Tuesday, November 19, 2013
If You Haven't Heard Of It: Shadowrun RPG
Shadowrun is a RPG set in a heavy sci-fi/fantasy version of near-future earth where some time in the near future our world has magic suddenly reemerge from it, causeing humans to transform into all sorts of creatures, and for some creatures to reveal their long hidden selves. It is a combination of some of the best ideas of urban fantasy and cyberpunk I have ever played, keeping the setting humorous yet dark.
The RPG generally places you in the shoes of what are called "Shadowrunners" groups of individuals who, normally, have no way of bettering their lives except to do semi illegal (or completely utterly illegal) things to make money from by messing with megacorps who either hire them to hurt one another, or get in the way of the shadowrunners jobs.
The latest edition of Shadowrun is the brand new released 5th edition, which came out just a couple months ago, and is a wonderful new edition with having both a hardcover and pdf method of getting a hold of the rules (Please do support this company, they worked hard to make this edition happen and they deserve your money). I never played any previous editions but I had heard good things, just never had the opportunity to get involved in a game.
But with the announcement and incoming of a new edition one of my friends started up a campaign and Dreadbeard and myself quickly hopped on! We were interested by the setting as well as how the game was played. We quickly tried a demo, and when the full rules came out, made characters with out Game Master and got into our first campaign. Now a few months in I am loving the game and how different situations can be solved a million different ways, perhaps sneaking will work, but if not maybe smashing the dudes face in will or maybe a good combination of both, or maybe your hacker will do something, who knows... there are endless possibilities.
Dreadbeard and I made brother characters, two big dumb hulking trolls, whos ideas of how to get stuff done is either A.) Shoot it a lot (Dreadbeard's character), B.) Punch it really hard (My character) or C.) do both those things. If it doesn't involve those concepts the Trolls lose interest quickly and will for a time let their party do whatever they do, until it takes to long and then the trolls will just take one of their "grand master plans" and make it work. So far we have been honestly lucky when this happens and it has, mostly, worked out. Yet for our group it provides endless entertainment when their well laid plans fall apart by the Trolls getting hungry and wandering off cause they are bored and then coming back and just doing whatever they want.
So what about you guys? Anyone of you tried this game in the past or this new edition? If so, what do you think? Are there any RPGs you think we should check out as well?
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So If You Haven't Heard Of Shadowrun, now you have! Hope you enjoy!