Cyberpunk PCs, Part II

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Now I am going to look at character types for some Cyberpunk RPGS that I have. I pulled Cyberpunk 2020, Ex Machina, and Shadowrun (4e) off my shelf. Here’s what I found.

Cyberpunk 2020
This had the closest thing to character classes out of the bunch. There are more than I remember, though:

  • Rockerboy
  • Solo
  • Netrunner
  • Techie
  • MedTech
  • Media
  • Cop
  • Corporate
  • Fixer
  • Nomad

Some of these are interesting. MedTech is in there largely, I think, because of the cleric-syndrome. (Although you could run a campaign in which the PCs are ab emergency response team – and that could actually be pretty cool.) Nomad seems to fit more of the post-apocalyptic world than the cyberpunk one, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

Ex Machina
Based on Tri-Stat, Ex Machina doesn’t have character classes, but it does have adaptable occupational templates:

  • Hacker
  • Idol (celebrity-type)
  • Investigator
  • Medic
  • Street Punk
  • Street Samurai
  • Suit
  • Tech
  • Teleoperator

Shadowrun doesn’t have anything like classes, really… so I am just going to list their template/sample characters. Some of these are magical-types. I’ll mark those with a (m).

  • Bounty Hunter
  • Combat Mage (m)
  • Cover Ops Specialist
  • Drone Rigger
  • Enforcer
  • Face
  • Gunslinger Adept (m)
  • Hacker
  • Occult Investigator (m)
  • Radical Eco Shaman (m)
  • Smuggler
  • Sprawl Ganger
  • Street Samurai
  • Technomancer (m, sort of)
  • Weapons Specialist

I’m not sure what results to draw from this stuff yet. One thing that sticks out in many of these is the emphasis on where a PC comes from (usually the streets or the world of privilege) as a defining characteristic.



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  1. REO Meatwagon does have AV4’s that regularly evac wounded from hot zones, and a common solo trick is to break their coverage card to get an armed medevac AV4 to their location as cover.
    So House/St. Elsewhere/The Kingdom + Ghost in the Shell?

    I usually diagnosed the Nomad as upgunned homeless. Take Neal Stephenson’s “tribal” bits from Snow Crash/Diamond Age and cast everyone with the same affinity as a motorcycle gang instead of putting them in suburban enclaves. Mobile Turf.

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