Cypher Chronicles, vol. 38-2017

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Numenera 2

The Numenera Player’s Kit

Backers are making the Numenera 2 Kickstarter into something really special, so we made two big upgrades this week. First, we expanded The Trilling Shard, the sourcebook detailing the community of Ellomyr, into a 64-page (or more) book with a poster map! Remember, you get that Kickstarter-exclusive supplement at every reward level.

We also added a Player’s Kit as an add-on, pictured above, that would steal the heart of any Numenera fan! A high-quality bag with vibrant Numenera art, a wonderful All Rolled Up dice bag, and a personalized Numenera snap-together dice tray, you should check this out! Pictures don’t quite do these items justice–see Charles demonstrate it in our recent Glimmers from the Datasphere video. The kit is a Kickstarter exclusive, so don’t miss out –you can back for a dollar and just get the add-on if you like.

The Kickstarter is going strong, and it is not over yet by a long shot. We’re nearing a stretch goal for the Ruin Deck (aren’t decks cool?!) and heading toward the Ninth World Bestiary 3! To make these dreams a reality, we need your help spreading the word far and wide about #Numenera2: Numenera Discovery and Numenera Destiny.

The Iron Wind Threatens Ellomyr

Ellomyr, the Ninth World community, has grown. Fantastic people have flocked to it, built up its defenses, and built machines to feed the hungry and isolate clean water. The Trilling Shard itself has been tapped to send messages across the Steadfast via the datasphere–a heartfelt message by Darius, and Stijak’s plea for aid to Ellomyr.

But a numenera-seeking expedition went awry, and the only member to return came back with a haunting vision of the future: the Iron Wind comes to Ellomyr in 6 months. (Darius went on that expedition and hasn’t yet returned; we’re very worried.)

Stay tuned! We’ll be looking for backer input to decide how Ellomyr reacts to this news!

Reviews and Other News


Egg Embry on Tessera included us in their list of the top 5 Kickstarters to back! Included among all these excellent Kickstarters is Cavaliers of Mars, a game full of swashbuckling, intrigue, and romance on the dying planet Mars. We’re launch day buddies, and their Kickstarter ends in 5 days, so be sure to check them out! Egg had these kind words to say about our Kickstarter:

It’s Monte Cook, it’s Numenera, it’s breathtaking art, it’s (as of this writing) over 2,400 backers and over $450,000, it’s one of the five 6- or 7-figure RPG Kickstarters running in October, 2017, and it’s going to be epic in every sense of the word.

And for a dive into the setting and lore of Predation, give a listen to Cypher Speak Episode 20: Dinosaurs and Lore of Future-Past!

Cyphers for Charity: It’s CypherTober at Lawful Good Gaming!

Lawful Good Gaming organizes tabletop games whose entrance fee is proof of donation to supported charities. This month, they’re hosting a number of great Cypher System games benefiting, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and hurricane relief organization United for Puerto Rico.

Lawful Good Gaming illustration by Carrie Walls

Help out by offering to run a game, donate and play in a game, or help out by spreading the word so these excellent events can all fill up full of charitable gamers!

We’ve gamed with every one of these GMs and can attest that they would all be epic!




  • Numenera 2 may just have announced a Ninth World Bestiary 3 stretch goal, but there’s a real-life bestiary in the form of an illuminated manuscript from the 12th century! You can view high quality scans of this gorgeous Aberdeen Bestiary here.
  • Illustrator Gary Burley’s labor of love, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, will be the first fully illustrated oversize edition of this classic, but that description sells this work of art short. The illustrations are in a vintage style that makes you feel like you’re picking a treasured antique book off of a dusty shelf. We’re so glad it just funded, but don’t miss out on this yourself!
  • Check out these surreal giant straw animals made in post-harvest Japanese straw fields, so curious.
  • Blood of Dragons is an artbook by Tyler Walpole depicting “a world full of magic, martial-arts, machine guns, and Dragons.” Sign us up!
  • AMP: Year Four is Third Eye Games’ new modern supers sourcebook for their AMP: Year One Gameline. In 2015, people start discovering they have superpowers–these sourcebooks give you additional character options and extend a possible timeline and cast of major NPCs to use in your game!
  • Clink, clink! We can’t wait to get a hold of Mixed Up, a book of flash fiction and cocktail recipes!
  • Super Powered Legends Sourcebook for Mutants & Masterminds is collecting and updating an enormous collection of heroes and villains created by Jacob E. Blackmon. Published by Rogue Genius Games, this will be a huge full-color supplement. Back soon, however, because the Kickstarter ends October 17th.
  • DRAGONLOCK is making 3D printable snap-link terrain tiles. What an awesome use of 3D printing technology. They look really cool and detailed.
  • Just in time for sweater weather, pumpkin carving, and traditional scare-your-own-pants-off season, the horror RPG Chill is getting a new sourcebook: Undead. Even cooler, it’s a sourcebook of antagonists (so, all sorts of undead creatures) that’s written partially in character from the perspective of a researcher of the undead!

Poison never lies.

Talia was once one of the twelve martyrs of the forgotten compass, a prisoner of the unhuman creatures known only as the vordcha. She barely escaped that life with her body and soul intact.

Now she has a new life as a poison eater in the city of Enthait. Here she is hailed as one of the city’s protectors. No one knows her history. No one has asked about her past. She’s been here long enough that Enthait is her home now, these are her people. She loves them and they her.

But in the Ninth World, the past is a living, breathing thing. And when it hunts you down, you can run. You can fight. Or you can die.

The Poison Eater is the first official novel set in the Numenera world, and is presented in this deluxe, limited hardcover edition. If you already have The Poison Eater, check out the free first chapter of The Night Clave, Shanna & Monte’s upcoming Numenera novel!

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.