What Has Gone Before

Part of me wants to talk about the closure of the World of Darkness MMO. It’s not an easy thing to think of – the people working on the MMO were the remaining parts of White Wolf. I have friends among the people who have lost their jobs. I don’t want to trivialise the fact that they must now find new places to work.

At the same time, I do want to note the passing. Papa Chuck must have taught me wrong, though, because I can’t find them. So instead, I’m going to point you to the words of two friends, and two better writers: Chuck Wendig and Aaron Debski-Bowden

I guess I don’t share quite their outlook. I’m heavily involved in writing and developing World of Darkness games for Onyx Path. I’ve got both Werewolf games to my name. I’m working on the system for the new edition of Trinity and Scion (which Onyx Path own outright). I’ve got my name on Vampire books – something I was sure would never happen when I started. We’ve been publishing what people think of as White Wolf tabletop RPGs for a couple of years now and that’s continuing apace.

I think part of why I can’t find the words is that so many of us at Onyx Path are ex-employees and ex-freelancers for White Wolf. From my perspective behind a keyboard in Scotland I’m talking to the same people and writing words for the same game lines – and some new ones – as I was when working for White Wolf. Sure, some of the friends I needed to get through those first books — people like Aaron and Chuck — have gone off to become bestselling writers, but that’s how the world works.

I played White Wolf games as a teenager. One of my first characters was a bitterly sarcastic Corax with long hair and a leather trenchcoat; not so much a character as a prediction of what I would become. I created him for the first edition of Werewolf: The Apocalypse when I got my hands on the Werewolf Players’ Guide. Just recently I dug out his sheet and converted him to the updated rules in Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition and W20: Changing Breeds – the latter being the first book I developed. He’s still the same, though I’d play him differently now.

The key thing, I think, is to note White Wolf’s passing but not to mourn the pale pooch – not as an entity. White Wolf, as a collection of games and worlds, hasn’t died – it’s changed. As the God-Machine Chronicle says:

What rises may fall. What has fallen may rise again.

Black Seven Goes Electrum!

Black Seven is now an electrum best-seller on DriveThruRPG — it’s in the top 4% of products sold there.

To celebrate, I’ve reduced the PoD price to $10 — the same price as it was during the recent new-year’s sale.

If you’ve already bought a copy of BLACK SEVEN, make sure you can receive emails from DriveThruRPG, or email me directly (stew@zeropointinformation.com). I have an extra discount for you!

New Year, New Game

DriveThruRPG does a yearly “New Year, New Game” sale. This year, over 80 core rulebooks are discounted by 50%. The big one, at least from my perspective, is Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition — I can’t not mention the game I’m line developer of, natch.

But what if you already have W20, or want more than one new game? Below the jump, I’ve listed seven great games that you’ve probably not heard of.


Books Books Books

First of all, I’m having a post-Hogmanay sale: if you want a print copy of BLACK SEVEN it’s only $10 from DriveThruRPG. This offer is for a limited time only: on the morning of the 6th of January (GMT), the price goes back up to $14 (as long as I remember to change it on time).

Also, as you probably know I’m W20 developer over at Onyx Path. We’ve had quite a few releases in a small space of time:

  1. Changing Breeds is out in PDF and Print on Demand.
  2. Rage Across the World is out in PDF with Print on Demand to follow.
  3. The W20 Cookbook is out to Kickstarter backers, and people are already posting pictures of the dishes they’ve come up with.
  4. Rites of Renown: When Will You Rage II is out in electronic formats. I wasn’t in the hot-seat for this one, but I do have a story in the book.

And things are only getting warmed up. I’m really hoping that this year I can get some more BLACK SEVEN setting kits out. Here’s hoping.

Æternal Legends Pay-What-You-Want

Morning chapesses (and chaps) who are handsome and clever enough to follow this blog!

DriveThruRPG has a new featureette where one can set games as “pay what you want”. Since I like to think I’m a decent sort, I’ve enabled this for Æternal Legends — originally released in 2007, it’s the roleplaying game of fantasy heroes in the modern world. Hope you enjoy, and think it’s worth it. :)