Exalted: Essence Tabletop Roleplaying Game

Created by Onyx Path - Exalted: Essence

Help us create a traditionally printed version and a deluxe version of Exalted: Essence.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

48 Hour Countdown - Info for new backers
almost 3 years ago – Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 07:07:31 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

We've officially begun our 48 hour countdown to the finish. This campaign will reach it's conclusion on Thursday, June 24th at 2:00 PM EDT. If you've been thinking about joining in, now's the time!

James, getting two more days out of this outfit.

And for those who've joined in, welcome! Nothing surprising in this update, but I wanted to touch on some important links for those coming aboard for this exciting finish.

Manuscript Preview

The entire current version of the draft manuscript is available for backers to read here: Preview 1-8. That page also has the link to the Backer Feedback Form, where you can leave your comments and notes to help the developers and writers take this draft version through the next editing and development stages.

Reward Tiers and Add Ons

I dig a bit deeper into the various Pledge Reward Tiers and Add On options in the post here: Pledge Tiers. If you've got any questions about how the pledge tiers differ or what additional options there are in terms of rewards, that post may have some answers for you.

More Information and Fun Links

Finally, a collection of podcasts, actual plays, and other discussions can be found here: Check out these Links! Some info on how Exalted: Essence fits into the Exalted Third Edition ecosystem, some fiction, and other fun things.

You can also check out the latest episode of the Systematic Understanding of Everything podcast, wherein Dixie joins up to go over the essence of Exalted: Essence on this excited Exalted podcast. Check that out here: Systematic Understanding of Everything - Exalted Essence Part 2

And, since we're gathering up backers like Exalts gather power, let's review our next Stretch Goal target and look at the one after that...

At $305,000 in Funding – Companion: Storytelling the Chosen II – More Storyteller advice and adventure hooks will be included in the Exalted: Essence Companion PDF.
At $310,000 in Funding – Novella by Rai W. Cole – An awesome Exalted story will be written by Rai W. Cole and a digital edition made available to all backers.

Two more goals to carry us into our Stretch Goal review tomorrow! I'll be posting an update detailing all of the goals we've hit, maybe adding another goal to take us to the end, and breaking out how all of these additional rewards will be added to your rewards list. So, look for that review tomorrow. And let's see how close we can get to achieving one of these goals before then!

So, welcome aboard new backers! Thanks for your support to all backers! And here's hoping for an exciting finish! Please, remember to share your excitement and enthusiasm for this campaign on your social media and in your social circles, and let's see if we can let all of the Exalted fans who may not have heard about this campaign to check it out before the end!


almost 3 years ago – Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 09:40:28 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials!

Last week was Charms Week, with the big Chapter 6 manuscript preview shared in 4 sections over the course of the week. Wow, did that ever throw off my daily schedule! It turns out, I really really like routine and mixing it up even a tiny bit can get me a little off-kilter. No worries, though, it's all part of the fun!

And we're following up an exciting Charms Week with an equally exciting Final Week!

The Countdown has started!

 We're officially in the FINAL WEEK of the kickstarter campaign. Over these final days I'll be sharing a handful of instruction and review-type posts about Reward Tiers & Add-Ons, Stretch Goals, and What Comes Next, so if you've got any process questions or are wondering about how the kickstarter steps work, I'm hoping to clarify any remaining questions before we finish. Of course, if you're still wondering about something, please ask and I'll help as best I can.

Final Week Schedule

  • June 21 - Reward Tier & Add On Review
  • June 22 - Exalted: Essence Manuscript Preview 8
  • June 23 - Stretch Goal Review
  • June 24 - Checklist and Next Steps

Tomorrow, I'll try and sneak in a preview before we get to our final Backers Only manuscript section, which will contain Chapters 7 and 8, as well as the Appendix with conversion guidelines for ExEss to Ex3 (and the other way as well) and Exigent Charm creation. That means backers will have the ENTIRE draft manuscript for the book to review prior to the campaign ending on June 24 and pledges are collected.

Between now and June 23, I'm hoping we can maybe add a few more Stretch Goal achievements to our already impressive list as we review our accomplishments and set up for our final run. A handful of really solid days will get us there. As a reminder, here's what's up next for Stretch Goal targets:

At $290,000 in Funding – Creative Team Bonus – The writing team behind the Exalted: Essence rulebook will receive an additional monetary bonus.

I'm really excited to hit that one because I think the ExEss writing team have done a fantastic job on a very challenging assignment.

The true impetus behind this post, though, is our big push during this final week! Together, we've done the hard work of this campaign - we've come together to fund the development and production of this book - so now it's time to make sure that we're not missing any potential backers.

Be an Exalted Envoy

I know, this is something I've already said many times (and seem to say during every project!), but for these final days, you are officially a duly-deputized ambassador for this Kickstarter project. We know Creation can hold a lot of Exalted fans, and it's up to us to fill it up as much as we can! Basically, we want to recruit as many interested backers as possible over this final week.

I know I end every update post with "Keep spreading the word! Invite others to join in!" - but what does that mean, and how do you do it?

Easy answer - don't stop talking about Exalted: Essence until 2:01 PM EST next Thursday June 24th (when the campaign has ended). Yes, family and friends are tired of me talking about it on our weekly Zoom check-in or grocery drop-off, but we'll have a whole new set of topics to discuss in just one week, and they've learned to tolerate me during a kickstarter campaign (at least during the pandemic). But here's the thing - there are others around who haven't heard or don't know about the campaign.

I know. As surprising as it sounds, it can feel like there's been bits of Exalted: Essence everywhere for the past three weeks. But believe me, I'm going to hear from so many people over the next few weeks that just missed out by a few days. Let's see if we can't reach them before this campaign ends.

Resources to Share

If you're inviting new backers, or if you are a new backer (hi new backers!), here are a few key resources to be aware of for this campaign.

Backers are able to review the (soon-to-be) complete manuscript for this book before the campaign closes and any pledges are processed. No need to wonder about how the various Exalted work or their Charms or Martial Arts! Know what you're getting into by checking this book out!

Backers also have the link to the Feedback Form, which will help guide the developers and writers through the next stages of editing and development!

And, if you join now, as I've noted, we'll be posting the final chapters of the book next week before we reach the finish line.

Podcasts Interviews & Discussions

Exalted: Essence Fun

Exalted Fiction

Actual Plays

Or just see the game in action! Watch these Actual Play sessions showcasing the setting and system

Vorpal Tales continues to play an Exalted: Essence game. You can follow their adventures weekly on Onyx Path's Twitch channel, or when the videos are loaded up on to Onyx Path's Youtube channel.

Exalted: Essence Discussion

There's been a ton of conversations and message board posts about this game. You may also be able to get further insight and even more in-depth conversation at these Onyx Path discussion zones:

There's also a great ExEss character sheet pinned in the Exalted Discord if you wanna test-build some Exalted to try out the system. Check it out.

Share the Links!

1) Don't forget to share a link to the kickstarter in any discussion you have (where appropriate) - and feel free to pass any of the long list of links above to those who may need more info (or, just point them to this post!)

2) Don't forget to tell us about any post or review or discussion you write! Come to the comments section and let us know so we can all go and contribute! I know I keep saying it, but really - these last days are key. Keep the enthusiasm high (hitting stretch goals certainly makes that easier!) and keep on inviting others to join in, either directly ("Come see...") or just by setting an example of your enthusiasm and interest.

Final Week

We've got less than one week left, everyone! Thank you all so much for your support! Together, we've all been an essential part of helping forget this new take on Exalted. Let's finish strong! And let's see if we can't get a few more Stretch Goals before we review next Wednesday!