THERE IS A NEW JUNGLE.
It is a living thing, thriving in an environment where most other organisms would wither and perish. It is a canopy of glass and steel rising from black ground fertilized with the dust of a collapsed age. It is populated by only one kind of animal, a chameleon creature rapacious and predatory. This denizen inhabits all the niches once filled by a million species in the new jungles vanishing namesake: it is bright and obscure, brash and silent, swift and slow…the hunter and the hidden.
It is the City.
And in the City there is no mercy and there is no quarter.
Welcome to the Neon City.
The world of Cyberpunk is a violent, dangerous place, filled with people who’d love to rip your arm off and eat it. The traditional concepts of good and evil are replaced by the values of expedience—you do what you have to do to survive. If you can do some good along the way, great. But don’t count on it.
Cyberpunk characters are survivors in a tough, grim world, faced with life-and death choices. How they make these choices will have a lot to do with whether they end up as vicious animals roaming a ruined world or retain something of their basic humanity. Cyberpunk characters are the heroes of a bad situation, working to make it better (or at least survivable) whenever they can. Whether it takes committing crimes, defying authority or even outright revolution, the quintessential Cyberpunk character is a rebel with a cause. As a Cyberpunk roleplayer, it’s up to you to find that cause and go to the wall with it.
This is the essence of Cyberpunk— playing your character with the proper disaffected,cynical-yet-idealistic style. Whether you’re a biker with leathered skin and metal claws, or a debutante in satin sporting the latest in designer cyberoptics, you’re going to need a certain panache, a certain flair, in portraying yourself. To achieve the essence of the 2000s, you need to master three concepts:
1) Strength over Style
It doesn’t matter how well you do something, as long as you look like you know what you’re doing. If you’re going to blow it, make sure you look like you planned it that way. If some Boosterhead thinks he’s tougher than you and picks a fight… Make sure you win. If not, and you survive (unlikely, They play for keeps in Neon City), the predators of the street will know you’re weak and you’ll soon end up parts at the bodybank.
2) Attitude Is Everything
It’s truth. Think dangerous; be dangerous. Think weak; be weak. Remember,
everyone in the 2000s is carrying lots of lethal hardware and hightech enhancements.
They won’t be impressed by your new H&K smartgun unless you swagger
into the club looking like you know how to use it and are just itching for an
excuse. Never walk into a room when you can stride in. Never look at someone unless
you can make it your best “killer” look. Use your best “I’m bad and you aren’t”
smile. Don’t sit around the flat or cube waiting for the next job. Get on out and hit
the clubs and hangouts. Make sure you’re where the party starts.
3) Live on the Edge
The Edge is that nebulous zone where risk-takers and high-riders go. On the
Edge, you’ll risk your cash, your rep, even your life, on something as nebulous
as a principle or a big score. As a Cyberpunk, you want to be the action, start the
rebellion, light the fire. Join great causes and fight for big issues. Never drive
slow when you can drive fast. Throw yourself up against danger and take it headon.
Never play it too safe. Stay committed to the Edge.
If you can do all of this….
You might just survive.
So Again I say:
Welcome to the Neon City.