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Essentials of a Cyberpunk World: Slang

Posted by Dragon Turtle Games (Creator)

Essentials of a Cyberpunk World: Slang

Firstly, I want to thank all of you for being awesome! Yesterday was one of the best days for the campaign so far, both in terms of funding, and in new backers!

Normally at this stage in a campaign things are starting to cool off, but we're actually gaining momentum thanks to all of you CYBERPUNKS spreading the campaign!

Let's take a look at slang in 2185. 

Not all slang is universal, and each city sourcebook will feature their own slang lists specific to that region, however some slang is used across the world in 2185, and we'll look at some of those today!

Here we have a list of 10 slang terms that you'll encounter in day to day life in 2185.

What's your favourite?

Do you have any good suggestions for slang? Let us know!


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      Lee on

      I am so going to make it so my party will be able to say 'Shut up Wesley' at least once! :D

      Sweet Sixteen: Someone slumming it probably on parents money. Lots of high tech and no skills, probably running their mouth. Easy mark/money maker if used right.

    2. Lukas Buergi

      That was mean, Finagle. True, but mean. ;)

      barber - fighter specialising in close combat
      mechanic - troubleshooter/problemsolver of the dirty kind (including problems of continued survival of individuals)

    3. Finagle

      ghost or glitch - someone with no digital track/record, unkown to the net
      blind bob - someone without a cyberjack/access to the net
      virgin - technologically unenhanced person
      YES - money/cash (derived from the money symbols of yen, euro and dollar: ¥€$)
      to brexit - to botch on an escape attempt / a negotiation ^^
      bribe bride - someone only in for the money
      faceless - someone who lost his/her former good reputation
      idoru - artifical persona/identity/avatar
      technomancer - technologically highly skilled & cybernetically enhanced person

    4. Lukas Buergi

      "Roadblock" - someone running their vehicle on autopilot/remote traffic control

      "Carbonsalem" - someone having undergone rejuvenation

      "Bling" - obvious cyberware

      "to dust so." - to kill so.

      "fog" - polluted air/smog

      "410'd" - killed/erased

      "Dreamer" - developer of learning programs and entertainment products in artificial environment, artifical environment, artificial intelligence

    5. Kiraah on

      Crib/bed - When you hack someone and stop their motor functionality so they can't walk/move besides wiggling, like a baby.

    6. Dragon Turtle Games 6-time creator on

      Those are all great suggestions guys! Keep them coming and you may see one or two in the Core Rulebook!

    7. Lukas Buergi

      I like the idea of "yeah, he's lagging". :D

      Frag I know more for 404'd by murder. One particular slang word for murdered that I have stumbled upon and think would work well, especially in the Tokyo book is "folded". The idea behind the word being folded like origami paper (which isn't very healthy for a person as you might notice).

    8. Kiraah on

      Frag/ged - f*ck/f*cked
      Lag/ging - Someone high who's tripping out/not able to function [on the 2185 equivalent of Lean]
      Schway - Cool B)

    9. Lukas Buergi

      "Chum" for newbies on the street who look like they won't last long.

      Then there's the good old "chummer" as in SR, although you could also use... say "padre" (shortened compadre).

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      Marn Manders on

      What about Divers, for Dark Web operatives?

      Love the cowboy xD, would have gone for Bebop myself =P

    11. Lukas Buergi

      Hard choice. Wesley's just spectacular, Pinocchio too much of a classic not to like and 404'd a great idea.

    12. Joshua Ohmer on

      Loved Pinocchio and pixelfreak, but really got a kick out of Wesley!

    13. Dragon Turtle Games 6-time creator on

      Ben, now you're getting it! Come back at the same time next week for another 10 pieces of slang!
      Sebastian, we LOVE Pinocchio as well! It doesn't look it, but each one of these was agonised over!

    14. Ben Fowler

      “Wesley” as a Crush addict. I loled so hard I 404d.

    15. Sebastian D. on

      Pinocchio is my clear winner - that's both fresh and very fitting. 404'd is nice, though.

    16. Dragon Turtle Games 6-time creator on

      @Test Monkey It's very, very difficult to tell Synths from Humans, until you get to know one!

    17. Dragon Turtle Games 6-time creator on

      @Chris Thanks! Almost 200 years after it started airing, STG is still a fan favourite in 2185

    18. Test Monkey

      It’s a tie:

      404’d and Pinocchio

    19. Dragon Turtle Games 6-time creator on

      @Matt Drake Thus is life in 2185
      @Christos 404'd came from one of our Discord users! We couldn't NOT use it after we read it!

    20. Chris Claus on

      Digging the Wesley.

    21. Matt Drake

      I am giggling at both there being a drug called Crush, and addicts called Wesleys.

    22. Christos Kiriakakis on

      Easily my favorite is 404'd