In a world where corporations have more power than governments and advanced technology has changed what it means to be human, only one role-playing game captures the essence of the cyberpunk genre: the original Cyberpunk RPG.
First published by R. Talsorian Games in 1988 and written by legendary game designer Mike Pondsmith, Cyberpunk RPG has been captivating players for over three decades. In this dystopian vision of the future, players take on the role of “netrunners,” tech-savvy hackers who navigate the complex world of corporate espionage and back alley deals.
But what sets Cyberpunk RPG apart from other RPGs and its video game adaptations?
For starters, the game’s “character creation” system is unique, allowing players to truly customize their netrunner with cybernetic upgrades, street smarts, and combat skills. And the game’s “Cyberpunk 2020” setting is a believable and well-realized world, complete with its own history, politics, and subcultures.
So, what about the game’s infamous “Cyberpsychosis” rule? Well, let’s just say that if you’re not careful, your character might end up being more machine than human. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
But don’t let the dystopian setting and complex rules scare you away. Cyberpunk RPG is a thrilling and engaging game that will have you coming back for more.
So, do you have what it takes to be a netrunner in Night City? Put on your shades, jack into the matrix, and find out.