Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny

This morning Monte Cook Games launched the crowdfunding effort for Numenera 2, two new rule books, and, what I thought sounded like guided play, but turns out now sounds like, a set of backer challenges that contribute to the development of The Trilling Shard sourcebook. It sounds like the second rule book will help address some of the feeling I had that there wasn’t a lot of space in the massive world building of Numenera for players to feel welcome with open space and ways to tell their own stories, instead of writing their piece within the confines set out by a series bible. Could be pretty cool!

Discover the Ninth World, then fulfill your destiny to lift it from an age of darkness. Two new corebooks for Numenera.

Through this Kickstarter we’re going to replace the existing corebook with two new corebooks. The first is called Numenera Discovery and the second Numenera Destiny.

Numenera Discovery will be a book that covers familiar territory; it is basically a revision of the original Numenera corebook. Next summer, we will allow the original corebook to go out of print, and Numenera Discovery will take its place. In Numenera Discovery, you’ll get some revisions to make things clearer and more fun, and to increase the options available to players. Nanos, Jacks, and Glaives will get an overhaul. Many foci and some of the descriptors might see some reworking. You’ll have more options, clearer rules, and perhaps a bit of expansion to the regions of the Steadfast and the Beyond that are covered in the existing corebook.

As excited as we are about Numenera Discovery, we may be even more excited about Numenera Destiny. This title will enable characters to truly become a part of the setting—to help shape the future of the Ninth World. The people of the Ninth World are locked in a medieval-like state, a world of struggle and danger and often suffering in the shadow of the prior worlds’ wonders. Numenera Destiny allows you to build adventures and campaigns in which players don’t just explore the wonders of the past—they utilize them to help lift the Ninth World out of darkness.

Over the course of this Kickstarter campaign, we’re going to track the development of Ellomyr and hopefully watch as it grows and flourishes. But it will only do so if brave and capable individuals such as yourself help the people there overcome dangers and deal with challenges. As threats or needs arise, you, the backers, will help the community face these challenges. The more you participate in the campaign, the more easily the challenges will be overcome and the more Ellomyr will thrive and grow as a community.

Shipwreckers!

The Colour of Terrible Crystal

Vince Clarke’s VeryRecords has announced Odd Order (and Hermetic Library) Anthology Artist Alka’s newest album The Colour of Terrible Crystal due out in October!

VeryRecords are delighted to announce details of their third album release, ‘The Colour of Terrible Crystal’ by US artist Alka, which will be released on October 13th 2017.

Via email from Alka:

VeryRecords Announces Alka’s The Colour of Terrible Crystal Album

Thrilled to be working with an absolute legend of an electronic music producer – Vince Clarke – on alka’s 3rd full-length release – Out Friday the 13th this October 2017! From founding Depeche Mode, to Yaz, to Assembly, to Erasure, to his almost countless remix credits… there isn’t much more to say.

The album title was inspired by a quote from Hermetic Library Fellow Peter Lamborn Wilson’s Angel:

“… and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. They move through the firmament which is the colour of a ‘terrible crystal’, and around a throne like sapphire, on which sits Metatron, suffused in the radiance of the rainbow.”

These are the Voyages – Volume 1

Star Trek Adventures: These are the Voyages – Volume 1, from Modiphius, is a new collection of missions for Star Trek Adventures.

These are the Voyages: Volume 1 presents eight ready-to-play missions for Star Trek Adventures. Within this book Gamemasters will find the means to test their Starfleet officers at the front line of Starfleet operations. Create your own Star Trek stories of discovery and adventure on the Final Frontier. This is a 128 page full colour hardback book in print & PDF

• 8 ready to play missions using the 2d20 game system from Modiphius Entertainment adapted for Star Trek Adventures, and requires the Star Trek Adventures core rulebook to play.

• Uncover the truth about an anomalous wormhole that has trapped an older starship vessel.

• Weigh up the dilemma of the Prime Directive with an intelligent species that originates outside the confines of normal space and time, subjugated by another civilization.

• Rescue a Federation science vessel, drifting dangerously inside the Romulan Neutral Zone, avoiding an escalation into war.

• Investigate strange events on Carina VII, where a colony is rapidly disintegrating around its foundations.

• Explore a strange alien space station, containing a massive forest eco-system of its own.

• Foil plans to spread a long dead plague and uncover the truths of its origin.

• Stop the theft of an experimental torpedo and pursue its thieves to expose their plot.

• Respond to a distress signal from a mining colony in revolt and discover new life in its mines.

Numenera 2

Numenera 2, comprised of two books Discovery and Destiny, which is “not a new edition; it’s more like the next step in the game’s evolution, focusing not just on exploring the ruins of the past, but also on using what you find to build a better future”, was announced by Monte Cook Games at GenCon, and the crowdfunding campaign begins on September 19 so watch their profile on Kickstarter.

As part of the crowdfunding campaign, Monte Cook Games will interactively develop The Trilling Shard, a sourcebook that will document the outcome of the guided play by backers in the story of a settlement called Ellomyr.

Over the course of this Kickstarter campaign, we’re going to be tracking the development of Ellomyr and hopefully watch as it grows and flourishes. But it will only do so if brave and capable individuals such as yourself help them overcome dangers and deal with challenges. As threats or needs arise, you, the backers, will help the village face these challenges. The more you participate in the campaign, the more easily the challenges will be overcome and the more Ellomyr will thrive and grow as a community. So please join us, and spread the word to your friends.

In other words, you will become a part of Ellomyr’s ongoing story. You’ll be given the opportunity to relate how you participated in the events that shape the community. When the campaign is complete, we will produce a sourcebook called The Trilling Shard that will be exclusive to backers of this Kickstarter that and detail Ellomyr and its place in the Ninth World. What will that place look like? We’ll only know when this campaign is complete.