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GeneFunk 2090 Core Rulebook

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A BIOPUNK WORLD MADE FOR 5E

This book contains everything you need to play GeneFunk 2090. A campaign setting, Shadows of Korea, is also available!

The GeneFunk 2090 Core Rulebook includes the setting and 5E rules for:

  • 60+ CYBERNETIC UPGRADES!
  • 14 DIFFERENT BIOENGINEERED GENOMES!
  • 48 DIFFERENT GENETIC ENHANCEMENTS!
  • 8 NEW CLASSES WITH 21 ARCHETYPES!
  • 31 NEW FEATS!
  • 13 NEW BACKGROUNDS!
  • MIND HACKING, BIOHACKING, ENGINEERING HACKING!
  • ROBOTS, DRONES, AND ANDROIDS!
  • BIOENGINEERED BEASTS, PLANTS, AND FUNGI!
  • DRUGS!
  • LOTS OF GUNS AND ARMOR!
  • CHASE RULES!

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Imagine a world in the not too distant future, 2090, where technology has entirely shaped the very essence of human nature, and where fiscal interests, the international arms race, and consumerism have entirely shaped that same technology. This is the world of GeneFunk 2090.

Supercomputer in your Bloodstream
The human condition as a whole has become something somewhat different. Somewhere along the way almost every single human has been modified to have a powerful supercomputer coded directly into their DNA and physiology, one that has merged with their consciousness. In this world the internet has become as real as the physical world and hackers have become manipulators of the very stuff of the human psyche, probing and rearranging memory and mind the way a potter molds clay.

Plasticity of Genes, Form, and Human Nature
Large sections of the human population have had their genes chosen before birth to breed success, while others have had foreign DNA included to produce wholly different physical traits that were once thought inhuman. On top of all the innate genetic tweaking, individuals modify themselves through cyberware surgeries and biohacks, to the point where some are considered entirely "posthuman". 

Violent, Shallow, and Unequal
Multinational corporations have gobbled each other up, producing ever larger entities until only nine remain, each of which is a superpower bigger than most of the world’s countries. Corporate executives have the power to shatter entire governments in the name of their company’s share value and their own ambition. Gangs and organized crime saturate every urban environment. This world, bloated from overpopulation and consumer greed, has become one of the most violent eras in human history. The rich segregate themselves from the poor, and the tension caused by this wealth gap is causing the world to burst at the seams.

Virtual Immortality
Recent innovations have allowed the rich to undergo a process that maps their entire nervous system, connectome, endocrine complement, DNA and gene expression, and every other feature relevant to the human mind. This digitization of consciousness allows the world's wealthy and powerful to essentially live forever, switching from one bioengineered shell to another as they see fit. 

Cadre of Professionals
You and your allies are a cadre, a lean start-up corporation that specializes in investigation, intelligence, protection, and violence. To keep their hands clean, the syndicates often outsource this kind of work to smaller outfits, like yours. Your cadre's skillset is in high demand in this intrigue filled world, being sought after by megacorporations, nation-states, organized crime, or wealthy individuals. As an autonomous entity, your cadre of elite agents take contracts as you see fit, navigating the shadows of corporate espionage and savagery with competence and panache.

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John P September 15, 2023 4:05 pm UTC
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Hi there. The link to see the full size preview is broken. When clicking on it, it links to a Not Found page, saying "The requested URL was not found on this server". Can you fix this?
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James A September 20, 2023 5:09 pm UTC
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Thanks for the head's up! I'm not sure why that's the case, since DTRPG automatically generates it from the uploaded PDF (I have no control over the preview other than the pages it covers). I've enabled the "Quick Preview" option, and that works fine, I'll contact support to see if they can fix it.
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John P September 21, 2023 7:13 pm UTC
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The Quick Preview and Full-size Preview work now. Thank you.
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Kim J July 30, 2023 8:38 pm UTC
am i to understand that you can run a hack a bonus hack and a reaction hack on the same turn
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James A September 20, 2023 4:36 pm UTC
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Correct! Unlike Spells/turn in 5e D&D, there is no restriction on hacks/turn.
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Kim J July 30, 2023 7:49 am UTC
Eskrima Ace
do this feat allow me to make more reactions
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James A September 20, 2023 4:38 pm UTC
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You must use your reaction to use the option presented in Eskrima Ace, but it doesn't give you an additonal reaction.
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Kim J July 29, 2023 7:51 pm UTC
2 questions.

1 where do i find characters base speed
2 can you use 2 weapon fighting ranged because it was standing under melee combat
3 what the damage on unarmed strikes

pls answer with page refrence
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James A September 20, 2023 4:55 pm UTC
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1) Base speed is 9 m., mentioned on pg. 11, on the Character Creation page.
2) You can, yes, if they are light (p. 199). The heading has been corrected in the latest PDF.
3) 1 + your Strength modifier, unless you have a feature that increases it, like Hardcases, Samurai, or through feats/equipment/cyberware (p. 198).
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Christopher J May 28, 2023 11:15 pm UTC
Any chance of POD anytime soon? The game looks really cool, but I don't play from PDF alone.
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Andrew R November 15, 2022 7:46 am UTC
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So the bookmarks are broken the new version 8 PDF you might want to take a look at that.
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James A November 15, 2022 1:53 pm UTC
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Ill troubleshoot today. I tested them before uploading, but I must have missed something, thanks for letting me know!
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James A November 15, 2022 8:20 pm UTC
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Got it sorted now, thanks again!
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Jens B August 08, 2022 7:29 pm UTC
When will this be available as POD again?
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James A November 15, 2022 1:56 pm UTC
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Ill troubleshoot today. I tested them before uploading, but I must have missed something, thanks for letting me know!
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James A November 15, 2022 2:27 pm UTC
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Oops, ignore my comment above. :)

If you're interested in a print copy, right now the Dark Forest Kickstarter is up, and we're doing a full print run of the original book as well. This will be cheaper and far superior in quality to POD, so give it a look!

The POD is currently prohibitively expensive and low quality, so if that changes, I'll have a POD option.
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Stacie W March 15, 2023 2:18 pm UTC
Just do it. Those of us who want it will pay for it. You guys refusing to do a PoD option because of your perception of "low quality" are just screwing over all of us who can't do your limited opportunity Kickstarters or can't afford at the time your Kickstarter timing. It's pure Ego and hubris to not do PoD for this kind of reason. If you only do a single print run on a Kickstarter and that's it then at least give us another damn option.
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Imogen C June 03, 2022 11:20 am UTC
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can you play this with 5e races/classes or is it solely just for use with genefunks rules?
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James A June 20, 2022 2:49 pm UTC
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Sorry for the late reply, yes, there is a section on adding the 5e races/classes if you want a fantasy variant world!
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Imogen C August 19, 2022 9:22 am UTC
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cool thanks for repling
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Jakub K May 03, 2022 7:06 pm UTC
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I can play this without knowing about E5?
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James A May 06, 2022 4:20 pm UTC
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Absolutely, the full rules (which are 5e) are included within the book! No other books are required.
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Jakub K May 06, 2022 5:58 pm UTC
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Thank you for answer. Are there some examples step by step how to create character? I mean official ones, not fanmade
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James A May 07, 2022 7:25 pm UTC
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You bet! If you look at page 12 of the "Full-Size Preview", it shows an abbreviated step-by-step process, with page references.
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Andrew R January 02, 2022 3:20 pm UTC
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Oops posted this question in the shadows of Korea discussion first by accident.
Does anyone know if the suit class's Resource favor has a limit on how many times it can be used a session? As written it does have one but that doesn't match up with the codehacker and dealer archetype crook classes ability's of a similar nature.
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James A January 07, 2022 7:11 pm UTC
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No limit for the suit, the reason it differs is that favors are a more limiting resource than hack slots, and access to money is a more defining feature for the suit. :)
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James A January 01, 2022 6:29 pm UTC
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Happy new year! I missed posting the link to the latest typo/errata change history, so here it is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q17TUWZTez1si1qxHX8EzqFSpzGxIVmw_bXZi3zjIsg/edit?usp=sharing
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James B November 21, 2021 12:20 am UTC
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Can someone explain the ammo pricing to me? As I read it, you buy a full magazine of ammo for a specific gun for the listed cost of that ammo, which means that depending on the gun, you get a different number of rounds for the same price. On first glance, this kind of seems reasonable as in general higher caliber weapons will hold less ammo and cost more per round. This really breaks down when you account for automatic weapons, though. A 5.56 rifle has a reload of 6, so I could get 6 rounds for 25 satoshi, but a 5.56 assault rifle, which fires the exact same round, has a reload of 40, so I could get over three times as many of the exact same round for the same price.

It just doesn't seem to make logical sense.
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James A December 29, 2021 9:39 pm UTC
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You're correct! From a strict simulationist perspective it doesn't hold, that decision was made for game-play's sake. However, for more simulationist-minded tables, go ahead and get specific for each magazine having different prices!
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DIOGO A September 12, 2021 7:38 pm UTC
I always seem to get here when the POD is down, lol
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Matthew T July 16, 2021 6:22 pm UTC
I know this is late but I have the printed book and just realised that the Gunslinger way of the gun class has no 18th leave class feature...is this on purpose and if not where can I find it.
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Richard K August 16, 2021 1:59 am UTC
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I think the 18th level Way of the Gun feature is covered under the 10th level Way of the Gun feature "Extra Handgun Attack" as it gives an additional attack at level 10 and level 18.
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Paul D July 10, 2021 10:31 pm UTC
Congrats DTRPG, no one is ever going to pay £55 for a rpg just to own a print copy. It's like you are trying to put yourself out of business. I assume companies like yourselves are looking at alternatives?
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James A July 11, 2021 8:14 pm UTC
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I agree, the July increase isn't going to work. I'm working on a standard colour version, so the price will be much more reasonable. I'll remove the premium colour option for now until DTRPG can work out a more reasonable arrangement.
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Paul D July 12, 2021 12:40 am UTC
Good move, have you considered looking outside of here for alternative print options for peeps who want a hardcover? Personally, I'm bout the pdfs but I know there are still some that like a physical copy.
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Jim H July 16, 2021 2:25 am UTC
I had the hardcover in my wishlist and just tried to move it to my cart but was told that option doesn’t exist now. Oh well
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James A July 16, 2021 2:49 am UTC
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I removed it after the recent changes that resulted in large price increases. However, if you're interested in a physical copy of the book, you can buy one here, from a full print-run (much higher quality and cheaper, so win-win): https://www.crisprmonkey.com/

I'll have a PoD version up here for standard color soon! :)
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Neil S June 13, 2021 4:41 am UTC
Pod soon
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James A June 16, 2021 11:38 pm UTC
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Yep! Available now pod!
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