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Shadow Run
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:52:19 PM »
I guess there are a half dozen versions out there, anyone have thoughts on the different editions?

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 05:16:01 PM »
Not sure what you're asking.

5e is far and away the most coherent and playable, but it's still super heavy and has a lot of problems.

Matrix is better integrated into everyone else doing things.

Relatively easy to GM on the fly, as numbers tend to be from a relatively narrow range that's easier to improvise.

Chrome Flesh includes an augmentation called Liminal Body: Tank!, for which the exclamation point is part of the spelling, and that is awesome.

It's still MagicRun.  There's no reason not to be a mage, and this edition, it's not a downward spiral of, "How long before your mage hits magic zero from bad rolls permanently costing you magic rating?"

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 07:01:17 PM »
coherent is and playable is good...

i know very little about the systems they have tried over the years / content...

so, your input is just what i was asking about...
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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 10:14:37 PM »
4e edition is also good - it has a bit higher power level (because skills scale to 6-8 rather than 12-13, which means you much more rarely encounter NPC's which outclass you without trying). It also has a lot more content, especially if you want to be a technomancer. (5e technomancers are kinda terrible, in many ways).

And to be completely honest, I'm going to dispute the "No reason not to be a mage". There is lots of cool stuff you can do with a big pile of cash as a starting character.

But I would definitely go with 4e or 5e. Both are good (and quite similar, I find). 5e is probably simpler, especially in character creation.

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 03:17:37 PM »
Personally, never quite got used to change from tn system. Spending edge just doesn't recompense.

I agree on the overwhelmingness of magic in 5th. Also 4/5th are both much less racist/factionalist in tone of writing. Also neither of them fixed one of the big SR problems of consistent rulesets that allow for a faster speed of play.

But its still true that good GM is good game. The rules are just a toolset.

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018, 03:32:31 PM »
I have mostly played 3rd back in the 00s. It was a massive, massive mess, but gambling with the various die pools was fun, and magic was oozing with flavour, especially with the domain-based nature spirits and the "ACFs" introduced in Magic in the Shadows.

4th managed to suck out much of the wrinkles (especially in the more complicated sub-systems of vehicles and computers), but also most of the unique quirks that made Shadowrun fun and stand out. 5th edition SR just seems to be mostly a slight clean-up and streamlining of 4th, much as 3rd edition SR was to 2nd.

I also had some fun with CP2020 and Savage Worlds conversions.

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 08:56:17 PM »
Excellent, thanks :D
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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 02:53:48 PM »
For those who know the table vs the CRPG, what's the differences between them/what edition are they based on?

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2018, 08:32:33 PM »
Shadowrun (SNES): Very, very loosely based on SR1.
Shadowrun (Genesis): SR2, very close to the P&P both in rules and setting even if dumbed down. Most faithful adaption I have played so far.
Shadowrun (2007): FPS that has hardly anything to do with the P&P other than "there are guns AND magic!!!".

I've also grabbed the new Harebrained games on a Steam sale, but haven't given them a whirl yet.

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2018, 09:00:04 PM »
I'm not at all familiar with tabletop Shadowrun, but my understanding is that the Harebrained Schemes CRPGs have little to do with the tabletop rules. Mechanically, they play out more like X-Com games.

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2018, 08:21:22 AM »
I've played and enjoyed them which is why I was curious - and they are very turn based tactical combat, much like X-Com. Except easier.

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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2018, 12:37:48 AM »
My group played 3e, 4e, and 5e.

We liked 4e the best, and it has most of my fondest memories for gaming at a con (Origins) as well as the coolest characters I ever played in pretty much any system ever.

5e kind of lost us. We’ve recently discussed trying it again, but basically they copy/pasted a ton of 4e (you could actually find identical paragraphs) and screwed some stuff up so they could release a new edition for some money. After that it was just a matter of new systems not having as much material as old systems, so why bother?

Also only 2 of our players knew the game well enough to run it, and one of them left. AND we loved going as a team to Origins and laying the smack down. When half the GMs left, and the version that lets us show off in public is smaller and plainly shittier, we ran out of enthusiasm for it.

Perhaps when I have some time tomorrow I’ll include descriptions of my favorite 4e characters. Not just because I love talking about them, but because it helps to understand what the system allowed on the street level.

I loved all my Shadowrun characters, and it’s amazing what you could do. It’s all well below the power level of D&D, but the delight is in the details. You don’t compare an Avengers movie to Enter the Dragon. They’re both action, but they’re not trying to do the same things at all.
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Re: Shadow Run
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2018, 02:22:32 AM »
Oh yeah, I think that's a fair assessment, though I haven't played 3e.

5e has a simpler char-gen system, though?