Back in September we reported that Blade Runner would be made into a fantastic-looking tabletop RPG. Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game was announced as a collaborative project between movie/television production company Alcon Entertainment (Blade Runner 2049) and Free League Publishing (Alien: The Roleplaying Game).
On Thursday, Free League Publishing announced that the game will be funded via Kickstarter, scheduled to launch on May 3rd at 6am US Pacific Time (9am US Eastern, 3pm Central European). According to an email from Free League, backers of Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game who pledge within the first 24 hours will receive a bonus item, which is yet to be announced.
In addition to the Kickstarter, Free League has stated that more news and artwork will be posted on the Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game’s official website. For right now, you can sign up to be notified when the campaign goes live via its Kicksarter page.
Revealed back in September, the BLADE RUNNER RPG propels players into the neon noir streets of Los Angeles as Blade Runners. Set in the year 2037, the adventures begin shortly after the Wallace Corporation debuts the new Nexus-9 Replicants on Earth, giving players the choice to play as either human or Replicant Blade Runners with different specialties, personalities, and memories.PR Email
Some new artwork from the Blade Runner TTRPG was also revealed in the email. And it’s looking quite lovely. As we previously stated, the artwork for this project nails the mood and aesthetic of Blade Runner perfectly.
I have little doubt this Kickstarter is going to be a smash success given the surging popularity of tabletop RPG’s in recent years. And of course of Blade Runner itself. If you are planning on backing Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game when it goes live on May 3rd, don’t forget to sign up to be notified so that you don’t miss those nice (we assume) bonus items you will get for backing within the first 24 hours.
If you are not a tabletop RPG player, this project is probably still worth backing for the art associated with it alone. It is also likely going to be considered canon with the rest of the Blade Runner theatrical universe, similar to other Blade Runner media, and something any fan of the franchise is going to want in their collection.