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Sep 13 2016

Cypher Speak Episode 2: Numenera 101 – We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

CS-blank-250x250-webThe Ninth World is a silly place, really, but Troy and Darcy love it. Learn the basic pitch of Numenera, some tips for playing in this weird science-fantasy sandbox, and about the secret meaning behind the symbol emblazoned on Darcy’s forearm and the spine of every Numenera core book.

0:45 Artifact: Numenera’s Setting 101

  • 4:17 Language is key to maintaining the weird atmosphere of the Ninth World. Some examples:
    • Drit, Synth, Automaton, Slug thrower, Ray emitter, Chirurgeon
  • 7:29 Gene Wolfe & the Book of the New Sun book series as inspiration for Numenera and the use of archaic language
  • 7:56 Numenera’s origins and Kickstarter
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The Numenera Starter Set

  • 9:18 New product – the Numenera Starter Set! Coming this fall for $25
    • “Everything a new group needs to explore the Ninth World for the first time: pregenerated characters, basic dice, a poster map, introductory rules, two adventures, cards, and a cheat sheet”

9:53 Cyphers

  • 10:06 Why Troy Keeps Coming Back to Numenera
    • Exploration, from both a player and GM side
    • Can toss D&D Dungeons and other material in, just make it weird
    • Anything can belong in Numenera, don’t have to have a reason – those 8 Great Civs and more could have left it behind
      • Darcy: Players can come up with reasons, sometimes you can roll with it or subvert their expectations
    • Can pull from so many sources, for example Troy has used the book series Wool by Hugh Howey and the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson (Book 1: The Way of Kings, highly recommended!)
    • Tip: Avoid overuse of the word “analogue”
    • Octopi – the only other known race to survive on the Ninth World from our Earth
  • 16:27 Numenera’s Weirdness
    • Darcy: The weirdness can encompass any crazy idea the GM or the players have
    • Troy: Can be run as “normal” or weird as you want it to be
  • 20:29 Why Darcy Keeps Coming Back to Numenera
    • Explore what life could have been like if different evolutionary paths were taken
      • Cambrian Explosion
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Opabinia from DK Images

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Hallucigenia by Andrey Atuchin

 

  • Surprise players, subvert their Earthly expectations
  • Supports different stories tonally
  • Inspires great visuals, both art in the book and mental landscapes

26:24 Darcy’s Numenera tattoo tangent

28:32 Poddities

  • 28:38 Troy: Shoutout to the podcast Backstory and host Alex Roberts, who got Troy to try out his first larp (with her!) at Gen Con
  • 29:46 Darcy
    • I was going to talk about Invisible Sun, but go listen to the Monte Cook Interview instead!
    • Come to AcadeCon! The podcast network RPG Academy puts on a great yearly con with a focus on tabletop RPGs (but with some boardgames as well). This year it’s November 11-13th at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton Ohio, with tons of big name guests and events. Check it out, come play in my games. There will be a good contingent of us Cypher System nerds there. Tickets are still being sold!
  • 30:59 Bonus: #CypherSomeone – tweet at us with this hashtag and we’ll give you a Cypher System character sentence!

 


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