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Gift unboxed: Numenéra

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Numenera-Corebook-Cover-2013-06-1826th of December, this strange mid-week weekend is sapping my energies and I am doing littlemore than eating and reading.
I’ve been spending the last 24 hours (give or take a few moments for a nap once in a while) reading and enjoying very much my brother’s gift to me for Christmas – the huge Bundle of Holding for Numenéra.
And what a marvel it is.

Numenéra is an award-winning science-fantasy game by legendary designer Monte Cook – he of the Planewalker’s Handbook for Planescape.
Numenéra was founded through a Kickstarter that hit an incredible 500.000 dollars (the original target was 25.000) and it is gorgeous to behold, a delight to read and I’m very very much eager to play it.

Set one billion years in the future, the game casts the players as explorers of the Ninth World, a much-transformerd Earth littered with the mysterious relics of the previous eight civilization cycles.
Inspired by such works as The Diyng Earth by Jack Vance, the Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe and David Zindell‘s Neverness, this one hits all the right buttons with me.
The system is a breeze and the world is incredibly deep and detailed.
And did I mention the fact that the artwork is gorgeous?

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In case you’re interested, the bundled offer will be available for another ten days through the Bundle of Holding website – there’s ten books and sourcebooks in a single hefty package, and it’s incredible value for money 1.
I’ll do a more extensive review in the future.
For the time being, I have to say this is one of the most fascinating game systems and setting I’ve seen so far.


  1. and part of the money goes to two worthy charities – so there, you have no excuses! 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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