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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:

March 2022 Update
about 2 years ago – Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 06:36:05 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

We're still in the early stages of post-campaign progress, with lots of ground to cover, but in the final days of March 2022, so it's time for our regular month end update. Thanks to everyone's feedback last month, I've tweaked the presentation of the Pending Rewards list a bit further.

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.

I've condensed the Exalted: Essence Deluxe Hardcover, PDF, and discounted Print-on-Demand purchase link to that single top line - it's all the same project, after all, just sent out in different stages. The list keeps a little more manageable like this.

Dixie has a note on the The Essence companion: Moving into first drafts! I’m so excited, and can’t wait to expand on the Charms, Martial Arts, and Setting from the core book.

Dixie also has a note on the three novellas, which are now in first draft stage: I am always excited to read our Exalted fiction, and I’m sure the three novellas in the works from the Essence Kickstarter are going to be rad! (No pressure, authors!)

 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 10TH ANNIVERSARY SALE

No Foolin' - Onyx Path is having a massive 10th Anniversary Sale all year long, focusing on a different game line each month, and April is set to celebrate Exalted Third Edition!

To lead off the month, appropriately, they're starting the first half of April with Solars-oriented PDFs on sale at 10% their normal prices! THAT'S 90% OFF!

Other Exalted types will be featured with discounts in the second half of the month, so check in at theonyxpath.com and DriveThruRPG.com throughout the month!

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

Rich has modified the way he's running the Project Tracking this year. At the end of each month, Onyx Path will be posting an update showing the current status of all of their projects and where each sits on the project tracking chart. In the weekly Monday Meeting Notes blogs, Rich will note any projects that have changed status, sometimes with developer notes, since the big monthly summary.

You can find February's complete project summary <here> and the weekly Monday Meeting blog updates <here>.

I will continue to post regular updates every other 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.

CURRENTLY CROWDFUNDING

COMING SOON!

Exigents for Exalted Third Edition!

Reward: Backer T-shirt on Redbubble for Limited Time
about 2 years ago – Sun, Mar 06, 2022 at 10:35:21 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

I know we've just had our February month end update but I've already got another quick update for you!

During our campaign, I try and throw in as many Stretch Goal targets as possible. Some are for big, exciting things, like new content (Essence Companion and so much more!) and useful online tools. Others keep up the enthusiasm and pace and help us mark milestones with full celebrations and additional opportunities to share some campaign love.

Remember this one?

Well, a brand new age has come...

The Exalted: Essence shirt is available for one week only! Grab it while you can!

If you want to let the world know you're an Essential Kickstarter Backer and proud to be a supporter for Exalted: Essence, Check out the design and various shirt options here: Exalted: Essence Backer Shirt <Link>

 AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW - FOR A LIMITED TIME

So, this Stretch Goals during the kickstarter campaign was for a special available-for-a-limited-time Kickstarter Backer ExEss T-shirt, but really there are more than just T-shirt options there (and more colors as well!)

If you click over to Onyx Path's REDBUBBLE T-shirt Shop using this link <Essence Shirt> you will see the backer shirts, which will be available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY! You have ONE WEEK to order a shirt with this design if you'd like to announce you're a major mouse!

If you scroll down a bit, you'll see other options - including hoodies and other styles - you can change the style, color, and size to make sure it works for you! Changing the style and size may change the cost, so be aware. Make sure you review your selection before you process payment to ensure you've got the correct images, style, color, and size.

One last time: This shirt will be available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY - please act quickly if you're interested!

Another reward to move from our Pending to Delivered list. March's month end update will shift a tiny bit!

ANNUAL GM'S DAY SALE

It’s DriveThruRPG’s annual GM’s Day sale! Over 800 Onyx Path products and OPP community content projects are on sale for up to 30% off!

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.

COMING SOON TO KICKSTARTER

February 2022 Update
about 2 years ago – Thu, Feb 24, 2022 at 11:12:27 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

We're in the final week of February, and I'm sending out our monthly Exalted updates today. I'm trying something new in terms of summarizing our long list of projects that are in the works, so please have patience with me as I refine it over the upcoming months. I'm hoping a quick graphic image can show our progress, but I'm not skilled at design and it falls a little flat with our long list on this one. But, still, we'll try  it out and workshop it a bit over the year.

I should note that my terrible graphics skill shouldn't reflect on any design for Exalted: Essence, which will be quite amazing, I'm sure, because I have nothing to do with that!!

REWARDS STILL PENDING

Manuscript Progress Stages

  • A) Contracts & Outlines - Writers are hired, an outline is created, reviewed, and approved.
  • B) First Draft - Writers turn in their initial draft
  • C) Redlines - Developers make notes and inform writers of desired changes
  • D) Second / Final Draft - Writers turn in subsequent drafts based on developer Redlines and ongoing feedback
  • E) Development - Developers tie everything together and make any desired final changes
  • F) Manuscript Review & Approval - The developed manuscript is reviewed by Content Leads, In-House Developers, Creative Director, and possibly License Holders for final approval
  • G) Post-Approval Development - If changes are requested or additional miscellaneous development needed
  • H) Editing - Editors check for typos, nomenclature, and formatting errors
  • I) Post-Editing Development - Additional approval and minor fixes from Developers
  • J) Indexing - Larger rulebooks have a comprehensive index created, after any layout adjustments are made

Production Progress Stages

  • 1) Art Direction - Art notes are collected from developers, and artists are hired according to the needs of the line and book.
  • 2) Layout - Typeface, coloration, and art are chosen, added to the manuscript text, and laid out for visual appeal
  • 3) Proofing - The final book layout is checked over by the art director, creative director, and sometimes the developer to make sure everything appears as it should.
  • 4) Release Prep - The product is prepared for print/digital release
  • 5) Print Proofing - test prints are reviewed and approved
  • 6) At Press - Offset print runs have begun, or Print-on-Demand books are made available to order

I've moved a couple things around so that it's a bit easier to track what's going on, and a couple bits aren't quite listed (for example, we will get Discounted Print-on-Demand options for the Exalted: Essence PDF, the Jumpstart PDF, the Ready-Made Characters PDF, and the Adventure Scenario Trilogy PDF, but that's sort of incorporated into those listings now). It's also a bit of a cheat because the first three items listed are all really the same contents - the Exalted: Essence book. The difference between those will be reflected more on the Production side when it comes to final design.

I don't know that I'll list all of the stages broken out in future updates, since it's a lot of text to explain an image that's supposed to be a quick summary of where we stand, but that's why it's a work-in-progress.

Anyway... while our main book is still in Editing, Contracts have been signed with two of our novella writers so far (so outlines can be submitted for approval). The team is currently outlining the Jumpstart, the Ready-Made Characters, and the Adventure Scenario Trilogy. I can say that the outline for the Exalted: Essence Companion has already been approved, so forward progress there!

Bit by bit it's all being worked on, and we'll see this image go green across the board as we work through this campaign.

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

Rich has modified the way he's running the Project Tracking this year. At the end of each month, Onyx Path will be posting an update showing the current status of all of their projects and where each sits on the project tracking chart. In the weekly Monday Meeting Notes blogs, Rich will note any projects that have changed status, sometimes with developer notes, since the big monthly summary.

You can find January's complete project summary <here> and the weekly Monday Meeting blog updates <here>.

I will continue to post an update each 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.

January 2022 Update
over 2 years ago – Wed, Feb 02, 2022 at 05:19:09 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

Welcome to the first update of 2022. This is going to be a year of incremental progress, as Onyx Path's creative team slowly moves this project along the progress track toward eventual delivery to backers. If you look back at the estimated delivery dates from the campaign, you'll know that we're still quite some time away from seeing many of the fruits of these labors, but I'll continue to post our rewards list at the end of each month and note the production phase of each project where available and provide more information as needed. 

All of that said, let's get to our update!

REWARDS STILL PENDING

  • Exalted: Essence PDF
  • Exalted: Essence Standard Hardcover
  • Exalted: Essence Deluxe Hardcover
  • Exalted: Essence Discounted PoD Link
  • Exalted: Essence Storyteller Screen
  •  Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought Deluxe Hardcover - to ship with Ex:Ess deluxe 
  •  Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Deluxe Hardcover - to ship with Ex:Ess deluxe 
  • Redbubble T-Shirt Link
  • Digital Wallpaper
  • VTT Token Pack
  • Novella (Lauren Roy)
  • Novella (James Higgins)
  • Novella (Rai W. Cole)
  • Jumpstart PDF
  • Jumpstart Discounted PoD Link
  • Ready-Made Characters PDF
  • Ready-Made Characters Discounted PoD Link
  • Adventure Scenario Trilogy PDF
  • Adventure Scenario Trilogy Discounted PoD Link
  • Exalted: Essence Companion PDF

 REWARDS DISTIBUTED TO BACKERS

ONYX PATH PROJECT TRACKING

That's a long list of projects in the works resulting from our successful Kickstarter campaign last year. 

Rich has modified the way he's running the Project Tracking this year. At the end of each month, Onyx Path will be posting an update showing the current status of all of their projects and where each sits on the project tracking chart. In the weekly Monday Meeting Notes blogs, Rich will note any projects that have changed status, sometimes with developer notes, since the big monthly summary.

You can find the last complete project summary <here> and the weekly Monday Meeting blog updates <here>. Check on the Onyx Path website in the next few days for an updated overview for all projets.

Checking out those updates, I see that our ExEss book is in the Editing phase and the Art Buy has been figured out. So still moving forward, but a long path ahead. I will continue to post an update each month until every reward has gone out. 

ONYX PATH DISCUSSION CHANNELS

I know many of us would like to have more visibility to how the manuscript is developing, and how each little section is coming along, but because this is a licensed property, anything shared must be approved by the rights holder, which usually doesn't happen during editing and development. That said, 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:

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

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.

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2021 Year End Update
over 2 years ago – Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 11:05:07 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

Well, 2021 may have been a bit of a drag in a few ways, but it brought us this campaign and this new take on Exalted Third Edition. We're still in the early stages of this project, but it sets up a foundation for many great things ahead. So, a quick look back at 2021 but fueled with some optimism for cool things in 2022 and beyond...

REWARD TRACKING - DELIVERED TO BACKERS

  • [Add On] Exalted Third Edition Core Rules PDF (Update #39, Aug 2, 2021)
  • [Add On] Dragon-Blooded: What Fire has Wrought PDF (Update #39, Aug 2, 2021)
  • [Add On] Lunars: Fangs at the Gate PDF (Update #39, Aug 2, 2021)
  • [Add On] The Realm PDF (Update #39, Aug 2, 2021)
  • [Add On] Arms of the Chosen PDF (Update #39, Aug 2, 2021)
  • [Add On] Complete Collection: Exalted 1E PDF Bundle (Update #39, Aug 2, 2021)
  • [Add On] Complete Collection: Exalted 2E Bundle (Update #39, Aug 2, 2021)

If you missed these updates or forgot to check your e-mail, 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. Remember when redeeming DTRPG discount links to login to your DriveThruRPG.com account FIRST and then click or copy the link into your browser.

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • Exalted: Essence PDF
  • Exalted: Essence Standard Hardcover
  • Exalted: Essence Deluxe Hardcover
  • Exalted: Essence Discounted PoD Link
  • Exalted: Essence Storyteller Screen
  • Dragon-Blooded: What Fire Has Wrought Deluxe Hardcover - to ship with Ex:Ess deluxe
  • Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Deluxe Hardcover - to ship with Ex:Ess deluxe
  • Redbubble T-Shirt Link
  • Digital Wallpaper
  • VTT Token Pack
  • Novella (Lauren Roy)
  • Novella (James Higgins)
  • Novella (Rai W. Cole)
  • Jumpstart PDF
  • Jumpstart Discounted PoD Link
  • Ready-Made Characters PDF
  • Ready-Made Characters Discounted PoD Link
  • Adventure Scenario Trilogy PDF
  • Adventure Scenario Trilogy Discounted PoD Link
  • Exalted: Essence Companion PDF

TO CONTACT JAMES

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

ONYX PATH CROWDFUNDING IN 2021

Another challenging year. While there were some moments of taking two steps forward and one step back, at least there was some forward momentum. Onyx Path spent the previous year restructuring and adapting their processes to better function during the pandemic, but still external issues presented (and continue to present) challenges. Paper shortages, manufacturing difficulties, shipping and storage problems. The new normal.

Despite all of that, Onyx Path was able to get some products out, at least digitally, during the year.

CROWDFUNDED PROJECTS RELEASED IN 2021

While the massive paper shortage and manufacturing issues kept many of these from seeing print in 2021, they're all currently scheduled to attain physical form in early 2022. Here's hoping the process keeps moving forward and we can finally ship these rewards. Even with that caveat, that's still a pretty impressive list of stuff that's out and available to play.

PROJECTS CROWDFUNDED IN 2021

Another solid year and another batch of fun and interesting projects added to Onyx Path's future release list. In supporting these during the crowdfunding phase, we've also managed to add these extra projects to the schedule:

  • Scion: Dragon Companion
  • Scion: Dragon Jumpstart
  • Whispers from the Darkness (Masks of the Mythos Companion)
  • Victorian Mage Jumpstart
  • Bizarre Tales & Unusual Characters
  • Weird Wonders & Revolutionary Magick
  • Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Jumpstart
  • Adventure Addendum
  • Thrilling Tales
  • Exalted: Essence Novella Trilogy
  • Exalted: Essence Jumpstart
  • Exalted: Essence Adventure Scenario Trilogy
  • Exalted: Essence Companion
  • Squeaks in the Deep Companion
  • Squeaks in the Deep Jumpstart
  • Icons of Rage
  • Howls of the Apocalypse
  • Anima Companion

That's a long list of supplements and expansions that wouldn't exist without your support!

I hope your year ends well, and all the best for 2022!