Cypher Chronicles, vol. 21-2016

Iadace and welcome to Cypher Chronicles!

Exciting News and Interviews

  • If the seas have a ruler, it is the octopus. And what happens when you take the current-Earth baseline and advance it through a billion years of evolution? You get The Octopi of the Ninth World. Octopi at least as smart as humans, with telepathy and an underwater empire that covers most of the planet. Get a leg up on your fellow bipeds by reading the handbook, and be prepared with MCG to welcome our new tentacled overlords.
The Octopi of the Ninth World Cover
Cover art by Jacob Atienza
  • Take a break from zombie apocalypse prep, pick up Into the Deep and start preparing for the horrors from the depths. Into the Deep will give you the secrets of the strange Queen of All Octopuses, her temple-palace of coral, and the unique technology of her kind, the details of the mysterious invisible corridors that allow surface dwellers to breathe and operate at any depth, two new playable races—the skeane and the naiadapt—for aquatic campaigns, and more!
Into the Deep Cover
Cover art by Kieran Yanner

Gen Con 2016 logo

  • Speaking of Gen Con, Shanna has been asked to be a guest presenter at the 2016 ENnies. We hope you’ll join us for the ceremony on August 5th at 8:00 PM EDT at the Union Station, Indianapolis, Indiana. MCG is honored to have seven products nominated for an ENnie Award.


  • #MCGoctopiWeek has been a blast. Thank you for celebrating with us! We’ll leave you with this little gem:

Crowdfunding Campaigns and Other Things We Love

  • We’re pleased to support the RPG Creators Relief Fund by donating No Thank You, Evil! in PDF to be included in the Kids RPG Bundle on DriveThruRPG. Buy the bundle, save over $75, and help tabletop RPG creators who’ve experienced medical emergencies, injuries, and other catastrophic circumstances.
  • Dressing Your Octopus, by Baby Tattoo: “An Otto and Victoria paper doll book that empowers your imagination and unlocks your inner storyteller.”
  • Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby, by Josh Leake: “From the mind of Fight Club author, Chuck Palahniuk, comes a once-in-a-lifetime film adaptation of the award-winning novel, Lullaby.”

Get Inspired

Inspire Us

Got something you’d like to see published in Cypher Chronicles next week? A cool blog post you’ve written about our games, scientific news that inspires your The Strange campaign, an Atlas Obscura photo that makes you dream of the Ninth World, a Kickstarter campaign that kindles your imagination, a charity event near and dear to your heart…share whatever you think would inspire Team MCG and would also be a good fit for Cypher Chronicles. Send your recommendations to [email protected] (submitting a recommendation does not guarantee publication).


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