There are things about the Numenera Kickstarter that I want to describe and highlight, but there is no longer room on the Kickstarter page, so I have included them here. This information supplements the information found there.
The Corebook: This will be a full-color book over 400 pages long. It will be lavishly illustrated and carefully organized, referenced, and annotated, not unlike the Ptolus: City by the Spire book that I released. It will come with a fold-out poster map. The goal is to make it a breeze and a joy to run this game game, and–if you get the print version–something beautiful that game lovers will want to keep on your coffee table in between games. Signed versions of the book will be numbered in the order in which contributors pledge their support. ONLY Kickstarter contributors’ signed books will be numbered.
Deluxe Leatherbound Version of the Corebook: This limited edition will be really special. The deluxe nature of this book will include an embossed leather cover, special endpapers, bound-in cloth bookmarks, and six color plates of Numenera artwork. Every backer who purchases one of these will have their name on a special page found only in these books, listed as a “Dedicated Numenera Supporter.” These books will all be signed and numbered, and the numbering will be separate from the numbering of the regular signed and numbered corebooks.
The Character Creator App: Designed and developed by 3 lb Games, this will be available for iOS and Android phones and tablets. It will guide anyone through character creation in minutes. My plan is that there will be upgrades that turn it into a way to reference all the rules during play as well, and maybe even some GM adventure creation and game management tools.
The Player’s Guide: This will be a 64-page book that will give a brief intro to the setting and provide info needed for character creation. GMs can give this to their players to introduce them to the game. At higher levels, you will get multiple copies of this as a color softcover print product.
The Kickstarter Exclusive Adventure: I’m going to write an introductory adventure called The Nightmare Switch that will be available ONLY to contributors to this Kickstarter. It will never be available elsewhere. This is different than the adventures mentioned in the stretch goals. It is unique. It’s going to be called The Nightmare Switch. This will be a PDF, and printed out and signed versions will not be bound. This is different from the three adventures from the stretch goals.
The Other Adventures: After the corebook is released, I’ll be putting out three standalone (but easily linked) full color 32-page adventures to support the game. These will be called The Devil’s Spine, The Mechanized Tomb, and The Other Side of the Maelstrom.
The Ninth World Bestiary: This full-color, 160-page hardcover book will be lavishly illustrated, featuring creatures and some unique characters to use in Numenera games.
Sir Arthur’s Compendium: This 160-page hardcover book will be a manual of technology. Named in honor of Arthur C. Clarke and his “indistinguishable from magic” quote, this won’t just be a “gear book” (although it will be that), but also a storehouse of ideas for players and GMs, describing all kinds of wild, imaginative technologies (and the results of such technologies). This would include nanotech, genetic engineering, gravitic manipulation, interdimensional technologies, alien tech, and more.
The Ninth World Guidebook:This will be a setting guide building on what’s in the Numenera corebook. It will be a 200+ page, full color hardcover book with lots of art and maps, presented in the style of a traveler’s guide. It will contain lots of great information as well as adventures, new creatures, new items, and so on. Like all the Numenera line books, it will be so chock full of cool ideas, stories, characters, and concepts for your game that you’ll have the most amazing campaign anyone’s played in a long time.
GM’s Screen: This will be a four-panel vinyl screen with a landscape orientation. Rather than being printed upon, it will have clear plastic sleeves on both sides to allow you to insert your own picture or charts, maps or notes. It will come with Numenera specific images and charts to use as well.
Dice Set: This will be a matching set of high quality dice: 1d20, 1d6, and 2d10 (percentile). The twenty sider will have special, distinct 1, 17, 18, 19, and 20 to make it specific to Numenera play.
Cypher Cards: This deck of 120 full color cards will allow GMs and players to randomly determine different kinds of cyphers. Some (the item cards) will include illustrations, while others (the power cards) will offer three different powers based on the type of cypher found.
Creature Cards: This will be a deck of 100 full color cards, each offering an illustration and game stats of a Ninth World creature. These will be useful as GM reference and for generating random encounters. Together with the cypher decks, they will also contain additional information to work as an entire story generation system.
T-Shirts: These special, two-sided t-shirts will proclaim to the world that you are a fan of Numenera, and offer you a way to explain the entirety of character creation to new players in a visual manner.
Special Kickstarter Rewards
“Playtester” Updates and Sneak Peeks: Beta-playtesting for Numenera will start in November. I sincerely appreciate everyone’s interest, but I don’t have the resources to handle all the playtesters that are likely to want to help out. In other words, playtesting will be limited. Contributors who get the playtester exclusives will get the same advance materials that the playtesters get. Those receiving this information can provide feedback along with the playtesters, or they can just enjoy the advance look at the rules and see how they develop over time.
Online Game Design Seminars: I’m going to host a series of two-hour game design seminars, one in November, one in December, and one in January. Each will be different. Topics included will be writing flavorful source material, designing adventures, crafting rules, and getting your material published. I have access to a cool way of hosting these with a large number of people but still making them interactive. However, “seating” will still be limited, with Kickstarter contributors being assured a place in each.
Contributing a Character: Some of the higher levels allow contributors to provide a character or a group for the setting, and some allow for them to be illustrated. All of these levels also include the playtester “sneak peeks” so you’ll be able to create a character using the rules and the setting material you have seen. I reserve the right to edit and develop these characters within reason to make sure they fit the tone and rules.
Numenera Thunderstone Game: AEG, under license from Monte Cook Games, will produce a Numenera-based deck-building game next year. Backers of this Kickstarter can recieve a special edition of the game limited to only 500 copies. This is available in the COMPLETIST backer level or as a Reward Add-On. All backers outside the United States (including Canada and Mexico), regardless of level, must add $20 for shipping if this product is included in your reward. (Sorry, but shipping this big cool boxed game is expensive.)
Unique Character: This is something that is for your own use. I will create a character, specific to the Ninth World setting with an original one-page background, for you to use when you play. It will include at least one, if not more, unique features: an ability, an item, etc. that will exist nowhere else–not in any book. These characters will not be published anywhere.
On-Line Games: If you haven’t used Google+ to play rpgs yet, it’s amazingly fun and easy. I’m doing much of the playtesting for Numenera that way. You’ll want a webcam and mic.
Visiting Your Home or Store: If you live in North America, I’ll cover all the expenses of this trip. We’ll just have to work together to find a date that works for both of us after July of 2013. If you don’t live in North America, I might need some help with travel or accommodation, but we can work it out.
Retailer Levels: If a backer level has the word “RETAILER” in it, we will be confirming that you are an actual retailer when the Kickstarter campaign is over.
Shipping: All reward levels cover shipping costs within North America, not just the US, except in the case of the Numenera Thunderstone deck-building game, in which case anyone outside the U.S. must pay $20 extra for shipping. Sorry about the shipping costs, but it’s out of my control. For reward levels $250 and above, I’ll cover the cost for shipping anywhere in the world, except for the $20 for the card game (it’s a big heavy box full of cool stuff). Shipping costs are per item, as many of these will have to be shipped separately.
Reward Level Dates: The Numenera corebook will ship in July 2013. The adventures, the bestiary, and other products will ship in the months following. The exclusive playtester information and the online design seminars will begin in November of 2012.
The initial goal, of course, was $20,000 and we’ve reached that and gone way beyond. There’s no longer room for them on the Kickstarter page, but here are the stretch goals we have already reached. Please note some of the really cool ones, like the $100,000 and $200,000 goals.
$40,000: Everyone contributing at the $50 level or above will get a special pdf of Numenera 3-D paper fold-up terrain in addition to their normal rewards.
$60,000: I will expand the main rulebook. I had been thinking about 300 pages, but we’ll make it 400 pages. This means considerably more setting material, creatures, NPCs, and, of course, more gorgeous art.
$70,000, I will personally write a 32-page adventure for Numenera. This will be released as a PDF and print-on-demand book, softcover, with art and maps–the whole shebang. I’ll add the pdf in for free to anyone who gets THE REAL DEAL or who selects THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level, and the print adventure at all levels $180 and above.
$80,000: I’ll write another 32-page adventure and distribute them into the existing reward levels as described above.
$90,000: I’ll complete the trilogy of adventures and do the same. Just to be clear, this means that everyone ALREADY getting the THE REAL DEAL will get a 96 pages of adventure for no extra charge. The same is true for people selecting THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level. Those contributing $180 or more will get them as print adventures.
$100,000: I will make 300 copies of the corebook (in print format) available FOR FREE to educators and libraries who want it. Tell your teacher and librarian friends that once the book is out, they will be able to contact me to get this book to use as a tool or to make available in libraries. (I’ll have all the formalized details posted on our website by then.) Please help me promote this particular goal, because I think it could be really cool and rewarding on a lot of levels.
$120,000: I will create a 96-page Ninth World Bestiary full of beautifully illustrated creatures usable in the Numenera game. I’ll add the pdf in for free to anyone at THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level or who gets THE REAL DEAL. I’ll add the print book at all levels $200 and above. So spread the word! If you’re already a contributor, get your friends to contribute, because you’ll benefit directly from it (and so will they).
$140,000: I will drop everything I’m doing and write a Numenera short story that will be free to all. I will write this with the idea of introducing people to the setting, so hopefully it’s not just something you’ll enjoy reading, but something you can give to your players and fellow gamers to introduce them to the setting. This was requested by multiple backers.
$160,000: The Ninth World Bestiary will be full color with lots of great art pieces (which is starting to really be a hallmark of the line). I’ll also make it longer, and open up space for backers to contribute creatures, or at least creature ideas. I’ll make reward levels available for backers to do this, in the same way that I did with the adventures. This will be a hardcover book.
$170,000: We’ll do a PC version of the app as well as one for Android and iOS, and you’ll be able to choose which one you want.
$180,000: Kieran and I will make three different pieces of Numenera art available for use as high res computer wallpapers. These will be free to any backer. This was requested by many backers.
$190,000: I will partner with AEG to develop a Numenera deck building game. I’ll offer a special, limited edition of the game for Kickstarter supporters.
$200,000: This is another big one for me. At this level, I will ship (at my own expense) 200 copies of the game to military bases around the world for use by our armed service personnel. These won’t go to specific individuals, but to central points on various bases (so military backers, please don’t feel bad for contributing). I’ve done this in the past with Malhavoc Press product.
$210,000: We’ll add a special card to the Numenera Thunderstone deck-building game. I’m thinking a card of the Amber Monolith pictured lower on this very page!
$220,000: We will put together yet another new book–a manual of technology. I am considering calling this 96-age book, “Sir Arthur’s Compendium” (in honor of Arthur C. Clarke and his “indistinguishable from magic” quote). This won’t just be a “gear book” (although it will be that), but also a storehouse of ideas for players, describing all kinds of wild, imaginative technologies (and the results of such technologies). This would include nanotech, genetic engineering, gravitic manipulation, interdimensional technologies, alien tech, and more. The PDF for this book will be added to the rewards of anyone who gets THE REAL DEAL or those choosing THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level. Print copies will be available to add on to all to add to their existing rewards.
$230,000: I will create a special Numenera dice set. This will include a d20, d6, and a set of percentile dice. These will be available to all to add to their existing rewards.
$235,000: I will increase the size of Sir Arthur’s compendium to 160 pages and make it full color. This will be a hardcover book. This was requested by many backers.
$240,000: I will create a Numenera GM’s screen. The PDF for this product will be added to the rewards of anyone who gets THE REAL DEAL or those choosing THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level. Print copies will be available to all to add to their existing rewards.
$250,000: I will have a professional composer create a lengthy piece of music specifically for Numenera. This will be the “Numenera theme.” This will be a free download for all backers.
$260,000: The Numenera corebook gets a poster map packaged with it at no additional cost to you. Everyone getting a copy of the corebook will get a corebook. PDF versions will have a PDF map.
$270,000: I will create a two decks of Cypher Cards. These cards will be really useful to GMs during play to generate cyphers quickly. And in turn useful to players as a tangible object to keep track of what they have at their disposal. The PDF for this product will be added to the rewards of anyone who gets THE REAL DEAL or those choosing THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level. Print copies will be available to all to add to their existing rewards.
$280,000: I will create a deck of experience point cards for use during play AND a Numenera t-shirt that says “I am a _____ ______ who ______s” (a bit of a joke on the character creation system) on the front, with the Numenera logo on the back. The shirt will come in men’s and women’s styles, and all sizes. The PDF for the experience point cards will be added to the rewards of anyone who gets THE REAL DEAL or those choosing THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level. Print copies will be available to all to add to their existing rewards. The t-shirt will be available to all to add to their existing rewards.
$290,000: I will create a deck of creature cards. These will be useful as GM reference and for generating random encounters. Together with the cypher decks, they will also contain additional information to work as an entire story generation system. The PDF for this product will be added to the rewards of anyone who gets THE REAL DEAL or those choosing THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level. Print copies will be available to all to add to their existing rewards.
$300,000: At this amazing amount, I will produce a limited number of leatherbound, deluxe edition copies of the Numenera corebook. I’ll pull out all the stops to make it really special. The deluxe nature of this book will include an embossed leather cover, special endpapers, bound-in cloth bookmarks, and six color plates of Numenera artwork. Every backer who purchases one of these will have their name on a special page found only in these books, listed as a “Dedicated Numenera Supporter.” These books will all be signed and numbered, and the numbering will be separate from the numbering of the regular signed and numbered corebooks. This will be available as an upgrade to anyone getting the print corebook–basically, for an add on to your pledge, you’ll be able to switch out your “normal” corebook–which is already pretty deluxe, to be frank–for a mind-blowingly extra beautiful version.
$325,000: We’ll add in an upgrade to the Numenera tablet/phone/PC app that will include all the rules and GM story/adventure design tools. This upgrade will be free to all who gets THE REAL DEAL or those choosing THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN level.
$350,000: I will add yet another book to the line. It will be a massive worldbook for Numenera, with more great art, flavor, gear, creatures, adventure material, and more.
$370,000: Everything will be in color: Player’s Guide, the adventures, everything.
$380,000: We will release a short anthology of Numenera fiction (a la The Amber Monolith) to come out early next Spring to help tide everyone over until the release of the corebook. This ebook-only release will be free to everyone at a backer level containing THE ULTIMATE EBOOK FAN or THE REAL DEAL.
$400,000: We’ll design deluxe, beautiful, double-sided character sheets and make them free on Numenera.com for easy downloading and printing.
$425,000: Size Matters! If we reach $425,000, we’ll increase the size of the Ninth World Bestiary, Sir Arthur’s Compendium, and the Ninth World Guide at no extra cost to you.
$450,000: If we reach that point, we’ll add significantly more art to the corebook and the hardcover books in the line. Like, say, at least 15-20% more than we were planning (and these were already art heavy books). This is going to make these books downright lavish, in my opinion.