Inspiration reference/bibliography

Cyberpunk can be a slightly slippery genre. For something that's a moderately well known genre it's got some very thin roots and limited 'classic works'. Sometimes it's rooted in political commentary: a warning against corporate fascistic dystopia. Sometimes it's just sci-fi adventures on neon nights. 

At "A Life on the Edge" we're very much in the latter category but the corporations are still definitely not your friends.

In general we could be described as playing in the 'Mike Pondsmith extended universe' of games and the other media that inspired or was inspired by them them.


Cyberpunk 2077

Based off the original tabletop RPGs, this AAA action game was a huge hit through 2020-2022 and responsible for the decision to launch "A Life on the Edge" as it caused a resurgence of interest in the genre.

Cyberpunk Red

A reboot of Cyberpunk 2020 for the actual 2020s that updates a lot of the dated aspects of the original tabletop RPG both in terms of setting and system.

Cyberpunk 2020

A classic of the 90s tabletop RPG era. Cyberpunk 2020 features characters struggling to make ends meet in a dystopian corporate ruled future. Play style tended towards heist/investigative action with the corporations sometimes the paymaster sometimes the adversary and the protagonists being outcasts and malcontents.



Johnny Mnemonic

Somewhat reviled at the time this semi-adaptation/pastiche of the William Gibson classics does manage to have nice visuals.

Strange Days

Maybe one of the best 90s Cyberpunk movies. A notorious flop but covers lots of classic material. Braindance recordings, snuff video, corruption and seedy violence.


A warning against getting computers connected to your brain. Nice low budget horror-adjacent movie.


Astonishing modern visuals and a strong Cyberpunk elements of many kinds.

Blade Runner/Blade Runner 2049

Strong on the dystopia and 'personhood' aspects. Classics that inspire the visuals if not necessarily storylines you're likely to run into in our LARP.

TV shows

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

A direct animated spin-off from Cyberpunk 2077 goes the anime route with a more extreme/stylised visuals than can be managed at LARP :-)


The Sprawl Trilogy - William Gibson

Essentially the ones that started it all. 

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

90s Edgelord Cyberpunk. Nukes, swordfighting in VR, archaeology, floating trash cities, linguistics and mind viruses.

Hardwired/Voice of the Whirlwind - Walter John Williams

Oft forgotten companion pieces to those of William Gibson but much more of an influence on the Cyberpunk RPG than they are. Full of things that became de-rigeur in the genre.