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Any thoughts on the Cypher System RPG?

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15 Jun 2020 14:10 #311147 by ChristopherMD
Looks like similar idea to FFG's Genesys where its meant to work for all different genres and its the basis for the Numenera RPG that I also haven't played. Anyone played it?

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15 Jun 2020 15:29 - 15 Jun 2020 17:12 #311149 by barrowdown
I have played a couple times with Numenara. I think the settings are the most interesting part. The actual rules didn’t do a lot for me. I thought it had some cool ideas that kind of fell flat in play (the Cyphers themselves were basically just renamed scrolls/potions that pretend they are different and cooler). If I played again, I would probably run the setting with Fate (if I wanted to focus on narrative with a bit of crunch) or Savage Worlds (if I wanted lots of combat).

Edit: I thought it kinda tries to do aspects/stunts like Fate with some more resource management type stuff from dungeon crawlers. For me, it was not a happy medium.
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16 Jun 2020 11:15 - 16 Jun 2020 11:17 #311159 by Rliyen

barrowdown wrote: I have played a couple times with Numenara. I think the settings are the most interesting part. The actual rules didn’t do a lot for me. I thought it had some cool ideas that kind of fell flat in play (the Cyphers themselves were basically just renamed scrolls/potions that pretend they are different and cooler). If I played again, I would probably run the setting with Fate (if I wanted to focus on narrative with a bit of crunch) or Savage Worlds (if I wanted lots of combat).

Edit: I thought it kinda tries to do aspects/stunts like Fate with some more resource management type stuff from dungeon crawlers. For me, it was not a happy medium.


The setting screams GAMMA WORLD to me, with new rules. As for the rules, it seems that the GM takes a backseat to the players (players do nearly all the rolls. Seriously) and the system isn't terribly complex. I like the setting and would run the game before passing judgment.
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