Technology is moving at a very rapid pace. Seemingly every day, there's a new breakthrough somewhere. However, despite it being 2020, we're not quite to the cyberpunk world we were promised back in the 80s and 90s. Oh well, we can still live vicariously through tabletop games such as Ascendancy. It's a new cyberpunk RPG that's up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Ascendancy is a cyberpunk tabletop RPG by Ruby Measom. Ascendancy was made using the Resistance Toolkit, made by Chris Taylor and Grant Howitt for their game Spire: The City Must Fall. As a Sparked by Resistance game, it has a mechanically simple core, while still scaffolding a story about change, identity, and resistance.
Ascendancy is a game about identity and change. It's about how you grow as you are pushed, both by a harsh world, and by the people around you. Through the Title and Expectation mechanics, your identity, relationships to those around you, and the roles you're expected to be are created, and you're encouraged to find who you are through it all.
You have a Title, an epithet that acts as a representation of who you think you are. But people give you Expectations, representing how they see you. Starting out, your Title is your ID, but as people give you Expectations and as you embrace and reject them, you grow, and your Title changes. Advancement is tied to self-realization through this mechanic, and you become more powerful as you grow closer to the person you want to be.
The campaign's a bit more than halfway to its goal with 27 days left to go.