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Numenera is a science fantasy role-playing game set in the distant future written by Monte Cook. It is both a tabletop game and the setting of the Torment: Tides of Numenera video game. The game's publication was financed thanks to a Kickstarter campaign.

Numenera is based on the Cypher System, which means it shares core game mechanics with other games from Monte Cook Games, like The Strange.

Numenera has been translated in Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Korean and French.


The main creator of Numenera is Monte Cook. Other contributors include Lead Editor Shanna Germain and Lead Artist Kieran Yanner.[1]


Numenera is set a billion years in the future. Eight great civilizations have risen and fallen on Earth. Even though the current inhabitants live at about a medieval level of technology, the leftover remnants of these ancient advanced societies lie all around them. Some of these are extremely helpful: advanced tools, valuable means of communication and learning, transportation, defenses, and weapons. Others are dangerous: genetically altered monstrosities, flesh-warping radiation, creatures transplanted from distant stars, and clouds of out-of-control nanobots, just to name a few. This setting, called the Ninth World, provides all manner of opportunities and challenges to those that call it home.

Player characters explore this world of mystery and danger to find these leftover artifacts of the past, not to dwell upon the old ways, but to help forge their new destinies, utilizing the so-called "magic" of the past to create a promising future.[2]


The following books, PDFs and game aids are part of the Monte Cook Games' Numenera line, in the release order.

Core Books:

  • Numenera Corebook
  • Numenera Player's Guide
  • The Ninth World Bestiary
  • Numenera Character Options
  • Technology Compendium: Sir Arthour's Guide to the Numenera
  • The Ninth World Guidebook
  • Into the Night
  • Into the Deep
  • Into the Outside
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera Sourcebook


  • The Nightmare Switch - 32-page Kickstarter-exclusive adventure
  • Vortex - 13-page PDF-only adventure from GenCon 2013
  • The Devil's Spine - Three 32-page adventures
  • Beyond All Worlds - 22-page PDF-only adventure
  • Into the Violet Vale - 13-page PDF-only adventure from GenCon 2014
  • Weird Discoveries: Ten Instant Adventures for Numenera
  • The Hideous Game - 22-page PDF-only adventure from GenCon 2015

Glimmers (ebook supplements):

  • In Strange Aeons: Lovecraftian Numenera
  • Cypher Collection
  • Artifacts & Oddities Collection
  • Love and Sex in the Ninth World
  • Injecting the Weird
  • Taking the Narrative by the Tail: GM Intrusions & Special Effects
  • When Worlds Collide: Converting Numenera and The Strange
  • Strange Creatures of the Ninth World
  • Maps of the Ninth World
  • Maps of the Ninth World 2
  • The Nightcraft


  • The Amber Monolith - 18-page short story
  • Tales from the Ninth World - 83-page anthology of 3 short stories
  • More Tales from the Ninth World - 57-page anthology of 3 short stories
  • The Poison Eater


  • Numenera XP Deck
  • Numenera Cypher Deck
  • Numenera GM Screen Content - For The World’s Greatest Screen (landscape), by Hammerdog Games
  • Numenera Dice Set - Crafted by Q-Workshop
  • Numenera Creature Deck
  • Numenera Character Sheets
  • Numenera Cypher Chest
  • Numenera Cypher Deck 2
  • Numenera Weird Deck
  • Numenera Intrusion Deck
  • Numenera Playmat

Derived Products[]

  • Numenera fold-up terrains, a set of 3D-papercraft terrain by Fat Dragon Games
  • Numenera Character Creator, an application for iOS, Android & PC by 3lb Games
  • Thunderstone Advance: Numenera, a card game by Alderac Entertainment Group
  • Numenera Miniatures, a set of miniature figurines by Reaper Miniatures
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera, a video game by inXile Entertainment
  • Numenera: Strand, a short film by Valdes/Eriksdotter
  • The Ninth World: A Skillbuilding Game for Numenera, a card game by Lone Shark Games


How to Play Numenera, presented by Monte Cook

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