Numeneraish and Numeneraocity

Like many of you, I’ve played a ton of different role playing games. I find it easy to make new stuff up.

What I’m learning now is how to make stuff up Numenera Style.

Art by Reece Ambrose
Art by Reece Ambrose

It’s all about the KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid. Numenera has simple clean rules. A Numenera adventure should follow suit. Over and over in the editing phase of The Sun Below: City on the Edge, I find myself simplifying. I don’t have to create a simulation. I just have to make it fun to play. And fun to GM.

For example, I have a race of blood sucking plant people, the slithik. I have different kinds of slithiks. Do I need so many? No, cut. They all have two attacks a round, one melee, one ranged. Does that make sense? No, cut. The top leader can have two ranged a round, that works.

Sometimes its a matter of making new rules feel Numeneraish. Is that a word? Of course it’s a word. Or will be in 1 billion years. 🙂

I created an artifact where I wanted it to have special effects, but not every time. I could say if you hit with a natural even number, then “tada!” the effect goes off. But that doesn’t feel very Numeneraish. What does feel Numeneraish? Ah, if you hit with a natural 17+, then it goes off. Numenera players are already used to cool stuff happening when they roll natural 17s or better.

And so on. Got to get my Numeneraocity on.

The Sun Below: City on the Edge — Cover Art

Here it is, the adventure cover by Reece Ambrose. We see Princess Duophrene gritting her teeth above a plant-like slithik and a purple dh’lann, all behind a floating stone head of a Praithian.

In the background is Urbamorr, the City on the Edge. It’s unlikely that the city, or your player characters, will survive the adventure unchanged. Will they survive at all?

Cover

Meet the Slithik

Here we have a work in progress by artist Reece Ambrose. This slithik just wants to be your friend. Or does she?

SlithikColorSampleThe slithik is one of the races unfortunate enough to have been enslaved by the Praithians. In many of the lands under The Sun Below, the slithik run their own affairs. But in Urbamorr, the Praithians still hold power, and the slithik, despite their many advantages, are all mind controlled slaves.

Well, maybe not all of them…

For a look at more art by Reece, check out his portfolio.

More slithik goodness will be found in the adventure The Sun Below: City on the Edge.