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Oh, beautiful for spacious skies

Skies that are colored gray, not like that of a dead channel, but from rain trying in vain to wash away the grime and evil of the streets below.

For amber waves of grain

Grain used to make “food” to feed America’s 430+ million people; and of course, the fatcats still get the first — and sometimes the only — mouthfuls.

For purple mountains’ majesties

That the average person will never get to see, because they’re too busy with their noses to the grindstone, pleasing their corporate masters. If the skies were even clear enough, that is.

Above the fruited plain

At least those plains that haven’t been devastated by the worsening weather events brought on by climate change.

America, America

No longer exists in a recognizable form, ever since becoming a mere fascist shell of itself under the boot heel of an ascendant China.

God shed his grace on thee

The gods now live above the masses in their mighty towers of polycarbon and glass, imposing their will through tyrannical (and compliant) politicians and legions of armored federal agents.

And crown thy good with brotherhood

There’s very little good in the world anymore and “brotherhood” is a joke. There is only destroy or be destroyed, succeed or fail...and the system is rigged to make you fail.

From sea to shining sea

Which (also thanks to climate change) comes a little closer every year, flooding once-habitable land.

New World is a cyberpunk campaign framework based on the Traveller SRD (which is itself based on The Original Science Fiction Roleplaying Game published in the 1970s) and the Cepheus Engine SRD. Set in the middle of the 21st century in an America rendered almost unrecognizable by past events, the campaign features many of the tropes commonly expected in a cyberpunk world, along with some developed expecially for New World:

  • A timeline based on and extrapolated from real-life events
  • A familiar lifepath character generation system
  • A generous selection of cybernetic modifications, mundane equipment, and vehicles
  • Simplified rules for computer use and cyber-combat
  • A discussion of mid-21st century American life and culture, including a glossary of slang terms
  • A look at the changes wrought on America and the rest of the world
  • A system for mapping sections of the “Net (aka cyberspace)
  • A system for determining spontaneous radicalization, one of the worst scourges of the future age
  • And much, much more

It’s a new world, just around the corner. Welcome to the future, daoren…hope you survive it!

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Lőrinc D June 10, 2023 4:03 am UTC
I want to like this, but it feels like it needs more polish. Right now it feels like the developer's notes rather than a complete book.
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jiqin X April 18, 2023 4:29 pm UTC
I noticed some errors in the origins of the Chinese-derived cyberpunk slang terms listed in the book. Specifically,
“Jay Chew” listed jiechu(联系) as its origin, but the pinyin of these two characters actually is "lianxi",jiechu will be writen in chinese as "接触". And neither 联系 nor 接触 means contact or associate(The corresponding terms are 关系 or 熟人)。
“Johnny” listed jian ren (线) as its origin, but the pinyin of that character actually is "xian",“jian ren” seems to me a misspelled version of xianren(线人). Xianren does mean a snitch or informant, but doesn't carry a derogatory meaning(that will be 内鬼).

If you're open to it, I would be happy to suggest some alternatives:
The origin of “Jay Chew” can be zhongjie(中介),“broker”
The origin of “Johnny” can be jubao(举报),“report to authorities”. That "jubao" also regularly carry a negative connotation...See more
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Michael B April 22, 2023 3:18 am UTC
Thanks for the feedback. As a non-Chinese speaker, I had to depend on Google Translate. I knew that might be asking for it, but I wanted to use something more unique than just the same old Cyberpunk slang that every other work uses.

I'd like to incorporate your suggestions in the next edition of the book, but (in the interest of truthfulness) it'll be a while until I get around to upgrading it. Rest assured that it's now in the queue, however, and will include your suggestions. Thanks again.
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Rudy C November 30, 2022 3:28 pm UTC
Is this a standalone product? Is everything I need to play inside this book, or will I need to acquire Cephus/Traveller and reference those as well?
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Michael B December 01, 2022 2:12 am UTC
It's based on Cepheus Engine, which is itself based on Traveller. You will need one or the other, but there's a free version of the CE SRD online and here on DTRPG, and an online version of the Traveller SRD. Of course, if you have a different system you'd like to use, much of the background can be used without much tinkering.
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Nathan C June 10, 2022 1:37 am UTC
How well do the interior illustrations of the book work in B&W as opposed to color? Trying to figure out which one I want to order if I go for hardcopy.
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Jeremy H June 09, 2022 4:01 pm UTC
Intriguing! Can someone give me more details on chargen, cyber and weapon stuff before the Deal of the Day ends?
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Michael B June 10, 2022 12:10 am UTC
In a nutshell, it uses a chargen based on Cepheus Engine, which is itself based on Traveller. However, the Referee has great leeway to impose whatever type of chargen works best for the campaign. Weapons are highly genericized (listed simply as Auto Pistol, Revolver, or Submachine Gun, for example), which allows the Referee to introduce branding of whatever cyberpunk world (s)he runs. Cyberware is intended to be simple, and work with the particulars of the CE/Trav system.
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Raymond B November 03, 2021 2:25 pm UTC
Is there a plan for a pod print product? Will definitely be purchasing, but I'd like to buy print and pdf at the same time.
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Michael B November 05, 2021 8:43 pm UTC
There is. In fact, I'm waiting for the print proof, but I don't have a firm ETA on it.
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Michael B November 06, 2021 12:38 am UTC
Good news! The proof arrived sooner than I expected and I've approved it for POD production. Enjoy!
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Patrick B October 15, 2021 4:56 am UTC
It says it uses the Traveller SRD and is used with the Cepheus SRD. I'm not clear if that means you can use New World with either one or if you need to use rules from both SRDs at once
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Michael B October 16, 2021 12:00 am UTC
The Cepheus SRD is a direct descendant of the online Traveller SRD. Although New World is written for Cepheus, the two systems are similar enough that you can use either or even blend elements that you like from both.
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