The officially licensed roleplaying game for Blade Runner is almost here, and you have less than three days left to get in on its Kickstarter and some unlocked stretch goal extras.  Fully funded in just three minutes, the Kickstarter from RPG publisher Free League is approaching a whopping $1.5 million in pledges.  Set in the year 2037, Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game begins with a core rulebook of more than 200 pages featuring an adventure set shortly after the Wallace Corporation debuts a new cyborg: its Nexus-9 Replicants, giving players the choice to play as either human or Replicants.

Check out the Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game Kickstarter here and its website here now for more information, and below is a look inside the first release, its core rulebook.

Here are some details from publisher Free League:

The official BLADE RUNNER RPG will propel you into the streets of Los Angeles as Blade Runners with unique specialties, personalities – and memories.  The core game and its line of expansions will push the boundaries of investigative gameplay in tabletop RPGs, giving players a range of tools to solve an array of cases far beyond retiring Replicants.

Apart from the core casework, the RPG will showcase in setting and mechanics key themes of Blade Runner – action, corporate intrigue, existential character drama, and moral conflict – that challenge player characters to question their friends, empathize with their enemies, and explore the poisons and perseverance of hope and humanity during such inhumane times.

Two cover options for the core rulebook are available, with the Japanese logo cover only available in the Kickstarter:

Free League has a huge portfolio of roleplaying game from key franchises, including The One Ring RPG from J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy universe.

The artwork style and game format will be consistent with Free League’s previous licensed franchise RPGs, but with Blade Runner’s tech noir imagery.

Here are some pages reflecting the style expected from the final version of the core rulebook:

Don’t forget to check out the options and stretch goals.

The Kickstarter for Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game ends Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Central, so act fast if you’re interested.

Come back tomorrow as we dig into our first adventure with Free League’s most recent RPGs.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg