Numenera Limited License

To support the gaming community while protecting our brands, Monte Cook Games offers a limited, royalty-free license for individuals and publishers interested in producing small-run game material supporting Numenera. This is a hassle-free way for publishers to license small-press products with expected sales of $2,000 or less.

It’s important to note that the Limited License is not an open license. Although it’s very flexible, it is a contract you enter into with Monte Cook Games. You are not under license until you receive a fully countersigned Limited License and have paid the license fee, and you may not publish or announce your product until you are under license. Also, not all Limited License applications we receive are accepted. We can choose whether or not to issue a Limited License to any applicant, and will make that decision, as we see fit, to best support the game and fan community.

It can take up to 3 months from the time we receive your Limited License application until we respond with our decision. Potential licensees are asked not to announce their product publicly until they receive a signed license from Monte Cook Games.

This Limited License is probably not for you if you’re a fan who wants to create awesome Numenera items for your website, blog, or community. You probably want to check out our fan use policy instead.

This Limited License is also probably not for you if you are large company and/or are hoping to put out a product with expected sales revenues of more than $2,000. In that case, you’ll want to apply for a full licensing partnership from Monte Cook Games.

Here are some of the features of the Limited License:

And here are some additional policies you should keep in mind if you’re thinking about applying for a Limited License:

The Monte Cook Games Limited License is intended for small-press support products. This is not the entirety of the Limited License. If you are interested in pursuing a publication under our Limited License and would like additional information about what it entails, please contact Charles Ryan at charles@montecookgames.com.

If you have a project in mind that exceeds the limits of this license, you must submit a full proposal detailing both the creative and financial aspects of your plan to charles@montecookgames.com in order to be considered for a full licensing partnership. Please note that we are unlikely to license products that compete with our own–so if you’re looking to publish adventures or supplements for Numenera, we probably aren’t interested. A full licensing proposal must include detailed descriptions of your creative intent, samples of your work, and a business and marketing plan that fully explains how you will bring your product to market with a high degree of success. In other words: Sell us on the product, and on your ability to launch it in a manner that befits the Numenera brand.

Thank you for your interest!