Caldera is Saberpunk
Saberpunk is a term I invented in 2003 or 20041. I use it to refer to a genre of high fantasy based on cyberpunk ideas. It’s like a D&D world instead of the future, with superguilds instead of megacorps, mirrorrunning instead of netrunning, and swords and sabers instead of pistols and SMGs. Like cyberpunk, saberpunk is always set in a city (though a fantastical one).
I use the idea of saberpunk to guide my creative process when I’m inventing the city of Caldera. Cyberpunk tropes are borrowed liberally and twisted and transformed into ideas useful to a fantasy setting. Take, for example, The Plane of Reflection. This was borne from the cyberpunk idea of a massive virtual world and hacking (sometimes netrunning). In Caldera, some PCs are mirror hackers; they can take an avatar into the mirror world and poke around the world’s other mirrors.