Monday, January 21, 2013

Trauma Team Saves the Day!

It's been a looooong time, Choomba, but contrary to the rumors, I'm not dead.  Not yet, anyway.

It turns out that cyberpunk and Shadowrun are going to be pretty hot through 2013.  It isn't the world that we imagined back in the 80's, but it's still pretty amazing living in the future. A new Cyberpunk video game, Cyberpunk 2077, is being developed by CD Projekt RED, the folks behind The Witcher. Set in the world of Mike Pondsmith's Cyberpunk RPG, I gotta say I'm pretty stoked to see what comes of this one. Meanwhile, Catalyst Game Labs has announced a whole slew of Shadowrun awesomeness for 2013.  A new 5th Edition of the RPG, MMO action, minis games - all sorts of stuff.

So where does that leave us?  Well, there's been some interest in the OD&D/Swords & Wizardry CP supplement I've talked about quite a bit, but haven't produced yet.  Given it's 2013 and all, I can't help but feel the time is right to finally crank this puppy out.  I gotta new gameplan and everything!

First, a purely fan-based effort:
Supplement 2.0.2.0 for Dungeons and Dragons - Cyberpunk. A free OD&D-ized CP supplement to the original game. Theoretically, it's pretty quick and dirty to crank out and get some feedback on.

From there, I move on to the S&W version I've talked about before, Cyber74.  This one will be properly OGL. There was some feedback on the name - maybe "74" throws off the 80's CP vibe.  I'm considering just calling it "RetroCyberpunk" since S&W is a retro-clone of white box OD&D. Dunno yet.

And finally the golden ring of my carousel of CP projects - the full Shadowrun-inspired game, compatible with old-school D&D (by way of Labyrinth Lord) - Sixth World.

Will any of it actually happen this time around?  I hope at least some of it does.  One step at a time...

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