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What is Cyberpunk 2020?

Cyberpunk 2020 was a revolutionary tabletop roleplaying game that was introduced by R. Talsorian Games in 1988, set in a dark and dystopian future where advanced technology and corporate power have shaped the world.

With its emphasis on immersive world-building and fast-paced gameplay, Cyberpunk 2020 lets players dive into the gritty, high-tech world of Night City and experience the dangers and opportunities of this dark and dystopian future.

Unforeseen forecasts of modern times

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Over the years, the world of Cyberpunk 2020 has evolved, inspiring new games and media. One particularly interesting aspect of the game is how accurately it predicted certain technological and societal trends.

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For example, R. Talsorian Games accurately predicted the rise of the internet and the integration of technology into everyday life. The game also touches on themes of corporate control and the manipulation of information, which have become increasingly relevant in our modern world.

Live and direct – Media

The world of Cyberpunk 2020 feels both familiar and alien, reflecting certain aspects of the real world while also allowing players to explore new and imaginative possibilities. This is why the game is enduring and popular, as it allows players to experience a world that is both grounded in reality and deeply dystopian.

The Edgerunners

Cyberpunk 2020 rulebook

In Cyberpunk 2020, there are nine classes for players to choose from: Solo, Techie, Netrunner, Media, Cop, Rockerboy, Nomad, Corporate, and Fixer.

  • Solo: A solo is a highly skilled and deadly mercenary, known for their ability to take on high-risk missions and emerge victorious. They are often equipped with advanced cybernetic augmentations and specialized weaponry, making them formidable opponents in combat.
  • Netrunner: Netrunners are skilled hackers and information brokers, capable of accessing and manipulating the Net with ease. They use their technical expertise to gather intel, steal data, and disrupt enemy systems.
  • Techie: Techies are experts in machinery and technology, able to repair, modify, and build all kinds of gadgets and devices. They are essential for any team that relies on advanced equipment, and can also use their skills to create weapons and traps.
  • Media: Media are charismatic and influential individuals who use their skills in communication and persuasion to sway public opinion and shape the media landscape. Often found working as journalists, celebrities, or politicians, using their platforms to spread propaganda or expose the truth.
  • Cop: Cops are law enforcement officers who uphold the law and protect civilians from crime. Trained in a variety of tactics and techniques and are equipped with advanced weaponry and armour.
  • Corporate: Corporates are employees of powerful megacorporations, who use their influence and resources to further the interests of their employers. Often well-educated and highly skilled and have access to advanced technology and resources.
  • Nomad: Nomads are outsiders of mainstream society, living and travelling in nomadic clans or tribes. They are self-sufficient and resourceful and are known for their rugged individualism and survivalist skills.
  • Rockerboy: Rockerboys are rebellious musicians who use their music and fame to speak out against the establishment and inspire change. Often known for their wild behaviour and rebellious attitudes and are popular figures in the underground music scene.
  • Fixer: Fixers are middlemen and brokers who facilitate deals and connections between different groups and individuals. Also skilled in negotiation and networking, and can often find or procure almost anything for the right price.

Where can I get Cyberpunk 2020?

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Interested in exploring the world of Cyberpunk 2020, the game is available for purchase online and in retail stores. If you are a fan of tabletop roleplaying games or simply want to explore new and imaginative worlds, Cyberpunk 2020 is a game that you don’t want to miss.

For those wanting to dive into the world of Cyberpunk Red, be sure to check out our primer on the game.

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