lands 2nd Edition)
  • Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition, featuring the Huntsmen Chronicle (Changeling: the Lost 2nd Edition)
  • Book of Freeholds (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • BtP Beast Player’s Guide (Beast: the Primordial)
  • M20 Cookbook (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • CtD C20 Jumpstart (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • VtR Half-Damned (Vampire: the Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • Pugmire Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (Pugmire)



  • Wraith: the Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition


Post-Editing Development:







In Art Direction

  • Beckett’s Jyhad Diary – Waiting on the last of Mark’s halfs.
  • W20 Pentex Employee Indoctrination Handbook – AD’d
  • Dagger of Spiragos  
  • VTR: Thousand Years of Night Sketches incoming.
  • Cavaliers of Mars – AD’d(ish)
  • Monarchies of Mau Early Access – Got a couple of finals in along with some sketch revisions.
  • BtP Building a Legend – Sketches and some finals coming in.
  • Wraith 20 – AD’d
  • W20 Changing Ways
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff – AD’d


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Prince’s Gambit 
  • Pugmire – Just waiting on the update cover specs.
  • M20 Art Book – In progress…
  • C20  Making small WWP changes.



  • V20 Dark Ages Companion At WW for approval.
  • CtL Huntsmen Chronicle Anthology – At WW for approval.
  • M20 Book of Secrets


At Press

  • Ex 3 Scree– Shipping completed.
  • Ex 3 core book – Shipping completed along with map and bookmarks.
  • W20 Shattered Dreams – Shipping completed.
  • Shattered Dreams Screen – Shipping completed.
  • Beckett Screen – Shipped to shipper.
  • Dark Eras: To the Strongest – PoD proof on the way.
  • V20 Lore of the Bloodlines – PoD and PDF versions going on sales Weds on DTRPG.
  • Dark Eras Companion – Proof ordered.
  • W20 Song of Unmaking – Proof ordered.
  • EX3 Tomb of Dreams Jumpstart – Errata to devs, PoD prepping next.
  • C20 Anthology – Out to backers, gathering errata.




TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: It’s International Sculpture Day! The art form furthest from what we do here (at least until we start making minis games).

  25 comments for “Up the Amazon Without a Paddle [Monday Meeting Notes]

  1. MetalheroD
    April 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I think you mean postmortem, not Post-Modern, unless you were being post-modern about it.

    • richt
      April 24, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Friggin’ auto-replace.

  2. jason
    April 24, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    auto replace sucks the big one and im soooo glad that C20 and the M20 BoS is almost out and Monarchies too ! i have some kitty fans that are interested in that book = ^.^ =

  3. Daniel Morgan
    April 25, 2017 at 12:55 am

    If you guys are going to be publishing fiction on Amazon, are you likely to also take advantage of Amazon’s ‘ACX’ to have your books adapted to audiobooks?

    • richt
      April 25, 2017 at 7:12 am

      There are a couple of possibilities that getting onto Amazon gives us a chance to expand into, and that’s one of them. So, we’re looking at it, but nothing definite yet. Thanks!

  4. Atavist
    April 25, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Really glad you’ve made an extension into Amazon. Hope it gets more purchases for you, reviews will help, I’m sure!

    • richt
      April 25, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Yes, if anybody reading this purchases one of our fiction titles on Amazon, it helps incredibly if you can leave a review!

  5. Peter
    April 25, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Rich, VtM2nd edition is currently not available in PoD on DTRPG. Why is this and when is it coming back? I was hoping to get another copy.

    • richt
      April 25, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Nothing we had anything to do with, the PoD printer’s database dropped it and DTRPG is working with them to get it back up. No ETA yet, sorry.

  6. RichN
    April 25, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Silly question but are the Nagaraja still in the Lore of the Bloodlines book?

    • chaney_insaney
      April 25, 2017 at 4:04 am


  7. Enokh
    April 25, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Are the fiction books all you’re planning on putting on Amazon, or will you also be adding the RPG books eventually? Not that I mind DriveThruRPG

    • richt
      April 25, 2017 at 7:18 am

      First fiction and then we’ll see about game books. They are very different animals when it comes to epub, and our game books would pretty much need to be completely re-laid out to work with the formatting. Lots of costly work, so we need to know we’ll get a return that covers that investment, which means we need to understand how Amazon works better through this initial effort. Thanks!

  8. April 25, 2017 at 4:57 am

    In Lore of the Bloodlines, you mentioned that there are 9 bloodlines covered, but you only listed 8. What is the 9th? (RichN asks Nagaraja. As an avid Nosferatu player, I want to know if it is Nictuku…)

    • chaney_insaney
      April 25, 2017 at 7:31 am

      There are 9 and they are:
      Daughters of Cacophony
      Harbingers of Skulls
      True Brujah

    • April 25, 2017 at 7:33 am

      I can confirm that it’s the Nagaraja.

  9. aantia
    April 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

    “C20 – Making small WWP changes.”

    What are WWP changes? Sorry if I’m missing something obvious.

    • marin
      April 25, 2017 at 6:44 am

      White Wolf Publishing-requested changes.

      • richt
        April 25, 2017 at 7:18 am

        Correct! Thanks-

  10. Josh Stotz
    April 25, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Very excited about seeing books going to Amazon as well! Exciting ventures for sure! My wife is an Amazon employee so I will bother her quite a bit till they are online hah! I think you are definitely (as if you don’t know already) wise to do fiction first and see how that runs and does prior to getting a full catalog of everything on there. As a note, I do run/create/script api/etc. games on Roll20 for the past 3 years (pro member since I tried it out). What are you exactly looking for? In fact, I’ll do what was mentioned and send an email!

  11. perverseness
    April 25, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Congrats on taking your next step in WORLD DOMINATION!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!! The amazon is a huge river and who controls it, control… OH, my bad.
    Uh yeah. Congrats as well on the next step to DIGITAL WORLD DOMINATION!!!!

  12. James Hunt
    April 25, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I wanted to say I really like your new Current Projects page. The new layout is a lot easier to follow and gives you a really good snapshot of your favorite lines.

    I was curious about the Changeling section though. I noticed that the Ready Made Characters text isn’t listed. I know it’s an achievement text as opposed to a stretch goal, but I was wondering if there was a particular reason you didn’t include it in the current projects?

    • Ian A. A. Watson
      April 25, 2017 at 11:18 am

      That’s on me. I missed the Achievements when I was pulling stuff for the Current Projects page. In my defense, Ready-Made Characters and the Poster Map of Concordia haven’t been there for the last year, so it’s not something I recently missed.

      I’ll make sure they’re added.

      • James Hunt
        April 25, 2017 at 11:56 am

        For whatever reason it didn’t jump out at me in the old format. Not a huge deal. Thanks for adding them though.

  13. Apromor
    April 25, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I’m so glad to see Arms of the Chosen back to second draft. I hope the new line developers keep up the good work.

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