Hello, Numenera backers!
With the Ninth World Guidebook having shipped in January, we’ve completed all the products funded by the original Numenera Kickstarter campaign—but the Numenera line continues to grow strong! Check this out:
What’s the hardest part of running an RPG? It has to be the preparation. Unlike a board game, you can’t just spontaneously decide to play—because someone has to have spent hours preparing an adventure first.
But what if running a great game didn’t require any more time for the game master than it does for the players? What if you could just say, “Let’s play an RPG,” pull a book off the shelf, and be playing five minutes later?
In Weird Discoveries, Monte has turned his eye to the venerable adventure, a format that hasn’t seen much innovation in four decades, to create something new that makes this all possible. Weird Discoveries makes prepping for an RPG no more difficult or time consuming than setting up a board game, while showcasing the wonder, mystery, and awe of the Ninth World.
These aren’t adventure seeds or sketchy ideas: They’re complete adventures with all the maps, encounters, NPCs, fleshed-out storylines, show-‘em illos, and everything else you expect—but the innovative new layout and approach means a GM can run them without hours of prepping beforehand.
Use these adventures when you don’t have time to prep for your regular session. Or string them together for a campaign that will give you months of effortless play. Weird Discoveries also includes six pre-generated characters, so you can run a pickup game any time you have a few friends and a few hours handy!
News About the Numenera Short Film
We mentioned the Numenera short film in our previous couple of updates. If you didn’t follow along, here’s the short version: We’re working with an awesome production company out of Sweden to make the short film promised as part of the original Numenera Kickstarter. Filmmaking is crazy expensive, especially when trying to realize a setting as unique and mind-bending as the Ninth World, and our funding could only take it so far. So the filmmaker crowdfunded some additional funding to further improve and possibly lengthen the movie. The campaign closed successfully last month, and post-production is well underway. The film will premier at Gen Con, and it’s going to be (warbly high-pitched voice) so awesome!
A Numenera Board Game!
We just got back from the Game Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) annual trade show, and one of the cool announcements there was a forthcoming Numenera board game from the good folk at Lone Shark Games. Some of the names associated with the design and development of this game include Paul Peterson, Boyan Radakovich, and Mike Selinker—if you’re into board games, you know that’s a pretty heady list! We’ve played early versions of this game, and it’s both lots of fun and very Ninth World. Release of the game is probably a year off, but we thought you’d find the news interesting!
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