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The Roleplaying Game of the Dark Future

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Want to know more about the upcoming edition of the game, Cyberpunk Red and the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit? You can visit the FAQ here: https://rtalsoriangames.com/2019/05/30/the-cyberpunk-red-faq/

Cyberpunk Red

The 4th Corporate War’s over and the big dogs have retreated to their corners to lick their wounds. That leaves everyone else to fend for themselves in a shattered world.

And that’s just fine. ‘cause you’ve got interface plugs in your wrists, metal in your limbs, and chips in your skull. You’re wired in, loaded with chrome, and ready to take it to the Edge.

There’s a world full of opportunities out there. Maybe this time you can do more than save CPRedJumpstartKitBoxMockup1.jpgyourself. Maybe.

Cyberpunk Red is the latest edition of the classic roleplaying game of the Dark Future, featuring updated mechanics and new lore from the era between 2020 and 2077. We’re working hard on it now and it will be released when its ready. Until then, the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit is a starter set with everything you need to play the game: essential rules, customizable pregenerated characters, new world lore, some amazing dice made by Q Workshop, and more.

The Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit debuted GenCon 2019. We sold out and are currently making new sets to ship to stores. It is also available as a PDF (minus the dice) from DriveThruRPG.

Cyberpunk 2020

The Corporations control the world from their skyscraper fortresses, enforcing their rule with armies of cyborg assassins. On the Street, Boostergangs roam a shattered urban wilderness, killing and looting. The rest of the world is a perpetual party, as fashion-model beautiful techies rub biosculpt jobs with battle armored roadwarriors in the hottest clubs, sleaziest bars and meanest streets this side of the Postholocaust. The Future never looked so bad.

But you can change it. You’ve got interface plugs in your wrists, weapons in your arms, lasers in your eyes, bio-chip programs screaming in your brain. You’re wired in, cyberenhanced and solid state as you can take it to the fatal Edge where only the toughest and coolest can go. Because you’re CYBERPUNK.

Cyberpunk: the original roleplaying game of the dark future; a world of corporate assassins, heavy-metal heroes and brain burning cyberhackers, packed with cutting edge technology and intense urban action. Within this book, you’ll find everything you need to tackle the mean streets of the 2000’s — in a game system that combines the best in realistic action and playability.

  • Winner, Origins Gamer’s Choice AwardBest Science Fiction RPG 1989

Cyberpunk 2020 and its supplements are still in print and still available!


Want to know more about Cyberpunk? Here’s a great glimpse of the creator, Mike Pondsmith, running the game for IGN.

Thanks to IGN for sharing this video with us.


If you would like to know more about the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 video game, please  visit our partners at CD Projekt Red.

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    • Genesis Descent is a Cyberpunk project licensed by Angus Abramson (late of Cubicle 7). We haven’t heard anything more about it since Angus left C7 and we’re in the dark as much as you are. Sorry.

  1. I have to say that you all changed my life as a kid in the 80’s – the game rocked! – and it led me to read Gibson, Sterling, Rucker, Neal Stephenson, and Mick Farren and opened an entire view of the future for me. If you’re ever in Detroit or attending a Con, I’d love to buy you a beverage. -Doc-

  2. I have a couple of questions. First, I noticed Cyberpunk 2020 back in in your store, but but not the Fuzion system Cyberpunk 203X, released back in 2005. Does this mean you’ve essentially abandoned that version? And, what does this mean for those of us who want to upgrade or characters to Fuzion rules in Cyberpunk proper?

    Secondly, assuming that 203X hasn’t been “completely voided”, When the Fuzion system first came out, I picked up the Bubblegum Crisis RPG books to convert my characters to, long before 203X came out. And there is one thing in the BGC character creation rules that I found “missing” from the 203X rules, namely the “Complications” which granted characters extra CPs at the cost of phychological, physical, or societal “issues” which could adversely affect the character in game. Was this a deliberate choice? and can the Complications rules be implemented in Cyberpunk 203X? Pretty much all of my characters require them, as each has major real “problems” built in, and a number of them are older, more experienced characters (one is a US Army Delta Force Command Sergeant Major), with a good number of higher level skills, and very long life paths, in some cases.

    Third, assuming that 203X has been voided, is there any chance of a new Fuzion version of Cyberpunk, even a Fuzion version of CP 2020, coming out?

  3. Hello!
    There will be a newer version of the tabletop rpg of cyberpunk, thanks to CDPR?
    I ask because online I haven’t found many others cyberpunk-themed tabletop rpgs and the first versions (CP2020 and CP203x) may be outdated at their core mechanics.

    In short, it would be wonderful news if there actually is in program a new cyberpunk with an update to the core mechanics.

  4. Cyberpunk Red? Is this a new version of Cyberpunk that is coming out? If so, what is the release date for the book?

    • Yes, its a new version of Cyberpunk. An update of 2020. We don’t have a release date yet but will shout it to the heavens when we do!

  5. Are you planning to use rules from data fortress in Cyberpunk Red? Cp2020 has many homerules and some proposals added interesting things

    Ps Thank you for your job!

    • We aren’t specifically looking at other rulesets as we design Cyberpunk Red, although parallel evolution does occasionally happen in game design.

  6. Ok, so a few questions…..I have been playing a ongoing cyberpunk campaign since CP2013/2020. We are actually currently playing our characters’ grandchildren!
    My first experiance with the FUZION was with MEKTON ZETA+. I like it, but I prefer the original interlock system immensely (FNFF, for the win!).
    I have a copy if the witcher pdf, and I like the product, I really do………
    However, if the new CPred is fuzion based…..how much of the grittiness of interlock is going to be evident?
    And on the FUZION note, is that the new rules set for R.Talsorian? Not that I’d mind, but it was interlock that hooked me into the beautiful madness that is Night City.
    Will Fuzion have that edge that we all love?
    And lastly, I remember a huge FUZION presence on the Internet (Atomic Fuzion). Will Atomic Fuzion come back? Or is that dead?

    All in all, I am stoked for the next iteration of Mike’s genius.
    And CP 2077, is on my radar until it comes out!

    • Both The Witcher TRPG and Cyberpunk Red are Interlock products. The Atomik Fuzion products weren’t made by R. Talsorian Games. They’ve since been converted to a line of generic game aid products available from Precis Intermedia. Thanks for writing in!

  7. Will Cyberpunk Red still have roles with special skills, or like be more like version 3 with no roles but special talents?

    • That’s a topic for a future blog post, to be sure, but not something we can get into at the moment.

  8. So I’ve been a long time cyberpunk fan but have never had a chance(no friends) to actually play the game both that’s changed but I’m hearing all this wonderful news about cyberpunk red is the original 2020 a good starting point or should I just wait for red to come out and be part of the firsts of the new generation

    • We encourage you to make that decision based on your own resources. If you need to only buy one, it might be best to wait for Red. If you’ve got some spare cash, the original 2020 book will give you a good glimpse of where the game came from and give you something to read for the next few months!

  9. In regards to Cyberpunk Red: Will it be a kickstarter? If not, is there a way to sign up as game tester? What about signing up as a scenario writer?

    Looking forward to it, thanks!!

    • There will not be a kickstarter. We’re not currently bringing in other playtesters or writers.

  10. Great to see a new edition of one of my favorite RPGs, not surprising you sold all units you took with you to GenCon. I read you have more Jumpstart Kit boxes on the way to be shipped to stores. I’m presuming US stores will get priority, but can you give us a rough estimate when Jumpstart Kits will be shipped internationally, for me, specifically here in the UK?

    Have already pre-ordered and now waiting excitedly for it, hoping that it won’t be later than September… 😉

  11. I pre-ordered through my local game shop for months. Any news on when you may be shopping to local distributors? Kinda sucks you guys didn’t keep enough copies from gen-con to cover pre-orders. Anxiously waiting any news on this front.

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