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Hard Wired Island Kickstarter Preview

Hard Wired Island Kickstarter Preview


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. It's designed to give you an idea of what the full version will look like. These are the ideas we want to develop into a full book.

The full book will add a lot more detail to Grand Cross, including culture, locations, and NPCs; it will also include the full mechanics. Details may change after editing and playtesting.

Look for Hard Wired Island on Kickstarter until June 14th!


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 robots.

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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Ninja D 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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June 14, 2019
This title was added to our catalog on May 16, 2019.
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