The Kickstarter campaign for Titans Rising and Titanomachy is going great and was funded in about half a day! Whoooo!
We already achieved this Stretch Goal:
ACHIEVED! – At $35,000 in Funding – TITANS RISING STARTING ADVENTURE – A semi-jumpstart scenario designed to work with the Ready-Made Characters from Titans Rising (or your own characters) and launch a new epic tale in the World of Scion. This PDF supplement will be added to the rewards list of all backers receiving the Titans Rising PDF as one of their rewards.
And are pushing rapidly towards achieving this one:
At $45,000 in Funding – TITANS RISING HEROIC ADVENTURE – A continuation of the starting scenario to further introduce your heroes to the World of Scion and set up some plot hooks for ongoing adventures.
With plenty more on the way if we get the pledges!
All of which is really great news, because while us doing the two book thing on Kickstarter is not new, this is the first time we’re including a book that was already available in PoD. Titanomachy has already done well for us on DTRPG, and we wondered if enough folks would be interested in backing for traditionally printed copies for us to do a print run.
So far, and we’re not even a full week into this KS, the answer is a pretty clear yes! Getting that support from backers is vital, as it justifies and helps offset the risk and expense of doing the traditional print run to get the book into distribution and stores.
Since we started working with Studio2 to put our crowdfunded books into the hands of distributors and stores, and with IPR joining in too, we have put 30+ traditionally printed titles into stores. It’s an excellent way for us, as, you know, a business, to get our projects out to folks, and we have just a ton more waiting in the wings in various stages that will join them.
As I mentioned earlier this year, we’ve been working with several different printers to cover the traditional printing, and the first of those titles, TC: Adventure!, is printing as we speak. Now we do need to really push a bunch more of our crowdfunded books over the finish line to press and into stores, but we’re in great shape to do so. So if you see or hear anybody saying that we just don’t do stores, you can feel justified in saying, “That just ain’t true!” They’ll thank you for it. (I’m sure).
Back to Titans Rising itself!
If you’re interested, especially if you are on the fence over whether to back the KS, coming this Friday on the Onyx Pathcast there’s an interview with Scion creative lead Hiromi Cota that dives right into Titans Rising and the design decisions Hiromi and the team made in bringing more focus onto the Titans.
Also on Friday, we’re thrilled to present a Titans Rising Actual Play on our Twitch channel at 7PM EDT! If you want to see some pretty titanic fanatics bring these monsters to life, this is the time and place!
Our Monday Meetings through the Summer have tended to have a member or two missing as folks took some much-deserved vacays, but today the full crew was present and this led to the longest Monday Meeting in months!
Even though we had a pretty intensive review of upcoming projects today, we actually do have a production strategy meeting this week where we’ll get even deeper into the nitty-gritty of our schedule. But doing it today in the Monday Meeting was a good way to get our gang all on the same page heading out of the Summer.
Part of what we discussed is that The World Below is coming! Some of you might have already picked up its Ashcan version that allows play and a start for exploring both The World Below and the Storypath Ultra system that powers it. Expect a bunch of new blogs and videos soon diving into the delving that d’elvs and darvs do vell!
As our next crowdfunding campaign, also something you might not expect is that we’ve got some fun surprises beyond the books and screens we’re known for. Look for new and returning merch to be part of The World Below‘s campaign!
If you look down at our Sales Partners section below, you’ll see that DTRPG is doing a themed sale across all publishers each week through the month. Which is kind of fun, and fits in with the whole theme of experimentation I’ve been poking at in this week’s blog. This week it’s “Action Week” so expect the appropriate PDFs to have discounted prices!
Finally, part of what we did in today’s meeting was to review the possible crowdfunding campaigns coming up thru 2024, which are really built on our experiments this last year.
We moved toward a second edition that changed its rules system with Realms of Pugmire, we looked at whether a Players Guide type of supplement would be supported by a KS with the Trinity Continuum PG (it was!), we played around with how crowdfunding campaigns function by returning to voting for new chapters with They Came From the RPG Anthology!, we pushed the premise of a whole game line that is basically rooted in science back to the Bronze Age to see how it dealt with it with TC: Aegis, and now we’re doing two books together when one was already available with Titans Rising/Titanomachy.
And then we’ll be crowdfunding a whole new game line (and the start of an entire cycle of fantasy settings) with The World Below!
I mean, you know the year was experimental when our most “standard crowdfunder” is going to be Exalted: Abyssals at the end of the year!
Yep, this year was and is very much a series of experiments based on what was coming and what the game line needed. (And what platform we crowdfunded on!) Next year, it’ll be experiments in new games more than in methods.
That’s how we stay fresh and energized as we explore:
MANY WORLDS, ONE PATH!
Titanomachy and Titans Rising Kickstarter!
Funded last week in about half a day and storming forward towards it’s second big Stretch Goal!
Onyx Path Media!
Matthew and Danielle talk with Scion Content Lead Hiromi Cota about the upcoming Titans Rising!
As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/
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!
MEDIA HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
Travis Legge has been making excellent videos teaching you how to create content for the Storypath Nexus, with his initial focus on Trinity! Check out the playlist starting here: https://youtu.be/rBFG6ldCZgc?si=brk642BbSYkq0P8a
The Onyx Path News discusses recent and upcoming releases! You can find it on our YouTube channel (click the bell to be informed when we go live!) but if you missed the last episode, here it is: https://youtube.com/live/Ga_yYXtqfdw
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
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!
It’s Theme Week Month all September on DTRPG! This week is DTRPG Action Week – starting today with several of our Trinity Continuum titles on sale and the TC: Assassins PDF 80% for the week!
Amazon and 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!
It’s Exalted Essence Wednesday, with three Essence PDFs available on DTRPG! The Exalted Essence Streaming Overlays, Wallpapers, and Ex Essence Screen PDFs are going on sale this Weds. on DTRPG!
Plus, Exalted Essence Journals are also going up for sale on our RedBubble store this Weds too!
As we are slowly returning to attending conventions in person after the current COVID-19 outbreak, keep an eye out here for more physical and virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with!
GameHoleCon (Oct 19th – 22nd) has updated their Exhibitor list, and we’re on it!:
And also: Virtual GameHoleCon is back on: https://virtual.gameholecon.com/
We’ll be part of the Studio 2 booth at PAX Unplugged (December 1st – 3rd):
Game Night With Onyx Path Publishing at Start.Playing is the last Friday of the month! Come play some Scion 2nd Edition in celebration of the Titans Rising Kickstarter campaign starting on Tuesday, the 20th! (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
Project status updates!
Our full list of projects will be available monthly on our blog! Check out Augusts’ full list report here:
DEVELOPMENT STATUS FROM EDDY
Here are the projects that moved to the next stage of production:
Scion: God Jumpstart
- Matthew: A sterling adventure for Scion: God (with a lot of bonus info for players new to Scion and especially for players new to Scion: God) is now off to Rich for review!
TC Aether – Aether Companion
- Eddy: The second non-stretch goal project for TC: Aether has made it through the developer gauntlet, and is now ready for editing!
Exalted – Tomb of Memory (was Exalted Essence Jumpstart)
- Danielle: This has jumped from editing back to the developers. It shouldn’t take too long to move along to the art process.
ART DIRECTION FROM MIKE CHANEY!
In Art Direction
- Ex3 Exigents – Getting sign offs/corrections on finals.
- The World Below – KS art contracted.
- M20 Victorian Jumpstart – Pinging splat guy…
- SCION God 2e – artnotes going out… slowly but surely.
- SCION Titans Rising – On Going KS!
- TC Aether – Did up the art buy.
- Ex3 Across the 8 Directions – Josh working on it.
- HtV Jumpstart
- SCION Once and Future – In progress.
- W20 Icons of Rage
- TCF Classified – Sending files to Ron Thompson.
- Ex Essence Novella I – What Lies Forgotten
- Ex Essence Novella 3
- TC Anima
- TC Anima – See right above there.
- TC: Adventure! – Printing.
- TC Adventure Storyguide Screen and Booklet – Printer quoting.
- Exalted Essence – Quoting with Printers.
- W20 Apocalyptic Record – Interior and endpages done… working on LtD cover.
- W20 Apocalyptic Record Screen & Booklet – Printer quoting.
- M20 Lore of the Traditions – PoD files uploaded. Also working on the printer quote for the LtD version.
- Legendlore: Legacies of Earth – PoD proofs ordered.
- Ex 3 Crucible of Legends – Should be doing errata incorporation this week.
- TC Assassins VTT Adventure – TC Assassins VTT Adventure – errata incorporation.
- TC Adventure Addendum – Going out to backers later this week.
- Scion Dragon Jumpstart – Out to Backers.
- Ex Essence Novel 2 – Scoundrelsong – Out to Backers.
- Exalted Essence Streaming Overlays – PDF on Sale this Weds. on DTRPG!
- Wallpapers for Essence – PDF on Sale this Weds. on DTRPG!
- Ex Essence Screen – PDF on Sale this Weds. on DTRPG!
Today’s Reason to Celebrate!
Today is Labor Day in the US; celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. I understand that Canada celebrates Labour Day today, too! And tomorrow is the birthday of the hardest laboring member of the Onyx Path: our own Art Director, Mirthful Mike Chaney. Please join all of us in celebrating ChaneyFest, as he calls it, and paint a miniature, pet a dog, and/or sit back with your favorite caffeinated beverage, or two, and watch an old, bad, action flick! Just like Mike!