Cypher Chronicles, vol. 41-2017

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Unmasked is Coming!

Predation took you to the future-past full of cool tech and dinosaurs, Gods of the Fall took you to a post-apocalyptic high fantasy world, and now Unmasked will take you to the 7-Eleven or the high school dance in a dark eighties, full of superpowers and psychological horror. We can’t wait for this Cypher System World to make its way to your game tables!

Preorder Unmasked to make sure you don’t miss out, and a taste for this setting right now with Day One, a short story written by designer Dennis Detweiler.

The Night Clave Joins MCG’s Growing Fiction Treasure Trove

Mark another tally in the “Things Making Us Happy This Week” column: The Night Clave is nearly ready to be released! The Night Clave is the second full-length novel set in the Ninth World. It’s co-written by Monte Cook & Shanna Germain, and features a group of brave individuals who are determined to furtively resist the oppression of an Aeon Priest. Preorder the book to receive the lovely, illustrated hardcover!

Illustration by John Petersen.

It struck us how much fiction is now out there, between NumeneraThe Strange, and Cypher System Worlds: look at all that’s been released! Yet, there is so many more stories we’d like to tell; so many more characters we’d love to meet. Shanna’s started her NaNoWriMo for Tomorrow’s Bones, the third official Numenera novel, which was funded thanks to the Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny Kickstarter! Many exciting stories on the horizon.



 Time to rustle up one of those time-manipulating numenera, Dave! We hear the Vally of Sins has a few.


A scene from Thunderbird Strike, art and design by Elizabeth LaPensée.
  • From Bear: The Convergents is a competitive, 2-player card game, where players construct decks to prove they lead the ultimate super-powered team in Slab City! The players choose Heroes, Villains, or anything in between, along with locations where they can square off to display their prowess or save the day. Coupled with a lot of great art and a colorful design, this game looks like a lot of fun to play.
  • And the excellent Morrus has a quickly-funded Kickstarter going for Xenomorphs, a gritty sci-fi game of horror and survival using the What’s OLD is NEW system! We’re not sure about you, but we’re not quite ready to relinquish Halloween spooky fun, yet.

  • Concept art gallery for The Fifth Element!
  • Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction–this NPR video introduces you to several creatures of the past (and their modern relatives) that delightfully push the boundaries of our belief.

Twelve Ancient Monsters And One Modern Marvel
Rats may plague our cities now, but friends, it could be worse:A giant rodent (5 feet tall) once scurried o’er the Earth.
Posted by NPR on Sunday, October 29, 2017

Uh-Oh, Monsters! expands your No Thank You, Evil! game with four complete, all-new adventures, nearly fifty new creatures to encounter in Storia, new companions and character options, and lots of great advice for Guides of any age or experience! You also get loads of player handouts, and even nifty creature standups!

Illustration by Tiffany Turrill
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.