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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:

September '23 Monthly Update - VTT Token Distribution!
8 months ago – Wed, Sep 20, 2023 at 10:25:29 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

It's just been a few weeks since my last update, which had a few of our Stretch Goal rewards going out. I'm back with our monthly summary for September, but I've got one more reward to send out before I get to our monthly tracking grid.

Remember this Stretch Goal?

Well, you know we smashed it. So it's time for some tokens.

Reward: VTT TOKEN PACK

REWARD DISTRIBUTION

If this Stretch Goal reward was on your list of rewards, your link to claim your Exalted: Essence VTT Token Pack  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 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.php

Again, you will receive an e-mail from BackerKit with links for these rewards over the next 24 hours if they are on your expected list of rewards.

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

https://exalted-essence.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://exalted-essence.backerkit.com

REWARDS STILL PENDING

The list is a little bit shorter than last month! Bit by bit, we'll get there. With our two remaining novellas in proofing, I expect to be in touch with those very soon.

The big question, of course, is when our hardcover rewards will be printing. I don't have an answer to that just yet - in Onyx Path's most recent Monday Meeting blog, they've noted that they're currently quoting with printers to get a press time secured. Evidently, it's pretty busy out there and some places are saying that the wait is a year or more. The Onyx Path team is on it, though, and will jump through the logistical hoops to get it all sorted, but I don't yet have a schedule as to exactly when we can expect them. I'll continue to keep you updated monthly though.

 REWARDS DISTRIBUTED TO BACKERS

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

You can read Onyx Path's most recent monthly summary, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <August 2023 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. The project statuses listed are current as of last Monday, so do check it out each Monday night to see if anything may have progressed!

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

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 the process, you can contact me with any of these methods

  •  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.

Final Week on Kickstarter

We've got 8 days left in the latest book for Scion second edition!

Reward Distribution: Novella and Digital Wallpaper
9 months ago – Tue, Sep 05, 2023 at 10:59:20 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

I know it's been just over a week since our last monthly summary, but I didn't want to wait until the end of September to post this update. 

Because I've got some rewards for you!

Remember these Stretch Goals during the campaign? Well, we unlocked them (along with so many more) and now it's time to distribute these rewards to backers!

Reward: DIGITAL WALLPAPER

Reward: SCOUNDRELSONG NOVELLA

Idun is a Lunar Exalt determined to retrieve her dead mentor’s stolen artifact. Moth is an Infernal Exalt bent on revenge against his family’s murderer. The two make an unconventional duo as they seek out the same Solar Exalt who has wronged them both.

REWARD DISTRIBUTION

If either of these Stretch Goal rewards were on your list of rewards, your link to claim your Exalted: Essence Digital Wallpaper and Exalted Essence Novella: Scoundrelsong PDF will be sent out by our BackerKit pledge manager over the next day. Since we are using our partners at DriveThruRPG and DriveThruFiction 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.php

Note: Your login for DriveThruFiction is the same as your login for DriveThruRPG. Once you've downloaded files from any storefront, they will be available in your central DriveThru digital library.

Again, you will receive an e-mail from BackerKit with links for these rewards over the next 24 hours if they are on your expected list of rewards.

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

https://exalted-essence.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://exalted-essence.backerkit.com

ADVANCE PDF VERSION

This is the first version of Scoundrelsong to be released. James Huggins and the Exalted developers and editors have done their best to proofread and correct any errors and typos - but some always sneak through. If you catch any typos, incorrect math, visual glitches, and the like, we want to hear about them and correct them before we send the book off to print.

With that in mind, I'd like to introduce the Scoundrelsong Feedback Form!

Onyx Path will be launching a special Scoundrelsong Feedback Form, which you will be able to access here: https://forms.gle/WX6CLm5KNGmXMEbm9

Share your feedback directly with the editors and developers using this form.

This form isn't active quite yet - but will be soon!

They are aware of any Page XX notations - those are left in to replace for the final version once any changes you've suggested are made, so they can reference the correct page if any shifts in layout result.

Onyx Path will keep errata collection open for the next week. Please submit your feedback as soon as possible so the team can get on to finalizing this file - and working on our print version as well!

They won't be collecting errata from other spots, just this specific form.

After any needed corrections are made (based on your feedback!), they will prepare an updated final PDF version of the book and you will receive a notice from DrivethruFiction that you can re-download your file with the latest version.

You've already made the book a reality with your Kickstarter support. Now you can make it even better by helping us crowdsource any minor errors and corrections.

SO: Look for your reward email over the next 24 hours, or check your BackerKit page to see your digital reward redemption links. Review the advance PDF and submit any feedback you have, and let's make this book as awesome as possible!

TO CONTACT JAMES

I'll be back next month with our regular month end update. If you've got a question about your pledge or BackerKit page or any part of the process, you can contact me with any of these methods

  • 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.

CURRENTLY ON KICKSTARTER

Titanomachy and Titans Rising for Scion Second Edition! We've funded and are now unlocking Stretch Goals! Join in to check it out!

August '23 Update
9 months ago – Tue, Aug 29, 2023 at 11:39:21 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

It's Exalted Update Day! As we do at the end of every month, I'm checking in with the latest status reports on our funded projects. A lot of movement on our tracking report this month, and I'm guessing we'll see a few Stretch Goal rewards distributed in September.

Let's dig in!

REWARDS STILL PENDING

At this point, while our main Essence book is being prepared for a print run, our supplements are all moving along behind the scenes. Our digital wallpaper and one of the novellas have gone to Exlated license holder Paradox for approval, so we should hopefully have those soon. Another novella is in layout. Really good progress on all of these rewards. I think we're going to have a few months of Essence celebrations later in the year. 

REWARDS DISTRIBUTED TO BACKERS

IN PREPARATION

To repeat last month's note,  this isn't yet the call for order lockdown, outstanding payments, or shipping confirmation. But that's going to come in the next few months.

So, all of that being said, it's probably a good idea to ensure you've got your BackerKit page up to date with your order info, any payment info if needed to cover BackerKit Add Ons, and your shipping information.

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://exalted-essence.backerkit.com

Again, this isn't the "official" notice that we're prepping for shipping in 3 months or whatever... but let's get everything in order in case we need to react quickly. As soon as anything becomes official, I'll send another update confirming our dates and schedules, but if you can make sure you're as up to date as possible, that would help.

If you're moving or unsure of what your delivery information will be in the next 3-4 months, don't panic - we can adjust as needed and put manual holds on things that need to wait until the information is confirmed. But for now, it's important we can give a pretty good idea of order quantities for Onyx Path's printing partners.

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

You can read Onyx Path's most recent monthly summary, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <July 2023 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. The project statuses listed are current as of last Monday, so do check it out each Monday night to see if anything may have progressed!

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

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 the process, you can contact me with any of these methods

  • 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.

CURRENTLY CROWDFUNDING

Just Launched! The latest book for Scion Second Edition!

July '23 Update
10 months ago – Wed, Jul 26, 2023 at 07:10:30 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

It's Exalted Update Day, so I'm back with our regular month end update. Lots of bits and pieces moving forward, cogs and gears moving in this intricate machine.

EXALTED CONVENTION PANEL

Before I get to our reward status review, I wanted to share the video of the Exalted panel from the recent Onyx Path Virtual Convention. I had mentioned this in the last monthly update, but now you can check this out to see Elliott Freeman, Chazz Kellnet, Monica, Robert Vance, and Eric Minton discuss what's going on in the world of Exalted.

REWARDS STILL PENDING

The print schedule is currently being sorted for the standard and deluxe hardcovers, and I expect that to be on the calendar fairly soon. We'll still have some time once they've scheduled the print run to lock down payments and shipping information, so look for that in an update when the time comes.

Beyond that, many of our Stretch Goal projects are sliding forward, with the manuscript for the jumpstart (Pillars of Creation) now in approvals, the adventure scenario trilogy (Deeds Yet Undone) in editing, and our second novella (Scoundrelsong) in post-editing development.

REWARDS DISTRIBUTED TO BACKERS


IN PREPARATION

To repeat, this isn't yet the call for order lockdown, outstanding payments, or shipping confirmation. But that's going to come in the next few months.

So, all of that being said, it's probably a good idea to ensure you've got your BackerKit page up to date with your order info, any payment info if needed to cover BackerKit Add Ons, and your shipping information.

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://exalted-essence.backerkit.com

Again, this isn't the "official" notice that we're prepping for shipping in 3 months or whatever... but let's get everything in order in case we need to react quickly. As soon as anything becomes official, I'll send another update confirming our dates and schedules, but if you can make sure you're as up to date as possible, that would help.

If you're moving or unsure of what your delivery information will be in the next 3-4 months, don't panic - we can adjust as needed and put manual holds on things that need to wait until the information is confirmed. But for now, it's important we can give a pretty good idea of order quantities for Onyx Path's printing partners.

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

You can read Onyx Path's most recent monthly summary, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <June 2023 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. The project statuses listed are current as of last Monday, so do check it out each Monday night to see if anything may have progressed!

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

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 the process, you can contact me with any of these methods

  • 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.

CURRENTLY CROWDFUNDING

Funded and now unlocking Stretch Goals!

Trinity Continuum: Aegis is a game of epic adventure and exploration set during Greece’s Iron Age. The setting features figures and events from history and mythology, viewed through the lens of the Trinity Continuum. In this game you’ll play Champions, Oracles, and Olympians — characters who have come into contact with the mysterious substance called ambrosia and been transformed into Inspired individuals with powers similar to Talents, Psiads, and Novas millennia ahead of their counterparts’ times. These characters live in an age of wonder and discovery. People in the ancient world made amazing strides in science, exploration, and philosophy, all while grappling (sometimes literally!) with gods and monsters. About a decade ago, bright streaks flashed across the sky and a fiery object crashed into Mount Olympus. Other pieces landed throughout the world, creating heroes and horrors wherever they touched down.

Trinity Continuum: Aegis continues to explore the Trinity Continuum’s themes of hope, sacrifice, and unity — in an age where societies are in decline and survival sometimes feels uncertain, these are the tenets under which people band together.

It JUST LAUNCHED on BackerKit, and you can join in <here>

June '23 Update: PoD Discount Links, Onyx Path Con
11 months ago – Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 08:00:43 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

I'm coming to you a bit earlier this month because I've got a few things to share. First up, one of your rewards for backing the Kickstarter campaign - a discount link for ordering a Print-on-Demand copy of the PDF. I also want to let you know about the 4th Annual Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention! So read on... 

Reward Distribution: Exalted: Essence Discounted Print-on-Demand version

DISCOUNTED PRINT-ON-DEMAND ORDER LINKS

If you pledged to the Rising Star reward tier, or have either the standard or deluxe hardcover version as one of the items in your pledge list, one of your rewards is a discounted option to order a print-on-demand version of Exalted: Essence. Now that the print files have been finalized, Onyx Path can finalize the PDF at DriveThruRPG and make a PoD version of the PDF available for purchase.

REWARD DISTRIBUTION

Your link to claim your Exalted: Essence Print-on-Demand Discount will be sent out by our BackerKit pledge manager over the few hours. 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.php

Again, just to ensure it's understood - THIS IS NOT YOUR KICKSTARTER HARDCOVER REWARD! This is a discount link for a one-off printed version of the PDF that will soon be released for purchase on DriveThruRPG.com (but YOU can order it at a discounted cost if you wish!) As noted, the hardcovers (both standard and deluxe) are currently being set up at the printer and will ship later this year.

DIFFERENCES IN PoD FORMATS

So, for those backers who pledged at the PDF reward tier, or those backers who will later be receiving the hardcover book but might be looking for a second copy for the table, there are two different versions of Print-On-Demand options available.

Standard Color uses a thick 70# white paper which has better page opacity. (that's "70 pound" for reference, but does not mean each page weighs 70 lbs!).  Standard Heavyweight Color uses inkjet technology. (These are not the same inkjet printers you have at home - these are often as big or bigger than a car!) This option offers lower cost but the colors won't be as sharp or bright as a Premium Color book.

Premium Color uses the same 70# paper, but uses "Digital Color Print Engine Technology," which sounds super fancy and certainly costs a lot more, but I'll admit to not knowing the exact difference. This option offers superior color quality but is more expensive to produce, and has gotten even more expensive over the past year.

(Remember to login to DriveThruRPG prior to clicking or pasting the discount link in your BackerKit digital rewards locker, if you that was part of your rewards list! That link is your coupon and must be used for your PoD order.)

Please note: This discounted Print-on-Demand ordering link will be valid for the next six months - it expires on January 1, 2024 - so please, if you choose to order a Print-on-Demand copy, use the provided link prior to 2024.

Again, you will receive an e-mail from BackerKit with a link for this reward over the next 24 hours if it is on your expected list of rewards.

Onyx Path Virtual Convention (June 16th – 18th) will be focusing primarily on Storypath, Exalted, and Pugmire, but any OPP game works! As well as tons of panels, games, and other events, we’ll have slots opens for folks to run games, so start making your plans now!

I highly recommend checking out the Opening Ceremonies (Friday at 5:00 PM), the Exalted panel (Friday at 8:30 PM), the What's Up With Onyx Path? panel (Saturday at 1:00 PM), and the Closing Ceremonies (Sunday at 5:00 PM).

In addition, if you want to watch some actual plays (including some Essence on Saturday), check out the schedule below.

REWARDS STILL PENDING

Now that our book is finalized, the print run is being figured out for both the standard and deluxe hardcover. The Screen is being finished to print at the same time, and our other projects are all proceeding along. 

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://exalted-essence.backerkit.com

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

You can read Onyx Path's most recent monthly summary, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <May 2023 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. The project statuses listed are current as of last Monday, so do check it out each Monday night to see if anything may have progressed!

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

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 the process, you can contact me with any of these methods

  • 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.

NOW ON KICKSTARTER

An anthology of RPG genres and settings all given the They Came From twist! Join in and help decide which additional genres to include in the book!