How the Cyberpunk tabletop game shapes Cyberpunk 2077

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The world of Cyberpunk 2077 is a strange, anarchic place – corporations take what they want, while Rockerboys rile the people against them, Netrunners make a buck selling secrets, while Solos act as muscle for whoever’s paying. On the roads, Nomads ride in packs, taking what they want and living free. Night City is a boiling pot of class conflict, of faction disputes only worsened by ready access to technology.

But that world was originally created by Mike Pondsmith in the tabletop roleplaying game, Cyberpunk 2020. CD Projekt Red’s new game takes a good deal of influence from those books, so while we know a lot about Cyberpunk 2077 already, the tabletop game makes it easy to predict some of the things we will likely see when we finally arrive in Night City.

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The world of Cyberpunk 2077 is a strange, anarchic place – corporations take what they want, while Rockerboys rile the people against them, Netrunners make a buck selling secrets, while Solos act as muscle for whoever’s paying. On the roads, Nomads ride in packs, taking what they want and living free. Night City is a boiling pot of class conflict, of faction disputes only worsened by ready access to technology.

But that world was originally created by Mike Pondsmith in the tabletop roleplaying game, Cyberpunk 2020. CD Projekt Red’s new game takes a good deal of influence from those books, so while we know a lot about Cyberpunk 2077 already, the tabletop game makes it easy to predict some of the things we will likely see when we finally arrive in Night City.

Nightlife

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The urban jungle of Night City is famous for its clubs and bars, and in the original tabletop game there are some pretty weird ones. Afterlife, mentioned in one of the Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay demos is one such place, a club built in a former mortuary, split into sections known as Hades, the Antechamber, and the Crypt.

Metalstorm is another, a club catering to only the most extreme Chromatic Rock tastes. Every morning workers come in to replace furniture broken from the night before. In your travels around the city you can expect to find many more strange and seedy nightspots.

Class Warfare

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Whether Fixers, Nomads, or Rockerboys, we know that Night City is filled with some pretty crazy classes. In the demos that have been showcased so far we’ve learnt a lot about them already – the beefy Solo, tearing a turret from its stand to fire on the enemy, the Netrunner stealthily hacking into implants, or the Techie, tinkering with security systems. We know that being able to approach situations differently is important in Cyberpunk 2077, even if that means not killing anyone at all.

But the original RPG has a lot more playable classes and factions. There are rebellious Rockerboys like Keanu Reeves’ character, the mysterious Johnny Silverhand, as well as Mad Max-esque road-warriors like the Nomads, or power-hungry Corporates. When the game launches on 17 September, we’ll see how these classes shape the world of the game (and whether the developers managed to arrange that Meryl Streep cameo after all).

Travelling in Style

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Night City is filled with rich and famous people trying to show off just how rich and famous they are. Often this takes the form of fancy vehicles. In the original roleplaying game, there were a variety of ways to traverse Night City, and from the trailers we’ve seen of Cyberpunk 2077, we know there will at least be cars and bikes.

But what about armored vehicles? Drones? Helicopters? In Cyberpunk 2020’s world, anything is available to the highest bidder, including even the most dangerous military hardware. With this in mind, we think it’s pretty likely we’ll see some vehicles which violate the highway code.

Backstory

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As with most other tabletop roleplaying games, your character’s backstory in Cyberpunk 2020 is a huge component in defining who they are. In Cyberpunk 2077, everyone will be playing as V, but there will be a variety of backstory options which will change who V is, and what you are doing in Night City.

What currently remains unseen is how these different backstories will change the main game. In Cyberpunk 2020, it is down to the person running the game to exploit your backstory, creating cool narratives based around it. Considering this, it seems likely that Cyberpunk 2077 will take your backstory into account – perhaps by having characters from V’s past come back to haunt them in significant, unexpected ways.

Strange Gangs

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Just like the variety of classes in Night City, there are also a great deal of weird and wonderful gangs. We’ve seen a few of them, such as the technologically enhanced Maelstrom, the Voodoo Boys, or the recent reveal of the Mox. But there are tonnes of others in the original RPG which might also make an appearance.

There are over 40 gangs in Cyberpunk 2020, including wonderful names like the Philharmonic Vampires, The Elvises, or the Citizens For Decency. When you finally find yourself traversing Night City’s mean streets – whichever edition you opt for – you can be sure some of these strange gangs will start popping out of the woodwork.

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