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Welcome to the Dystopian Cyberpunk Neo-Noir World of Altered Carbon

The human mind is nothing more than digital code –Digital Human Freight– saved and stored in a Cortical Stack, advanced technology that allows you to “re-sleeve” your entire consciousness into a new body.

In the official Altered Carbon role playing game based on the hit Netflix series, wear any body you can afford, transmit your mind across the cosmos in an instant, and, if you’ve got the credits and political cachet, re-sleeve time and again for centuries, accumulating enough wealth and power over the millennia to become the societal equivalent of an immortal god.

Welcome to Bay City

Included inside the Core Rulebook, you’ll find:

  • Rules to play Archetypes ranging from Socialites to Soldiers.
  • Explore the expansive metropolis Bay City in both its criminal Underground, and vaunted Aerium world of the immortal meths.
  • A highly customizable Trait and tech system.
  • Storytelling-focused rules, that help create dramatic tension inside of combat and intrigue outside combat.
  • The means in which to transfer your characters digital consciousness into a new sleeve should they come to a tragic end.
  • Opponents ranging from unhinged augmented thugs to cunning and manipulative political adversaries.

With the prize of immortality at your fingers, the question is, what price will you pay for it? What stories will you tell?

Your neon-drenched adventures await!

The World Awaits

Altered Carbon is the registered trademark of Skydance Productions, LLC.
Used under license. © 2020 Skydance Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Hunter C January 14, 2022 10:06 pm UTC
Any idea when we will get a fillable PDF?
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Richard S October 02, 2021 4:24 am UTC
Does this by chance use a similar resolution engine to Outbreak: Undead...? I love the combat in that game, and applying it to cyberpunk sounds mighty appealing...
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Richard S October 02, 2021 11:34 pm UTC
Seems it does! Did some digging and found the pre-release play on Youtube. By no means identical, but very reminiscent. Reminiscent enough that I jumped right in!
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Brandon P August 14, 2021 11:54 pm UTC
I bought a copy of the deluxe edition core book today from my FLGS, then went online to and The files referenced in the back of the book, under 'online resources,' are not available, on either site. Please address this issue. Thank you for your time and attention.
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Ivan V August 19, 2021 7:53 pm UTC
Hey Brandon.
The Publisher keeps all of the free downloads and online resources on the product page. Was there something specific you were looking for?
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Brandon P August 19, 2021 10:37 pm UTC
The information at the back of my book mentions, "On our website you will find:
*Character Sheets
*Blank Sheets
*Pregenerated Characters
*Equipment Sheets with multiple variants.
*The Quick Start Guide featuring The Altered Carbon The Role Playing Game Official Rules Summary
*A sample scenario from the campaign Bay City Confidential: Career Suicide
*Additional appendices, sheets and lore information"

However, all I can find is the character sheet and a GM screen panel. Additionally, I am surprised the character sheet is not form-fillable or printer friendly.

Thank you for your time and attention.
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Ben D April 18, 2021 2:33 pm UTC
My friends and I backed this on the Kickstart campaign. So far I am loving it, with a couple of notable exceptions. One there is no black character sheet anywhere in the book. While that is easily overlooked in favor of filling that space with more content. The fact that there is only one, non-form fillable pdf version of the character sheet is where I have a very large issue. Now I am frustrated, I want to make a character but I am left to make notes in a text document and wait until I can print out the character sheet.
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Renato F April 18, 2021 3:48 pm UTC
The real question is... How is the pdf? Full of errors or did they had more care with it in the Core Book?
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Ben D April 19, 2021 11:09 am UTC
I am still not that far into my read-through of the book. So far I haven't noticed any errors, but as I said I haven't read as much as I would have liked to.
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Eric L January 21, 2021 12:25 am UTC
EXCELLENT!!!!!!! :)
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Steve P January 18, 2021 12:13 am UTC
I've only read the downloads from their website. The Rules Summary has potential, but needs serious help. I haven't read a more difficult to follow and poorly organized rules set. However, they work done on this world is commendable and the basic concepts on how to deal with sleeves versus stacks is good.

These writers have great ideas, but they need help.
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Michael G February 16, 2021 12:05 am UTC
This about sums up this core rulebook. Calling it disorganized would be a compliment. Doesn't give much hope for Werewolf.
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Renato F January 12, 2021 10:57 am UTC
I Only read the Quick Start Rules, and wanted to buy the Core Book, but I saw there were a lot of Typos and phrase construction errors, my question is, will we get updated PDFs in the future when new corrected editions release, or I'll be stuck with the edition I bought?

Also I would suggest a symbology chart somewhere, seeing as Symbols are used as main pointers in the Rules system and I kinda got lost in the 60 or something pages of the Quick Start Rules :)
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Mr S C January 16, 2021 3:24 am UTC
Given all the errors you describe, which I also easily found when viewing the preview, are apparently present in the printed book and that I have seen comments on the Kickstarter regarding the production quality of the book itself I wouldn't hold out too much hope on corrections from this publisher (especially since they apparently went ahead with printing with such obvious errors still present).

And I say the above as a backer for the deluxe version of the printed book, something I expect I will regret even more by the time my copy actually turns up.
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Jeff M January 05, 2021 10:21 pm UTC
I ve check the introduction scenario on your site : D from Cerberusarms (ex The Node) and Vivid Vivka are on the cover ?_?
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Jim M December 28, 2020 2:01 pm UTC
Is it available for POD?
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Alex H December 28, 2020 6:56 pm UTC
It will be available for physical retail purchase in early 2021. At this time it is not planned for PoD.
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Nedim J December 28, 2020 7:38 am UTC
Will this be translated into German? :)
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Alex H December 28, 2020 6:56 pm UTC
Presently a German translation is not in the works, though we are always exploring additional localization options.
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Alexis M December 28, 2020 1:02 am UTC
Did you manage to book Erika Ishii for the profile picture???
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Ivan V December 28, 2020 4:47 am UTC
Yup! Erika is extremely talented and we love her work.
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Mr S C December 25, 2020 2:15 am UTC
Does this PDF version form the basis of the printed book, as I can still see mising words, typos, a definite overuse of commas and other errors just in the 16 page preview?
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Michael G January 05, 2021 9:41 pm UTC
Yes. Notable other errors seem to be in charts. Mostly incorrect symbology, missing data, and even a missing chart.
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Mr S C January 06, 2021 6:19 pm UTC
Thank you for the info, which the publisher failed to supply... so glad I backed for the deluxe version of the book during the KS now /s
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vegar F December 24, 2020 11:31 pm UTC
what dice system does this use?
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Ivan V December 24, 2020 11:58 pm UTC
It uses a modified version of the Hazard System. Like a reverse savage worlds. With D4 being the superior dice.
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Sandro O December 26, 2020 4:50 pm UTC
Hum.... interesting...
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