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‘MÖRK BORG’ Spinoff ‘CY_BORG’ RPG Roams a Desolate World of Tech, Punk, & Futuristic Fury

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Nov 17 2022
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The new cyberpunk spinoff game for MÖRK BORG, fittingly enough called CY_BORG is out now through Free League and DriveThruRPG.

MÖRK BORG sells itself on being a pitch-black apocalyptic fantasy about hardened warriors dying grim, gruesome deaths trying to find fortune in the last days of a dying world. That same, pitch-black perspective plays surprisingly well with the future in the cyberpunk spinoff: CY_BORG, officially released through Free League and DriveThruRPG.

The CY_BORG RPG brings MÖRK BORG’s ultradark sensibilities to modern concerns like climate collapse, consumerism gone awry, and of course, late-stage capitalism which implies the senseless violence in its wake. Free League describes it as a fever dream of tech, punk, and fury.

CY_BORG – $42

CY_BORG is a nano-infested doomsday RPG full of misfits and punks in an extremely bleak world. This is a world that is ending:

Again and again and again and again and again a̶n̴͗d̵̥͒ ̸̎ă̶ġ̸a̵̢͗i̶͙̓n̸̡̔ ă̵̢̫̥̺̻̞n̵͔̽̿̏̓͋͠͝d̴̢̪̟͊ ̵̡̺̖̰̯͖̞̓̑̐̈́̍̋a̶̤̘̖͗͐̀̔̚̚g̴̛͇̻̦̻͇̲̈́̏à̷̩̫͒ḯ̷̡̱̀̀̀͠ṇ̶̦̔͜.

It is the dials on our world turned way up. Our collapsing climate looms large in the world of CY_BORG, as ecological catastrophes fuel corporate-branded apocalyptic visions.

It is the year 20X3, and everyone wants more creds. Whatever the cost to get them. If this dismal kind of world seems like what you’re hankering for? Then pile on the existential dread. Because CY_BORG, like MÖRK BORG is a gallows-humor-fueled romp. Inside the book you’ll find:

  • A drive-by description of the megacity Cy after the Incident: from its rotting slums where gangs, cults, and military corporations wage war, to the blinding scraper forests, neon cathedrals, and holo-shimmering arcologies of Central and the toxic industrial hell zones shrouding it all in poisonous (but CYstainable Planet™ Certified) death smog.
  • Quick and dirty character creation where the roll of the dice determines who your punk is, what they’re capable of, and who they owe money to.
  • d66 Miserable Headlines making the rounds on the news and feeds with varying regularity, each one heralding chaos and destruction wracking the city until the cataclysmic conclusion seven headlines in.
  • A minimal, simple system designed to stay out of the way and to be easily modded and customized. Rulings before rules. MÖRK BORG at its core, with a few tweaks and updates.
  • Optional rules and tables: Add tactical crunch to your violence with combat mods for cover, suppressive fire, and more. Six classes for your class war, including the Forsaken Gang-Goon, the Shunned Nanomancer, and the Renegade Cyberslasher. Tables adding depth and character to your punk, such as Style, Quirks, and Current Obsession.
  • Random Generators facilitating near-endless play: missions, locations, corporations, cults, and NPCs populating the accelerating apocalypse.
  • Equipment (of varying legality) like guns and specialized ammo booster plug-ins, intelligent body armor, cybertech, decks fitted with custom Apps, and almost-controllable Nano powers with their latent infestations.
  • 25+ foes to fight. From the countless soldiers of the SecCorps and gangs to corrupted Nanophreaks, soulless drones and cydroids, state-of-the-art combat vehicles, and the ethereal, digital apparitions classified as Ghosts.
  • The introductory heist Lucky Flight Takedown. Scope and infiltrate the Lucky Flight Casino, clear the debt data and/or shut the whole operation down. Should be a quick and easy job, right?

The future may not look bright, but at least it’s there

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