In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy sit IN THE SAME ROOM and talk about Midwinter and product announcements with Rich Thomas. (Show notes are light, because we're putting this up as fast as possible.)

* Product announcements!
* They Came from Beneath the Sea Kickstarter!
* Some revelations from the Onyx Path Summit!
* People knocking on doors!


In which Eddy and Dixie (and Matthew, we guess?) finish up the holiday content with a PAX Unplugged interview with voiceover artist, Paizo and Onyx Path writer, and marketing mastermind Jacob Burgess.

  • Is Matthew feeling okay?
  • Warning: This interview is more rambly than usual.
  • PAX Unplugged vs video game conventions
  • Running and playing demos
  • Bridging the tabletop and video game industries
  • We are the best at prime audio content
  • Being a fan of one thing over another
  • What Jacob owes to the World of Darkness
  • Feeling betrayed by the release of Vampire: The Requiem
  • V20 felt like coming home
  • Contributing to the continuity
  • Catharsis and hope in the World of Darkness
  • Writing as service
  • Wrestling reference!
  • Knowing someone but meeting them for the first time
  • We talk about profanity!
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Midwinter!
  • Thanks to all of you for supporting the Pathcast
  • Matthew's secret revealed after the music



It's the Onyx Pathcast Holiday Special! We talk about anything we want this time around. Also there's a bonus interview with Crystal Mazur at the end; don't miss it!

  • We immediately go off the rails
  • We talk about our traditions
  • And then we talk about New Year's plans!
  • Ruminations on the nature of needing to get out of the house/freelancing
  • Christmas music talk!
  • Matthew did a 180 on Muse
  • They Came from beneath the Sea! is on Kickstarter
  • Things we want from 2019

Links: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/they-came-from-beneath-the-sea-a-tabletop-roleplay?ref=636565&token=9032d9ef 


In which the trio talk to and about Vampire: The Masquerade developer Justin Achilli. And whiskey.

* White Wolf war stories
* Maybe we'll do some recording at Midwinter?
* A little discussion of the Rage CCG
* Clowns and art notes
* A little discussion of the historical lines
* Vampire: The Masquerade Revised
* Vampire 20th Anniversary Edition
* Nostalgia of broken mechanics
* There's no manual
* Vampire: The Requiem
* The World of Darkness MMO
* Fans as collaborators at the table
* The V20 design process
* Justin's Ubisoft career
* Werewolves Within and social spaces in VR
* Star Trek: Bridge Crew and adapting existing social dynamics
* Prince's Gambit
* Out-of-character mechanics blurring in-character (for example EVE Online)
* Working on something Justin completely owns
* The trio talk about whiskey
* The punishing production schedule of White Wolf back in the 90s
* Vampire: The Masquerade is JUST like Doctor Who (not really)
* Dixie has an excellent segue that would have been perfect
* They Came from Beneath the Sea Kickstarter!

* Rage CCG: http://rageccg.weebly.com/about.html 
* Vampire: The Masquerade -- 20th Anniversary Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/94815/Vampire-The-Masquerade-20th-Anniversary-Edition 
* Vampire: The Requiem (First Edition): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/1122/Vampire-The-Requiem 
* Werewolves Within: https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/werewolves-within/ 
* Star Trek Bridge Crew: https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/star-trek-bridge-crew/ 
* Prince's Gambit: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223907/Princes-Gambit-Card-Game 
* Game of Thrones whiskey: https://www.johnniewalker.com/en-us/our-whisky/limited-editions/white-walker/ 
* They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/they-came-from-beneath-the-sea-a-tabletop-roleplay 


In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew tell you about their characters.

* Eddy kicks off talking about the characters in Chill Third Edition
* What games have really striking and representational characters?
* Vampire the Masquerade had a very diverse (if occasionally problematic) base of characters
* Cyberpunk games like Shadowrun and Eclipse Phase
* The pros and cons of playing characters not like yourself
* The demographics of V5 Chicago by Night
* The design goals of iconic and signature characters
* What kinds of characters do we prefer to play?
* Dixie talks about her D&D halfling
* Matthew talks about his Shadowrun elf
* Eddy talks about his D&D half-elf
* Characters with families
* What characters were helpful to work something personal out?
* Matthew learned as a GM from an awkward Pathfinder game
* Characters as a metaphor for real-world concerns
* What character concepts would we love to play?


Chill Third Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/148433/Chill-Third-Edition

Shadowrun: http://www.shadowruntabletop.com/ 

Eclipse Phase: http://eclipsephase.com/ 

Chicago by Night Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/chicago-by-night-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed 

Dungeons & Dragons: http://dnd.wizards.com/ 

Werewolf the Apocalypse: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/112871/Werewolf-The-Apocalypse-20th-Anniversary-Edition 

Werewolf the Forsaken: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/145541/Werewolf-the-Forsaken-2nd-Edition 

They Came From Beneath The Sea!: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/tcfbts/ 


In which Matthew and Eddy interview Rose Bailey about her work, as well as how she got started and very old industry gossip.

* Dixie messed up

* We all love Rose's work

* How did Rose get started?

* Vampire: The Requiem

* Carmilla

* Vampire: The Requiem Second Edition

* Antagonists

* Title Changes

* More Vampire: The Requiem!

* Shoutouts to creators!

* Requiem fiction

* Cavaliers of Mars and its inspirations

* A Cavaliers (and other games) adventure seed!

* Other inspiration

* Rose's Patreon and her personal games

* GM advice

* On Nobody's Side & an anecdote

* Matthew gets personal

* Who are Rose's personal inspirations?

* On having people's backs

* Pugmire/Cavaliers?

* Changeling: The Lost Second Edition

* Dangerous to Go Alone!

* Rose makes an announcement!

Rose's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/fantasyheartbreaker 
Rose's Twitter: https://twitter.com/rose_on_mars 
Rose's DTRPG page: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?keywords=rose+bailey&x=0&y=0&author=&artist=&pfrom=&pto= 
Cavaliers of Mars: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/242299/Cavaliers-of-Mars-Core-Rulebook 
On Nobody's Side: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257270/On-Nobodys-Side?affiliate_id=453494&src=FBONSCM 
Beautiful Anomalies: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/235746/Beautiful-Anomalies-Core-Rulebook 
Vampire: The Requiem Second Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/123898/Vampire-The-Requiem-2nd-Edition 
They Came from Beneath the Sea! trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxLydk4t76s 


In which Dixie and Eddy make characters for Matthew's Scion: Origin chronicle.

* Dixie found some first edition Aberrant stuff
* Awkward silence song!
* But first, some banter (if you want to jump to character creation, it starts around 19:30)
* We talk about… clothing?
* Matthew is a Watchmen hipster
* How cosplay can make you feel powerful
* A brief history of Scion
* Matthew is the Storyguide, Dixie and Eddy are playing
* We'll be posting the first game session somewhere
* Setting: Miami, Florida
* Character concepts
* Deeds: short, long, and Band
* Storyguide advice: How to make sure characters work together
* Choosing divine parents and pantheons
* Oh, and character names
* Origin, Role, and Pantheon Paths
* Skills and what Skills actually mean
* How Storypath makes competant characters
* Attributes and Approaches
* Callings and Knacks
* Eddy missed a step
* Tweaks and Connections
* Future pantheons

* Work from Home Article: https://guacamoley.com/the-scoop/2018/11/25/wall-street-journal-article-about-what-to-wear-if-you-work-from-home-has-people-rolling-their-eyes/ 
* Scion Preorder: https://scion-2nd-edition-tabletop-rpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders 


In which Dixie interviews Jacqueline Bryk about her work, as well as safety rules and methods in RPGs and LARPs, via several rude interruptions by Dixie's roommate's cat.

* Matthew's weird voice
* We realize we've all worked on Kult
* Throwing Neall into the sea
* Meet Jax!
* Her early involvement with safety rules
* "Fun" versus "enjoyment"
* Bad cat interruption #1
* "My Jam"
* More on safety rules
* Ways of checking in
* "Session Zero"
* Jacob gets called out
* Bluebeard's Bride
* Bad cat interruption #2
* More Bluebeard's Bride
* "Making players cry"
* Changeling: The Lost
* A bit of Jax' history
* Bad cat interruption #3 + a peek behind the curtain
* More Jax history!
* A bit about Jenna Moran and Forest Witches in Exalted
* Jax' current projects
* "Sanity" in games and...CthulhuTech?
* On problematic language
* Personal experience and growth
* You're allowed to mess up
* You're allowed to leave the table
* Honobono games
* Bad cat interruption #4 as we wrap up
* Outro: We continue talking about Bebop
* Kult: Taroticum and Other Tales
* Freelancer day jobs
* More "Bluebeard's Bride"
* Chicago by Night Kickstarter is almost over!
* YouTube need an audio-only app
* Eddy touches on the "entertainment vs fun" thread
* Sidebar about Word documents vs layout
* Content coming on YouTube and Twitch!
* Fun technological problems after the outro

After the War Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2QDCM1Y 
Jacqueline Bryk on DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/13033/Jacqueline-Bryk 
My Jam on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2P7k5GX 
The Panalysts: https://youtu.be/jz8JeFz7e5w 
Bluebeard's Bride: http://www.magpiegames.com/bluebeards-bride/ 
Changeling: The Lost: https://changeling-the-lost-2nd-edition.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders 
KULT: Divinity Lost: https://www.modiphius.net/collections/kult 
Taroticum and Other Tales: https://www.modiphius.net/products/scenario-collection-taroticum-book 
Golden Sky Stories: http://starlinepublishing.com/our-games/golden-sky-stories/ 
Stardew Valley: https://stardewvalley.net/ 
Jax on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RuffleJax 
Chicago by Night Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/chicago-by-night-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed 
Chicago by Night Q&A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8YbbzEPuiI 
VtM25 Podcast Interview: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-tfp5n-501f1b6 
Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath/videos 
Onyx Path Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theonyxpath/ 


In which Dixie, Eddy, and Matthew do a deep dive into the Storypath system that Onyx Path uses for Scion, Trinity, They Came from Beneath the Sea!, and Dytopia Rising: Evolution.

* Newscaster voices!
* Storypath system primer/basics of the mechanics
* Various systems Storypath does well
* Skill + Attribute
* Arena + Approach
* Storypath is structured like media!
* A bit about failures being interesting
* Dramatic editing and Trinity's structure
* Momentum and Scion
* Integrating mechanics into setting
* More about failing before you succeed
* Dixie makes a WoW connection!
* Wading deeper in the Momentum pool
* The "Paths" of Storypath
* On...Trademarks? Props? in TCfBtS!
* More on Momentum, Conditions. and Flaws
* Dice rolling in Storypath, Enhancements, and Complications
* System flexibility
* Scale in Storypath
* A tangent!
* You don't have to memorize the rules to run a game
* Power levels in Storypath
* Getting meta with TCfBtS!
* Trinity's...continuum
* Our personal favorite Storypath games
* Another stinger brought to you by us goofing off before recording!

Trinity Continuum: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/trinitycontinuum/ 
Trinity Preorders: https://trinity-continuum-aeon-rpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders 
Scion: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/scion/ 
Scion Preorders: https://scion-2nd-edition-tabletop-rpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders 
Dystopia Rising: Evolution: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/dystopiarising/ 
Dystopia Rising: Evolution Preorders: https://dystopia-rising-evolution.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders 
They Came from Beneath the Sea!: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/tcfbts/ 
Chicago by Night Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/chicago-by-night-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed?ref=577145&token=5538fbe5# 


In which Dixie and Matthew interview Dave Brookshaw about all things Mage the Awakening.

* We can hear each other! Hooray!
* A little talk about the Chicago by Night Kickstarter
* Shout-out to "Mirthful" Mike Chaney
* Mage: The Awakening is Adamantine level on DriveThruRPG!
* Dave got into RPGs through choose-your-own-adventure books
* His relationship with Mage the Ascension
* Generations of freelancers
* Dave has worked on (just about) every Chronicles of Darkness game
* Taking over Mage the Awakening
* Why Mage?
* References, both real and fictional
* Talking Signs of Sorcery and Night Horrors
* #jerkassacanthus
* What gets left out of the books
* A bit about Tome of the Pentacle
* A bit about Fallen World
* A bit about Deviant: The Renegades
* Dave's nicknames
* Matthew had to drop out, so that's why he's a bit quiet
* Sticking to one line
* Accents
* Eddy takes a moment to talk about audio quality for convention episodes
* PAX Unplugged! Dragonmeet! Midwinter!

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