Episode 162: Convention Reflections and Game Announcements

In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew talk about the recently passed Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention 2021 and the games announced there.

* Eddy discusses Yu-Gi-Oh!
* Matthew discusses Alice in Borderland!
* Dixie discusses manga in general!
* We finally get on topic
* They Came from the Cyclops's Cave!
* They Came from [CLASSIFIED]!
* Squeaks in the Deep
* Exalted: Essence
* Trinity Continuum: Aether
* A big thank you

Links:

* Yu-Gi-Oh!: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/
* Alice in Borderland: https://www.netflix.com/title/80200575
* They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/300642/They-Came-From-Beneath-the-Sea
* Pugmire: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204313/Pugmire-Core-Rulebook
* Exalted: Essence: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/exalted-essence-tabletop-roleplaying-game
* Trinity Continuum Core: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/260788/Trinity-Continuum-Core-Rulebook
* Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath
* Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
* Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which Eddy and Dixie talk to the Kickstarter Concierge himself, James Bell!

  • Dixie joins Ian's side, and then has an existential crisis
  • Starting out during the D20 boom and bust
  • The rise and fall of Fiery Dragon
  • Retail dying and signing up with Onyx Path
  • The cultural nuances of buying alcohol
  • Separating the creative and production aspects of Kickstarter
  • Retail backgrounds and community management
  • Benefits of crowdfunding

Links:

In which the trio is joined by Ian A. A. Watson and, of course, Rich Thomas, to make announcements, get excited for the convention weekend, and answer some questions from the live chat.

* No show notes this week, as it's mostly just the live panel!

Links:

Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath
Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which the trio gets hyped up (and hypes YOU up) for the Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention!

* Matthew is HYPE
* Camera...etiquette?
* Recapping last year's con!
* OPP Con 2021!
* What we are looking forward to!
* Actual Plays!
* Owlbear Rodeo
* Panels!
* Drinking?
* Get hype!

Links:

StartPlaying.Games OPP Con Section: https://startplaying.games/blog/posts/announcing-onyx-path-virtual-gaming-convention-2021
Vorpal Tales: twitch.tv/vorpaltales
Dork Tales: twitch.tv/dorktales
Occultists Anonymous: twitch.tv/OccultistsAnonymous
Plastic Age Plays: twitch.tv/plasticageplays
Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath
Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which Eddy and Matthew talk with Jack Berkenstock of the Bodhana Group about using tabletop RPGs in therapeutic settings.

  • What is the Bodhana Group?
  • Therapy through the game, not about the game
  • Lots of talk about RPG safety tools
  • Using safety tools to start the discussion, not stop it
  • Convincing people to use safety tools
  • Jack's origin story as a multitude of Airdales
  • What do you want to see at Onyx Path Con?

Links:

In which Eddy and Matthew discuss (in reverse order) our thoughts on the evolution of crowdfunding, the recent Sabbat book announcement, and Trinity Continuum: Anima!

* Meetings are the mind-killer.
* Feedback on the Anima design diary.
* Playing and writing to or against expectations.
* The V5 Sabbat announcement from Paradox.
* The Sabbat as antagonists?
* When crowdfunding started in earnest, and the ways in which it has changed.
* Is crowdfunding begging for money?
* Early bird offers, physical stretch goals, additional page count as rewards, etc.
* What's the economy behind stretch goals?
* The curve of sales via crowdfunding.
* Exalted: Essence is currently on Kickstarter!
* Open development vs. manuscript releases vs. errata.

Links:

* Exalted: Essence Kickstarter: http://kck.st/3vsbUGv
* Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath
* Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
* Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which Eddy tries to apologize to Dixie and Matthew for bad recordings by doing a solo design diary on Trinity Continuum: Anima!

  • French anime
  • Eddy does this to help with recording issues, and thus introduces a recording issue
  • We discuss the nuances of being on fire
  • Developing the idea behind Anima
  • Eddy and Ian coming on board as developers
  • Ian's role as content lead vs co-developer
  • Brainstorming and outline process
  • Struggling creatively during 2020
  • Cyberpunk as genre, compared to MMOs
  • Can I play my Cyberpunk/Shadowrun character? Kind of.
  • Hopepunk and the underlying mystery of the game
  • Eddy is so happy with the team on this game
  • Matthew gives Eddy a job interview, but gives the position to Dixie

Links:

In which Eddy, Matthew, and Dixie discuss the games they've been playing lately and come up with some recommendations!

* Eddy is low key high
* Is gaming at the table coming back? How lockdown interferes with gaming.
* The stresses of appearing on camera
* Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective - Carlton House Mysteries
* Dixie's Games: Squeaks in the Deep, Cyberpunk RED, Changeling: The Lost, Good Society
* Eddy's Games: D&D Descent Into Avernus, Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Sentinel Comics
* Matthew's Games: Pendragon, V20 Dark Ages, World Wide Wrestling, Cthulhu by Gaslight, Call of Cthulhu, Mouse Guard
* Dixie's Video Games: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Genshin Impact
* Eddy's Video Games: Also Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic!, Mario Kart, Octopath Traveler, Disco Elysium, LEGO Video Games
* Matthew's Video Games: Blasphemous, Super Mario Maker 2, Immortals Fenyx Rising

Links:

* Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Carlton House Mysteries: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/223931/sherlock-holmes-consulting-detective-carlton-house
* Squeaks in the Deep: https://www.realmsofpugmire.com/
* Cyberpunk RED: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/333585/Cyberpunk-RED?affiliate_id=13
* Cyberpunk RED with Vorpal Tales: https://vorpaltales.com/vt/tag/cyberpunk-red/
* Changeling: The Lost: http://theonyxpath.com/category/worlds/chroniclesofdarkness/changelingthelost/?affiliate_id=13
* Changeling: The Lost with Tom Murr: https://youtu.be/r_Pgpld3ez4
* Good Society: https://storybrewersroleplaying.com/good-society/?v=79cba1185463
* D&D Descent Into Avernus: https://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/baldursgate_descent
* Dungeon in a Box: https://dungeoninabox.com/
* Thirsty Sword Lesbians: https://www.evilhat.com/home/thirsty-sword-lesbians/
* Sentinel Comics: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gtgames/sentinel-comics-the-roleplaying-game
* Prince's Gambit: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223907/Princes-Gambit-Card-Game?affiliate_id=13
* Pendragon: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/165085/King-Arthur-Pendragon-Edition-52?affiliate_id=13
* V20 Dark Ages: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/144495/Vampire-20th-Anniversary-Edition-The-Dark-Ages?affiliate_id=13
* World Wide Wrestling: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/338750/World-Wide-Wrestling-Second-Edition?affiliate_id=13
* Cthulhu by Gaslight: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/100929/Cthulhu-by-Gaslight?affiliate_id=13
* Call of Cthulhu: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/150997/Call-of-Cthulhu-7th-Edition--Keepers-Rulebook?affiliate_id=13
* Mouse Guard: http://www.mouseguard.net/book/role-playing-game/
* Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: https://www.starwars.com/games-apps/knights-of-the-old-republic
* Genshin Impact: https://genshin.mihoyo.com/en
* Disco Elysium: https://discoelysium.com/
* Immortals Fenyx Rising: https://www.ubisoft.com/en-gb/game/immortals-fenyx-rising
* Octopath Traveler: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/octopath-traveler-switch/
* LEGO Video Games: https://www.lego.com/en-gb/games
* Blasphemous: https://www.team17.com/games/blasphemous/
* Super Mario Maker 2: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/super-mario-maker-2-switch/
* Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath
* Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
* Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

In which Eddy and Dixie have an EPIC conversation with Monica Speca and Neall Raemonn Price about Exalted Essence!

  • ... we ARE talking about Exalted Essence, right? Or was it lunch?
  • What is Exalted Essence?
  • Do you need Exalted 3rd Ed?
  • Streamlined setting and how huge Creation is.
  • What are the rules like?
  • The "Graduate Your Game" ad campaign from 2008.
  • Challenging assumptions, such as charm design.
  • Charm modes and power differential.
  • Mixed groups.
  • All ten Exalt types.
  • How anima works.
  • How does combat work?
  • Building Power.
  • New caste marks.
  • How virtues work.
  • Inspirational media.

Links:

In which Dixie and Eddy talk about the upcoming Squeaks in the Deep, the mice and rats supplement for Realms of Pugmire.

* Dixie gets revenge!
* We begin our squeaky dive
* Why Eddy chose Squeaks in the Deep
* How Squeaks came to be
* A lot on the culture of mice and rats
* Why most rats and mice dislike the Cult of Labo Tor
* All six new Callings!
* A bit on our recent playtest
* Contrasting rodent backgrounds with dogs and cats
* On Psionics
* We go behind the scenes into how the world of Pugmire works!
* Secrets!
* The Underneath
* Squeaks for VTT 
* Last bits!

Links:

Squeaks in the Deep Playtest 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZPnV9Obg_0
Squeaks in the Deep Playtest 2: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/997081554
Realms of Pugmire: https://www.realmsofpugmire.com/
Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath
Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

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