Cypher Chronicles, vol. 36-2016

Iadace, and welcome to Cypher Chronicles!

Exciting News, Reviews, and Interviews

  • Season 1 of Cypher Play Numenera has begun, and game stores are starting to schedule the first games of the season. Is your local store involved? If not, ask them to sign up at the website, it’s free, and its purpose is to get new people playing Numenera.

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  • Congratulations to Angry Robot for being named Best Independent Press from the British Fantasy Society! (And we’re very excited about their release of The Poison Eater by Shanna Germain in paperback this January!)


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  • Numenera Character Options 2 is now available in retail stores and from our webstore! (If you preordered it or it is one of your Kickstarter rewards, it’s already on its way.) Mephit James did a long review of the book (thank you!), and we’ll be linking other reviews in October.

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  • Are you thinking about going to Midwest GameFest? You should! And if you’d be up for running a Cypher System game while you’re there, let us know. We have a very interesting opportunity for you!

Crowdfunding Campaigns and Other Things We Love

  • The Bag of Superior Sorting (BoSS) is a dice/game token bag with 13 separate pockets for organizing dice, game tokens, minis, a deck of cards, or other small things you carry to the game.
  • Embers of the Forgotten Kingdom is is a systemless art and lore book of dark fantasy characters and creatures to invade your games. (Unlocked stretch goals include PDFs with stats for D&D 5th Edition, Pathfinder, Shadows of the Demon Lord, and OSR.)
  • The First Desktop Waterjet Cutter is like a laser cutter, but uses water and fine particles to cut things, even ceramic, glass, metal, carbon fiber, or stone.
  • Shanna’s friend Trin is making Friendship Postcards, which are great for reconnecting with friends you haven’t talked to in a while because of life’s distractions, anxiety, or because phone calls are terrible!
  • Rothaen is a dark pulp setting compatible with Dungeon World.
  • The Synthicide RPG is a dark, hostile tabletop RPG setting where human life is worthless but killing a robot is a crime.
  • Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition is a set of gold vinyl LP records containing the music, greetings, and sounds that were sent into space with Voyager I and II.

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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Sean Reynolds
Sean Reynolds

Sean K Reynolds grew up in southern California. He’s been a webmaster, game designer, developer, freelancer-wrangler, and many other jobs that can’t be described in one or two words. He’s worked on a couple hundred books for a half a dozen RPGs, designed videogames, taught classes on game design, written plays and musicals, judged international talent-search contests, won game design awards, and had bit parts in geeky movies. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his four cats. Sean is the Community Relations Coordinator at Monte Cook Games.