What are some ideas for cyberpunk/burgerpunk street gangs? I like the idea of a gang of tight-knit hobos who work as spies, since hobos are everywhere and no one pays attention to them.
>>76482649Gang that uses hacked fastfood service bots. Literal burger punks.
>>76482669Fast food workers who lost their jobs when the burger franchise fired them for going on strike. Lacking any qualifications they resorted to petty crime.
>>76482712>get confronted by a dude in a fastfood outfit and a horde of armed service bots and then "You want a side of DIES WITH THAT!?" being the last thing you hear before being McMurdered™Fantastic. Fastfood chains could engage in proxy wars through these gangs, using them to attack supply trucks and scare off customers. Chains respond by employing their own Kentucky Fuck-You Cops™. Wonderful.
>>76482649>>76482669>>76482712>>76482797Work the spying angle in with their food delivery gig jobs. They've got a man on the inside/a backdoor, so they can line up jobs to places they need to see or people they've got to whack.
>>76482649Read the Judge Dredd story "Burger Barons".
>>76482649A group of neotenic case morphs who have been dubbed the munchkin gang. Poor infugees who could only afford such morphs and otherwise live in communes in various places where they can squeeze into to be safe and they pool their resources to keep themselves repaired.They engage in all forms of petty criminal actvity from prostitution to acting as couriers
>>76482649Many successful enterprises relied on criminals who could traverse local terrain better than the local defenders. See rooftop gangs, mountain bandits, pirates etc. In cyberpunk this could be gill-mod water breathers, suicidal extreme sports practitioners with grapple guns, jetbike gangs, people able to coexist with mutant wildlife, people immune to a local biohazard, and so on.
>>76482649Gang made up exclusively by wage-slaves slumming it on weekends to get away from their dreary office jobs, living the 'merc life' they have seen displayed in sanitised films and media their whole life.They call themselves the 'Killer Squad'. Everyone else calls them the 'Tourists'.They don't realise they are laughed at by literally everyone behind their backs, or that entertainment-focused corps constantly hire them to perform milk runs with which to make even more 'merc-life' themed films and media.
>>76485058I really like this idea
>>76482649A gang of doped-up rave junkies that rob and extort everyone for money to pay for more drugs, more lights, and more amps to party hard with. Decked out in so much tacky neon shit that they make your average cyberpunk protagonist look like an office worker on Casual Friday. Most of them have blasted so much music into themselves for so long that they now naturally talk in rhythm and are always slightly grooving to a beat in their heads. Will dance battle you, then pull out pipes and knives when they lose.
>>76482649> hobos who work as spies, since hobos are everywhere and no one pays attention to them.wasn't this in a john wick movie?also, TES Oblivion kinda did it
>>76485141It's used in the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and Gypsies have been cast in this light since forever. Hell, underclass-as-operatives is the whole idea behind ninja.
>>76485141It's a trope that pops up in various books and films over the years, but a good one since there's precident in real life.
>>76482712>>76482797just makes me think of attack the gas station with the one rival gang at the end being delivery guys on mopeds
>>76482649Boris Johnson fell on some hard times after failing to Get Brexit Done...
>>76485422That's Theresa May in the shopping trolley.
Sanitation Workers who basically behave like a professional mercenary force because of how dangerous the sewers have become due to corporations dumping failed experiments and waste into the sewers without care.
>>76482797>KFC becomes the first fast food chain that goes Mexican cartel mode with their Kentucky Fried executions
This thread is going surprisingly well. I like all the ideas suggested.>>76482649I'm not an expert, but aren't hobos by definition wandering homeless? Seems difficult to be a tight-knit spy network when you move around a lot, don't know the local area, and don't have connections to pass on the information you get, although I guess technology makes all of those things easier. Also, if you've ever spent time talking to homeless people, you will see the issues with using them as an information source.
>>76485541If only they had a small but vicious dog.
>>76485831Pretty sure hobo is an abbreviation for HOmeless BOy.
>>76485831Think of it as a spy network becoming hobos, not hobos becoming spies. Also, technically we probably mean vagrants or tramps.
>>76482797>The Wendy's. A network of sassy hackers who have all undergone extensive cybernetic replacement and biosculpting to look like their mascot.>Don't actually get much work done, just spend most of their time trolling other netrunners.
>>76485918homeless bohemian actually
>>76482649I miss Rutger Hauer
>>76482669>>76482797>500+ year golden age>Nearly the same post apoc>Somehow, the major franchises survive in the last cityWouldn't surprise me in the slightest
>>76482649The Good DoctorsFormer doctors who snapped after dealing with constant outbreaks and overloaded hospitals. They teamed up with fanatics, military defectors and mercs after they started killing patients and coworkers. They believe that murder is the cure to all "infected", pretty much anyone but them.
Price Slashers. Abused former retail drones who turned to serial murder to vent their frustrations. When not claiming turf of abandoned buildings (especially old jobs), they work to try down former employees and customers. They wear mockeries of their old uniforms, combined with gruesome halloween masks. Their "war cries" are perversions of their former company slogans.
>>76482649The DetractorsA large Combine-esque mercenary group of second-rate unemployed mall-cops decked out in STALKER gear. They collectively know the codes to near every PA system in the retail district, and get hired to break up protests/union rallies/scabs/undesirables. Despite their high casualty rate they normally get the job done, and get paid marginally more than their near nonexistent qualifications would get them at any other job.
>>76482649Minutemen style gangs that use blackpowder guns and cannons as they are unregulated due to being considered obsolete.
>>76482649>burgerpunkWhat is burgerpunk? Just the modern West?
>>76485541The PurifiersActually extremely well connected as they maintain a series of smuggling/escape routes.
>>76482712>>76482669>>76482797After spending 5 years in food service from fast food to fine dining, every single person especially those in the kitchen are one bad day away from becoming criminals of some sort, if they are not already.
>>76490117>>76490388>>76482797Retail workers driven mad by the oppressive sterility of their surroundings. The monitoring. The conformity. The muzak.All inhabitants of...The Maul.
>>76482669>waitress tries to kill you with an ice cream machine>fortunately, it's out of service today
>>76482649Imagine if these hobos were extremely open about being spies, but no one would believe them because a second prior to spilling out this little secret that same hobo was huffing jenkem
>>76482649Watch this>CAAAAN YOU DIIIIIIG IT?
>Adoptionist Zionist Conspiracy Theorists/pol/ack types who believe jews run the world, and have concluded that this makes jews the master race, so they have apparently sincerely attempted to convert to 'join the winning side'.>Reverse PosadistsInstead of 'we need to attract aliens because they'll be good communists like us', 'we need to not draw the attentions of aliens because they'll be imperialistic exploiters like us'. Specifically, they've compiled a list of the megacorp's crimes, oppression and expansionist ambitions, sol's location relative to known astronomical landmarks (pulsars), every available language and translation guide and are threatening to dox the ruling corporatocracy by broadcasting it into space if their demands are not met.>Diabetic SupremacistsSince people with diabetes couldn't survive without modern medical science, clearly they're the next stage of human evolution, having adapted to technologically advanced civilization and have the right as a superior species to exterminate the obsolete inferior subhumans everywhere so they can take our stuff. They also consider Dougal Dixon a visionary and ideological percursor for coming up with the Hitek. Much like modern world corporations supporting deliberate bugchasing to provide a future captive market for lifelong medical treatment (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50571017), they have corporate backing.
Colin>In Brief - Serial killer, kidnaps people and copies his mind in to theirs (thus creating copies of himself), thinks he’s a god, city residents have found him impossible to wipe out.>History - In 2075, amateur profilers were investigating a series of mutilated priests found in churches. When they caught the perpetrator in the act, what they saw frightened them: a group of small children. They were unable to take the children alive, but they autopsied the bodies and found evidence that each child’s mind had been wiped out and over-written with a new mind (see Mind Copying). They could reach no other conclusion other than that someone had erased the children’s minds and copied another mind in to their brains. What was worse, it was a mind that was capable of kidnapping and killing children and mutilating priests. The profilers immediately raised every alarm they could, and whole gangs took to the streets to find what they assumed was one perpetrator with one mental installer. Colin himself revealed the truth to the profilers and the truth was much more horrible than they had thought. They had imagined one person with a mental installer manufacturing serial killers. In reality, each copy of Colin was an independent agent. Each copy went out and did whatever possible to make as many copies of himself as possible. Like a virus, any single Colin could reproduce exponentially in the right conditions. The copies were not just children, they were everyone: young people, old people, gang members, members of the Drug Lords, wealthy and powerful people, anonymous homeless people. Colin was infiltrating every sector of city society. Each copy struck out on his or her own, meaning that not even Colin really knew who was a Colin or how many Colins there were out there.
>>76494563>A paranoid witch hunt began, peaking in a few months. Every person who had gone away for any period of time or who was acting differently in any way was suspect. Many hundreds of people were lynched in the streets and many mental installers were destroyed. No one knows how many real Colins were killed, but there are at least a hundred people now believed to have been wrongly murdered. The witch hunt died down as people began to believe that Colin had been destroyed. This pleasant belief lasted only a few months before Colins were caught again. Another, smaller witch hunt occurred, but tapered out as people began to see the uselessness of a witch hunt. Colin was too good at staying hidden and anonymous, he was as likely to be the leader of a lynch mob as he was to be the victim of one. Many said that Colin could only be fought with constant vigilance. Many were of the opinion that Colin just could not be destroyed by any means. Now, about one Colin is discovered every month. Math Addicts have given various estimates of the current population of Colins as being somewhere between 20 and 500.
>>76493220WARRIORS, COME OUT TO PLAAY-AAYYY!
>>76493486These are great.>>76493570JBP fans?
>>76494573>based and bottlefingerpilled.
>>7649457220 and 500? In a major city you'd be more likely to be looking in the thousands.
>>76495046Colins probably reproduce slowly as the process would raise their profile and they desire self-preservation as individuals.
>>76495081Do they desire individual self preservation?Seems to me Colin preservation is a more driving force for them. Plus you fail to understand just how easy it would be to snag thousands in a modern metropolis.
>>76495303Maybe the tech is the limiting factor, not the kidnapping.Imagine if you were the same guy in today's world, but to procreate you needed a kidnapped victim and a high-grade 3D metal printer, or an MRI machine.
>Gangers find a partially destroyed fan-shrine to Bruce Lee, assume he's some kind of warrior-demigod and style themselves after him. High-pitched yelling ensues>'Gang' consisting entirely of deep undercover agents, corporate spies and method-actors that think they're the only undercover guy because of how paranoid their employers are about sharing info>Staged gang of rich corporate kids who want the glamorised, corporate-acceptable gang experience, muscle consists of beleaguered bodyguards trying to stop them from starting shit with actual gangs for fun>Gang of dudes who all undertake cybernetic and cosmetic procedures to become physically identical to oneanother, leaving victims of robberies and gang-wars terribly confused>Gang of pensioners who remove the safety-limiters off their cybernetics to throw disrespectful young people through walls, muscle out bake-sale competition>Custodial union turned protection-racket that succesfully lobbied for the right to carry automatic weapons on the job, crime-scenes left spotless>Competitive fighting game community turned actual fight club that still looks and feels like a vidya meetup, if it weren't for the people kicking the shit out of eachother in the center
>>76494563>>76494572Fates Worse Than Death is a pretty cool system/setting.
>>76495542So funny thing. The second one has happened at least once in the USA except instead of a gang it was an anti-government militia.
>>76490804Cyberpunk but instead of the corpos being scifi megacorps they're our shitty real-life equivalents, like McDeath Squads or swarms of Amazon Killdrones, and the likes
>>76491037Give them a call and they'll clean up your mess and get you out of there.
>>76493220neat but not really burgerpunk, there's like.. one gun in the whole damn movie
>>76490747>tyrese, give these niggas a volleyholy fucking kek