Inside the classic Tabletop RPG behind CD Project Red's upcoming Cyberpunk 2077
- Less a how to this time and more a brief hagiography of Mike Pondsmith and the creation of his seminal Cyberpunk RPG.
There are lots of little interesting snippets in the article but one thing that really hit a chord with me was the comment on the art style -- based around the clean lines of contemporary artists such as Nagel -- of the original game. I've never played Cyberpunk
nor read anything of its original release apart from flicking through some adventure modules at the local bookshop.
Well, they could have been Cyberpunk
, but they may been for Shadowrun
. But this is when I first started going to gaming cons, and one of my most vivid memories was a blurb for a CP session called "Pretty Hate Machine". Can't remember for the life of me what the scenario was, but the name and the picture that went with it -- a very elegant B&W line drawing of a kneeling woman with a cybernetic arm -- have been burned in my brain ever since.
So having read the article, I click on the link for the trailer, and lo and behold, I see the
The clip lingers on that picture, all gussied up and retro scanlined amidst the hi-def CGI, for several moments and then later frames it in the background of the visually similar cyberpsychotic seemingly poised to take a headshot. So I'm guessing that the image is probably from the 1st edition core rules. Did it have some significance to the over all narrative or aesthetic of the book? Or was it simply space filler that now as some 2 generations ago struck a resonance with some one looking for a singular defining visual? In either case it unobtrusively yet brilliantly ties the computer game to its pregenesis.
Also, BTS of the Cyberpunk 2077 trailer
, which provides a direct comparison the original image and the one from the clip.
1. Seriously, how cool was it that I could go, at the end of the 80s/beginning of the 90s, and get RPG books from my local franchise bookshop and browse two or three shelves of the things like it's the most normal thing in the world when my teachers were freaking out about D&D and its ilk being a pathway to Satan?