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Shadow of the Beanstalk

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In the not so-distant future, humanity has spread out across the solar system, unlocked the frontiers of cyberspace, and created millions of intelligent androids in its own image. At the heart of this progress stands a ladder leading to the riches of the stars—the massive space elevator called the Beanstalk. And at its base sprawls the biggest, meanest, and most exciting city on Earth: New Angeles.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to present Shadow of the Beanstalk, an Android Sourcebook for the Genesys Roleplaying System!

Take on the role of cops, con artists, roughnecks, and escaped androids trapped between greedy corporations, corrupt officials, and vicious street gangs. Outwit your foes, uncover their conspiracies, flee their retribution, and maybe you’ll survive. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even get rich...

Shadow of the Beanstalk is a 256-page sourcebook for use with the Genesys Roleplaying System. In this book, you’ll find new rules for character creation, new weapons, equipment, and adversaries, new rules for running the net, information on the Android Universe, and advice for gamemasters running a campaign in the cyberpunk future of Android. All of this accompanied by beautiful art and elegant mechanics that can be used in any setting for the Genesys roleplaying system. 

 
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michael F May 21, 2019 1:50 am UTC
I just realized how much this reminds of of Alita Battle Angel. This could be allot of fun!
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Michael S April 04, 2019 4:51 am UTC
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I purchased both Shadow of the Beanstalk and Worlds of Android today and gave them a shot. I had already purchased the hardcover of the Genesys system (as well as the Star Wars line), so I figured I had a good chance of grasping the Android rpg. The good news is that it is very attractive and well-written. The rules are no more of a problem than with any of the Genesys line and the game deals with a genre that I particularly enjoy dabbling in- Transhumanism. The bad news is that you really need Worlds of Android if you are to understand the background of this game, and both books fall a bit short of filling in what should be a larger, more complicated world. The "Androids" of this world are synthetic bioroids and organic clones. These androids are made by just two corporations and the lines that exist are very limited. When I get hold of a new RPG, my typical approach is to create a character and see how the system treats the creation process. The clones are the closest things to bioroids in GURPS TransHuman...See more
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Michael S April 04, 2019 1:23 pm UTC
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As an addendum, I've always thought the term "bioroid" meant "biological android" and that meant that it was organic. Apparently, in the world of Android, "bioroid" is just another fancy term for "android" or "robot". It's way too late at this stage of the game to change it, but it is plain that the clones are the bioroids and the bioroids are the androids. Whatever...
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Hendrik N April 05, 2019 8:05 pm UTC
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The setting, as presented in Shadow of the Beanstalk and Worlds of Android, is very much centered on the city of New Angeles. I would have liked more info on the rest of the world, too, but I think FFG is quite upfront about this.

As to clones/bioroids: The technology still is rather new and patents are jealously guarded by Jinteki and HB. I think there certainly ARE more companies doing research/small scale business in these areas, but they are way behind the two giants.
Also, remember that Jinteki's advantage lies not in cloning techniques per se, but in accelerated growth and conditioning, which make clones commercially viable.

There are many more lines of androids mentioned in the novels; check out FFG's forum for this game, there is a thread where the known lines and their characteristics are collected.
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Michael S April 06, 2019 3:42 am UTC
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Thank you very much for pointing me in the right direction. I just spent the last hour reading through the Shadow of the Beanstalk forum and found all the cool stuff you're referring to. It certainly allows for the GM and the players to work together to do pretty much what they want (staying within the setting, of course). My point about "bioroids" not actually being bioroids is a personal preference. It is obvious that the bioroids of GURPS THS are very similar to the clones of SotB, but if I really want to make a big deal out of it, I should go back to TransHuman Space, right? Thanks again. I will go back and read through the two books more carefully and give them a fair shake.
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chris D March 25, 2019 12:14 am UTC
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Would be wonderful if there was a layered pdf available to make it printer friendly. Being able to turn off what you don't want would be ease the toner usage.
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Dani J March 20, 2019 2:13 am UTC
Maybe further expansion of Android RPG line would be more preferable. From your past publication, I know you can make some awesome thick fluff, not to mention long list of errata for the crunch as well.
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Clyde G March 11, 2019 8:50 pm UTC
Seconded... please release Worlds of Android in PDF
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Robert R March 15, 2019 3:05 am UTC
+1
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Chris M March 15, 2019 11:07 pm UTC
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Dan A March 27, 2019 8:27 pm UTC
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vincent H April 03, 2019 11:30 am UTC
FFG listened: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/271678/The-Worlds-of-Android?src=hottest
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Luke W March 06, 2019 7:06 pm UTC
How useful is this book if you have Worlds of Android and don't plan to use the Genesys system?
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Dan A March 06, 2019 7:52 pm UTC
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Shadow of the Beanstalk offer 75-85% rules and character options, and a small amount of setting to get the "mood".
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Luke W March 07, 2019 6:02 am UTC
Cheers. Sounds like I am better off sticking with Worlds of Android for my preferences. Thanks.
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March 06, 2019 2:22 am UTC
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I've started reading this and it's pretty solid so far. Are there plans to also release the Worlds of Android hardcover in PDF? I'm lucky enough to have a copy, but you kind of need it to get the most out of this book. Just sayin'...
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