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Carbon 2185 | A Cyberpunk RPG Core Rulebook

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Play as a Cyberpunk, a rebel refusing to live life by the rules of the oppressive megacorporations that rule San Francisco in this high action tabletop roleplaying game by Robert Marriner-Dodds.

Carbon 2185 gives you the chance to play in the cyberpunk worlds you've seen in movies, television shows, and video games.

The Core Rulebook is the only thing you need to run and play hundreds of hours of games in the world of Carbon 2185.

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Carbon 2185 is a brand new tabletop roleplaying game built using the D&D 5e open game license, with all the magic, magical items, and fantasy elements removed, and replaced with cybernetic augmentations, upgradable and customisable weapons, and computer hacking skills. 

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Andrew P April 05, 2024 4:59 pm UTC
Could you pleae add a back cover to the PDF? I was going to buy this, but there is a comment saying the PDF lacks a back cover.
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DIOGO A March 22, 2024 10:59 pm UTC
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The only physical copies of the game are absolutely expensive. Please make it a POD
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Dragon Turtle G March 26, 2024 1:17 pm UTC
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Hi Diogo,
The physical copies for sale on our website are £45, which is standard pricing for a Core Rulebook.
The POD versions would be priced very similar to that, and be of lower quality than the versions on our webstore.
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Richard W May 28, 2023 1:08 am UTC
I might have considered this during the Deal of the Day at $5.60 if they had also discounted their other products (at least in principle to a similar degree). I don't like obvious bait-into-buying a system. The franchise is simply overpriced for a theme built upon a 5e psudo-system. The comments below also influenced my decision.
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Dragon Turtle G May 28, 2023 7:54 pm UTC
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Hi Richard,
The Core Rulebook PDF is everything you need to play hundreds of hours of games within the Carbon RPG system and Carbon 2185 universe. It includes character origins, classes, equipment, augmentations, and a fully fleshed out setting, as well as a starting adventure! You can freely share the PDF with your players, so you only need one copy per group.
We occasionally run discounts across the entire product line, but there can only be one Deal of the Day on DriveThruRPG at a time, so we decided the Core Rulebook was the best introduction for players and GMs who want to jack in to the world of 2185
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David R June 06, 2023 8:32 am UTC
I bought the game in another site and I also have every other thing released for it, and I can confidently say that the base game is more than enough. It’s literally 5e’s Players Handbook fully converted to be cyberpunk. Mechanics-wise it doesn’t try anything too crazy… as I’ve said, it’s just reskinned 5e, but it’s very well done and it works well. The lore and world building and mechanics are absolutely solid.

The supplemental stuff is just too much, or at least it is stuff you’ll be enticed to buy after years, depending on how much you play, IMO. Interlinked is a mission that you might finish in a couple of sessions and Terminal Overdrive is a 120+ page mission.

Combined with all the stuff you need to take into account in the main book, like paying rent, making money, using vehicles to move around, and deal with entertainment, addictions, and relationships, exploring the city and building the story of your character as a cyberpunk, the Terminal Overdrive book is something...See more
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Kevin C December 20, 2021 1:36 pm UTC
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Is it just my copy or does the PDF copy not have a back cover?
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Andrew P April 05, 2024 5:01 pm UTC
I bought KHMA catalog and it also lacks a back cover.
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Bryce G November 28, 2021 12:16 am UTC
I’d really like to check this out but the lack of publisher response has me worried.
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Dragon Turtle G May 28, 2023 7:48 pm UTC
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Hi Bryce,
We're not sure what you're referring to, but we're always happy to help
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Luc L September 24, 2021 4:23 pm UTC
POD please !!!
or retail in Canada
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Dragon Turtle G December 14, 2021 7:35 pm UTC
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Hi Luc!

We don't currently have plans to offer this as a POD title. However, our reprint of the Core Rulebook should be out early next year and available worldwide
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Thomas I January 09, 2022 2:12 pm UTC
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LOL, you've been saying that for more than a year now, and every update you came up with was just to announce delays, delays, and more delays !
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Travis A January 17, 2022 11:58 pm UTC
Is there any reason NOT to offer it as POD? Seems like you would sell more copies...
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Frederic M February 06, 2022 6:06 pm UTC
I wanted to purchased a HC copy: not available!! So, yup, I sign for a POD too!!
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Dragon Turtle G June 05, 2023 8:23 pm UTC
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We're working on a POD version and are awaiting DTRPGs approval of the files we've uploaded
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Luc L June 07, 2023 12:21 pm UTC
nice ! thanks
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Trampas W August 08, 2021 4:55 pm UTC
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Can a person take Carbon 2185 and the D&D 5e rules to create a cyberpunk-meets-urban fantasy type of game?
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Luke W August 23, 2021 3:30 am UTC
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Yes, though some work would be required as there are differences e.g Tech and People replace Wisdom and Charisma.
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Dylan B August 27, 2021 2:29 am UTC
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I chuck volos guide at my players all the time. If I were to mix systems, I would treat tech/wis& peo/cha checks the same between between chars of both; but I would force a character to work exclusively from their sourcebook and isolate them from the other as far as their advancement goes to avoid conflicting skills/proficiencies. You're going to have to figure out which economic model you're going to use, and I would be mindful of challenge ratings of NPCs as the levels don't scale the same between systems. Milestone advancement would be advised as well because of that inconsistency of leveling in between the sources.
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Kevin C December 20, 2021 6:39 pm UTC
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Check out Shadowrun. it sounds like exactly what you are wanting.
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Dharma S July 29, 2023 12:19 pm UTC

Technocrancy I think does the same thing. Basically it's Shadowrun with more of a 5E or OSR focus I think? Nice artwork and great support videos on Youtube by the dev to boot.
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Trampas W July 30, 2023 4:36 am UTC
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I tried to find it but wasn't coming up with anything. Got a link?
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Stacie W February 23, 2021 11:55 pm UTC
Is this available in print?
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Dragon Turtle G December 14, 2021 7:34 pm UTC
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Hi Stacie,

We are currently working on a reprint of the Core Rulebook that should be ready in Q1 of 2022
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Ivan Rael N February 21, 2021 8:22 am UTC
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Hey I'm a bit confused about the proficiency bonus at level 8 on page 8 basics table is +3 but on all the classes is +4
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Dragon Turtle G December 14, 2021 7:34 pm UTC
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Hi Ivan,

Thanks for pointing that out! That should be +4, and is being fixed in the next update
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Kazuma K January 16, 2021 3:35 am UTC
I want someone to tell me. Do I need to take any action if I use the 72-page Nanopack myself?
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tim G December 12, 2020 4:31 am UTC
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My card keeps on getting declined. Though, I have more than enough money in my account.
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Jason S December 08, 2020 12:56 am UTC
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Will this be updated with the new material from the Terminal Overdrive Kickstarter or will that be sold as a different book?
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Brian S December 30, 2020 7:05 pm UTC
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According to the Kickstarter. The updated PDF for the core rulebook won't be ready until February.
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Dragon Turtle G December 14, 2021 7:36 pm UTC
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Hi Jason,

Once we update the Core Rulebook with new content, this PDF will be updated as well with all the changes
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glenn R November 12, 2020 3:33 pm UTC
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I like what they have done here. It has a lot of flavor, and the bones of a good Cyberpunk setting. Other games have a head start on splat books, and gear, but they can catch up quickly. There certainly is more than enough here to get started.

If you are familiar with 5e, then you have a leg up on this system. It should be noted however, this is a MUCH deadlier setting. All ranged weapons are double die damage. You only get half HP from a long rest, unless you take that rest in a med center. They even upped fall damage from a d6 to a d10 per 10 ft. In all, this a much higher damage setting, as it should be. A heavy pistol packs way more punch than a bow. A shotgun at 10 feet, even worse. HP mechanics do not rise to the occasion to compensate. There are no D6 classes, but a d8 + con mod is still your HP basis for most classes, even though everything else hits way harder. To compensate, much of the armor has DR built right in. But your players should be aware, murder hoboing will get them killed. ...See more
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Alex P September 05, 2020 12:44 pm UTC
Is there anyway of getting physical copies of this? From what I can tell, it's been sold out on the Dragon Turtle website for a while.
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Jochen P October 18, 2020 5:06 pm UTC
You can find it on kickstarter again.
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