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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.
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Numenera and the ENnie Awards


Hello, Numenera  Kickstarter backers—

Voting for the ENnie Awards is currently underway—in fact, it ends today. We are super honored that the ENnies judges have nominated MCG products for five ENnie Awards, including four nominations for Torment: Tides of Numenera—the Explorer’s Guide! It’s up for:

  • Best Cover Art
  • Best Cartography
  • Best Setting
  • And, most awesome of all, Product of the Year!


In addition, our Cypher System setting book Gods of the Fall was nominated for Best Interior Art.

If you haven’t voted for the ENnies, we encourage you to do so. And not just for our products—there are bunches of really great RPG titles nominated in every category. You can vote here. But hurry—voting closes today! 


Explore the Jade Colossus—or a thousand other prior world sites



Mysterious, powerful, and usually dangerous, the vast ruins of the prior worlds contain secrets and marvels beyond imagining. They are the defining feature of the Numenera setting and the siren that calls explorers from all over the Ninth World.

We’re really excited to bring you Jade Colossus: Ruins of the Prior Worlds, a new title for Numenera all about prior world ruins. It details the Jade Colossus, a massive ancient site, and also gives you the detailed and robust Numenera Ruin Mapping Engine, so you can create your own ancient sites large or small, with all the wonder and weirdness of the Ninth World baked right in.


Monte has called Jade Colossus the essential gamemaster’s guide to creating weird prior world sites for your Numenera campaign, going so far as to say he thinks it’s the first book a Numenera GM should buy after the corebook. That’s why we’re so excited about this book: It’s an incredible resource for GMs and a tool that’s going to get a ton of use in your Numenera campaign.

Run an entire campaign around the Jade Colossus, use the site for one or a handful of adventures
 in your existing campaign, or use this book to create dozens of
 other prior-world sites, building an amazing campaign filled with imagination and awe-inspiring adventure. Jade Colossus: Ruins of the Prior Worlds is now available to preorder!



Torment is out, and it is awesome!


At long last, Torment: Tides of Numenera is out, and we're super excited about the game and the reception it's been getting. Torment has been reviewed scores of times, and the reviews are glowing. Check out just a bit of what we've been hearing:

“I can’t think of a single RPG in the last decade that so consistently surprised and delighted me.”

“One of the new landmarks of the genre.”

“Could be the best CRPG of this era.”

“Amazing writing, an interesting yet gritty world to explore and a charming set of characters.”

“The writing is nothing short of exemplary, and the execution is near flawless.”

“Like the way that the Ninth World rises from the ashes of other civilizations, Torment: Tides of Numenera is a layered experience. For role-players keen on experiencing a game of consequences and twisted fantasy, it’s well worth the adventure.”

Like what you’re hearing? You can find a roundup of several dozen reviews here. Torment: Tides of Numenera is on Steam for Mac, PC, and Linux, and is also available for Xbox One and PS4.

If you’ve been playing Torment and want to learn a bit more about Greater Garravia and Sagus Cliffs, or if you’re curious about the part of the Ninth World (to the east of the Steadfast and the Beyond) in which the game is set—or if you just want to add some cool new material to your Numenera campaign, don’t forget about Torment: Tides of Numenera—the Explorer’s Guide. It’s a 160-page hardcover sourcebook that expands upon the weird and fascinating places, people, and creatures first glimpsed in Torment. Discover secrets of the computer game, and explore its world in greater depth and detail. Incorporate the region and its inhabitants and conflicts, in whole or in part, into your campaign. Maybe even become a castoff or explore the Tides, mysterious forces that can shape human interactions.


A Strange Box

While this isn’t precisely Numenera-related, we thought you might like to hear about A Strange Box. We’re currently Kickstarting a boxed set for The Strange with the intent of filling it full of as much amazing coolness as the Exclusive Numenera Boxed Set Edition. The Numenera box was perhaps the most awesome RPG boxed set of all time, but we’re hoping to match it with A Strange Box. The Kickstarter runs for the next week and a half, so don’t miss it.


(If you haven’t tried The Strange—or if you have just a few of the books—there’s an incredible deal on the entire game line in PDF as part of the LIBRARY OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS backer level. Check it out!)


Books! Film! Video games! Numenera is everywhere!


Numenera has been on a roll recently, conquering (well, dipping its toe into) just about every medium you can imagine. January saw the release of the first Numenera novel, the full public release of the Numenera short film, and the launch of a new line of Numenera music. And we’re less than four weeks away from the Torment: Tides of Numenera CRPG. And of course there’s loads of new game products to talk about, too!


The Poison Eater is the first official Numenera novel, and since its release two weeks ago the book has been getting rave reviews. (Check out this brand new one on B& Early news from the book trade is that the softcover edition, published by Angry Robot Books, is doing well at places like Barnes and Noble. And you can get the deluxe hardcover edition (in very limited supplies) exclusively at the MCG Shop.

Our fiction line starts with The Poison Eater, but it doesn’t end there. The Night Clave will be out later this year, and look for Myth of the Maker, the first novel for The Strange, in a few months!


The short film Numenera: Strand has been made free to view on YouTube and Vimeo. Fans have been raving:

“Beautifully shows the wonder and mystery of the Ninth World.”“An incredible and visually epic film!”“An amazing and beautiful introduction to the world of Numenera.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out. And please share it with your friends—it’s a great way to show others what Numenera and the Ninth World are all about.

(There’s also the brand-new Exploring Numenera: Strand glimmer, based on the film, available now at the MCG Shop.)


Wonderful, ambient background music inspired by dozens of locations around the Ninth World? And the tracks loop, so you can put them on repeat as background music for your Numenera game? Sign us up! Actually, we’re already signed up, and you can be too—just check out the Numenera Audio Collection Kickstarter campaign going on right now by Plate Mail Games.

Wes Otis, the musical genius behind Plate Mail Games, has already unlocked music inspired by locations from Into the OutsideTorment: Tides of Numenera—the Explorer’s GuideInto the Deep, and Into the Night, as well as the corebook and Ninth World Guidebook. And he’s adding new stretch goals almost every day.

Video Games

Torment: Tides of Numenera has been in development for nearly four years, but the wait is almost over—its street date is February 28! This title is widely seen as one of the most anticipated computer games of the year. It’ll be out for PC and Mac as well as Xbox and PS4. 

And, of course, more great RPG titles!

The Ninth World is filled with the bizarre and unexpected, but beyond it, the truly astonishing awaits. Into the Outside takes you to a dimension where a traveler exists in three different places at once, a pocket universe where an explorer is transformed into living sound, an existence where time carves living beings into separate time streams—and to many other alternate realities. The ancients unlocked the secrets of dimensions beyond our own, and the Ninth World is littered with portals and vehicles that take you there. Get ready to explore worlds unlike any you’ve ever seen!

Into the Outside is out next week (though you can download a free preview now). In the mean time, we recently released the NPC Deck and Asset Deck, two great game aids that spur inspiration and creativity, as well as a glimmer for Numenera: Strand.


There’s a New Generation of Numenera Players Coming


Since you helped make Numenera a reality four years ago, the Ninth World has continued to grow in scope and popularity. In addition to the corebook and initial supplements you helped create, Numenera now has a broad and growing product line. It has inspired music, an excellent short film, and multiple board games. There’s Numenera Organized Play going on at retail stores across the country, and of course, the highly anticipated video game Torment: Tides of Numenera launching very early next year.

With all that going on, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing a big influx of new gamers interested in Numenera. With that in mind, we’ve created a great way for the Numenera-curious to take their first journey into the Ninth World, or even their first dive into tabletop roleplaying games: the Numenera Starter Set. This introductory product lets new players step into the Ninth World, with pregenerated characters, easy-to-learn rules, an adventure, and even dice, a poster map, and XP and GM Intrusion cards. It's a great value and a great way to learn Numenera. As an original Numenera backer, it's not really a product made for you—but it's a great gift and a great way to bring new players into the game. And it's available now!


Here’s $5 for Charity—or for You

The MCG Holiday Gift is a present you can give to the world—or to a loved one (or even yourself). And it’s on us! Here’s how it works: We give you a $5 coupon code. Between now and December 26, you can go to the MCG Shop and use that code to make a $5 donation to one of three great charities. Or use it to take $5 off any purchase—perhaps a gift to a friend, family member, or yourself. (You can use it for the Numenera Starter Set, for example!)

It’s free, no strings attached. Just enter the coupon code 2016MCGHolidayGift when you check out. You can find all the details here.