Archive | Cypher System

Spotlight Cards for Cypher System

I’ve seen people use what some dub ‘spotlight’ cards in the past. This interesting blog post give an example spotlight card for the Cypher System (as well as other RPGs). The author writes: This is the Cypher System card. I have another question to myself: Has the PC had a GMI (Game Master Intrusion) yet? […]

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Player Nominated Intrusions in the Cypher System

Earlier I wrote about using the old-school technique of random encounter tables in Cypher System, essentially having a list of GM intrusions prepared for use on the fly during your games. GMs are the only ones who have ideas which can make the narrative more interesting. Consider letting the players nominate Intrusions. If they have […]

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3 Ingredients of Cypher System Player and GM Actions

Although Cypher System is one of the most elegantly simple games on the planet, sometimes, in the moment (especially, as a GM) you might forget the main tools you have at your disposal. Looking at a variety of edge cases in games I’ve played, and reading through various discussions online on gameplay tip, here’s what […]

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Cypher System Stats for Star Trek Starships

The Cypher System core rules has four stats for Star Ships: Level, Weapon Systems, Health, and Damage. I like how Ryan Chaddok converted the common Star Trek ships (using the most excellent Last Unicorn Games book as a source). There’s a starship vehicles table on page 255 of the CSR.  Importantly, it has Levels and […]

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Star Trek and Star Wars Cypher System Pregens

I’ve been thinking about pre-gens for potential Cypher System Star Trek and Star Wars one-shots. Nerdarchy has a great post which stats out the most popular characters in both franchises. This will serve as a great way to create pregens (just take the character sentences, and make them all Tier 1 characters). The Cypher Rules […]

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Star Trek Flavored Cypher System Games

One of the things l love about Savage Worlds is how you can use setting-specific card decks and tokens for bennies to add the feeling of whatever genre you’re emulating. Here’s an example of using Pirate themed bennies for settings like 50 Fathoms. Great stuff! Using the Cypher System, you can also emulate settings by […]

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Multi-Genre RPGs and Thoughts on The Cypher System

There are a lot of setting-specific RPGs (D&D for Fantasy, Shadowrun for Cyberpunk, Traveller for Galactic Sci Fi) which are very cool. Many of the campaigns I’d like to run though are custom settings that in many cases are genre-mashups (Sci Fi Horror, Steampunk Supers, etc.). What systems currently on the market are best that […]

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