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Numinous Nonflict

A post-war era game where mystical beings strive to achieve excellence in all areas of existence.


Numinous Nonflict takes place in a post-war era. Individuals no longer struggle with self-worth, self-image and self-concept and thereby are no longer competitive nature. Individuals no longer struggle to comprehend the abundant, endless nature of the universe and its resources, and thereby no longer feel the need to fight or go to war over resources or an inward sense of lacking.

In this world devoid of competition with each other, there is still a desire to achieve great works for the sheer joy of it. Individuals practice absolute focus, mastery of every part of their body, precision, emotional clarity, strength of compassion, intuitive guidance, and tests of logic. After mastering these subjects in their first forty to eighty years of life, individuals move on to more advanced lessons: telepathy, levitation, full grokking of other beings, enmeshment with animals and plants, energetic biological influence, direct manifestation (without the waiting period), clairvoyance, multi-dimensional sight, out-of-body travel, hibernation, and breatharianism.

The acolytes in the game represent six areas of study that are of great interest in this era: three areas from the study of earth and three areas from ether. You can read more about the setting in the manual which is available as a free PDF download.


The game uses a mechanic called "splaying" where cards overlap one another to create different effects depending on which direction the cards are "splayed." Acolytes reside within Arcania (buildings) where they study and work. Acolytes who are apprentices are splayed to the right, revealing a single resource of their specialty. (See action shots for examples.) A Paladin splayed to the right will be an apprentice Paladin and will provide a single honor. A Paladin splays to the left and becomes a journeyman with the appropriate technology, providing a water and an honor. (See action shots.) With a further technology all of your Paladins become masters and splay down, providing two honor and one water per turn.

For the full manual, download the free PDF. (The full-color manual that comes with the game has mostly the same text, but also contains graphics to better illustrate what is being described.)

History & Playtest Status

This game has been developing since 2013, when the art began. I, Raederle, was currently on Kaua'i island and felt like doing more work with vector art. That was when I first began the artwork for the owl, shield, magic ball, and crystals which became resource symbols in the game for wisdom, honor, magic and crystals.

Numinous Nonflict was conceived and play-tested in a spreadsheet in great detail before its first printing. It played marvelously well on its first draft. The second edition plays beautifully, and is complete/published as of September 2017. As of November 2018, Numinous Nonflict has had some minor tweaks to the rules and some components. ("Discoveries" have been added to the High Arcania. Some Ulterior Motives were updated. The rules about paying an extra resource for buying a second or third resource have been made consistent from one area of the game to other areas to make them easier to remember.)

Expansion: Adventuring Acolytes

Adventuring Acolytes, the first (and possibly only) expansion for Numinous Nonflict is a fantastic addition to the game, adding "ulterior motives" which are unique win conditions for each player and acolyte standees which move around the "map" created by the land cards.

Recent News

The most recent clarifications to the PDF guide have been made November 29th 2018. If you downloaded your guide before then, please download the new one.

A graphic-rich, beautiful guidebook has been created on November 28th 2018, and all new orders include this booklet. If you'd like to order a copy of it separately, let me know.


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Why buy this?

  • Beautiful landscape photography and vector-based artwork
  • Abacus keeps track of all of your resources seamlessly
  • Efficient utilization of both sides of every card




Average Rating 1 reviews
Publish Date November 17, 2017
Edition First
Department Board Games
Genre Adventure
Theme Civilization
Setting Future
Audience Casual Gamer
Primary Mechanic Engine Building
More Info Numinous Nonflict web site


  • This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
  • This game contains a premium upgrade where the printed components will be embossed with a linen texture.


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