The creators of Cyberpunk 2020 have just released a simplified version of The Witcher Roleplaying Game. You can download your free copy, called Witcher: Easy Mode, over at DriveThruRPG right now.
It’s a cut down version of the tabletop game by CD Projekt Red and Fantasy Flight games, which has been adapted by Cody Pondsmith and J Gray. Pondsmith and Gray are the same people behind the Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop RPG, on which the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 is based.
The free download contains a PDF with everything you need to get started. It features an overview of The Witcher lore, simplified rules, a pre-written scenario, and six pre-created characters.
The story takes place between The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It is designed to entice new players into the world of pen and paper RPGs. They will be encouraged to build on the tools given and explore their own stories within The Witcher universe.
For those who want more structure, you can purchase the full game, produced by Fantasy Flight Games, with more complex rules, scenarios, and characters for around $50.
The Witcher and Cyberpunk series have both been made into video games by CD Projekt Red. While each series began life as novels, Cyberpunk was also a tabletop RPG, created by Mike Pondsmith.
It was originally published as Cyberpunk 2013 all the way back in 1988. A second edition moved the fictional futuristic setting from 2013 to 2020 and was known as Cyberpunk 2020, or just simply, Cyberpunk. The third edition, set further along the fictional timeline in the 2030s, is known as Cyberpunk v3.0.
This week is full of good news for Witcher fans, with the news that Netflix will be showing off the upcoming TV series at SDCC 2019.
Netflix's The Witcher is said to be based on the original novels, rather than their video game adaptations. So far, we have limited information about the series, which is coming to the streaming platform in Fall 2019. The Witcher panel at SDCC will hopefully provide more answers for eager fans.