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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:

November 2021 Update
over 2 years ago – Wed, Dec 01, 2021 at 12:21:02 AM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

As always, back at the end of the month to ensure communication is constant and consistent. No big updates this month - we're still quite some time away from anything major happening - but it's important to check in and make sure we're all on the same page.

I will note an Actual Play for Exalted that's been going on this past month. From the team at Devil's Luck Gaming, their Exalted Actual play called Hymns of the Unconquered Sun.

Episodes are streamed weekly at https://www.twitch.tv/devilsluckgaming and https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath. I believe the third episode was streamed last night, so plenty of good content to get caught up on before next week!

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

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

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://exalted-essence.backerkit.com/faq

As always, I will continue to post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each monthly update, so that we can track everything that's needed and keep on the same page. Also, feel free to check out Onyx Path's Monday Meeting Notes posts (linked here) which will give you a weekly status report on ALL of the projects Onyx Path has on the go.

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.

NOW ON KICKSTARTER

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In Trinity Continuum: Anima, characters try to get by while staving off attacks from enemies both physical and virtual. Anima gives players the chance to enter both the dangerous world of corporate espionage, while also delving deep into the virtual world’s mysteries. Between the two exist a myriad of deadly secrets meant to be left buried.

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October 2021 Update
over 2 years ago – Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 06:48:10 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

We're still in the earliest earliest parts of this project, with tons of runway ahead of us. But it's important to me to keep consistent and reliable with our communication, so it's time for our regular Month End update, even if it's mostly me dropping a note to wish you an early Happy Halloween!

There is one new Exalted release that I want to draw your attention to. It's using the Third Edition rules (rather than the Essence ruleset), but could still be a valuable resource for your ExEss game.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR EXALTED THIRD EDITION

Now available in advance PDF: Hundred Devils Night Parade for Exalted 3rd Edition!

Once a year, the time of Calibration steals the lights from the night sky and weakens the barriers between Creation and otherworldly realms. Monsters and creatures from every hidden corner emerge to claim it all for their own in the eerie, timeless dark.

For five days and nights, the world remembers how it once was, when it was newly forged from chaos and humanity was not yet a scrap of thought in the eyes of its titanic makers. Wild and hungry, wondrous and deadly, a menagerie of beast and spirit descends upon Creation in its brief time of dominion to the joy and terror of all.

Blink, and you might miss it.

Hundred Devils Night Parade is a collection of Quick Characters designed for Storytellers to include in their games as antagonists, companions, familiars, and mounts, or to use as examples for creating their own creatures. It encompasses the dead, elementals, demons, things from the Wyld, ordinary animals, and stranger beasts that cannot be defined so easily.

Beginning with Chapter One: Strange Beasts, we have the beautiful-yet-horrifying Crystalmoth, which can slice with razor wings, along with its progenitor, Gajum-Un, the Living Manse. We also present the curious and enigmatic Scroll, as well as returning (and terrifying) favorite, the Thousand-Forged Dragon.

For Chapter Two: The Dead, the soul-collecting Ankou leads the way, followed by a host of other creepy delights, such as the helpful Grave Messengers and the giant, one-man army that is Keregost. Death-related beasts in this chapter include Festerwings and Scavengers, and many more besides!

In Chapter Three: Spirits, we’ve collected both elementals and demons for your game, from Ahesh the Forgotten and Charnavrix the Unyielding to Oldrasek, Audegar, and Stanewald. Excitingly, there is also an entry for Sibri, the Rampart of Serpents, a Third-Circle demon.

Chapter Four: Creatures of the Wyld has weirdness to fuel a Wyld-touched game, as the storytelling Epochine rises from Creation’s birth, and Kian-Ji, the Heartmirror invites your Exalts to an otherworldly feast. Stumbling from the Wyld, Napaxu infect people and towns, while Siren Towers lure others to their doom.

Lastly, Chapter Five: Animals has creatures to use in your game as mounts, familiars, adversaries, and even Lunar spirit shapes! From Birds of Paradise, Camels, and Dolphins to the stranger Simhatas, Mospids, Siakas, and Sthenurines, we’ve presented a range of interesting animals for all sort of purposes.

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

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

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://exalted-essence.backerkit.com/faq

I will continue to post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each monthly update, so that we can track everything that's needed and keep on the same page. Also, feel free to check out Onyx Path's Monday Meeting Notes posts (linked here) which will give you a weekly status report on ALL of the projects Onyx Path has on the go.

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.

September 2021 Update
over 2 years ago – Sat, Sep 25, 2021 at 07:03:11 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

As we slide through the final week of September, it's time to post our month end project tracker and also check in with the greater Exalted world and see what's going on.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

If you're interested in more lore about the Dragon-Blooded, this Companion book for Exalted Third Edition expands on the information we currently have.

HEIRS TO THE SHOGUNATE

Now available in PDF and print from DriveThruRPG: Heirs to the Shogunate for Exalted 3rd Edition!

Centuries ago, the tumultuous Dragon-Blooded Shogunate ruled much of the known world. Its glory and grandeur fell into ashes amid the Great Contagion, but today new empires blaze high from its embers.

Haughty Dynasts feasting amid the stolen treasures of the Threshold; proud Seventh Legion officers clad in panoplies of jade; lone outcastes struggling to carve out a heroic legend at the world’s edge — they’re all heirs to the Shogunate, yet they each stand on their own as a prince of the earth.

Heirs to the Shogunate details the Realm’s cadet houses and secondary schools, the military city-state of Lookshy, Prasad’s expanding empire, the weird Forest Witches, and outcastes. It also contains new Dragon-Blooded Charms, heirloom artifacts, and Quick Characters. Lastly, it describes the impending Realm Civil War, including a fully playable scenario depicting the War in the West.

At the end of each month, I'll include a summary of our rewards and their current status (they'll either be delivered or marked as still pending, possibly with additional details if I know more). I'll also list any relevant Update posts, in case you want to go back and check into something.

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

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

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://exalted-essence.backerkit.com/faq

I will continue to post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each monthly update, so that we can track everything that's needed and keep on the same page. Also, feel free to check out Onyx Path's Monday Meeting Notes posts (linked here) which will give you a weekly status report on ALL of the projects Onyx Path has on the go.

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.

NOW ON KICKSTARTER

Funded! and still growing on Kickstarter! Join our tribe!

Harano is the state in which a werewolf finds themselves, when they succumb to despair. Some Garou look dimly on such kin, believing it is no way to end a life. “Self sacrifice is the only true way to meet the Apocalypse!” they cry, as they rush into battle. Those in Harano merely pine for what once was, and what they believe never can be.

Except, they’re wrong.

W20: THE APOCALYPTIC RECORD is a capstone book designed to conclude the Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition game line, tying up your stories and paving the way for what may come next...

The Apocalyptic Record includes:

  • Five chapters of in-character accounts, reports, songs, and tales from the heart of the Garou Nation, covering stories of grief and joy, battle and peace, spirits and kin.
  • Story hooks in every chapter to make the content within immediately usable at the gaming table.
  • A chapter dedicated to the Werewolf: The Apocalypse metaplot, and how to utilize it in your stories.

Check it out on Kickstarter and join in the hunt!

August 2021 Update
over 2 years ago – Wed, Sep 01, 2021 at 02:20:19 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

Here I am sneaking in on the final day of the month to start our regular month end update process. As I've mentioned before, I'll be sending out a Status Check-in at the end of every month, just to keep communication constant and consistent and keep everyone on the same page.

We're still in the earliest stages of this post-campaign, where projects make incremental movements along the progress path. A lot of months will be pretty similar, just a quick note to let you know that the Onyx Path team is still working on it. Any time we have a new reward or something of interest to share, I'll include that as well.

PLEDGE MANAGER REMINDER

Most of you have confirmed your rewards, selected any Add Ons, and entered your information. No worries on setting shipping info - we'll confirm a bunch by the time we actually approach our shipping schedule, so plenty of time to update as becomes needed. But, it's important to review your pledge and confirm add on rewards.

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

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://exalted-essence.backerkit.com/faq


That's not to say I don't have any news to share. Even as I was beginning to type this update, something came across my Twitter feed...

I don't know anything more than the info offered at the page linked to that logo (https://www.exalted-tv.com/) but it appears Exalted rights holders Paradox have struck a deal with Jenkins & Tate Entertainment to build a pitch to get Exalted set up as a TV show. There's obviously a long and involved process ahead and we may not hear any more info for a long time, but the Jenkins & Tate people are also working with Onyx Path on a similar project, building a TV show pitch for the Scion game line, and they seem like a cool group that are really passionate about the property. I'm sure they'll bring that same passion and enthusiasm to any possible Exalted venture.  

OK, enough daydreaming about a big Exalted TV series, let's get on to the nitty gritty of our month end update!

At the end of each month, I'll include a summary of our rewards and their current status (they'll either be delivered or marked as still pending, possibly with additional details if I know more). I'll also list any relevant Update posts, in case you want to go back and check into something.

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

All of these project are currently in progress and will be distributed as they're completed. Again, that'll all take a long, long time, but I'll continue to list all of our rewards and track whether they've been delivered or are still pending until every last one has gone out.

I will continue to post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each monthly update, so that we can track everything that's needed and keep on the same page. Also, feel free to check out Onyx Path's Monday Meeting Notes posts (linked here) which will give you a weekly status report on ALL of the projects Onyx Path has on the go.

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.

Digital Reward Distribution
almost 3 years ago – Mon, Aug 02, 2021 at 09:06:17 PM

Hello Exalted Essentials,

So, now that the weekend has concluded, digital distribution on the first Add On rewards has completed and the following rewards are available for backers who have added these titles on to their list of rewards:

  • [Add On] Exalted Third Edition Core Rules PDF + Discounted PoD Links
  • [Add On] Dragon-Blooded: What Fire has Wrought PDF + Discounted PoD Links
  • [Add On] Lunars: Fangs at the Gate PDF + Discounted PoD Links
  • [Add On] The Realm PDF + Discounted PoD Links
  • [Add On] Arms of the Chosen PDF + Discounted PoD Links
  • [Add On] Complete Collection: Exalted 1E PDF Bundle
  • [Add On] Complete Collection: Exalted 2E Bundle

Digital Reward E-mail 

When sending out the first batch, it looks like there were a few crossed wires and, though these rewards are only available for those who had bought them as Add Ons, the initial redemption e-mail went out to everyone. So, a lot of people got an e-mail saying "click here for digital rewards" and then ... nothing.

Apologies for that! It's been fixed and won't happen for future distributions, and thanks to everyone who contacted me with the issue so it could get resolved. There were A LOT of items to set up on this one, and I accidentally connected Tab A with Slot B, but everything's aligned now.

PRINT-ON-DEMAND OPTIONS

Some of these rewards include Discounted Print-on-Demand options for these books. You'll see two versions available: standard and premium.

These designations reflect the printing process used in the Print-on-Demand process and NOT the book contents. The contents of the book remains the exact same regardless of which version you pick (so, this isn't the same as our standard vs deluxe editions from the kickstarter).

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 a digital offset press. This option offers superior color quality but is much more expensive to produce. Much much more, which is why it's nice to get these discounted links!

(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.)

At this time, the Discounted PoD Links won't expire in 2021, so you have time to decide on an order or wait if you're looking to add additional titles (like when the Heirs to the Shogunate book is eventually released. I don't have a date, but we know it's coming at some point!)

And, one more time in case there's some confusion, only the rewards listed up top are currently available. All other rewards are in the very earliest stages of development. I'll have an overview at the end of each month listing all of the rewards and identifying what's been sent out.

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

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://exalted-essence.backerkit.com/faq

Thanks again, apologies again for the e-mail notice confusion, and see you at the end of the month!