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January 2019 Update

Posted by James Bell (Collaborator)
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Hello Dystopians!

The snow is falling, and rather than shovel the driveway for the third time today, let's share our first status update of 2019! Eddy Webb is back from the Midwinter Gaming Convention in Milwaukee with our first DR:E update of the New Year:

Hello, survivors! Eddy again, to give you some updates on DR:E.

As the editing pass is winding up, I took the manuscript out for a test drive at Midwinter Gaming Convention, with a table of both Dystopia Rising LARP fans and people who had never really heard of DR. And we all had a blast! I actually was feeling pretty exhausted that day, and after my nap I decided that I didn't like the adventure I had written up, so I was able to toss off a new one an hour before the game start.

That was, to be, a really good sign. First, that players who both love the setting and those who just want a good post-apocalypse adventure game are finding a lot of fun in DR:E. Second, that the setting and mechanics are strong enough that you can whip something up on short notice if needed. I did find a couple small things after the game that I want to tweak (mainly nudging the antagonist die pools up a more), and I need to incorporate the names of those backers who pledged to have a character in the manuscript, but I'm anticipating that the post-editing review process will be pretty smooth for all that.

Speaking of Kickstarter backers, I noticed Michael Pucci running a game for the player who backed at the PERSONAL HORROR level to have a special, canonical DR:E game run at Midwinter. What I saw involved a train and lots of excited yelling, so it seemed like everyone was having a blast! And in the end I got a lot of praise from everyone involved, saying that the Storypath system worked really well with the updated setting. Luckily I was working on an amazing foundation of a fantastic world and a robust system!

We're also getting the rest of the art in, and it's looking fantastic. I actually have so many great options, but I finally settled on a couple of pieces from the amazing Mark Kelly to whet your appetite.

The art should wrap up around the time text is ready for layout, so you should be seeing a beta (pre-release) PDF before too long. We'll give you an update when we're closer, but soon you'll have your first look at the game in all its undead glory!

And, just a reminder to confirm your rewards in your BackerKit survey, if you haven't done so already.  

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 

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If you have any other questions or concerns, you can post them to the comments for this update, the comment section, or contact the team via the Contact Creator link on the kickstarter page and Rich will forward it to me.

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)  

  • Redbubble T-shirt Link (Update #30, posted 11/01/18) 


  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Core Book PDF 
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Core Book Hardcover 
  • Dystopia Rising: Evolution Print-On-Demand coupon 
  • DR:E Reference Screen 
  • DR:E Reference Charts PDF 
  • DR:E Digital Wallpaper 
  • DR:E Threat Guide PDF 
  • DR:E Jumpstart PDF 
  • DR:E Fiction Anthology PDF 
  • Creed Symbol Enamel Pin(s)

I'll 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 (you may see spoilers for my monthly updates, or see what other kickstarter campaigns are currently running).

Speaking of which...

Final 24 hours for the They Came From Beneath The Sea! Kickstarter campaign!  

They Came From Beneath The Sea! is a new tabletop RPG from Onyx Path, encompassing the wonder, horror, thrills, and hilarity of 1950s science fiction. This game evokes all that is great in the B-movies of decades ago, and provides a dynamic, fun experience at the table.  

The players, as humans, live in a world under increasing attack. The attackers? Aliens from beneath the sea, obviously!  

Adventures can range from the one-shot defense of small coastal town, to the lengthier liberation of a cruise ship invested with gill-kin, all the way to a campaign in which characters seize an alien submarine and ride it all the way down to the sea bed to take the fight to the invaders.  

We've unlocked 13 Stretch Goals and revealed the entire manuscript - which uses the Storypath system! Come check out They Came From Beneath The Sea!

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