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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:

Aug '22: Onyx Path Gen Con Panel, Monthly Status Check In
over 1 year ago – Sat, Aug 27, 2022 at 12:29:25 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

Right off the top, let me say there's no big updates this month. I know we're all eager to get our hands on Exalted Essence, but it's still working through the process towards completion and eventual distribution. We'll get there, but it's still gonna be some time.

I do have one video to share, though it's really a distraction from any Exalted talk! From Gen Con Online earlier in the month, the What's Up with Onyx Path! Panel, starring Dixie Cochran, Eddy Webb, Rich Thomas, and Matthew Dawkins! Watch to learn about Onyx Path announcements covered during the convention!

DRAFT MANUSCRIPT LINK

I'm gonna start posting a link back to the draft manuscript in these updates because it's been a while and folks are starting to misplace any downloaded copies. I'll keep this bit here in future updates until our backer PDF goes out.

REWARDS STILL PENDING

Our main reward is holding in editing while artwork is underway. Hopefully I'll get some artwork to share in the upcoming months. On the stretch goal front, the Essence Companion is now finishing up final drafts.

REWARDS DISTIBUTED 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 monthly summary for July, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <July 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 month until those final Stretch Goal rewards have 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.

July '22: Exigents for Third Edition now available to pre-order, Monthly Update
almost 2 years ago – Sun, Jul 24, 2022 at 06:30:50 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

Last month I had all of the big Exalted: Essence and Exalted Third Edition panels to share. This month, I've just got our regular update, so not quite as flashy!

I do have one bit of Exalted news to share... if you're collecting any of the Exalted Third Edition system books to use for the Exalted lore contained within, the Exigents: Out of the Ashes book is now available for pre-order.

Click here to go to the Backerkit pre-order page

It's a lot more Third Edition rules-heavy than some of the other core books, like Dragon-blooded and Lunars, just due to the nature of the Exigents themselves and how they sort of play by their own rules. But there are still four fully-detailed example Exigents contained within (including Strawmaiden Janest), and other details that you may want to bring to your Exalted: Essence game.

Due to some timing issues, Onyx Path ran the crowdfunding campaign for this one on Indiegogo rather than Exalted's previous home on Kickstarter, so there were some who missed out on a chance to become a backer during the campaign. But fret not, you can get your pre-orders in and check out the draft manuscript for the book at the Backerkit pre-order page, linked above. We won't be processing any payments until the PDF and/or hardcover book are completed and ready to go out, but the draft manuscript will be available to you right away!

REWARDS STILL PENDING

No major changes from last month. Many of the Exalted artists were just finishing up another project, and now art notes and initial sketches are underway for Essence. The team feels confident that a lot of prep work has been set up the book will come together nicely and on schedule. Fingers crossed!

REWARDS DISTIBUTED 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 monthly summary for June, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <June 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 month until all rewards have 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

Check out the Trinity Continuum in the Victorian Age! But with Martians and Monsters and Dinosaurs and Dimensional Travel! Now on Kickstarter!

June '22: OPP Con Panel, Monthly Update
almost 2 years ago – Tue, Jun 28, 2022 at 07:18:14 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials, 

A similar tune to the one I sang last month - we're still a long way away from our projected delivery date, and the Essence team is hard at work moving the project forward in incremental steps. But why read my words when you can listen to the team talk about the project.

As you may remember, a few weeks back Onyx Path held their third annual Virtual Gaming Convention. I've got two cool panels to share with you from that weekend.

Onyx Path Con 2022: Exalted Essence Panel

The Exalted Essence panel features Dixie Cochran, Lauren Roy, Elliott Freeman, and Monica Speca talking about ExEss and the work that's going into it.

 And, shifting from Essence in particular to Exalted in general, I've also got the broader Exalted Third Edition panel to share. 75% of our panelists return, along with Eric Minton to discuss the projects happening for the Exalted Third Edition system and the world of Creation in general.

Onyx Path Con 2022: Exalted Third Edition Panel

REWARDS STILL PENDING

Alt text: Our main book is finishing up in editing and in art direction, the novellas are all in first draft, the Companion has moved to redlines, and the other Stretch Goal supplements are in outlines.

REWARDS DISTIBUTED 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 monthly summary for May, covering all projects and their status up to that point here: <May 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 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.

May 2022 Update
almost 2 years ago – Wed, May 25, 2022 at 02:01:00 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

No major reward updates this month, though we still have a bunch of Exalted stuff we can talk about. We'll look into some Exalted related news first, then our regular reward review, and then check out some info on the upcoming Onyx Path online convention. Let's dig in!

SIMILAR, BUT DIFFERENT

Click to check out the Exigents crowdfunding campaign

The Exigents are many and myriad, but also utterly unique. They’re not a single kind of Exalted, but the manifold Chosen of Creation’s countless little gods. In times of dire need, gods can petition the Unconquered Sun for a spark of the Exigence — a bonfire of pure, creative power — to raise up their own Exalted champions. To do so is always a risk; no god can know what it will cost them. Many are consumed by the process entirely.

Exigents have left their mark on Creation’s history as individual heroes, tipping the scales of power across countless wars, revolutions, and dynasties. Most — like Wun Ja’s Architects, the Sovereigns of Uluiru, the enigmatic Puppeteer — are the Dragon-Blooded’s equals in power, but a rare handful, like Strawmaiden Janest, rival the power of the Solar Exalted.

Exigents give players and Storytellers the opportunity to flex their creativity, inventing unique Exalted as player characters, allies, or enemies. This book presents four example types of Exigents with everything you’ll need to play them, descriptions of other Exigents for readers to flesh out with their own designs, and guidelines for creating new Exigents and Charms.

Exigents also offer players and Storytellers the chance to explore Creation’s little gods: their histories, passions, and plans. An Exigent’s relationship with the god who chose them can be far more personal than those of other Exalted with their distant patrons. Even an Exigent whose patron god didn’t survive her Exaltation might still find herself entangled with his priesthood, cult, allies, and enemies.

Exigents: Out of the Ashes for Exalted Third Edition

Much like the Exigents themselves, similar to the other Exalted but still different, this crowdfunding campaign is similar to our other Exalted Third Edition campaigns... but different. We're running this campaign on an alternate platform - click the Exigents: Out of the Ashes logo above to check it out.

While this campaign is a bit different and running on a different platform, we still want to make sure that potential backers share our enthusiasm and excitement for this project, and know what they're getting in to. You have previous experience with Exalted crowdfunding so have an idea of what to expect, but let me share this preview from the manuscript so you'll know a bit more about the Exigents book before you click over.

I know having this campaign on an alternate platform is a bit of a curveball, but it's all the same behind-the-scenes with the usual Onyx Path excitement. I hope to see you there!

STRETCH GOAL REWARDS STILL PENDING

Alt text: Our main book is in editing, our companion is in first draft, as are the three novellas. Outlining is underway for the other Stretch Goal PDF projects.

 REWARDS DISTIBUTED 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 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.

Check out the Exalted games streaming Saturday, June 11 from 11:00AM - 1:30PM Eastern Time!

There are also come great panels to check out, all of which will be hosted on the Onyx Path Twitch channel.

Aside from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Exalted Essence Panel on Sunday June 12 at 11:30 AM EDT should be great! I also suggest the What's Up With Onyx Path panel on Saturday June 11, and maybe the Exalted Panel on Friday June 10

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 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.

April 2022 Update
about 2 years ago – Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 05:44:08 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

No major news or developments this month, just our regular month end check in to make sure we're all in the loop and on the same page and pointing in the right direction. Is that enough metaphors? Or are they idioms? Either way, let's get right to it...

REWARDS STILL PENDING

Alt text: Our main book is in editing, our companion is in first draft, as are the three novellas. Outlining is underway for the other Stretch Goal PDF projects.

REWARDS DISTIBUTED TO BACKERS

OPP10: EXALTED SALE

Ending later this week, non-Solar Exalted PDFs from the Exalted 3rd Edition game line are on sale for 10% of their original prices, for Onyx Path's 10th anniversary. That means it’s 90% off!

The sale includes Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought, the Dragon-Blooded ST Screen, Dragon-Blooded desktop wallpaper, Heirs to the Shogunate, The Realm, The Silence of Our Ancestors, Lunars: Fangs at the Gate, the Lunars ST Screen, the Lunars map, and the Exalted map of Creation!

Additionally, for the remainder of the month, our partners at Indie Press Revolution are offering 50% off physical Exalted core rulebooks and ST screens!

You've maybe got some of those, but if not - this sale ends soon, so grab 'em while you can!

EXIGENTS COMING SOON

Onyx Path's next crowdfunding effort will be for the Exigents expansion for Exalted Third Edition. I don't have an exact date yet, but I'll let you know when I do. It's all set up and just waiting on the approval process to complete before being officially scheduled by the Onyx Path team. So, if you're looking for more information on the Exigents for your game, you may want to check it out!

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 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

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.

That's it for this month! Short and to the point, while the team continues to work on the projects we've got listed. It'll still take some time, but I'll check in every month and we can track their progress together.