Neuromancer

“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” That’s the first line of William Gibson’s 1984 novel Neuromancer and, just like that, he pretty much codified the aesthetic of cyberpunk. This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we go ga-ga over the novel and look at the way it influenced cyberpunk RPGs. Or was ripped off by cyberpunk RPGs. We’ve heard it both ways.

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In the episode, Stu mentions a post by Gibson about Shadowrun. If you have access to the text of that, drop us a line!

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3 thoughts on “Neuromancer

  1. I have a ton to say about cyberpunk as a genre, and especially about cyberpunk as a genre in gaming, but…it’s all really unpopular and will start fights. So I’m just gonna say that, in my estimation, the best cyberpunk RPGs have been “GURPS Cyberpunk” and “Neon City Overdrive”, and then shut the hell up before I start bitching about elves with cyberdecks and Internet Superjesus and Chromebooks and stuff.

    Now I’m gonna go listen to DEVO and early (EARLY) Ministry, or something.

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