Iadace and welcome to this week’s edition of The Cypher Chronicles! We have Weird Discoveries about to hit the stores, some exciting news about the 2015 Origin Awards, and a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Worlds Numberless and Strange!
- Weird Discoveries — our book of Instant Adventures™ — goes on sale next week! It got all kinds of rave reviews during International Tabletop Day (see below), so we’re really excited about it. If you’re getting this book as a Kickstarter backer or as a pre-order, keep an eye on your inboxes and mailboxes, as it should be on its way to you soon!
- The Numenera Boxed Set is coming along nicely! There are still some issues with the ports with regards to the slowness of shipping that may continue to impact the estimated delivery date, but we’re continuing to keep an eye on it and will keep you up-to-date as we get closer.
Other Exciting Things
- Our events for International Tabletop Day were a huge success! To put Weird Discoveries, our new Instant Adventure book, to the test, we sent GMs an adventure at the last second and asked them to run it without any prep. How did that work? Pretty darn well, it turns out. We wrote about the experience here, and one of the GMs also wrote about his experience.
- Did you see Monte’s post on Table Solutions earlier this week? If not, check it out to learn why the rules are “…more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules.”
- The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design and our peers have selected The Strange corebook and The Strange Bestiary as 2015 Origins Awards Nominees. We don’t have the official list of other nominees yet, but we’ve heard some rumors and we’re so delighted to share the spotlight with such a great collection of games.
- INVICTUS Stream made a really fun video of their character creation process! Their live campaign starts next week.
- Kickstarters we backed and loved this week: Apocrypha, by Mike Selinker at Lone Shark Games is a favorite this week (full disclosure: Mike/Lone Shark are the developers of the upcoming Numenera board game and Bruce is a stretch goal for this KS! Well, he’s not a stretch goal, but his writing is. He’s a guest “memory author.” The more memory fragments a character unlocks, the more powerful she becomes. And, the more unstable. Sounds like fun to us).
- We call it smart dust. They call them nanites. “…These computers are just one cubic millimeter in size, and once they hit the floor, they’re gone.”
- In a few weeks, the MCG team is meeting in Kansas City for one of our creative and business summits. We’re thinking about going here for inspiration. There’s also a rumor of an underground paintball place in an old limestone mine. If we make it out alive, we promise to tell you all about it!
Behind the Scenes
How about a couple of very early page layouts from Worlds Numberless and Strange, the upcoming worldbook for The Strange?
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