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Shadowrun: Hack and Slash (Core Matrix Rulebook)



Digital cowpokes, bit jockeys, and light riders will all tell you that the Matrix is the last bastion of freedom in the world, the only place where you can go toe to toe with the most powerful people around and have a chance of taking them down. It’s the last frontier, the Wild West, the great wide open.

It may be open, but it’s far from empty. Artificial intelligences, protosapient creatures, hacker groups, technomancer unions, secret data stores, and more are out there. It’s up to intrepid hackers to collect the best tools they can and see what they can discover and what connections they can make. All the while, they should remember that a place of freedom in the Sixth World doesn’t need to be conquered—it needs to be preserved.

Hack & Slash is the core Matrix rulebook for Shadowrun, Sixth World.

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Jan K June 26, 2023 9:57 am UTC
Despite several warnings, I decided to buy this book. Mostly because I was always a fan of the matrix und the main driver for my own characters, essentially the reason why I started with SR in edition 1.

After reading thru it, I can agree to some points already stated here or on other reviews. It delivers not so much really new, which is disappointing for a core rulebook. While also not including all past stuff from older publications. Till the present day, there is not a single place to look for previously published echos for example. I still need several books, even from different editions.

It reads as too much recycling of already published content with slight adjustments while also skipping previously published content.

Also, I'm not really sure that the current writers are having a real vision for the Matrix/Resonance and it gets further down the already started road. Getting Resonance and Matrix even more aligned with Magic, to the point where Resonance realms and metaplanes...See more
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Kevin B November 03, 2022 3:13 pm UTC
People should just abandon this line. Catalyst is never going to get any better until they are punished somehow for putting out shoddy work. Anyone that buys this or anything else from them is hurting the gaming community. There is no excuse for what the reviewer describes.
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Adam A December 03, 2022 4:45 pm UTC
yeah, Catalyst fell down a long while ago and it's evident they are unable to get up.

it's all just an effort to shovel tripe into the waiting maws of the gullible at this point.
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Rion S October 25, 2022 6:17 pm UTC
I'll do a review and rating when I get a chance to read more, but here's the Buyer Beware factor: This has some of the roughest editing since the core book first came out. Core concepts are sometimes badly described, rules are occasionally absent from within their own descriptions in a few places, and information organization is very poor. If all you had to go on before buying this was the SR6 core book, you would be immediately lost upon trying to read it from front to back. This book is not friendly to new players, or to those who aren't conversant SR5 Matrix lore.

It has some very good and fun ideas, and some useful rules, but in some places it's very hard to discern what they are even talking about. Lots of jargon, slang, and vaguery in critical places. The glossary being 30 pages in is very unhelpful. Editing and layout really hurt the product more than the lack of clarity in the prose parts does. Quality within each segment is erratic. Some is very clear, other parts are real overly...See more
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Marco T October 27, 2022 2:37 pm UTC
Thank you for this and for your review as well - very helpful!
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Henry J April 29, 2023 12:16 pm UTC
I concur with this review. There's not much new in this book. I didn't see the editing issues, but the content is fairly disjointed.
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