They Came from Beyond the Grave!

Created by Onyx Path Publishing - They Came from Beyond the Grave!

A dramatic, hammy, and horrifying tabletop roleplaying game encompassing the shock, terror, eroticism, and humor of 1970s horror.

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September 2021 Update - AND BACKER PDF DISTRIBUTION!!!
27 days ago – Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 05:33:44 PM

Hello Gravediggers,

As we slide into the final week of September and prepare our monthly project summary, I've got great news! The Backer PDFs for They Came from Beyond the Grave! are ready for distribution!

They're coming from beyond the internet...

Over the past 18 months, dealing with the pandemic and the scheduling and logistical hurdles has proven to be an ongoing multi-part challenge, and getting books printed and shipped on time has been difficult. That's mostly to external factors in dealing with manufacturing and distribution changes.

However, in terms of the digital side, Onyx Path has done a pretty great job, often sneaking in before the PDF estimated delivery date listed on the kickstarter campaigns. We're a couple months before we projected on this one, and I can't tell you how excited I am to dig in!

Let's get to it!!

They Came from Beyond the Grave! Backer PDF

They Came from Beyond the Grave! is a dramatic, hammy, and horrifying tabletop roleplaying game encompassing the shock, terror, eroticism, and humor of 1970s horror. This game allows you to play with all the magnificent content from the movies of Hammer, Amicus, and Roger Corman, and promises the fun and thrills of the horror movie genre!

In They Came from Beyond the Grave!, you play humans faced with the horrors of the supernatural. You'll find yourself pitted against vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and constructed critters, along with demons, slashers, and THE DEVIL HIMSELF. Adventures range from the one-shot exploration of a haunted house, to the multi-era play across the 19th century and 1970s.

They Came from Beyond the Grave! contains a mix of serious threat, unmitigated ham, and nonsensical farce. We never tell you what is amusing and what is not, but we do provide the tools to make a seriously fun game incorporating all the elements of 1970s horror movies. This game provides rules for funny quips and amusing cinematics for incorporation in a story, along with dozens of special powers and story devices.

Of course, I'm listing all of that knowing that you're already familiar with book! It's never not fun to have a summary, though! And, it's a good moment to catch our breath as we head into reward distribution info!

REWARD DISTRIBUTION

Your link to claim your They Came from Beyond the Grave! Backer PDF will be sent out by our BackerKit pledge manager over the next day. Since we are using our partners at DriveThruRPG as the host for this, you will need to set up a DriveThru account if you don't have one already. If you encounter any problems with downloading your rewards, please contact DTRPG's customer service to resolve the matter, they've always been top-rated for customer service. http://www.drivethrurpg.com/contact_us.php

Again, you will receive an e-mail from BackerKit with a link for this reward over the next 24 hours if it is on your expected list of rewards.

The easiest way to see if you've got digital downloads available is to login to your backerkit account: https://they-came-from-beyond-the-grave.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://they-came-from-beyond-the-grave.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://they-came-from-beyond-the-grave.backerkit.com/faq

BACKER PDF VERSION

This is the first version of They Came from Beyond the Grave! to be released. We've sent you these initial Backer PDFs for three reasons:

1) Who wants to wait?! These projects can take a long time to turn into final releases - you know that - and the Onyx Path team wants to get them into your hands as quickly as possible!

2) To thank you for your support! This project, literally, is a direct result of your support during the Kickstarter campaign. You deserve to see it before anyone else!

3) To make the final version the best it can be! The design and development teams have done their best to proofread and correct any errors and typos - but some always sneak through. If you catch any typos, incorrect math, visual glitches, and the like, we want to hear about them and correct them before we send the book off to print.

With that in mind, I'd like to introduce the They Came from Beyond the Grave! Feedback Form!

Onyx Path has launched a special They Came from Beyond the Grave! Feedback Form, which you can access here: https://forms.gle/tjFZLaHtxkxjaZBf8

Submit your feedback for They Came from Beyond the Grave!

Generally, they try to keep errata collection open for the next 2 weeks, although it may be accessible a little bit longer due to the chaotic nature of the world we're in now. Still, please report what you can as soon as possible to make sure we're getting everything covered.

They won't be collecting errata from other spots, just this specific form.

After any needed corrections are made (based on your feedback!), we will prepare an updated final PDF version of the book and you will receive a notice from DrivethruRPG that you can re-download your file with the latest version.

You've already made the book a reality with your Kickstarter support. Now you can make it even better by helping us crowdsource any minor errors and corrections.

After that excitement, let's revise our Month End summary from two days ago, now that we can move a big reward from Pending to Delivered...

REWARD TRACKING - DELIVERED TO BACKERS

  • [Add On] They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (Update #39, September 24, 2020)
  • [Stretch Goal] Redbubble T-Shirt Link (Update #46, April 16, 2021)
  • [Pledge Tier] They Came from Beyond the Grave! Backer PDF (Update #52, Sept 23, 2021)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! Hardcover Book
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beyond the Grave! Director's Screen
  • [Add On Option] TCfBtG! Quip Cards
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover Book
  • [Pledge Tier] They Came from Beyond the Grave! PoD Discount
  • [Pledge Tier] Beyond the Grave! Quip Cards PoD Discount
  • [Stretch Goal] Monsters from the Crypt -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] Tales of Depravity -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] Heroes in a World of Horror -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] They Came from Beyond the Grave Digital Wallpaper
  • [Pledge Tier] Signed Book Insert

Now that we've got the rulebook, I'm extra eager to see our Stretch Goal projects move along the track, so that we can have more scary content (and see some of the artwork and names submitted from the premium pledge tiers!) 

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 Rich 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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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
about 2 months ago – Sat, Aug 28, 2021 at 12:27:59 AM

Hello Gravediggers,

No major updates this month, just our regular check in. I've been told the Backer PDF for They Came from Beyond the Grave! is progressing nicely! I can't wait to see this game!

Before I review our project checklist, let's pause for a moment to look at some virtual panels Onyx Path has planned for the upcoming GenCon convention.

Onyx Path at Gen Con Online.

Friday, September 17th, 11am EDT: Storypath Q&A! Join the Onyx Path crew for a Q&A about their in-house system and the games powered by it, including Trinity Continuum, Scion Second Edition, They Came From!, and Dystopia Rising: Evolution. https://www.gencon.com/events/198118

Saturday, September 18th, 11am EDT: What’s Up with Onyx Path? Join some of the Onyx Path developers and employees while they talk about what they’ve been working on recently! https://www.gencon.com/events/198116

Saturday, September 18th, 4pm EDT: They Came From Beyond the Grave! Matthew will run a three-hour introductory scenario to a game of 1970s Hammer Horror-esque chills and thrills, and not a little ham and comedy with it. https://www.gencon.com/events/199400

Sounds like Saturday is going to be lots of fun. Check it out if you can.

REWARD TRACKING - DELIVERED TO BACKERS

  • [Add On] They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (Update #39, September 24, 2020)
  • [Stretch Goal] Redbubble T-Shirt Link (Update #46, April 16, 2021)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! PDF - In Layout phase
  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! Hardcover Book
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beyond the Grave! Director's Screen
  • [Add On Option] TCfBtG! Quip Cards
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover Book
  • [Pledge Tier] They Came from Beyond the Grave! PoD Discount
  • [Pledge Tier] Beyond the Grave! Quip Cards PoD Discount
  • [Stretch Goal] Monsters from the Crypt -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] Tales of Depravity -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] Heroes in a World of Horror -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] They Came from Beyond the Grave Digital Wallpaper
  • [Pledge Tier] Signed Book Insert

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 Rich 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

July 2021 Update
3 months ago – Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 08:15:43 PM

Hello Gravediggers,

As July meets it's end, it's time for our regular month end status check in to crawl in...

Preview Art!

Before we dig in, I wanted to share a couple videos of panels from the recent Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention. Last month, we saw the They Came from Camp Murder Lake actual play from the convention. This time, we're going to have a broader topic covered with the They Came From... panel, with panelists Matthew Dawkins, Michele Masala, and Barker! We discuss our existing They Came From games (They Came from Beyond the Sea!) and the upcoming games in the series (They Came from Beyond the Grave!, They Came from Camp Murder Lake!, They Came from [CLASSIFIED]!, and They Came from the Cyclops' Cave!). 

I've been in love with each of the They Came From games so far, and I'm even more excited about the superspy-focused They Came from [Classified]! announced for the future. Somehow, these games have found my genre sweet spot over and over again.

To go even bigger picture for a moment, since the They Came From games use Onyx Path's Storypath sytem, I wanted to share the Storypath Q&A Panel, which features Danielle Lauzon, Ian A. A. Watson, Catie Griffin,  Neall Raemonn Price, and Eddy Webb to discuss various aspects of the Storypath system and how it varies through different game lines (and even within different genres like the They Came From games!)

You'll see the Onyx Path team shine the spotlight on Storypath a bit more in the next while. In addition to the Tasty Bits mini-supplements they've been releasing, they're introducing a new streamed series that they're calling Storypath Showcase.

From the latest Onyx Path Monday Meeting Notes:

Storypath Showcase is a new actual play anthology series that presents games using the Storypath System though short, exciting, and digestible story arcs. Beginning with Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, this show presents a session zero detailing character creation followed by a 2-4 episode arc. When an arc is completed, the show moves to a new setting with a new cast. Storypath Showcase gives the viewer the opportunity to learn about our many worlds and see the Storypath System in action. The sessions are prerecorded so the Storyguide and some cast members will be in the chat to answer questions or talk about the stream’s events.
This Saturday, join us at 6 PM EDT for Aberrant Episode 1: Dead Drop, in which Team Tonight’s bench roster is activated to investigate the murder of a Project Utopia operative who was undercover with the Megasyndicate. If you missed the Session Zero stream, don’t worry! It’s available to Twitch subscribers on VOD and will be on the OnyxPath YouTube channel soon!
Following Trinity Continuum: Aberrant, we will run Trinity Continuum Core, followed by games from all our Storypath lines including Scion, They Came From…!, and Dystopia Rising: Evolution!

THEY CAME FROM PLAN 9!

Speaking of the Storypath Tasty Bit program, the latest release is a supplement for They Came from Beyond the Sea! I know many of you picked up the TCfBtS! rulebook as an add-on for this campaign, and now you can add even more wackiness to the game.

Now available in PDF from DriveThruRPG: Storypath Tasty Bit: They Came from Plan 9!

Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you the full story of what happened on that fateful day. We are bringing you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimony of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal. The incidents, the places. My friend, we cannot keep this a secret any longer. Let us punish the guilty. Let us reward the innocent. My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts about grave robbers from outer space?

They Came from Plan 9! is a micro sourcebook for They Came from Beneath the Sea!, allowing you to play the characters from cult B-movie favorite, Plan 9 from Outer Space!

The horrors and wonders you’ll find in this supplement provide you with the full character sheets and even story hooks for Directors to use in their games, allowing you to tell stories within the movie, and expand plots laid down in this Ed Wood “classic,” perhaps even discovering the horrifying Plan 10 in the process!

This PDF is part of the “Storypath Tasty Bits” program, where every month in 2021 Onyx Path offers a small product that ties into one of its Storypath games.

REWARD TRACKING - DELIVERED TO BACKERS

  • [Add On] They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (Update #39, September 24, 2020)
  • [Stretch Goal] Redbubble T-Shirt Link (Update #46, April 16, 2021)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! PDF - In Layout phase
  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! Hardcover Book
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beyond the Grave! Director's Screen
  • [Add On Option] TCfBtG! Quip Cards
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover Book
  • [Pledge Tier] They Came from Beyond the Grave! PoD Discount
  • [Pledge Tier] Beyond the Grave! Quip Cards PoD Discount
  • [Stretch Goal] Monsters from the Crypt -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] Tales of Depravity -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] Heroes in a World of Horror -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] They Came from Beyond the Grave Digital Wallpaper
  • [Pledge Tier] Signed Book Insert

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 Rich 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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June 2021 Update
4 months ago – Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 08:41:03 PM

Hello Gravediggers!

Last month, I got so scared by some preview art that I did a weird copy & paste goof! This time I'm going to be more cautious... and try not to get scared by more preview art!!

It's been a little bit since the Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention 2021 was held, and I hope to have a recording of the They Came From... panel to share with you in our next update. For this update, I do have one of the Actual Play games that I noted last month...

This is an Actual Play session of They Came from Camp Murder Lake, an upcoming supplement for They Came from that takes our 60s/70s horror inspirations of ...Beyond the Grave! and adds in some 80s slasher flavor. It looks like it's gonna be a lot of fun!

Next time I'll have our They Came From panel and hopefully the ...Beyond the Grave Actual Play to share as well.

More preview art!

REWARD TRACKING - DELIVERED TO BACKERS

  • [Add On] They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (Update #39, September 24, 2020)
  • [Stretch Goal] Redbubble T-Shirt Link (Update #46, April 16, 2021)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! PDF - In Post-Editing Development phase
  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! Hardcover Book
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beyond the Grave! Director's Screen
  • [Add On Option] TCfBtG! Quip Cards
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover Book
  • [Pledge Tier] They Came from Beyond the Grave! PoD Discount
  • [Pledge Tier] Beyond the Grave! Quip Cards PoD Discount
  • [Stretch Goal] Monsters from the Crypt -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] Tales of Depravity -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] Heroes in a World of Horror -In Editing Phase
  • [Stretch Goal] They Came from Beyond the Grave Digital Wallpaper
  • [Pledge Tier] Signed Book Insert

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 Rich 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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May 2021 Update
5 months ago – Sat, May 29, 2021 at 05:05:03 PM

A few things to highlight in there:

The Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition panel on Friday June 11th at 7:00 PM EDT sounds very interesting, plus the What's Up with Onyx Path? panel on Saturday June 12th at noon EDT, and the World of Darkness panel on Sunday, June 13th at 11:30 AM EDT could make for an informative weekend.

In terms of scheduled Actual Plays, Technocracy Reloaded get's the Operative's Dossier out for a test run on June 11 at 5:00 PM EDT, plus a Technocracy Reloaded liveplay on June 12th at 11:00 AM EDT, and another upcoming M20 book, Rich Bastard's Guide makes an appearance on June 13th at 5:00 PM. Sounds like there could be a lot of interesting streaming going on in a few weeks!avediggers,

No major announcements this month, but I do have some artwork to share from our upcoming book, plus a peak at Onyx Path's online convention coming in two weeks.

Final art is starting to roll in for our book. The text is in the final stages of development, so I'm hoping we'll see it roll right into layout before too much longer!

That picture gets creepier and more disturbing the more I look at it! This book is gonna be awesome.

ONYX PATH VIRTUAL GAMING CONVENTION

Before I review our reward status, let me announce (or, copy Onyx Path's announcement!) the Second Onyx Path Virtual Gameing Convention will be coming to you live starting Friday, June 11th and running until Sunday, June 13th (including a special post-con Jackbox gamefest Sunday night hosted by Dixie)!

The GM Sign-up Page & Code of Conduct for OPP Con are now live:

Code of Conduct: https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/5208570-onyx-path-code-of-conduct
GM Sign-up: https://intercom.help/startplayinggames/en/articles/5217651-onyx-path-virtual-gaming-convention-2021-faq

For More Info: https://blog.startplaying.games/posts/announcing-onyx-path-virtual-gaming-convention-2021

Here are some listings for their planned panels and Actual Play sessions:

A few things to highlight in there:

The Writing Horror Games panel on Friday June 11th at 9:30 PM EDT sounds very interesting, plus the What's Up with Onyx Path? panel on Saturday June 12th at noon EDT, followed by the Storypath Q&A panel at 3:00 EDT could make for an informative Saturday. And on Sunday June 13th, the They Came From... panel at 10:00 AM EDT will likely cover our game and talk about what's coming up in the line.

In terms of scheduled Actual Plays, They Came From Camp Murder Lake gets taken out for a test run on June 11 at 8:00 PM EDT, plus you can see our game, They Came from Beyond the Grave! in play on Sunday June 13th at 11:00 AM EDT. Sounds spooky and amazing!

I expect we'll learn more about where everything sits right now in a few weeks, so I'll just get right to our summary.

 REWARD TRACKING - DELIVERED TO BACKERS

  • [Add On] They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (Update #39, September 24, 2020) 
  • [Stretch Goal] Redbubble T-Shirt Link (Update #46, April 16, 2021) 

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! PDF - In Post-Editing Development phase 
  • [Pledge Tier]  They Came from Beyond the Grave! Hardcover Book
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beyond the Grave! Director's Screen
  • [Add On Option] TCfBtG! Quip Cards
  • [Add On Option] They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover Book
  • [Pledge Tier] They Came from Beyond the Grave! PoD Discount
  • [Pledge Tier] Beyond the Grave! Quip Cards PoD Discount
  • [Stretch Goal] Monsters from the Crypt -In Editing Phase 
  • [Stretch Goal] Tales of Depravity -In Editing Phase 
  • [Stretch Goal] Heroes in a World of Horror -In Editing Phase 
  • [Stretch Goal] They Came from Beyond the Grave Digital Wallpaper
  • [Pledge Tier] Signed Book Insert

No major changes yet - lots of stuff in editing, making it the best it can be for us.

So, check out some panels and some games (and maybe sign up to play a few too!) in a few weeks! 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 Rich 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.

NOW ON KICKSTARTER

A streamlined rules system for Exalted Third Edition. Now on Kickstarter.

Exalted: Essence features streamlined rules for a new way of playing a classic game, incorporating story-focused action and a presentation designed to appeal to new players and longtime fans alike. Featuring multiple classic Exalt types with Charms for each, written to enable ease of play, Exalted: Essence emphasizes story over character, character over mechanics, and mechanics over minutiae in order to drive Exalted: Essence toward engaging players with the myriad stories they can tell in the world of Creation.

Now on Kickstarter!