In January 2021 we presented (on short notice) the all-new Jackie’s Dreaming Bundle, a benefit offer in memory of the late Jackie Cassada featuring the Changeling: The Dreaming Storyteller game in its lavish 2017 20th Anniversary Edition from Onyx Path Publishing.
In 1997 White Wolf published Changeling as the fifth and last of the original Storyteller System game lines that together composed the World of Darkness. Seen by some as a lighter, more fantasy-based contrast to the other Gothic-Punk games (Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, and Wraith), and by others as the darkest game White Wolf had yet created, Changeling made its half-fae characters face what happens once creativity and magic fades from their lives. A December 2015 US$380K Kickstarter campaign by Onyx Path Publishing funded the Changeling: the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition, which compiled and completed the concepts of that deceptively bright yet terrifying world.
Many of Changeling‘s dreams were first imagined by Jackie Cassada in her long career as a prolific writer for multiple White Wolf game lines, always in collaboration with her partner of 57 years, Nicky Rea. The RPG industry functions on a work-for-hire model, and Nicky and Jackie received no royalties for most of their work. In December 2020 both Nicky and Jackie contracted COVID-19. Nicky survived, with lasting complications; Jackie passed away December 29, aged 71. At 69 years old, with major medical and financial concerns, Nicky was facing homelessness. Mage: The Ascension line developer Satyros Phil Brucato organized a GoFundMe campaign for Nicky Rea, and Onyx Path Publishing kindly contributed this Jackie’s Dreaming benefit that presented much of the Changeling 20A line for a bargain price. All money from this offer (after payment gateway fees) went to help Nicky through a tough time.
There were four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $31) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete full-color 500-page Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition core rulebook (plus the Concordia Map), the Yours to Keep C20 Jumpstart, and Jackie and Nicky’s Changeling novel The Cup of Dreams, fourth in their “Immortal Eyes” series.
Those who paid more than the threshold (average) price also got our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $30, including the Changeling 20A Player’s Guide, Ready Made Characters, Book of Freeholds, C20 Storyteller’s Screen, and the C20 Anthology of Dreams story collection.