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Free League Announces Blade Runner TTRPG for 2022

Free League has announced a Blade Runner RPG, set for a 2022 launch. The game is set between the two movies, and uses Free League’s Year Zero Engine.

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This follows on from the Swedish publisher’s recent successful Aliens RPG, and a million dollar The One Ring Kickstarter.



The official Blade Runner RPG will propel players into the streets of Los Angeles as Blade Runners with unique specialties, personalities – and memories.

The core game and its line of expansions will push the boundaries of investigative gameplay in tabletop RPGs, giving players a range of tools to solve an array of cases far beyond retiring Replicants. Beyond the core casework, the RPG will both in setting and mechanics showcase key themes of Blade Runner – sci-fi action, corporate intrigue, existential character drama, and moral conflict – that challenge players to question your friends, empathize with your enemies, and explore the poisons and perseverance of hope and humanity during such inhumane times.

The rules of the game are based on the acclaimed Year Zero Engine, used in award-winning games such as the ALIEN RPG, Tales From the Loop and Forbidden Lands, but further developed and uniquely tailored for Blade Runner.


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overgeeked

B/X Known World
Really jazzed about this one. Free League has been making amazing products. A cyberpunk investigative game. If they can only avoid the gun fetishism that permeates most other cyberpunk games it could be amazing.

Oh...here's to hoping the system is close enough to Alien that you could do a cross over.
 


overgeeked

B/X Known World
Really jazzed about this one. Free League has been making amazing products. A cyberpunk investigative game. If they can only avoid the gun fetishism that permeates most other cyberpunk games it could be amazing.

Oh...here's to hoping the system is close enough to Alien that you could do a cross over.
Now they just need the Predator IP...hmm...ohh...
 


univoxs

That's my dog, Walter
Supporter
You know what would be great...

If there's a way to connect an Aliens RPG with this new RPG...

Because, technically...they are the same world...but a century apart.

Add in Soldier and the trilogy will be complete.
Oh yeah. I forgot that Soldier was in this world. Good looking out.

This game will sit nicely along side my old Bubblegum Crisis books.
 

Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
While I'm not ART!, I am an Art. So quick question. How many d6's a typically rolled? What's about the max size of the pool?
Only thing I'll add to what @Skywalker said is that, unlike with some dice pool/successes-based games, even a single success is usually a pretty big deal in the Year Zero Engine system. So it's not like Shadowrun or Vampire where one success is pathetic and you generally need lots to win the day.
 


Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
What? Soldier is in this universe?!? I didn’t know that!

Only if you desperately want it to be. The writer, who co-wrote Blade Runner, said it is, and there are some passing easter egg-ish things, but it's not like there was a steward of the Blade Runner IP who was going to shut him down at the time. It's mostly brought up now by people who get overly excited about connecting non-existent dots (you know the type, the ones who swear all the Pixar movies are connected because of bad YouTube videos on the subject) or by that rarest and saddest of creatures...fans of 1998's Soldier.
 

univoxs

That's my dog, Walter
Supporter
Only if you desperately want it to be. The writer, who co-wrote Blade Runner, said it is, and there are some passing easter egg-ish things, but it's not like there was a steward of the Blade Runner IP who was going to shut him down at the time. It's mostly brought up now by people who get overly excited about connecting non-existent dots (you know the type, the ones who swear all the Pixar movies are connected because of bad YouTube videos on the subject) or by that rarest and saddest of creatures...fans of 1998's Soldier.
Best canon is head canon.
 

darjr

I crit!
Only if you desperately want it to be. The writer, who co-wrote Blade Runner, said it is, and there are some passing easter egg-ish things, but it's not like there was a steward of the Blade Runner IP who was going to shut him down at the time. It's mostly brought up now by people who get overly excited about connecting non-existent dots (you know the type, the ones who swear all the Pixar movies are connected because of bad YouTube videos on the subject) or by that rarest and saddest of creatures...fans of 1998's Soldier.
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You’ve been spying on me, haven’t you?
 

wellis

Explorer
If there's a way to connect an Aliens RPG with this new RPG...

Because, technically...they are the same world...but a century apart.

Add in Soldier and the trilogy will be complete.
I know of the Soldier connection but what is the Aliens connection (other than Ridley Scott I mean)?
 





dragoner

Dying in Chargen
That feels a little flimsy for a connection. It's like daying because you saw the Millennium Falcon in the background of a Star Trek movie or episode, that the two settings are connected.
Sure, though I have heard that Ridley Scott says they are in the same universe. It isn't that rigorous, however. I mean, they all just make it up as they go along.
 

Grendel_Khan

Adventurer
That feels a little flimsy for a connection. It's like daying because you saw the Millennium Falcon in the background of a Star Trek movie or episode, that the two settings are connected.
This, 100 percent.

It's not like these settings are hard to mash together at will. Could easily do a Blade Runner game featuring Alien-style synthetics as competition for replicants, and also have Predators show up, etc. etc. Just do whatever you want. But pretending this stuff is canon, or needing canon to be an excuse for doing the game you're interested in doing, seems a little pointless.
 

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