Episode 98: Five Minute Pitches #2

In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy take it in turns to sell each other (and you!) on a range of games picked by the listeners in the space of only five minutes!

* Matthew works under a pseudonym. Or does he?
* The scale of "ugh" to "eh" to "oo"
* What we do to occupy ourselves while locked in: Soviet Sherlock Holmes, Animal Crossing, and listening to records
* Music to listen to while working
* All the fun of Google Sheets
* Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition pitch - by Matthew Dawkins
* The Stepfather movies
* Chronicles of Darkness pitch - by Dixie Cochran
* A nod to the Contagion Chronicle
* Aberrant pitch- by Eddy Webb
* A nod to the N!WE roleplaying game
* They Came from Beyond the Grave! pitch - by Matthew Dawkins
* Crossing They Came from Beyond the Grave! over with They Came from Beneath the Sea!
* Monarches of Mau pitch - by Dixie Cochran
* Stay tuned for the next part!


Hunter: The Vigil 2nd Edition Backerkit: https://hunter-the-vigil-2e.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
The Stepfather: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stepfather_(1987_film)
Chronicles of Darkness: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/168428/Chronicles-of-Darkness?affiliate_id=13
Contagion Chronicle Backerkit: https://www.backerkit.com/projects/200664283/contagion-chronicle-a-chronicles-of-darkness-cross
Aberrant Backerkit: https://trinity-continuum-aberrant.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
Monarchies of Mau: https://www.realmsofpugmire.com/monarchies-of-mau
Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which Dixie and Eddy talk about working from home and what it's like for both of them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

* What it's like to work from home typically
* Eddy talks about his routine
* Dixie is a trash goblin
* We talk a bit about the days where you get nothing done
* Weird divergence about hair washing
* Back to our schedules
* We talk about burnout
* Some chat about distractions!
* A bit on different ways to assign yourself work
* A visit from the Roomba!
* Some more on productivity/creative work
* How it's different during a pandemic/lockdown
* Some ideas for what to do during the lockdown!


Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which Eddy and Dixie chat with Travis Legge about the Scarred Lands!

  • Things are a bit weird with the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Travis is temporary Matthew
  • We talk about cats. And Cats.
  • Scarred Lands: It doesn't suck
  • The roundabout history of the Scarred Lands
  • We love it when the name of the show is in the show
  • How the revised Scarred Lands came to be
  • Fantasy juggalos
  • Moving from fan to developer
  • Behind the scenes on monthly serial releases
  • Dead Man's Rust, and #notallnecromancers
  • The Legendlore Kickstarter is live now!


In which the trio is joined by Danielle Lauzon to talk about Spilled Blood for Vampire: The Requiem, among other things.

* A bit of off-topic banter
* We talk about COVID-19 and some politics/economics; skip from 6:30 to 11:00 if you're not interested
* Some chat about sensitively playing disease as a threat in Vampire
* Disease in gaming talk, including some real-world examples, takes us to 24:15 or so
* We finally get around to Spilled Blood!
* Why Danielle put in ten new bloodlines
* Explaining the Parliamentarians and the Penumbrae
* Some chatting about lost clans
* Weirder antagonists, like amaranthine cats and blood worms
* Playable options! Twice-Cursed! Belial's Brood!
* Matthew forces Danielle to make A Choice
* Eddy reminds us to talk about vampire mermaids


Spilled Blood: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/303157/Night-Horrors-Spilled-Blood
Thousand Years of Night: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/214130/Thousand-Years-of-Night?
Guide to the Night: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257465/Guide-to-the-Night?
COVID-19 Tracking Website: shorturl.at/PRVY8
Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew talk about the value and difficulties in using established metaplot in tabletop RPGs.

  • Timothy Dalton and James Bond Jr were the best James Bonds
  • What is metaplot?
  • Dixie's Vampire games
  • Matthew talks about Transylvania Chronicles and too much metaplot
  • Writing on a metaplot-heavy property, and how Exalted Essence deals with that
  • Day Zero vs metaplot
  • Players who love to delve into setting and metaplot
  • "It happens no matter what" vs "it only matters when you interact with it"
  • How historically accurate should you be?
  • Example: Star Wars and Star Trek games
  • Talk in advance and set expectations
  • Explicitly changing things
  • GM's Day Sale, a Poe mashup, and Duke Rollo
  • INSERT: We're doing another five minute pitch episode!


Transylvania Chronicles

Episode 93: V5 Chicago by Night Deep Dish Dive

In which Matthew, Eddy, and Dixie discuss the recently released V5 Chicago by Night in deep detail!

* Dixie has a new cat!
* Eddy's new tattoo!
* Matthew's online drama!
* And now to discuss Chicago by Night...
* The history of Chicago by Night as a setting book
* Chicago by Night as a template domain
* Using elements from Chicago in other cities
* The fantastic layout and art of this book
* Collaboration with Paradox
* Our favourite characters from the book
* Characters we want to kill
* Handling characters like Kevin Jackson smartly
* Clan Lasombra (and their new bane)
* Lasombra and Hecata aesthetics (goth kids)
* The Sacrifice as one of the first truly playable Vampire chronicles


V5 Chicago by Night: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook
V5 Chicago by Night: https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade/products/vampire-chicago-by-night
V5 Chicago by Night: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/283858/Chicago-By-Night-Vampire-the-Masquerade-5th-Edition?affiliate_id=13&src=OnyxPathWeds
Chicago by Night 1st Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/59/Chicago-by-Night--1st-Edition
Chicago by Night 2nd Edition: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/648/Chicago-By-Night--2nd-Edition
Under a Blood Red Moon: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/3433/Under-a-Blood-Red-Moon
The Jungle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle
Hunter: The Vigil Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/hunter-the-vigil-second-edition-tabletop-roleplaying-game/description
Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk


In which Eddy and Dixie interview Josh about his work with Onyx Path and High Level Games, focusing on his Reach-Out Roleplaying Games project.

  • Eddy's eating Switch cartridges
  • Dixie's Pet Peeve Corner!
  • Matthew also has peeves
  • How Josh got involved with RPG design/Onyx Path
  • A bit of Josh's history
  • Reach-Out Role-Playing Games
  • Gaming as conflict resolution and peacebuilding
  • An example of Josh's work
  • An example from Eddy!
  • Playing as or with people from other cultures
  • More on RORPG
  • Diversity in tabletop
  • Modules for RORPG
  • Bringing RORPG to people who aren't gamers
  • A bit on backlash
  • And a bit on allyship
  • Matthew feels entitled
  • We talk about Nintendo Switch, unsurprisingly
  • Dixie's mad about the Animal Crossing Switch
  • Then we talk about modding systems; nothing is on topic after this


M20 Gods and Monsters: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/266029/M20-Gods--Monsters
Adventures for Curious Cats: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/273857/Adventures-for-Curious-Cats
Reach-Out Roleplaying Games: http://keepontheheathlands.com/rorpg/
Bodhana Group: https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/
Harlem Unbound: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/218062/Harlem-Unbound
James Mendez Hodes' website: https://jamesmendezhodes.com/
White Fragility: https://www.amazon.com/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414/
How to Be an Antiracist: https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Antiracist-Ibram-Kendi/dp/0525509283/
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Kids-Sitting-Together-Cafeteria-ebook/dp/B071KSKT3K/
iThrive: https://ithrivegames.org/
Werewolf The Podcast: https://keepontheheathlands.podbean.com/
HLG Podcast: https://highlevelgames.libsyn.com/
High Level Games: https://www.highlevelgames.ca/
Inclusive Gaming Network: http://keepontheheathlands.com/inclusive-gaming-network/
HLG Twitter: https://twitter.com/HLG_Corporate
HLG Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/high_level_games
HLG Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/highlevel
Mage The Podcast: https://magethepodcast.com/
Gizmondo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gizmondo
Hunter: The Vigil Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/hunter-the-vigil-second-edition-tabletop-roleplaying-game/description
Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew (with inadvertant guest host Danielle Lauzon) talk with some loyal Pathcast listeners!

  • Eddy continues to breath
  • Our audio quality is different from usual
  • Danielle's water pressure
  • People getting kicked during the recording (Update: Turns out it's a bug in the iOS version of the app, which we've brought up to Podbean.)
  • Night Horrors: Spilled Blood is out!
  • Navar is happy for Geist and Exalted Essence, and Dixie talks about Essence
  • Adam is a long-time listener, first-time caller talking about the PAX Trinity pre-generated characters
  • Hunter: The Vigil 2e on Kickstarter
  • Occultists Anonymous asked about (non-existent) Mage book drama
  • The realities of scheduling issues
  • Trinity Continuum Core Rulebook reception
  • TC: Aberrant status update
  • The new Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC!
  • We need to play Mario Kart
  • Altered Carbon Kickstarter
  • 6 Underground, John Wick, Hobbs & Shaw, and Saint's Row
  • Lisa Thomas is amazing
  • V5 Chicago Folios out to backers soon
  • Contagion Chronicle update
  • Lyshote called in to tell us they appreciate the podcast
  • Post-episode stinger of banter from our pre-show


In which Eddy tries once again to talk with Dixie and Matthew about RPG setting crossovers, mash-ups, and the like.

  • Breathing is important!
  • Update on Clan Grumbleduke!
  • Eddy has no idea what's going on
  • Eddy's first phone call at White Wolf
  • Translation Guides
  • Actually-published system crossovers
  • Maxwell, Prince of Chicago(s)
  • Kushiel's Dart
  • Pugmire and Cavaliers of Mars as the same setting
  • Other Pugmire mash-ups
  • Character mash-ups
  • Dystopia Rising and They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Zombie games
  • Street Fighter and World of Darkness
  • We have to wrap up early
  • Call in show next week!


World of Future Darkness was in White Wolf Magazine #36-38

Deadlands Dime Novels feat. Werewolf the Wild West

Episode 89: Interview with "Lupine" Leath Sheales
In which Matthew interviews frequent ÆON and Werewolf writer, Leath Sheales, and Eddy and Dixie join in for an intro and outro filled with all sorts of fun!

* Matthew's convention trips
* Pokemon, Digimon, and Tamagotchi
* A Reboot-related trauma
* Leath and Matthew discuss the Australian accent and soap operas
* Leath talks about his work on SLA Industries
* Leath delivers one of the best pitches Matthew has ever heard for Trinity Continuum: ÆON and talks about his work on upcoming and previous books in the line
* Leath and Matthew discuss the gaming culture of Australia
* Matthew speaks a little on the books of ours available in stores
* Matthew played D&D for the first time in years
* Leath's abiding love for werewolves
* Leath and Matthew tear into Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon for Werewolf: The Forsaken
* Eddy and Dixie pretend to have listened to the interview
* Eddy's been playing Ring Fit Adventure
* Dixie's been having fun with Fallout 4
* Matthew's experience at the ConTingency games convention


Trinity Continuum ÆON: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/260833/Trinity-Continuum-Aeon?affiliate_id=13&src=OnyxPathWeds
Night Horrors: Shunned by the Moon: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/282275/Night-Horrors-Shunned-by-the-Moon?affiliate_id=13&src=OnyxPathWeds
W20 Changing Breeds: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/121087/W20-Changing-Breeds?affiliate_id=13&src=OnyxPathWeds
Scarred Lands Player's Guide: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/197803/Scarred-Lands-Players-Guide-OGL-5e?affiliate_id=13&src=OnyxPathWeds
Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition: https://mummy-the-curse.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
Chronicles of Darkness Dark Eras 2: https://chronicles-of-darkness-dark-eras-2.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
Scarred Lands Creature Collection: https://scarred-lands-creature-collection-for-5th-edition-rpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://they-came-from-beneath-the-sea.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
SLA Industries 2nd Edition: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nightfall/sla-industries-2nd-edition
KULT: Divinity Lost: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/259252/Kult-Divinity-Lost--4th-Edition-of-Kult-Core-Rules?affiliate_id=13&src=OnyxPathWeds
The best place to check out the Forgotten Realms: https://forum.candlekeep.com
ConTingency Games Convention: http://www.con-tingency.uk/
Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

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