People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
Ist dein Dark-Future-Setting noch nicht abgefahren genug? Der Frikadellen-Brater Burger King hilft.
Die Schnellrestaurant-Kette Burger King geht in Russland neue Wege in Sachen Kundenbindung: Käufer sollen für jeden umgesetztem Rubel (umgerechnet rund 0,014 Euro) ein Kryptowährungstoken namens Whoppercoin erhalten.
Hat man in dem Settingbuch “Hardwired” schon erkannt, dass staatliches Geld nichts mehr wert sein wird, so ist die Realität schon weiter. Mit dem Woppercoin sehen wir hier wohl den Beginn der ersten Konzernwährung.
I don’t know much, since I wasn’t at Gencon 2017. But James Gray, who works for Fat Goblin Games, who licence Castle Falkenstein from R.Talsorian, writes:
Cyberpunk Red will be Cyberpunk 2020 1.5. Some small rule changes and an update to the technology so it makes more sense from a modern perspective (your real world cellphone shouldn’t be half the size of the cellphone your character uses in game. They’re hoping to release that within a year. A Cyberpunk 2077 put out to coincide with the video game is possible but there are currently no promises there.
I kind of wonder… Will “Cyberpunk Red” just replace the core rulebook? Will all the sourcebooks checked, modified and reprinted (unlikely, I would guess). Will the game be able to have a comeback? In the sense of being a relevant near future game, I mean, not as a retro-future game. Will it even be played again?
And why would they put in the effort? Mike has the licence for the Witcher RPG. That has huge potential, if they are fast enough. The game has been out there quite a while now, and the buzz is fading. Why divert resources? Especially if they could probably reboot the franchise with the Cyberpunk ’77 computergame and have the rulebook on the shelves, when the crpg comes out?
Es gibt ein paar sehr coole Sachen, die in jüngerer Zeit für Cyberpunk als Genre rausgekommen sind. Da ist zum einen eine Vornheim-inspirierte Settinghilfe namens Augmented Reality.
Und dann bin ich über eine tolle Serie gestolpert, die Jobs auflistet, die für jene sind, die keinen gut bezahlten Konzernjob kriegen. Das Gegenstück zum Burger wenden beim Macces könnte es sein, die Drone zu polieren, die deinen alten Job macht. Mein Favorit:
Rental Smart-Car Attendant: across the city, travellers rent their driver-less smart-cars by the hour or subscribe to commuter vehicles. For all their efforts, the corporations have yet to create the drone that can reliably pick the used condoms and burger wraps out of the lining between the car seat and the door.