Having introduced everyone to the background elements and the long-running history of Dark Horizon, I’m back with some actual game mechanics. Or, sort of. This post is to clue everyone in to how player characters are designed in the setting and why they are slightly different from other Cypher characters.
The character focus Needs No Weapons (Cypher System Rulebook, p. 153) represents a master of martial arts, someone whose entire character concept is based around their ability with unarmed combat. Some campaigns, though, might want everyone to have some martial arts ability which is where this flavor comes in.
I’ve been (belatedly) listening to the One Shot Podcast‘s episodes of Numenera and it inspired me to create a new Session Zero contribution. Like my last outline, this is an active Session Zero which combines the first narrative bit of the story with creating characters for an extended campaign.
When the original Character Options sourcebook for Numenera came out, I was not sure what to expect so I was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a really helpful and expansive option for Numenera characters. Now there’s a second Character Options 2 book and I have the opposite problem: how can this one be as useful as the last?
So it’s probably not a secret that I’m a fan of the Cypher System. I have been ever since I got the original Numenera core book; I wasn’t lucky enough to jump on the original Kickstarter but I got it soon after and was enraptured. Now there’s a new sourcebook out that ties into the Torment: Tides of Numenera game set in the Ninth World, yet I wasn’t sure I wanted to get it. I’m really glad that I did.
I got my Kickstarter copy of Gods of the Fall from Monte Cook Games not too long ago and I’ve been wanting to try it out. Today’s the day! I’m about to become a god, boys and girls.
After hanging out with my son on Father’s Day last weekend, I thought I’d put some thought into games built for kids. The one I’m most excited about playing with him when he’s older is No Thank You, Evil!, a Cypher-system game for children using the same engine as Numenera and The Strange.