Being the game master/referee/storyguide/whatever of a tabletop role playing game is tough. It is. I’ve done it a bunch, and if you want to do it well, it’s a lot of work and a lot of frustration. So, if you can get some advice from folks who have done it, take that advice. And that’s what this book is. Several experienced Cyberpunk 2020 referees give advice on a bunch of different aspects of running the game. I’m convinced that if this book were conceived now, it would end up as a series of blog posts, not a published book. But that doesn’t mean it’s not useful.
Covering subjects like style & atmosphere, combat, and expanding character creation, I found some of it pertinent to my own gaming, and some easy to ignore. Most of the combat section, for example, got way, way to crunchy for me. I prefer to make combat as quick and easy as possible, without getting bogged down in a lot of numbers and tactics. But expanding the Lifepath into more in depth character backgrounds that genuinely shape gameplay…That I can get into.
If you find this cheap in a used bookstore, and you’re thinking about running Cyberpunk 2020 at some point, snag it. I think it’s worth the $10. I spend on it almost 25 years ago. But I’m seeing it online for 40+ dollars. Nope. Don’t spend that. You can track this info down. You can have an online discussion with experienced GMs that will get you what you need. The book is fine, but it’s not essential.
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