By Christopher Helton
Numenera is a science fantasy roleplaying game, set in a far future setting known as The Ninth World. A game of mysteries, where players explore The Ninth World and interact with mysterious artifacts from past ages of history. Cook has been a professional game designer since 1988, working on Rolemaster and Champions game lines for Iron Crown Enterprises. He has also worked in comics, writing the Marvel Comic based on his Ptolus game setting. Probably best known for his work as one of the architects of the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons, Cook capitalized on that renown to run a successful Kickstarter to launch the Numenera game line. You can find a page for the Numenera auction here.
The Strange (yet to be released by Monte Cook Games) is described as "In The Strange, player characters are among the elite few who know about and can access the Strange, an ancient dark energy network lurking below the realm of normal matter and energy. Through the Strange, they can reach the nearly endless "recursions" that lie in Earth's shoals–worlds with their own laws of reality, reflected from human experience or imagination, given form in the swirling Chaosphere of the Strange. The secret plunder of these worlds draws the brave, the daring, and the unscrupulous—and it draws dangerous enemies from these recursions back to our Earth. And slowly but inexorably, it draws the attention of beings from beyond Earth's shoals—beings of unfathomable power and evil from the unknown reaches of the Strange." You can find a page for the Strange auction here.
Both auctions begin on June 16th at 10 am (I am assuming U.S. EST) and end on June 25th. 100% of the money for these auctions will go to the charities of Human Rights Watch, the Women's Learning Partnership and Child's Play.
Christopher Helton is a blogger, podcaster and tabletop RPG publisher who talks about games and other forms of geekery at the long-running Dorkland! blog. He is also the co-publisher at the ENnie Award winning Battlefield Press, Inc. You can find him on Twitter at @dorkland and on G+ at https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherHelton/ where he will talk your ear off about gaming and comics.
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