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Later, some juvenile and adult humans "goblinized" into other races mostly orks, but also some trolls. The term " metahuman " is used either to refer to humanity as a whole, including all races, or to refer specifically to non-human races, depending on context. The return of Halley's Comet brought even further variation in the form of changelings, who have variation atypical to their metatype or even species, such as electroreception. Two of the metahuman races, elves and orks, have fictional languages.
Additionally, a virus known as the Human Meta-Human Vampiric Virus HMHVV , with many variant strains, has been known to cause further change, far beyond that of traditional vampirism, frequently resulting in fierce abominations that are no longer human and sometimes no longer even sentient: bandersnatches , banshees , dzoo-noo-quas , goblins , ghouls , nosferatus , vampires , wendigos , wild fomorians , and others. Such characters are only playable in certain editions.
Branching out from metahumanity, the game also presents shapeshifters , sapient animals that can change shape into a metahuman form such as werewolves and selkies , characterized by intelligence and thought processes more in line of animals, and drakes, metahumans with a second form like that of a metahuman-sized dragon. Metasapient is used to refer to non-metahuman intelligent creatures. While many are discussed in various books, only naga, intelligent, thirty-foot long snakes; sasquatches ; centaurs ; pixies , artificial intelligences and free spirits are ever playable.
Dragons are also present in the awakened world, though not as player characters. Dragons are very powerful physically, magically and, in some situations, financially; some dragons found the riches they hoarded and hid during the last Awakening. Their great intelligence allowed them to gain a great deal of influence and power quickly and a few have risen to high political and economic posts, running entire corporations or even serving as heads of state.
The game is set 62 years in the future, [note 1] following a great change that has returned magic to the world. The emergence of magic, the outbreak of the VITAS plagues, the Computer Crash of , the Euro-Wars, and the fevers for independence of Amerindian tribes, Chinese provinces, and everything else that came with the many struggles that ravaged Europe and Asia left the world's governments tumbling and falling.
The United States was broken into substates. Monetary value was lost. The world had to rebuild, and rebuild they did, this time in the image of the megacorporations that seized power.
Taking advantage of the laws that had been passed years ago, and using their newfound freedom, the megacorps began impressing their power on the failing governments. Before long the world was transformed. Boundaries were redrawn, and the political landscape was changed forever.
A basic premise of the setting is that as the world endured the string of state-changing events and conflicts, the political landscape fragmented and reformed. In North America, for example, some nations broke apart and reformed, as was the case with the Confederation of American States and the United Canadian and American States, while others became havens for specific racial or ethnic groups, like Native American Nations the Native Americans having used their newfound magical abilities to regain massive tracts of land or the Elvish principality of Tír Tairngire, which encompasses all of the state of Oregon.
Some, like the California Free State, simply declared independence, while yet others became de facto corporate subsidiaries like Aztlan the former Mexico , the headquarters of the Aztechnology megacorp. Despite the new role of megacorporations, many nations still hold considerable sway through economic, social and military means.
For most people, "getting by" means taking advantage of whatever the corps or the government might bring their way. The monolithic "enemies" of the Shadowrun world borrowing heavily from cyberpunk mythos are the corporations, dubbed "megacorporations", "megacorps", or simply "megas" or "corps" for short.
Megacorporations in the 21st-century are global, with all but the smallest corps owning multiple subsidiaries and divisions around the world. They are the superpowers of the Shadowrun universe, with the largest corporations having far more political, economic, and military power than even the most powerful nation-states.
In Shadowrun , corporations are effectively "ranked" by the amount of assets under their control, including material, personnel, and property, as well as profit. These ranks are A, AA, and AAA; AAA corporations are top tier.
Most corporations in the AA and AAA level are immune to domestic law, responsible only to themselves, and regulated only by the Corporate Court, an assembly of the ten AAA-rated corporations. All AAA-rated and most AA-rated corporations exhibit a privilege known as " extraterritoriality ", meaning that any land owned by the corp is sovereign territory only to the corp and immune to any laws of the country it is located in.
Corporate territory is not foreign soil but corporate soil, just like its employees are corporate citizens, though dual citizenship in a corporation and a nation is common. The AAA corps, as well as numerous minor corporations, fight each other not only in the boardroom or during high-level business negotiations but also with physical destruction, clandestine operations, hostile extraction or elimination of vital personnel, and other means of sabotage.
Because no corporation wants to be held liable for damages, it has to be done by hired deniable assets, or "shadowrunners", invisible to the system where every citizen is tagged with a System Identification Number SIN. Despite the Crash which caused much data corruption, technology in the game is advanced.
Ability-enhancing Cyberware artificial cybernetic implants and Bioware genetically engineered biological implants emerged and has become commonplace. Characters can also augment their bodies with nanotechnology implants.
In earlier editions of the background fiction, direct neural interface technology enabled humans and metahumans to directly access computers and the Matrix, the global computer network restructured after the Crash. Access to the Matrix was accomplished by "deckers": individuals that have "cyberdecks", portable or worn computing devices that interface with the user's brain through a brain—computer interface implant called a "datajack", which is typically located at the temple or behind the ear.
In Shadowrun, Fourth Edition , the Matrix rules have changed, thanks to the setting's constant evolution and a drive to match real world technological developments. After the second Matrix crash in , Matrix technology was moved away from the wired network and into wireless technology. The most noticeable difference between the Matrix in the s and the earlier editions is that wireless technology has become completely ubiquitous.
Communications and Matrix access are provided through wi-fi nodes placed throughout the infrastructure of just about every city on Earth, fulfilling a service similar to contemporary cell sites , but as these nodes are as numerous as telephone poles, only a tiny percentage of their range is necessary.
The nodes of all electronic devices a person carries are connected in a similar manner, creating a personal area network PAN. This access can be the total sensory immersion common to cyberpunk fiction, or a sensory enhancement by which the virtual features of one's physical surroundings can be perceived and manipulated.
Other worn or carried personal devices are linked to the PAN, and this includes smart firearms. The Matrix of the s is thus not only a virtual reality , but an augmented or mixed reality. Cyberdecks are obsolete, so "deckers" have once again become "hackers". In turn, the otaku of previous versions deckers who did not need decks to access the Matrix have been reworked into technomancers , who possess an innate connection to the Matrix that permits them to access the wireless network without hardware, though the phenomenon is not fully understood even within the setting, and may be partly magical in nature.
In Shadowrun Fifth Edition , corporations have cracked down on hacking, reforming the matrix into Grids for better control and creating the Grid Overwatch Division GOD. Hackers were thus forced to acquire specialized, larger variants of commlinks with better processing power, which were swiftly colloquially named "cyberdecks" after the devices of old. This has resulted in the return of the term "decker" of earlier editions. Meanwhile, "riggers" are people who use datajacks and in most cases a special type of cyberware — called the "control rig" — to interface with vehicles and drones.
Often they also use a remote control deck called the "rigger command console". The term "rigger" may also be applied to others using these machines. Riggers jump in to machines to control them with their mind. While jumped in, they feel like they are the machine, using the vehicle or drone's sensors to replace their own. This allows the rigger to control their machines at Matrix speeds and with greater precision. The downside is if the machine takes damage, the rigger will have to deal with dangerous levels of biofeedback.
Likewise, the rigger may have to engage in cybercombat with hostile parties that may attempt to hijack control of their devices. Those able to actively interact with the magical energies of the Sixth World are known as "awakened".
An awakened character's power in magic is linked to their Magic attribute. A magic user's approach to working with mystic energy is called their Path.
The Awakened fall into three general Paths: magicians, adepts and mystic adepts. Broadly speaking, magicians focus their magic outward, actively affecting the world around them, while adepts focus their magic inward, passively enhancing their bodies and minds. Magicians are able to cast spells, summon spirits, and create magical artifacts called "foci".
All magicians follow traditions that determine their understanding of magic, including hermetic mages whose control of magic comes through study and manipulation of magical energy or mana, and who summon and bind elementals in lengthy and expensive rituals to be called on later and shamans whose magic derives from a connection to nature via a totem spirit, and who can summon the nature spirits associated with a particular place.
Adepts use magic internally in order to enhance their natural physical abilities. Adepts can run on walls, use mundane objects as deadly thrown projectiles, shatter hard objects with a single unarmed blow, and perform similar feats of incredible ability.
All adepts follow a very personal path Path of the Warrior, Path of the Artist, etc. that normally determines their abilities, which might be very different for any two adepts while one might demonstrate increased reflexes and facility with firearms, a second might possess unparalleled mastery of the katana , and a third might be able to pull off incredible vehicular stunts.
Mystic adepts, also known as physical mages, are part magician and part adept who distribute their magic power between the abilities of both aspects.
The Shadowrun game mechanics are based entirely on a 6-sided dice system. The game is skill-based rather than class-based, but archetypes are presented in the main book to give players and gamemasters an idea of what is possible with the system. Before the fourth edition, skill and ability checks worked as follows: all actions in the game, from the use of skills to making attacks in combat, are first given a target number that reflects the difficulty of the action which is then raised or lowered by various modifying factors, such as environmental conditions, the condition of the character, the use of mechanical aids, and so forth.
The player then rolls a number of dice equal to their level in the relevant skill, and the number of dice rolled that meet or exceed the target number determines if the character is successful in performing the action and the degree of success the character has. As an example, a character with a high firearms skill not only has a better chance of hitting a target than someone with a lower ranked skill, but is also more likely to cause more damage to the target.
Target numbers may exceed 6, in which case any dice that show a 6 have to be re-rolled a target number of, e. For even higher target numbers, this procedure has to be repeated; thus, an action with a target number of 20 like attempting to procure military-grade weaponry will only succeed if three successive dice rolls result in sixes, and the fourth gives at least a 2. For any dice roll, a roll of 1 always counts as a failure. This system allows great flexibility in setting the difficulty of an action.
In addition to this basic mechanic, players can use several task-specific dice pools to add bonus dice to certain tests, though dice that are used do not refresh until the end of a turn. This adds an extra tactical element, as the player must decide where best to spend these bonus dice. For example, combat pool dice could be spent to improve attacks or to improve defense, or some of each. Players also have Karma Pool that can be used to reroll any dice that failed to reach the target number.
Karma Pool refreshes rarely, typically once per scene or less, at the GM's discretion. The combination of Karma Pool and dice pools gives players a considerable amount of freedom to decide how important a task is to their character.
Two characters with identical statistics could perform very differently on the same tasks depending on their priorities and thus, allocation of dice pools and Karma Pool. In the fourth edition, things have changed substantially. The game still runs on six-sided dice, but now each task is given a threshold. The player then rolls dice equal to their skill plus the relevant attribute modified by applicable modifiers.
The number of fives and sixes is equal to the number of hits. Hits above the threshold indicate extraordinary performance. Furthermore, if more than half the dice rolled are ones, then the player has made a glitch. Glitches cause bad things to happen to the player and game masters are encouraged to be inventive and funny. Although the skill system is freeform, certain combinations of skills and equipment work well together.
This combination of specialization in skill and equipment is known as an archetype. In Fourth Edition , with the setting change, deckers are replaced by hackers, who manipulate computer networks with augmented reality via ubiquitous commlinks; they also tend to take over the rigger's role. However, the archetypes are not character classes: the player is allowed to cross boundaries. Restrictions are not imposed by the system itself, but by the player's specializations.
Because character-building resources are limited, the player has to weigh which game resource he wants to specialize in and which he has to neglect. This allows high character customization while still ensuring that characters are viable in the setting. The fourth edition of Shadowrun uses a point-based character creation system. Earlier editions, and later in the fifth edition, use a priority-based system with point-based character creation as an advanced option.
Priorities are divided into race, magic, attributes, skills, and resources. All things that do not explicitly fall under the first four classifications, including contacts in third and earlier editions of Shadowrun , are given cash-equivalent values to be bought with resources. Shadowrun characters are created with contacts, friends and acquaintances who serve as key nodes in the character's social network and who will often help the character out.
Through the contacts system, players may uncover information that their characters cannot independently acquire. Additionally, players can often negotiate for the use of skills that their characters do not themselves have, a radical departure from most role-playing games. Essence is a measure of a living being's lifeforce. All humans and metahumans start with a value of six although critters may start with a higher or lower Essence.
It powers magic, and as essence fades, so does magical aptitude. Cyberware, bioware, nanotech implants, extreme cases of substance addiction, and other major changes to a being's body can damage its essence as well. Generally, if a being's essence ever reaches zero, it dies. Cybermancy allows metahumans to survive with an essence rating of zero or less.
Players are awarded Karma points as a game progresses. In third edition and earlier, these points are usually added to a total called Good Karma, which can be used to boost attributes and skills. Skills that are already well-developed cost more Good Karma than skills which are undeveloped, which helps encourage specialized characters to become more flexible by spending Good Karma on weaker attributes. Karma also makes characters more powerful in general because every tenth or twentieth for metahumans point is added to the Karma Pool instead of Good Karma.
The Karma Pool allows players to re-roll dice or "purchase" additional dice in certain situations. Karma can even be used to avoid certain death, at the cost of all Good Karma and Karma Pool points.
In fourth edition, Karma Pool is replaced by a new attribute called Edge which can be used in most of the same ways as the third edition Karma Pool. Experience and character advancement is still tracked with Karma, although Good was dropped from the name as it no longer needs to be distinguished from the old Karma Pool.
Shadowrun is linked to Earthdawn , and is set in the "Sixth World", where Earthdawn is the "Fourth World" and modern-day Earth is at the tail end of the Fifth World. Such links are not necessary for play, but they allow crossover potential. The concept of the "Worlds" is linked to the ancient Aztec belief that the world is renewed every five thousand years—a period called a "Sun" currently we live in the fifth Sun.
The date of the beginning of the "Sixth World" is based on the ancient Mesoamerican Long Count calendar , which when Shadowrun was developed was correlated as finishing a 5,year-long cycle on 24 December The understanding of the Maya that resulted in the use of the date and the use of the "worlds" concept is due to the influence of Frank Waters 's book Mexico Mystique: The Coming Sixth World of Consciousness , whose elaborate cosmology is selectively utilized in the framework of the Shadowrun universe.
Waters took his information about the date of the end of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar from the edition of Michael D. Coe 's The Maya. Shadowrun is also influenced by the writings of William Gibson particularly Neuromancer. Somewhere somebody's sitting and saying 'I've got it! We're gonna do William Gibson and Tolkien! But I don't have to bear any aesthetic responsibility for it.
I've never earned a nickel, but I wouldn't sue them. It's a fair cop. I'm sure there are people who could sue me, if they were so inclined, for messing with their stuff. So it's just kind of amusing. In , Robert Boyd from Carrickfergus , Northern Ireland, robbed a Belfast lingerie shop at knifepoint while wearing a blonde lady's wig. During his trial, Boyd stated he was playing Shadowrun , specifically the role of criminal elf Buho, at the time and may have "blurred reality and fantasy".
FASA released 40 Shadowrun novels in collaboration with Roc publishing between and Shadowrun novels went out of production between and , making the books produced towards the end of FASA's ownership of the license hard to find.
Another 41st novel was announced, but never released. In , WizKids began publishing new Shadowrun novels, again through the Roc imprint of the New American Library. Six novels were released in the new series. In , Catalyst Game Labs announced the return of novels for Classic BattleTech , MechWarrior and Shadowrun.
More than three years after Shadowrun Online was revealed to the world , it finally has a release date, and a swanky new name, too. Developer Cliffhanger Productions said it decided earlier this year to change the title to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown in order to correct mistaken assumptions that the game is an MMO.
The original pitch stated that players could go at it entirely on their own, but the focus was clearly on multiplayer, a characteristic that was reflected by its title—a bit too much, as it turned out. This to us is the core experience of Pen and paper roleplaying—a shared imagination and story experience.
There are multiplayer options, including co-operative play for up to four people and a "live multiplayer hub" with PvP matches, but the campaign is designed to work just as well as a solo experience. Wagner said the new title also reflects Cliffhanger's intent to release more content "evolving from the collective actions of our players" down the road. And, as promised, the release date: Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown, which is actually already available as an Early Access title on Steam , will go into full release on April Get the details at Shadowrun.
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