An Altered Carbon RPG has made its debut on Kickstarter, giving us a new way to explore the neo-noir cyberpunk world.
If you happen to be unfamiliar with Altered Carbon, odds are good that you're probably hearing about it because of the Netflix series. However, it first made its splash in the world as a 2002 science fiction novel by Richard Morgan.
Far in the future, humanity as more or less achieved immortality. Consciousnesses are stored in computers called "stacks" which can be transferred between different bodies (called "sleeves") at will. These mechanics translate nicely into a role-playing game, which is probably why the made the thing.
The Altered Carbon RPG Kickstarter is Blowing Up
As we get ever-closer to the premiere of Altered Carbon Season 2 — that's arriving towards the end of February 2020 — the fine folks at Hunters Books have debuted the Altered Carbon RPG on Kickstarter. It's doing quite well, currently sitting at $142,716 of a $20,000 goal. Suffice it to say, this game is getting made.
The game covers several factors of the Altered Carbon universe in an interesting way. Death, for example, isn't really as impactful as it would be in other role-playing games — after all, you can always buy a new sleeve. Adjusting to that new sleeve, however, will take some time. You also have to watch out for taking lethal damage to your stack and suffering true death, putting an end to your adventure for good.
Players have two attributes tied to their sleeve (Strength and Perception) and four attributes tied to their stack (Empathy, Acuity, Willpower, and Intelligence). Each of these attributes has several other skills tied to them, helping you decide how to shape your character.
The Altered Carbon RPG will also be making use of the "Hazard System", an adaptation to the standard way D20s are traditionally used. As an example, you might need to score a 1—4 in order to succeed on a skill check. If that particular skill is trained enough, you can use a die like a D6 and have much better chances than if you were using a D12.
It seems like a pretty interesting system and RPG fans will probably find something to love. You have 27 days to pledge to the Altered Carbon RPG before it's gone for good — the campaign ends on March 4, 2020, at 1:03 AM Eastern.
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