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Life In A World of Corruption

Hi, this Viri from “The Bard of Valiant“. Fans of that blog will notice the last post was made back in early December. Honestly, I lost my passion for the fantasy game that I was writing about and for. My real love is, and always has been science fiction – Cyberpunk in particular.

The title is inspired by Billy Idol’s song “Neuromancer“.

It’s the age of destruction
In a world of corruption
It’s the age of destruction
And they hand us oblivion

My system of choice for most games right now is some version of Cyberpunk 2020. It’s an awesome system that doesn’t rely on levels where classes are used in character creation but as a mechanic, can easily be ignored. Advancement has almost everything to do with what the character actually does in a game.

My experience mechanic for Cyberpunk 2020 is not the standard one found in the book. Instead, players make tics by skills they use during a game and every tick converts over to a 1d10 roll for Improvement Points in that skill at the end of a session. Yes, players try to cheese it. Experienced GMs can knock them down when they do :)

Campaigns I run are quasi-sandbox games. Because Cyberpunk is set in the modern world, things are going on around the players that they have to deal with, no matter what their actual plans might be. If an asteroid hits the planet, life is gonna suck, choomba. Get over it.

I also tend to cross-genre alot. My most successful campaign ever ran for 10 years and was a Cyberpunk/Vampire crossover. The Cyberpunk 2020 system is streamlined enough that it’s easily modified for this kind of thing. My current plan is to develop a Shadowrun theme but play the game through the change, starting in a normal world and ending in one very different and magical but still dirty, nasty and lethal.

Welcome to a World of Corruption. Enjoy the ride!

  1. I’ve always loved cyberpunk as well but can never seem to find like minded individuals to game with. I’ve had all the Shadowrun books from the current version through 2nd edition gathering dust on my shelves for years! I like your idea for xp gains in your homebrew system but it seems like it would be tough to monitor the players use of it. Anyways, good luck!

  2. Thanks and I hope you can find players soon! As for monitoring xp use, I don’t. They get better at what they do 🙂

  3. Hi there, I have played cp2020 since it came out and recently switched over to Alpha Omega ( and was wondering if you have ever looked at the game system.

    Would love to hear what you think of it. Btw, if you want some links to a good number of generators that are useful for cyberpunk send me your email.

  4. I have not. Owning 20+ Cyberpunk 2020 books doesn’t leave me alot of incentive to go elsewhere. I would love the generators 🙂

  5. Ah, Cyberpunk… the memories. No other game dared to require an entire session just to make it home alive from a concert. I just can’t get my current group to play it.


  6. Man, you need more friends!

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