|Publisher(s)||Monte Cook Games|
|System(s)||the Cypher System|
|Random chance||Dice rolling|
|Skill(s) required||Role-playing, improvisation|
Numenera is set on Earth approximately one billion years in the future. The setting is called "The Ninth World" due to the fact that eight civilizations have risen and fallen prior to the current era.
Character creation has been simplified by having players fill in the blanks to the statement:
- "I am a __________ __________ who _________s."
- The first blank, the adjective in the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Descriptor", a way to describe the character's strongest characteristic.
- The second blank, the noun of the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Type", which is either a "Glaive" (a warrior type), a "Nano" (a technology adept type), or a "Jack" (as in jack-of-all-trades).
- The third blank, the verb of the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Focus", or what the character is most known for or their special talent.
The name "Numenera" is a reference to the bits of technology leftover from past civilizations. With a nod towards Clarke's Third Law, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic", the setting treats technology with much the same approach as magic in a fantasy setting. The native tech level is roughly medieval.
The Numenera Team
Lead Designer: Monte Cook
Lead Artist: Kieran Yanner
Lead Editor: Shanna Germain
Contributing Artists: Scott Purdy, Lee Smith, Patrick McEvoy, Eric Lofgren, Guido Kuip, Matthew Stawicki, Keith Thompson, Jeremy McHugh, Jason Engle
Cartographer: Christopher West
"If you're a fan of outside-of-the-box gameplay such as that found in Planescape, Dark Space, or Chaositech, the far-future stories of Gene Wolfe, Michael Moorcock, or Jack Vance, or mind-blowing visuals like those found in the work of French artist Moebius, you're going to love Numenera." - Monte Cook
Numenera was launched via a Kickstarter campaign, that set a record for "most money raised for a tabletop role-playing game" at $517,255 by 4,658 backers, surpassing the previous record set by the Kickstarter for Traveller 5th edition. Originally intended just to fund the initial Core rulebook, the campaign more than doubled its fund goal within the first 24 hours." Stretch-goals" that were announced as the level of funding grew increased the output of products, ending up producing an entire game line.
|The Amber Monolith||Monte Cook||August 2012||18||PDF Only||ISBN N/A|
|Introductory short story to the Numenera setting; included within the Corebook|
|Tales from the Ninth World||Monte Cook||June 2013||79||epub, mobi, PDF||ISBN N/A|
|Collection of short stories set in the Numenera setting|
|Numenera Corebook||Monte Cook||August 14, 2013||416||Print, Deluxe, PDF||ISBN 1939979005|
|The main rulebook for the game|
|Numenera Player's Guide||Monte Cook||August 14, 2013||64||Print, PDF||ISBN TBD|
|Book focused on the player characters; subset of content from the Corebook|
|Numenera GM Screen||Monte Cook||August 14, 2013||N/A||Print, PDF||ISBN N/A|
|Four-panel, landscape format vinyl GM's screen|
|Numenera XP Card Deck||Monte Cook||August 14, 2013||30 cards||Print, PDF||ISBN TBD|
|Cards representing a character's XP points|
|Numenera Cypher Card Deck||Monte Cook||August 14, 2013||120 cards||Print, PDF||ISBN TBD|
|Cards representing cypher Numenera available in game|
|The Nightmare Switch||Monte Cook||August 14, 2013||32||PDF Only||ISBN N/A|
|A Kickstarter exclusive adventure|
|The Devil's Spine||Monte Cook||October 2013||96||Print, PDF||ISBN 1939979025|
|Three 32 page adventures, "The Devil's Spine", "The Mechanized Tomb", "The Other Side of the Maelstrom"|
|The Ninth World Bestiary||Monte Cook & Bruce Cordell||February 2014||160||Print, PDF||ISBN TBD|
|A collection of Numenera creatures|
|Numenera Creature Card Deck||Monte Cook||February 2014||100 cards||Print, PDF||ISBN TBD|
|Cards representing Numenera creatures|
|Numenera Character Options||Monte Cook||May 2014||96||Print, PDF||ISBN TBD|
|Cards representing Numenera creatures|
|Technology Compendium: Sir Arthour's Guide to the Numenera||Monte Cook||August 2014||160||Print, PDF||ISBN TBD|
|A collection of Numenera cyphers, oddities and artifacts|
|The Ninth World Guidebook||Monte Cook||(January 2015)||200+||Print, PDF||ISBN TBD|
|A setting book about the Ninth World, its locations and denizens|
There have been several announced tie-ins to the brand:
- Numenera App by 3lb Games, for iOS, Android & PC
- Thunderstone Advance: Numenera by AEG, an expansion to the Thunderstone deck-building card game, set in the world of Numenera.
- Torment: Tides of Numenera by inXile, a spiritual successor to Planescape:Torment by Interplay. This computer game was also launched by Kickstarter and was itself a record setter for Kickstarter, being the fastest to $1 million up to that time.
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- "Nerdluster: Numenera RPG Kickstarter". 14 August 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Tech2: Monte Cook GenCon Panel". 19 August 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Transmissions from the Ninth World:A Billion Years in the Future!". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Transmissions from the Ninth World:Creative Characters!". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "The Sorcerer of Rhiannon", Astounding February 1942, p. 39.
- "Transmissions from the Ninth World:Eponymous". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "The Numenera Team". Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Numenera Art Gallery". Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Kickstarter "Numenera: A new roleplaying game from Monte Cook"". 8 August 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Kickstarter "Discover / Games / Most Funded"". Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "KickTraq: Numenera Pledges & Backers by Day".
- "Rich Howard: Numenera".
- "Numenera App in Development". 5 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- "Thunderstone Numenera: Two Games Enter, One Game Leaves". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
- "Kickstarter: Torment:Tides of Numenera".
- "Reaper Miniatures: Numenara". Retrieved 15 December 2013.