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  • Waggin’ Tales & Wraithy Wails [Monday Meeting Notes]

    With tails wagging and tongue’s lolling, we are racing towards the last days of the Fetch Quest Kickstarter campaign! If you haven’t yet checked it out, please take a look at this easy to learn, cooperative, deck-building card game for all ages. The KS page has reviews and how to play links, and as a backer you can download a print’n’play version of your own and start having fun right now!

    And once you do, let us know what you think! Card games aren’t our usual thing,...
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  • Episode Seven: Dissecting Vampire the Requiem

    In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew talk about their experiences with Vampire the Requiem, and talk about some of the design decisions that went into it.

    We totally plan these episodes (not really)
    We each talk about our experience with Requiem
    The differences between Masquerade and Requiem, and between first and second edition
    The social dynamics of Requiem
    Planescape and the X/Y/Z axis
    The science of number of choices
    Eddy gets academic, but it doesn’t last
    Dixie talks about how second edition mechanics makes you feel like you’re...
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  • Fiction Friday: Flowers of Hell: The Demon Players Guide

    “The Startup” is the introductory fiction to Flowers of Hell: The Demon Players Guide for Demon: The Fallen.

    The press swarmed all around the courthouse, slowing exit. Hundreds of people ?ocked, all eyes on Eric as he left the courthouse doors. He practically danced between the rows of reporters. His grin grew with each step down the courthouse stairs. He mugged for every camera, and posed for gaudy cellphone pictures.

    The press exploded. They fought over his limited periphery, climbing, shoving cameras, and thrusting microphones over one another, like beetles...
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  • Murray [Realms of Pugmire]

    Eddy’s latest:

    In September 2017, my pug Murray passed away. He was the inspiration for Seneschal Murra Pug, and one of the pets that acted as the initial inspiration for Pugmire as a whole. The night he passed away, this small fiction piece came to mind, full-formed. It’s sad, and I still tear up to read it, but it’s something that shows just what kind of depth Pugmire can have.

    Yosha knocked hesitantly on the thick oak door to her uncle’s office. She heard a deep “Come in, come in,” and pushed the door open.

    Behind his desk,...
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  • Now Available: More Journals for V20 and W20!

    Now available from our RedBubble store: Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition Bloodline Journals! You loved last week’s Clan journals, so we’re following those up with some of the most popular Bloodlines, using Mark Kelly’s depictions from Lore of the Bloodlines!

    V20 Baali (journal)
    V20 Daughters of Cacophony (journal)
    V20 Gargoyles (journal)
    V20 Harbingers of Skulls (journal)
    V20 Kiasyd (journal)
    V20 Nagaraja (journal)
    V20 Salubri (journal)
    V20 Samedi (journal)
    V20 True Brujah (journal)
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  • The Cryptocracy [Contagion Chronicle]

    Matthew Dawkins here once again! In the first episode of the Onyx Pathcast we discussed the Contagion Chronicle. That discussion included coverage of the Cryptocracy: one of the “splats” in that upcoming book. The splats in Contagion are classified as the Sworn and the False, with the Cryptocrats as a proud member of the former.

    Meghan Fitzgerald wrote all the player options for this game, due to my desiring consistency and connectivity across the Sworn, as well as knowing how Meghan excels at this kind of writing. We took a different approach to writing this book, with my assigning...
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  • How To Get A Head In Fetch Quest! [Monday Meeting Notes]

    This time, I’m not going to fling my highfalutin verbiage at you praising Fetch Quest, our newest and ongoing Kickstarter campaign. I’m going to let these folks do it!

    Our very first link is from Geek City USA and takes you to their How To Play vid:

    Next, our old friends at Geek & Sundry gave us a nice wag of the tail:

    Egg Embry called out Fetch Quest in a post about All-Ages Games Kickstarters on the Tessera Guild website:

    4 All-Ages Games Kickstarters...
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  • Episode Six: Interview with Rich Thomas

    In which Matthew and Dixie interview the boss, Rich Thomas. And Eddy gets put into a cupboard. Again.

    Eddy gets kidnapped into the cupboard again
    Matthew and Dixie talk to the boss, Rich Thomas!
    Rich talks about his time as art director (among many titles) in the early days of White Wolf Publishing
    Rich’s work as an artist in Vampire: The Masquerade, as well as one of the first 49 on Magic: The Gathering
    Working on television graphics in Philadelphia and meeting his wife, Lisa
    CCP, the World of Darkness MMO, and the formation of Onyx...
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  • Fiction Friday: Cavaliers of Mars

    The fiction for Cavaliers of Mars‘ chapter 4, “Luck,” by Audrey Whitman.

    My name is Étienne, and I’m the unluckiest man on Mars. Wait, let me go back.

    Six weeks ago, I found a scale the size of a dinner plate. When I tried to hide it in some machinery, I found another one. Just as I picked that one up, Issac (my boss’s son, and too intense for my own good) walked by. And he wanted to go tell Ms. Turhan himself, right now. Now, I was more than happy to give him all the credit, but he dragged me along, too.

    So, I found myself...
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  • Character Creation: Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition

    In our latest installment of our character creation series, Bill Bodden builds a Nosferatu character for Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition.

    I find vampires to be fascinating creatures. Legends and stories about them have developed independently across the globe, and the shape and form of these legends is as varied as the cultures from which they sprang. Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition has its own setting conventions that tap into the lush fabric of vampiric lore to create something unique within the Chronicles of Darkness, and I’ve enjoyed playing the game.

    To start...
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  • Now Available: V20 Journals

    Now available from our RedBubble store: Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition Clan Journals! The Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, and Exalted hardcover journals we’ve made have been doing quite well; apparently you really like your journals! So we’ve created a new series of journals for the clans from Vampire:

    V20 Assamite (journal)
    V20 Brujah (journal)
    V20 Followers of Set (journal)
    V20 Gangrel (journal)
    V20 Giovanni (journal)
    V20 Lasombra (journal)
    V20 Malkavian (journal)
    V20 Nosferatu (journal)
    V20 Ravnos...
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    Exalted Dev Diary

    A note from Eric and Vance:

    Hey there, Exalted fans! We’re here to talk about how (and where) things are going with Exalted Third Edition.

    First off, the Dragon-Blooded Kickstarter was a smashing success thanks to the passion of its backers. At $331,392, it’s one of Onyx Path’s all-time largest Kickstarters, despite being a supplement rather than a core book. Needless to say, that’s far beyond our wildest expectations! Thanks to all of your efforts, more Kickstarters for deluxe editions of other splatbooks seem very likely. We’re enormously appreciative of your...
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  • What’s the Deal With All the Dogs? [Monday Meeting Notes]

    A comment in the comments section, of all things, basically asked why every time they look here lately there’s dogs all over the place. The art samples have dogs in them, the Kickstarter news is about the dog card game. Dogs, dogs, dogs!

    Part of that is, of course, coincidence or a coming together of multiple projects for a line with three Kickstarters and a bunch of projects which came out of those KS Stretch Goals. And it helps that Eddy Webb is the kind of developer who pushes to get projects finished as close to estimate, and sometimes earlier, as possible.

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  • Episode Five: How A Book is Made

    In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew discuss the process of making a product for Onyx Path, from initial pitch to final printed product.

    Pitches – what is the book intended to do? What’s the value to the reader?
    Cold pitches vs pitches from a known quantity
    Pugmire pitch as an example
    Outlines and hiring the freelance project developer
    What traits do we look for in a developer?
    Steffie de Vaan as an example of a great new developer
    Then we contract writers
    Some writers are unsuitable, but that’s not the same as “bad”...
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  • Fiction Friday: More Truth Beyond Paradox

    Truth Beyond Paradox

    A look at “A Secret Palace” by J. F. High, from Truth Beyond Paradox, a Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition anthology, available in ebook and print from DriveThruFiction.

    “We just can’t bear to lose our secrets,” said Sam. “We don’t care how ugly they are. They’re our secrets.”

    Blue sat on her own folded legs, chin cupped in one palm, rocking back and forth in time with the clack-clack, clack-clack of the train on its tracks. Sam held her other hand across the linoleum table.

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  • Release Roundup: May 2018

    Here’s what we’ve been doing over the last month:

    Game Books

    Scarred Lands: Scarred Lands Player’s Guide Wrack Dragon Poster (image/PoD)
    Scarred Lands: Scarred Lands Player’s Guide Adventurers Poster (image/PoD)
    Scarred Lands: Blood Sea: The Crimson Abyss Poster (image/PoD)
    Scarred Lands: Hollowfaust: City of Necromancers Poster (image/PoD)
    Scarred Lands: Champions of the Scarred Lands (PoD
    Pugmire: Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers (PDF/PoD, and Pan’s Story)
    Changeling: The Dreaming: Book...
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  • (Flashback) Is This A Joke? [Realms of Pugmire]

    The latest from Eddy:

    Related to the last post about articulating the tone of Pugmire, I remembered an old blog post I made way back when I first announced Pugmire in the ancient days of 2014. I got a lot of people assuming the announcement was some kind of joke — often enough that a few months later, I wrote a blog about it. Here you can see some of the elements I built on in the previous post to my writers.

    One question I get regularly is whether Pugmire is a joke. Given that I’ve been responsible for some pranks in the past when I worked with White Wolf,...
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  • Now Available: Your Monthly Adversarial Devils

    Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG, Hundred Devils Night Parade part 13: Barrow Hound and Devil Stone! Wow, 13 means we’ve been doing these PDFs for over a year now!

    From the frozen North to the burning South, and all directions in between, there are creatures that stalk Creation. Demons, spirits, monsters and even creatures who live alongside mankind are in every region.

    In this collection you will find new foes, encounter old enemies, and learn the secrets of these denizens of Exalted 3rd Edition’s wondrous world.

    Hundred Devils Night Parade:...
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  • Moonshunners [Werewolf: The Forsaken]

    Matthew Dawkins here, to talk a little about the upcoming Werewolf: The Forsaken book I’m developing called Shunned by the Moon.

    Shunned by the Moon is a Night Horrors book. Steadily, we appear to be releasing a new Night Horrors book for each and every Chronicles of Darkness line and this pleases me a great deal. The intention is to provide a grab-bag of interesting antagonists and supporting characters for anyone’s chronicle, whether to populate a cast or inspire compelling plots tied into the mythology of each game line. My writers in this case are hard at work creating a gang...
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  • Making Out Like a Dog Bandit! [Monday Meeting Notes]

    This is a card illustration from Fetch Quest, our family-friendly game of exploring the Realms of Pugmire. Fetch Quest‘s Kickstarter funded in less than a day, and one of the reasons we are running the KS is to enable us to have the coinage to add even more new card art, like this one.

    You’ll also note that we’re calling it “family -friendly”, to suggest that all ages could enjoy and understand the game. Rather than say that it’s just for kids, because, you know, it’s not.

    We’re also making sure to say that the game is set...
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