Cypher Chronicles, vol. 24-2016



  • Monte is often asked about his thoughts on the D&D media panic of the 1980s. For a great report about roleplaying and society from the early days to today, check out D&D: Lessons from a Media Panic, from RetroReport; stick with it and don’t miss the wise words from Junot Diaz.

  • The Cypher System Creator on DriveThruRPG is thriving. There are 17 titles now, spanning a mix of genres. Pick up a new title today and support the Cypher System Creator publishers.

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  • Despite Brexit, MCG will continue setting up a shipping center in England, for shipping to the UK and EU. Barring any other unforeseen circumstances, the UK/EU shipping center is anticipated to open in mid-summer 2016.
  • If you are coming to Gen Con 2016, you can pick up your rewards/purchases from the MCG booth (1935); simply follow the standard checkout procedure on the MCG Shop and choose “Pickup at Gencon 2016 (Aug 4-7)” as your shipping option.

Crowdfunding Campaigns and Other Things We Love

Get Inspired

  • Looking for a great list of RPG-related podcasts? Keith Garrett has you covered in A Sampling of RPG Podcasts on Gnome Stew.
  • Speaking of great game-related resources, Gnome Stew is a fantastic, award-winning multi-author blog about tabletop games and game mastering. For example, check out The BBC Method of Story Arcing: Part 1 by Chris Sniezak.
  • Need inspiration for your Numenera game? Please visit The Mechanical Bard, a great fan site run by Andrew Montgomery-Hurrell and friends. “The Mechanical Bard isn’t merely an ancient automaton who has wandered across the Steadfast and the Beyond since before a bygone era, collecting tales to share both on and off the datasphere. The Mechanical Bard is also a place to explore the world of Numenera through fiction, bringing together all of the Numenera fan community to do what they love—telling stories.”
  • Scientists have developed a new kind of material that stitches itself back together after it is cut in half.

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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Tammie Webb Ryan
Tammie Webb Ryan

Tammie Webb Ryan entered the game industry as a playtester for the first edition of Pinnacle Entertainment’s Deadlands, and has since worked at Last Unicorn Games and Wizards of the Coast, and as a freelance editor. Tammie is the Administrative Manager for Monte Cook Games.