Well Cyberpunk RED is finally out in digital with the print book available within a few days afterwards. Happy to see it finally arrive although I'm going to have to give the game a pass. I've been a big fan of Cyberpunk in both the original 2013 and 2020 releases and still have a large collection of books from that series. But I feel that I am no longer part of the target audience for the game anymore.
More and more it feels like they are going after the folks who are heavy con goers, the ones who run big podcasting set ups and those who broadcast live streams. Which I can't blame them that's where the money is. But when I saw them giving the discounts to the people who have plenty of extra spending cash at cons but not to any of those who can't afford that it made me step back. The jumpstart kit, when purchased at the con, had a discount for the pdf and free downloads for music. Not to mention convention only special dice and other swag that were also available just at the con. Those of us who are tight on cash and can't afford trips like that were left out.
Being a cash strapped gamer has really been a bitch these last two years. With people blaming those of us with shallow pockets for piracy and all sorts of other nonsense. Shaming us when we say something is out of our price range. Hell I got outright dog piled when I said Invisible Sun was to expensive for my budget. They scream at us about how much it costs to make the product but mother fuckers can't get grasp the base concept that if the money isn't in my wallet then I can't spend it.
Then we saw folks going up against those who offered free or cheap product. They were shamed and blamed for bringing down the ability for others to make money in the tabletop roleplaying game market. Several folks who supposedly promote inclusiveness were quick to jump on this bandwagon. Those who shouted against gatekeeping were setting up their own gates to keep people out if they didn't pass the income barrier.
So I'm out. I'm done. They can offer the discounts to the people with all the extra cash to spend. While I'll set over here and stop getting excited about any release what so ever. I'll make my own little products and offer them up cheap so others like me can afford them.