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Explore all new worlds and play in any genre with the award-winning roleplaying game system behind Numenera and The Strange.
Explore all new worlds and play in any genre with the award-winning roleplaying game system behind Numenera and The Strange.
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The Cypher System, The Strange, The Actuality, and a Big Sale

Posted by Monte Cook Games (Creator)

Hello, Cypher gamers!

As you’re probably aware, the Cypher System had a precursor game: The Strange. The Strange was MCG’s second-ever RPG—before not just the Cypher System Rulebook but also No Thank You, Evil!, Invisible Sun, and, well, everything else we’ve done outside of Numenera. The Strange was our exploration of how the Cypher System could be extended to any game setting. And its success in that regard ultimately led to the Cypher System as a standalone game system.

The beauty of this is that every product for The Strange can be taken from that context and used for your Cypher System campaigns. Need a few hundred cyphers and artifacts for use in—well, just about any game? The Encyclopedia of Impossible Things is an amazing resource. Populate your fantasy campaign with creatures from The Strange Bestiary, or build draw new settings from the excellent Worlds Impossible and Strange. It all works together wonderfully!

To celebrate, last week we kicked off a huge sale on Cypher System and The Strange titles. All titles for both lines are on sale, and we have some exclusive items usually not available at all. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some new titles that are great for any Cypher System campaign—or to take your first steps into The Strange!

Invisible Sun

We are currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to reprint Invisible Sun, Monte’s radical, visionary game of surreal fantasy and magic that is truly magical. Invisible Sun is an incredible production, a game unlike anything that has come before—and it sold out even before its street date. We are now looking to reprint Invisible Sun, and we invite you to join us, reserve your copy, and get a bunch of extras and a great deal on a ground-breaking game.

The Invisible Sun reprint Kickstarter is underway now. Even if you backed the original Kickstarter and have your Black Cube, you’ll find some interesting deals on supplements and add-ons. And if you didn’t, we invite you to take a look at the RPG Game Informer said, “sets a new bar for originality.” Step into the Actuality with us, walk the Path of Suns, and unlock the true secrets of reality.


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    1. Eternal Che Kurono

      To this day I have yet to receive the Cypher Rulebook. That is the only book left. Its been over 2 years when I had last contacted about my problem. I sent 3 emails and I did not get any response back and I have tried making contact again about it and no response. When I received the vouchers to go online and put the order in everything was good. I received the package but was missing the Cypher Rule book. I have not had any problems with Monte Cook Games on any orders except this one. I have ordered and participated in almost all Monte Cook Games kickstarters and the ones I did not I purchased on the website. My last one was The Invisible Sun.

    2. Monte Cook Games 14-time creator

      Hi there! Your rewards are waiting for you in the MCG shop to redeem in the form of coupons. You'll check out with those rewards, enter the best current shipping address, and get them shipped right away!

      1. Go to the MCG Shop and log in using the email address you used in BackerKit (if you don't remember, give us an email at and we can help you out).

      2. Go to My Account (under the Store tab). From there, click on Coupons (or go directly to this link: )

      3. You’ll see coupon codes for all your available rewards (but not rewards that aren’t ready yet). Click a coupon code. It’ll take you to your shopping cart, with the item in the cart and the coupon already applied.

      4. If you have more than one reward available, return to the Coupons page and repeat the process. Do that for all the rewards you wish to redeem. (If there are items from the MCG Shop you wish to purchase, you can also add them to your cart.)

      5. Proceed to checkout. If you live overseas, or if you want expedited shipping, select and pay for it at this step.

      6. You’ll be able to download PDF rewards immediately. We’ll ship your physical rewards ASAP.

      Let me know if you have any issues!

    3. Martin Bailey on

      I still haven’t received my books from the original worlds of the cypher system Kickstarter. How can I get them?

    4. Monte Cook Games 14-time creator

      Please help us stay in touch with you by not commenting here, on an individual update. Instead, please click on the Comments tab at the top of this page, and join the conversation in the main comments section. Thanks!