Cypher Chronicles, vol. 8-2017

Iadace and welcome to Cypher Chronicles!

MCG News

  • If you’ve backed A Strange Box Kickstarter at THE STRANGE BOX level, did you notice that upgrading to the LIBRARY OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS level for only $40 more gets you every The Strange title in PDF? It’s an incredible value!

  • Many of you reading Cypher Chronicles are MCG Insiders (those in the know about all-things-MCG), and we are asking for your help spreading the word about A Strange Box Kickstarter. We want to reach people who may not have heard of The Strange RPG, so please spread the word. Share the campaign link on Facebook, tweet about it, tell your local FLGS about the retailer level. The world needs more Strange!

  • Bruce’s next novel, Myth of the Maker, comes out in April of this year (you can preorder it now). Isn’t it cool how Bruce’s idea for a novel became the basis for The Strange RPG?!?

  • You can include Torment: Tides of Numenera in your tabletop Numenera game through Torment: Tides of Numenera—The Explorer’s Guide. Written by Shanna, this is a spoiler-light book that details and expands upon the weird and fascinating places, people, and creatures first glimpsed in the videogame.

  • Monte, Shanna, and Bruce will be at Emerald City Comicon this weekend, working with our fiction publisher Angry Robot Books (booth #1816). If you’re in the Seattle area, drop in to chat!


Get Inspired


  • Shadow of the Demon Lord Freeport Companion, by Robert J Schwalb: Oh, y’all! Schwalb is bringing Freeport to the Shadow of the Demon Lord, so this is a Kickstarter campaign you do not want to miss! The man himself says it best, “When building the setting for the game [Shadow of the Demon Lord], I reserved a small spot for Freeport, a city that will always have a soft-spot in my cold, black heart. Now that I have shipped out all the rewards for Shadow and released 120 titles for the game (including adventures, card decks, sourcebooks, and more), I want to bring Freeport to my world, and I need your help to do it.”
  • By Order of the Queen, by David Gerrard: The Queen calls upon you to save the kingdom! Play your hand of heroes to complete quests, defeat monsters, and work with the other guilds of Tessandor to fulfill the orders of the Queen. A 2-4 player, family-friendly, cooperative game.
  • Fidgi Pen: A Fidget Toy Disguised As A Pen, by Fidgi Pen: It’s a fidget toy disguised as a pen. So what if I already have a dozen fidget toys? I need this one, too. It allows discrete fidgeting.

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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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.