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RPGaDay 2017 – Day 30

30/08/2017

What is an RPG genre-mashup you would most like to see?

Short Answer: Sci-fi Noir.

Long Answer: It’s not a new mashup, but it feels like it has been under-served in recent years. Maybe it’s because noir isn’t popular, or feels too hard to recreate at the table. Maybe the genre has fallen out of favour in cinemas and on TV. Maybe fantasy and super hero RPGs simply sell better. It’s hard to say for sure.

Whatever the reason, I’d still like to see it make a comeback. Getting people on board will soon get easier. The ultimate sci-fi noir movie, Blade Runner, finally gets a sequel in October. It’s too early to tell how good the finished movie will be, but if it’s anything like the original there will be plenty of people wanting to don trench coats, hop in flying cars, and solve crimes in the near(ish) future.

But what about the current sci-fi noir RPGs, you say. I can think of three off the top of my head: Cyberpunk, Shadowrun, and Mutant Chronicles. Cyberpunk’s third edition released in 2005. Sure, that’s only 12 years ago, but it seems like their current focus is the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 computer game. As for Shadowrun, while it’s great for noir games it’s more techno-fantasy than sci-fi.

Mutant Chronicles is currently the best bet for noir style games. It’s still techno-fantasy, like Shadowrun, but a bit more easily customised. I’d still hesitate to use it for a more ‘pure’ noir game, however. The ‘weird’ elements of the setting are too tightly woven into the overall story.

I guess I’ll just have to wait and see if anyone brings something out closer to Blade Runner later this year.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 30/08/2017 11:50

    Good dream I definitely share… but is it really ours?

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