Doggies & Draculas 5e [Monday Meeting Notes]

Pretty funny headline, isn’t it?

But what if it wasn’t? What if I was serious?

What even does that headline mean? It’s actually pretty ambiguous and could be interpreted a few different ways.

Like, is it as the art suggests and we’re adding vampires to Pugmire? It could mean that – after all, Pugmire is actually run with a modified D&D5e rule set. And that Count Strahd stuff is pretty popular…

…and Pugmire‘s Early Access version came out six years ago this coming Thursday, so the first edition is getting a little long in the tooth!

Did you think that, when you read the headline? What was your gut reaction?

BUT, it could also mean that we were going to take the Pugmire concept, but for Vampire: The Masquerade 5e. That’s a 5e, too, isn’t it? Clan Pekeferatu? They drink blood and sniff butts, but in a very artistic and mood-drenched way.

A Hound I am, lest a Hound I become…

And we did do a more classic vampire Tasty Bit(e) with Dracula himself in They Came From Dracula’s Tomb! – available as a PDF on DTRPG! So that’s a precedent right there!

Was that where you thought the headline was going? How did you feel about that direction?

OR, what if it was a merging of V5 with the D&D5e rules engine, no doubt designed that way in order to align several of our game lines (Pugmire, Vampire, who knows what could be next) with the industry 800 pound gorilla and all of its fans?

Did any of you go right to that when you saw the headline? Did you laugh, or groan, or swear eternal vengeance on all who could have concocted such an abomination?

I mean, I could see any of the above reactions, really. But big picture, I’m just riffing here.

Just, whatdyacall, speculatin’.

It’s a riff inspired by the recent teaser announcement from Cubicle 7 that they are going to publish a D&D5e version of their Doctor Who RPG called Doctors & Daleks (I mean, I think that’s the actual title – it was a very limited amount of info, like all teasers). There was such a negative reaction on social media that the designers felt they needed to defend themselves.

Really sorry the team over there felt like they needed to do that, and we certainly have been through similar situations over here in Onyx Path central!

In fact, one of the reasons I used Pugmire in the headline was because our announcement at the “What’s Up with Onyx Path?” panel at GenCon that revealed we were working on Pugmire was met with several black-clad, clan pin wearing, folks standing up quite dramatically and stalking out of the panel – very obviously pissed off. We were the White Wolf guys and how dare we do a “funny” game?

We really didn’t get a lot of flack for the system, nor for Scarred Lands – which has always been linked to d20 systems anyway – or for Legendlore. I mean there were grumblings related to rules preferences, but that’s par for the course. Maybe we just got lucky, and if we changed Scion to 5e instead of Storypath, we’d get hammered on Twitter too.

Who the hades knows?

Scion: Demigod illustration by Niko Pope

I do know that D&D’s dominance in this industry has been a thing, in varying degrees, since the 70s. We were aware of it when we started White Wolf in the early 90s – we had to hit a critical mass where we started getting a fan base brought in by other WW fans, but before that it was a given that our audience were players who moved away from D&D.

Describing what we do as publishers is still made far easier by saying we “create and publish tabletop roleplaying games, like D&D“. It’s the xerox or kleenex of TTRPGs. People get the idea with that description. Once in a while, I’ll get a reaction by bringing up WoD or Vampire, but that’s a lot rarer. Sure, it’s frustrating, but we make the reference and move into whatever we were discussing because it is what it is.

Now maybe, that’ll change – again – and maybe there’s different strategy for changing that audience imbalance so that more games and systems and settings get played by more people. Does a Doctor Who 5e game extend the imbalance or chip away at it by exposing another whole audience to Cube 7‘s other games that they wouldn’t have known about otherwise because of D&D being the “brand name” for our hobby?

Again, I don’t know, and who could with such absolute certainty as to then rail against the creators who are taking a shot and making an effort?

So if a company looks at where they are and the audience they have and sees a way to extend their audience, that’s a decision they have to make. I don’t have their info, or business model, so I’m just curious as to how they’ll adapt Doctor Who, which I love, to 5e. As a fan of Doctor Who, as a player of 5e, as a game creator and publisher – I want to see how things roll out.

Saints & Monsters illustration by Pat McEvoy

The Sermon is Over, the Meeting Notes Commence:

First, we took a look at the M20 Lore of the Traditions KS, which almost hit 400% funding, and overall did really well for us and started the year with a bang! We cleared enough Stretch Goals to create two new M20 books, which is fabulous news!

In fact, we were this morning OK’d by Paradox to create and crowdfund another M20 supplement, but I can’t tell you our plans with that book just yet.

Along the same lines, we had a fair amount of discussion about our Kickstarter schedule and how we’re seeing the rest of the year, starting with a special Double Feature Event!

They Came From [CLASSIFIED]! and They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave! will be our next crowdfunded campaign, probably on Kickstarter. More on that as we get things finalized, but I can tell you now you’re gonna love the trailer for the Double Feature!

Saints & Monsters illustration by Farri Lensen

We’re going into the last week of February, which means it’s the last week for our celebration of 10 years of creating WoD 20th Anniversary Editions! This week our 10% Sale is for M20 projects – but again, not the most recent as that just doesn’t seem right to us.

And as it’s the last week, we’re dropping the sale price at IPR for those Deluxe WoD20 editions they still have to 50%! Links for these sales are below in our Sales Partners section of The Blurbs.

This Friday, the Pathcast has a fascinating designers’ round-table featuring Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th, so step into the Umbra and listen to their Moot!

Sorry, I was transformed for a moment there…

Next week is actually the last day of February, so I’ll be peering forward into March and letting you know all about the festivities for the game line we’ll be celebrating next month!

Finally, I’d like to welcome another editor to Dixie’s fantastic crew: Reginald Pewtey. We know his experience as a chartered accountant will stand him in good stead for the detail-oriented and exciting realm of TTRPG editing! Great to have you onboard for the next:

Ten Years, Many Worlds, One Path!



Our next crowdfunding campaign will be a very different and very daring Double Feature Event! Come see They Came from the Cyclops’s Cave! and They Came From [CLASSIFIED]! for the first time, together on the big screen! More news when we have it!

Onyx Path Media!

This week: A Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition Roundtable. In which Matthew is joined by Cat Evans, Hiromi Cota, Leath Sheales, and Michele Masala to talk about Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition, in particular W20 Apocalyptic Record and W20 Howls of Apocalypse.

As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue!

Onyx Path Media now has its own blog on Tuesdays! We’ll continue posting our highlight of the week here, but Tuesday will be the day to visit if you want to catch up on actual plays, interviews, deep dives, and other assorted Onyx Path media!

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!


Simulacra Studios has been producing so many fantastic episodes in their Aberrant series over the last year, but if you missed them, do not fret: They’ve just started a new season, perfect to hop onto! If you want to know how Aberrant plays, here’s where to check it out with the start of they “Hey Jealousy” arc:

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Virtual Tabletop!

The first of our official sheets designed for Foundry VTTis now available!

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We’re offering first the character sheet for Scion Origin and Hero, featuring:

  • A whole platform as a new place for Storyguides and Players
  • Fully integrated and up to date character sheet
  • Familiar to users of the paper sheet
  • Handles all needed rolls
  • Officially created and supported

More VTT offering and projects will be arriving this year!

A Quantum Leap (A Trinity Continuum: Jumpstart),The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow (A Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Jumpstart),Quantum Entanglement (A Trinity Continuum: Aeon Jumpstart),are all on Astral TableTop.

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

Check out Astral TableTop for two free projects: Scion 2E: A Light Extinguished and Scarred Lands: Gauntlet of Spiragos and this Dagger of Spiragos module for sale:–Astral-VTT

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A few highlights of our platform agnostic DTRPG content:

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Check out the Trinity Continuum: Aeon novella Dawn in the Kindle store starting this Wednesday!

On Sale This Week!

This month’s Tasty Bit is the Trinity Continuum: Polyphemus PDF going on sale on DTRPG this Wednesday!

Polyphemus is a secret cooperative project tasked with investing the strange flux events buried in the secret pockets of our world. These strangely out-of-time investigators step out of the shadows to join with the other Allegiances of the Trinity Continuum.

This new Allegiance is designed for use with the Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook.

Remember: the Pre-Order page for Trinity Continuum: Assassins is open on DTRPG!


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!

Right now, we’re planning our first plans for the 3rd Onyx Path Virtual Con later this year. Can we pull it all together a third time? Wait and see!

And now, the new project status updates!

Our full list of projects will be available monthly on our blog! Check out January’s full list report here:

Development Status from Eddy Webb!

(Here are the projects that moved to the next stage of production):

First Drafts

TC: Anima – Anima Jumpstart – Cascade

TC: Anima – Anima Jumpstart – Terra Surge

  • Eddy: Yes, that’s right – we decided to make two jumpstarts for TC: Anima – one centered on Cascade, and one centered on Terra Surge. I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out!

They Came From…! – They Came From CLASSIFIED! Quip, Cinematic, Twist, and Fiendish Plot Cards

They Came From…! – They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave! Quip, Cinematic, Fantastic Settings, and Fiendish Plot Cards


They Came From – They Came from Beyond the Grave! Quip and Cinematics Cards

They Came From – They Came from Camp Murder Lake! Quip, Cinematics, and Twist Cards

  • Matthew: Due to popular demand, we’ll be releasing a separate card set for Camp Murder Lake!


They Came From – (Tasty Bit) They Came from Karstein’s Cabinet of Curiosities!

  • Matthew: If you’re a fan of Tales from the Crypt and other such wonderful, horrifying anthologies, you’ll enjoy this upcoming release. Every item in Karnstein’s store has a tale, each one has powers you can use in your game, and some even have monsters attached!

Scion – (Tasty Bit) So Now You’re a Hero

  • Eddy: Tasty bits are moving ahead! I’m trying to get a little ahead of the game, so Mike isn’t slammed with layout requests right before release.

Post-Editing Development

TC: Aberrant – Proteus Nova Compendium

  • Eddy: Happy to see this project moving ahead! This was a stretch goal from the TC: Aberrant Kickstarter, so I’ll be chatting with the developer about it once he’s had a chance to review the edits

Art Direction from Mike Chaney!

In Art Direction

  • Crucible of Legends – Artnotes in progress.
  • Novas Worldwide Fulls AD’d… getting the rest of it wrapped up.
  • TC Aether – Answering multiple emails on Shen Fei about references.
  • SCION Masks of Mythos
  • SCION Dragon 

In Layout

  • TCFBTG Tales of Depravity KMJ sending stuff in…


  • Squeaks in the Deep Wrapping up corrections. And just waiting on Pat’s last piece. The two additional halfs we tacked on in proofing are in progress.
  • TC Assassins –Should have that missing piece in by end of this month.
  • HTV 2 Screen

At Press

  • M20 Technocracy Reloaded – Deluxe shipping to fulfillment soon.
  • Mummy 2e – Shipping to fulfillment soon.
  • Mummy 2e Screen – At fulfillment shipper.
  • Deviant – Shipping to fulfillment soon.
  • Deviant Screen – At fulfillment shipper.
  • Technocracy Reloaded Screen – At fulfillment shipper.
  • TGFBtG! Screen – At fulfillment shipper.
  • WoD Ghost Hunters – Shipping to fulfillment soon.
  • WoD Ghost Hunters Screen – At fulfillment shipper.
  • Legendlore – KS book at fulfillment shipper, KS rewards shipping to start very soon.
  • Legendlore Screen – At fulfillment shipper, KS rewards shipping to start very soon.
  • TC: Aeon Novella: Meridian – PoD proof arrived.
  • They Came From Beyond the Grave! – KS book at fulfillment shipper.
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e – PoD proof shipping.
  • TC Panopticon – Backer PDF out to KS backers.
  • TC: Prometheus Unbound – PoD files uploaded.
  • TCFGtG! Heroes in a World of Horror – PoD files uploaded.
  • They Came From Camp Murder Lake! – Errata being input.
  • TC: Polyphemus Tasty Bit – PDF on sale this Wednesday on DTRPG!
  • Trinity Continuum: Assassins pre-order is live on DTRPG.

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Coincidentally, 22 years ago today the limited edition of Mage: The Ascension Revised was released – considering that we are starting the Mage 20th Anniversary Edition sale today! Not only the first use of the purple leatherette cover that we’d continue with Mage20, but it was included in a box set with the Art of Mage artbook, assembled and designed by yours truly! Truly, a magic(k)al time!

37 thoughts on “Doggies & Draculas 5e [Monday Meeting Notes]”

    • I wish, but “double feature” is probably reserved for “They Came…” line because the double feature is an idea from grindhouse movie theaters, which inspired the series…

      • Similarly, they did do this last year with Scion Dragon and Mythos. Seems more “We’ll run two products on the same line” makes more sense then two products from differing lines.

        • We’re actually really leaning into the Double Feature theme a LOT more than with the two Scion books; which were really more connected by product category than by theme. Which I hope makes sense considering that we are looking at two games that cover two different genres of movies (and TV shows and comics and fiction, etc).

  1. I won’t lie, I’m a little disappointed that Exigents isn’t next in the Kickstarter run, but I am rather curious about the new “They Came From” projects…and also, do you think OP might ever do something like a piece dedicated to the classics kung-fu films of old, complete with wire-fu stunts and bad dubbing?

      • I’m thinking that Feng Shui has had many years (decades even) to expand way beyond a Hong Kong cinema emulation. It’s its own thing now.

        • Kinda, but it clearly knows what it does and likes doing it. FS2 was mostly refocusing, tweaking, cleaning, and some continuity updates. It’s still 80s action cinema the RPG with a heavy focus on HK.

  2. I actually am one of those folks who found you guys while questing for an RPG that wasn’t D&D. I was growing a bit board of the system, and plus… You see, the group I typically play with have taken homebrewing for D&D to a level that is a bit strange. As in, they’ve tore the game apart and restitched it back together in ways that are rather…Unnatural. Like some Frankinstein’s monster mad-scientist abomination…Okay, sometimes it worked out pretty good, but D&D, particularly 5E, has a niche that it does very well, general fantasy. Pull it out of that context, and it gets a bit rough without thorough planning, and by that point, you might as well make your own, or just a better general purpose system. Either way, all that rambling to say I found your rambling very insightful. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to give you guys money. Mage sale! Mage sale! YAAY!!

  3. Thank you for having the anniversary sale this month – I missed the first week, featuring my beloved Vampire line, but have managed to fill in several holes in my Mage, Wraith, Changeling and Werewolf collections. (But I still cry over having missed a golden opportunity to obtain Beckett’s Jyhad Diary).

    That said, I’d like to inquire about obtaining a special line of credit to allow me to back more Kickstarters, nothing drastic, just a simple line of credit for use on Kickstarter projects offering 0% APR for 12 months, and 90 days same as cash. 🙂

    Looking forward to the next 10 years!

      • You are correct sir! My understanding is that it contains a lot of the material that players and storytellers felt they needed for EX3, but wasn’t in the core. And other stuff, too. My details when we get closer!

  4. I think a lot of the pushback on Cubicle 7’s announcement comes from Doctor Who feeling almost uniquely unsuitable as a property to the D&D game style. Coming off the back of a new edition of the Doctor Who RPG that hasn’t been all that well received by fans doesn’t help. Conversely, while I’m not sure I’d want to see a version of Scion using D&D5 rules I think it could be a reasonable fit.
    That said, I’ll probably keep a cautious eye on what C7 have in mind. If they can pull off something within the 5E structure that somehow manages to feel like Doctor Who then they’ll deserve all the praise in the world.

    • That’s really where I’m at, as well. Make it cool and appropriate has always been my model – first for visuals and graphic design, then with writing and game design. If they can make it feel like Doctor Who, then that’ll be a fun take on 5e. As for Scion 5e… I’m certainly not saying never, but there are no plans to go in that direction – and a lot of plans for Scion all ready moving forward as we’ve already decided. So it’d be quite the abrupt turn. 🙂

      • Well, I’m glad to hear that Loki hasn’t gotten in your ear and made 5cion a thing (see what I did?).
        I think as gamers we always have this visceral reaction to things that we don’t want to see. Edition changes, creative changes, any changes… Frankly, we’re a small hobby full of delightful nerds and sometimes we’re prone to getting a bit het up.
        Lets face facts, half the people on this blog would probably murder the other half on a discussion over the merits of Mage the Ascension 2E against Mage the Ascension Revised. Folks getting bent out of shape over Doctors & Daleks is small beer 🙂

        • Ba-dum-bum!
          Sure, gamers, and fans of anything really. We don’t get a special pass because we love games, and we surely don’t get a special exemption from obeying Will Weaton’s rule about behavior online.

  5. I was wondering, what’s the status on the quip cards for They Came From Beyond the Grave? I haven’t seen anything in your notes, I imagine they should have been done by now but they haven’t hit the drivethrurpg site yet. Can we get a timeline on the cards as well?

    • No worries! I listed them just this week in the project progress report in this very blog you are in the comments for. Check it out!

  6. D20 systems are basically digital – flip a coin, success or failure. The Storyteller and Storypath systems are like RPG quantum computers, capable of a great deal of subtle gradients of success and failure. That’s why d10s will always be the best. Plus, a full set of d10 dice is just so much cooler than a handful of polyhedral dice! And if it’s a handful of Exalted dice we’re talking about – well, you might not be able to hold that many in your hand…

    • That’s certainly how we designed the Storypath System – so that there are actual game play moments attached to those subtle gradients.

      D&D5 – as a purely “as written” core ruleset is as you describe, but that’s the baseline. How people actually play is a huge part of why some rules systems take off and others don’t. Being able to fudge the roll, or as the DM decide just when to ask for a roll, for example, can provide more subtlety and gray zones. Or to put it another way, how players play in the “whitespace” (as we used to call it years ago in MMO design) between the sections of the rules structure is often where the true fun and strength of a system reveals itself. IMO, of course.

  7. To be fair to Cubicle 7, their 5E version of The One Ring was actually really nifty and managed to very much keep the Tolkein vibe. So if some team is gonna pull off a 5E Doctor Who, decent odds it’s them.

    And OPP related, thank the gods, movement on Cruicible! Sad Exigents won’t be the next KS but I do need me that TCf Cyclops Cave.

  8. I’m a little concerned about there being so little new Chronicles of Darkness stuff being teased or announced. Regardless, I’ll still be here for Scion, the Trinity Continuum, Pugmire, and They Came From…!

    • I suggest expressing your concerns to Paradox, as we need their OK to publish anything with their IP. Meanwhile, yep, we keep publishing our Storypath games – thanks!


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