As those who follow me on social media will know, I’ve launched a kickstarter with my friend and US business partner, Andreas Walters, who also helped with the production of The Mechanical Bard: Ninth World Tales, a collection of short stories set in Monte Cook games Numenera roleplaying game setting.
Both of these launched recently, and I’m super excited. I’ve mentioned the The Mechanical Bard before, but for those who don’t know about the kickstarter, let me give you some background.
Andreas and I where working on another 3rd-party supplement for Numenera, having already worked together on Ninth World Assassins and currently working on a few other projects as well. During the development of this particular product, we began coming up with various tables for rolling up NPCs and I remarked that I wish I had something like that to hand while writing, so I had a quick set of ideas I could just draw from a deck of cards without needing to get too distracted with using web-based generators or rolling dice against lookup tables and scanning down them to find my option. The idea of a really simple to use, tactile way of generating NPCs on the fly really stuck with us, and so we decided to spawn of a separate project from scratch based entirely around that concept. What we worked on over the next few weeks was starting to become really exciting and we realised we wanted to go all in and make it the best product it could be - 300 hundred cards, across 8 different categories, including Relationships, Goals, Physical Traits and Personality Quirks, all with individual artwork, to lend some visual inspiration to the text as well. To do that though, we need money - hence a kickstarter.
As mentioned, we finally launched The Mechanical Bard: Ninth World Tales, an anthology of short fiction set in the Numenera roleplaying setting sourced from the Numenera fan-community. I’m proud to have written 2 stories that are a part of it, and to be published along side some author really great authors. The book is entirely free in electronic format, as our gift to the Numenera community. The print version which should shortly be available is released as near to at-cost as possible as well. You can find The Mechanical Bard: Ninth World Tales on DrivethruRPG.