Ready For My Close-Up, Mr DeMille. [Monday Meeting Notes]

We’ve been mentioning our smash-hit Onyx Pathcast here and all over our social media, and I’m thrilled to say that our team of podcasters; Eddy Webb, Matthew Dawkins, and Dixie Cochran (no e), are at it again with this week’s episode that will be found here on Friday:

The team is really just getting started, and in two weeks they’ll have an interview with Impish Ian Watson, our community manager, and uber-dev for the Trinity Continuum. He’s no slouch on classic White Wolf  lore, either! Thanks to all you who sent in questions for the team to toss at Ian.

We’re just getting set up to record the next interview, and I think this might be the team’s first big mistake. They’ll be interviewing yours truly, and that can’t be anything but trouble. Potentially hilarious trouble, but trouble nonetheless.

You, yes you, can help them, though.

Please give them some questions to ask me in the comments here, and that way they can come to the interview pre-armed and let the chips fall where they may. Interestingly, Fast Eddy Webb has recused himself from this interview as he claims he already knows all the answers I might give. (Which is fair, for years we did the What’s Up With White Wolf/Gameline/Onyx Path panels at conventions together. So he might already know my likely responses!)




Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition illustration by Ken Meyer, Jr



A couple more things, but not a lot. I don’t know about anybody else, but right now the pollen is starting to waft here at Onyx Path central, and I’m feeling a bit zombie-like. Stupid allergies.

Thanks to everybody who checked out and “liked” our friends at the Bodhana Group‘s Facebook page. They do good work, and have great potential to help more kids and adults via gaming, so please stop over and check out what they’re doing:

We’ll be having a sale at IPR (Indie Press Revolution) on Chronicles of Darkness Prestige Editions like Demon, Mummy, Beast, and Dark Eras, starting May 21st. Most will be 40% off, so if you’re in need of a fancy edition of the core books for those lines, that’s your chance!




Pan’s Guide illustration by Pat Loboyko



We’re reviewing the “How to Play” videos for the Fetch Quest Kickstarter, and Jaunty James Bell is starting to pull the KS page together. You can see some of the cards in the Blurbs! section below. This is going to be an experiment of a KS for us, as Fetch Quest is a fun, collaborative card game for all ages set in the Realms of Pugmire. As Eddy says:

I really want to make a card game that allows people to experience the realms of Pugmire in a new way. Fetch Quest is portable, easy to learn, and encourages cooperation and teamwork. Not only does it seem to be a fun game in its own right, but I hope it’ll be a great product to play when you don’t have time for a session of the Pugmire RPG, or to get new players excited about Pugmire as a whole.

We really hope that all of our intentions come across, and the KS is a lot of fun for all, but it is really hard to gauge these things when we move into uncharted waters and do a card game. Prince’s Gambit was a different sort of game, with a very different play-style, and I think it appeals to a different sort of player, so even that is hard to use as a template for how Fetch Quest will do.

We’ll see in a couple of weeks (hopefully May 22nd).




Page from Cavaliers of Mars.




Work on projects for all sorts of our game lines, old and new, continues apace – like for the Cavaliers of Mars core rulebook pictured above. Meanwhile, I’ve been negotiating contracts for all sorts of things, licenses mostly, but also reviewing pitches new books, projects, and game lines. Some of those pass from me over to White Wolf for approval if the pitches are for projects in their settings, and others – the majority right now – are ours to chart the course of.

Many Worlds, One Path!





Now that the massive Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought Kickstarter campaign has triumphantly finished, we’re prepping for a puppy of a different color with Fetch Quest, the adventure card game set in the Realms of Pugmire!



As we try and 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!

The devs have added a whole bunch of new game lines’ dice and rolling bg’s and got caught by a bug Apple needed to fix, so be sure to update your app and soon that should be fixed.

There’s been tweaks to all elements of the UI, you can now preview every die type in the store, and you can use multiple die types per roll! Here are the links for the Apple and Android versions:

Three different screenshots, above.

(The Solar Anima special Dice above)


Promethean: The Created and Demon: The Descent dice on a Demon: The Descent tabletop


Hunter: The Reckoning and Mage: The Awakening dice on a Mage: The Awakening tabletop





You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble).

Our latest offering is the Mage 20 Cookbook, now in a convenient Kindle ebook version!

Nook version is coming soon!

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 initial selection includes these fiction anthologies:

  • 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)


And here are six more fiction books:

  • 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)


Andand six more more:

  • 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)


And even more books are now on Amazon and the Nook store!:

  • 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)

And here are the Champions of the Scarred Lands fiction anthology and the Huntsmen Chronicles anthology for Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition!


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!




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:

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

And you can now order Pugmire: the book, the screen, and the dice!

Wave 3 of our extra Kickstarter projects is now on sale at IPR!

Here are the direct links for the Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras Prestige Edition:

Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras Storytellers’ Screen:

Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition:

Ultra-Deluxe (Orichalcum) Exalted 3rd Edition:

Exalted 3rd Edition Storytellers’ Screen:

EX3 Chibi Bookmarks:

Deluxe W20 Shattered Dreams:

W20 Shattered Dreams Storytellers’ Screen:

Plus price adjustments on M20, Book of the Wyrm, Anarchs Unbound and a
few other projects!



DRIVETHRURPG.COM: continues its D&D Sale with nice discounts on Scarred Lands and Pugmire books!



Book of Freeholds for Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition arrives this Wednesday in PDF and physical book PoD versions at!

They are the center of Kithain culture, the havens and shelters required when times get grim. They are dreams made manifest, and hopes kept burning. From the Mythic Ages to the present day, freeholds have been the linchpin around which the changeling world turns. Learn the history of freeholds as they wind throughout Kithain history. Discover the lost Treasures that bind the fae and their homes together, soul-to-balefire. Study the dangers, the threats, understand the duties and responsibilities, and then gather your motley to claim your birthright.

The Book of Freeholds contains:

• Two new freehold Archetypes

• Four new Glade Archetypes

• Full rules for the creation of freeholds and Glades

• 11 fully developed freeholds and Glades

• New chimera, Treasures and Oaths, and more





To celebrate the opening of the Slarecian Vault for Scarred Lands, we’ve put four Scarred Lands posters on sale via These 12″ x 18″ posters feature both classic SL covers with Hollowfaust and the Blood Sea, and new images from the new book, like the SL PG cover wrack-dragon, and a hearty band of adventures well met and ready to divvy up their magical treasure.




Ask the darkness, and it shall answer: the Beast: The Primordial Player’s Guide PDF and physical book PoD versions will answer your questions now on!

The Beast Player’s Guide expands on the material presented in Beast: The Primordial, with additional information on the Families and Hungers, what it feels like to be a Beast and experience the Devouring, and how to commune with the Dark Mother. You’ll also find two new Families and two new Hungers!

The book also includes a plethora of new Atavisms, Nightmares, Merits, and Birthrights, as well as systems for creating smaller, subservient versions of the Horror, new forms of Inheritance, and details on the mysterious Obcasus Rites.





There are some things that even a Demon fears – Night Horrors: Enemy Action for Demon: The Descent has arrived in PDF and physical book PoD versions:

Fighting the Machine is like fighting the ocean. You literally cannot hurt it. Doesn’t matter how much poison we dump into the ocean. We’ll only kill the things in it. We’ll never kill it. Same with the God-Machine. Kill angels, traitors, stigmatics, cultists, cryptids, whatever, you’ll never hurt the Machine Itself. No, that doesn’t mean we stop trying. You stop trying, you drown. Screw that.

—Mr. Bliss, Guardian Inquisitor

Night Horrors: Enemy Action includes:

• Dozens of Storyteller characters, including Unchained, angels, exiles, cryptids, and stigmatics, for use as antagonists, allies, or just inspiration

• Multiple plot hooks and story seeds for your Demon: The Descent chronicles

• A brief look at cults in Demon, including the Ten Thousand Names of God, a secret society fueled by the God-Machine




When you need a Changeling 20th character and a way to get started with C20: here are the C20 Ready Made Characters in PDF and physical book PoD versions! Available on!

Running a one-shot game of Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition? Starting up a chronicle with new players who aren’t sure what to play? Looking for some examples of how the various kiths might look?

Thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers, these thirteen ready-made characters cover each of the Changeling kiths. Each character is provided with background, roleplaying suggestions, art, and some potential motleys and story seeds — everything you need to immerse yourself in the Dreaming!





Coming NOW as both PDF and physical book PoD on DTRPG, we reveal The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb, a Jumpstart adventure for Pugmire.–A-Pugmire-Jumpstart

A cat living in Pugmire disappears, but neither the police dogs nor the cats of the Cat Quarter know why. When zombies attack the heroes, however, all signs point to an invasion by the Monarchies of Mau. But how does this intrigue tie into the lost tomb of the first king of Pugmire?

The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb is a Pugmire story for three to six characters. This jumpstart contains all the rules and characters you need to play — just grab some dice and go! You can also use this adventure with the full version of Pugmire.

The Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb contains:

• An evocative and mysterious setting that’s both family friendly and deep enough to create compelling stories.

• A summary of Pugmire’s traditional fantasy rules system. It’s designed for streamlined play, with an emphasis on cooperation and action over competition and violence.

• A complete adventure for a Guide to run for three to six players. Also useful for Guides running a full Pugmire game of first or second level characters!

• Six ready-to-play characters, so you can jump into the action.

Can your good dogs discover the secret of Vinsen’s Tomb?





Appearing now on DriveThruRPG are the PDF and PoD physical book versions of Arms of the Chosen for Exalted 3rd Edition!

Take up the panoply of legendary heroes and lost ages, and awaken the world-shaking might of their Evocations. Before the dawn of time, the Exalted wielded god-metal blades to cast down the makers of the universe. In an ancient epoch of forgotten glories, Creation’s greatest artificers forged unimaginable wonders and miracle-machines.

Now, in the Age of Sorrows, kingdoms go to war over potent artifacts, scavenger princes risk everything to uncover relics of the past, and the Exalted forge great arms and armor on the anvil of legend. These treasures are yours to master.

Discover the mystical power of the five magical materials and the secrets of creating your own Evocations. Wield weapons of fabled might and don the armor of mythic heroes, making their puissance your own. Claim Creation’s wonders: the miraculous tools of the Chosen, living automatons, flying machines, hearthstones, and more. And unleash the mighty warstriders, titanic god-engines of conquest and devastation, to once more shake Creation with their footfalls.





Matthew Dawkins, Steffie de Vaan, and Mighty Matt McElroy will be at the UK Games Expo in early June running games and talking shop with fans and retailers.

Prep is also underway for Gen Con 2018 in August, which takes place in Indianapolis, IN. In addition to our booth presence, be sure to check out the games and panels in the Gen Con Event Schedule.

From Fast Eddy Webb, we have these:

Eddy will be speaking at Broadleaf Writers Conference (September 22-23) in Decatur, GA. He’ll be there to talk about writing for interactive fiction, and hanging out with other writers who have far more illustrious careers.
Eddy will also be a featured guest at Save Against Fear (October 12-14) in Harrisburg, PA. He’ll be running some Pugmire games, be available for autographs, and will sometimes accept free drinks.

If you are going and want to meet up, let us know!


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)

  • M20 Book of the Fallen (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • 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)
  • Spilled Blood (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • CofD Dark Eras 2 (Chronicles of Darkness)
  • Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon (Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition)
  • C20 Players’ Guide (Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Wr20 Book of Oblivion (Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition)
  • Aeon Aexpansion (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)
  • In Media Res (Trinity Continuum: Core)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Tales of Excellent Cats (Monarchies of Mau)
  • Dog and Cat Ready Made Characters (Monarchies of Mau)



  • Deviant: The Renegades (Deviant: The Renegades)
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution (Dystopia Rising: Evolution)


Second Draft

  • WoD Ghost Hunters (World of Darkness)
  • Tales of Good Dogs – Pugmire Fiction Anthology (Pugmire)
  • Guide to the Night (Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition)
  • CofD Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)



  • Signs of Sorcery (Mage: the Awakening Second Edition)
  • Hunter: the Vigil 2e core (Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition)
  • Fetch Quest (Pugmire)
  • They Came From Beneath the Sea! Rulebook (TCFBtS!)


WW Manuscript Approval:

  • Night Horrors: The Tormented (Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition)



  • GtS Geist 2e core (Geist: the Sin-Eaters Second Edition)
  • M20 Gods and Monsters (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)


Post-Editing Development:

  • Scion: Hero (Scion 2nd Edition)
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • Trinity Continuum: Aeon Rulebook (The Trinity Continuum)
  • Ex Novel 2 (Aaron Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)
  • Exalted 3rd Novel by Matt Forbeck (Exalted 3rd Edition)






In Art Direction

  • Ex3 Monthly Stuff
  • Scion Hero Getting that rolling.
  • Trinity Continuum Got notes and text for both Aeon and the Core. Also… workin on it.
  • Wr20 Guide for Newly Departed – Everything with Gaydos.
  • Geist 2e We have a nice window to get KS art.
  • The Realm
  • M20 Gods and Monsters
  • Ex3 Dragon Blooded – Wave 2 art in progress


Marketing Stuff


In Layout

  • Wraith 20 Screen I’ll pull this together while doing errata. I got the list from Dansky of what tables to pull… just want to make sure they are right.
  • Fetch Quest Working on the logo.
  • EX3 Dragon Blooded
  • Changeling: the Lost 2 With Josh.



  • Cavaliers of Mars Splats and map should be in by end of the month.
  • Scion Origin Sending Sheet stuff to Mr. Gone. Dropping in the art I got in.
  • Boggans – Going to WW for approval.
  • Monarchies of Mau Some art still coming in while this is proofing.


At Press

  • Beckett Screen – At shipper.
  • Scarred Land PGs & Wise and the Wicked PF & 5e – At fulfillment shipper. PDF and PoD physical book versions on sale at DTRPG.
  • Prince’s Gambit – Being sent to the US, expected at fulfillment shipper this this week.
  • V20 Beckett’s Jyhad Diary– Deluxe edition printing now.
  • Scion Dice – At fulfillment shipper.
  • Wraith 20 – Errata being input.
  • SL Champions of the Scarred Lands Anthology PoD – PoD proof coming.
  • Pugmire – Pan’s Explorer’s Guide (or whatever) PoD proof coming.
  • Book of Freeholds PDF and PoD versions on sale this Wednesday!


TODAY’S REASON TO CELEBRATE: Today is the birthday of Randall “Tex” Cobb, who had a career first as a boxer and then as an action film actor. He had a bunch of appearances, but his ultimate role was that of Leonard Smalls, the Lone Biker of the Apocalypse, in Raising Arizona. He’s that antagonist, the one that just keeps coming and destroys all around him as he does. Excellent inspiration for any game. And, he has dark secrets – is he the personification of evil, or of the negative impulses (the Shadow) in H. I. “Hi” McDonnough’s psyche?







24 responses to “Ready For My Close-Up, Mr DeMille. [Monday Meeting Notes]”

  1. Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu Avatar
    Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu

    Do you have a favorite Vampire Clan?

    1. Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu Avatar
      Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu

      From Masquerade or Requiem 🙂

      1. Dan Avatar

        Mekhet. Specially after reading their clanbook, and if possible, of the Ordo Dracul 🙂

      2. Victor J Kinzer Avatar
        Victor J Kinzer

        Ravnos for LIFE!
        For the record I love the clan I read as a kid, and I definitely did not read them the way they were written. The closest writeup to what played out in my head was the Dark Ages 20th writeup for them. As far as I’m concerned that is the clan in all time periods and editions for me now.

  2. Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu Avatar
    Nicolas Milioni Gravina Abdu

    And,since onyx path as encouraged by White Wolf to pitch V5 supplements will you pitch them in the future?

  3. Second Chances Avatar
    Second Chances

    What types of characters do you want to run in Pugmire?

  4. Anaximander Avatar

    Regrets? Books you didn’t do that you should have? Books you still want to do, but it never seems the right time? Setting and/or mechanical changes, or unchanges, that you look back on and shake your head at?

  5. Cherubic Avatar

    Geist Kickstarter confirmed?! Better start setting aside from money for that and that sale on IPR. My wallet will be hurting but at least I won’t be hurting for reading material in the future. :p

    1. Stray Avatar

      To add on to this. If it is coming is there a time frame you guys aiming for?

      1. richt Avatar

        We’ll let you guys know when we’re sure of it. Thanks!

        1. perverseness Avatar

          I want it right now but running during the month of Oct. just seems so perfect. Course I guess the same could be said for most WoD or ChoD kickstarters

  6. Tyler Avatar

    Do you play the OPP games, and is it weird to play your own properties?

  7. Robert D Avatar
    Robert D

    Geist is getting KS Art?!?! yay!!! This suggests a Geist 2E KS in the near future :). Perhaps after Fetch Quest?
    Oh, if I’d like to audition for anthology writing for the upcoming Hunter and Geist anthologies (at least I hope these anthologies will be part of the KS’s) I go to the Submission’s guidelines part of this page right?

    1. Eddy Webb Avatar
      Eddy Webb

      That’s correct!

  8. Karpomatic Avatar

    Eddy and company are doing well with the Pathcast. I wouldn’t mind having them interview Mark Rein-Hagen and/or Satyros Phil Brucato. How about Artist Leif Jones? He’s instrumental in all these games but not sure what he would have to contribute..

    1. richt Avatar

      These are all excellent suggestions. It’s the call of the three interviewers as to whom they want to talk to, but I’ll pass on your ideas. Thanks!

  9. ThomasM Avatar

    My suggested interview question:
    Have you pitched H:tR20, M:tR20, and D:tF20 to White Wolf and do you have an indication of how likely those projects are to be green-lit?

    1. Tim Flannigan Avatar
      Tim Flannigan

      I’d love to have those games someday. Mummy is one of my favorite games I’ve never actually played.

    2. Yodo Avatar

      My hand is definitely up for Hunter and Demon. The first RPG character I ever played was a Devourer…

  10. Yodo Avatar

    Eddy mentioned a few weeks back that the original pitch for Pugmire was a lot less cheerful because that’s how he perceived Onyx Path to be. Now that Onyx Path can’t be accurately described as “the World of Darkness company,” how do you hope your fans to describe you as compared to other RPGs?

    What’s the best experience you’ve had seeing someone else running one of your games? Have you ever participated in a game of your making where somebody shone a light on aspects of the world that you never realised existed, and how did you feel about what it revealed?

    And, as the closest thing this company has to its very own Caine: Which childe is your favourite?

  11. richt Avatar

    Feels weird not answering all these questions- but hopefully the Terrific Trio will ask me them during the interview.

    1. Yodo Avatar

      Just give alternative answers here! Many answers, one path…

      1. richt Avatar

        Aw, I can’t do that. Have to save them for the Pathcast. Don’t want to disappoint our friendly Terrific Trio!

        1. Yodo Avatar

          Oh, I was thinking fake answers. Bringing back out your inner Bax, sorta thing…