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Numenera is a brand-new, science fantasy rpg set in the distant future. It focuses on story and ideas over mechanics.
Step a billion years into the future—into the Ninth World, where
the remnants of previous civilizations’ technologies are indistinguishable from
magic. Based on Monte’s Cook’s Cypher System, a new RPG system that focuses on
story and ideas over mechanics.
Step a billion years into the future—into the Ninth World, where the remnants of previous civilizations’ technologies are indistinguishable from magic. Based on Monte’s Cook’s Cypher System, a new RPG system that focuses on story and ideas over mechanics.
4,658 backers pledged $517,255 to help bring this project to life.

Preview the New Corebooks! (Plus Gen Con, Free RPG Day, and Other News)


We have some neat stuff lined up for Gen Con this year, so if you’re one of the 70,000+ gamers headed for the best four days in gaming, read on. Not headed to Gen Con? We have some cool news for you, too!

Excited about Numenera Destiny and Numenera Discovery? Us too! And guess what? Now you can get the first peek inside the pages. Download a preview of both books here and take a look at some of the amazing artwork, new character options, and weird and wondrous places! The books are on press now, so it's not long until we have the real thing in hand!

Gen Con Events—and GMs

Every year the official Numenera events at Gen Con sell out, and every year we add more. This year is no exception: We’ve scheduled more Numenera games than ever before. The adventure this year is Forgetting Doomsday, and the only way to get a taste of it this summer is to sign up for one of our Gen Con sessions, before they all sell out!

(Weeeellll, there is one other way: Why not GM one of these games? We’re still looking for a few more GMs for our Gen Con events. It’s fun and easy, and you can get some great swag, including an exclusive print book with all of our Gen Con adventures, some other great GMing stuff, and even your Gen Con badge for free! You can find all the details here.)

You might also want to check out An Evening with Monte Cook Games, our gathering at a secret underground bar Thursday night. Hang with the MCG crew and other Numenera fans and GMs, get the scoop on MCG news, and enjoy a peaceful break from the Gen Con madness!

Free RPG Day

Speaking of exclusive free adventures for Numenera, make sure you stop in at your FLGS on Free RPG Day (Saturday, June 16th) to pick up your copy of Ashes of the Sea. This 32-page adventure includes quickstart rules that integrate new elements from Numenera Discovery and Destiny (the new corebooks we talked about above) and a set of pregenerated characters.

And a Great Day for Kids and Families!

Surely you know a young kid who’d like to try out RPGs? Or a family that likes games but hasn’t ventured into roleplaying? And surely there’s someone like that on your holiday gift list, right? Or maybe that even describes you!

We’re currently Kickstarting a reprint of our award-winning RPGs for families with kids as young as five, and we’ll be delivering the game just in time for the holidays. Jump in now and get some great extras. And don’t wait—the campaign ends tomorrow!

Numenera Stream Coming Your Way


Iadace, Explorers of the Ninth World! We come to you with exciting news.

On February 27th at 5 p.m. PST, we’re launching a Numenera streamed game series that will be played completely live on Twitch, with Monte in the player’s seat as Darcy takes the GM reins for the game that got her GMing in the first place! 

Players Monte, Bruce, Shanna, and Sean will be playing fantastic characters with brand-new art, like Shanna’s character below. 

Art by Mirco Paganessi
Art by Mirco Paganessi

We’re beginning with character options from the original Numenera rules, but we’re excited to showcase Discovery and Destiny material later on. 

Be sure to watch live on Twitch as we’ll be experimenting with audience interaction! As always, our past episodes will be uploaded to our YouTube. And tell a friend–the Ninth World could always use more explorers. 

 If you can’t wait for the end of the month to see MCG gaming, tune in Friday February 16th at 7 p.m. PST for The Raven Wants What You Have, our new Invisible Sun streamed narrative. 

Hoping to see you in the datasphere. 

Illustration by Mirco Paganessi
Illustration by Mirco Paganessi


Will You Help Wish Monte a Happy Birthday?



Hi, Numenera backers!

Monte’s birthday is Monday, January 29th. It’s his 50th, which is kind of a significant number to most of us. In addition, 2018 marks 30 years as a professional game designer for Monte, and that also seems like a pretty significant anniversary.

To celebrate these milestones, and to wish Monte a Happy Birthday, we’re putting together a special event. (This is a surprise—Monte doesn’t know about it. Well, he may be starting to suspect, but we’re still basically keeping it a secret.) We’d love it if you participated, and doing so is easy—just play a game.

You can find all the details here. We hope you’ll join us in wishing Monte a happy 50th, and in congratulating him on 30 years of great games!

--Charles and the MCG Team


Last Call for Numenera Lovers!



Iadace, Numenera backers!

If you’ve already backed Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny, thank you!

If you haven’t, please take a look right away. The campaign ends tomorrow. It’s an incredible deal on a huge range of new Numenera products. And we’re still unlocking stretch goals now—believe it or not, this campaign has already superseded the original Numenera Kickstarter, and the final days are every bit as exciting!

Here are some reasons you don’t want to miss this campaign:

  • As an original Numenera backer, we’ll credit you in Numenera Discovery as a member of the Billion and Five Club if you support this campaign (even for just $1).
  • Backers get an exclusive 64-page book that won’t be available anywhere else; it’s included (PDF and/or print) in every backer level.
  • We’ve unlocked eleven titles so far. The ALL THE BOOKS IN PDF and ALL THE BOOKS IN PRINT AND PDF backer levels have become an incredible deal. (And stretch goals are still unlocking titles to add to these rewards!).
  • Numenera Discovery revises the existing corebook, and includes loads of new character options, new art, new adventures, and new world material. Numenera Destiny offers new character types and a whole new way to play Numenera, lifting the Ninth World out of the dark ages and into a brighter future. See the links below for tons of info on these books, the new character types, and more.
  • Every print book reward also comes with the PDF for free.
  • And our friends at inXile are giving every backer (at $25 or above) a coupon for 50% off the critically acclaimed Torment: Tides of Numenera CRPG!

You helped make Numenera a reality. You helped make Monte Cook Games a reality. Join us again to take Numenera into the future!


Looking for information on the new content in Numenera 2? Or on the many great stretch goals we’ve unlocked already?

Stretch goals have unlocked these new products, all of which are part of any backer level that gets all the titles.

Don’t miss these very cool add-ons, most of which are exclusive to this campaign:

And if you want a taste of some of the wonderful fiction, art, and other contributions to the Ninth World and the fate of Ellomyr from our backers, you can find a great sampling here, here, and here.








Ellomyr, the Ninth World, and a campaign you don’t want to miss!


Numenera backers, the village of Ellomyr needs your help. The dangers of the Ninth World—the very Ninth World you helped create five years ago—press in upon isolated communities like Ellomyr. Today it’s margr. Tomorrow it might be the iron wind. Who knows what threats will emerge after that?

Defending Ellomyr and Making a Whole New Book

But the backers of Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny are helping Ellomyr face these challenges and build a brighter future for the Ninth World. And in so doing are shaping The Trilling Shard, a Kickstarter-exclusive sourcebook about Ellomyr and the communities that struggle to survive and maybe even prosper in the dangerous Ninth World.

The Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny Kickstarter campaign is funding the creation of two new corebooks: Numenera Discovery and Numenera Destiny. This gorgeous and evocative two-book set expands the game in exciting new ways. It's the next step in Numenera’s evolution, focusing not just on exploring the ruins of the past, but also on using what you find to build a better future.


The One Billion and Five Club

Because you were a backer of the original Numenera, if you back this campaign you’ll be included in the One Billion and Five club. Your name will be listed in a place of honor in Numenera Discovery. We’d love it if you’d show your support and help spread the word with the #billionandfive hashtag.

A New Record-Setting Campaign

The corebooks have been funded, and multiple additional items have been unlocked. This is a record-setting campaign, every bit as exciting as the original, with incredible stretch goals already reached and more on the way. Help make these items a reality. Help defend Ellomyr. Help shape The Trilling Shard. Get awesome backer exclusives, make great products even better, and take part in an awesome deal. Check out Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny on Kickstarter now!