Lore of the Traditions for the Mage 20th Anniversary TTRPG

Created by Onyx Path - Lore of the Traditions

Pledge to help us create a beautiful deluxe edition of M20 Lore of the Traditions providing in-depth details for all Tradition Mages.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

May 2022 Update
26 days ago – Wed, Jun 01, 2022 at 09:06:56 AM

Hello Mages,

A quick update for the end of May. We'll check in with our regular project status tracking board and look ahead a few weeks to the next Onyx Path online convention.

But first, a link to the latest game session to spin out of our Lore of the Traditions campaign. a special one-shot that was part of some premium rewards offered as part of our Kickstarter pledge tiers: 

M20: Lore of the Traditions One-Shot (YouTube). Check that out and thanks to our backers for supporting the project AND helping bring Travis Legge's story to life! Fun stuff!

REWARDS STILL PENDING

While our main book is in editing, our two stretch goal supplements have been outlined and are now having writers assigned before the first drafts can begin. The magick is starting!

So, our main book is in editing and getting all sorted there before moving into one final round of development on the manuscript. Our two bit Stretch Goal supplements, the Faces of Magick and Forgotten Ones & Forbidden Orders books have been outlined by Travis and the team, and now writers and contracted to begin writing the first draft. So, bit by bit, the process has begun. As noted last month, it's a long journey, but we'll track each step along the way.

REWARDS DISTRIBUTED TO BACKERS

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://lore-of-the-traditions.backerkit.com/

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

You can read Onyx Path's monthly summary for April, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <April Project Status Summary>

You can find the weekly Monday Meeting blog updates <here>, which note any projects with status changes since the previous Month End summary.

I will continue to post regular updates every other month until that final Stretch Goal reward has gone out.

ONYX PATH VIRTUAL CONVENTION III

JUNE 10th - JUNE 12th

This year’s Onyx Path Publishing Virtual Convention page is now live on Start Playing Games:
https://startplaying.games/event/onyx-path

Check it out now for the GM sign-ups section if you want to run games during the con. How to list a game: https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/4516071-how-to-create-and-list-a-game

There will also be a selection of games streaming as part of the convention.

There's a Victorian Mage game on Saturday, June 11 at 2:30 PM that will be worth checking out!

There are also some great panels to check out, all of which will be hosted on the Onyx Path Twitch channel. If you wanna know what's up with Mage: The Ascension and Onyx Path, absolutely check in with them on Saturday June 11 at 1:00 PM EDT!

Aside from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the What's Up with Onyx Path panels should be good viewing!

You can get more info about all of this here: https://startplaying.games/event/onyx-path

ONYX PATH DISCUSSION CHANNELS

If you've got questions about the rules or setting, or just want to discuss this game with other fans (as well as the Onyx Path writers and developers!), you can check out these Onyx Path discussion zones:

TO CONTACT JAMES

If you've got a question about your pledge or BackerKit page or any part of that process, you can contact me with any of these methods

  • Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  • Via Kickstarter: Click Onyx Path under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!
  • Via BackerKit: Click "Need Help?" from your page, and then fill in the Contact Us form. BackerKit will pass your message along to me.

April 2022 Update
about 2 months ago – Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 12:35:51 AM

Hello Mages,

It's been just over two months since our campaign ended, and just about a month since we launched our BackerKit surveys for this project. There's still a long road ahead and a lot of work to be done on these projects, but we're going to have regular month end updates to keep track of where we sit on our rewards.

MONTHLY UPDATES

We're still in the earliest stages of this post-campaign, where projects make incremental movements along the progress path. A lot of months will be pretty similar, just a quick note to let you know that the Onyx Path team is still working on it. Any time we have a new reward or something of interest to share, I'll include that as well.

At the end of each month, I'll include a summary of our rewards and their current status (they'll either be delivered or marked as still pending, possibly with additional details if I know more). I'll also list any relevant Update posts, in case you want to go back and check into something.

As noted, it's been just over a month since we launched our BackerKit Post-Campaign Pledge Manager, and most of you have visited, confirmed your pledge as well as reviewing (and maybe adding on) Add On rewards. Earlier this month we were able to send out the existing PDFs that were included as Add Ons.

In case you need to revisit your BackerKit page or need a refresher on how to download your digital rewards, I'll include this review in each monthly update.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://lore-of-the-traditions.backerkit.com/

REWARDS STILL PENDING

alt text: Our Lore of the Traditions book is in editing, and our two stretch goal supplements are currently in the Contracts and Outlines stage

We're in the earliest stages of this post-campaign, though I expect some of those Stretch Goals to move along quickly once they really get started. Our main book is finishing up in editing before a final round of development. Our two main Stretch Goal supplements are currently locking down writers and outlines for the project. 

In this graphic, the M20 Lore of the Traditions line actually encompasses three rewards that will be distributed - the PDF will go out about after all development is completed and the first digital proofing rounds are finished. This will be an Advance PDF, allowing a final round of backer input to correct errors and catch any last mistakes. That'll take some time, but once it's done the book will go to Indexing and Prep and the PDF and Print-on-Demand versions will be finalized and made available through DriveThruRPG, and the files will be off to the printer for creation of the kickstarter hardcover. 

There's also the M20: Victorian Age add on, which isn't listed here (because it's a separate project), but will be distributed when the PDF is ready and the hardcover included in the final reward ship out.

REWARDS DISTRIBUTED TO BACKERS

I'll also list the rewards that have gone out as part of each monthly update, along with reference links to the notice of their distribution, in case you want to go back and read that information.

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

You can read Onyx Path's monthly summary for March, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <March Project Status Summary>

You can find the weekly Monday Meeting blog updates <here>, which note any projects with status changes since the previous Month End summary.

ONYX PATH DISCUSSION CHANNELS

If you've got questions about the rules or setting, or just want to discuss this game with other fans (as well as the Onyx Path writers and developers!), you can check out these Onyx Path discussion zones:

TO CONTACT JAMES

  • Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  • Via Kickstarter: Click Onyx Path under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!
  • Via BackerKit: Click "Need Help?" from your page, and then fill in the Contact Us form. BackerKit will pass your message along to me.

Digital Reward Distribution - Existing PDFs starting distribution
3 months ago – Wed, Apr 06, 2022 at 11:45:52 PM

Hello Mages,

It's been just over a week since we started the Backerkit survey process, and we've just passed the 80% response threshold so I've got some real data to look at and orders to start fulfilling. We use BackerKit to fulfill all of our rewards, so please fill out your survey and start your BackerKit Lore of the Traditions page if you haven't already.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://lore-of-the-traditions.backerkit.com/

DIGITAL REWARD DISTRIBUTION

Many of the rewards for our kickstarter projects take a lot of time and effort to complete. Usually, the kickstarter is a means of moving the project from an idea (even when it's a mostly-fully-written idea) into the actual channel that turns it into a project/product. It'll be a while before we're ready to talk about delivery on M20 Lore of the Traditions, and even longer for our projects generated via Stretch Goals (the Faces of Magick supplement, the Forgotten Ones & Forbidden Orders supplement, the VTT token pack, and the rest).

That said, there are a few rewards that are available now, as they were mostly add-on PDFs of existing products. And now we can work on getting those out to you over the weekend.

The following Add On Rewards Will Be Distributed This Week:

  • [Add On] M20 Rich Bastard's Guide to Magick PDF
  • [Add On] M20 Technocracy Reloaded PDF
  • [Add On] M20 "Spellbook" PDF Bundle (Gods & Monsters, How Do You Do That?, Book of Secrets)
  • [Add On] Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition PDF
  • [Add On] Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition PDF
  • [Add On] Vampire: Dark Ages 20th Anniversary Edition PDF
  • [Add On] Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition PDF
  • [Add On] Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition PDF
  • [Stretch Goal] M20 Digital Posters (Set of 9)

The Stretch Goal reward - A set of 9 Digital M20 Posters that we unlocked with these three Stretch Goal achievements - will be going out to all backers of the Kickstarter campaign. The other rewards will be going to anyone who added them on during the campaign or in the BackerKit Pledge Manager after the campaign.

REWARD DISTRIBUTION

Your link to claim these digital rewards will be sent out by our BackerKit pledge manager over the next few days. Since we are using our partners at DriveThruRPG as the hosts for these, you will need to set up a DriveThru account if you don't have one already. If you encounter any problems with downloading your rewards, please contact DTRPG's customer service to resolve the matter, they've always been top-rated for customer service. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/contact_us.ph

The best way to ensure these redemption codes work smoothly is to log in to your DTRPG account first, and then click (or copy) the link shown in your BackerKit.

Again, you will receive an e-mail from BackerKit with links for these rewards over the next 2 days if any of them are on your expected list of rewards. I'll be releasing them in waves, so don't panic if you only see a couple links at first... the rest are coming. (We're in a digital world, but there are still a lot of manual processes. And there are many links to go out!!)

The easiest way to see if you've got digital downloads available is to login to your backerkit account:

https://lore-of-the-traditions.backerkit.com/digital_rewards and it'll show anything available. Your backerkit account should also confirm all rewards that you should expect from your reward tier selected.

MONTHLY UPDATES

We're still in the earliest stages of this post-campaign, where projects make incremental movements along the progress path. A lot of months will be pretty similar, just a quick note to let you know that the Onyx Path team is still working on it. Any time we have a new reward or something of interest to share, I'll include that as well.

At the end of each month, I'll include a summary of our rewards and their current status (they'll either be delivered or marked as still pending, possibly with additional details if I know more). I'll also list any relevant Update posts, in case you want to go back and check into something.

So, I'll be back with our first Month End update in about three weeks. Until then...

TO CONTACT JAMES

  • Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  • Via Kickstarter: Click Onyx Path under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!
  • Via BackerKit: Click "Need Help?" from your page, and then fill in the Contact Us form. BackerKit will pass your message along to me.

FINAL DAY ON KICKSTARTER

Final Day on Kickstarter!

The They Came From... tabletop roleplaying games take your favorite movies, television shows, and pop culture touchstones and turn them into action-packed and wise-cracking opportunities to tell your own versions of these cinematic stories. Previous releases have explored B-movie atomic horror from the 1950s (They Came from Beneath the Sea!) and twisted tales of horror from the 1960s and '70s (They Came from Beyond the Grave!). With this campaign, Onyx Path is ready to introduce TWO new entries enabling you to take on quest-filled fantasy adventure stories with They Came from the Cyclops's Cave! and thrilling tales of world-saving espionage with They Came from [CLASSIFIED]!

Now you can help Onyx Path bring these games to life by supporting either - or both! - with this Double Feature crowdfunding campaign!

FINAL DAY -This campaign ends TOMORROW, April 7th! Check it out and join in if you can!

Time for BackerKit Surveys
3 months ago – Mon, Mar 28, 2022 at 11:22:44 PM

Hello Mages,

Just regular James as we start our regular process

Starting next month I will send out the first of our regular month end updates. Near the end of each month, I will be sending out an update with status notes on our main project as well as the Stretch Goal projects we added. As noted in previous updates, these projects take a long time to put together. You've seen the manuscript preview PDF, but there are still many moving pieces and puzzles to solve in turning this into an awesome book. These month-end updates ensure that communication is constant and consistent, and that we're all on the same page with regards to where we stand.

That's info for the end of April, though. Let's talk about this now instead, because...

I will be sending out the BackerKit Pledge Manager surveys over the next 4 days!

But, before we begin all of that - I hope everyone's keeping safe and managing through our current times as best possible. I don't know how things will look as the world continues to change, but hoping the best for all of you.

BACKER SURVEYS

Over the next few days, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey (although that may help keep things organized if you've got multiple projects going.) When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey invitation link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. You don’t have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email!

The e-mail will look something like this:

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts, and that won't happen until the books are printed and we're preparing to ship.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://lore-of-the-traditions.backerkit.com/

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://lore-of-the-traditions.backerkit.com/faq

If you have any other questions or concerns, you can post them to the comments for this update, the comment section, or message me via one of these methods:

TO CONTACT JAMES

  • Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  • Via Kickstarter: Click Onyx Path under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!
  • Via BackerKit: Click "Need Help?" from your page, and then fill in the Contact Us form. BackerKit will pass your message along to me.

If there are any issues you find with the Pledge Manager, please contact me as soon as possible to let me know. It rolls out in waves so that I can correct issues on the fly and make it work as best possible as people come on board.

Please send me an e-mail (to the address above) if there were any tweaks or changes that need to be made to your BackerKit survey that we talked about during the campaign. I have aged about thirty years during the past few months and my memory is... not as good as I'd like.

Within the BackerKit Survey and Pledge Manager, you can:

  • Review your Pledge Tier Selection and Rewards
  • Upgrade your Reward Tier pledge selection
  • Confirm Add On selections
  • Set up payment information for any failed payments from the Kickstarter campaign or to pay for any new Add On options selected.

When you click on your BackerKit invitation link, you should see something like this...

From the BackerKit welcome page you can choose to

  • 1 - Review Your Pledge Level and Rewards
  • 2 - Switch Your Pledge Level
  • 3 - Start Your Survey, confirming pledge rewards, confirming or selecting new Add On options, and confirming any shipping and payment info that may be needed

If you've pledged to a reward tier that includes physical rewards, you can enter your shipping country at this stage to line up those terrible shipping costs.

If you select option 1, your Pledge Level, you will see a list of all items included in your Pledge Rewards, and also have the option to upgrade your Pledge Level, in case you've decided to get the hardcover instead of just the PDF for example.

Selecting the Pledge Level reveals the Pledge Reward List and other details.

Once you've confirmed that your Pledge Level is correct and where you want it to be, you can GET STARTED with your BackerKit Pledge Manager Survey.

Once we've got a fair response to our survey and collected a reasonable amount of info, I'll be working on fulfilling rewards that are available now - like the PDFs of the titles included in our Add On section (for example, M20 Rich Bastard's Guide to Magick, M20 Technocracy Reloaded, the WoD 20A Core Rules PDFs, and the rest...).

So, in summary:

  • Look for an e-mail invitation to BackerKit sometime over the next few days
  • Get Started on your survey
  • Confirm your Pledge Level (or SWITCH your Pledge Level if you want to change it)
  • Confirm and Select Any Add On options
  • Confirm Your Shipping Information (if needed)
  • Confirm Your Payment Information (if needed)

I will post an update in another week or so as I begin outlining the delivery of our first Add On rewards (the existing PDF titles, as noted above) and beginning distribution of those PDF rewards.

NOW ON KICKSTARTER

The They Came From... tabletop roleplaying games take your favorite movies, television shows, and pop culture touchstones and turn them into action-packed and wise-cracking opportunities to tell your own versions of these cinematic stories. Previous releases have explored B-movie atomic horror from the 1950s (They Came from Beneath the Sea!) and twisted tales of horror from the 1960s and '70s (They Came from Beyond the Grave!). With this campaign, Onyx Path is ready to introduce TWO new entries enabling you to take on quest-filled fantasy adventure stories with They Came from the Cyclops's Cave! and thrilling tales of world-saving espionage with They Came from [CLASSIFIED]!

Now you can help Onyx Path bring these games to life by supporting either - or both! - with this Double Feature crowdfunding campaign!

Final Weeks! Check it out! Like 3 people like this update

We've Ascended!
4 months ago – Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 10:49:22 AM

Hello Magi!

What an amazing campaign this has been. It came out of the gate like a lightning bolt and stayed shart right through the entire 30 day campaign. The past 48 hours have been remarkable. Here's the quick summary of the past month...

WE DID IT!

Forming a council of disparate opinions and different philosophies, we nevertheless came together with one major goal in mind - to fund the development and production of Lore of the Traditions for Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition. I know it's a thing I do, drawing parallels between the game themes and our efforts, but this one sort of writes itself. 

And not just that. We've had an amazing run for the past 30 days, and added several bonus rewards along the way. We worked together to add two new M20 supplements for the creative team to work on - and then expanded them a few times each so that they could really dig into their subjects. We've also added a bunch of celebrations and marked some milestones of our progress!

MILESTONE MARKERS + CAMPAIGN CELEBRATIONS

Redbubble Backer T-Shirt Opportunity – A Lore of the Traditions-themed Kickstarter Backer shirt will be hosted on Onyx Path’s Redbubble store for a limited time. Only backers will be notified when the shirt becomes available for purchase.

Digital Wallpaper– Dress up your computer monitor with some magick-packed artwork from the Lore of the Traditions. This reward will be added to the rewards list for all backers.

Mobile Wallpaper – Take your magick on the go with this mobile-sized version of the Lore of the Traditions wallpaper. This reward will be added to the rewards list for all backers.

Digital M20 Posters – A trio of M20 digital posters, including the Akashic Brotherhood, the Celestial Chorus, and the Cult of Ecstasy will be added to the rewards list of all backers.

Digital M20 Posters – A trio of M20 digital posters, including the Dreamspeakers, the Euthanatos, and the Order for Hermes will be added to the rewards list of all backers.

Digital M20 Posters – A trio of M20 digital posters, including the Sons of Ether, the Verbena, and the Virtual Adepts will be added to the rewards list of all backers.

ONLINE PLAY TOOLS

Lore of the Traditions VTT Token Pack – Digital assets will be created to support online play for M20 games using the Lore of the Traditions artwork. This online asset pack will be added to the rewards list of all backers.

Lore of the Traditions Streaming Overlay Set – A set of overlays for your online M20 game will be created, for your use when running your Lore of the Traditions online game. This reward will be added to the rewards list for all backers.

Faces of Magick VTT Token Pack – Digital assets will be created to support online play for M20 games using the Faces of Magick artwork and characters. This online asset pack will be added to the rewards list of all backers.

ADDITIONAL + EXPANDED CONTENT

Faces of Magick– A tome of legendary and notorious mages for incorporation into your chronicle as allies, antagonists, or rivals will be created and released as a small M20 PDF Supplement. All Kickstarter backers receiving the M20: Lore of the Traditions PDF will automatically have this PDF added to their rewards list.

Faces of Magick II – This PDF Supplement will be enlarged, adding more mages for use in your chronicle.

Faces of Magick III – This PDF Supplement will be expanded one final time, filled with legendary mages to use in your chronicle.

Forgotten Ones & Forbidden Orders – A collection of lesser known but no less magickally potent orders, traditions, cults, and gatherings of mages, from the Ahl-i-Batin to Ngoma (and some in between) will be created and released as a small M20 PDF Supplement. All Kickstarter backers receiving the M20: Lore of the Traditions PDF will automatically have this PDF added to their rewards list.

Forgotten Ones & Forbidden Orders II – Additional orders, from the Bata'a to Solificati (and some in between) will be detailed will be added to this expanded PDF supplement.

Forgotten Ones & Forbidden Orders III – This PDF Supplement will be expanded one final time, with even more traditions and cults detailed within.

Increased Art Budget – Additional funds will be allocated to the art budget for M20: Lore of the Traditions, adding even more epic magick and more inspiring illustrations!

SIXTEEN STRETCH GOALS!

That's amazing! Only yesterday morning, I was hoping that we'd hit our 12th planned Stretch Goal, expanding the Forgotten Ones & Forbidden Orders supplement one final time. But we really dialed up the Paradox and shifted reality a bunch and unlocked that final goal... and another fun 4 beyond that, adding some digital M20 posters to our list of rewards and throwing some more funds into the art budget for Lore of the Traditions

And, remember, all of that is a bonus, above and beyond our main purpose for this campaign - the Lore of the Traditions book itself!

Look what we've conjured forth!

So a huge congratulations to the creative team on this project, and to all of the backers who've joined in to make this possible. I'm happy about the goals we hit and rewards we introduced, but I'm also excited about having more than 1700 backers join in during this campaign and demonstrating - once again - that there's tons of life left in Mage: The Ascension and tons of fans hungry for more content.

 AN EXTRA THANK YOU! 

So, thank you to all the backers who supported us and made this happen. And a personal thanks to everyone who participated online, either in the comments section of the kickstarter, and on social media around the web, to those who've participated in the online games, and to the team at Mage: The Podcast and the Onyx Pathcast crew. Thanks to everyone who's joined this council and helped us work our magick. Thanks to those who come out, time after time, to support Onyx Path and these projects. We had a ton of great discussion in the comments and a ton of sharing online, and I loved it all!

There's obviously a lot going on in the world right now - a lot of new and ongoing challenges to be dealt with - but it's been really great to see the community come together to support this project and turn it into a big success.

COMMUNICATION

So, as noted in today's earlier update, I'll be sending out updates once a month and whenever we've got a new goal, survey, or other item to cover. If you have any questions or need clarification on something related to the kickstarter, feel free to get in touch. I may take a bit to answer as I recover from this past month, but I'll eventually have an answer!

I will likely get in touch next week to share a compiled manuscript (mashing all of the chapters into one download) and also to remind you about the M20 sale as part of Onyx Path's 10 Year Anniversary celebration.

TO CONTACT ME

  •  Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  •  Via Kickstarter: Click Onxy Path under the "Created By" heading on the main page, and then press the "Contact Me" button - the message will come to me!

For setting stuff and questions about the game itself, it's probably best to visit one of these Onyx Path discussion zones:

So, thanks to everyone for helping maintain this strong Mystic Council!

Now to attend to other business and eventually collapse for a few hours and recover from the awesomeness of the last couple days! High fives in the comment section, and you'll hear from me again in a week and then again later in March!

#LoreOfTheTraditions

#MageTheAscension