I’ve recently written about Monte Cook’s game Numerera, and by all accounts, the game appears to be enjoying some success, or at least significant buzz. Many creators would be content with that and simply double-down on that product. That being said, Monte Cook doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to rest on his laurels, as evidenced by his latest endeavor.
Monte Cook, along with Bruce Cordell, has begun yet another Kickstarter campaign for a new RPG titled, The Strange. The game uses the same Cypher system that provides the mechanics for Numenera, so most of the basic rules should be interchangeable, but the world of The Strange is very different from the Ninth World. The Strange is based around the idea that our world is entwined with others through a complex network of ancient alien technology called the Strange. Each world, called a recursion, can have vastly different laws of nature. In some, time may pass more slowly. In others, magic may be part of the world’s foundation. The possibilities are endless. The conceit of the game is that the dark energy that has perplexed astrophysicists for so many years is actually the detectable part of the network, and that now humans are beginning to discover ways to interact, or even travel via that network.