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Neon Noire

Playing Apocalypse World System ( The Sprawl, Monster Hearts... )
Next Game Will Be 1583002800
Total Players Needed 11
Game Type Role Playing Game
Frequency Played Weekly
Audio / Visual Text Only
Primary Language English
New Players are Welcome Yes
Mature Content(18+) No
Pay to Play i No
Pick Up Game i No

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray
I've been for a walk on a winter's day
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A
California dreamin' on such a winter's day


Eddie Valiant: Freeway? What the hell's a freeway?
Judge Doom: Eight lanes of shimmering cement running from here to Pasadena. Smooth, safe, fast. Traffic jams will be a thing of the past.
Eddie Valiant: I don't get it.
Judge Doom: Of course not. You lack vision. I see a place where people get on and off the freeway. On and off, off and on all day, all night. Soon, where the town once stood will be a string of gas stations, inexpensive motels, restaurants that serve rapidly prepared food. Tire salons, automobile dealerships and wonderful, wonderful billboards reaching as far as the eye can see. My God, it'll be beautiful.

Neon Noire is a West Marches-inspired campaign predominately set in Los Angeles of the mid-21st century. Los Angeles, the beating heart of the Southern Californian Sprawl, seethes with corporate and political intrigue that is shaped by the decisions of players.

Neon Noire uses The Sprawl, an RPG Powered by the Apocalypse and available for purchase on DriveThruRPG.

Themes in Neon Noire

Tech-noir (also known as cyber noir, future noir and science fiction noir) is a hybrid genre of fiction, particularly film, combining film noir and science fiction, epitomized by Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) and James Cameron's The Terminator (1984). The tech-noir presents "technology as a destructive and dystopian force that threatens every aspect of our reality." Continue reading on Wikipedia

  • High-Tech: This is a world of technological marvels: autonomous vehicles, immersive virtual reality, cybernetics, and cloning.
  • Low-Life: The chasm between rich and poor, capital and labor, is nearly impossible to cross. Most stories in The Sprawl play out in this abyss and within the contradiction of a world of abundance existing side-by-side with a world of abject poverty and decay.
  • Hard-Boiled: The police are corrupt. Your clients are just as likely to be a working-class father on his last penny looking for his daughter as it is to be a cut-out for a string of shell companies.

Los Angeles of 2047 CE is the heart of a sprawl reaching from Santa Barbara down to San Diego. The setting is marked by three major aspects.

  • Corruption: The police are corrupt and city governments are the shield protecting the corporations from revolutionary violence. Everyone is sharpening their knives in preparation for a Gracchi.
  • Life on the Freeway: The freeways have been privatized. Most people commute for hours on autonomous buses and the metro. The rich can afford to let their cars ride on the freeways. The daring drive manually: meat-wheeling, illegal but a rush.
  • Lights, Camera, Action!: L.A. draws aspiring hopeful like moths to a flame. Despite rising competition, Los Angeles remains the diseased, beating heart of international culture.

So what is this campaign about? How does it bridge the gaps between Gibsonian/Cyberpunk 2020 cyberpunk, Blade Runner and RPGs like Technoir, and Ghost in the Shell?

  • Conspiracies and Plots: Your characters are not exploring savage wildernesses or diving into dark dungeons. They're exploring and navigating the complex terrain of relationships between corporations, the media, and government.
  • Players at the Wheel: You choose your own fate; your destiny is not set in stone. You decide what leads to follow, missions to take, and vendettas to pursue.
  • And again...lights, camera, action!: Every single playbook and build is more than just "valid"; it shapes the story we will be telling each other. Be a reporter whose reporting brings down a corrupt mayor. Be the assassin whose wetwork is known for either its precision or the collateral it leaves in its wake. Be a revolutionary, a reactionary, a thief, a detective, a hacker...and have fun!
Want to join this game? Make a post in the discussion forum below and let the GM know!

6 Players (5 Open Slots)

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