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Dragons. Magic wands. Singing swords and flying carpets. And above all—heroes!

What fantasy worlds inspire you? The classic high fantasy of Tolkien, Zelazny, or Jordan? Modern fantasy like the Harry Potter series, The Dresden Files, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Paranormal romance? The whimsy of settings like Discworld or The Dark Crystal? Wuxia, swords and sorcery, or gritty, low-magic settings?


Fantasy—tales of heroes, monsters, and magic—is arguably the oldest genre of human fiction. It’s also the genre that first inspired us to step into imaginary worlds through roleplaying games, and it remains the most popular type of RPG setting. Godforsaken takes the Cypher System on a deep dive into the infinite variety of fantasy realms, with rules, character options, gear, and a complete, ready-to-use setting that makes the most of the fantasy genre.


Whatever fantasy setting you envision, the Cypher System can take you there. Godforsaken includes:

  • Rules for treasure, traps, magic, and other topics particular to fantasy gaming.
  • New playable species, along with new foci, guidelines for adapting existing foci to fantasy use, and advice for building common fantasy character types in the Cypher System.
  • Dozens of fantasy creatures and NPCs, including the basilisk, lich, manticore, elementals, wyvern, and more. Plus scores of new cyphers and artifacts.
  • Discussion of the many varieties and subgenres of fantasy, along with resources for inspiration.
  • The complete Godforsaken setting. Characters seek glory and wealth as they venture into the Godforsaken Lands, leaving behind the protection and blessings of their gods—but there is more to these dimensions than they can possibly be prepared for.
  • Two full-length adventures for use in the Godforsaken setting or your own campaign, plus three Cypher Shorts.

Godforsaken is a setting and supplement for the Cypher System. It requires the Cypher System Rulebook for play.


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Robert R December 12, 2020 3:26 pm UTC
I have a substantial Monte Cooke collection. Specifically Numenera and Cypher System. I want to make some quick but, I feel, important comments regarding Godforsaken..
As always, Monte Cooke RPG products are well written and beautiful. And there is plenty of very useful information here. But this is a TOOL KIT not a game world primarily. A sub title for this work should have been included like “The Cypher System Fantasy World Builders Toolkit”.
If you like building your own campaign world and having a framework campaign world included in the book to build on and/or inspire then this is for you. However, this is not 200+ pages of a fleshed out detailed fantasy world. This is a kit.
I’ll close by saying if you’re a fan of MC and CSystem, I predict that you will not be disappointed in the work.
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Todd B November 30, 2020 9:39 pm UTC
I gotta say, this is a terrible description of the product. There is exactly one sentence which describes the campaign setting, "Characters seek glory and wealth as they venture into the Godforsaken Lands, leaving behind the protection and blessings of their gods—but there is more to these dimensions than they can possibly be prepared for." And that tells me very very little.

Everything else is either Cypher System generic or a list of what kinds of things are detailed in the book. If I wasn't already interested and knowledgable from other MCG sources, I don't think I would be tempted at all.
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Matteo M November 28, 2020 7:22 pm UTC
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Cassiel H November 28, 2020 6:30 pm UTC
Is it possible to get a preview of the book?
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Christopher J November 30, 2020 2:07 am UTC

MCG usually does a larger, non-watermarked free preview for their books.
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Christopher J November 27, 2020 5:12 pm UTC
Most excellent stuff! Lots of good crunch and lots of stuff you can leverage in your own home brew. The crafting rules from Numenera make a modified appearance here for crafting magic items. The Bontherre setting is sufficiently different that I found it very inspiring. While it doesn't cross over into the weird science-fantasy of Numenera (nor should it!), it can easily be adapted to that or the Strange or even the 5e version in Arcana of the Ancients.
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