Cypher Chronicles, vol. 21-2019

Wily tomb raider reminiscing, Season 3 of Callisto 6, International Tabletop Day, new Numenera adventure, Your Best Game Ever videos, and cool recommendations from the MCG team–all in this week’s Cypher Chronicles.

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Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, is all I wanted to be when I grew up: snarky, devastatingly clever and capable, studies the ancient world, braves the dangers of remote climes for discoveries and treasure untold.

She might be ethically dubious at best, but you simply can’t beat that fashion sense.

A cutscene from the 1996 Tomb Raider game for PlayStation.

When my roommate set up the PlayStation in our living room and booted up the original Tomb Raider, I was shocked to realize that though the controls were quite dated and difficult, the game itself was still a darn delight. Hilarious and quite beautiful cutscenes, delightful puzzles and challenges in ruins, and of course the tutorial level in Croft Manor. The halls and columns of that fictional manor are permanently burned into my mind.

When I played Numenera for the first time at its Gen Con debut, the focus on exploration, mystery, and discovery captured me. I think it tapped into my desire to engage with those stories like the ones I imagined as Lara Croft. It gave me vistas and ruins and complexes full of puzzles, as well as weirdness far beyond the forgotten places of modern Earth.

Here’s a gorgeous piece of art by Aaron Riley, which you can find in Forgetting Doomsday, the just-released Numenera adventure by Shanna Germain. Can’t you just see Lara Croft climbing that strange, glowing rope?

International Tabletop Day and Callisto 6 Season 3 Premiere

This Saturday, June 1st, tune in to Geek & Sundry’s Twitch channel for a variety of International Tabletop Day events, including the premiere of Season 3 of Callisto 6

If you’re not a Twitch aficionado, fear not: episodes are trickling their way to the Callisto 6 YouTube playlist as well!

Your Best Game Ever Video Series

Your Best Game Ever releases this summer, but no need to wait to level up your RPG skills!

Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Pacific / 7 p.m. Central, tune in live on MCG’s Twitch to react along and discuss concepts from Your Best Game Ever. Videos will be uploaded to the Your Best Game Ever YouTube playlist following each episode’s premiere.

Upcoming events can be found on our Online Events page, like next Tuesday’s rebroadcast of “Finding the Gaming Group That’s Right for You.” Come join us in chat, or watch the video and Twitch chat later on! The week after that, we’ll air the first of 10 brand-new videos with topics like worldbuilding, being a great player, character creation, adventure design, and more.

Origins and Gen Con

Convention season is nearly upon us, and we want to see you there!

  • Play games: Sign up for official Origins events and Gen Con events
  • Run games and get swag: Sign up to be a GM with us at Origins (sign up) or Gen Con (sign up).
  • Attend our panels and seminars: At Gen Con, we’ll have both official MCG panels as well as guest appearances of our team. Keep an eye on our Gen Con Appearances page for the most up-to-date information on where you can find us.
  • Visit our booth #2519 at Gen Con: We’ll be showing off Your Best Game Ever, the Cypher System Rulebook, and lots of other fresh 2019 releases. Play demos, get your books signed, and perhaps meet some special guests.
  • Vote for the Origins Award: At the back of the Origins exhibit hall, you’ll find the area to check out nominees for the award (including Invisible Sun and the Numenera Discovery and Numenera Destiny slipcase set) and cast your vote for fan favorite!

  • If you want inspiration for your Invisible Sun game, you cannot go wrong by watching this documentary of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Check out looks to stun even the streets of Satyrine!
  • Darcy is reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell about the power and perils of the processing by the unconscious mind, which is blowing her scientific, conscious mind. She is reading this book on her Kindle and phone via the ebook library app Libby and her friendly local library-library (you should definitely try out getting ebooks from your library if you haven’t yet!).
  • Shanna brings us a recommendation for Dust Wardens: “I love everything about this game: from the four unique stats (including Give) to its focus on bonds and safe havens. It uses a tarot deck instead of dice, and the characters swear vows to each other at the start of the game.”

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.