There's An Altered Carbon RPG Coming

Based on the Netflix show and the novels of Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is set in a Bladerunner-esque future where people can transfer their minds from one body to another, even after death. The RPG is coming from Hunters Entertainment, publisher of Kids on Bikes and The ABCs of D&D, in 2020.


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Here's the full press release:

"Skydance Media has reached a multi-year licensing agreement with Hunters Entertainment to produce tabletop role-playing games set within the stunning sci-fi universe of the hit Netflix series, Altered Carbon.

Based upon the best-selling novels by Richard K Morgan, Altered Carbon is set centuries into the future when the human mind has been digitized and the soul itself is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop. Netflix recently renewed Altered Carbon for a second season, with Anthony Mackie (Avengers) becoming the new Takeshi Kovacs as the series continues to explore his journey spanning hundreds of years across many different bodies and planets.

The long-term agreement calls for an ongoing series of tabletop RPGs drawing from the full scope of the Altered Carbon series, with direct tie-ins to the highly-anticipated second season from executive producers Alison Schapker (Fringe), Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle Angel) and James Middleton. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross serve as executive producers for Skydance.

“Altered Carbon is such a rich and expansive universe,” says Ivan Van Norman, CMO and Co-Founder of Hunters. “We look forward to producing an equally ambitious and inspired line of games for years to come.”

The games will begin with a crowdfunding campaign for the core RPG manual later this year, with plans for print and digital releases in 2020 through their global publishing deal with Renegade Game Studios.

The Skydance-Hunters licensing deal was brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who will manage the license on behalf of Hunters and serve as an editor on the game itself. LeFavi is no stranger to tabletop, as he is currently managing the master tabletop gaming license for Frank Herbert’s Dune with Legendary and Gale Force Nine. Skydance Media is represented by Evolution."


Hunters Entertainment is the company which produced Outbreak: Undead, Kids on Bikes, and Overlight, as well as The ABCs of D&D children's book.
 
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dwayne

Explorer
Dias Ex Machina Games has Ultramodern5, NeuroSpasta, and Apex (5th Edition) make for superhero, ghost in the shell, and could pull off a setting like hard carbon easy
 

Paragon Lost

Explorer
I hope they stick to the books more than the Netflix series. While I enjoyed the series on Netflix, it was a shadow of what the books were and did a disservice to books. Simplifying and making stupid choices in my opinion. Anyone know anything about how the game mechanics might go in regards to this project?
 

Paragon Lost

Explorer
Wait...Anthony Mackie? why? Not that I dislike Anthony Mackie - but I really like Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi in season 1.
I like Mackie and Kinnaman as well. I don't have an issue with the change though since sleeves/bodies are just that and easily replaced as needed. Have you read the book trilogy btw? If you have you'll see how is how it pretty much works.
 
I like Mackie and Kinnaman as well. I don't have an issue with the change though since sleeves/bodies are just that and easily replaced as needed. Have you read the book trilogy btw? If you have you'll see how is how it pretty much works.
Yes... I know exactly how it works. I wasn't referring to the transition from one sleeve to another... I get that, and know how easy it is. I was referring to the actor himself... Kinnaman was pretty fantastic and can't see why he needed to be replaced... that's all.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Explorer
I am thinking about...a day your PV awakes up and discover has been resleeved in a new body, by the government agents who want a deal with you. They know you have done some horrible things, but they offer to avoid a worse punishment if your do some special works for them. But really your memories are false, you are an innocent citizen who tried to disobey some immoral rules and faced a corrupt high Commissioner. Or a day to discover a great secret but when you are going to tell it a member of your family tries kill you, because she was killed (or only kidnapped) and replaced with a clone with altered memory as a sleeper agent.

Other option could be the (edited) memories traffic, something like the S.Q.U.I.D device from "Strange Days" movie, where porn is replaced with "records" of the company of a cute girl (she was +18y but the "FXs" made her to look very, very much younger).
 

jacleg05

Explorer
Yes... I know exactly how it works. I wasn't referring to the transition from one sleeve to another... I get that, and know how easy it is. I was referring to the actor himself... Kinnaman was pretty fantastic and can't see why he needed to be replaced... that's all.
In the second book, he transfers to a new sleeve on a different planet. That is why you need a different actor for the second season.
 

Kramodlog

Adventurer
I wonder what the license for such an IP cost to produce the tabletop RPG.

Or the Lord of the Ring or Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future...
 

Psikosis

Villager
I love these books. Some of the best stuff I've read in years. But with Eclipse Phase and Mindjammer already well-established in that space (and I like both of them a lot), I find myself a bit uninterested. Especially given the (to me) unimpressive pedigree of the company handling development. Hopefully, they will step up their game for this project!
 

MGibster

Adventurer
In the second book, he transfers to a new sleeve on a different planet. That is why you need a different actor for the second season.
Without spoiling anything, in the last episode of the first season you see why they can't use the same actor for the Kovacs role.
 

Yaarel

Adventurer
For me, a gaming system with ‘balanced’ robust elegant mechanics, is everything.

If it uses excellent mechanics, I am extremely interested in this setting.

Personally, I find the following four aptitudes to be the most salient to describe a character:

• Size (toughness, reach, heavy armor, heavy weapons, carrying capacity)
• Athletics (gymnastics, dodging, mobility, wrestling, melee)
• Perception (intelligence, education, intuition, senses, steady hand, ballistics, crafting)
• Charm (social skills, empathy, and willpower)

Each in this foursome tends to be equally useful − clear, simple, effective, and relevant.
 
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Yaarel

Adventurer
Heh, in reallife when people develop this kind of technology, I hope people understand the difference between ‘memory’ and ‘seat of consciousness’. It is ... important.
 

Akodoken

Explorer
I've only seen the Netflix series and I enjoyed it a lot. It felt a lot like a well written Eclipse Phase scenario and I think the translation to an RPG will be pretty interesting.
 

dragoner

Dying in Chargen
I've only read the first book. Kovacs is one guy working alone? Good for a FPS, terrible for a TTRPG.
 

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