Your Best Game Ever!

Created by Monte Cook Games

Get an insider’s look at everything that isn’t part of the game rules—building chemistry in your gaming group, making a character you will love and remember forever, running engaging and exciting games your players will always look forward to, creating thrilling adventures, finding all the right ideas, hosting memorable game nights…and loads more! If you play or run roleplaying games, Your Best Game Ever is for you. Inside this gorgeous hardcover book, suitable for your coffee table or your gaming table, you will find great advice and specific suggestions you can incorporate into every game to enhance your RPG experience at the table and away from it. But that’s not everything we’re offering. We’ve also funded a new version of the Cypher System Rulebook, which lets you use the award-winning game engine from Numenera to run any campaign you like. And we’re making several genre books as well: The Stars Are Fire, Stay Alive!, Godforsaken, and We Are All Mad Here. Each of these books incorporates the best advice and techniques from Your Best Game Ever.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Audio Book Unlocked!
9 months ago – Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 01:01:18 AM


How exciting! This will be Monte Cook Games’ first audiobook, and I can’t think of a better book to start with than Your Best Game Ever!

This professionally produced product will be added to the I Want It All! and above levels. But it will also be included in your offerings if you take the All the PDFs level, or the All the PDFs add-on. It will also be available as an individual add-on. 

Next up is something we’ve been hoping for. In the Cypher System, nothing’s more important to the game than the cyphers (duh, Monte… it’s right there in the name). The key to making cyphers usable in any genre is something that we’re putting center stage in the revised Cypher System Rulebook, namely by focusing on Subtle Cyphers. While you can still have cyphers be techno gadgets or magical items or whatever else your setting provides room for, the easiest thing to do in any game is to have them be sudden inspirations or insights, bursts of adrenaline, or just bits of good fortune. Subtle Cyphers give a bit of ever-changing narrative control to the players.

And we’ve found that with any kind of cyphers, the best way to manage the fact that they are easily used and easily recovered is to put them on cards. So we’re going to make a deck of 100 subtle cyphers that can be used in any Cypher System game (actually, if you wanted, you could use them as character benefits for any game). Player needs a cypher? Deal them a card. Player uses a cypher? Turn the card back in. With the descriptions of the effects on each card, the whole thing becomes really easy.

If we reach $515,000, we’ll add the Subtle Cypher Deck to the I Want It All! level and above. We’ll make the deck a pdf as well, so it will get added to the All the PDFs level. The Subtle Cypher Deck will also be available as an add-on. 


Don't forget about the amazing Callisto 6 show on Geek & Sundry tomorrow night at 4PM Pacific. It's a fantastic chance to watch the Cypher System in action!

And keep spreading the word! We might end tomorrow, but you know we’re not out of ideas yet!

~Monte (and the whole not-so-subtle MCG crew)

We Are All Mad Here Upgrade Unlocked!
9 months ago – Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 11:36:49 PM



Things get even madder! We Are All Mad Here will now be 192 pages with more art, more madness, and a double-sided poster map.

That makes all four of the unlocked sourcebooks a whopping 192 pages each! And it’s all thanks to your support. This is why Kickstarters are so great. Because it enables us to not just fund the creation of cool stuff, but to make it bigger and better and more beautiful than we ever would have otherwise.

And speaking of which, up next, we want to do something we’ve never done before. It’s an experiment, but really, everything about the Your Best Game Ever book is sort of a voyage into new territory, so why not?

We want to make an audiobook version of Your Best Game Ever. We’ll hire professional narrators and producers to make this something you’ll love to listen to, and so you can get your player and GM advice while you’re in your car, while you’re walking the dog, or even while you set up the game table and get ready to play your next great session.

We’ll make this something you can add-on, but we will also add it to the All the PDFs level, the All the PDFs add-on, and of course the I Want It All! level and above. The goal to make this happen $475,000. We’ve got about 30 hours left in the campaign. We can do it!

Oh, and hey, even as our Kickstarter is almost over, take a look at this campaign for a dark fantasy supplement. Death and Decay: Creature Codex is from our friends at Blackstar and is for the Shadow of the Demon Lord game by game designer extraordinaire Rob Schwalb.

—Monte and the MCG Team

WANT ADD-ONS?

To get an add-on, all you have to do is look on the right-hand side of the main page (toward the top) and click on “Manage your pledge.” Increase your pledge amount by the amount of the add-ons you want. It’s that easy. After the campaign, we’ll use a service called BackerKit to collect not only your shipping address but also the details of which add-ons you’ve selected.

WANT IT ALL?

At this point, however, I’d be remiss in not pointing out what a great deal the I Want It All! level is. Back at that level and you’ll get a 416-page book, two 224-page books (one with a deluxe leather cover), a 192-page book, two 160-page books, 5 character portfolios, and 4 art prints. And you get them in print and PDF. Plus the Cypher Shorts character reference in print and PDF. And we’re not done—not by a longshot. If you’ve seen MCG Kickstarters in the past, you’ll note that we add a lot of great stuff in the last week of the campaign. Will there be additional books and products to add? It seems really likely, so watch the next two days closely if you’re still on the fence.

Art Prints!
9 months ago – Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 03:51:37 PM

Good morning,

While some of us were sleeping, the rest of you put us over the stretch goal amount for four gorgeous, 8x10 prints of the book covers. Thank you!

They will be added to the I Want it All! levels and above, and available as add-ons! (And if you take the Signed Books add-on not only will all your books be signed by the design team, but you’ll get the four prints signed by cover artist extraordinaire Roberto Pitturru. This will also be true for people backing at the "I Want It All and I Want My Say!" level.)

Next up, at $435,000, we will increase We are All Mad Here, growing it to a 192-page book with more art, more adventures, more cool stuff and a double-sided poster map to boot. 

What's after that? We have some cool ideas! Stay tuned!

~Monte and the whole MCG crew

WANT ADD-ONS?

To get an add-on, all you have to do is look on the right-hand side of the main page (toward the top) and click on “Manage your pledge.” Increase your pledge amount by the amount of the add-ons you want. It’s that easy. After the campaign, we’ll use a service called BackerKit to collect not only your shipping address but also the details of which add-ons you’ve selected.

WANT IT ALL?

At this point, however, I’d be remiss in not pointing out what a great deal the I Want It All! level is. Back at that level and you’ll get a 416-page book, two 224-page books (one with a deluxe leather cover), a 192-page book, two 160-page books, 5 character portfolios, and 4 art prints. And you get them in print and PDF. Plus the Cypher Shorts character reference in print and PDF. And we’re not done—not by a longshot. If you’ve seen MCG Kickstarters in the past, you’ll note that we add a lot of great stuff in the last week of the campaign. Will there be additional books and products to add? It seems really likely, so watch the next two days closely if you’re still on the fence.

We Are All Mad Here Unlocked!
9 months ago – Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 01:15:45 AM

Wow! We reached that goal even faster than we dared dream. Thank you for your support! You guys are all mad. I mean, you’re great! And now We are All Mad Here will be a reality. This 160-page book of madness and mythic magic will be filled with advice, creatures, adventures, and a whole new, ready-to-play setting by Shanna Germain.

Did I say 160 pages? Hmm. Let me think about that a moment...

Meanwhile, what’s the next goal? So many people have mentioned how beautiful the covers of the four unlocked sourcebooks are that we thought it would be awesome to have them as high-quality 8x10 prints, perfect for framing. So if we reach the magic number of $410,000, we’ll make those prints. They’ll be available as add-ons, of course, but we’ll also put them in the I Want It All! backer level and above.

If you take the Signed Books add-on not only will all your books be signed by the design team, but you’ll get the four prints signed by cover artist extraordinaire Roberto Pitturru. This will also be true for people backing at the "I Want It All and I Want My Say!" level.

Ooooh, maybe I’m just being mad here, but what the heck? I’m going to go ahead and set a second goal up right now. Remember when I said We Are All Mad Here will be a 160-page book? If we get to $435,000, we’ll make it a 192-page book with more art, more adventures, more cool stuff and a double-sided poster map to boot.

So that’s two goals ahead. We’re in the last days of the campaign now, so if you can help us spread the word, please do it now. Tell all your gaming friends!

—Monte and the whole mad MCG crew


WANT ADD-ONS?

To get an add-on, all you have to do is look on the right-hand side of the main page (toward the top) and click on “Manage your pledge.” Increase your pledge amount by the amount of the add-ons you want. It’s that easy. After the campaign, we’ll use a service called BackerKit to collect not only your shipping address but also the details of which add-ons you’ve selected.

WANT IT ALL?

At this point, however, I’d be remiss in not pointing out what a great deal the I Want It All! level is. Back at that level and you’ll get a 416-page book, two 224-page books (one with a deluxe leather cover), a 192-page book, two 160-page books, and 5 character portfolios. And you get them all in print and PDF. Plus the Cypher Shorts character reference in print and PDF. And we’re not done—not by a longshot. If you’ve seen MCG Kickstarters in the past, you’ll note that we add a lot of great stuff in the last week of the campaign. Will there be additional books and products to add? It seems really likely, so watch the next few days closely if you’re still on the fence.

Godforsaken Upgrade Unlocked!
9 months ago – Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 12:53:44 AM


Thanks to each and every one of you, Godforsaken, the fantasy-themed guidebook that I’m going to be writing will now be a 192-page book with more art, more adventures, more advice, and a double-sided poster map. That’s great news!

New Goal!

We’re closing in on the end of the campaign—Friday!—and things are moving along nicely, but we are going to need to really reach for the next stretch goal: a whole new book called We Are All Mad Here.

This will be a new 160-page Cypher System sourcebook written by Shanna Germain. We Are All Mad Here will focus on fairy tales, myths, legends, and folklore in gaming, including a whole new mythic magic system that explores the idea of “madness” in any setting. It will cover all your needs for creatures, fairy tale characters, magical items, mythical settings, inspirations, and more. It will also include some Cypher Shorts adventures.

In addition, it will detail the fully-realized, ready-to-use setting, We Are All Mad Here. In this lush, evocative setting, fairy tales enter a dark new woods, one where good and evil aren’t at all what we’ve been told, madness is power, and magic always exacts a terrible price.

We are All Mad Here will be added to the I Want It All! level and above and it will be available as an add-on if we can reach $380,000 before the end of the campaign.

Notebooks!

And don’t forget, we’re also looking to reach 3500 backers so we can unlock the Player and GM Notebooks tied directly into Your Best Game Ever. We are only 150+ backers away right now! These will be added to the I Want It All! level and above, just like the other books. But even if you’re not at all interested in the Cypher System, you’ll be able to add these on to your pledge for the Your Best Game Ever book.

~Monte (and the whole MCG crew)

WANT ADD-ONS?

If you’re new to Kickstarter, to get an add-on, all you have to do is look on the right-hand side of the main page (toward the top) and click on “Manage your pledge.” Increase your pledge amount by the amount of the add-ons you want. It’s that easy. After the campaign, we’ll use a service called BackerKit to collect not only your shipping address but also the details of which add-ons you’ve selected.

WANT IT ALL?

At this point, however, I’d be remiss in not pointing out what a great deal the I Want It All! level is. Back at that level and you’ll get a 416-page book, two 224-page books (one with a deluxe leather cover), a 192-page book, two 160-page books, and 5 character portfolios. And you get them all in print and PDF. Plus the Cypher Shorts character reference in print and PDF. And we’re not done—not by a longshot. If you’ve seen MCG Kickstarters in the past, you’ll note that we add a lot of great stuff in the last week of the campaign. Will there be additional books and products to add? It seems really likely, so watch the next few days closely if you’re still on the fence.