CYB - Gioco di ruolo in un lontano futuro (1st edition)
Summary courtesy of Andrea Angiolillo, used with permission.
Written with an ecologist spirit by the same team of authors that already published "I Cavalieri del Tempio", the short role-playing game "CYB" propose a post-apocalyptic seting in a world conquered by plants. Players don't know exactly who they are: their characters wake up after a centenary sleep in an underground room. Actually they are cyborgs: they do not know their partly mechanical origin and the powers of their enhanced body, but they discover it all quite soon.
"CYB" has been written as an introductory RPG to be published in the Italian monthly computer games magazine Kappa. It appeared in two issues, in January and February 1991. Polyhedral dice were rare in Italy at that time, so the system uses a deck of poker playing cards instead. The difficulty level of an action is the value of the card: an easy check is considered successful by picking a card with that value or less; for a difficult check it should be of a certain colour too; for a very difficult check it should be of a certain suit as well.
Experience is also based on playing cards, that are picked up randomly at the end of each adventure. They are the equivalent of instructions for the mechanical parts of the characters' bodies: they can be assembled by the players to program them, gaining extra skills and new powers.