We Played Cyberpunk 2020 With Its Creator

Rolling dice in the ‘Dark Future’…

After having been thoroughly wowed by CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 demo at E3 2018, we’ve been eager to dive deeper into its dystopian sci-fi world. To that end, my fellow IGN tabletop fans (read: huge nerds) Cassidee Moser and Casey DeFreitas decided to check out the pen-and-paper RPG on which it was based, Cyberpunk 2020.

Exit Theatre Mode

Watch our playthrough of Cyberpunk 2020 here!

We were fortunate enough to have Mike Pondsmith (creator and author of Cyberpunk 2020/203X/RED) agree to lead the session, because who better to show off the world of Cyberpunk than the man behind it?

Character art by Cassidee Moser

Character art and select musical tracks by Cassidee Moser and Eric Sapp


Our adventure took us all over Night City, from a luxurious apartment up in the hills to the city center and into the insanely dangerous combat zone, and introduced us to a host of wild factions and characters (including but not limited to a gang of particularly crazy Gilligan’s Island cosplayers). While we’re sure there will be major differences between the tabletop experience of 2020 or 203X and Cyberpunk 2077, it was a great time and an excellent way to immerse ourselves in the unique style of the Cyberpunk world.

JR is an editor at IGN. While he’s usually off dungeon-ing dragons, he can sometimes be found on Twitter.

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