Blade Runner tabletop RPG looks great and took just 3 minutes to fund

I don’t pay much attention to Kickstarter these days, but I’ll make an exception for Blade Runner. The Free League RPG Blade Runner, which was announced last yeararrived on the crowdfunding platform today and within three minutes it was fully funded.

That’s not surprising: while it doesn’t inspire many games, there’s a lot of appetite for them, and since the announcement, Free League has managed to create a lot of anticipation for the project.

The RPG will send players to Los Angeles in 2037, where they will hunt Replicants and investigate mysteries inspired by names like the classic tabletop series Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective.

“The main game and its lineup of expansions will push the boundaries of investigative gameplay in tabletop RPGs, giving players a variety of tools to solve a series of cases far beyond the Replicants’ retirement,” the Kickstarter pitch reads. Exciting stuff! Investigative RPGs are one of my big problems: love them, don’t get tired of them. Expect corporate intrigue, existential crises and paranoia as you try to figure out who to trust and who a Replicant is.

The starter set will include a rulebook, pre-generated characters, and the first case file, Electric Dreams. Free League calls it “an original, investigative twist on Free League’s award-winning cinematic mode and a love letter to classic mystery games,” including the aforementioned Sherlock prank.

While it shouldn’t be released until later in the year, supporters will have access to the rulebook PDFs and the first case file shortly after Kickstarter ends on May 26.

Now that it’s been fully funded, it’s time for the extended meta, most of which appear to have already been unlocked. These objectives include a colorful map of 2037 LA, bonus character archetypes, and custom dice. At the bottom of the list, which is likely to be unlocked soon, is a handy virtual desktop edition.

Free League has been releasing a lot of good TTRPGs lately, like the fantastic RPG Alien and most recently the new edition of The One Ring, the RPG from Middle-earth, which is currently sitting in my closet waiting for me to kidnap some players.

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