Free League’s latest crowdfunding campaign is one of their most successful yet — the Blade Runner RPG was put up for funding just this morning, with a humble goal of $10,000. It knocked that down in the time it takes to microwave a Hot Pocket and it’s still climbing, as of this writing somewhere past $700,000. It’s an easy bet it will generate a million before its first day is through.
In Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game, each player will assume the role of a detective searching the rainy streets of cyberpunk LA, on the hunt for Replicants. Note that the Blade Runners can be either human or Replicant themselves. The game is set between the first and second movies, so around 2037 — shortly after the Wallace Corporation lets their new Nexus-9 models on the streets, much harder to tell the difference. All gameplay will stem from the Core Rulebook, written by Joe LeFavi, CEO of Genuine Entertainment.
Martin Grip is creating the art for this one; you may already know him from his work on Free League’s own Alien RPG and Symbaroum. According to Free League, “the RPG will both in setting and mechanics also showcase key themes of Blade Runner – sci-fi action, corporate intrigue, existential character drama, and moral conflict – that encourage roleplay and challenge players to question your orders, empathize with your enemies, and make hard calls with high stakes and long-lasting implications.”
The cheapest tier is the Diji Bundle that contains an all-digital version of the game, plus digital-only stretch goals, for $31. A hard copy of the Core Rulebook can be had at the $51 pledge. The Rep-Detect Bundle at $91 has the Rulebook and the physical version of the Starter Set. Keep in mind shipping will cost extra.