Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tales From The Forlorn Dopes has completed our 4 part Review of Cyberpunk 2077, now we tackle Red!


Greetings Programs,

Will, of Cybersmiley's Datafort and I approach the game from two different angles.  Where I focus more on fluff and rules, Will is a Code Cowboy, and has put out several utterly mind blowing applications, among them amazing character creators for 2020, Red, and Cybergeneration.  Lifepath generators, Netrunning applications, fashion calculators, and much more.  But we both have been playing this game pretty much since the beginning, and between the two of us, we are two of the only Cyberpunk 2020 megasite operators still active.

Will and I continue our conversations.  I was kind of nervous about it at first, but we are 5 episodes in now, and I gotta say it feels pretty natural and comfortable.  The goal is, we talk about Cyberpunk 2020 and all things even remotely related from the specific viewpoint of 2020 fans.

The first 4 episodes are our looong and ridiculously in depth review of Cyberpunk 2077, the video game based on Cyberpunk 2020, and the most controversial video game to come out in recent memory.  There is also a solo episode from Will, as I was down feeling the effects of my second Covid shot... ooof.  With episode 5 we begin our 2 part review of Cyberpunk Red.  Afterwards, we will continue to have our conversations, about various movies, shows, other games, both tabletop and video, and anything else even tangentially related, from the perspective of how it might relate to, or inspire, that Cyberpunk RPG life.

We are Tales From The Forlorn Dopes, and are hosted by Rob Mulligan on his Cyberpunk Uncensored channels on Twitch and Youtube.

You can catch us live every other Wednesday on Twitch here:  Tales From The Forlorn Dopes

Alternatively you can find the podcast archives here on Youtube: Tales From The Forlorn Dopes

As a side note, sadly, its that time again.  The hosting subscription for Datafortress 2020 is coming up for renewal, and as always, its expensive.  Please, if you like Datafortress and what it has provided you over the years, think about making a donation.  I know I don't update much these days, I am hoping to change that, but I hope the site still has some value to you.  Heck, even if your support is just kind words, I will take whatever love I can get.  I'm easy like that.



Monday, March 15, 2021

Wow, someone made playlists of my compilations!

Holy crap.... Ok, so a long while back I made some compilations of music that inspired my cyberpunk games... I mean we are talking 14 full CD's worth of music here. It's a ridiculously diverse and eclectic mix, I even made CD covers and labels.  We are talking 14 full CD's worth of music.  CD are what people listened to music on between 1990 and 2010 children...  I shared those labels and the track lists on Datafortress 2020 just for kicks.  I wish I could share the files themselves, but I skirt things enough as it is. You can see all of it here:

Anyway, today, just out of sheer luck, I discovered that someone aptly named Hero1980 created Youtube playlists for each volume of my compilations.  How awesome is that.  Apparently he creates lots and lots and lots of gaming playlists.  You can find the Datafortress playlists, as well as a metric ton of other awesome playlists here:

I am constantly amazed and grateful at people who take my ideas and run with them.  Citizen X turning my NC District map interactive, Agamemnon re-editing my Conflict sourcebooks, Author Seth Skorkowsky promoting Interlock Unlimited (twice) on his phenomenal podcast There have been many contributors to the site, and I am deeply grateful to all of them, and there are a slew of my sourcebooks that people have taken upon themselves to make useful edits to, that unfortunately I have not been able to get up on the site yet. I feel genuinely bad about that, maybe even worse than not being able to write new stuff myself.  I also have a large list of Donors to the site that will eventually be turned into NPC's.
Thank you all.


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Tales From The Forlorn Dopes - Me and Cybersmiley have a new regular chat!


Greetings Programs.  From messages and e-mails, many of you have been waiting for me to share my thoughts on Cyberpunk 2077, and after putting well over 300 hours into the game I feel confident in opening my big fat mouth about it.  

Will Piedmont, AKA Cybersmily, of Cybersmilys Datafort, and I, have begun our own series of conversations on twitch called Tales From The Forlorn Dopes.  The first of which is part one of a multi-episode review of the game.  I very much enjoy my conversations with Will, and I hope this turns out well and that you all enjoy our chats.

We are hosted by Rob Mulligan on his Cyberpunk Uncensored Twitch Channel., Thank you Rob.

You can listen to us here: (Be warned, there is about 14:30 minutes of dead air at the start of video, not sure why..)

 Oh right, I talked about how all my video game characters are based on my Cyberpunk 2020 Nomad Swift... well, just for fun, here is a pictorial illustrating some of those characters...

These images are Swift as I drew him, my favorite RPG character of all time.

The Hero Forge miniature versions

Here he is in Saints Row 3 

Grand Theft Auto Online


Fallout 4


Even non modern or futuristic games like Conan Exiles and Red Dead Redemption 2

Fallout 76

And of course, Cyberpunk 2077