Tag Archive: Numenera

Oct 05 2016

Cypher Speak Episode 3: Cyphers & Settings

CS-blank-250x250-webCyphers: they might save your life, they might blow you up. Cyphers are frequently forgotten by players and GMs new to the Cypher System – some people find them superfluous. Troy & Darcy delve into what cyphers fundamentally are, share stories of how cyphers have changed their gameplay, and go into detail about what form and behavior cyphers may take across the vast number of settings you might use the Cypher System for.

This is a long episode – strap in and carefully holster your cyphers so that their mysterious energies don’t interact and bring about a singularity!

Detailed Shownotes: Coming to a theater near you! (Will be up within a day or two, thanks for the patience!)


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Extreme Cyphers

Incantations – The Invisible Sun podcast

She’s a Super Geek

Thanks for all the support so far!

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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Aug 31 2016

MMP#223 – Five Important Games

MM Mini LogoHey Folks. Today we’re talking about games that we believe matter to game design and have influenced the gameosphere as a whole. We also social media up and there was a lot of it this week. The G+ community was rocking. Thanks everyone.

Time Stamps

0:58 – What’s Going On

18:16 – The Workshop: Five Important Games

1:15:07 – The Social Media Depository

1:30:49 – Podcast Round Up

Aug 29 2016

Cypher Speak Episode 1: Pardon Our Intrusion

CS-credits-250x250-webDarcy & Troy explore the GM Intrusion, a core Cypher System storytelling mechanic, from both the player and gamemaster perspectives.

0:34 Artifact: Gamemaster (GM) Intrusion

  • Definition: A GM Intrusion is a mechanic in the Cypher System, where the GM creates a complication for a character, offering 2 experience points (XP), one to keep, and one to give to another player. The player can accept the Intrusion and the XP, or pay 1 XP to reject it.
  • 1:12 Numenera Glimmer Taking the Narrative by the Tail, which has great advice on GM Intrusions and some specific examples for Numenera
  • 1:27 Example GM Intrusions

3:12 Cyphers

  • 3:22 Troy: GM Intrusions from the GM Perspective
    • GM Intrusions force you to complicate the story in interesting ways
    • They act as a mechanical excuse to break the rules for good storytelling reasons
    • They encourage the GM to be thinking of interesting complications and to respond to player actions in interesting ways
    • The ability for players to reject the intrusion can communicate to the GM what your players like or dislike
    • Darcy’s Two Shins: Being on the lookout for good GM Intrusions can ensure you don’t get into a storytelling rut – you’re always looking for the next turn in the story
  • 7:30 Darcy: GM Intrusions from the Player Perspective
    • For first time players, GM Intrusions can come across as scary – Darcy often makes her first one silly or fairly benign, with the goal to communicate that GM Intrusions will be interesting, not always bad
    • Players look forward to these before long
    • GM Intrusions make failure fun for players. This can lead to more diverse roleplaying than you’d get if you were always trying to “win” the game. However, players sometimes go overboard and want to fail all the time
    • The distribution of XP on a GM Intrusion takes the sting/bummer out of the complication, keeps energy moving forward
    • The mechanic of giving 1 XP from a GM Intrusion to a fellow player reminds you to focus on the people around you, get out of your own character headspace. Promotes cooperation
    • GM Intrusions can manipulate the energy at the table. They can speed up a languishing conversation and refocus the table. They can also be used to bring player attention to something they’re about to miss – “there’s something cool here!”. Players still have the chance to ignore it, or pay the XP to say nothing bad happens
    • Troy’s Two Shins
      • Having something physical to signal a GM Intrusion to your players is really helpful to not break the flow of storytelling while still signaling to them. Generally, these are XP cards or tokens to represent the 2 XP being offered – Monte Cook Games has very nice decks for the Cypher System, Numenera, and the Strange.
      • Look to your players for ideas on GM Intrusions, especially when they roll a 1. They’ll be creative and invested in the idea.

14:01 Poddities

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Aug 13 2016

Cypher Speak Episode 0: Weird Beginnings

CS-credits-250x250-webWelcome to episode zero of Cypher Speak. Darcy and Troy begin their quest to delve into all things related to Monte Cook Games: creators of the Cypher System, Numenera, the Strange, No Thank You Evil, and the upcoming Invisible Sun RPG. Every show will have an Artifact, which will be our major topic or question for that episode. Darcy and Troy will then throw Cyphers at that particular Artifact. These will be different perspectives or points of view that will be useful for unpacking or exploring the episode’s Artifact. Lastly will be the Poddities; these will be little shoutouts about something cool that Darcy and Troy have seen recently and want to share.

In this introduction episode, Darcy and Troy talk about the format of the podcast, and why they love the Cypher System so much.

Time Stamps

0:30 Artifacts: Introduction to Cypher Speak, Why We Love the Cypher System

2:03 Cyphers: Darcy & Troy’s favorite aspects of the Cypher System

11:22 Poddities

Jul 12 2016

MMP#216 – Damage

ItunesMMpodcast_WhiteHey Folks. This week we take some hits and let the pain settle into our bones. That’s right, we’re talking about damage. We also get into the Ennies and the Diana Jones Awards in the social media depository. Hope you enjoy and thanks for helping us become a 2016 Ennie nominee for Best Podcast.

Time Stamps

1:34 – What’s Going On

8:52 – The Garage: Damage

1:16:24 – The Extra Dimensional Social Media Depository

The Diana Jones Awards

1:40:34 – Podcast Round Up

Adamantine Heart

 

 

Apr 04 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 5: PC Treatment

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show me whatcha got when it comes to handling PCs in campaigns and one shots. This week Senda had some things to do so we bring in doctor herself, the Numenera One Shot Queen, and gamer extraordinaire, Darcy Ross. Thanks for helping us out Dr. Darcy. Now it’s time to show me whatcha got.

Dec 12 2013

Episode #92 – In Service to the Game

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In Service to the Game

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Hey Folks. Things be crazy but here’s the show. A little bit of everything plus something new in the mix. Thank’s Joan “The Game” Nobile for bailing me out this week.

Sponsors for the ShowLevel 99 Games, Evil Beagle Games, Seeley and Kane’s Comics

0:44 – Intro – Get better Tangent Twin Dave

2:24 – Watercooler
Protocol Games Series: 15 Thematic Story / RolePlaying Games
SARPA resolution on Open Gaming – It’s staying for another year, at least.
Argent the Consortium
Designers and Dragons the TSR chapters
Dark Forest finishes first Magic Standard Championship series tournaments. Congratulations to Jeremiah Renda for taking home the cash.

10:26 – Gameroom

Mark
SCA Boardgame event.
Pandemic
King of Tokyo
Pitch car

Chris
Marvel Puzzle Quest
Fate Supers
Numenera

19:57 – Workshop – Playing in service to the game instead of the character.

30:51 – You Know What Really Chaps My Ass – Holy Rollers

45:09 – Geekery

Code Week
Funnybooks with Aaron and Paulie

Dec 04 2013

Episode #91 – Lie Detectors, Geeking with Baby, and Gaming Locations

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Lie Detectors, Geeking with Baby, and Gaming Locations

Hey Folks. This week we talk about Insight and how to handle it during your game and have several other conversations about gaming clubs and locations and geek culture concerning Mark’s feelings on parenting.

Sponsors for the Show – Level 99 Games, Seeley & Kanes

0:44 – Intro – Appendicitis sucks

4:22 – Watercooler
No More Open Gaming
Mike Merals Design Finesse Part 2
Elder Sign Omens is now on Steam
BS-Radio Hiatus Over
Pelgrane Press is looking for Playtesters
Level 99 Games Spot – Argent the Consortium

26:24 – Gameroom

Chris
Blood Bowl
Ticket to Ride

Mark
Pandemic
Cards Against Humanity
Eat A Whole Pie

30:19 – Workshop – Insight as a lie detector. How to deal with the problem

1:01:48 – Geekery

We’re Alive: A podcast about Survival
More Superhero Redesigns
What Little Boys learn from Star Wars

Nov 27 2013

Episode #90 – The New Guy

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The New Guy

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Hey folks. This week Mark tracks down the Evil Hat, we hit the ussual spots in the show, and I venture into the Greenshirts lounge to converse with Gnome Illusionist Cannibal Phil, Colonel Myke, and Sean, we’ll figure out a nickname later, to talk about being the New Guy. Hope you enjoy and feel free to let us know.

Sponsors for the Show – Level 99 Games, Evil Beagle Games, Seeley and Kanes

0:47 – Intro

1:38 – Watercooler

Gaming Superstars Join Cubicle 7 for Call of Cthulhu London Kickstarter
Pete Figtree and Ruthless Diastema
Baulder’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition
Rite Publishing’s biggest sale of the year
Mike Mearls & Design Finesse.
Commander decks for MtG.
White Box & an excellent article on a history of OD&D and the supplements released for it.
Dungeons and Donuts
Magfest bundle
Argent the Consortium

13:56 – Gameroom

Gaming With Baby

Mark
D&D Encounters
Mobile Games

Chris
Elhal
Numenera
Bananagrams
Five Crowns

29:28 – Workshop  –  The New Guy

1:01:57 – Geekery

Mark
Doctor who 50th anniversary

Chris
Wrestling School Sunday on BS Radio.

Nov 13 2013

Episode #88 – Gaming & Relationships and Knapik is Deranged

 

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Gaming & Relationships and Knapik is Deranged

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Hey Folks. Chris here and we’ve got another installment of the show for you. This time we have a panel of folks who tell us all about their experiences as gamers with significant others and give some advice for being gamers and having healthy relationships. Mark also might be suffering from the effects of being beaten by the Evil Hat. There are a few audio glitches but that’s because Mark was wearing his aluminum foil hat.

Sponsors for the Show – Level 99 Games and Seeley and Kane’s Comics

0:53 – Intro
3:14 – Watercooler

The Actual Play Festival by Ginger Goat
We are all Strange Video
World Wide D&D Gameday is November 16th. Buffalo D&D Encounters Facebook Group
Father and Sun Galaxy
Garrett Crowe and Threat Detected
Prismatic Tsunami Quarterly
Eon Altar
Brimstone
Artimis Night at UB on the 3rd Monday of November

Level 99 games spot

17:05 – Gameroom

Gaming With Baby

Chris
Smash up
Ghosts
Ascension
King of Tokyo
La Strada
Elhal
SPI
Numenera
Blood Bowl

Mark
Shaintar
Dresden Files
Encounters

42:26 – Workshop: Gaming and Relationships at MiniCon

1:24:27 – Geekery

Thanksgiving Vampire Larp at the Buffalo Screening Room
The Age of Genre TV. Arrow and Dracula

Nov 07 2013

Episode #87 – The Strange with Bruce Cordell

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The Strange with Bruce Cordell

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Hello Folks. Chris here and we’ve got a good one for you today. The Prophet of Carter Morrison is here to tell you all about The Strange. Who’s the prophet you ask? Why it’s Bruce Cordell and think the interview is quiet good. We also have the return of the Marks favorite ass chapper as Tony returns for the second You Know What Really Chaps My Ass segment. Mark is also absent as he chases down the Evil Hat of Fred Hicks. Man is that Hat Evil. Enjoy.

Sponsors for the Show – Seeley and Kanes, Evil Beagle, Level 99 Games

0:49 – Intro

1:27 – Watercooler

Kickstarter and the dangers of international shipping
The Evil Hat Street Team is now a thing.
MiniCon at UB is on November 9th – Gaming and relationships, Rm 114 Baldy Hall, 7pm – 8pm. Board Gaming to follow.
Post World Games update:
Torchbearer is available to purchase in print now.
The Firefly Cover has be revealed from Margret Wies Productions
Table Top – Halloween Episode
Level 99 Games – Power Play

Seeley and Kanes Comics

10:18 – Gameroom

Chris
Dungeon World
Cards Against Humanity
Blood Bowl the Video Game
Ticket to Ride on Android
D&D Encounters

13:06 – Lounge

Bruce Cordell and The Strange

Evil Beagle Games – Colossal Clash

54:44 – You Know What Really Chaps My Ass

1:01:11 – Geekery
NanoWrimo

Oct 30 2013

Episode #86 – Horror Games and Con on the Cob Part II

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Horror Games and Con on the Cob Part II

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Hey Folks. Chris here and we’re gonna talk about horror RPGs you might be interested in picking up. I also have a chat I had with Lester Smith from Popcorn Press and a Fate discussion with Pete Figtree of Ruthless Diastema and Tom Flanagan from Knight of the Night.

Sponsors for the Show – Level 99 Games, Seeley and Kanes

0:50 – Intro
I got the Evil Hat from Fred Hicks but now it’s running loose in the house.

3:06 – Watercooler

How to run a small gaming business
The Devil’s Spine
Station 10
FFG is hiring
The 13th age SRD is now available
Level 99 Games Spot – Power play. Competitive Narrative Gaming.
Queen City Conquest Sept 19-21
Running Gagg

10:00 – Gameroom 

Gaming w/ baby

Chris
The Fate of Elhal – get to the monkey
Love Letter
Ticket to Ride
Kingdom Builder
Numenera
D&D Encounters

Mark
encounters tomb of horrors
dresden files

32:05 – Workshop – Creepy ass games

Call of Chthulu 

Trail of Chthulu

Tremulus 

Nights Black Agents

Silent Memories

Dread

Zombie Cinema

Final Girl

43:03 – Rest of Con on the Cob material

Lester Smith and Pop Corn Press
Core RPG

Pete Figtree and Tom Flannagan Fate Chat

1:40:59 – Geekery

Grimm and Doctor Who

Oct 17 2013

Episode #84 – Numenera

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084 – Numenera

Hello Folks, Today we’re taking a look at the ninth world even though Monte and Bruce decided to start a kickstarter for their new game called The Strange but you know what, it’s ok. They’re using the same rules for The Strange and I pretty much talked about how the Cypher system works, that’s what they’re calling it. Also gaming with baby, lots of news, and next week reports from Con on the Cob and an Interview with Fred Hicks, That’s right. I said Fred Hicks.

Sponsors for the Show – Level 99 Games, Seeley and Kanes

Patreon Shout Outs – Old School DM, Alex Swingle

1:30 – Intro 

2:59 – Watercooler

Apocalypse Prevention Inc 2
The Numenera Licence
Numenera Character Creation in Five Minutes or Less by Richard Malena
Fantasy Flight is opening a Game Center.
Monte Cook Games is developing a new game called The Strange.
Level 99 Games Battle Con Beta.   Tom Vassal Battle Con review
Atomic Robo RPG pushed back to early 2014
The Walking Mind – Rob Donahuges Blog talks about his FAE 2 Hack
Evil Hat’s 3rd Quarter numbers.
The Fate Freeport Companion has been released
Roll 20 Rugged Reroll
Pokemon XY

15:01 – Gameroom

Gaming with Baby

Chris
Kingdom Builder
Numenera – Character Creation and Intro to Play
D&D Encounters

Mark
D&D Encounter
Dresden Files
Shaintar Justice & Life

24:58 – Workshop – Talking Numenera

Numenera resources

Podcasts: Transmissions from the Ninth World, The Signal, Ninth World Chronicles AP Podcast, Knights of the Night are doing a Numenera AP currently
YouTube: Richard Malena’s YouTube Page
G+: The Numenera G+ Community
Web Sites: theninthworld.com, Ninth World Hub, Numenera.com, Rob Donoghue’s Blog Posts about Numenera, Monte Cooks Blog

53:57 – Geekery
It’s TV season: Arrow Season 2, Marvel Agents of shield Episode 3, Elementary end of season 1 and beginning of Season 2.
The Oatmeal.com on Christopher Columbus