Some of the fictional influences come with a strong grounding in music. It might be interesting to play with Roll20’s jukebox feature, or some other way of introducing music to the game.
I think there’s three main genres to look at, if we’re interested in more of that. But also talk about your own favorite genres, music that sells the sort of sci-fi adventure you want to have.
Classic Rock: this is the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, consisting of charting songs from the 70s and 80s. More here.
Jazz: this comes from Cowboy Bebop, which has a fairly diverse but jazz-centric soundtrack. More here.
Synthwave: this is the retro-80’s-esque synth soundtrack you hear on Thor: Ragnarok’s soundtrack. I posted more about this here.
I’m putting together a random playlist here (VERY MUCH IN PROGRESS):
I also want to recommend Garoad’s VA-11 HALL-A soundtracks, from first to last. Here’s the pitch from that game, which informs its music:
VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a booze em’ up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life.
In this world, corporations reign supreme, all human life is infected with nanomachines designed to oppress them, and the terrifying White Knights ensure that everyone obeys the laws.
But, this is not about those people.
You are a bartender at VA-11 HALL-A, affectionately nicknamed “Valhalla.” Although it is just a small bar downtown, it attracts the most fascinating people this side of dystopia. Keep your clients lubricated and you will be made privy to the most interesting stories.
One of my favorite tracks: