Cypher Chronicles, vol. 39-2017

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Only 7 Days Left to Join Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny

The Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny Kickstarter ends one week from today, so time is running out. If you aren’t part of this ground-breaking, exciting campaign yet, check it out to see all the fantastic rewards. Reward levels start at just $25, and every backer level includes the exclusive 64-page+ sourcebook (with poster map) The Trilling Shard, Discover Your Destiny, and 50% off Torment: Tides of Numenera.

And please, share, share, share! Tell your friends and your friends’ friends why you love Numenera and why they should be a part of our community! #numenera2

Ninth World Bestiary 3

Illustration by Lie Setiawan

Ninth World Bestiary 3 has been funded…huzzah! We’re thrilled we get to make this book, and surpassing $517,255 marks an important milestone for us: The #numenera2 campaign has now passed the original Numenera Kickstarter campaign, which made Numenera a reality and brought to life Monte Cook Games. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Now, let’s keep sharing this campaign and see what other wonders and weirdness we can bring forth!

In-depth Info on Numenera 2

Bruce has written two great articles this week that dig deep into the new stuff coming with Numenera 2.

Crafting and Salvaging in Numenera Destiny takes a look at how people of the Ninth World shape their environment using the weird and wonderful remnants they find. And for PCs skilled at searching the ruins, this means they have the means to build a better future.

Find out more about one of the new character types in Numenera 2. In A Look at Arkai: Leaders and Communicators, Bruce tells us all about the Arkai, the character type to play to be leaders in the community. These are the characters who inspire their followers to complete a dangerous expedition, or bring an entire community together to face a difficult challenge.

Numenera 2 on Twitch

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Did you catch MCG’s design team playing Numenera on Twitch? Watching the game in action is a great introduction to some of the new character and story options. We have plans to do more playing of games on Twitch, so stay tuned.

The Nebula Reading List

We’re thrilled that Torment: Tides of Numenera–The Explorer’s Guide is on the Nebula Reading List alongside other wonderful game books. If you aren’t familiar with Torment: Tides of Numenera–The Explorer’s Guide, it takes you into the world of Torment: Tides of Numenera, the CRPG, and expands upon the weird and fascinating places, people, and creatures found there.

Preorder The Night Clave

Illustration by Federico Musetti

In the far-future Ninth World, claves of Aeon Priests help their community understand and use the mysterious technologies of the past. But what happens when one of these priests uses this knowledge and power to exploit the people who depend on them? In the region of Steremoss, a group of brave individuals are determined to resist this oppression from the shadows. They call themselves the Night Clave. Preorder The Night Clave now and find out how the story ends. And if The Night Clave is one of your Kickstarter rewards, look for your redemption message in early November.

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  • The Superlatives: Aetherfall by Alice Ripley is a captivating text-based game/interactive novel of Victorian steampunk superheroes with aliens. It is glorious fun, and I should know because I purchased it earlier today and can’t stop wanting to play!
  • DinoGenics: Dinosaur Park Management, by Ninth Haven Games: Compete to build the most popular and profitable dinosaur park in this thematic worker placement board game.
  • The Gamefolio System 2.0, by Init Gear: Modular tabletop gaming bags, cases, & accessories for boards, cards, miniatures, dice, tokens and more. Protect, Store, Travel, Play!
  • The Hobby Holder–A Better Way to Paint Miniatures, by Kit Peteranecz: An all-in-one holder and grip for miniature painting, sculpting, model building and more. Improve technique and get to your game faster.

Photomicrography by Dr. Ryo Egawa

When I need to wrap my head around the weirdness of Numenera or the strangeness of The Strange, I often look to the news and present-day science to inspire me to think about the possible, the impossible, and the future possible. The winners of the Nikon 2017 photomicrography competition show us an unrecognizable world that is all around us, but invisible without magical equipment (ok, it’s a microscope, but it is magical to me). And this article on artificial intelligence replicating itself makes my spine tingle.

Protect Earth from a malefic Lovecraftian entity. Search for salvage on a derelict spacecraft. Set off into the dark energy of the Strange itself to defend the Orb of Worlds. With ten adventures on Earth and across numerous recursions–complete with maps, NPCs, and all the details you expect–Strange Revelations makes prepping for an RPG no more difficult or time consuming than setting up a board game, while showcasing the wonder and weirdness of the many recursions lying in the Shoals of Earth.

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.