The Return of the Sixth World

If you haven’t noticed, for some reason the old FASA Corporation game Shadowrun has been having something of a renaissance of late. The pen and paper rights are still with the folks over at Catalyst Game Labs, who are about to release a return to form with the new Shadowrun 2050 Core Rulebook. which is just around the corner; while the video-game rights seem to have fallen into two different camps, with Cliffhanger Games currently working on an in-browser MMO version of the Sixth World set in the recent late 2050’s era of the 20th Anniversary Edition. In the other camp is the original creator of the whole Shadowrun shebang, Jordan Weisman and his crew at Harebrained Schemes. These guys have raise over one million dollars via an amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign. Their game promises two fully explorable cities, turn based tactical combat, deep character development, rich layered missions and story-telling, riggers, deckers, mages, trolls, street samurai, a kick ass soundtrack and all the rest.

I strongly encourage anyone and everyone that’s a fan of this game/setting to hop over to their page and contribute at least $15 or more. This minor donation will get you the following:

  • A Digital Downloadable copy of the game, DRM free on PC
  • One totally sweet, exclusive desktop WALLPAPER for your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device.

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I’ve personally only played the pen and paper game a couple of times in my life, and that was over a decade ago. I can tell you that it was one of the most inventive and original settings I’ve ever laid my eyes upon; and while the mishmash of Tolkien inspired fantasy and Gibsonian Cyberpunk may seem jarring and silly at first glance, I can assure you that it’s a helluva lot of fun to play in and especially run. The setting screams sandbox and the premise (PCs are runners looking for work), allows exhausted GMs to easily create scenarios and missions without a ton of prep time. I’ll be breaking out my old 2nd Edition book soon, for a trip down memory lane, and to flex my D6 dice pool muscles a bit.

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