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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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Consistency between “yes and” with “no, because I'm the DM”

Context: I enjoy running softer systems, with Numenera being my latest favorite. I discard rules left and right in favor of what feels right during the play. I love the "rule of cool" too, ...
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What is the ideal Numenera party size, and the practical min and max?

I haven't been able to find any mentions on party size in the Numenera core book. What I want to know is the ideal size for a party and the practical maximum and minimum party sizes. Is it possible, ...
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Is the use of XP as a narrative currency for both GMs and players a novel idea?

In Monte Cook's new roleplaying game Numenera, XP is used as a narrative currency not only by the GM but by the players as well. Taken from his design diaries: Say the PCs find a hidden console ...
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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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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: ...
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How can I make theater-of-the-mind dungeon-crawling/location exploration fun and engaging?

I've been struggling with making exploration of locations/dungeon crawls engaging for the players. This is occurring for me in several systems including D&D 3.5e, D&D 5e, and Numenera. I've ...
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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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Edge mechanic of Numenera

I have a question concerning Edge in Numenera. I studied it from the beginning and still have problems understanding it. As long as Edge is 1 all is clear, but later it becomes complicated. For ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to ensure players spend XP on both short- and long-term benefits in Numenera?

I recently bought the core rulebook for Numenera. As well as reading through it to learn the system, I've been reading online reviews. It seems from reading what other experienced Role-Players think, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Confused about Actual Play Example in Numenera core book

In the Actual play example, pg. 352, right hand column in the middle: DIANA - ..."I'm going to hurl flame at the wounded bandit and use a level of Effort to increase the damage to 5.." From page 53 "...
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Can effects or abilities raise the difficulty of a task above 10?

In Numenera, it mentions that difficulties are on a scale of 1 to 10. However, effects or abilities might modify this difficulty 1 or more steps in a direction. For example: A dazed character ...
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NPC Defense Tasks

So I've recently run across an inconsistency that I am trying to reconcile with the rules. There is a wide variety of modifications for creatures for defense, including but not limited to: Defends ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you handle Iotum in Numenera?

I own the Core Discovery book and a Player's guide. Both make brief mention of using Iotum in crafting and abilities for player Types/Foci. I assume this is some resource detailed in the Destiny core ...
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How do I establish the prices of goods and services in Numenera?

As I'm making my way through a campaign, I'm beginning to realize that I don't know what to do about money. My tier 2 (out of 6) players have 200 shins (gold in Numenera terms) between 5 of them. We ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Numenera - Higher than expected Health on NPCs

I'm looking to understand the Health inflation commonly printed in Cypher System material (Often in module adventures, or in the little sidebars when describing setting NPCs) In Numenera Health (HP) ...
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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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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 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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How are item level and cypher level related?

In Numenera all items have an item level, that determines their use in crafting and other uses, such as which materials can cut certain other materials, and cyphers also have a level, which is ...
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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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How to establish wealth and gear for a higher-tiered character in Numenera?

In D&D & Pathfinder, magic items and character wealth have scales, tables and an overall, direction related to leveling up. I've found no direction in Numenera or Cypher System. With a Tier ...
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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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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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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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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, ...