* Welcome back, Rich Thomas!
* What's Rich excited about?
* Trinity!
* A bit of "back in the day" talk
* On art direction
* Pirates of Pugmire!
* Rich's Magic-card art
* State of the Pathcast!
* On working from home
* Dixie promotes...the Delaware DMV?
* Future of the Pathcast?
* Blog questions!


Us! Rich!: theonyxpath.com
MASH RPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199282/MASHED-A-Korean-War-MASH-RPG
Rose Bailey's works: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4895/Fantasy-Heartbreaker

In which Eddy talks about the process of making Pirates of Pugmire!

  • Dixie and Matthew are bitter they're not in the episode
  • How our editing skills have improved! (It's not much.)
  • August 22, 2018: Outlining the book
  • September 4, 2018: Concept art
  • October 9, 2018: Project kickoff
  • October 22, 2018: First drafts
  • December 20, 2018: Deadline extension
  • January 31, 2019: Redlines finished
  • March 29, 2019: Development finished
  • Pirates of Pugmire Kickstarter will go live next week!
  • One of the rare projects where so many of us work together on it
  • We talk about the success of past Pugmire Kickstarters
  • Matthew sings a sea shanty! (Kind of.)
  • Eddy is now the dog guy, not the vampire guy


Episode 51: Putting the Romance in Necromancy with John Burke
In which Matthew and Dixie interview freelance writer John Burke about his experiences on They Came from Beneath the Sea!, Dark Eras 2, Cults of the Blood Gods, and even more books!

* Upcoming Projects, including Pirates of Pugmire and Cults of the Blood Gods
* Eddy's Hair
* Introducing (for the third time) John Burke
* The Vampire: The Masquerade YouTube Experiment - Online LARPing
* They Came from Beneath the Sea! experiences
* John's work on Vampire: The Masquerade
* Dixie has high praise for the V5 Lasombra
* Working for Matthew Dawkins, Esq.
* Dark Eras 2 experiences - from the Great War to the Last Imperials
* The learning benefits of listening to podcasts, and specifically Dan Carlin
* Playing Pugmire with Eddy Webb!
* How John has improved as a writer (very useful advice here for new writers!)
* How to network online and in person in this industry
* Why we ask writers to apply Onyx Path Styles to their assignments
* Cults of the Blood Gods spoilers!
* Shunned by the Moon teasers
* Blood hummingbirds...
* Edinburgh vs. Glasgow
* Eddy's Hair, Reprise
* Where to find us (and John Burke) on social media

Pugmire RPG: https://www.realmsofpugmire.com/
Dark Eras 2 Backerkit: https://chronicles-of-darkness-dark-eras-2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
They Came from Beneath the Sea! Backerkit: https://www.backerkit.com/projects/200664283/they-came-from-beneath-the-sea-a-tabletop-roleplay
Vampire: The Masquerade YouTube Experiment: https://www.facebook.com/groups/133797270159827/
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: https://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/

In which the trio attempts (and likely fails) to define "fun."

* It's episode 50!
* What is fun? Clowns?
* "Fun" is really hard to define
* Eddy has spoken about this and speaks on it here!
* A healthy debate on win conditions
* A bit on play style
* When aren't games "games," we ask, and a bit on puzzles
* Sometimes players change the game you're playing
* Mystery book digression
* What we enjoy out of a game
* Skyrim, somehow
* Social elements of games
* Fun vs. Engagement
* Matthew doesn't know what roller derby is
* Dixie explains roller derby badly
* Diplomacy
* Online roleplaying
* LARPing
* What do we find NOT fun?


A Theory of Fun: https://www.theoryoffun.com/
Eddy's website: http://eddyfate.com/
Fiasco: https://bullypulpitgames.com/games/fiasco/
Dread: http://www.tiltingatwindmills.net/games/dread/
Gone Home: https://gonehome.game/
Dear Esther: http://www.thechineseroom.co.uk/games/dear-esther
Life is Strange: https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com/en-us/games/life-is-strange
Myst: https://cyan.com/games/myst/
The 7th Guest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_7th_Guest
Yggdrasil: http://cubicle7.co.uk/yggdrasill-a-look-at-the-nine-worlds/
Doki Doki Literature Club: https://ddlc.moe/
Promethean: The Created: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/chroniclesofdarkness/prometheanthecreated/
Wraith: The Oblivion: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/classicworldofdarkness/wraiththeoblivion/
Horror on the Orient Express: https://www.chaosium.com/horror-on-the-orient-express-pdf/
Skyrim: https://elderscrolls.bethesda.net/en/skyrim
Diplomacy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomacy_(game)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2016/7/27/the-extraordinary-adventures-of-baron-munchausen/

In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew take a deep dive into the Scarred Lands for Pathfinder and D&D Fifth Edition!

  • Matthew is running out of greetings
  • Farewell to the Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter!
  • Dixie is editing Dark Eras 2
  • Matthew is redlining Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition
  • Eddy is working on Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • History of the Scarred Lands property
  • What we like about the Scarred Lands
  • Races
  • Classes
  • Magic
  • Monsters
  • Tattoo magic
  • Balance of politics and adventure
  • Tons of interesting locations and characters
  • Worldbuilding!
  • Religion
  • Lots of places to check out the Scarred Lands


In which we mostly talk about Exalted with Monica Speca!

* Finger guns! Good at audio!
* It's Monica Speca!
* How she got started with roleplaying
* How she joined Onyx Path
* Getting into Exalted via Scion and Trinity
* So much Exalted talk!
* Dixie messes up researching our guest!
* We talk a lot more about Exalted
* What are our Exalt types?
* We talk a bit about Infernals
* We're keeping Monica
* We talk about Storypath System
* Bonus Experience podcast!
* A bit more about Exalted

Exalted: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/exalted/
V20 Dark Ages: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/144495/Vampire-20th-Anniversary-Edition-The-Dark-Ages
Changeling:The Lost Second Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/248078/Changeling-the-Lost-Second-Edition
Scion Second Edition: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/scion/
Trinity Continuum: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/trinitycontinuum/
Bonus Experience: https://bxpcast.com/
Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/contagion-chronicle-a-chronicles-of-darkness-cross?ref=769170&token=2d954ccb

Episode 47: Emotional RPG Experiences
In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy discuss the range of emotions they've experienced at the gaming table and retell some anecdotes of emotional roleplay.

* All the Appalachians
* Chicago by Night editing
* Pirates of Pugmire and Aberrant art direction
* Pirates of Pugmire and Cults of the Blood Gods design diaries
* The Contagion Chronicle is on Kickstarter
* Dixie's in-character and out-of-character divide (roleplaying as acting)
* Matthew's experience at the Convention of Thorns
* Eddy's many Vampire LARPing experiences
* Heroic roleplay over mundane play
* Power dynamic and power fantasy
* Roleplaying characters we're comfortable to play
* Tears at the tabletop, from Vampire to Pugmire
* Evoking emotions from your fellow players
* Matthew's games aren't fun
* Getting emotionally invested in one-shots
* Evoking fear and revulsion
* Feeling anger in your roleplay
* Misogyny isn't much fun
* Where to find us online

Chicago by Night on Backerkit: https://www.backerkit.com/projects/200664283/chicago-by-night-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed
The Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/contagion-chronicle-a-chronicles-of-darkness-cross
Pugmire on DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204313/Pugmire-Core-Rulebook

In which Eddy and Dixie interview Chris Spivey of "Harlem Unbound" fame, and Eddy forgets that he's already worked with Chris.

  • Introducing Chris Spivey
  • We wonder how bodies die in space
  • Chris started so he could see more people like him in games
  • Digression to talk about Metatopia
  • The origin story of Harlem Unbound
  • Why Lovecraft clicks with Chris
  • Racism in the RPG industry
  • Historical research
  • Dixie forgets someone (L. S. Alexander Gumby)
  • Eddy forgets someone (Chris)
  • V5: Chicago by Night
  • Chris and Dixie at High Level Games Con
  • The ENnies
  • Updating old products
  • What can we do within the industry?
  • Scion: Masks of the Mythos
  • Matthew didn't die in space!
  • We need to be better about keeping track of our freelancer pool
  • Hearing everyone's origin story
  • Differences in regional gaming culture
  • Contagion Chronicle Kickstarter!


In which the trio talks about research best practices and processes for writing RPGs!

* Which books took the most research for Eddy and Matthew?
* Fan wikis are the best.
* IP research
* Game lines that take a bit more research
* Pugmire research (What do you do when it's your own idea/IP?)
* Research holes
* What do you do if research is boring?
* Testing games
* What's the most interesting thing you've learned while researching for games?
* Historical research process
* Cultural research
* Seriously, what IS fun?

Sothis Ascends: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/146995/Sothis-Ascends
New Wave Requiem: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/60377/New-Wave-Requiem
Beckett's Jyhad Diary: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225322/V20-Becketts-Jyhad-Diary?term=beckett
Chicago by Night: https://chicago-by-night-v5.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/210616/Changeling-The-Dreaming-20th-Anniversary-Edition
Legendlore: http://www.calibercomics.com/legendlore.html
Pugmire: https://www.realmsofpugmire.com/
They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://they-came-from-beneath-the-sea.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
The Giant Gila Monster: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052846/
Dark Eras 2: https://chronicles-of-darkness-dark-eras-2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
Contagion Chronicle: http://kck.st/2uraRsz

In which Matthew and Eddy interview Chris Allen as a new (to us, at least) developer at Onyx Path

* We start off low and somber
* Dixie goes to play Pokemon Go
* What Chris is working on right now
* Mongoose Publishing during the d20 boom
* Working with license holders
* Coming back to the industry via Werewolf the Forsaken
* What's exciting about Forsaken
* Onyx Path Publishing at UK Game Expo!
* Developing M20 Victorian Mage
* Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon
* Deviant the Renegades
* Contagion Chronicle
* Let's talk more about Pokemon Go!

* Chris Allen's Onyx Path work: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?author=Chris%20Allen 
* Steam and Steel: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/18141/Steam--Steel-A-Guide-to-Fantasy-Steamworks 
* Werewolf the Forsaken Second Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/145541/Werewolf-the-Forsaken-2nd-Edition 
* UK Game Expo: https://ukgamesexpo.co.uk/ 
* Mage the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/149562/Mage-The-Ascension-20th-Anniversary-Edition 
* Pokemon Go: https://www.pokemongo.com/ 

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