|“||The Roleplaying Game of the Dark Future||„|
The first edition spawned 4 supplementary books that add detail and extra information for players to use, Near Orbit, Solo of Fortune and Rockerboy focused space and the Solo and Rockerboy character role respectively, whilst Hardwired was a spin-off book on the novel of the same name by Walter John Williams.
A Second edition released a few years later in 1990, called Cyberpunk 2020 expanded upon the ruleset and the world and is considered the primary way to play the game. After the release of 2020, the first edition became known as Cyberpunk 2013, in reference to the year of the setting, to differentiate the two editions. After a small hiatus in the late 1990s, a third edition was released, known as Cyberpunk v3.0, however the book has later been revised and is now considered non-canon.
Friday Night Firefight Edit
|“||Anyone shot by a gun pressed up against the head will automatically have his brains blown out. People have been known to survive such injuries, but its very rare.||„|
— Friday Night Firefight
Friday Night Firefight, subtitled, Interlock man to man & weapons combat system, is the first of the booklets featured in the Cyberpunk 2013 boxset. It covers the FNFF combat system, that includes all elements of firearm combat in an easy to use, but realistic format. Melee and hand to hand combat is also covered by this system.
The aim of the system is to move away from the Hollywood tropes of unstoppable characters that can take an ungodly amount of damage and still fire their weapons with precision aim. FNFF is not meant to be good clean fun, but rather a deadly system that makes guns dangerous again, if your character has a large caliber hand gun then he is a force to be reckoned with.
The book covers everything from the basics of combat, the three phase turns, movements, actions, FOV and line of sight; to the more advanced special attacks, cover, suppression fire and thrown grenades. Also included is a section on melee combat, called Friday Night Fistfight, and how the system works with hand to hand combat.
The final section of the book includes reference data for the various weapons and armor on offer, as well as the various modifier tables.
View from the Edge Edit
|“||Throw yourself up against danger and take it head-on. Never play it too safe, stay committed to the edge.||„|
— View from the Edge
The first section of the book covers what is Cyberpunk, and the three main concepts, Style of Substance, Attitude is Everything and Live on the edge. Players creating characters must abide by these three concepts to pull off the 21st century cyberpunk. Also covered are the main character roles, Rockerboy, Solo, Netrunner, Techie, Media, Cop, Corporate, Fixers and Nomads, with the Netrunner character class expanded on in the second half of the book.
Welcome to Night City Edit
|“||Night City is a modern urban environment, complete with dark streets, filthy alleys and rowdy clubs.||„|
— Welcome to Night City
The world of Night City is introduced, originally intending to be a placeholder for any major metropolitan area, it allowed players to imagine their own dark crime ridden city to further immerse themselves in the game. In the later 2020 edition, Night City is expanded into a fictitious location with its own history.
Never Fade Away, is a mini adventure for first time players, that introduces the iconic characters of Johnny Silverhand and Alt Cunningham. The major corporations are all given their own profiles and key information such as founders, personnel and headquarters. The final section of the book includes several articles written in-universe that give players a little more flavor of the world of Cyberpunk.
Since the release of the 2nd edition, Cyberpunk 2013 has been out of print, and as of 2018 it is also unavailable to purchase digitally. Second hand copies are seldom seen for sale on online auction sites and typically command a hefty price tag even in less than optimal condition.
PONDSMITH, M. Cyberpunk. 1st ed. Berkely CA; R.Talsorian Games, 1988
Cyberpunk, Copyright 1988 R.Talsorian Games Inc