Machineborn is a science fiction game in a world where humanity is a loose term. More people have the power to change themselves after their own image, because the overall image is that humanity is flawed. Advanced prosthetics replace weaker limbs; expensive biotherapies alter a person’s DNA and turn them into new and improved versions of themselves. No one is born perfect, but perfection can be bought if you have the means to do so.
It’s a dystopian world that challenges your perception of yourself. It’s a competitive world where the strong stand above the weak, and where giant superpowers ensure their survival by making sure that there are always people under their heels. It’s a dark and ugly world where everyone is so obsessed with what they can become that they forget what they are and where they’re coming from. It’s a world where humanity is better and worse—as inconsistent as ever, but in a more dangerous package.
Finally, we have the machineborn; those who have transcended a step beyond even that and hold the future in their hands. The machineborn seem to appear where strength is needed the most. They’re of man and machine, but if they’ll fight for man or fight for machine can only be determined by the story you tell.
In this game, you can play as an ordinary person belonging to one of several transhuman progenies, experiencing a future where humanity is divided into factions where tensions are high as they recover from a horrible age of war. Alternatively, you can play as one of the machineborn where you have activated additional perks to help you stand apart from the rest of humanity. As a machineborn, you can be a perceived villain on the run from the powers at be, or a hero trying to bring prosperity back to a civilization in ruins.