Taking your D&D 5E to the Modern Era or a Cyberpunk Dystopian Future

So let’s talk about Dungeons and Dragons 5E … but let’s not talk about the Dungeons nor the Dragons.

Alot of players love the rules that are incorporated into the Dungeons and Dragons games but have vast ideas of somehow converting those to a more Modern or Futuristic setting. Some love the idea of playing Shadowrun or Cyberpunk 2020 games, but don’t want to have to learn an entirely new rule system or take the time to teach other players something new and unfamiliar.

So the idea of re-skinning and home-brewing becomes the next challenge for most DM’s that want to do these themes. I, myself, recently almost started down this path just to do a Cyberpunk One Shot with my current D&D 5e group. But I was saved time and effort when I found a new supplement called UltraModern 5 by Dias Ex Machina Games.


They currently have a full 200+ Page PDF ($12.99) or Hardcover Book for a good price. You can find them HERE

There is also a recently released Pay What You Want version that is condensed to about 60+ pages which can be found HERE

It presents classes, gear, and scenarios that can be inserted into any campaign, including the following:

  • Cyberpunk
  • Espionage
  • Modern Warfare
  • Space Opera
  • Techno Fantasy
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Steampunk
  • Wild West (with or without aliens)

“You may explore the rules in whatever context you wish. Rules are generalized, encouraging homebrew settings and the rebranding of elements. Create a pure science fiction setting, or insert these rules into your own fantasy world to offer a unique spin.” –Drive Thru RPG

At this point, I have downloaded the Pay What You Want SRD/OGL and just by looking through it, I am impressed by the new classes, new lifepath system incorporating backgrounds (with eleven new ones) into an adjustable life history where characters can select every aspect of their character’s history, from family and friends to past love affairs, and the rules for modern equipment, guns, and even Mechs (yes mechanized units and power armor!). Update: I loved it so much I bought the hardback and it’s wonderful

So if you are like me and want to add some possibilities to continue to roll your D20’s without having to learn an overly complicated new rule system. Definitively check these out.

If you play D&D 4th Edition or Pathfinder, they have a supplement for that as well. Find out more about all of their supplements and more at the Dias Ex Machina Games’ Homepage

Update: Check out the author go through the book chapter by chapter before you buy!



2 thoughts on “Taking your D&D 5E to the Modern Era or a Cyberpunk Dystopian Future

  1. INTERFACE ZERO, a game previously issued for Savage Worlds rules and also Fate Core rules, is holding a Kickstarter to issue a version using Pathfinder rules too! So that is very similar to what the supplement is doing. It retains the particular setting and character classes of the Interface Zero setting of the year 2090 but in the framework of Pathfinder rules (said to be a “D&D 3.75 edition” type of game.)


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