October 12th, 2015

marcus 2013

Another bundle offer - The Strange Bundle

This is another one I know nothing about - I'm interested in the genre, but that's about all I know:

"The Strange is the recursion-spanning RPG from Monte Cook Games, publishers of Numenera. In The Strange, recursions -- limited pocket dimensions with their own laws of reality -- are seeded from human fiction and mythology. A recursor might discover Atlantis, Oz, the Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes, and places even more bizarre. You can go absolutely anywhere, to any fictional setting or imaginary realm.

This all-new collection gives you everything you need for a complete campaign across the Chaosphere. And because The Strange uses the Cypher System rules, Numenera players can translate smoothly into this new setting."


Customers who pay $9.95 get the Player's Collection (retail value $41):
  • The Strange (retail price $20): The beautiful full-color 418-page rulebook with character creation, sample recursions, and the complete Cypher System. Includes the free recursion Ohunkakan: The Living Myths.
  • The Strange Player's Guide (retail $8): Create characters, explore the setting, and learn how to play with this 96-page extract from the complete rulebook. Includes six pre-generated characters.
  • In Translation: The Strange Character Options (retail $10): More than 50 new abilities for paradoxes, vectors, and spinners -- moves, revisions, twists, descriptors, and foci.
  • Swordbreakers (retail $3): These elite operatives in the Ardeyn recursion can be an affiliate organization for characters who want to expand their horizons.
Those who pay more than the threshold price, which starts at $17.95, also get the Gamemaster's Collection of five more titles (retail value $48):
  • Worlds Numberless and Strange (retail $17): A 226-page guide to nearly 70 new recursions.
  • The Strange Bestiary (retail $15): 140 bizarre and imaginative creatures encountered on Earth, Ardeyn, Ruk, Crow Hollow, and Atom Nocturne -- all compatible with Numenera.
  • The Dark Spiral (retail $10): Investigating the drug Spiral Dust, the operatives fight the malign alien Dustman. These linked adventures make an ideal starting campaign.
  • Plus The Strange GM Screen (retail $2) and the introductory adventure Eschatology Code (retail $4).
At least one more title will be added to the bonus collection at some point after the launch, anyone who buys the bonus collection will get it, but the package is cheaper the earlier you buy it. 10% of the profits after handling etc. will go to the charity Human Rights Watch.

Usual caveat - The main reason I know about this offer is because I'm on the list to get this stuff free if I want it. In this case I suspect I'll take a look at the ideas rather than the system and won't end up playing it, but it seems a reasonable deal. If I think these are bad deals I'll say so.