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 “It’s the year 2223.

Two hundred years ago humanity left an Earth that had been so overexploited by big business it could no longer support life. After another hundred years or so of terraforming the barely inhabitable worlds they fled to, so they were just like home, it was business as usual. Which means being under the economic yoke of immoral Corporations who will exploit anything and anybody make a profit.

Twenty years ago the Corporations made their first big mistake in pursuing their Agenda in a long, long time. They started fighting amongst themselves. The First Galactic War, as the Media-PRs all dramatically call it, was one big shark-fest. Big Corp ate little Corp until there were only three big corps in charge: Tri-Corp. Of course the man on the street was expected to pick up the bill for this war and this led to the mother of all recessions. This is where they made their second mistake. In the twenty years that the Corps abandoned whole colonies as “economically unviable” a whole generation grew up outside the corporate indoctrination (sorry education) programmes, since schools and most social funding were the first thing to get cut. A whole generation that grew up into unemployment and had to find a way to live outside the Corporate Wage Slave Culture the rest of the Consortium have to live in.

We grew up hard, mean and clever, not brainwashed and defeated like our parents. We’ve seen what damage the Corps have done to our world through design and wilful neglect. Now with the galactic economy on the upturn after the war the corps are back, telling us that they own us. They can try to flood the Data-Sphere with subliminals about how their “Project Darklight” is going to save us all, but my friend Sys-Squirrel has a thousand jammers roaming Virtual Reality. They can try and build their fortress headquarters down town, but the Semtex Girls are experts in demolition art. Their Puppets may be putting their corrupt claws into City Hall, where one good mayor had actually worked for the people, but me, Donahue McClusky, and my fellow Media Assassins are going to get the bottom of how they killed Mayor Goodwin and then blaze it across News-Net. They think they can bulldoze their way back into controlling our lives and selling us cheap. But I aint no commodity chummy. I’m a Cyberpunk, I live on the Edge and me and my friends are going to fight back against the suits and take our world back from them!”

Donahue McClusky, Investigative Journalist and Cyberpunk Activist, New Oldham.

Project Darklight is a rules-lite Cyberpunk Ruleplaying game, set in the space age of the 23rd Century.

The game uses the Wordplay system by Graham Spearing. This is a rules-light but delightfully crunchy set of rules that supports the inventiveness and creativity that good storytelling requires using single simple and flexible rules mechanic known as the Challenge, using normal six sided dice.

Here’s a breakdown of the book:

Cyberpunk 101

How to create the person you will play during your game, otherwise known as a character, and the setting that they will be exploring and living in.

Load Out

How stuff can help player characters win Challenges. This chapter covers not only everyday mundane Basic Tech but also the almost magically powerful Cyberware.

Data Sphere

This chapter explores the Virtual Worlds of Project Darklight and what the characters can get up to there.

Doing Business

This chapter explains how the game system works. How dice are used to determine what happens when the outcome is less than clear. It is made up of two sections.

  • Challenges. How Wordplay structures the moments of tension that the player characters will experience during the game.
  • Outcomes. How the results of Challenges affect characters. Also how characters change during the game.

Depending on whether your group decides to run an Open or Closed game the following chapter may be the sole preserve of the Netmaster.

Behind the Curtain

This chapter details the deep setting secrets, explains how to set up adventure and gives extra help for the Netmaster.


This short introductory adventure is ideal for new players and Netmasters.

Please Note: The print version will be available in a couple of weeks time. Please keep your receipt and I will discount you the price of the pdf against a print copy. I will let previous buyers know via an email update - so please enable email notifications from D101 Games.

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Gary A November 30, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
One other thing to think about. Some character examples would have been nice to see.
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Gary A November 30, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Couple of things right off the bat. On pg 17 for the example you have listed 2,4,5,6,6,1,2,3,4,1 as the roll yet your example says its 4 success yet its 5. It's just a little confusing at first. Also why would you mention a longboat or dwarf made blade in a cyberpunk book as an example? Could you not have said, "players Cyberbike or a enhanced nano blade?" Just nit picking I know but I think this is a cool game and could use another once over...
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