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Numenera is a science fantasy RPG set in the distant future. Created by respected game designer Monte Cook, it focuses on story and ideas over mechanics.

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How would a Jack gain esoteries?

I recently looked at Wields Power with Precision, a focus in Discovery. It says that it improves the use of esoteries, so mainly Nanos use it. But then it mentions some Jacks do as well. How would ...
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Does the GM still make a free intrusion if a natural 1 is rerolled?

As an Immediate Benefit (p. 221) an XP can be used to reroll a dice (and get the best result) or to avoid a GM intrusion. The rulebook states that with a natural 1 on a d20 roll the GM makes a free ...
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Is fleeing from battle considered “acting under attack”?

A short movement isn't enough to flee from battle, since the opponent can do a short movement and an attack: "A character can also try to make a short move and take another (relatively simple) ...
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Tracking Might Cost for Wearing Armor

In Numenera, wearing armor with which you aren't trained causes you to spend Might points (pg.81 Core Rulebook) each hour. While all glaives start with abilities that mitigate part of this cost, ...
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How much of the numenera can be understood?

I already game-mastered 4.5 sessions of Numenera. An issue I constantly ran into was: how much of the numenera can be understood, especially by a specialized nano with 2 assets (meaning: the most ...
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Is this Multiple Enemies rule a house rule?

I found online a cheat sheet stating the following rule for Multiple Enemies/Swarm: 4 creatures = 1 creature of highest level + 1, minimum +2 damage bonus That is different from the official one ...
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Does everything that eases a task, but is not listed as an asset, stack with other 'untyped' eases?

The rules as interpreted in this question: Is the maximum a task difficulty can be eased 4 without applying Effort? state that you cannot ease a difficulty by more than 2 levels with assets, however ...
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Is the maximum a task difficulty can be eased 4 without applying Effort?

The rules on task resolution are stated below: A character’s level of skill is either trained (reasonably skilled) or specialized (very skilled). If you are trained in a skill relating to a ...
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Is allowing someone who selects the Mutant racial descriptor to pick their mutations unbalanced?

I have a player who wants to play a mutant character, but instead of rolling for their mutations they would like to instead select them from the tables. Would allowing selection of mutations, ...
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What are the differences between Numenera and Numenera 2?

In the style of the numerous D&D edition comparison questions, what are the major changes that Numenera 2 offers over the original release?
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How does Training/Specialization work with esoteries?

I'm hoping to create a Nano who Controls Gravity, and as part of my character advancement, I want to become specialized in the offensive esoteries provide by the focus (Gravity Cleave and Weight of ...
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If I already have the Numenera Core rulebook, will the other MCG core books add anything to my experience?

Currently I have a Numenera game going. We are having a good time. I know Monte Cook Games has published other games using the Cypher system such as The Strange, as well as a Cypher System Core book. ...
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Pacing GM Intrusions

How should GM intrusions be paced throughout a Numenera game? My players are currently finishing up the Shadewalker adventure. Each PC can earn up to 4 XP based on what they accomplish in the ...
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Is a roll required for the “Modifying Abilities” Optional Rule

In the Optional Rules section of the core book there is a section on modifying abilities. A selection of it reads: For any Intellect ability with a specific range, you can increase the range by ...
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Where are huraths described?

I am GMing the Numenera adventure, "Shadewalker". The adventure notes mention that the townspeople are afraid of huraths, but the description is limited to: ...snakelike animals about the size of ...
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Can I negate a “free” GM intrusion?

In Numenera, when a player rolls a 1, the GM gets a free intrusion (Core Rulebook, p.88) The GM makes a free intrusion (see  below) and doesn’t award experience points (XP) for  it. However, ...
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Which action does the cost of Riposte apply to?

The fifth tier glaive ability Riposte (Character Options, p. 9) has the cost of 6 Speed points, and is an enabler. Following a successful defence roll, it allows either an immediate counter-attack, ...
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What happens to the Seskii once the person they are loyal to dies?

We had a story arc that involved us saving a pregnant Seskii. We managed to, however we were unable to return in time to bond with the pups. However, for the sake of this question, let's say we did. ...
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Can PCs create a Mob?

We are in a situation where we are facing off against a large force of Margr. Around 50 of them. Now, having fought them before, they seem to rely on mob tactics. Basically, when in a mob, it acts as ...
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What are the rules for flying in Numenera or Cypher System?

What are the rules for flying in Cypher System? Cause I want to build an Iron Man type armor and I want it to fly.
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Do you disclose difficulty to the player before they decide to accept a GM-intrusion?

Normally, players have the option of spending 1 XP to reject a GM-intrusion. How much information do the players have about the intrusion when deciding whether to accept or not? More specifically, do ...
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Can this nano fail to identify numenera?

I am the GM of a new Numenera campaign. One of my players is a mystical nano who phases in and out of reality. Although this hasn't come up yet in play, I suspect that this character's skills will ...
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Is there a repository of fan-made adventures for Numenera? [closed]

I am looking to start a new RPG group with my friends. We haven't chosen an RPG yet, but I am interested in Numenera. I was hoping to find an RPG that had a repository of fan-made adventures I could ...
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Can I still “Stun” a target if I don't inflict damage?

I was in a combat last night, and I used my "Bash" skill: This is a pummeling melee attack. Your attack inflicts 1 less point of damage than normal, but dazes your target for one round, during ...
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Would it be possible to play “The Hideous Game” in two hours?

I'm an experienced Numenera player and GM, and would like to play a one-shot with a group of students soon. I like the sound of The Hideous Game especially as it includes pregens, and claims to be an "...
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Is the Vortex the same as the adventure in the starter set?

I have a copy of the Numenera starter set. It comes with an (untitled) adventure which centers around the discovery of the narthex and the strange cult that dwells within. The Monte Cook Games site ...
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Character Advancement in Numenera Starter

I recently purchased the Numenera starter set. I'm planning on running through this adventure with a group who have no prior experience with Numenera (myself included). The starter set doesn't have ...
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Length of Numenera Starter Adventure

I recently purchased the Numenera starter set. Although I don't have any experience with Numenera, the starter adventure looks very short. How long does it take to play through this adventure? There ...
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Is this item unbalanced? [closed]

We are playing Numenera, and due to a series of previous diversions from our main quest, our group decided that we needed to make a bee-line straight for the main quest. Along the way, we decided to ...
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Player cheating to keep their character alive

Ok... I understand that question title seems like it's a bit harmless, and I'm sure others have asked similar questions but I'm not entirely sure if this fits the same bill, or if it even a problem. ...
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How do I encourage my players to try creative solutions?

I ran a game of Numenera with an experienced group of roleplayers that went on for about six months. It went okay from the players' perspective - I had a strong handle on making things weird and ...
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Is fighting unarmed considered using light weapons?

I am thinking about making a "Monk" glaive and I was wondering about the Wields Two Weapons At Once Focus. Are unarmed weapons, like fists and feet, considered light weapons?
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How does blinding work in Numenera?

If a PC uses a cypher or an attack that causes a blindness area effect and succeeds the targets become blind for a certain amount of time. How do I tell how many rounds the blindness lasts and how the ...
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Do recovery rolls have to be in sequence?

The Numenéra core rulebook says on page 94 that if you rest for the first time on a given day you can take an action to make your recovery roll, the second time you have to spend 10 mins to be able to ...
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When does the player choose to apply effort to increase damage?

In Numenera, players can apply effort to increase their chance to hit with an attack and/or to increase the damage of the attack. Thus far, my group has been playing that they can apply the effort ...
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Can a PC rise from prone and attack in one action, perhaps with difficulty?

How do you handle a PC who gets knocked down by a NPC (for example, a Caffa) wanting to get up and attack? Can they only stand up on their turn and not attack, or can they attack while getting up? I ...
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Might Defence and combat avoidance skills

I am playing a tough glaive who masters the great sword heavily modelled on a black man version of Ringil. I was assuming that the skill Might Defence would allow me to use my Might pool to block ...
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Is the Task Difficulty/Target Number from an event hidden by the GM?

Is the Task Difficulty from an event a secret for GM ? So like the GM says: You attack the XXX, roll a D20 and I'll tell you if you hit ? The target number to attack the XXX is 3, please roll a D20.
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What is the pool cost of splitting effort?

We had a question in our game last night that didn't seem to have a clear resolution in the manual. So if you have an effort of two and are splitting it between attack and damage (one point to lower ...
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A published one-shot adventure for a new Numenera GM [closed]

The Backstory: My girlfriend's birthday is next month, and I would like to run a one-shot Numenera adventure at a local game shop as part of the celebration. We both enjoy role-playing very much, but ...
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In Numenera do players roll when using a cypher

I understand that in numenera players roll against an enemies difficulty level, but when using a cypher is that the same type of roll. It makes sense for one time cyphers like an explosive grenade ...
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Recovering ammunition (bolts, etc.) in Numenera

Suppose a ranged combat character in the Numenera setting, using a non-artifact ranged/thrown weapon. Say, a heavy crossbow. There is limited ammunition that players usually have to buy. After a ...
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Is there a way to get rid of inabilities in Numenera?

I was invited to a Numenera game, and thusly have been attempting to figure out the rules and such and to build a nice character. I wanted to be able to build a character with the Magical/Mechanical ...
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Does Sculpt Flesh persist for a Lycanthrope once they transform?

A player wants to create a nano with focus Howls At The Moon (Numenera Corebook, page 64) which causes a transformation into a beast. If Sculpt Flesh (Numenera Character Options, page 12) is active ...
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How to quickly introduce character creation mechanics to new Numenera players?

Situation: Experienced game master with experienced players, predominantly from Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 background, but everyone new to Numenera. I've read the book, and think I have a pretty good ...
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How does XP expenditure/gain work when crafting an artifact?

In the Numenera Corebook, rules for expending XP (p112 in particular) state that one can spend 3 XP to obtain a long-term benefit, in particular to craft an artifact: Artifact: The PC creates an ...
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How does using this artifact in combat work?

My players have acquired the following artifact in the Vortex glimmer: level 5 artifact that fires a green neural disruption beam at long range. Those struck suffer 2 points of Intellect damage ...
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How to deal with combats where the enemies cannot damage the PCs?

I recently ran a session where the enemies listed in the pre-made adventure did 2 damage with a light weapon (a dagger). The PC had 2 points of armour, so unless the player rolled a natural one on the ...
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Numenera, The Basics [closed]

I've been interested in Numenera for a bit after watching some YouTube videos and I want to know where I can basically find player guides etc. So that I could join a group.
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Is it possible to take cyphers out of the Cypher System?

I recently wrote a short text about Numenera, and how one central notion of the game is the use of cyphers: one-time-use powerful devices. This is reflected in the name of the system Numenera uses: ...