They Came from Beneath the Sea!

Created by Richard Thomas / Onyx Path Publishing

The greatness of B-movies brought to life at your table!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

January 2020 Status Update
17 days ago – Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 05:42:42 PM

Hello Dry-landers,

Ah, the easy month-end summary. I'm still basking in the glow of my They Came from Beneath the Sea! Backer PDF! If you haven't downloaded yours, check out last update for more info!

Drylander Costume.

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

  • Backer T-shirt link (Update #37, March 13, 2019)
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (Update #49, January 16, 2020)
  • Quip & Cinematic Cards PDF (Update #49, January 16, 2020)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover
  • They Came from Beneath the Sea! PoD Coupon
  • Director’s Screen
  • Quip & Cinematic Cards PoD Coupon
  • Quip & Cinematic Card Deck
  • Threat Files! PDF (Monsters of the Deep now in Editing!)
  • New Scenarios! PDF (Tales of Aquatic Terror now in Editing!)
  • Character Pack! PDF (Heroic Land Dwellers currently in Art Direction)  
  • Digital Wallpaper

All of our They Came from Beneath the Sea! projects are moving along swimmingly!

But, not only that - work has started on They Came from Beyond the Grave! The next game in the line. Read more about it <here!>

I'll post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each summary 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 other kickstarter campaigns are currently running or will soon be launched).

 COMING TO KICKSTARTER ON FEB 6th AT 2:00 PM EST

The scales have fallen from your eyes. A fire is lit — is it a lamp perched over the inscription on an ancient blade or a roaring conflagration consuming the house in which the howling fiends wait? Things will never be the same after this. You’ve set forth on a damning path. Carry the Vigil. Fight back the shadows.

Hunter: The Vigil Second Edition is a standalone game that can be played by new or existing players. The lore has been updated to not only reflect the uptick in monsters, but also the fact that hunting monsters is not exclusive to a location, group of people, or time period. There may be more monsters than ever before, but now there are more ways to fight them, too.

In Hunter: The Vigil, anyone can be a hunter — provided you are committed to the hunt. It is a game of personal horror and sacrifice that tests relationships and encourages teamwork within a cell, compact, or conspiracy.

Will you heed the call? Will you uphold the Vigil?

JOIN US ON FEBRUARY 6 AT 2:00 PM EST

They Came from a Kickstarter Rewards List! - BACKER PDF DISTRIBUTION
about 1 month ago – Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 08:18:21 PM

Hello Landlubbers,

Exciting news today! I've been eager for this moment since I first heard about this game. It's time to get your digital hands on the digital version of They Came from Beneath the Sea!

The Rulebook, the Quip Cards, and a Character Sheet!

REWARD DISTRIBUTION

Your link to claim your They Came from Beneath the Sea! 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 redemption link for They Came from Beneath the Sea! Backer PDF collection today if it is on your expected list of rewards. Note that this single link will add three files to your digital library at DTRPG - the They Came from Beneath the Sea! Core Rulebook, the Quip cards, and a Character Sheet!

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

BACKER PDF VERSION

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

1) To thank you for your support! You helped bring this game from the murky depths of Matthew Dawkin's imagination (so to speak!) and bring this into the world, and you deserve to see it first!

2) So you can start playing right away! These are the actual rules - these are the core rules for They Came from Beneath the Sea!, these are the Quip Cards. That's the real Character Sheet. It's real, and it's time to start punching lobster-people in the face!

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 newerrata and correction process!

Onyx Path has launched a special They Came from Beneath the Sea! Errata Form, which you can access here: https://forms.gle/bUUy1fMJFptwYpeH9

Click to Fight Errata that Came from this PDF!

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

We won't be collecting errata from other spots, just this specific form. Please note this form will be for errata only - typos, incorrect math, page elements that overlap incorrectly, etc. It won't be for book discussion - you can do that in a different thread, or on the Kickstarter comments page.

Also, they already know about the Page XX notations - those are usually corrected after any changes are made and the books are being finalized.

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.

Ah, good times.

I'll post our regular month end update in a few weeks, and will happily move the rulebook and quip cards from the Pending to Delivered categories! Until then, enjoy diving into the rulebook!

#TheyCameFromBeneathTheSea!

2019 Year End Summary
about 2 months ago – Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 03:24:54 PM

Hello Landlubbers!

On this final day of 2019, I wanted to do a quick check in on our campaign and where we stand. The intention of this post is to both to look forward to what we can expect in 2020, and then take a moment to look at Onyx Path's journey over this past year.

All dried off and ready for 2020!

In 2019, They Came from Beneath the Sea! had a successful Kickstarter campaign, with 908 backers pledging $47,854 to help bring this project to life!

2020 should have great things in store for backers - I'm told the rulebook PDF is *almost* ready to go out to backers, so I'm hoping to see that in early January. I think this game is going to be a sleeping giant, and is one of the games I'm looking forward to most in the new year. Lots of fun and laughs ahead...

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

- Backer T-shirt link (Update #37, send March 13, 2019)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

- They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF
- They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover
- They Came from Beneath the Sea! PoD Coupon
- Director’s Screen
- Quip & Cinematic Cards PDF
- Quip & Cinematic Cards PoD Coupon
- Quip & Cinematic Card Deck
- Threat Files! PDF (Monsters of the Deep)
- New Scenarios! PDF (Tales of Aquatic Terror)
- Character Pack! PDF (Heroic Land Dwellers)  
- Digital Wallpaper

Artwork by Brian Leblanc

ONYX PATH ON KICKSTARTER IN 2019

Kickstarter continues to be an important part of the process for Onyx Path, and looking at the long list of projects in the works on the Monday Meeting Notes blog, it certainly looks like that’ll be the case in the new year.

I mean, check out the Onyx Path 2019-2020 Publishing Brochure for a taste of all the things they've got going on!

Rather than just take pre-order for an upcoming project, Kickstarter has allowed Onyx Path to gauge interest in game lines (to see if they should develop additional projects beyond those offered during the campaign), and sometimes even add additional projects to a game line immediately via Stretch Goal achievements. More importantly, it’s a chance to interact with the community and for everyone to get involved from the earliest stages.

Looking at 2019, Onyx Path had 7 Kickstarter campaigns funded, as well as teaming up with Handiwork Games on a successful campaign for the Scarred Lands 5E Creature Collection.

  • THEY CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA!
  • LUNARS: FANGS AT THE GATES
  • CONTAGION CHRONICLE
  • PIRATES OF PUGMIRE
  • TRINITY CONTINUUM: ABERRANT
  • DEVIANT: THE RENEGADES
  • MUMMY: THE CURSE Second Edition

And, though the campaign is only halfway along and will finish in 2020, the recent Cults of the Blood Gods for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition funded in under an hour, which technically makes it funded in 2019!

Thanks to your support during these campaigns, Onyx Path was able to introduce the following additional projects:

  • Monsters of the Deep for They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Tales of Aquatic Terror for They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Heroic Land Dwellers for They Came from Beneath the Sea!
  • Many-Faced Strangers – a Lunars Companion for Exalted Third Edition
  • A Lunars-focused novella for Exalted Third Edition
  • A Lunars-focused cloth map of Creation for Exalted Third Edition
  • The Contagion Chronicle Player’s Companion
  • Global Outbreaks for the Contagion Chronicle
  • An Adventure for Pirates of Pugmire
  • A Pirates of Pugmire-focused Guide Screen
  • Releasing You Are Not Alone on DrivethruComics
  • Scanning and releasing the “Lost” PDF titles from Aberrant 1stEdition
  • N!WE for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • Proteus Nova Compendium for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • Novas Worldwide for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • 2 Aberrant-focused novellas
  • Brand new Duke Rollo fiction to support Trinity Continuum: Aberrant
  • The Clades Companion for Deviant: The Renegades
  • The Devoted Companion for Deviant: The Renegades
  • A Deviant novella
  • The Book of Lasting Death for Mummy: The Curse Second Edition

All of that is in addition to the usual backer rewards, like T-shirt designs and digital wallpapers.

So, thank you for coming with me on this journey, and I hope that 2020 allows all of us to continue to enjoy and build these communities!

First Kickstarter of 2020: Cults of the Blood Gods

In all of Vampire: The Masquerade's history, there's never been a book wholly dedicated to the diverse faiths and cults among Kindred, the ways in which they practice, their relationships with each other, and how to utilize religion in your chronicles as a force of hope and destruction.

Cults of the Blood Gods is the book you want, if you're interested in incorporating ecclesiastical horror in your games. This book contains everything you need to have each Kindred in your coterie establish a cult, cleave to a unique faith, and establish domains in the name of an ancient methuselah, being of myth, or even the Kindred protagonists themselves.

Not only that, it provides the tools necessary to play members of the Clan of Death, once known as the Cappadocians, then the Giovanni, and now the Hecata, as well as new powers for members of a large number of cults, rules for creating your own religions, and an entire story set in Munich with ready-made characters, so you can play immediately upon receipt of the book.

Already funded and now focused on Stretch Goal supplements, you can check it out on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/cults-of-the-blood-gods-for-vampire-the-masquerade-5th-ed/

November 2019 Update
3 months ago – Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 09:34:48 PM

Hola, Surface-Dwellers!

For those celebrating Thanksgiving, enjoy giving thanks! And for those enjoying Thursday, enjoy looking forward to Friday.

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

- Backer T-shirt link (Update #37, send March 13, 2019)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

- They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (Off to proofing!)
- They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover
- They Came from Beneath the Sea! PoD Coupon
- Director’s Screen
- Quip & Cinematic Cards PDF
- Quip & Cinematic Cards PoD Coupon
- Quip & Cinematic Card Deck
- Threat Files! PDF (Monsters of the Deep now in Development!)
- New Scenarios! PDF (Tales of Aquatic Terror currently in Second Draft)
- Character Pack! PDF (Heroic Land Dwellers currently in Art Direction)  
- Digital Wallpaper

Looks like we'll be holding our breath a little longer, but many many good things on the horizon. This is one of the games I'm looking forward to most in 2020. I think it's going to be a classic.

I'll post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each summary 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 other kickstarter campaigns are currently running or will soon be launched).

FINAL WEEK ON KICKSTARTER - MUMMY: THE CURSE Second Edition

In Mummy: The Curse, players take on the characters of the Arisen, humans who were subjects of the greatest magic ever worked by mortal hands, the Rite of Return, in the long-lost Nameless Empire. As part of the Rite, they underwent ritual death, and their souls were eternally bound to their mortal remains. Consequently, while the Arisen can be killed, they will always return, their bodies reforming anew.

Mummy: The Curse Second Edition includes all the rules you need to play as one of the Arisen: Decrees and Pillars that reflect the transformation by the Rite of Return, Utterances and Affinities as the powers you wield and the price you pay for them, magical relics and vessels for use or sacrifice, and all manner of antagonists from immortals to Shuankhsen and others besides.

Pledge to help us create and get this Second Edition of Chronicles of Darkness' Mummy: The Curse into stores! The campaign has Arisen and is now on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339646881/mummy-the-curse-2nd-edition/

October 2019 Update
4 months ago – Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 04:09:34 PM

Happy Halloween, Surface-dwellers!

Ask yourselves - is that someone in a costume... or the advance scouts of an undersea invasion force?!!

Our undersea disguise kits allow us to look like anyone!!.... within limited parameters...

I'm sneaking in on the final day of the month to send out our regular update! It'll be super-quick, as I'm spending most of the day changing costumes! It's like a Concierge fashion show!

They Came From Beneath the Sea! art by Brian Leblanc

REWARD TRACKING - Completed Rewards (Sent to Backers)

- Backer T-shirt link (Update #37, send March 13, 2019)

REWARD TRACKING - PENDING

- They Came from Beneath the Sea! PDF (In Layout!)
- They Came from Beneath the Sea! Hardcover
- They Came from Beneath the Sea! PoD Coupon
- Director’s Screen
- Quip & Cinematic Cards PDF
- Quip & Cinematic Cards PoD Coupon
- Quip & Cinematic Card Deck
- Threat Files! PDF (Monsters of the Deep now in Art Direction!)
- New Scenarios! PDF (Tales of Aquatic Terror currently in Second Draft)
- Character Pack! PDF (Heroic Land Dwellers currently in Art Direction)  
- Digital Wallpaper

Like a cresting wave, I've got a feeling we're going to see a bunch of movement on these projects soon. So excited for this game, I can't wait!!

I'll post our list of delivered and pending rewards with each summary 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 other kickstarter campaigns are currently running or will soon be launched).

COMING TO KICKSTARTER ON NOVEMBER 5TH...

In Mummy: The Curse, players take on the characters of the Arisen, humans who were subjects of the greatest magic ever worked by mortal hands, the Rite of Return, in the long-lost Nameless Empire. As part of the Rite, they underwent ritual death, and their souls were eternally bound to their mortal remains. Consequently, while the Arisen can be killed, they will always return, their bodies reforming anew.

Mummy: The Curse Second Edition includes all the rules you need to play as one of the Arisen: Decrees and Pillars that reflect the transformation by the Rite of Return, Utterances and Affinities as the powers you wield and the price you pay for them, magical relics and vessels for use or sacrifice, and all manner of antagonists from immortals to Shuankhsen and others besides.

Pledge to help us create and get this Second Edition of Chronicles of Darkness' Mummy: The Curse into stores! The Kickstarter rises from its tomb on Tuesday, November 5th at 2pm Eastern time!