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Numenera is Getting Sexy and More

dm4hire

Explorer
Don't know if anyone else on here has seen the recent post on Facebook from Monte's camp.

Numenera said:
Love and Sex in the Ninth World.

(cover by the freaking amazing Cathy Wilkins. Available on DriveThruRPG on Feb. 10th)

About the book: Love and Sex in the Ninth World is a guide to integrating elements of love and sex into any Numenera story or adventure. In addition to details on Ninth World relationships, courtship rituals, commitment ceremonies, and sexual practices, it provides game master advice on how, when, and why to add love and sex to your game; tips for sex- and love-driven storylines; and ways in which to handle sensitive topics at the table.

This supplement contains adult content. Recommended for mature readers only.
I'm not surprised by this release though I wonder if it is a little to early in the game's development to release.
 

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when ever I see
all I can think is it is meant for immature jokes and things...
While i think this has generally been true in the history of RPGs, and we all geta bit wary when we see the label on a product, i believe the person in charge of this development is Shanna Germain and i think she is more than capable of handling the topic with taste and maturity.
 

GMforPowergamers

First Post
While i think this has generally been true in the history of RPGs, and we all geta bit wary when we see the label on a product, i believe the person in charge of this development is Shanna Germain and i think she is more than capable of handling the topic with taste and maturity.
Not that there is anything the matter with immature jokes
 

Serendipity

Explorer
Cool. I don't play Numenera or have any real interest in doing so, but good for them. While I recognize that 'mature' often serves as code for 'sexism, crude language, and toilet humor' it isn't always and I appreciate not every game out there feeling a need to white wash their games into so-called 'family friendly' territory.
 


dm4hire

Explorer
I have to admit the different aspects may be worth covering since it is set a billion years in our future if only to see the speculation they have thought of. It will be interesting if they take the sex part to the extreme in vein similar to "Demolition Man" where humans don't copulate anymore and it is all done via some process. Perhaps a Numenera device that perspective mates touch that combines their DNA.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Well, "handling the subject"* depends not only on the author, but also the gamers. A juvenile group can find humor in even the most scholarly treatment.













* snicker
 

dm4hire

Explorer
Well, "handling the subject"* depends not only on the author, but also the gamers. A juvenile group can find humor in even the most scholarly treatment.

* snicker
I see what you did there. ;)

I would agree that it definitely depends on your group as a whole. "Book of Erotic Fantasy" was actually a decent book but when it came out there was no way I would run it with any of my gamers. While it was focused toward the d20 crowd and this one will be fore Numenera I think it would be almost better to write a systemless book to reach a broader audience. It's a niche subject and will see very little play I think overall. Still it will be interesting to see where they take it.
 



evilbob

First Post
I'm not surprised by this release though I wonder if it is a little to early in the game's development to release.
Yeah, I agree that it's a little weird, and a bit early. I mean, there are VERY few books out for that system right now. If you exclude simple play-assistance products (GM screen, cards, etc.) and the 100% redundant (and pointless IMO) player's handbook, there is really only 1 core book, a couple of "magic item" books, and a couple of adventures. Adding a "sex" book when there are nearly no other options is going to color your brand pretty strongly. I mean, shouldn't they concentrate on getting the bestiary out, and maybe a few more other options that would be helpful for a wide range of gamers (settings, religions, more detail on specific regions, etc.) before diving into something that is a niche at best?

This is assuming that it also doesn't get turned into a weird bunch of sexist soft core whatever, which is something this hobby can have a tough time distinguishing itself from (rightfully so, given some of the issues in the past across a wide spectrum of games). I don't know any of the names involved so I won't guess what will happen one way or the other, but the core book itself has one or two examples of weirdness in this direction already, so it is definitely an uphill battle.

I guess ultimately it just begs the question: is this REALLY the direction you want to go right now? And can you convince consumers that you're doing it for some reason other than cheap reaction marketing?
 

dm4hire

Explorer
The Bestiary released to Kickstart backers this month and hits the regular market next month, but yeah, really only the one book. We'll just have to wait and see what they come up with.
 

ThirdWizard

First Post
Maybe they can handle this subject well, but if so it will be a first.
Apocalypse World has a Sex Move that is handled fine.

Although, yeah, as an entire book devoted to the subject, I can't think of anything that has really been what I would call good. So, I'm in agreement.
 

dd.stevenson

Super KY
Presumably they looked at their Numenera brand and decided that a love and sex book was something they needed to get on the market right away, at the expense of other setting books.

I can't say I understand their reasoning, but I'm not gonna lie--I'm interested to see what they're doing with this theme.
 

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