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Episode 22: Cyberpunk and Transhumanism, or a Space Station Made of Bacon

What does it mean to be human when you can replace your body with cybernetic implants? Does your soul survive if you upload your consciousness into a computer? Cyberpunk and transhumanist games ask these questions. From William Gibson’s Neuromancer to Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan, from Ghost in the Shell to Almost Human, we have always been fascinated by the implications of an increasingly digitized world. Adam Jury and Michael Surbrook join us to discuss the roleplaying games that examine humanity in a near-future dystopia of technology dominated society with noodle stands on every corner.

Our sponsors for this episode…

Spirit Store, your one stop for all your costume and decor needs year-round.

Animation Celebration, from March 28-30, 2014, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

Our Guests

Michael Surbrook

HERO System

Champions

BlackWyrm Publishing

Surbrook Stuff

Ghost, Ghouls, and Golems (No official site yet)

Larger Than Life: Adventures in American Folklore

 

Adam Jury

Eclipse Phase

Putting his money where his mouth is on the podcast, Adam has given Gamer’s Tavern permission to post the full core rulebook for Eclipse Phase right here!

A Time of Eclipse, the new ebook setting guide to Eclipse Phase (launched after the recording)

Shinobi Clans

Classic BattleTech

Shadowrun

Guardians of Order

Adam Jury’s website

Eclipse Phase: Transhuman

 

What We’ve Been Playing

Shadowrun 4th Ed (Darryl, Ross)

AD&D 2nd Ed (Darryl’s Friend)

Ross’s Blog on Genghis Con

HERO System (Mike, Ross)

Accursed (Ross)

The Widening Gyre (Ross)

Magic: The Gathering (Adam)

Cyberpunk, Post-Cyberpunk, and Transhumanism

Singularity

Kazei 5

Neuromancer

Snow Crash

Diamond Age

Transmetropolitan

Bladerunner

Neon Umbrella

Bubblegum Crisis

Ghost in the Shell

Megazone 23

abstraction

Image from XKCD, used under CC BY NC 2.5

Cyberpunk 2020

Cyberspace

Chicago Archology

Shadowrun

Eclipse Phase

Creative Commons

Kazai 5

Listen Up You Primative Screwheads (Great book for GMs regardless of system or genre)

Cyberpunk 3.0

barbiepunk

Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer (Not mentioned on the podcast but OMFG AWESOME!!!!!11)

GURPS Cyberpunk

Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling

Steve Jackson Games vs United States

Hacker Manifesto

Electronic Frontier Foundation (This is a charity I personally support)

Cybergeneration

Gamer’s Tavern: Gaming and Film

Ex Machina

D20 Future

D20 Cyberscape

SLA Industries

Corporation

Alpha Omega

TechNoir

Nova Praxis

Interface Zero

Mutant Chronicles

Rifts

Warhammer 40K Roleplay

Paranoia

READING ABOUT PARANOIA IS TRAITOROUS. PLEASE REPORT TO THE NEAREST TERMINATION CHAMBER. HAVE A NICE DAY.

Blue Planet

Feng Shui

Android: Netrunner

Cyberpunk 2020 CCG by Social Games

Shadowrun CCG

Always Never Now

Underground

Farcast by Bobby Derie

 

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4 comments

  1. Stephen says:

    Most of your show-note links are broken.

  2. Stephen says:

    Correction: not “most,” but a goodly number. Especially those pointed at drivethru have a part of the gamerstavern URL mashed up in front of it.

    • Abstruse says:

      It’s due to an issue with linking and WordPress where it drops the http:// from the links. I thought I had that bug fixed, but apparently I didn’t. Thanks for letting me know.

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