Once More, with Future! [Monday Meeting Notes]

So, that title really refers to two things- the Once and Future book for Scion which has held the number one spot on DTRPG for almost two weeks, and all of us being here in the first couple of days of 2024 and looking at what the next year might hold!

I mean, here’s a screenshot from this afternoon, in case we dropped out of first as I wrote all this:

We don’t generally pound these drums quite so hard with our releases as we are always racing to the next one – we’ve had a release every Wednesday going back a decade or so – but with so many TTRPGs rolling out we’ve been considering a lot of ways to get more signal out into the noise.

Particularly since this is a hellagood supplement for Scion 2e that really does a great job of taking what we know of Arthur and company (and what one of us knows is generally different than somebody else if only because there are just so many possible “original sources” as well as so many interpretations of the legends surrounding Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table) and giving us playable and appropriate options for them.

For example, the book presents the “Mantle of Arthur” as an elegant in-game method of resolving all those different versions of Arthur, etc, and thereby gives your table the chance to use whichever bits of the legends and stories you like.

Then, add in the most up-to-date scholarship as to the Welsh Pantheon, which could be used as deep backstory for a lot of the Arthur stories, but doesn’t have to be, and there is a ton of fantastic material to both read and play here. Kudos to the whole team!

Here are two graphics representing those two aspects of the book:

Our 13th January 2nd

Yep, here we are entering our 13th year of doing business. That’s a fine number, and my lucky one! Hopefully, this year will be really lucky for Onyx Path, too!

Certainly, it suggests some kind of scary stuff too, which could be appropriate indeed this year.

Exigents art by Navela Studios

Speaking of looking forward into the new year…here’s what our Monday Meeting crew is looking forward to this year, at least in terms of what they do with Onyx Path:

Mirthful Mike mumbles menacingly:

What I am looking forward to in 2024:

  • Several crowdfunding projects wrapping and hitting Drivethru (and retail).
  • Our print pipeline finally being ahead of the curve by this summer.
  • The limited edition version of The World Below… as it will be utterly badass.
  • Roll out of the non KS related Aberrant and Scion projects over the course of the year.

Dixie deliberates delightfully:

I can’t wait to see the first Storypath Ultra games rolling out, and I really can’t wait for everyone to see Curious Cats of Mau, as the team behind it was wonderful and passionate. Past that, I hope to attend more physical conventions this year and I always look forward to OPP Con, too! 

Also, we’re about to hit episode 300 of the Pathcast in a few weeks, and we generally do some fun stuff for those milestones.

LisaT laughs:

I’m looking forward to my 9th year with OPP. Will it bring changes, challenges, more of the same? This is where the fun lies!

Matthew mentions many meandering motifs:

The thing I’m most looking forward to in 2024 is – somewhat masochistically – running even more games. I’ve got a lot of upcoming projects I’m looking forward to developing and writing, but more than that, I can’t wait to run some of them to full campaign length. I’m running a Scion campaign that’s reached Hero Tier, and the only way is up from there. I’m intending on delving equally deep with my game of The World Below. Running and playing games are some of the best sources of inspiration I get for my work, and luckily, I enjoy doing both!

Impish Ian intones informally:

I’m really looking forward to everything we’re going to show you this year. Fulfilling existing projects, lots of fun new supplements, new announcements, it should hopefully be a good time!

Scion: God art by Sam Denmark

Danielle dashes in to deliriously declaim:

There’s so much to look forward to this year. I can’t wait to share At the Gates and the Storypath Ultra rulebook with everyone, and so many of our previously crowdfunded projects are coming to fruition this year. I especially looking forward to Onyx Path Con, and showing off some more Storypath Ultra games!

While Eddy exclaims excitedly:

What I’m looking forward to in 2024 are all the new games! The World Below just got funded, At the Gates is chomping/champing at the bit for the world to see, and people will start getting hands on games we funded in 2022 and 2023. We love our established games, obviously, but there’s something really special about seeing a brand new world be born into the world. 2024 is going to be amazing!

Travis takes time to talk Twitch:

As our established settings continue to grow and we roll out new settings like At The Gates and The World Below, I look forward to showcasing new material on Twitch! I’m also excited beyond words to see things I’ve worked on in the past couple years coming to full fruition! I’m excited to see what gets released this year both as a creator and as a fan!

Scion: God art by Sam Denmark

Finally, your faithful founder fumbles feverishly for fantastic forecasts:

We’ve been setting up a lot of changes here all through the last year: new game lines and two new systems with Storypath Ultra and Onyx20, new printer relationships to get you all our traditionally printed and deluxe books, new VTT relationships, and more outreach into our community. More attendance at various in-person cons, and continued programming at various online cons including our own.

At the same time, we’ve been catching up on so many of our projects that folks have been clamoring for, and have been building up momentum all year.

All of that aims us towards what might be our most exciting year yet as we use all that foundational building and rebuilding to stretch ourselves in some new fresh ways with the sorts of games and art we can create, and also return to formats and genres we’ve pulled back from these last years.

Oh yeah, I’m really looking forward to showing you all what we’re going to do!

Hope everybody had a great new year, stayed safe, and had fun! It’s 2024, let’s get right at these:

Many Worlds, One Path!



2024 crowdfunding news when we have it!

Onyx Path Media!

This week: More fan questions to answer! Danielle, Eddy, and Matthew dive back into the mailbag to cover (most of) the remaining questions!

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

Please check out our attached media schedule for the 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!


An odd thing happened when I went to record the Onyx Path News today. As soon as I clicked onto YouTube, I received an email saying:

“Deny them. Make them wait. Make them hungry.”

No idea what that meant, but I clicked to record and I received another email, this time appearing scrambled. My power then went out, and that’s the state in which it has remained.

So no Onyx Path News today, I guess! You’ll have to go hungry.

Virtual Tabletop!

New on the Roll20 Marketplace, it’s the Scarred Lands Creature Collection and Camp Murder Lake Tokens for Roll20 VTT play!

They Came From Beneath the Sea! on Roll20 VTT!

Here are some more shots from the They Came From Beneath the Sea! Compendium!

And there’s also the Scion Jumpstart, all ready for Roll20 VTT fun!


More news and links when we have them!

The Scion: Origin and Scion Hero Compendiums are now available on Roll20!


Scion is just the start! They Came From Beneath the Sea! and other
Onyx Path RPGs are in development for Roll20 virtual tabletop!

The first of our official Scion sheets designed for Foundry VTT are
now available!

Direct Link: https://foundryvtt.co

Looking for more virtual tabletop resources? We have a selection of
Tokens, Encounters, and more available now at DriveThruRPG!

Get ’em here: https://bit.ly/3SnrNJ7

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!

Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books, dice, and screens? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/

As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles in PDF and PoD versions at DriveThruRPG.com!

Keep an eye out next week for DTRPG‘s New Year, New Game Sale that starts on the 8th and runs through the 19th. All of our Core Rulebooks, Jumpstarts, and a few adventures will be on sale.

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).

Check out Melody Through the Mirrorshade Lens and Facets of Truth, as well as Trinity Continuum: Terat and The Hollow Courts on Kindle in the Kindle store!

On Sale This Week!

A light opening this week as we head towards bigger books: A couple of tidbits from Lore of the Traditions for Mage: The Ascension 20th! LotT M20 Streaming Overlays and LotT M20 VTT Tokens available this Weds on DTRPG!


As we are slowly returning to attending conventions in person after avoiding them during the COVID-19 outbreak, keep an eye out here for more physical and virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with!

Game Night With Onyx Path Publishing at StartPlaying will be the last Friday of the month! Come play some of our games, especially Exalted Essence! (But any of our game lines are welcome all day long!)

Please spread the word about GMing games as much as
possible. Details on how list a game are at the bottom of the page in
the FAQ:


Project Status Updates!

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



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


Tasty Bit – Æon: Large Scale Space Combat (February)

  • Eddy: The 2024 Tasty Bits are moving ahead! This one is a small-but-functional system of… well, large-scale space combat. I look forward to redlining it shortly!


Realms of Pugmire – The Curious Cats of Mau (was Mau 2e)

  • Eddy: All the drafts are in! Lauren is doing her development pass before I do mine (which, if past performance is any indication, will just be a lot of me going “ooo that’s cool”) as we get it ready for crowdfunding!

Manuscript Approval

TC Aegis – Aegis Atlas

  • Eddy: Lauren has also turned around the stretch goal book for Trinity Continuum: Aegis! That’s off to the appropriate people for approval.

Post-Editing Development

Scion – Scion: God Player’s Guide

  • Matthew: The Player’s Guide has now made its way back to the developers for review of the edits! I hope to preview some of the content from this book on the blog in the coming weeks.


In Art Direction

  • Ex3 Sidereals – Art is being contracted.
  • Ex Essence Pillars of Creation – Artists are on this after Sidereals art comes in….
  • SCION Demigod Companion – Rolling. Sending stuff to Denmark.
  • SCION Wild Hunt – Gonna get this going after Demigod Comp is done.
  • Curious Cats (KS) – KS notes are with Maria.
  • TC Aether – Finals rolling in.

In Layout

  • Ex Essence Charm Cards
  • DTR Clade Companion – I’m gonna gather assets and get them over to Travis this week
  • Ex3 Many Faced Strangers – This is MY priority along with 8 Directions.
  • CTL 2e the Hedge – I should have the art in the morning… so this can move ahead.
  • M20 Victorian Jumpstart 
  • SCION God 2e – Gonna see if Josh is available to lay this one out.


  • Ex3 Across the 8 Directions (sans Maps) – I am making the last of the corrections, finishing up the rest of the interior fixes and then I’m sending this off for final proof. We are getting this thing done and out… 


  • They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave
  • They Came From CLASSIFIED!
  • Ex 3 Exigents

At Press

  • W20 Apocalyptic Record – Printing.
  • W20 Apocalyptic Record Screen & Booklet – At Studio 2.
  • Exalted Essence – At Press. Gotta make some fixes to the Retail cover gloss. Waiting on hard proofs.
  • Ex Essence Screen – At Studio 2.
  • Ex3 Exigents – Indexing.
  • TC Anima – Sending it off to press.
  • M20 Lore of the Traditions – Fixing a couple of snags on the interior… and waiting on hard proofs.
  • W20 Icons of Rage – PoD proofs ordered.
  • They Came From CLASSIFIED! – Indexing.
  • They Came From the Cyclops Cave! – Indexing.
  • M20 Streaming Overlays – On Sale this Weds on DTRPG!
  • M20 VTT Tokens – On Sale this Weds on DTRPG!

Today’s Reason to Celebrate!

Going with the heart on this one folks: today happens to be the birthday of my granddaughter! She’s only in preschool but still thinks she knows a good drawing better than I do – which is why she scribbles all over any drawing I do for her! Critics.

8 thoughts on “Once More, with Future! [Monday Meeting Notes]”

  1. With those spiffy new graphics for Once and Future I must once again beg you to update your Redbubble store with the Pantheon symbols that came in the Companion, Demigod, Dragon, and even Mythos. And well, Once and Future as well as God when available! I wanna buy more t-shirts!

    • We’ll see what we can do. Our focus has been on pushing for gameplay oriented releases as much as possible all last year, but a few more shirts wouldn’t hurt!

  2. Any chance Scion or Trinity Continuum could move to Demiplane this year? I much prefer Demiplane’s format where you read the game directly on their website to DTRPG’s format where you have to download the games to your phone.

    • There’s always a chance. Getting official VTT support on any venue is often very much more involved and complicated than fan-built material, so we have a bit more to do than just tossing something up there – but it’s not out of the question. Tjanks!

  3. Could Ex: Essence backers get access to an art free preview script of Pillars of Creation?

    It would really help keeping Essence games going not to mention the information on the Lintha and all the new game possibilities that will bring.

    Pretty please with the sugar on top…

    • We’ll discuss it in-house, but please do bear in mind that the text released during our crowdfunding campaigns is set into a process that allows for just such an early reveal. Any other project has to be pulled out of the production process to accommodate showing the text early, which tends to disrupt getting the actual book to a release. Thanks!


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