[SF] Cyberpunk Red jumpstart announced.

Dom

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#1
Coming on 1st August 2019

https://www.geeknative.com/66185/cy...-games-announces-cyberpunk-red-jumpstart-kit/

Cyberpunk maestro Mike Pondsmith has developed a prequel tabletop RPG to CD Projekt Red’s computer RPG Cyberpunk 2077. The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit is a pen and paper game set before 2077 but after the classic tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020.

The Jumpstart Kit is intended for gamers new to tabletop RPGs and veteran players. The box contains;

  • A lore and adventure book for Cyberpunk Red.
  • Screamsheets – a combination of in-universe news and game information
  • A rulebook containing the essential rules for the RPG
  • Six pregenerated characters; the Fixer, the Netrunner, the Nomad, the Rocker, the Solo, and the Tech
  • Four maps
  • Six dice; 2d10 and 4d6
  • Undisclosed extras
Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit is due out August 1, 2019 and will be available for purchase at Gen Con (booth 1852). The main Cyberpunk Red RPG core rules are due out later this year.
 
#2
I really hope Mike Pondsmith updates the game engine for this classic of days gone by.

My default newish Cyberpunk RPG is the Fantasy Flight Games production of Genesys: Android, but its prime detraction to newbies is funky dice. And other alternatives are just Kickstarters for D&D5e like Carbon 2185, so Mike Pondsmith has a chance to revive R. Talsorian Games with a superb return of his Cyberpunk 2077 RPG.
 

MartinP

Rune Priest
#4
As long as it isn't the unholy compromise that was Fuzion. Meter/yards as the unit of distance, IIRC. Roll either d10 or 3d6 (?), GMs choice.
 
#6
Given the kit includes 2D10, then the possibility it is the unholy compromise might be quite high...

I never found anyone interested in playing the originals and have since failed to find a cyberpunk game I liked. Genesys puts me off because of the dice requirement (I may well be missing out on a great game because of that I admit).

I will follow the news on this one with interest.

- Neil.
 

Guvnor

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#7
New post on R. Talsorian Games


The Cyberpunk Red FAQ (as of 5/30/19)
by rtalsoriangames
The following FAQ answers questions about both Cyberpunk Red, the upcoming new edition of the classic TRPG of the Dark Future, and the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit, an introductory box set for the game.

Q: What is Cyberpunk Red?
A: Cyberpunk Red is a new edition of Cyberpunk, the original tabletop roleplaying game of the Dark Future created by Mike Pondsmith and published by R. Talsorian Games.

Q: What is the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit?
A: The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit is a "starter box" introduction to Cyberpunk Red. It will contain essential rules, world lore, pregenerated characters, an adventure, Screamsheets, dice, and more. Everything needed to play right out of the box for people curious about the game and the world.

Q: When will Cyberpunk Red and the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit be released?
A: The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will be released on August 1st at GenCon. Ideally, it will go on sale at our booth at GenCon and online via DriveThruRPG at the same time. It might also be available via our webstore then but should be available soon after if not. Cyberpunk Red will most likely be available later in the year.

Q: What system is Cyberpunk Red? Fuzion or Interlock?
A: Cyberpunk Red will use the classic Interlock system, though, as with any new edition of a TRPG, there will be revisions and updates. The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will use the same rules, though they will be streamlined because they are part of an introductory set.

Q: Is Cyberpunk Red going to be compatible with Cyberpunk 2020?
A: While there will be changes to the rules, it should not be too difficult to convert Cyberpunk 2020 material to Cyberpunk Red.

Q: Does Cyberpunk Red take place in the same universe as Cyberpunk 2020 and Cyberpunk 2077?
A: Yes. R. Talsorian Games and CD Projekt Red have worked together on a common timeline for the original Cyberpunk (Cyberpunk 2013) to Cyberpunk 2020 to Cyberpunk Red to Cyberpunk 2077.

Q: What about Cyberpunk v3? And Cybergeneration?
A: Cyberpunk v3 and Cybergeneration both officially take place in alternate timelines. They are “what if?” scenarios. The Carbon Plague of Cybergeneration did occur in the 2020/Red/2077 timeline but was quickly contained.

Q: Will there be Roles (aka classes) in Cyberpunk Red?
A: Yes, there will be roles. They will be familiar but many will have evolved or changed. Some will have alternative special abilities. There will also be rules for changing roles during play. Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit will have pregenerated characters, though they will have options for customization.

Q: When in the timeline does Cyberpunk Red take place?
A: Cyberpunk Red takes place between the end of the 4th Corporate War (2022 or so) and 2077. We realize that’s a long stretch of time but aren’t yet ready to say where, specifically, in that time period Red will begin.

Q: What is Cyberpunk Red’s relationship to Cyberpunk 2077?
A: Red will show the Cyberpunk world in a period of rebuilding following the 4th Corporate War. It will help show how society moved from that world shattering event to what’s presented in the video game.

Q: What formats will Cyberpunk Red be available in? How much will it cost?
A: Cyberpunk Red will be a full color, hardcover book in physical form and a full color PDF in digital form. The suggested retail price is yet to be determined. The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit's physical form will be a boxed set. It will also be available as a PDF, minus the dice.

Q: How soon will Cyberpunk Red be in stores?
A: That depends on how quickly distributors and retailers order it once its made available, though we won’t open orders until we’re sure we can fulfill them.

Q: What sort of art will Cyberpunk Red have?
A: Cyberpunk Red will have new art, commissioned from a number of talented artists. The art will be full color and on par with any modern RPG.

Q: Will Cyberpunk Red be available in other languages?
A: We do not translate TRPGs ourselves. That being said, we have several partners in other countries who have localized our games. We anticipate licensing the rights to companies in several countries in the future.

Q: Is Mike Pondsmith involved in Cyberpunk Red?
A: Absolutely. He is both the lead developer and primary writer on the project.

Q: Will Cyberpunk Red be compatible with the Witcher TRPG?
A: Not without work. Though they’re both Interlock, each is specifically designed to work within their genre. Of course, we’ve already had some arguments about Geralt vs. Morgan Blackhand…

Q: Where can I find out more about Cyberpunk Red?
A: We’ll be releasing new information about Cyberpunk Red from now until its debut in August. Follow on Twitter or on Facebook or check out blog for more details: https://rtalsoriangames.com/

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MartinP

Rune Priest
#8
I never found anyone interested in playing the originals and have since failed to find a cyberpunk game I liked. Genesys puts me off because of the dice requirement (I may well be missing out on a great game because of that I admit).

I will follow the news on this one with interest.

- Neil.
I know Ceramic Badger was a bit of a fan of CP2020 back in the day.

I had a very different cyberpunk game when I tried Headspace - PbtA, with hyper-competent PCs who can't fail at their speciality. And share a mind-meld.
 

Dom

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Staff member
#9
If you don't like the Cyberpunk 2020 engine, I really recommend that you check out The Sprawl. This produced a superb experience true to the genre. Also one of the best heists I've seen pulled off by the players: I'm looking at you @First Age ! It is PbtA, but I've lifted some of the clock ideas into Traveller and other games like SCUP

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Link to the white-on-black print run (there's also one that's reversed): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/171286/The-Sprawl----MIDNIGHT?src=hottest_filtered
 

Dom

Administrator
Staff member
#10
I really hope Mike Pondsmith updates the game engine for this classic of days gone by.

My default newish Cyberpunk RPG is the Fantasy Flight Games production of Genesys: Android, but its prime detraction to newbies is funky dice. And other alternatives are just Kickstarters for D&D5e like Carbon 2185, so Mike Pondsmith has a chance to revive R. Talsorian Games with a superb return of his Cyberpunk 2077 RPG.
You miss out The Sprawl which I mention above and also TechNoir.

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https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/93378/Technoir
 
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