Cypher Chronicles, vol. 25-2017

Iadace, and welcome to Cypher Chronicles!

MCG News

  • Last week we were ecstatic to share news with you about No Thank You, Evil! winning the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Game, but at the time we were secretly sitting on some equally exciting news we couldn’t yet announce. On Monday we let the cat out of the bag: Darcy Ross—longtime fixture in the Numenera fan community, blogger and podcaster for such notable outlets as Gnome Stew, Contessa, and Cypher Speak, and all-around wonderful person—is joining the MCG team as our new Community Relations Coordinator. (Sean, who holds that role now, is taking on the role of Project Manager.) We could not be more thrilled to have Darcy joining us!

  • Our Warehouse Sale is going gangbusters. What? You don’t know about our warehouse sale?! We unearthed loads of cool promos, components, and one-of-a-kind items, in our warehouse—so during this sale you get mystery freebies along with pretty awesome savings on all of our print products. (The freebies go to domestic orders only—sorry if you’re overseas, but while you get the savings, we can’t ship you the freebies.) The more you buy, the more free stuff you get. But hurry, because the sale ends Sunday!
A few of the things kicking around in our warehouse. Well, not really.
  • If you could travel back to the Cretaceous, surely a top priority would be to loot it—for great material for your Numenera or The Strange campaign! Right? Or is that just me? The Way of the Dinosaur: Converting Predation for Numenera and The Strange released this week, and it gives you all the tools to do just that. Build a Land of the Lost recursion for The Strange, or add cybernetically enhanced, genetically modified dinos to the Ninth World—c’mon, you know you wanna!

  • Look at this cool art from Jade Colossus: Ruins of the Prior Worlds. Loooook at it! Monte has called Jade Colossus the essential gamemaster’s guide to creating weird prior world sites for your Numenera campaign, going so far as to say he thinks it’s the first book a Numenera GM should buy after the corebook. You can’t buy it yet, but you’ll be hearing more about this awesome title from us in the weeks to come!
Illustration by Anton Kagounkin

Recommendations

  • This live-play video of NTYE. Oh my gosh.
  • We’re big fans of the folk over at Contessa and the great things they’re doing for gaming. And now we’re big fans of these plushie Contessa mascots!
  • The world of young adult literature doesn’t lack for magic or the fantastical, but could benefit from more diversity. We’re happy to support Schoolbooks & Sorcery, a LGBTQ-inclusive YA anthology that collects a dozen urban fantasy stories incorporating themes of sorcery, magic, and enchantment.

Get Inspired

  • Spice up your Predation campaign with some alternate visions of the primordial world. This book looks at artists’ interpretation of prehistoric life, going all the way back to 1830.
  • What’s scarier than a 17-foot great white shark? How about an orca that kills it, then removes, with surgical precision, only the organs it wants to eat. There’s a rash of shark carcasses washing up on the coast of South Africa, and the culprits are some bad-ass cetaceans!

Inspire Us

If you have something you’d like to see published in Cypher Chronicles next week, share it with us! Send your recommendations to [email protected] (submitting a recommendation does not guarantee publication). And if you have an ongoing streaming game of Numenera, The Strange, or the Cypher System, let us know!

Share

You can play an important role in helping us thrive and create more great games: Leave a review at DriveThruRPG, Amazon, or with your local game store. Share these chronicles with other gamers you know (the social media buttons are at the bottom of this post).

Subscribe

You can subscribe to get these blog posts right in your inbox. Right down there, at the bottom of this post! Just enter your email, and you’ll never miss a post (we won’t use your email for anything else, we promise).

Keep up with MCG! Follow Monte Cook Games, the Weird of Numenera, and The Strange RPG on Twitter, like Monte Cook Games on Facebook, and subscribe to our MCG channel on YouTube. We also have a Pinterest account, which isn’t news, per se, but it has lots of pretty pictures.

Charles Ryan
Charles Ryan

Charles M. Ryan has written or contributed to titles in nearly every class of tabletop game—board games, card games, trading card games, miniature games, and roleplaying games—over a 25-year career in the game industry. He has also served as the global brand manager for Dungeons & Dragons and headed up the marketing department at the UK’s Esdevium Games, one of the world’s largest game distributors. He is the Chief Operating Officer at Monte Cook Games.