Dragon Blooded Kickstarter starts on the 27th.

[#][F] RichT - 3/20/2018
Originally posted by kongurous View Post
also lol at the swipes at how the Ex3 kickstarter was handled when Wraith 20 is 2.5 years passed estimated delivery date (longer than it took exalted), Changeling isn't much better, and Scarred Lands is vapor. The only difference is in Exalted's success and the noise the fans made over because of their emotional attachment to the game.
If you are talking about getting the backers out their Backer PDFs, then yes, based on the original Estimated Delivery Dates on Kickstarter, Wraith took 2 years and 7 months longer than estimated compared to 2 years for EX3's Backer PDF. Wraith's physical Deluxe book will need to take more than a year to get to backers to equal the time from estimated to delivery for Deluxe Exalted. C20, which I assume you are talking about, was indeed late, at 6 months later than estimated for the Backer PDF, and is currently 8 months later than estimated for the Deluxe and I'm talking to the fulfillment shippers now about when shipping will start.

None of those three KSs mentioned above used most of the improvements I mentioned on my blog post, although C20 did have BackerKit.

As for Scarred Lands, the pallets of physical books, dice, and other add-ons in the fulfillment warehouse negates any sort of "vaporware" label. My info on that KS and it's dates suggest that the PDFs took 4 months longer than estimated to get to backers, and the physical books are 1 year and seven months past the original estimate that Stewart Wieck made. Onyx Path did not run that KS, so I've been trying to pick up the strands of the plans Stewart made for it before his untimely death, as well as to stay informed of the status of the KS shipping as other folks finish up fulfillment of the KSs Stewart ran.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2018
Originally posted by Tribute of a Dark Heart View Post
So is there any chance the Realm book comes out while the Dragonblooded kickstarter is running? Those two books are made for each other!
I'm almost sure it'll come out after What Fire Has Wrought.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2018

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
A sworn kinship between three Realm and two Lookshians is interesting.
Left Hand Chalima isn't from Lookshy. She's an outcaste. ^_^

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 3/27/2018
So.

When that Tepet preview went live I remarked that all the other Great House writeups were just as good. Was I wrong?

(Talk about the preview contents, y'all! We worked really hard on that stuff!)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/27/2018
Originally posted by Eldagusto View Post
Is the manuscript out yet?
The first 20% of the manuscript is now up for Kickstarter backers. Another piece will go up each week, until everything is out by the end of the Kickstarter.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 3/27/2018
Originally posted by Ekorren View Post
Who wrote the chapter fiction of the Empress in her bedroom? I liked that a lot.
Neall was temporarily unchained from Scion development to write that one and the Tepet Arada fiction that's been previewed already.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/27/2018
Originally posted by Delta View Post
I have to ask: So the estimated date means that they fully expect the PDF/PoD versions of the book to take (almost) another year before they come out?
We always need to provide a conservative estimate.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/27/2018
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
That is a bit excessive. 20k per goal got dark eras in trouble.
Distance between stretch goals will diminish as we move from the first few days' headlong rush into the slow mid-month creep of the Kickstarter life cycle.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2018
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post

Fair enough. Love the preview Btw, who can I thank for Iselei being +700% more awesome?
The wonderful Vera Vartanian!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/28/2018
Originally posted by Blackwell View Post
Wait, "Estimated delivery date: December 2019"?

So even with the manuscript complete, we're (nearly) a year out from the PDF and (almost) another year from the physical deluxe?
That's a very conservative estimate, so that even if there are unexpected problems we can still hit the date.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/28/2018
Originally posted by Blackwell View Post
And I definitely respect the hell out of that, history being what it is. But if I promised not to quote you, could you maybe give an idea of how conservative? Like "take your worst case scenario and double it" conservative, or "tack an extra couple months on to be safe" conservative?
I don't actually know the answer!

[#][F] RichT - 3/30/2018
Originally posted by Jetstream View Post

“All of our white wolf licensed... have been deluxe...” is a factually untrue statement. I don’t know what the hell you’re on about me “acting out.” I have pointed out a discrepancy between statement and fact. If I have to go digging through kickstarters to find more prestiges to prove my point, I guess I’ll do that later.
I don't know when the quoted comment was made, but at a point during our KSs that was true. And if you consider anything besides a standard press run book as "Deluxe", then that's still true, I guess. But in my mind I've tried to keep separate our Deluxe project KSs (which are called Deluxe on their KSs), our Prestige edition KSs (which our Chronicles of Darkness books have been), and projects we Kickstarted to get a traditional regular print run created and out into stores (something we've started doing and are doing more of). If somebody mis-spoke, they made a mistake in nomenclature and let's just all get on the same page regardless of the cited comment and step back a bit from fighting over it.

BTW, our Prestige Editions have not been just regular printed books as we've added bells and whistles to be at least on par with the most ornate CofD core books WW was capable of doing back in the day, and often enhanced them more. Those core books back then were not business as usual in printing either.

[#][F] RichT - 4/1/2018
Originally posted by TheSly9 View Post


Rich,

Thanks for stepping in and putting an end to that. Unfortunately, it seems, that no matter how many times you or other officials of OPP say it, some just don't listen.

For your reference, the statement is from here:

http://theonyxpath.com/about/faq/

First bullet under the "Kickstarter" section.
Yep, very old part of the FAQ. I'll mention it to Ian and get it updated. Thanks!

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 4/3/2018
It's a real battle, in the sense that people actually get stabbed, but they're expected to refrain from delivering killing blows. The Exalted resistance to dying of bleeding or sepsis comes in handy.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 4/3/2018
Pasiap's Stair is no joke, nor are its graduates.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 4/3/2018
Nowhere. Save it until the final laid-out preview .pdf; apparently we don’t want anyone reporting an error here, and then not reporting it during the big push to get the layout .pdf fixed because they remember reporting it here.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 4/3/2018
Pasiap's Stair's curriculum leans heavily on instilling loyalty to the Realm in toto and to the Empress as an authority figure. The Houses are nervous about putting people with that sort of indoctrination in command positions at the moment.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/4/2018
Originally posted by wastevens View Post

I think it also matters as to *when* those deaths occur. Like, if there is a relatively low attrition rate from 20 to 40 (prime adventuring years), and then a steadily increasing rate from 40 to 100 (prime settled down with a family years), that squares, but man it means a helluva lot of assassination is going on.
Note that attrition need not be continuous. Events like the loss of the Tepet legions or the purge of the Iselsi are not unique, but merely the extreme end of a variety of intermittent major events.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/8/2018
The Realm doesn't elaborate on the Intou heresy, but I'm hoping an opportunity will arise in the setting book we're planning between Lunars and Exigents.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/8/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

Gods & Religions?
Well, that too, though we haven't written the pitch for that book yet.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 4/9/2018
New stretch goal at $221k is up.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 4/13/2018
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Huh. With the latest update providing a larger picture depicting a found egg choosing between the razor and the coin, I notice that its representation of the former is a narrow-bladed, folding handle straight razor, as was developed in Europe in the 17th century.

​Whereas I've always pictured the razor offered to represent accepting the Immaculate Order as being the older, simpler, fixed handle razor consisting of a semi-circular or square blade, as might be seen used by Aang in The Last Airbender.

​[image]http://media.giphy.com/media/r1Btb4pm7lfTG/giphy.gif[/image]

​Apart from the resonance between the images, I always found the notion of the simpler razor to be more fitting to the austerity of the Immaculate Order, and that the simple shape had a nice symmetry with the coin.

Am I overthinking it a bit?
Yeah, you’re kind of overthinking it. Minton wrote an art note saying “Draw a razor,” that’s the razor that came to mind to the artist and therefore the kind of razor the artist drew, and then in the revision process, for whatever reason nobody went “Hmm, that seems anachronistic, we ought to have the artist change it.”

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2018
Originally posted by Ascension View Post
I can't say I'm a fan of defining how the Realm Civil War starts. It seems like the same sort of problem as 2E's canonization of the Infernal explanation for the Empress's disappearance. Sure, a game could go a different direction with the RCW than whatever Heirs to the Shogunate says, but there'll be a fan perception of "this is how it happens."
I'd think of it more as a guide for Storytellers who want to create and play out their own civil war scenarios, rather than a single linear timeline of how the civil war does/could occur.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/15/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Given the number of stretch goals we’ve hit, are we in danger of having the companion turn into multiple books?
I don't think so. It's currently still smaller than Arms of the Chosen, including reward tier bonuses.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/15/2018
Originally posted by Wise Old Guru View Post
Hualli and Grip are my favorite new NPCs. They just have so much potential for Immaculate buddy-cop comedy!

Glad you enjoyed them!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/15/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
If those last 14 Charm slots don’t sell (i’m betting they will when the Kickstarter gets a surge of attention from new people near the end, but hypothetically if they don’t) is that space forfeit, or is it just more space for new Charms Vance has lying around that didn’t make WFHW?
The former.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/16/2018
Originally posted by Snakesandsuns View Post
I hope that this is the general attitude of most backers. While I can appreciate backers getting exactly what they want for the money they spend I personally dislike the whole concept of the apocryphal key word.
A personal goal for me is to work with each backer to deliver on the Charm concept they want without having to tag stuff Apocryphal if at all possible.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/16/2018
Originally posted by OpMegs View Post
So it'd be more along the lines of.... I forget which 2E Book it was, but there was a sidebar with like, six different options that the Emissary of Nexus could be, from "the Council of Entities has twelve people running around in identical masks" to "He's a First Age Solar that survived somehow". Or the one that provided offhand explanations for the Bull of the North that included being a Lunar, Abyssal, etc. instead of a Solar?

Because those were always some of my favorite things back in the day. You don't need to say how it is, but giving me a half dozen "how it could be" things about something ambiguous is great for letting me see if one of those works for me or I make my own.
That’s the plan, though it would be a much more extensive tool kit, with notes on additional sub-variations. (If it helps, I’m the one who wrote that sidebar on the Bull.)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 4/16/2018
Originally posted by Mizu View Post

I am shocked the signature characters weren't already getting a write up
They were always something we wanted to do, but just couldn’t prioritize over all the other things that need to be given space in the DB hardcover. Hence, stretch goal for the Companion.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/16/2018
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post
The new image that appears below the new stretch goal of QC writeups for the new DB circle.. I presume that's supposed to be Yushoto Mathar? If so, it struck me that the story wrote his robin as Red in color with the picture being blue...
Each story starts with the year it took place in. The intro fiction with the robin was fifty years ago, and alas, robins only live a fraction of that. Mathar's been through his share of birds.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2018
Originally posted by Phoenix_Kensai View Post
The Performance excellency allows the Dragon-Blooded to ignore the penalty for targeting multiple characters with social influence, but Performance already does that (according to the sidebar under Solar Performance Charms in the core, at least), right? Is there some benefit to that I'm missing, or is it a mistake?
That's Solar Performance Charms only.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2018
Originally posted by Phoenix_Kensai View Post

...Oh, I see now that it specifically says "Solar Performance Charms". Thanks for the answer.

It might be a while before I have time to read through all the new Charms, but after last week's preview and what I've seen of the new one, I want to say I like what I've read so far. The text is clear and concise, the balance looks good at a glance (for what little that counts), and I'm rarely left wondering how a Charm works or why I would want it after a quick read-through, which was a common problem with Solar Charms. Dragon-Blooded were never my favorite of the Exalted, but this book is making me want to play one, and they're definitely the type I'd pick for introducing new players to the system.

(Until we get Lunars and Sidereals, anyway.)
I'm glad to hear it!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5 Days ago
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
If it's in the text I missed it. What's Realm law on when a slave Exalts as Dragon-Blooded? I assume they're automatically freed and then treated like a commoner Found Egg (Razor or Coin)...
That's correct; it's explicitly covered in the text.

Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
but I'm guessing the former owner is entitled to compensation? Is the new Dragon-Blooded considered in debt to them, or do the Legions, Order, or Empress just pay them the cost of the mortal slave they lost, or what?
Unsure; we didn't cover it in the text, and I don't see any coverage in Exalted: the Outcaste. I'm not sure whether the former owner is compensated. The outcaste is not indebted to her former owner; I'm not sure why one might think she should be. Her obligations are solely to the Empress.

Note that slaves on the Blessed Isle may only be owned by the Dragon-Blooded, whose stipends make any such compensation nominal.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

In that case, I take it slaves are generally only used as servants on the Isle? They’re not used as a labor force for agriculture/industry?

That would make sense with the (compared to oppressed populations in the Threshold) beneficial status the Realm extends Isle commoners - you don’t want imported slaves putting them out of work.

Any slave plantations would be in satrapies?
The Dragon-Blooded may assign slaves to mortal overseers on the Isle, including manual labor. But the Dragon-Blood remains the owner.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by Ascension View Post
I'd take that as indication that River is herself a lost egg who took the razor. That would also fit with the new signatures representing each potential origin for your Terrestrial characters (Prasadi and Forest Witches excepted).
River is a Ledaal who joined the Immaculate Order.

Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Do we know anything about Left Hand yet? Just occurred to me they could be a Forest Witch.
Chalima is an outcaste from the Scavenger Lands. She's not affiliated with a larger outcaste group or lineage.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
I wonder if we'll get any details about the other four shrines on the Caul. Or the hidden city/shrine the Dragon-Blooded want to reach.

The Earth shrine has an interesting effect upon the land around it. It would be nice to know what the other shrines do, and how the Lunar Exalted might be making use of them.

Also, I find it amusing that the port-city is the home of the Earth shrine rather than the Water one.
Yep, the complete pilgrimage route is in there.

[#][F] RichT - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post




There haven't been previews of Heirs. None of Heirs is written yet nor has any art been commissioned for it since it's the book being built by the stretchgoals. There's also the "all future supplements of Exalted 3rd edition" line!
It'as "an" upcoming EX3 supplement, not all of them. Sorry, but we aren't able to make that big a jump in one Stretch Goal.

[#][F] RichT - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post


That makes more sense. Sorry to have misread.
No harm done (I think!), easy enough to do. Don't worry about it.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Mizu View Post
Well, if they do one hardcover that gets a kickstarter and one soft cover of one of the new foil exalts a year or something like that that would work great for me to. More interested in the pace of new material then the number of kickstarter campaigns.
After Lunars, we're hoping to do two softcovers between each hardcover, though that may change with circumstances.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2 Days ago
So what do people think about what we did with the fiction this time 'round?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Is Berit new?
Yes.

Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
I wonder why the Empress didn’t want to elevate her relative to those children she did.
My guess -- and I had no creative input on Berit whatsoever -- is that the Empress thought "The sort of house Berit would likely cultivate" would be a disruptive influence on her (the Empress's) reign during the time when Berit was campaigning to be given a house. Like, maybe if she'd been born a few centuries earlier she'd have been just what the Realm needed, but not then, so too bad, so sad.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2 Days ago
Captured Anathema are delivered to the Empress and kept in the Imperial Manse, not the prison covered in The Realm. Who knows what she was doing with them?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2 Days ago
So, who can guess what purpose they'll serve as a bunch of Quick Characters in the average Exalted game?

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Just read the River fiction. Are she and Jihe both Ledaal by birth?
River's birth name is Ledaal Sivarin Indri. We don't actually have any details on Jihe worked out at the moment; I suspect that she's a patrician. We'll probably specify in River's QC write-up in Heirs to the Shogunate.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2 Days ago
I believe it was Grabowski himself who said "Quit the order? Congrats on being an apostate in a religious society. You're totally going to marry a patrician."

[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Is a Sesus Rafara QC writeup likely to show up in the companion?
You'd have to ask the Kickstarter backers who went for the "bring back a canonical 1e/2e character as a Quick Character" reward tier.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Will future Kickstarters have a “delete this past character from the current book” reward tier?
No. 10char

[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

I like it. Very nice to have a narrative through line that lets us see lots of things.

I was surprised when we had a random monk in front of the MA chapter, given that River was a Sig. Finding out that she was an apostate and married was a fun surprise.
Note that she didn't leave the Immaculate Order because she was disillusioned with the Order or the Philosophy. She left because she fell in love and felt that pursuing a relationship meant more to her than membership in the Order.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 1 Day Ago
The cooler we made the house-specific magic shticks, the more it felt like we were funneling people toward having to use them, thereby enforcing stereotypical house characters, and the more it felt like we were at risk of accidentally giving one or two houses shticks the Internet at large would fixated on as substandard, thereby condemning them to being seen by the fanbase as “the suck house” for the remainder of the edition.