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The odds are against you. They always are. The other side has more people, more firepower, more money—more everything. What they don’t have is you—your brains, your guts, and your willingness to put everything on the line to come out on top.

Shadowrun, Sixth World is the latest edition of one of the most popular role-playing games of all time. In 2080, the world is controlled by all-powerful megacorps that draw on vast hoards of technology and magic to keep the rest of the population under their heels. But some people refuse the seductive lure of corporate safety. These rebels refuse to sell out, and they survive by doing the dirty work no one else will do. They are shadowrunners, and they’re ready for you to join their ranks.

Become an elf shaman, an ork street samurai, a dwarf rigger, or any of hundreds of other possibilities. Find your skill set and unique expertise and use all of it on wild chances that will keep you alive, that give you one more chance at freedom. So you can survive until the next one.

The Shadowrun, Sixth World Core Rulebook contains everything you need to play besides six-sided dice. Launch into a dark, thrilling world of gaming fun as your shadowrunner sets out on the road to greatness!

 
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Scarlett W June 12, 2020 1:15 am UTC
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Don't judge this book by its cover. The edition is a great streamlined version of the game, and the complexities we want are still there. The cover art is drek, even had me waiting longer before purchasing. But the interior art is quite stunning. Almost any other drawing is cover worthy, but the cover.
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Nathaniel B June 12, 2020 1:20 am UTC
The cover maybe bad, but it's the best thing about this steaming pile.
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Scarlett W June 28, 2020 3:34 am UTC
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I can't find enough different about this edition to explain the big debate. Shadowrun is Shadowrun. The art is a bit more pop. Things move a bit faster. It's easier to play a technomancer. I guess Cyberpunk Red is pushing to be the more "gritty and real" game,but Shadowrun has always had elves and ninjas. Injecting Fantasy into the dystopia has always been a big part of it.
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Scarlett W June 28, 2020 3:34 am UTC
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I can't find enough different about this edition to explain the big debate. Shadowrun is Shadowrun. The art is a bit more pop. Things move a bit faster. It's easier to play a technomancer. I guess Cyberpunk Red is pushing to be the more "gritty and real" game,but Shadowrun has always had elves and ninjas. Injecting Fantasy into the dystopia has always been a big part of it.
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Nathaniel B June 28, 2020 10:11 am UTC
The Fantasy elements have nothing to do with the complaints (and anyone who has even glanced at the complaints knows that). The complaints are about the rules that look and play as if no one bothered to playtest them. It is also about Catalysts continuing inability to do even a basic level of proof reading. How else to you explain things like partial tables, and copy and pasted equipment descriptions complete with references to rules that don't exist any more. Granted some of that may have been fixed in the 14 pages of errata that's been released but it should not have happened in the first place.
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July 07, 2020 5:14 pm UTC
That's because you don't know enough about the rules to differentiate.

Nu-Edge is a horror show.

Read the online reviews if you're interested.
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Iriah W June 08, 2020 9:12 pm UTC
I give 6E 4 years before they revise it to try to get it somewhere near playable, as is it's just horrible.
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Nathaniel B June 08, 2020 9:32 pm UTC
Last I saw the combat books is a 1 star. I think this might turn into a repeat of 1st ed.
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Christopher H June 08, 2020 11:16 pm UTC
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So it looks like they wanted less crunch than 3/4/5th Ed. but more than Anarchy.
The problem I see - especially with the combat book now - is that the crunch is going to be added back in as Edge since it's the center piece of this system. We're eventually going to end up having cheat sheets of Edge spends.
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Iriah W June 09, 2020 7:38 am UTC
From what I've read I think I'll just save my money and wait for them to go out of business and when the SR license finally goes to someone who actually cares about putting out a worthy product instead of just a new edition cash grab then maybe I'll buy in. 6E's problem comes down to the developers, they flat out admitted that they didn't do any outside playtesting, it was all in house. The reason given for not playtesting and taking feedback the way 5E D&D did which produced a superior rules set was "I don't have time for that, I have to put out product otherwise I have to find another job." That was a paraphrase but in short 6E SR was rushed and the abysmal product that came out of it shows just that and the developers seem perfectly happy to keep shoveling crap out because they're too stubborn and short sighted to realize that putting out inferior products like this will lead to him "having to get another job" because if you don't put out something the fans want them eventually somebody...See more
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Iriah W June 09, 2020 7:45 am UTC
1st Ed? In what way?
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Nathaniel B June 09, 2020 10:09 am UTC
1st edition lasted about 3 years before they released 2nd edition due to the large number of issues with the mechanics. Basically a situation similar to your original post.
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Iriah W June 10, 2020 11:46 am UTC
I didn't know about that but it makes sense. I bought 1st ed right after it came out but didn't start playing until right before 2nd hit and then we switched over to that. Thanks for the reply.
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Robert M June 12, 2020 12:36 pm UTC
This sums up everything that's wrong with Catalyst and 6E. It's bad. It was a rushed cash grab. They have no pride in their work. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! If you're dead set on playing Shadowrun, look at the better editions from 1 to 3. Otherwise, there are much better cyberpunk ttrpgs on this site.
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Dillard R June 04, 2020 2:57 am UTC
Is it a "modern heist" game or a "punk screw the system" type of game?
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Robert H June 10, 2020 9:56 am UTC
Yes.
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Nathaniel B June 10, 2020 11:15 am UTC
Older editions also had nice horror elements too.
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Ralph T May 08, 2020 5:23 pm UTC
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Catalyst Game Labs would you please label the 6th edition material properly so it is easier to find. Labeling it as "Shadowrun" under Rule System(s) (on the right side) doesn't help at all, and there is no option under Rule System (on the left side) to narrow the search to 6th edition.
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Henry F June 29, 2020 10:35 am UTC
Good luck with that. You're a paying customer, so therefore Cataclyst Game Labs rules mandate that they don't listen to your input.
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Patrick G April 08, 2020 2:32 am UTC
Hi, I play Shadowrun 25 years ago (first edition I think). I want to renew today, but hope it is not too much complicate but still fun. Which version you suggest?
Thanks!
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Robert M April 09, 2020 8:54 am UTC
Stay with the edition you were using. All the best stuff is there. Everything past third edition is trash. 4th and 5th are too damn complicated, and 6e is unplayable.
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Nathaniel B April 09, 2020 10:08 am UTC
1st-3rd are pretty much interchangeable mechanically. The only thing that really changes is the matrix.

4th - 6th the mechanics take a major change with each edition's editing getting progressively worse. Also at this point the fact that Earthdawn and Shadowrun are now owned by different companies and are separate IPs starts to really show up (according to the current holders they are no longer part of the same timeline).
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Ph B April 12, 2020 2:37 am UTC
The 4th is the simplest to play(dice pool : Ability+Skill, 5&6 are success. Count your success to determine how you did) but this edition is the one who seems the Most hopeful one in it’s tone, it don’t really feel like a Shadowrun. You need to be prepare to throw a lot of dice which tend to make your players overpower fairly quickly.

The 5th kill me. They revemp the Matrix to bring back the cyberdeck, that was a great move but they needed to revemp the system to do so (now all the roll are made with a limit determine by the force of your spell, your deck stats, your weapon inherent limit (???), etc.). In all the other edition the Matrix was layered, in the 5th it looks like a big open world (8 open world! One by corpo)where you tag thing to hack it, for all the system difficulty & crunch they try to make the matrix more easy to grasp... in my humble opinion, they failed.

After that I never touch another book of Shadowrun and it pain me.
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Rudy C April 21, 2020 6:35 pm UTC
Have you looked at Shadowrun Anarchy yet? It uses a different system (don't worry, the d6 dice pools are still there) but runs much more smooth and elegantly.
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Nathaniel B April 21, 2020 7:46 pm UTC
Or if you like the crunch you can just stick with SR 3rd Ed. The last edition released by FASA.
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Matthew T April 29, 2020 10:47 pm UTC
Honestly find a hack to play Shadowrun in a rules system that you jive with. There are many. Shadowrun is a fun setting but the rules started out poor and have only gotten worse with time.
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Patrick G July 15, 2020 12:22 am UTC
I finally bought Anarchy. I hope it will not be too much complexe and fun to play.
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Boisbelaud G March 22, 2020 10:59 pm UTC
Where can we find a character sheet for 6th edition?
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Simon S January 18, 2020 1:59 pm UTC
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An update has just been released ... but now there is a choice of two files to download. Which one is the updated version? And is this still effectively a beta version, or have all of the reported glitches been addressed?
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Nathaniel B January 18, 2020 2:15 pm UTC
The updated PDF posted through their store for people that bought it there is twice the size as the original and only includes the 10 pages of errata from August. It does not include all the errata they've been collecting since then, so still a beta.
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Robert M January 18, 2020 9:54 pm UTC
The second printing of the core pdf is contained in the zip file. However, the errata now needs an errata as many issues were not addressed or now contradict other rules. The game is still a mess. There is still no excuse for this. Do not give them any money.
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Simon S January 20, 2020 5:43 pm UTC
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Too late for that. Does mean that this might be the last SR product I buy, though ... and that's speaking as someone who's got every edition from 1 through 5 and ran a long-running campaign.
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Robert M January 20, 2020 8:21 pm UTC
Me too. I have every edition, and I purchased the 6e core book (both the hard copy and pdf) and the starter kit. They won't get another cent of my money, and I won't buy another SR product unless it's licensed to someone other than Catalyst.
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July 07, 2020 5:19 pm UTC
same here, been playing shadowrun since 1e, our table is not moving to the horror-show that is 6e. %e will be our last edition before we likely move on to something else not published by Catalyst.
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Shammara B December 12, 2019 10:06 pm UTC
Have they updated this game at all or is it still an unedited mess. I am pretty sure they will have to do a full revision on some of the more broken and untested rules.

Shame, I have been running Shadowrun for decades.
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Robert M December 13, 2019 12:33 am UTC
It is still a mess. Catalyst doesn't care about their customers.
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Nathaniel B December 13, 2019 1:09 am UTC
Why should they. We all still ran out and bought this edition sight unseen.
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Shammara B July 07, 2020 1:30 am UTC
Oh I bought nothing. I never buy sight unseen. That is why I asked so long ago lol. Seems like it is still bad now too, months later.
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Robert M November 09, 2019 12:07 am UTC
Another glaring review of Shadowrun Sixth World...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tui_xtJtf8w&list=FLdFt2nq0YP3K0GdcWLHrezQ&index=2&t=0s
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Martin W November 23, 2019 7:22 pm UTC
Do you mean glowing?
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Ronald B February 22, 2020 9:56 pm UTC
having watched the video, he probably does mean glaring. But it's more vaguely disappointed; he's not planning to run 6e campaigns.
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Cody B November 07, 2019 3:58 am UTC
Can I link to reddit here? Let's find out!

https://old.reddit.com/r/Shadowrun/comments/dsjmma/6e_writers_thoughts_on_the_priority_table/

Behold, 6e chargen.

"It feels bad and there are problems" - SR6 Writer.
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Robert M November 07, 2019 5:47 am UTC
Yes, this game is garbage. It's a draft with some good ideas that require more play-testing and tweaking. Regardless of what the fan bois say; it's not playable from the RAW. And Catalyst isn't even apologetic for releasing it in its current state and shafting their customers.
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Nathaniel B November 07, 2019 11:56 am UTC
More play testing? From watching streamers struggle to run it during the lead up to release it looked more like they were the first round of play testing the thing had seen.
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Joey P October 29, 2019 6:54 pm UTC
Don't be fooled by angry fans, this game and edition is AWESOME. I find it WAY better than 5E. Streamlined but still crunchy rules, easy to manage combat, magic works well, vehicles are good, the matrix is a LOT easier and actually fun, gear is great, edge is amazing, etc. Very, very enjoyable and I always look forward to the next session.
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Karsten L October 30, 2019 6:55 pm UTC
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Are you serious? Just because you have less to roll, doesn't mean that the system actually works or makes any sense. First to note is, that the rule descriptions do note match the game statistics at some points, like the Cyberjack or cyberdeck. I mean, a cyberdeck does not work without adding a commlink or a cyberjack because it's missing two of the four basic matrix attributes (Firewall and Dataprocessing). But according to the description, the cyberdeck should be an enhanced version of the commlink, adding the ability to use hacking programms and a cyberjack should only be there to provide additional speed to the cyberdeck. This is a major contradiction in the rules. Second, the balancing is awfull. There is practicallly no way for the average Shadowrunner (decker excluded) to defend its own commlink against even the worst decker. The matrix attributes of even the best commlink are simply to low, to provide any meaningfull defense. This brings me to the third point, what the hell has Willpower to do in the matrix...See more
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Robert M October 30, 2019 10:03 pm UTC
He's trolling you. Don't feed the trolls.
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Matthew T October 31, 2019 4:56 am UTC
Vehicles are good? Like the spider drone the size of a dinner plate that can mount 2 "heavy weapons" (which is a category that doesn't exist in the book) or the fact a dog sized combat drone is as tough as a tank do to how armor works?
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Jay W November 01, 2019 10:16 pm UTC
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Sure, Joey, they should absolutely listen to a non-purchaser that says it's good rather than numerous purchasers that say it is crap.
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RONALD P October 19, 2019 7:52 am UTC
Does Catalyst respond to any of this? I want to get 6th Edition but it sounds worse than 5th Edition.
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Robert M October 19, 2019 9:25 am UTC
Catalyst has a bad rep for completely ignoring their customers. They don't care what you think. They keep pumping out garbage, and gamers keep buying it, because the Shadowrun title is on it. 6e is actually worse than 5e. It's unplayable in its current form, and they lost me as a customer. If you really want to play Shadowrun, you could suffer through 5e, or get into 3e.

IMO: DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!
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Nathaniel B October 19, 2019 11:35 am UTC
They do not respond here, or to email. Nor have I gotten any response on twitch.
They did respond after a week on facebook to a message sent there, but if you are critical of them in any way they will block you and you will not be able to comment on posts, like the page, or send messages to them going forward.
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Matthew T October 19, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
The Devs do not really care what anyone thinks, and assume all criticism is "subjective bias". 5E was garbage, and 6E lit it on fire.

They didn't edit or playtest this edition, and honestly other than the fiction writing, this product could have been made over a weekend just copy pasting most of 5E.
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October 20, 2019 11:12 pm UTC
That is not accurate at all the edge and initiative rules are not from 5th. The magic system is different. So it is not copy and paste of 5th.
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Cody B October 21, 2019 3:54 am UTC
The majority of the book IS copy pasted, to the point where things they imported referenced removed mechanics such as ranks for knowledge skills or grids.
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October 24, 2019 6:25 pm UTC
That is actually not true and is better than 5th which really should have been called magic runner and had mess of imitative system. Starting Essence is 6. The unarmed damage is strength/2 and found in grapple rules. There you go playable
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Nathaniel B October 24, 2019 6:40 pm UTC
Unarmed damage should not be buried in the middle of the grapple rules.

Also it is an unedited PoS that anyone involved in should be ashamed of having put out.

As for anything you have to say. You can't even be bothered to display your name so I can only assume your a Catalyst employee/shill and anything you post should be disregarded.
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Cody B October 24, 2019 7:27 pm UTC
That's not unarmed damage, that's how to hurt someone in a grapple. They aren't the same thing. Additionally, Magic is even stronger in this edition. From the spirit changes, weapon damage crunched down vs force in hardened armor, to mentor spirits, yes I'd like to always hit on all my dice when casting a spell thanks, to spells, Increase Attribute is one spell now, all of magic has been has been buffed. To say otherwise is massively disingenuous. Also what I said about grids and knowledge skills is true and anyone can look it up and see, so stop lying.
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Thomas W October 25, 2019 12:12 pm UTC
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I'm not saying that 6E is a great system, but I find it in many ways better than 5E. After slogging through 5E with all the modifiers for each roll, our group swore after a few sessions never to play it again. With the skills reduced, modifiers largely absent, and improved matrix rules, we might give 6E a shot.
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Matthew T October 25, 2019 12:29 pm UTC
I hope you get something out of the game then. Unfortunatlely the modifiers are not 'largely absent'. They are still there because the way edge is handled wasn't granular enough. Now you need to track modifiers, edge, and a new attack and defense rating that changes on range, ammo used, fire mode, and cover.
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Joey P October 29, 2019 6:50 pm UTC
This game is fun as hell and way better than 5E imo. You should definitely try it.
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Matthew T October 31, 2019 4:51 am UTC
I have. This is what informs my opinion of this terrible product.

I started with 2nd ed and played SR for almost 30 years. 5E was a bad game. Somehow the devs decided to one up themselves with 6E because against all fundamental laws of nature it's somehow worse.
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Steven L November 26, 2019 3:15 pm UTC
Catalyst doesn't reply to anything including if you buy something from them directly. They refused to respond to my emails about about a pre-order I had and after nearly a year I got no response so I disputed the charge on my CC. I got my money back and randomly, 6 months later, I still got the game I pre-ordered. They are a total mess over there.
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Nathaniel B November 27, 2019 12:26 pm UTC
Trust me I know. I've given up trying to get them response to the fact that the hard copy I bought from their store arrived with a busted spine.
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Alexander M October 17, 2019 11:07 pm UTC
As a totally new player/Gm of shadowrun i think that the chapter covering the Matrix is horrible written. Unplayable as someone under me said. I've been reading it over and over to make sense of it all but its just way to inconsistent and poorly explained. Feels like i need to read the older Rulebooks to get my head around it.
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Matthew T October 19, 2019 4:51 pm UTC
Interesting because that was the best presentation of the matrix yet. I agree its still awful and if you are new to Shadowrun likely makes no sense. They have never written the matrix to be playable or plausible.
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November 05, 2019 2:10 am UTC
Agreed. Every single new version of Shadowrun sees a completely rewritten Matrix rules. Every single time, it is clearly written by someone that has absolutely no understanding of computers or networking (which I'd be fine with if it at least played well and felt cinematic but it never does).
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October 15, 2019 12:30 pm UTC
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Admittingly, there are some changes for the better, but they are overshadowed by the horribly bad editing and some very impactfull bad design choices. Without extensive Houserules, Errata and a lot of GM expertise, it´s borderline unplayable. The best you can do with it is play some kind of frankenstein Edition by picking up the good stuff and combining it with previous editions. For new players and inexperienced GMs, this is a very bad start to the SR universe. That second star is only for the pretty artwork and the few changes that actually improve the game. The editors and the line developer should be ashamed to churn out this mess and call it a fresh new start.
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Christopher J October 14, 2019 12:48 pm UTC
I had purchased the hard cover a few days ago and returned it yesterday to the store for a refund. The game presented in the hard cover is literally unplayable and unusable - it's an incomplete product. It's like buying a car with no tires. I don't purchase these books to get angry at the editors (or lack thereof) and get high blood pressure. RPGs are supposed to be fun. This book is pure, unadulterated garbage.
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Jay W October 14, 2019 10:11 pm UTC
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This product keeps creeping up in sales even as its rating keeps dropping (now < 3 stars). It's rather sad to see so many disappointed buyers.
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Alexandre L October 15, 2019 1:11 pm UTC
Well, there were pretty much redflags and neon warning everywhere if you bothered to look. I really find it surprising that people still buy this only to THEN find out the book is"garbage". Its not as if people haven't been saying it from the start, right?!?
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Christopher J October 15, 2019 2:32 pm UTC
Wait, so I'm getting flamed for not paying attention to the reviews? XXX. That seems disproportionate. What's your end game here? To start a flame war because you got a burr under your saddle?
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Alexandre L October 15, 2019 4:51 pm UTC
Did you got flamed?!?! Don't think so. What I stated is that I find it weird that with all the awful reviews out there, pretty much everywhere, you actually seem surprised about how bad the book really is. Don't know about you but I tend to check the books out before I buy them, read a bit, check reviews, etc... Like I said, almost two months into the retail cycle, its not as if people were not complaining about the quality of the book.
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Thomas W October 15, 2019 11:27 pm UTC
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Perhaps, the majority of players don’t find it such a terrible game. I’ve noticed the only people who really seem to comment or leave a review on Drivethru RPG are people who really love a game or people with an axe to grind against one.
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Nathaniel B October 15, 2019 11:34 pm UTC
Just like anything on the internet.
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Thomas W October 15, 2019 11:40 pm UTC
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I’m surprised that stores are giving refunds for essentially buyer’s remorse. I’ve purchased many rpg books that I later regretted, but was never allowed a refund from my brick and mortar game store. Also, I’ve seen many games that are not playable - including many highly rated titles here on Drivethru rpg.
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Christopher J October 16, 2019 12:53 pm UTC
I was surprised too, and was fully prepared to just eat the loss. But, I have a good relationship with my LGS -- my group plays every two weeks in there and we spend a ton of money during our breaks or after the session.
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Christopher J October 16, 2019 12:56 pm UTC
I don't have an axe to grind against Cataclysm. I spent 20 years living abroad and I'm catching up on a lot of games I enjoyed in my younger days, Shadowrun being one of them. It's the first product I've bought in a long time that was literally unplayable from the get go - i felt compelled to warn others who might be as hapless as myself. And yeah, I didn't read the reviews, blah blah blah, it was an impulse buy. That'll learn me.
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Thomas W October 16, 2019 2:05 pm UTC
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I don't really get the "it's unplayable!!!" bit. A lot of people don't like the edge system or feel that magic is overpowered, but this doesn't mean the game is inherently unplayable. I have not had problems making characters. Yeah, many things aren't explained clearly and there are some phrasing is hard to understand, but, again, I can still run and or play in a game. Unless the print copy is missing several pages that the pdf has, I fail to see how the game is in any sense, unplayable. It sounds more hyperbolic than anything.

(On the other hand, I have found many popular "preview editions" and "quickstart editions" offered on this site to be somewhat unplayable because they lack rules for character creation and other important things.)
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Matthew T October 19, 2019 4:53 pm UTC
If you don't know how SR 5E worked, the game is literally unplayable. They don't even tell you how much essence a character starts with or what happens if you add too much cyberware and drop to 0 or below. Sure you might know these, but they are NOT in the book. This is only one example of many.
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Christopher H October 10, 2019 7:50 pm UTC
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I'm trying to keep an open mind because I haven't had a chance to play it yet. My gut tells me armor should do more than just be a dumb value and if you remove Force from magic, you should fully remove it instead of keeping it for summons, but I'm trying to keep my preconceived notions out of it until I get it to the table. As much as I liked Space Patrol, I wasn't a fan of SR: Anarchy; I'm all for speeding up SR, but part of that soup is the crunch. You want to feel tactical in an SR game.

All that aside, it did occur to me that they TECHNICALLY left the option open to still make Shadowrun 6th Edition. This is called Shadowrun, Sixth World Core Rulebook after all . :-D
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