NowhereMan
 member, 158 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 04:21
Building a Cyberpunk Baltimore
I'm working on building a cyberpunk setting out of the city of Baltimore, and the RPoL community seemed like a good place to mine for ideas.

The setting as a whole is pretty standard cyberpunk - all chrome, style, and automatic weapons - but is more similar in tone to Shadowrun than Cyberpunk 2020, slightly leaning towards Black Trenchcoat on the Pink Mohawk/Black Trenchcoat scale.

It's a big project, so any and all input is welcome.
GreyGriffin
 member, 123 posts
 Portal Expat
 Game System Polyglot
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 06:41
Building a Cyberpunk Baltimore
I highly recommend fabricating some kind of Great Chicago Fire type incident into your setting.  This'll give you license to bulldoze huge chunks of the town and build arcologies.
Gaffer
 member, 1486 posts
 Ocoee FL
 40 yrs of RPGs
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 13:55
Building a Cyberpunk Baltimore
If you're familiar with Baltimore, you probably know all this, but...

With Johns Hopkins and Loyola and UMed, among others, you have a great base for academic/technical knowledge and/or sinister laboratories. A lot of the MD state government agencies are headquartered in Balto, although the state capitol is Annapolis.

Amid the state office complex on Preston Street is a great early-20th century National Guard Armory, built like a castle. Vast swaths of parkland abound and a good-sized zoo. Camden Yards and the Ravens stadium are down by the Inner Harbor, not to mention a very large industrial/shipping area. Not to mention Fort McHenry.

Not too far away in Frederick is Fort Detrick, long the center for US Army research into bioweapons.
NowhereMan
 member, 159 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 16:48
Building a Cyberpunk Baltimore
I'm actually not familiar with Baltimore outside of some cursory research and pop culture osmosis, so any and all input is welcome. I chose it because it, as far as I could tell, hasn't been covered by the big names in cyberpunk. I didn't want to go with Yet-Another-Seattle-Dystopia, and Baltimore's history and culture make it a prime choice for cyberpunk-ization.
Dara
 member, 367 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 16:55
Building a Cyberpunk Baltimore
You could also ask on r/Baltimore on reddit.  Not sure how active it is. but you would definitely get native Baltimore people to talk to.
NowhereMan
 member, 160 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 16:57
Building a Cyberpunk Baltimore
That's not a bad idea, Dara. Don't have a reddit account, but that might be a reason to get one.
Gaffer
 member, 1487 posts
 Ocoee FL
 40 yrs of RPGs
Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 01:58
Building a Cyberpunk Baltimore
In reply to NowhereMan (msg # 4):

I'm a native of the DC-Baltimore metro area, lived there for about 55 years and worked in Baltimore for the state government for about a decade. Feel free to mine my knowledge and ideas.