|An ork with a pipe in a trenchcoat|
-sample pre-gen in the
Shadowrun 3rd Edition
In these post Buffy/Angel days (and all of the TV series which followed), where everyday magic, assimilated demons, vampires were explained with ethnic, counter-culture, alternative lifestyle metaphors, I feel more ready to accept the potential richness of the Shadowrun setting. Possibly, I'm so shallow, that I will not accept a setting unless I've seen it in a film or read the book first. Shadowrun looked like a derivative "meta"-game, like (the implausibly popular) Blood Bowl - an in-joke between gamers. Judgimg by the number of products and editions the publishers must have been doing something right. Looking at Shadowrun now, it looks as though it could have been a real blast to play, either seriously or with humour (again back to jokes vs. apocalypse Buffy and Angel). So now I'm wondering if I seriously missed out on something. But at least now, given the chance I could get my teeth into the basics.
|Shadowrun: Quick Start Rules: Third Ed|
Shadowrun 3rd edition free downloads on DriveThru/RPGNow:
Shadowrun: Gamemaster's Screen: SR3
If you're a die-hard Shadowrun fan, but haven't been back there for a while, you might be curious enough to have a look at the platinum bestseller Shadowrun: 4th Edition 20th Anniversary Core Rulebook (Catalyst) -PDF $15.
Check out also the free PDF quick start rules for 4th edition on the Catalyst website.
Amazon link thingy to printed copies ->
If you have no idea what any of this is and you wouldn't mind a world where trolls splice into the Matrix and tattooed elves tote seriously state-of-the-art guns and all sorts of other strangeness, then the several editions of Shadowrun might be well be worth a gander. :)