Scion 2nd Edition Tabletop RPG

Created by Richard Thomas

Contribute to help us create and traditionally print Scion 2nd Edition Tabletop RPG's first two books and get them into stores!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Scion Shipping Update!
11 days ago – Tue, May 07, 2019 at 11:13:06 PM

Hello Scion 2e Backers!

RichT here:

Just got this note today from the fulfillment shipper:

Hi Rich,

      FedEx picked up their 2 pallets and USPS picked up 14 pallets.  The  USPS truck couldn’t take any more so they are picking up the remaining  10 pallets today.  We are working on the remaining Internationals and  should have them finished this week.

I know there was some concern because of the status notices on BackerKit and the shipping labels being created last month. The fulfillment shipper created the labels, then began to box up the rewards, and get those boxes stacked on the pallets they mention in the note above. I was not aware there'd be as big a time gap between making the labels and getting everything out, as they have done this in waves before, and I'll be talking to them about the pros and cons of doing it this way and the need to keep us informed as transparently as possible so we can pass that on to all of you.

Thanks!

April Scion Update!
22 days ago – Sat, Apr 27, 2019 at 02:34:52 AM

Hello Scion 2e Backers!

Here is a note from Neall concerning the errata that did not make it into the books:

Greetings, true believers and Scion backers —

Thank you for your patience and support over the last few weeks. It’s enormously disheartening to me to see an event that should be a culmination of years of hard work have some known errors still in the final product, and it shouldn’t have happened. There’s nothing game-breaking in there: despite some wonkiness with the pre-generated characters, the game is fully playable. But it doesn’t have as much polish as I worked to have, and it isn’t what you were expecting. Whom the Gods notice, they destroy...and this book had a lot of Gods in it.

Obviously, some errors were going to happen. There isn’t an RPG book on the market that doesn’t have a single typo, or spacing error, or oddly-worded power. Roleplaying games are big technical manuals, full of moving parts and the gestalt product of dozens of writers. I fully expected to see a dreaded Page XX that just got missed (maybe because it was rendered as pg. XX rather than p. X or pp. XX, so a find and replace missed it) or that I kept forgetting to give Artemis the Wild Purview, which was something that came up in development. Those kinds of errors are a rite of passage for designers. What I didn’t expect was to see a dozen little errors cropping up through the text — especially since they were ones I remembered fixing with a sense of satisfaction. It was as much a shock to me as it was to all of you. 

You did not pay for a book without errors, but you pledged to this campaign with the full expectation of a polished book. It’s polished in many places, but obviously rougher in others, especially when it comes to synching Origin and Hero. This is my responsibility and fault as developer, and you are owed an apology and explanation. I am very sorry.

So why did it happen? What it ultimately comes down to is a stovepiped process with single points of failure in succession. The errata methodology that has served us well for over a few dozen books broke down, but it was designed to handle typos, not a sync across two corebooks using a completely new system with a long-revised development process. 

Everyone here was told about the errata threads on the Onyx Path Forums, but that was our first mistake looking back on it, really. The thread quickly filled up with redundant information in a format that wasn’t easy for me to capture and act upon. Capturing that took an enormous amount of energy, and not everyone used the errata threads — I got messages on the Discord and over Facebook, in private messages on the forums and elsewhere. I took what I got (when I was able to remember to see it) and put it into a spreadsheet with two columns: the page number, and the errata item. Some of those errata items I discarded as duplicates. Some of them weren’t errata, not really; “This power is too strong,” or, “Should it be fighting instead of flyting?” (It was flyting.) But there were hundreds of power sync issues between the two books and individual typos and system artifacts left over from development.

The second mistake we made was trying to input the changes directly into InCopy, a program we use to interface with the layout program we use to build the books in PDF. In the past, we marked up PDFs during the proof phase for the layout person to implement errata, but as corebooks got larger and therefore had more errata, this became unwieldy. Inputting the changes into InCopy seemed much more effective, and was with previous books, but it wasn’t with Scion. I inputted hundreds of lines of errata, but even a small error rate there was going to be magnified dramatically. And since I was the only one who could effectively adjudicate the errata, I had the task of doing all of it individually.

I’m not going to blame all the errors on InCopy, as easy as that would be. Adobe Creative Cloud is temperamental, even if it’s the industry standard. It’s those errors that irk me the most, though — things like the Kami Asset Skills, or the Manitou Virtues, that I was positive I fixed but stubbornly reverted when I closed the program. With over a dozen previous books being OK, I thought I was finished with the errata.

But that should have been fixed in the proofing phase, yes? All of that should have been caught? It would have been, had I been more diligent, perhaps — but the proofing phase is more for visual design and text alignment rather than inputting errata. Like I said, the errata wasn’t not input — it just wasn’t fully implemented. On a casual glance, most of the stuff is fixed, so a causal read of it saw all that as being fixed.

I’m not telling you these things as an excuse, but because you’re owed an explanation. So how do we fix it, and where do we go from here?

On fixing it, the PDFs and PODs of Scion Second Edition will be updated with the errata, corrected sample character sheets, and backer credits. We’re making up an official errata sheet and FAQ PDF to go along with your print run books, and you’ll be directed to that errata via this Backer Update, on our site and social media, and with a card being shipped with every copy of the books. 

Secondly, nothing on the level of Scion will be done by a single person. The Trinity Continuum line and the first main book, Trinity Continuum: Aeon, already divides labor by lead developer (Ian Watson), book developer (John Snead), and systems developer (Danielle Lauzon). We’ve also spread the development responsibilities out on our Scion supplements in production, to talented creators on the Scion Companion (Meghan Fitzgerald), the Bestiary (Christine Beard), Scion: Dragon (Danielle Lauzon), Masks of the Mythos (Chris Spivey), and Titanomachy (Monica Speca).

Third, if you pledged to the Geist 2e Kickstarter, you’ve already seen our new errata data capturing system put into place: a submission form that outputs errata on a single sheet by page number and by type, so it can be handled by multiple people and then individually checked by those people during the proofing process. So Eddy might handle typos, for example, while I would handle consistency or textual issues that require developer adjudication. This not only does the work of formatting the information into an actionable state, but lets us divide the workload and get it done faster.

By dividing the labor and making it less of a stovepipe and more of an open process that can be addressed by multiple members of the team, this removes the single point of failure.

Everyone, again: I’m really very sorry there are errors in the final text, and we're going to correct it on multiple levels. 

Scion Errata and FAQ PDFs Link

Here's the link for the Scion Errata and FAQ PDFs; this download contains two PDFs (one full-color, one black and white for printer ease) with the errata and FAQs for Scion: Origin and Scion: Hero Second Edition. There is one page of errata for each book, a page containing the FAQ, and the color PDF also contains updated pre-generated character sheets for both books:

 https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/274130/Scion-Second-Edition-Errata-and-FAQ 

For the Updated PDFs of both books containing the fixes, you can download them from your DriveThruRPG Library. Please be sure you've cleaned your cache so you read the updated ones. If you haven't yet downloaded the Scion: Origin or Scion: Hero 2e PDFs, the links are in the Digital Downloads section of your BackerKit page.

Thanks to everyone for their patience as we sorted this out.

Scion 2e Kickstarter Backer Rewards Are Shipping!

Word from our fulfillment shipper is that they have been boxing and labeling and have started sending those packages out this week. When they let us know that all the packages are out into the hands of the shipping services, we'll let you folks know!


PROJECT STATUS

Here's where we are with the next wave of projects!

Scion: Dragon: First Drafts

Masks of the Mythos: First Drafts, preliminary title.

Scion Demigod: First Drafts. 

Creatures of the World/Bestiary: Development (writing is finished).

Scion Companion: Development (writing is finished).

Scion Ready-Made Characters: Editing

Scion Jumpstart: Layout

Scion Origin and Scion Hero: Shipping to backers.

Scion Dice: Shipping to backers.

Scion 2e Screens: Shipping to backers.

March Scion 2e Update! Important Address Change Warning!
about 2 months ago – Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 11:03:22 PM


Hello Scion Backers!

RichT here:

We're closing in on the big finale for this campaign - Scion Origin and Scion Hero are finishing up at the printer! 

As we ramp up to shipping you your rewards, we've got to take time to  review all the information you've submitted and lock down everything to  pass on to Onyx Path's fulfillment partner. 

48 HOUR WARNING! IT'S TIME TO LOCK DOWN THE SURVEYS AND PREPARE FOR SHIPPING!!
 

Here's me asking that everyone reviews their BackerKit  survey to confirm rewards and lock in information. Information below on  how to access your Survey again, but key follow-up steps are:

Steps 1&2 are done. Here's the important one:

3. CONFIRM SHIPPING INFORMATION - Please ensure your  shipping information is up-to-date with your expected address for April  2019. Please ensure that this information is entered and correct by MARCH 27th, 2019.  That's 48 HOURS from today when I will take the shipping information  we have for you in BackerKit and provide that to our fulfillment  partners, so they can begin the shipping process.

ADDRESS CONFIRMATION & DELIVERY OBLIGATIONS.   Consider this the warning to update your information, after which  point, you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as  entered into our pledge manager system to the address listed in  BackerKit, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common  carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or  any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities,  providing correct address information and ensuring this address is  deliverable by normal methods. Failure to confirm mailing address prior  to March 27th, 2019 will be taken as agreement that all obligations have  been met and no further action or effort is required on the part of  Onyx Path.  

(Of course, if you're getting digital rewards only, you don't  need to worry about your address. This is just for physical rewards  we're shipping to you).

SHIPPING UPDATE TO COME  

I will send another update when the games are actually ready to go  and will begin shipping, but we need to have this information locked  down prior to that stage. If you find yourself in an unusual  circumstance or your residence unexpectedly changes between March 27th and the date I send out the shipping update, contact me to see what I can do at that time.

BACKERKIT REVIEW

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://scion-2nd-edition-tabletop-rpg.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 BackerKit customer support.

As always, you can directly contact me with any issues using the Contact Creator link on the Scion 2e Kickstarter page.

PROJECT STATUS

Here's where we are with the next wave of projects!

Scion Dragon: First Drafts.

Masks of the Mythos: First Drafts, preliminary title.

Scion Demigod: First Drafts. 

Creatures of the World/Bestiary: Second/Final Drafts.

Scion Companion: Second/Final Drafts.

Scion Ready-Made Characters: Second/Final Drafts.

Scion Jumpstart: Editing

AND NOW OUR LATEST KICKSTARTER!

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday March 26th at 2pm Eastern US time. The Contagion Chronicle is a massive crossover chronicle for Chronicles of Darkness allowing all of the CofD game lines to play in a coherent single setting. 

Backers will be able to download parts of the completed text throughout the KS, and will have all of it before the KS is over. So, please come check it out when it goes live!

Scion BackerKit Shut Down Reminder!
2 months ago – Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 11:45:20 PM

Just a reminder that we are going to shut down Add-ons, pledge changes and upgrades, and new purchases on the "pre-order" store tomorrow.

Here's the run-down of how we'll be wrapping up the BackerKit site in preparation for shipping:

1. CONFIRM REWARDS - I'll be locking down all Reward Lists, so if you wanted to add any additional rewards on BackerKit, please do so by Match 6th, 2019.  That's when I will lock down all reward lists and  you won't be able to adjust or add anything after that time.  

2. CONFIRM ALL PAYMENT INFORMATION - For any  additions you made in BackerKit, or any payments that did not process at  the end of the Kickstarter campaign, please ensure your payment  information is up to date, valid, and ready to be processed by MARCH 20th, 2019. That's a bit over two weeks from today when I will instruct BackerKit to lock down and process all outstanding payments.  

3. CONFIRM SHIPPING INFORMATION - Please ensure your  shipping information is up-to-date with your expected address for April  2019. Please ensure that this information is entered and correct by MARCH 27th, 2019.  That's just about three weeks from today when I will take the shipping information  we have for you in BackerKit and provide that to our fulfillment  partners, so they can begin the shipping process.

Thanks!

February Scion Update!
3 months ago – Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 11:07:07 PM

Hello Scion Backers!

RichT here:

We're closing in on the big finale for this campaign - Scion Origin and Scion Hero are at the printer! 

As we ramp up to shipping you your rewards, we've got to take time to review all the information you've submitted and lock down everything to pass on to Onyx Path's fulfillment partner. 


 IT'S TIME TO LOCK DOWN THE SURVEYS AND PREPARE FOR SHIPPING!!
 

Here's the start of my asking that everyone reviews their BackerKit survey to confirm rewards and lock in information. Information below on how to access your Survey again, but key follow-up steps are:

1. CONFIRM REWARDS - I'll be locking down all Reward Lists, so if you wanted to add any additional rewards on BackerKit, please do so by Match 6th, 2019. That's two weeks from today when I will lock down all reward lists and you won't be able to adjust or add anything after that time.  

2. CONFIRM ALL PAYMENT INFORMATION - For any additions you made in BackerKit, or any payments that did not process at the end of the Kickstarter campaign, please ensure your payment information is up to date, valid, and ready to be processed by MARCH 20th, 2019. That's four weeks from today when I will instruct BackerKit to lock down and process all outstanding payments.  

3. CONFIRM SHIPPING INFORMATION - Please ensure your shipping information is up-to-date with your expected address for April 2019. Please ensure that this information is entered and correct by MARCH 27th, 2019. That's five weeks from today when I will take the shipping information we have for you in BackerKit and provide that to our fulfillment partners, so they can begin the shipping process.

ADDRESS CONFIRMATION & DELIVERY OBLIGATIONS.  Consider this the warning to update your information, after which point, you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into our pledge manager system to the address listed in BackerKit, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities, providing correct address information and ensuring this address is deliverable by normal methods. Failure to confirm mailing address prior to March 20th, 2019 will be taken as agreement that all obligations have been met and no further action or effort is required on the part of Onyx Path.  

(Of course, if you're getting digital rewards only, you don't need to worry about your address. This is just for physical rewards we're shipping to you).

SHIPPING UPDATE TO COME  

I will send another update when the games are actually ready to go and will begin shipping, but we need to have this information locked down prior to that stage. If you find yourself in an unusual circumstance or your residence unexpectedly changes between March 27th and the date I send out the shipping update, contact me to see what I can do at that time.

BACKERKIT REVIEW

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://scion-2nd-edition-tabletop-rpg.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 BackerKit customer support.


PROJECT STATUS

Here's where we are with the next wave of projects!

Masks of the Mythos: First Drafts, preliminary title.

Scion Demigod: First Drafts. Writers are getting their assignments and contracts.

Creatures of the World/Bestiary: Redlines (the stage where developers tell the writers what needs to change on the first drafts).

Scion Companion: Second/Final Drafts

Scion Ready-Made Characters: Second/Final Drafts

Scion Jumpstart: Editing


AND NOW OUR LATEST KICKSTARTER!


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/lunars-fangs-at-the-gate-for-exalted-3rd-ed