Updated List of Cypher Options

With the publishing of the revised Cypher System Rulebook, there are more options than ever for your Cypher characters out there. The types (the “noun” in your character’s sentence) might change from Numenera to The Strange to generic Cypher, but the descriptors and foci are usable everywhere. I’ve been psyched to see these options grow and so to start off the new year I’m bringing you a comprehensive list of descriptors and foci through the revised rulebook. Let me know if I missed anything!

Review of the Revised Cypher System Rulebook

A while ago Monte Cook Games came out with a revised version of the Cypher System Rulebook and I’ve been taking my time going through it. As always it’s a beautiful product, but does it actual improve the game! The answer is a qualified yes, but read on to see for yourself.

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Shotguns & Sorcery Review, Part 1

Shotguns & Sorcery is an RPG of fantasy-noir using the Cypher System. This book has been delayed a bunch during its production so it’s not as groundbreaking as when it Kickstarted but now that we’ve got two editions of a generic Cypher System Rulebook it’s worth questioning what S&S offers.

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What’s the Deal with Cypher Shorts?

So Monte Cook Games recently released a product called Cypher Shorts, a version of the Cypher System that means “You could be playing ten minutes from now!” as the tagline relentlessly says. The product is available for free so there isn’t really a question of whether you should get it, but really why would you want to consider Cypher Shorts?

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Invisible Sun: Playing It

I was gifted a copy of Invisible Sun, the new and somewhat infamous game from Monte Cook Games. While it was published previously as a massive Black Cube they recently published it as a PDF version and a friend thought I’d enjoy pouring through it. While it’s just as intricate as the physical Black Cube, I think I’m finally getting a handle on this thing. That means you all get to take this journey with me!

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Numenera Discovery Review

Back when I was contributing to Castles & Cooks, I reviewed the original Numenera game in one of my first big book reviews. It will surprise no one that my interest in Cypher remains, so when Monte Cook Games announced an update of the Numenera core books I eagerly signed up. As they recently announced they sent copies out to backers so you guys are in for a shiny new review!

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No Thank You, Evil! for Goblins

I’ve written before about how I love the Cypher System kids’ game No Thank You, Evil! and it’s ability to be whatever sort of game you want. My own son, Little Mephling, is currently obsessed (obsessed) with Mouse Guard and so I wrote some new nouns for NTYE to play mouse characters. Today I’m back with some options for that other classic icon of mischief: goblins.

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Unmasked Review

Right now is one of the biggest moments for the 1980s, and I’m very much including the actual 80s. Between Stranger Things, the Ghostbusters remake, 80s-inspired bands, the recent Terminator sequel, the upcoming Top Gun sequel, and (of course) the sequel Star Wars trilogy, there’s plenty to make you take a look back at the 1980s (even if you never lived through them). You can add to that list the most recent Cypher System sourcebook Unmasked.

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Jade Colossus Review

Jade Colossus: Ruins of the Prior Worlds is the latest supplement for Numenera published by Monte Cook Games. It’s a different sort of game supplement, at least in part. The titular location, the Jade Colossus, is one big dungeon delve which is a very important addition to the game line as Monte Cook Games itself has published many of those for Numenera. The other part of the book, though, is what I’m more interested in: an engine for generating ruins from previous worlds. Come for a quick run-down of what each part is like.

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Dark Horizon: Human Species

We’ve discussed two alien species so far for Dark Horizon: the Jurganna and the dupalans. Both of these are strange and unfamiliar creatures, though their motivations and cultures might have familiar aspects. Now let’s flip things and look at humans, a species we all know pretty well but which sees the galaxy in a very strange way…

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