Hack the Planet: Cyberpunk Forged in the Dark is a cyberpunk tabletop roleplaying game about clawing power away from those at the top while surviving extreme heavy weather. In the not-so-distant future, our environment and technological growth was impacted by Acts of God: natural disasters radicalized by climate change effects that wreak havoc on the world.
You play individuals living in Shelter 1, a massive facility for climate refugees, corporations, and the superrich. These days, the Shelter serves only the few corporations who saw these changes coming—and you’ve had enough.
While you seem powerless compared to these corporations, you use technology to forge a new way of life within and around a massive Shelter 1. You pull off daring heists using experimental weapons and armor, install cybernetics into your bodies, and hack the corporate nanites pervasive in your body, food, and culture. You deceive those you don’t trust, betraying them when necessary. You rip apart hurricanes in this cascading, sprawling metropolis.
- Play to find out how well you fare against the odds
- Create a Glitch – the punks of society living in the Green Zone.
- Form a crew – forge alliances, eliminate those that get in their way, and bypass the law to work their way up the proverbial ladder.
Hack the Planet uses an “engine,” or framework of rules and mechanics, of another game called Blades in the Dark to pull off this daring way of life—making this game Forged in the Dark.
Visual touchstones include Elysium, Blade Runner, and Blade Runner 2049. But the game also takes a lot of inspiration from cyberpunk and cli-fi (climate fiction) literature like Heavy Weather and Loosed Upon the World.