Deviant: The Renegades - a tabletop roleplaying game

Created by Richard Thomas

Pre-order Deviant: The Renegades, the newest game line for the Chronicles of Darkness.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

March 2020 Update
6 days ago – Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 02:07:38 PM

Hello Renegades,

We've hit the last day of March 2020 (finally!), so I wanted to make sure we get our monthly update in under the wire. I hope everyone is keeping safe and doing the best possible under recent circumstances.  The times are certainly challenging, but we can find strength with our community, our family, and especially within our friendships.

2020 James, Day 90.

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

  • "Celebration of Darkness" PDF Rewards (Update #38, posted 11/27/19)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • Deviant: The Renegades PDF
  • Deviant: The Renegades Hardcover
  • Deviant: The Renegades PoD Coupon
  • Deviant: The Renegades Storyteller Screen
  • Clades Companion PDF
  • Devoted Companion PDF
  • Backer T-Shirt Redbubble Link
  • Digital Wallpaper
  • Novella

According to yesterday's Meeting Notes, our Companion books (both Clades and Devoted) are still in first draft, so mostly status quo on our Stretch Goal rewards. And, after the past month, I'll definitely enjoy some "status quo."  If you've found yourself with "extra" free time, and are looking for additional ideas, remember the (abbreviated) list of Inspirational Material from the Deviant: The Renegades Kickstarter preview manuscript:

Television

Dark Angel: A mass breakout of Chimeric children from the military conspiracy that created and enslaved them. Having hidden from scrutiny for years, Max, now an adult, works to gain revenge against her abusers.

Orphan Black: The Genotypal characters unravel layer upon layer upon layer of conspiracy in their struggle to free themselves from the ones who created them.

Stranger Things and Stranger Things 2: Shadowy conspiracies, Cephalist children — or are they Coactive? — the hunt for those who escape, and how they pursue revenge. These series incorporate everything you need for Deviant.

Movies

Bladerunner: What are replicants if not a form of Genotypal Mutants? Roy Batty leads the Renegades. More than human, they’ve broken free from their corporate leashes, but can never outrun their fatal Scars. If Deckard is a replicant, he’s Devoted and kept ignorant of his condition.

Memento: A man’s memory disorder and thirst for vengeance against his wife’s murderer drives him to frame innocent men so that he can bask in a moment of bloody revenge that he won’t remember. A significant inspiration for Conviction.

Robocop: A fatally-injured human Remade as an Invasive, complete with Scars of inhuman appearance and implanting behavioral limitations. Officer Murphy’s arc runs from unwitting Devoted through to Renegade, and finally manages to find middle-ground as a Guardian.

Books

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Dr Jekyll triggers his own Divergence through chemical cocktails intended to suppress his darker urges. Instead, he unleashes the monstrous Mr. Hyde, who becomes increasingly dominant. Jekyll’s Scar begins as needing the cocktail to access his Variations, but over time the Scar shifts to requiring the chemicals to maintain any trace of his Jekyll self at all.

Games

Bioshock: A broken world where genetic tampering gives rise to fantastic powers, and all it costs is your sanity. Powerful men fight for control of the source of the power, whatever the cost to those around them.

I will continue to post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each monthly update, so that we can track everything that's needed and keep on the same page. Also, feel free to check out Onyx Path's Monday Meeting Notes posts that I mentioned (linked here) which will give you a weekly status report on ALL of the projects Onyx Path has on the go.

TO CONTACT ME

  •  Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  •  Via Kickstarter: Click Richard Thomas 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.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Even if you may have missed the Kickstarter campaign for Hunter: The Vigil Second Edition, you can still "pre-order" the PDF and/or Hardcover in our Backerkit store now - <LINK>

ON SALE STARTING TOMORROW

A Gigantic Exalted Sales starting Thursday! Everything Exalted in PDFs will be on sale!

ON SALE TODAY!

All Scion 2nd Edition, Trinity Continuum, and Scarred Lands (5e OGL and Pathfinder) PDFs are DriveThruRPG are 50% off for the rest of the month!

This sale includes StoryPath Nexus and Slarecian Vault Community Content PDFs!

Also on sale are Scarred Lands, Scion, and Trinity Continuum print books and dice via Indie Press Revolution and Studio 2 (Scarred Lands, Scion, Trinity Continuum, Trinity Continuum: Æon)!

(New titles activated on or after March 25, are not included.)

Until next time, stay safe and be well.

February 2020 Update
about 1 month ago – Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 07:11:45 AM

Hello Renegades!

That's right! I'm a Renegade and I waited until February 29th to send this month-end update! Thank goodness for Leap Year!

We're still in the early early stages of our post-campaign, with lots of work ahead. So, no major announcements for this Leap Day. Instead, let's take a quick tour around the Chronicles of Darkness to see what else we've got going on...

Coming soon...

The Geist: The Sin-Eaters book has shipped to kickstarter backers, and will very soon be released for purchase in PDF, Print-on-Demand, and hardcover format through our online partners and your favorite game and hobby shops. Look for an announcement coming soon on Onyx Path's website (www.theonyxpath.com)

Available to Pre-Order

Mummy: The Curse recently joined the Chronicles of Darkness second edition format with a successful kickstarter campaign. While it'll be some time before we see the final release, you can lock down your order now in the BackerKit pre-order store here: https://mummy-the-curse.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Final Week on Kickstarter

Hunter: The Vigil is the latest Chronicles of Darkness kickstarter campaign, and, I believe, the final game in need of an update to the Second Edition format. We've got less than a week to go, and we're hoping to fund one or two more Stretch Goal additions and go out strong! Help us stand vigil and keep the darkness at bay AND complete your Chronicles of Darkness Second Edition collection!

HUNTER THE VIGIL FINAL WEEK ON KICKSTARTER

Now available to Pre-Order

Of course, when I start seeing all of those Chronicles of Darkness titles, I eventually start thinking about mashing them together. The Contagion Chronicle is an "Avengers-style" cross-over chronicle, building a framework to have characters from all of the different gamelines together to create an epic story.

It's now available for pre-order in the BackerKit store: https://contagion-chronicle.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

  • "Celebration of Darkness" PDF Rewards (Update #38, posted 11/27/19)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • Deviant: The Renegades PDF
  • Deviant: The Renegades Hardcover
  • Deviant: The Renegades PoD Coupon
  • Deviant: The Renegades Storyteller Screen
  • Clades Companion PDF
  • Devoted Companion PDF
  • Backer T-Shirt Redbubble Link
  • Digital Wallpaper
  • Novella

Looking at the latest Onyx Path blog, I see the Deviant: The Renegades core rulebook is in Editing, with the Clades Companion and Devoted Companion now both in Frist Draft stage! So, still early in the process but lots to look forward to!

I'll post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each summary update, so that we can track everything that's needed and keep on the same page. Also, feel free to check out Onyx Path's Monday Meeting Notes posts (linked here) which will give you a weekly status report on ALL of the projects Onyx Path has on the go (you may see spoilers for other kickstarter campaigns are currently running or will soon be launched).

TO CONTACT ME

  • Via E-Mail: Onyx.Kickstarter [at] gmail.com
  • Via Kickstarter: Click Richard Thomas 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.
James: The Renegades

January 2020 Status Update
2 months ago – Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 04:50:56 PM

Hello Renegades,

Posting our month end update at the end of the month, everything seems to be on track. I think 2020 is going to be a year of moving projects forward, ensuring each stage of the process is honing the game into something awesome. 

Chronicles of Jamesness

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

  • "Celebration of Darkness" PDF Rewards (Update #38, posted 11/27/19)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • Deviant: The Renegades PDF
  • Deviant: The Renegades Hardcover
  • Deviant: The Renegades PoD Coupon
  • Deviant: The Renegades Storyteller Screen
  • Clades Companion PDF
  • Devoted Companion PDF
  • Backer T-Shirt Redbubble Link
  • Digital Wallpaper
  • Novella

So, still in the most early stages of this project, with our main rulebook finishing up editing before another round of development before submitting to Review and Approval of the licensor. I think we may be able to sneak the T-shirt reward in fairly soon, though. I sort of want a shirt with "DEVIANT" in large text, mostly as a conversation starter. I'll have an update when that link is ready, so keep an eye out for it in the upcoming weeks.

I'll post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each monthly update, so that we can track everything that's needed and keep on the same page. Also, feel free to check out Onyx Path's Monday Meeting Notes posts that I mentioned (linked here) which will give you a weekly status report on ALL of the projects Onyx Path has on the go (you may see spoilers for my monthly updates, or see what other kickstarter campaigns are currently running or about to launch).

 COMING TO KICKSTARTER ON FEB 6th AT 2:00 PM EST

The scales have fallen from your eyes. A fire is lit — is it a lamp perched over the inscription on an ancient blade or a roaring conflagration consuming the house in which the howling fiends wait? Things will never be the same after this. You’ve set forth on a damning path. Carry the Vigil. Fight back the shadows.

Hunter: The Vigil Second Edition is a standalone game that can be played by new or existing players. The lore has been updated to not only reflect the uptick in monsters, but also the fact that hunting monsters is not exclusive to a location, group of people, or time period. There may be more monsters than ever before, but now there are more ways to fight them, too.

In Hunter: The Vigil, anyone can be a hunter — provided you are committed to the hunt. It is a game of personal horror and sacrifice that tests relationships and encourages teamwork within a cell, compact, or conspiracy.

Will you heed the call? Will you uphold the Vigil?

JOIN US ON FEBRUARY 6 AT 2:00 PM EST 

2019 Year End Summary
3 months ago – Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 07:34:27 AM

Hello Renegades,

On this final day of 2019, I wanted to do a quick check in on our campaign and where we stand. The intention of this post is to both to look forward to what we can expect in 2020, and then take a moment to look at Onyx Path's journey over this past year.

James: The Renegades

In 2019, Deviant: The Renegades had a successful Kickstarter campaign, with 1,658 backers pledging $82,569 to help bring this project to life!

2020 should have great things in store for the Chronicles of Darkness. The community continues to grow, with the Contagion Chronicle, Deviant: The Renegades, and Mummy: The Curse Second Edition all in various production stages. Hopefully we'll see another second edition for a beloved property join their ranks in 2020! I'll keep you updated!

Artwork by Michael Gaydos

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

  • "Celebration of Darkness" PDF Rewards (Update #38, posted 11/27/19)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • Deviant: The Renegades PDF
  • Deviant: The Renegades Hardcover
  • Deviant: The Renegades PoD Coupon
  • Deviant: The Renegades Storyteller Screen
  • Clades Companion PDF
  • Devoted Companion PDF
  • Backer T-Shirt Redbubble Link
  • Digital Wallpaper
  • Novella

ONYX PATH ON KICKSTARTER IN 2019

Kickstarter continues to be an important part of the process for Onyx Path, and looking at the long list of projects in the works on the Monday Meeting Notes blog, it certainly looks like that’ll be the case in the new year.

I mean, check out the Onyx Path 2019-2020 Publishing Brochure for a taste of all the things they've got going on!

Rather than just take pre-order for an upcoming project, Kickstarter has allowed Onyx Path to gauge interest in game lines (to see if they should develop additional projects beyond those offered during the campaign), and sometimes even add additional projects to a game line immediately via Stretch Goal achievements. More importantly, it’s a chance to interact with the community and for everyone to get involved from the earliest stages.

Looking at 2019, Onyx Path had 7 Kickstarter campaigns funded, as well as teaming up with Handiwork Games on a successful campaign for the Scarred Lands 5E Creature Collection.

  • THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA!
  • LUNARS: FANGS AT THE GATES
  • CONTAGION CHRONICLE
  • PIRATES OF PUGMIRE
  • TRINITY CONTINUUM: ABERRANT
  • DEVIANT: THE RENEGADES
  • MUMMY: THE CURSE Second Edition

And, though the campaign is only halfway along and will finish in 2020, the recent Cults of the Blood Gods for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition funded in under an hour, which technically makes it funded in 2019!

Thanks to your support during these campaigns, Onyx Path was able to introduce the following additional projects:

  • Monsters of the Deep for They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror for They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Heroic Land Dwellers for They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Many-Faced Strangers – a Lunars Companion for Exalted Third Edition
  • A Lunars-focused novella for Exalted Third Edition
  • A Lunars-focused cloth map of Creation for Exalted Third Edition
  • The Contagion Chronicle Player’s Companion
  • Global Outbreaks for the Contagion Chronicle
  • An Adventure for Pirates of Pugmire
  • A Pirates of Pugmire-focused Guide Screen
  • Releasing You Are Not Alone on DrivethruComics
  • Scanning and releasing the “Lost” PDF titles from Aberrant 1stEdition
  • N!WE for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • Proteus Nova Compendium for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • Novas Worldwide for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • 2 Aberrant-focused novellas
  • Brand new Duke Rollo fiction to support Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • The Clades Companion for Deviant: The Renegades
  • The Devoted Companion for Deviant: The Renegades
  • A Deviant novella
  • The Book of Lasting Death for Mummy: The Curse Second Edition

All of that is in addition to the usual backer rewards, like T-shirt designs and digital wallpapers.

So, thank you for coming with me on this journey, and I hope that 2020 allows all of us to continue to enjoy and build these communities!

First Kickstarter of 2020: Cults of the Blood Gods

In all of Vampire: The Masquerade's history, there's never been a book wholly dedicated to the diverse faiths and cults among Kindred, the ways in which they practice, their relationships with each other, and how to utilize religion in your chronicles as a force of hope and destruction.

Cults of the Blood Gods is the book you want, if you're interested in incorporating ecclesiastical horror in your games. This book contains everything you need to have each Kindred in your coterie establish a cult, cleave to a unique faith, and establish domains in the name of an ancient methuselah, being of myth, or even the Kindred protagonists themselves.

Not only that, it provides the tools necessary to play members of the Clan of Death, once known as the Cappadocians, then the Giovanni, and now the Hecata, as well as new powers for members of a large number of cults, rules for creating your own religions, and an entire story set in Munich with ready-made characters, so you can play immediately upon receipt of the book.

Already funded and now focused on Stretch Goal supplements, you can check it out on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/cults-of-the-blood-gods-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed/

November 2019 Update - And "Celebration of Darkness" Digital Reward Distribution
4 months ago – Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 07:50:19 PM

Hello Renegades,

You remember this guy? It hasn't been that long!!

We're about to start getting into the regular rhythm of month-end status updates. It's a pretty involved and dynamic process, creating these books, so I want to ensure that I have constant and consistent communication with all backers. Each month, I'll be providing a status update for our rewards (usually nothing more complicated than "delivered" or "pending"), as well as sharing information about this project and other Onyx Path projects where possible.

Many of these updates will be similar - these projects take a fair amount of time to build, and some stages are multi-part processes, so a book in "Development" may not show incremental updates in our monthly summary, but there's always forward progress being made.

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 Deviant: The Renegades, and even longer for the projects generated via Stretch Goals (Clades Companion, Devoted Companion).

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 before the week ends.

"Celebration of Darkness" Digital PDF Rewards Available :

- Chronicles of Darkness Core Rules PDF
 - Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition PDF
 - Werewolf: The Forsaken 2nd Edition PDF
 - Mage the Awakening 2nd Edition PDF
 - Promethean the Created 2nd Edition PDF
 - Chronicles of Darkness: Dark Eras PDF
 - Demon the Descent PDF
 - Beast: The Primordial PDF

REWARD DISTRIBUTION

Your link to claim these digital rewards will be sent out by our BackerKit pledge manager over the next day. Since we are using our partners at DriveThruRPG as the host for this, 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

Again, you will receive an e-mail from BackerKit with links for these rewards over the next 24 hours 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 handful of links at first... the rest are coming.

The easiest way to see if you've got digital downloads available is to login to your backerkit account: https://deviant-the-renegades.backerkit.com/backer/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.

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://deviant-the-renegades.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://deviant-the-renegades.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 contact the team via the Contact Creator link on the kickstarter page and Rich will forward it to me.

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

  • "Celebration of Darkness" PDF Rewards (Update #38, posted 11/27/19)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • Deviant: The Renegades PDF
  • Deviant: The Renegades Hardcover
  • Deviant: The Renegades PoD Coupon
  • Deviant: The Renegades Storyteller Screen
  • Clades Companion PDF
  • Devoted Companion PDF
  • Backer T-Shirt Redbubble Link
  • Digital Wallpaper
  • Novella
  • Limited & Premium Rewards

I'll post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each monthly update, so that we can track everything that's needed and keep on the same page. Also, feel free to check out Onyx Path's Monday Meeting Notes posts (linked here) which will give you a weekly status report on ALL of the projects Onyx Path has on the go (you may see spoilers for my monthly updates, or see what other kickstarter campaigns are currently running).

NOW ON KICKSTARTER - FINAL WEEK!

In Mummy: The Curse, players take on the characters of the Arisen, humans who were subjects of the greatest magic ever worked by mortal hands, the Rite of Return, in the long-lost Nameless Empire. As part of the Rite, they underwent ritual death, and their souls were eternally bound to their mortal remains. Consequently, while the Arisen can be killed, they will always return, their bodies reforming anew.

Mummy: The Curse Second Edition includes all the rules you need to play as one of the Arisen: Decrees and Pillars that reflect the transformation by the Rite of Return, Utterances and Affinities as the powers you wield and the price you pay for them, magical relics and vessels for use or sacrifice, and all manner of antagonists from immortals to Shuankhsen and others besides.

Pledge to help us create and get this Second Edition of Chronicles of Darkness' Mummy: The Curse into stores! The campaign has Arisen and is now on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/mummy-the-curse-2nd-edition/

#ChroniclesOfDarkness

#CelebrationOfDarkness