Cypher Chronicles, vol. 15-2019

Let the arcana flow through you… Photoshop force lightning by Rob Abrazado.

We return from far-flung corners of the galaxy to bring you news of the team from Star Wars Celebration, Your Best Game Ever, and some Kickstarters with MCG staff contributors!

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A short time ago, in a metropolis not so far away…

Star Wars Celebration is the huge, official Star Wars convention that takes place every two years, and this year it was in my own city of Chicago! Cast, crew, and other famous folks from the franchise were all in attendance, speaking on panels and revealing secrets of the past and future of Star Wars. Everywhere you went, cosplayers dropped jaws looking like they stepped out of the Mos Eisley Cantina.

Aboard the Millennium Falcon, Darcy schools Troy Pichelman in the art of crafting a Phindar Fizz.
Tammie geeks out with the guys from Hello from the Magic Tavern, who were guests on the Star Wars Minute panel.

Charles, Tammie, and I watched the finale of the Arcana of the Ancients Kickstarter from downtown Chicago, looking out over the river and a city filled to the brim with droids, scavengers, and scruffy-looking nerfherders. The excitement around this 5E project honestly blew us away—we can’t wait until this suite of new books is getting played at tables. (If you missed out, sign up here to receive a notification when we open BackerKit and you can still get in on the deals!)

Arcana of the Ancients is funded! If you missed out, sign up here to be notified when BackerKit opens.

Coming to a Table Near You: Your Best Game Ever

Preorders are now live for Your Best Game Ever, our book of advice, tools, resources, comics, and even recipes all geared toward making your player or GM experience (and that of your co-players) consistently more amazing.

I had the chance to speak with Eric Campbell, consulting expert forYour Best Game Ever—and who you might know from the Geek & Sundry Cypher System show, Callisto 6—about the project, player and GM craft, and what it means to have a resource like this in our hobby. Check it out!

Come Game with Us: Origins and Gen Con GMs Needed!

We’re recruiting GMs for both Origins Game Fair and Gen Con 2019. We’d love to have you run as many games as you feel comfortable with, and we offer some pretty good rewards if you run more than one official MCG game! Sign up here.

  • The Forbidden Library: Both Charles Ryan and Darcy Ross are among the many contributors to this really cool supplement and module for 5E by Alligator Alley Entertainment! Learn what wondrous tomes we might write about for your players to find in your mysterious libraries. The Kickstarter ends today!

  • Critical Core is a “tabletop game that helps kids on the autism spectrum build confidence and social skills, one dragon at a time,” by the wonderful folks at Game to Grow. With just 6 days left, Shanna Germain is co-designing an adventure for it and you won’t want to miss out.
  • The Time Scouts Handbook is a great cause, a fun campaign, and a cool reward. As the Kickstarter states, “the Time Scouts program has been designed to encourage learning through creative exploration of your imagination.” Get cool stuff and support creative education.
  • Polyhedral Dice from Legendary Pants: If you want a dramatic reveal for a roll of the dice, Legendary Pants is creating a set of matte black dice with UV-reactive ink—the number you roll won’t “pop” until you hit it with a black light or a UV flashlight!
Darcy Ross
Darcy Ross

Darcy L. Ross, Community Relations Coordinator for Monte Cook Games, is a storyteller, scientist, and community organizer. Across media, she aims to highlight people doing good things in the gaming community and to bring new people into gaming. She co-hosts the podcast Cypher Speak, has blogged for the award-winning Gnome Stew, and has worked to support marginalized voices in gaming with ConTessa. Darcy lives in a small but powerful aldeia of tabletop creatives in Hyde Park, Chicago.