Nightlancer begins

Created by Joseph Norris

Fight to survive as society tears itself apart in this cyberpunk dystopian board game.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Sample copy unboxing!
about 1 month ago – Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 08:56:03 PM

Hello Nightlancers!

Sample copy unboxing video

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Shipping will be happening soon - so please make sure your address has been entered correctly into BackerKit so you can receive your rewards!

Latest of the Nightlancer world

A Bànrighinn tag

The most recent article added to the Nightlancer wiki features the territorial Bànrighinn street gang, known for their glowing tattoo implants and street races.

I'll update again when the rest of the components are confirmed and production is under way.

Thank you,


Nightlancer has been ordered!
2 months ago – Thu, Mar 04, 2021 at 02:06:25 PM

Hello Nightlancers!

Big news

The artwork is completed, the files have been approved by the printer and I have now placed the order!

It's happening

This is all a huge deal for me, as a first time publisher! All the art and testing is done, the game is done and being produced I will not make any more changes to it! This is something a lot of designers like myself struggle with - saying it's all done for the first time, and setting the wheels in motion from going from the theoretical product to the production line!

I will get the sample in the next few weeks and you'll get your first view of the real thing!

There are still a million more things to do ahead, many of which will also be new to me as I  go. I wish I'd been able to get this out on schedule, but I can just try to learn from the experience. Hopefully a year like 2020 wont happen again any time soon, and I've learned some important lessons from this experience.

Nightlancer Patreon

I continue to work on expanding the Nightlancer world, alongside running the Nightlancer RPG every other week to test out ideas before for the rules and the world. The Nightlancer world is free to access via the wiki, however I hope some of you would be willing to help me spend more time expanding the world behind Nightlancer and become a patron.

For the price of one pot miniature paint a month Patrons get to vote on the articles that come next, allowing them to see the world expand in areas they're most interested in. They also get to preview the development of the article and see some of the thoughts and ideas behind the process.

Old-school cyberpunk

As well as the Nightlancer RPG I run the Wasters RPG every Sunday at 16:00 GMT. There is room for some extra players in this grimy, lethal old-school cyberpunk game based on OSE, the adapted B/X rules set by Necrotic Gnome. It's fast-paced, brutal survival in the cyberpunk ruins of society.

You can find out more and join the game on Discord.

Thanks again to you all or supporting me.


Nightlancer artwork complete, rulebook PDF available!
4 months ago – Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 04:12:15 PM

Hello Nightlancers!

The artwork for Nightlancer is now complete, in the next week I'll be getting the final high-resolution files ready for the printer and start production. When I have the proof copy from the printer I'll update you all with the unboxing!

Nightlancer rule book

I'm now ready to send out the rulebook PDF and you should all receive it soon from BackerKit.

Nightlancer RPG

The Nightlancer RPG campaign is ongoing and there is room for 1 or 2 additional players if you would like to join. The crew most recently survived a tense encounter with the Harmony shockpack, barely avoiding a pitched battle in the street (though not without the loss of their getaway driver).

The Nightlancer RPG runs every other Friday at 19:30 GMT with the next game on the 22nd January. You can join the game here:

Wasters RPG for OSE

I have also started running a second RPG set in a cyberpunk adaptation of the OSE rule set. OSE (Old School Essentials) is a classic fantasy rules set by Necrotic Gnome.

My Wasters RPG adapts the fantasy rules to a generic cyberpunk setting. Taking the spiritual background of a fantasy game, the characters are Wasters going out into the abandoned wastes of the dystopian world and searching for lost and abandoned tech and valuables. True to OSE, Wasters is an extremely lethal game with a total of 12 PCs and retainers already taken out by the gangs, bots and hazards of the wasteland.

You can read about the most recent excursion here, thanks to one of my regular players' write-ups.

Wasters #4: "Click and Collect" and a Massacre

The Wasters RPG runs every other Sunday at 16:00 GMT with the next game on the 17th January. You can join the game here:

Thanks for your support!


Nearly completed!
5 months ago – Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 04:45:00 AM

Hello Nightlancers

Work has been going on steadily and almost all components are complete. The rulebook is 99% done and I'm looking at sending the game to print in the next few weeks. The box cover art has just recently been finalised!

 Unfortunately, I need to accept that a December delivery is not going to happen, and the game will ship early in 2021. The finalisation of the artwork has taken longer than expected owing to a number of factors, most obviously being Covid. I will be taking this experience forward and be even more conservative with my timelines in future campaigns. I know it's normal for Kickstarter campaigns to be late, but I was really hoping to defy that expectation!

Nightlancer Patreon

I have been working on expanding the Nightlancer world and you can see more of this on the Nightlancer wiki.

If you enjoy what you've seen of the Nightlancer world and would like to see more content, you can help make that happen by supporting me to spend more time on it. Even a pledge of £3 a month (the price of a coffee or sandwich) would help me spend more time expanding the world.

Patrons get to see the upcoming article notes and draft forms and even have their own input on what articles they would like to see next. If there are any features of technology, society, politics, or anything else you would like to see in the Nightlancer world, you can become a patron and be part of the growing dystopia.

An excerpt from the current draft post

Thank you!


Nightlancer cards nearly complete - Nightlancer RPG now with custom dice roller
8 months ago – Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 12:53:22 PM

Hello Nightlancers!

Final development

The new Nightlancers have all been extensively put to the test. Balance issues have been found and fixed to bring them in line with the original eight Nightlancers and offer their own unique challenge. Their stories and personalities have also been fleshed out completely, giving added depth to the experience of playing them.

Final artwork

Work continues on the final card designs and they are nearly all complete. The Nightlancer art book is also well under way!

 I was hoping to be going to print by now, but progress has been disrupted by the lock-downs we all face. Work has not gone as quickly as it could have otherwise and there is still more work to do before it will be time to send everything to the printer. I know no-one wants this news and I share your frustration.

I'm really pleased with these renders of the artwork, it's exciting to see them even in this form and I can't wait to hold the real thing in my hands after so much work!

Nightlancer RPG

Play-testing continues on the Nightlancer RPG and I run an ongoing campaign every other week with Roll20 and voice chat. I'm really pleased with how the system is working as the crew advance, improve, and take the story in their own direction for better or worse.

I've added a custom dice roller to the Roll20 environment which makes the unique dice really easy to use. I was surprised at how easy these are to make, all thanks to the Roll20 community!

If you'd like to know more about the Nightlancer RPG, or even play it yourself, you can find out more on the Nightlancer discord:

The next game will be on 2nd October at 19:30 BST.

Thank you