Cyberpunk RPG Copper Dreams Hits Crowdfunding Goal

Whalenaught Studios, the husband and wife duo behind last year’s gothic old-school RPG affair Serpent in the Staglands, are hard at work on their next project, Copper Dreams [official site]. A turn-based cyberpunk-inspired role-player, its creators suggest we “think an isometric Escape from New York, or Deus Ex.” Which sounds pretty darn exciting. If that’s not enough to get the juices flowing, know that Copper Dreams has now been successfully crowdfunded to the tune of $40,000 at the time of writing. You’ve still got a few short hours to help up that. Hop below for a trailer and deets.

“You can’t run when your number’s up,” says the narrator from Copper Dreams’ campaign trailer. “The lucky get drafted to war. The rest get drafted here.” Here, is the dysfunctional city of Calitana – a US government-owned metropolis viewed through the lens of 1970s/80s futuristic sci-fi. Which looks a wee bit like this, apparently:

Calitana is a bit of a dump, basically – both figuratively and literally – as we learn the government has been forcibly shipping citizens to these off-world colonies so as to appease overcrowding in cities elsewhere. There’s no official rule, and shady corporations have taken charge. You work for one of them, but spying on your competitors leads you to uncover some dodgy secrets. Here’s Whalenaught on what you’ll be getting up to:

“An isometric, fully 3D world allows for vertical freedom and movement. Traverse through districts by vaulting through windows, grappling hook to decks above, or by jumping from building to building. Every floor of every building in a district can be entered without loading a new scene, so you can plan proper escape routes or entrances in ways that suit your team.

“The city and surroundings that sweep the horizon of the island are dense with people, puzzles and intrigue to explore any way you can.”

There’s a tonne of extra information on the Copper Dreams Kickstarter page in relation to all of that and more which you should totally check out.

Although a wee bit critical of its slow start, Richard Cobbett seemed to enjoy his time with Whalenaught’s previous outing (which was itself successfully Kickstarted). Having achieved a far greater crowdfunding target this time, though, it’d be fair to assume Copper Dreams will be even larger in scope.

As it stands, Copper Dreams is due for released in March 2017. In the meantime, here’s a closer look at its combat with co-creator Joe Williams:

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  1. preshrunk_cyberpunk says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Serpent in the Staglands. Definitely looking forward to this one.

  2. GWOP says:

    Serpent in the Staglands is a wonderful name.

  3. Infinitron says:


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    john_silence says:

    I do hope they fix their handling of the early game. I was keen on Serpent in the Staglands but bounced off pretty hard. I had come up with devious plans in a super early region of the game to gain access to an item or get rid of a mob of weak monsters, laying traps, using a subterfuge. The situations were interesting, the world felt suitably dangerous and wild, but the systems would just resist. A couple of foxes would kill your party of four, including a god in the flesh and a so-called warrior, within the first steps outside the initial spawn zone if you didn’t steal a bloody kitchen knife to improve your melee. That’s what I would call taking it too far.

    Where Underrail is difficult and Age of Decadence limits your options smartly and in-character, SitS just felt frustrating.

    But finding intriguing titles for their games? Yeah, they have that covered :)

  5. Rahdulf123 says:

    How very timely of you, covering it only after it was already funded.

  6. mattttt says:

    Major gaming site waits until the Kickstarter is over and THEN posts an article about the game in development.

    Seems like pure spite. What did Whalenought do to you guys?

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      Lars Westergren says:

      Being mentioned on RPS can lead to quite a lot of new pledges, why would it be spite to write about them?

      Quite a lot of Kickstarters get no mention at all, at RPS or any other site.

      • mattttt says:

        Being mentioned at the very last minute didn’t do them nearly as much good as a mention a week ago would have. It looks like RPS deliberately waited until the KS had (barely) succeeded before discussing the game. Why?

        That said, you’re right, something is at least better than nothing. I withdraw the original pissy remark.

        • Alice O'Connor says:

          The truth is that we’d not noticed the Kickstarter earlier, but I’d be fascinated to hear what you imagine is the reason we hold a (nonexistent) grudge against Whalenought.

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            Lars Westergren says:

            I try to post about all interesting Kickstarters in the stickied RPS forum thread regularly. Right now for instance there is HMS Marulken which was mentioned on The Flare Path a while back, Saurian the dinosaur survival game that tries to get a lot of the science right, and Stygian – the Lovecraftian RPG.

            Just in case the hivemind is interested.

          • shadow9d9 says:

            I do find it sad that you have plenty of Fallout 4 type posts, but for something that has been plastered over all rpg sites for weeks, you post nothing.

          • mattttt says:

            It wasn’t at all clear that this Kickstarter was going to make it. It barely succeeded. An earlier push from RPS would have made a big difference.

            As someone who was watching this KS struggle, it was a little frustrating to see RPS make noise and fanfare at the last minute after they’d already gotten over the line on their own.

            But Lars is right. Lots of games don’t get any attention at all from the big sites. If you guys really had a grudge you’d ignore them or trash them instead. Like I said before, I take that bit back. RPS is cool, I apologize, maybe you can catch the next one like this a little earlier when it’s still hit or miss.

          • Raoul Duke says:

            While the post you are replying to is ridiculous, it would be nice to see more focus on stuff like this, less focus on every new drip fed piece of Hitman…

          • screeg says:

            While we’re talking about indie Kickstarters we wish would get more press, Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is about 2/3 funded. They’ve had a couple of interviews, but I think it could do really well if it could get on a few website.

    • InternetBatman says:

      The kickstarter still had 8 hours when this was posted and has 4 now.

    • bilharzia says:

      RPS didn’t cover the Kickstarter for Serpent in the Staglands at all, so I suppose this is a step up, a small step, the timing is certainly strange. I’m surprised anyone expects RPS to cover these kind of games.

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    Philopoemen says:

    Looking forward to this – the Wounds and damage type systems are more akin to pen and paper RPGs like Shadowrun and Cyberpunk than most CRPGs. Whalenought is my new HBS when it comes to auto-pledging when they have a KS campaign.

    Glad it got funded, but likewise to those above, it would have been nice to give it a plug during the last week, when it wasn’t so apparent the target would be hit.

  8. J.C. says:

    Duex Ex Iso-Metric. SOLD.