The Cypher Chest box contains three card decks for Numenera, the Creature Deck, the Cypher Deck, and the XP Deck. That’s over 250 non-random cards. They come together in an 8-1/2″ x 11″ box that will sit nicely on your game shelf with your other Numenera titles. And because these cards just barely touch on all the potential cyphers and creatures your players might one day encounter, there are slots in the box for up to three more decks.
The Cypher Deck allows GMs and players to randomly generate single-use cyphers on the fly. Twenty item cards are lavishly illustrated with different device types, while each of the 100 power cards offers multiple power options to match the device. Pro tip: As long as you’re gentle, you can use a wet-erase marker to circle the power you’ve chosen. Then the player just holds onto the card until the cypher is used, and doesn’t even have to write it on her character sheet!
The XP Deck provides a set of tangible tokens to represent experience points—a sort of game currency that often changes hands between players. XP come and go in Numenera; this is a way to keep them flowing without erasing a hole in your character sheet!
The Creature Deck contains 100 commonly encountered creatures. Draw a card to quickly build an encounter: One side has basic stats (with a reference to the book for full stats and info), and the reverse has an image to share with the players. Really handy when you’re running a game. Or prepping your encounters. Or need to throw an encounter together on the fly!
The Cypher Chest is be a boxed set in a 8-1/2″ x11″ rigid box containing 250 non-random, full-color, double-sided cards,