Rockerboys: The True Cyberpunk Spirit

Rockerboys haven’t had much coverage on this blog so far. So you might not be surprised by the news that the Nine Inch Nails released their new album (“The Slip”) under the Creative Commons “attribution noncommercial share-alike” license. A note on the NIN site says:

“We encourage you to remix it, share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcast, give it to strangers, etc.”

Thank you guys. That’s very clever, and makes me feel much better downloading the album.

Sure, I’m was never dumb enough to pay for DRM-Music. Microsoft just proved that you have to be brain-damaged to do so by removing support for the aptly named Playsforsure – now it won’t play as soon as you change to a new computer/mp3-player. They never supported Linux, anyway.

But Get Out Clause, a band I never heard of before, puts the NIN-guys to shame. Get Out Clause is from Manchester, UK. The UK has adoped a senseless but ambitious programme to videotape every second of the life of every single person living there. Yes senseless: They claim to do so to fight terrorism or crime, but just had to admit that it didn’t work. Guess whats the new plan: Right, more cameras. Anyway, GOC just performed in front of one of those cameras and then asked for the tape and then stitched the results together for their music video. That’s cyberpunk. Esp. the punk part! Rock on, guys!

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Malte vom Spreeblick hat das ganze auf deutsch noch viel besser formuliert als ich das je könnte. Ich hoffe, dass er nicht böse ist, wenn ich seinen ganzen Post zitiere:

In England geschieht nichts unbeobachtet. Das ganze Land hat eine dermaßen hohe Überwachungskameradichte (die unter Sicherheitsaspekten nichts bringt und deshalb erhöht werden soll), dass – so erzählt man sich in Berlin – Wolfgang Schäuble nachts von Laterne zu Laterne fährt und Polaroidkameras installiert, wobei er “God save the Queen” singt und lauwarmes Bier trinkt. The Get out Clause, eine Band aus Manchester, die keinen Plattenvertrag hat, machte sich nun die vielen Kameras zunutze (nicht die Polaroids von Schäuble, die echten) und hat sich erst aufzeichnen lassen, dann die Aufnahmen unter Berufung auf den Freedom of Information Act zurück gefordert, bearbeitet und ein Video daraus produziert.

Cyberpunk Band Names?

The AV Club has a list of the worst bandnames of 2007

its great fodder if you need to compile some kind of Top 10 list or being asked by your players whats on the radio. Also, remember that Boosters are music fans gone hooligan. So they need bands to adore, too. I selected my top names, but check out the original post for lots more.

The Saloon – A Cyberpunk 2020 Bar

The Saloon Bar

a location for Cyberpunk 2020 by Kristian de Valle (

Prop. J.C. Ferreras
Staff: Jenny, Carly & Michelle. Ed on bar sometimes

We serve Wendy beer (straight from Minnesota), heavy, light, all spirits (no fancy orbital shit or designer crap), and the only cocktail we make is the Apache Warpath. Milk is served without a second glance. Sometimes there’s pretzels on the bench if Ferreras is paid well after a job.

The jukebox in the corner has been there as long as anyone can remember. It plays the Highwaymen, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson. The most recent disk is Bon Jovi’s Young Guns sound-track. ‘I’m a cowboy, on the steel horse I ride’ Nobody knows who Bon Jovi is. It still eats American dimes and quarters. Continue reading “The Saloon – A Cyberpunk 2020 Bar”

Brothers Of Metal – A Cyberpunk 2020 Gang

Brothers Of Metal

Author: Ghostlord <> of “The Cyberpunk Revolution” (no link, site long gone).

The Brothers Of Metal wear Leather, jeans and not Cracker Jack clothes… They fight for the Metal and for Heavy Metal. “GODS OF WAR, I CALL YOU, MY SWORD IS BY MY SIDE. I SEEK A LIFE OF HONOR, FREE FROM ALL FALSE PRIDE. I WILL CRACK THE WHIP WITH A BOLD MIGHTY HAIL. COVER ME WITH DEATH IF I SHOULD EVER FAIL. GLORY, MAJESTY, UNITY… HAIL, HAIL, HAIL” says the leader of The Brothers Of Metal. So they are here only for that and they’ll always be fighting the world for all those who believe! Don’t forget that when you talk to the leader to call him….The King Of Metal. (game note: This gang is a cross between a Chromer and a combat gang)

Threat Level:B Threat Code:B1C
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Colors: Leather Clothes with Manowar Patch on Them.
Average Member: Int 9, Ref 7, Tech 5, Attr 7, Cool 6, Bod 8, MA 8, Emp 6 Luck 9.
Skills: Awareness 10, Brawl 8, Melee 8, Handgun 6, SMG 7, Locate Party 7, Streetwise 7, Willpower 4.
Cyberware: Varies, They all have minimum of 3 cyberware…+ a VibroSword.

Submitted by Trevor

Tokyo Streetnight Game – A Cyberpunk 2020 Adventure


a scenario (and extra) for Cyberpunk 2020 by Kristian de Valle (

[In the words of the author, “raw notes and the shambling semblance of a semi-long scenario.” Unpolished and straight from the factory, it is presented here in the hopes it may spark some ideas in fellow GM’s. At the bottom is A MacGuffin Called Agrippa, something more in tune with what you might consider a traditional scenario.]
Start simple. An event to kick everything off. A massive rave. Gotta bone up on my drugs. New Years Eve, 2022. The warehouse rave to beat all warehouse raves. Lights, lasers, neon, smoke, nitrous oxide, recreational drugs, scantily clad lads and ladies, smart drinks and killer drinks and love potions.
So what happens at the Rave? Who dies? Who lives? Who gets drugs planted on them? Who gets influenced by drugs? Have to check the motivations and climate of the underground Tokyo scene. Continue reading “Tokyo Streetnight Game – A Cyberpunk 2020 Adventure”