Cypher Chronicles, vol. 8-2015

Iadace and welcome to this week’s edition of The Cypher Chronicles! We’ve had some kind of Ninth World bug going around our office this week (I say it’s a Ninth World bug because we have a virtual office and never get to see each other in person, and yet somehow the illness has transferred to most of the team. Clearly it’s traveling via the datasphere), so if we’re behind on stuff, that’s probably why. But we’re getting caught up (if you contacted us through the website or otherwise, Tammie’s on it and will be getting back to you this weekend!).

Of course, we’re not ones to get knocked down by a little bug, so we’ve still got lots of interesting tidbits and images for you! (And don’t worry–we’ve isolated the rascally virus and have determined that it can’t be transferred to you if you read this post. Probably.).

Product News

  • The Estate Dossiers is coming soon! Our February fractal (PDF-only product), this book includes tons of cool props from The Estate to use at your table. This will be available next week, but for now here’s a glimpse of some of what you get (and come back on Monday for a blog post from Bruce on how to use props at your gaming table).

The Estate Dossier Teaser

 

  • Weird Discoveries: Ten Instant Adventures for Numenera is just about to go off to press! This 96-page book is something we’re really excited about, because it truly redefines adventures. Each of the adventures in here is designed for plug-and-play. Got 4 friends and 2 hours on a Friday night and don’t know what to do? Jump into an adventure! It’s that easy: The GM reads the two pages of intro text while the players are getting ready, then uses a single spread of maps and info to run the game. The book even includes a rules handout for players, six pre-generated characters, and our spectacular Show ‘Em images, so you can give players a look at what their characters are seeing and experiencing. The only way we could make this better is if it was scratch-and-sniff! (No, you don’t actually want that. It would be pretty gross. Trust me). Here is Kieran Yanner’s amazing cover art, to give you a glimpse. Available for purchase in late April.

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Other Exciting Things

Get Inspired!

  • Here’s a really cool site about the Mandela Effect. Faulty memories? Alternate timeline? Parallel universe? (I’ve been re-watching Fringe lately, so you probably know my answer!)

Behind the Scenes

Here’s a pretty cool image we just got from Cathy Wilkins, from the upcoming Worlds Numberless and Strange… we’ll leave the story of this to your imagination for now.

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Shanna Germain
Shanna Germain

Over a 20-year career, Shanna Germain has penned six books, hundreds of short stories, and myriad other works, along the way garnering a Pushcart nomination, the C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship, and the Utne Reader award for Best New Publication. At Monte Cook Games she has contributed to dozens of products and was lead designer for No Thank You, Evil!. She is a cofounder of the company, and our Creative Director.