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A high action, modern cyberpunk tabletop roleplaying game set in a dystopian San Francisco
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"How to be a Great GM" Guy Sclanders joins the Carbon 2185 team!

Posted by Dragon Turtle Games (Creator)

How to be a Great GM's Guy Sclanders joins the Carbon 2185 team!

The brilliant Guy Sclanders from the popular 'How to be a Great GM' YouTube channel has joined the Carbon 2185 | A Cyberpunk RPG team as our writer for The Neon City | Tokyo 2185 sourcebook!

Guy is not only an expert tabletop gamer and writer, but he's also an expert on Japan, Tokyo, and Japanese culture! He currently resides in Tokyo itself with his wife.

If you haven't already read it, we highly recommend Guy's book "The complete guide to Creating Epic Campaigns". A system and genre agnostic guide for creating compelling story based campaigns, interesting NPCs and memorable villains for tabletop roleplaying games.

The Neon City | Tokyo 2185 City Sourcebook will be a 100 page free PDF to all backers at every pledge level! You can a softcover version of the Sourcebook to your pledge for just £20.

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The brutal Japanese Civil War of 2171-2172 tore the country apart. Families, gangs, and corporations were all split apart as various members fell into strikingly different ideological sides. The war was settled with an uneasy truce, leaving neither side a clear victor, and with nobody getting what they ultimately wanted. 

On one hand, you had the Isolationists who were sick of the modern influences of technology and corporate greed. They wished to return to the ancient Japanese Sakoku policy and close off Japan to the outside world. On this side as a mere footsoldier was Kaito Watanbe, who later went on to lead his family to take control of The Neon City.

His brother Asahi Watanbe a rumoured pixelfreak, fought on the other side with the Futurists. A group who believed that the best way forward was to follow in the footsteps of the rest of the world, and adapt to the new technologies and new ways of doing things. Asahi eventually fled Japan, heading to San Francisco where he now heads the Aizutachi Yakuza.

There are plenty of opportunities for CYBERPUNKS to make a lot of money, or even play a large political role in a country just one major incident away from a renewed civil war.

We're so close to Manhattan you can practically smell the cologne of the corporate elites! Let's SMASH that stretch goal over the weekend so we can unlock the sourcebook, and learn more about what author Ben Counter has in store for us!


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    1. Lukas Buergi

      Ah, okay. Just a small mistake then. :D

      I thought it was that at first but suddenly became unsure when it was repeated. Main thing is that it will be correct in the books.

      And definitely agree with Tony. Him bringing in that local knowledge alone will be of immense worth to the project!

    2. Tony Alvarsson on

      This is excellent news!
      Having someone who actually lives in the place as a writer should add some extra authenticity to the text.

    3. Dragon Turtle Games 6-time creator on

      We're super happy to have Guy on board!
      @Lukas because I don't proofread the updates properly and my desktop's dictionary doesn't flag Watanbe as a misspelling

    4. Adrianne on

      YAY!! with Guy on board I'm more excited :) I <3 you Guy :) You're awsome!

    5. Lukas Buergi

      Is there a reason for why you have dropped that third 'a' in Watanabe in the updates? You did it in both the last two, after all. While in the trailer, it is there.

    6. Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB on

      That is so awesome to have Guy on board!