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This is a preview of Hard Wired Island, a retrofuture cyberpunk RPG. It contains an overview of the setting, along with the basic mechanics, sample characters, and an example scenario.

This was created for the Hard Wired Island Kickstarter. The full version has been expanded with more rules and art, but this should give you a rough idea of system and layout.


Hard Wired Island is a cyberpunk tabletop RPG with a retrofuture aesthetic, inspired by 90s media like Ghost in the Shell, Policenauts, Bubblegum Crisis, and Cowboy Bebop.

It's set on Grand Cross, a space station in crisis. Corporations are corrupting it into an authoritarian monument to greed. Long-time residents are being pushed out of their neighbourhoods as the wealthy expand their territory. In the shadows cast by the corporations lurk criminal gangs, hate groups, and rogue AIs.

Whether you're engaging in street activism, getting dragged into corporate schemes, or fighting the corporations and their minions directly, your goal is to steer the station towards a better future before it's too late.

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Brian F May 30, 2019 5:35 pm UTC
This is a fantastic looking RPG that puts the punk back in cyberpunk. More focus on the realities of capitalism and surviving in a system that wants nothing more than to grind all the money it can out of you before it throws you into the ditch to die, less focus on gear porn. The flavor and explanatory text seems to have been distilled from pure brutal realism, an economic system that cares more about your paycheck to paycheck burden than your pocket money, and hacking that acknowledges that there's more to social engineering than just rubber hose cryptography make this hands down the most punk a cyberpunk game has ever been.
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April 26, 2021
This title was added to our catalog on May 16, 2019.
Weird Age Games
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