About this project
Did you miss the Kickstarter? Keep up with all the latest news concerning the Exclusive Numenera Boxed Set Edition here!
At Monte Cook Games, we love Numenera and we love Numenera fans. We want to give them the best, coolest, most wonderful products that we can create.
Now that the game has been out well over a year, won many awards, and garnered an audience of enthusiastic fans, we'd like to do something special--but only if it's something that you'd like too. Our idea is to create a boxed set, like the RPG boxed sets of our youth, for this game. Only we'd love to make it absolutely beautiful and crammed full of all the coolest extra content we can come up with: character sheets, XP cards, and even a gorgeous cloth version of the poster map! With your help, we’re going to make it a reality. If this sounds cool to you, pledge now: This is a short Kickstarter, and once it’s over there is likely to never be another opportunity to get Numenera in a boxed edition!
(Already own Numenera? Don't worry--we've got some things that will interest you as well as those new to the game.)
We have hit 24--twenty-four!--stretch goals over the course of this campaign, making the RELIQUARY box an unbelievable value for our backers.
Want a Second Box?
We’ve had a lot of requests about getting a second box or other duplicate reward. Some gamers just want an extra box to go alongside their RELIQUARY box, to elegantly store more Numenera books or other gaming supplies. Other folk have backed to give a RELIQUARY as a gift, but want a copy for themselves as well. Regardless of what you have in mind, backing for a second reward is simple. Just increase your pledge accordingly. Next week, after the campaign is over, simply email Tammie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know what the extra pledge is for. Please include your name and the words "extra Kickstarter pledge" in the subject line of the email.
- To add an extra empty box to your reward, just increase your pledge total by $20.
- To add an extra STRONGBOX to your reward, just increase your pledge total by $80.
- To add an extra RELIQUARY box to your reward, just increase your pledge total by $120.
Set in a far, far distant future, the Numenera RPG puts a new spin on traditional fantasy, making technology and magic synonymous, and creating something unique to reinvigorate the imagination of gamers everywhere. Player characters explore a world of mystery and danger to find leftover artifacts of the past: bits of nanotechnology, the datasphere threaded among still-orbiting satellites, bio-engineered creatures, and myriad strange and wondrous devices that defy understanding. Numenera is about discovering the wonders of the worlds that came before, not for their own sake, but as the means to improve the present and build a future.
Critically acclaimed, Numenera won the Origins Award for Best New Roleplaying Game and took 10 ENnie awards (five of them Gold), including Gold for Best Setting, Best Writing, and Product of the Year. It is currently one of the most popular RPGs in print, and has been licensed for the forthcoming Torment: Tides of Numenera CRPG from inXile, coming out in 2015.
For more about Numenera, please visit numenera.com.
The standard edition of the Numerera RPG is a stunningly beautiful 416-page hardcover. It’s currently in print (and will remain so) and is available from the Monte Cook Games store, your local game store, and online sellers such as Amazon. So why a boxed edition?
A few weeks ago, Monte and Shanna were guests at the Lucca Comics & Games Festival in Lucca, Italy. While many Americans haven’t even heard of this show, it’s larger than Gen Con and San Diego Comic Con combined. Monte and Shanna were there to help our Italian translator launch their version of the game (the first of half a dozen foreign-language versions coming for Numenera). It was a huge success.
It was also a boxed set. Our Italian licensees had decided that a boxed set would do better in their marketplace than a single hardcover book. Boxed RPGs are a tough sell in the US retail market, so we’d never really considered going that route. But we love the Italian version. We loved it so much we started planning an English language Numenera boxed set project.
A Kickstarter Exclusive—Get It While It’s Hot!
As we mentioned, boxed sets don’t do well in the American retail market—so we aren’t going to sell them there. It’s possible we’ll have a few extra after Kickstarter fulfillment (it’s always wise to print more than you strictly think you’ll need), and those might show up at Gen Con or on our web store. But, basically, this is your only chance to reliably get this edition. Except through a select few retailers who might support this Kickstarter, the boxed set will not be available in stores.
A Deluxe Box
One of the cool things about not selling this box through retail stores is that it doesn’t have to be marked like a retail product. We can leave off the bar codes and sales text and that sort of stuff. That means the entire outside of the box can just be pretty. So we’re going to make it look awesome—front, back, and sides! The box itself will be of sturdy design, with a deluxe linen finish. It’ll be a great way to carry your Numenera stuff around, and it’ll look absolutely wonderful on your game shelf.
This boxed set is not a new edition for Numenera. The basic box (see THE STRONGBOX backer level) will contain the same content you find in the existing hardcover rulebook, but in easy-to-use, smaller books. This way, the GM can be paging through the setting guide and a player can be looking up a new ability at the same time.
The books will all be softcovers. With the exceptions noted in the table above, their content is not different than the existing hardcover rulebook, so if you already have that, it's not new material. And, conversely, if you don’t own Numenera yet, this box gives you all the game content you’d find in the hardcover. It’s the same game either way. The difference is in the format.
But if you don't have Numenera yet, this is an amazing and unique way to get the game that's winning all the awards and everyone's talking about!
We think an ultimate boxed set edition could be so much more than just that, though. What we really want to do is create a boxed set so deluxe that it will knock everyone's socks off. So if you back at THE RELIQUARY backer level, your box will come with much, much more.
But I Already Have Numenera!
Don’t want all the content, but really want a nifty box to keep your Numenera stuff in? We’ve got you covered. The JUST THE BOX backer level gives you what it says: just the box. Your existing Numenera corebook will fit nicely within it, and there’ll be space for two or three additional books, plus dice, pencils, an XP or Cypher deck or whatever, and so on.
I Love Numenera--In Fact, I Want It All!
For you hard-core Numenera fans who want to make sure that you don't miss a thing, we have the NUMENERA SUPERFAN level. This gets you a subscription to every Numenera product we do--including the RELIQUARY box--through FEBRUARY 2016 (Note: This is an upgrade from the backer level description you see to the right!)! We have a lot of great titles planned for next year, including the massive Ninth World Guidebook, an innovative adventure product the Monte's writing right now, a sourcebook detailing locations off-Earth, another big sourcebook, and at least one more supplement. You would get all of those in both print and pdf, as well as all the ebook exclusive Glimmer products we produce, cool new card products we like to come out with, and more. We'll also include the huge, just-announced Cypher System Rulebook coming out next summer.
(To be very clear, this only includes Numenera products. (With the Cypher System Rulebook added in as well.) That's why it's called NUMENERA SUPERFAN!)
Great things come in small boxes. Or, in this case, a sorta medium-sized box. Tis the season for giving and receiving gifts! Your favorite gamer won’t get the boxed set until after the holidays, but they will get a beautiful card from you. If you've backed the project to give the boxed set as a gift, go here to find out how you can print an elegant custom Ninth World card to stand in for your gift until April.
Basic shipping in the United States is free. For international backers, you’ll pay the shipping costs at the time of fulfillment, but we’ll subsidize $10 of your shipping cost. (In other words, if the cost to ship is $28, you’ll pay $18.) Warning: International shipping is expensive. We don’t have any control over that, and we can’t accurately predict what shipping rates will be at the time of fulfillment.
Risks and challenges
We’re an experienced publisher of roleplaying games, including special editions, boxed products, and non-book components such as cards and dice. We have a great track record of producing premium-quality products and have delivered scores of different rewards on or before deadline for multiple Kickstarted projects. This project is one of the simplest we’ve ever Kickstarted.
But every publishing project carries risks. We have a small staff, so if one of our team broke his or her leg on an icy front porch, it would have a bigger impact on our work than a larger company might see. And we rely on outside suppliers and shippers for printing and manufacturing, so there are possible risks there we can’t foresee or control. But we deal with those concerns all the time, and continue to put out high-quality work on schedule.
There’s always the danger of meteor strikes, Ebola pandemics, or catastrophic solar flares. But our staff is spread out across the country, so we’re unlikely to all be wiped out at once.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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