My Kind of Town, Chicago Is! [Monday Meeting Notes]

Chicago! By Night! What an evocative title that was in ’91. We had seen nothing like it for any of our games. The web of vampire NPCs and their sheer variety could have been overwhelming, but instead it was fascinating. We wanted to keep reading and to learn as much as we could about them, and the vampire society they were enmeshed in.

The gorgeous Coterie Charts were, of course, that perfect bit of visual aid that we needed to refer to during reading – and even more importantly, during playing. Who is she? Do we know who she’s connected to? Does she hate that guy we’re sort of working for?

It added the context, the structure, that we had only been imagining based on the core book. Now we could see how the ideas fit together in one city.

My group was lucky as I had been given the text early in order to playtest and so I could do art and the logo for the book. We got to roam those streets on the lookout for Capone earlier than most, but we also didn’t get to see Josh Timbrook’s full collection of gorgeous and evocative character portraits, so it was interesting to see his depictions later on.

After over a decade of D&D, Chicago by Night was definitely the book that made me fall in love with Vampire: The Masquerade.

Which worked out OK.





Scion Hero illustration by Chris Bivins



Naturally, considering the above, when given the chance, we at Onyx Path pitched for a new version of Chicago By Night. Three times! We pitched it for V20, we “pitched” it during our plans for our new edition of VtM, and now, we pitched and are doing the Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition version!

Third time’s the charm, or, I guess, the discipline.

The V5 Chicago By Night Kickstarter goes live at 12 noon Eastern US time tomorrow, Tuesday the 30th (if all goes well, and the many weird-ass things that can screw this up don’t happen). This is a KS to create a beautiful traditionally printed version of the book that we will use as a springboard to get the books into stores.

Backers will get sections of the text of the book all through the Kickstarter, and I understand that our Kickstarter Concierge James Bell and Chicago developer Matthew Dawkins have cooked up a whole series of reveals for that info. Plus, they’ve been working on ways to incorporate backer input without slowing down the book’s progress. We really want to get it out to backers and then into stores as fast as we can.

Certainly, more along the model of Cavaliers of Mars which was delivered a year early to backers, or Monarchies of Mau, on track to be shipped in November, some four months earlier than estimated.

Plus, the text we are revealing to backers is finished text, approved by White Wolf, and set to take a copy edit but then go right into layout. We know folks are concerned about changes to the text that has been previewed, and we’re setting this up so that situation doesn’t happen.




Fetch Quest illustration by Pat Loboyko



As for what those sections will contain, well, they’ll present Chicago as it exists NOW in the World of Darkness, and we’ll be continuing to follow Matthew’s preference for writing that provides story-ideas and hooks in every paragraph. Locations that have explicit ideas for play attached to them, and we’ll have Lore Sheets that build out the secrets of the Kindred of Chicago.

In fact, I’m really looking forward to our Chicago Lore Sheets providing that same feeling of “proof of concept”, of a concrete structure, that the original CbyN did for VtM first edition.

And, then there’s the Lasombra.

Their V5 clan write-up will be in there, as well as the shadowy revelation of their current status and plans within plans.  We’re thrilled to be able to be the ones who reveal them to our community, and from what I’ve seen, you are going to be very pleased indeed.

So that’s a huge milestone for us this week, and something we’ve been working feverishly on, but we have a few other things to point out that came up in our meeting today that are happening this week of spooky weeks.

V5 is not the only vampire game in town, as the Guide to the Night for Vampire: The Requiem 2e in Advance PDF form goes undead on DriveThruRPG on Halloween, along with our regularly scheduled Exalted 3rd monthly PDFs.

If we can do it this week, we’ll also be delivering the Backer PDF for Matt Forbeck’s long awaited Exalted 3rd novel to backers!




Trinity Continuum: Aeon illustration by Sam Denmark



Before the month is done, you owe it to yourselves to check out the deadly discounts at the HalfoffWeen sale at IPR, and the Halloween sale at DTRPG. (See below in The Blurbs!)

Finally, if you missed last Friday’s interview with Jason Carl, V5 producer and current marketing chap at White Wolf, this is a great week to hear all about the man who’s an expert on both Vampire and wine. And a whoooole lot more as his interview with the Terrifying Trio on the Onyx Pathcast proves. Check that out here, or on your favorite podcast venue: 

Coming up this week, our Dream Team goes into details on their Dream Games. You know, the projects they would most like to create if time, money, legalities, or common sense were not concerns!

Maybe they’ll make some games we can publish, and add to our existing collection of:

Many Worlds, One Path!




Lo the darkness that lies like a pall over Chicago. The V5 Chicago By Night Kickstarter arises in October!

We will be opening the casket on October the 30th at 12noon Eastern US time!

Because we know the 2nd Inquisition is out there, let’s establish a fallback plan so if anything happens to delay this, we’ll do it at noon on Halloween, Wednesday the 31st!

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!





For the most horrific day of the year, this Wednesday, Halloween, we are releasing the Advance PDF for Vampire: The Requiem 2e Guide to the Night!


And we haven’t forgotten our monthly Exalted PDF releases! They too will be coming out on DTRPG this Wednesday!







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

Start getting ready for our appearance at MidWinter this January in Milwaukee! So many demos, playtests, secret playtests, and Onyx Path Q&As you could plotz!


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


Post-Editing Development:

  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)







In Art Direction

  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Got the fulls contracted out and emails out to artists from the KS about doing some more.
  • Geist 2e
  • The Realm
  • Trinity Continuum (Aeon and Core) Aeon sketches coming in.
  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Chicago By Night Ready for KS.
  • Pugmire Roll of Good Dogs and Cats Art contracted.
  • C20 Player’s Guide Sending out the last contracts and art notes.
  • Aeon Aexpansion
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Getting more KS art since we have a little time.
  • Lost 2e Jumpstart Art contracted.
  • EX3 Lunars Getting KS art.
  • Signs of Sorcery Awaiting updated art notes.


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Trinity Core Working.
  • Trinity Aeon Inputting 2nd proof notes.
  • M20: Gods and Monsters – With Josh.



  • Scion Hero Backer PDF is out, errata coming in.
  • Scion Origin Corrections are in.
  • Ex3 Dragon Blooded
  • CtL2 Jumpstart Adding in corrections.


At Press

  • Monarchies of Mau and Screen At Studio2. Dice and buttons shipping to Studio2.
  • Wraith 20th – Printing the Deluxe interior, proofing cover this week(??).
  • Wraith 20 Screen Printing.
  • Scion Dice – At Studio2.
  • Lost 2e Screen Off to printer.
  • Scion Screen Off to printer.
  • Changeling: The Lost 2e Printer getting started.
  • Fetch Quest Files sent to printer.
  • Exalted 3rd Novel – Getting ready for backers.
  • PTC: Night Horrors: The Tormented Prepping PDF files.
  • VtR: Guide to the Night Advance PDF going on sale on DTRPG on Weds!









26 responses to “My Kind of Town, Chicago Is! [Monday Meeting Notes]”

  1. Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu Avatar
    Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu

    Question! i’ve noticed that the art style n the vampire 5th edition corebook was quite different from the style onyx path used on it’s vampire contents. So i was wondering,will you use the white wolf art style or the onyx path art style or maybe a mix of both when the time comes to illustrate the book?

    1. richt Avatar

      All of the art you’ll see in the Kickstarter has been approved by WW, and we’ll continue to build on that style of imagery for the rest of the book. So basically, it’s both.

      1. n Avatar
      2. perverseness Avatar

        Following to that. Who is A.W.? there are some really striking pieces from them. Mainly portraiture

  2. Blackfyre Avatar

    Question: What does “Changeling: The Lost 2e – Printer getting started.” mean? It feels like it’s getting really really close but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high in case it’s still weeks away. Me and my party can’t wait for ctl2. We love your work and keep being excited.

    1. Blackfyre Avatar

      That’s supposed to mean, we (my party and I) keep being excited.

      1. chaney_insaney Avatar

        Basically means we’ve done the physical proof phase and now the printer should be getting the actual printing underway.

  3. Rory Avatar

    Chicago By Night has become a priority backing for me, as V5 has been a huge success for our group. However, I live in NZ and 12 Noon Eastern US is about 5am here.

    I may still get up early for it!

  4. Chazz Avatar

    The lasombra have long been a favorite clan of mine that I have never had the chance to play. Despite the likelihood that I will not play V5, I’m strongly considering jumping in for this KS.

    1. Aldo Montoya Reynaga Avatar
      Aldo Montoya Reynaga

      I’m on the same boat that you’re (likelihood of not playing V5) but I want to supported it anyway. I have great books for a this book and the update to the Clan

  5. Ken Avatar

    Man, those Scion books have been in proofing *forever*…

    1. Odd_Canuck Avatar

      Better than the adventures/delays that happened with the first version of Scion at least… Those are legendary.

      1. richt Avatar

        I applaud your long memory and association! Those were some times back then. Thanks!

  6. Thile Avatar

    Will you share a link to the kickstarter?

  7. Full Time GM Avatar
    Full Time GM

    Chicago by Night and Guide to the Night are exciting products for me; very happy to have them close together. Chicago is a special place in Vampire for me as well, it was the location of my first chronicle in Requiem. It’s a great experience to be able to enjoy both V5 and VtR2.

  8. Tim Flannigan Avatar
    Tim Flannigan

    Will KS backers get a PDF of the Scion GM screen before it ships?

    1. richt Avatar

      Sorry, I don’t recall that as a reward. Was it part of the KS and I’ve just forgotten it?

      1. Tim Flannigan Avatar
        Tim Flannigan

        I thought it was, but I looked and it’s not. Oh, well.

  9. Jake Alexander Avatar
    Jake Alexander

    In the interest of not frantically refreshing every couple of minutes when the clock ticks over to 12:01, do you have any idea what time Guide to the Night will be available on DriveThru?

    1. richt Avatar

      Around 2-3pm Eastern US time.

      1. Jake Alexander Avatar
        Jake Alexander

        thanks so much

      2. DubiousRuffian Avatar

        Wish I’d seen this earlier… 😛

  10. sprucestripedgoose Avatar

    That Trinity space elevator really looks like one I have seen in some anime, it was either UQ Holder or the Certain Magical Index movie, I cant remember which.

  11. Robert D Avatar
    Robert D

    Out of curiosity, what is the Distant Worlds Trinity Aeon book? I don’t remember seeing it on the Current Projects page.

  12. Samuraimujuru Avatar

    If Monarchies is getting ready to ship, is there an idea of when the final PDF goes live on DTRPG?