Planebreaker—Explore the Planes for 5e or Cypher System!

Created by Monte Cook Games

Explore exotic alternate planes and the Planebreaker itself (for 5e or Cypher System)! Created by legendary RPG designers Bruce R. Cordell, Sean K Reynolds, and Monte Cook. Preorder Path of the Planebreaker and other tomes, or get in on a great deal by selecting a late pledge level.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Locking Down BackerKit and Charging Cards
14 days ago – Sat, Jan 15, 2022 at 01:42:33 AM

Hello backers!

First, we want you to know that Bruce, Sean, and Monte are hard at work on Path of the Planebreaker for 5e and it is coming along great.

Second, today through BackerKit, we will be locking down orders and charging cards for any add-ons that you wish to purchase.

If you or someone you know joined the campaign through BackerKit, we will also be locking down those orders and charging cards. The preorder store will remain open a bit longer for any who still wish to join in the campaign.

In either case, whether you backed through Kickstarter or joined us in BackerKit, if there is something amiss and your card fails to charge today, please don't worry that you will lose your rewards. At a later date, we will attempt again to charge those cards.

And remember! We don't need to know your shipping address, because you will tell us your address through the MCG Shop each time you redeem your rewards.

Thank you for supporting this campaign!

~Team MCG

BackerKit Is Live!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Dec 10, 2021 at 09:52:02 PM

Greetings backers!

The BackerKit Smoke Test went smoothly and all surveys have now been sent out. If you missed the BackerKit link, you can join through the survey recovery page. Please take a moment and complete the BackerKit survey. It gives you loads of good information about our processes (like why we don't collect your shipping address now) and it gives us vital fulfillment information.

For those of you who doubled your EXPLORER (or other level) pledge to get rewards for both 5e and Cypher System, please reach out to us on so we can help you accomplish this.

If you have friends who weren't able to back this campaign while it was live, please share the Planebreaker Late Pledge page with them now.

Our team is hard at work designing and developing games to bring you hours and hours of RPG fun. If you're curious about our release schedule, please check out our Coming Soon page. If the product you're curious about doesn't appear there, please don't worry—that simply means it is further out on our release schedule.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

~Team MCG

Planebreaker BackerKit Opening Soon!
about 2 months ago – Wed, Dec 08, 2021 at 04:10:38 AM

Greetings backers!

This is a mini-update to let you know that we've started opening BackerKit for Planebreaker . . . huzzah!

The first step in opening BackerKit is to send surveys to 5% of backers from each pledge level (the 5% of backers to receive surveys is selected at random). BackerKit calls this step the Smoke Test. Once the surveys are sent, BackerKit collates data on the response rate, the proportion of support inquiries received, and the add-on purchase rate to let us know if the survey and pledge questions are working appropriately.

Once we're sure all is well, surveys will be sent to all remaining backers, which will expect will be this week.

Warm regards,


Crossing the Finish Line, Next Steps, and a Peek at Our Next Project
2 months ago – Sun, Nov 21, 2021 at 10:35:11 PM

Hello planar travelers!

Thanks to your support, we have funded—and massively upgraded—three great books (and the Resource Deck) for planar exploration.

Our last stretch goal—reached in the final hour of the campaign!—was a huge one that upgraded all three books. Thank you all so much for reaching it before the campaign closed, and for all the great stretch goals unlocked along the way.
We have some critical info for you, but first here’s a little run down of Team MCG behind this Kickstarter, all of whom helped make this campaign a success:

Designers Bruce, Sean, and Monte are the creative minds behind Path of the Planebreaker, the Planar Bestiary, and Planar Character Options. Their hard work and ingenious ideas are making these books truly  out-of-this-world. Bear (and the many great illustrators he works with) coordinated the artwork and handled the graphic design of this campaign; Teri and Tammie wrangled words and logistics; and Jen and LaTia provided answers and support to you, our wonderful community, here and everywhere gamers congregate online. The man behind the curtain of this campaign is Charles, who has planned and run this campaign, while Shanna—along with the rest of the team—provided valuable feedback for this campaign and kept our other projects humming along.

All of us want to extend our thanks to you, the backers. Your support brings our imagination to life and to thousands of game tables.

Here’s what to expect as we move forward from here.

This Evening and the Next Few Days

Running Kickstarter campaigns is rewarding in many ways, and we have greatly enjoyed interacting with you through these updates, the comments, social media, and so on. But it’s also a brutally hectic challenge to administer it all. And most of the MCG staff has been keeping up with our regular duties throughout—shipping your orders, bringing out books like Claim the Sky, getting existing projects like Stealing Stories for the Devil through editing and into layout, and writing forthcoming titles like The Origin and The Devil’s Dandy Dogs.

So, as we often do after Kickstarter campaigns wind down, we’re taking a short break.

Don’t expect to hear much from us this weekend, or in the week or two ahead of us. In fact, we’ll probably be pretty quiet through the holidays. If you have questions, feel free to send a Kickstarter message, but don’t be concerned if you don’t get a response right away. Production of Path of the Planebreaker and the other titles will take some time (they’re being written as we speak). If you do reach out during this time, you may need to wait for a few days. But don’t worry—we WILL get back to you.

The Next Few Weeks

Kickstarter began collecting pledges the moment the campaign closed. But it takes Kickstarter a full two weeks to release those funds, along with the data on our backers.

In the meantime, we will get BackerKit fully set up so we can open it when we have that data. BackerKit is a third-party platform that lets you confirm all the information we need to fulfill your pledge. If there are add-ons you’ve missed, or if you decide to increase your reward level, you can do that through BackerKit as well. You’ll be notified when we open BackerKit, which should be shortly after the Thanksgiving (US) holiday.

NOTE: Signing into BackerKit is vital to getting your rewards. Kickstarter does NOT provide us with the information we need to fulfill your rewards; we MUST gather it from you after the campaign. If you don’t respond to your BackerKit survey, we can’t send you any rewards!

(We hope to have BackerKit open for non-backers to make late pledges right away. This is a different process than the part that manages your pledge. Don’t worry if the pledge manager opens a little later; it just takes some time for all the data to settle out.)

The Next Few Months

Once you’ve done your BackerKit survey, we won’t need anything else from you until it’s time to start fulfilling rewards. We’ll be busy crafting the products and rewards you will be receiving in the months to come.

At times during this period, you won't hear from us, maybe for a couple of months. Don’t worry if that happens—we've delivered thousands of rewards on time in the past, and we'll be working diligently on yours.

But at the same time, please pay attention when you do get communications from us. Our emails and Kickstarter updates include critical information about your rewards.

When Your Rewards Ship

Every time a reward is ready for you, we’ll contact you again by email to begin the fulfillment process. Generally, we’ll direct you to the MCG Shop, where you’ll log in, “buy” the product (for free with a coupon, because you’ve already paid for it through Kickstarter), and check out.

This is an important part of the process because it ensures we have accurate delivery information for every item we send out. (With thousands of backers getting rewards, it's amazing how many people will change their address over the fulfillment period.) You'll pay for shipping at that time.

Make sure you're paying attention to communications from us—don't let our updates or emails go to your spam folder, or otherwise ignore them, because if you do you could miss out on some of your rewards.

This was a wonderful Kickstarter campaign, and we are very happy you chose to be a part of it. Thank you all for your support, and for setting out on a journey into the planes with us! 

Before you set off, here’s a special peek into what you can look forward to from us on Kickstarter next year:

Now Gather Round, Family . . .

Long before anything human roamed the Earth, the Appalachians towered tall and menacing. The mountains' might was made a prison and tomb for beings of immeasurable malice and incomprehensible madness. A place to hold them; to keep them, perhaps forever, from dimming the light above.

But time marches inexorably on, and even mountains do not retain their grandeur forever. These hills now lie rounded, the walls of the prison grown thin. Things that slumbered soundlessly for millennia begin to stir and become restless. . .

Coming to Kickstarter in 2022. Sign up to be notified here!

Thanks again for your support!
  —Team MCG

Resource Deck Expanded—HUGE Stretch Goal Up Next!
2 months ago – Sun, Nov 21, 2021 at 01:25:29 PM

Hello planar travelers!

We’ve emerged from the Sea of Uncertainty, successfully finding the treasure we sought. The Resource Deck has more than doubled in size to 100 cards featuring spells, creatures, and items!

Since we began this journey, we’ve visited the city of Timeborne and the Sea of Uncertainty on the Planebreaker itself, as well followed the Path to the planes of Erewhon, Navarin, the Grove of Crows, and the Planes of Mirror and Shadow. Where else will the Planebreaker take us? When we travel the Path, what fascinating new planes will we discover along the way?

In celebration of such a momentous number, at $500,000 we’ll unlock a planar treasure trove of upgrades.

  • We’ll add 10 new monsters to the Planar Bestiary 
  • And 12 new spells to Planar Player Options 
  • And—most incredible of all—we’ll add 12 new planes to Path of the Planebreaker!

You can help make this happen—and maybe win a fabulous prize!

This is an aggressive goal, but it’s within reach and the rewards are well worth it! We’ll need to attract new backers to reach this goal, and that’s going to require your help—but we’re making it easy. You can have a chance to win a copy of the stunning Deluxe Numenera Slipcase Set, a $240 value, by entering this raffle. And every entry helps spread the word about the Planebreaker Kickstarter!

Don’t miss the really cool exclusives!

Path of the Planebreaker, the Planar Bestiary, and Planar Character Options are going to be awesome books. But don’t miss out on some of the other cool rewards. Many of these items are limited-edition—this Kickstarter is the only way to guarantee you’ll get a copy. They’re all available as add-ons, but the best deal is the Ascended Traveler (or Multiverse Master) backer level! Take a look at these rewards below!

Thanks so much for your support!
  —Team MCG