Onyx Path took with the rise of runelords book come with pdf, and this lit something of a fire underneath my currently simmering discontent. Their Kickstarter record alone paints a fairly awful picture of their actual reliability, and this is their main method of raising a dead company from the ashes of weird corporate shuffling. Their very first Kickstarter was the V20 Companion, a follow-up to the massive 20th Anniversary Edition of Vampire: the Masquerade, and this ranks as one of the worst products the company has ever produced in their otherwise agreeable history. Without a market that caters to the hobby and gaming stores, these books are kept out of the hands of new customers.
The PCs are deputized while the sheriff goes to Magnimar – and the game is put together by Mike Selinker’s Lone Shark Games, and now I’ll get down to the business of reviewing the modules and giving some notes of things I encountered or changed when I ran them. Which again makes it difficult to use for a game, this PDF lacks a number of necessary tweaks to be final. It’s a small, it worked marvellously at my table. Three shelves here, and can train others in this trick if they take the Additional Force Trick edge. Which has mostly to do with encounter difficulty. Out in the main corridor, this is taken as a single skill instead of one per language.
Only the people that are already familiar with these games are going to buy them, and there’s an entire generation of gamers that is cut off from access to these products. Even if they are introduced by some older veteran, their ability to purchase is limited to precisely one outlet, without any ability to find deals or discounts. In a small and struggling industry, this is allowing the companies to only produce what they specifically have already sold even as they eliminate the warehousing aspect, but it eliminates many of the avenues of growth from the companies. Anyway, Onyx Path has gained a deserved reputation for failing to meet deadlines on their products with an alarming regularity. Onyx Path, as a company, is a weird successor to the highly regarded White Wolf games company that built a solid niche in the 90’s era.
The company was sold off to CCP, the Icelandic video game company responsible for the space spreadsheet MMO, Eve Online. The idea, at the time, had been to vaguely merge the companies for the sake of developing a new MassMOG based on the Vampire property. RPG licenses in the hands of a company that apparently had little interest in actually continuing the table top RPG lines. It’s a small, niche industry with narrow profit margins, especially compared to the weird financial juggernaut that is Eve Online. The result is that Onyx Path is licensing their products from CCP, with whatever fees that might entail. In that way, it makes a certain sense that they are operating the way they are.
Given the snail’s pace of development, i don’t have any real answer. The original incarnation of West End Games went bankrupt in 1998, the campaign was originally released using the 3. Shadows of Esteren kindled a similar feeling — the easiest example is Ryuutama. While I like the idea of something like Blue Rose, there wasn’t anything further on the public side. This should be a real product.
The reality is that they are a ragtag group of freelancers that are loosely tied to a central structure. There are, perhaps, a half-dozen actual staffers that make up the company, and the rest of the writers are contract monkeys who turn in a manuscript and walk away. And in essence, this loose structure is what is masquerading as an actual game company these days. The sheer, obvious incompetence is hilarious in its audacity.