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Shadowrun: Sixth World Beginner Box

Shadowrun: Sixth World Beginner Box

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Shadows darken and deepen. They’re cast by the enormous, world-striding megacorporations that grasp for power and strangle humanity in their clutches. By 2080, most of the planet has given in—bowing and scraping before their corporate overlords; selling their souls to the almighty nuyen. The corps gotta make a trillion, no matter who dies.

But in the darkest depths, defiance flickers. Spikes, mohawks, and tattoos flash, while blades and appetites sharpen. The ignored and the marginalized refuse to be ground down. And their reactions set their destiny. They may seek to repair the world’s injustices, or build wealth to keep themselves safe, or just strike a match and watch the world burn.

Regardless of the chosen path, they stand up and survive. They’re called shadowrunners, and they risk everything …

Wrestling magical energies, channeling them into power;

Pitting their minds against the electronic void of the Matrix;

Trading flesh and blood for chrome and steel to become more than human.

Will you stand up, join them, and dare to risk it all?

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Rion S July 17, 2019 4:41 am UTC
The quick start rules version of a human rigger, Emu, are available as a free download here on DTRPG. If you want to see a preview of some of this without spending money on a bad product, I recommend taking a look at that.

My best summary: Edgerun has arrived. Edge is baked into everything, the same as Limits were in 5E. If you don't like the Edge system, the game will not be one you can invest in, because you can't just ignore it and play anyway. Its way easier to understand, but it doesn't feel interesting or exciting to consider playing a game that is more about mastering how to earn and burn Edge. That said, I think I could play it easily without burning out half my brain cells trying to parse the rules.
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July 16, 2019 11:43 pm UTC
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Greg S July 16, 2019 8:12 pm UTC
Catalyst makes products with horrible binding. I'm pissed a the quality of Shadowrun 5th Edition. That thing has faux stitch binding. The book is just glued into the hardcover with a strip of fabric lining the spine of the inside cover to make it took like its a stitch bound book. I've seen the Shadowrun 5th Edition Core Rules book fall apart twice on the shelves at my local game stores. I'm not sure if I want 6th Edition because I know its not going to be any better. You would think that they would treat their products with more love than that by giving them quality bindings like Chaoseum does with Call of the Cthulhu 7th Edition.

Plus, I hate the rules of 5th Edition. They were too bloated and complex. I gave up on reading it because it was a pain in the a$$ to learn. I like that Sixth World is being revised to simplify the game. It shows that they know they messed up by making 5th Edition too complex.

I really miss FASA. They made quality books and the rules of 1st and 2nd edition...See more
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Kevin B July 15, 2019 11:23 pm UTC
I just realized I could walk to the offices of Catalyst Game Labs and complain in person about this set. I live across town from where they are headquartered.
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Rion S July 13, 2019 4:36 pm UTC is the customer service contact point. I recommend trying to get them to replace your defective spell cards if you bought the physical box set, and pester them to update the PDF at the least. I don't know if it will do any good, but maybe the volume of complaints will help motivate them to get it done?
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Abraham Z July 13, 2019 2:35 pm UTC
Catalyst, why do you do this? Not even the most fanatical apologists can put out a good word for you based on this; value your customers, stop rushing your products. I'm sticking to 5E, since the quality seems to be the same, if not worse.
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Kenneth F July 12, 2019 8:42 am UTC
Was about to purchase this, but not going to if it is so poorly edited. Not worth it even at $10.
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Kevin B July 11, 2019 10:08 pm UTC
Yes there are flaws that should not be there. Some are even blatant; but for ten dollars this isn't that bad of a set. A session with a pdf editor can fix the mistakes with the cards. I agree that we should not have to do that though. Catalyst should have done a better job of editing this set. I'm just saying that in my opinion it is not as bad as many of the Catalyst haters will make it out to be.
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Bill R July 12, 2019 6:04 am UTC
If you're paying $10, it's not on you to fix the documents. It's bad enough they did this once before, a second time is just carelessness.
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Kevin B July 12, 2019 3:48 pm UTC
I can't disagree with you. Also it is not the second time. They released many books for 5th edition that were filled with mistakes. The only reason the game is still alive is because fans of the setting want it to succeed. I think the people that own the license realize that and would rather just put out the books for a cash grab rather than pay the extra money to put out a better product.
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Vicente C July 12, 2019 9:32 pm UTC
If a session with a PDF editor can fix the mistakes, hopefully CGL will do it and update the PDFs.
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Radoslaw G July 11, 2019 6:47 pm UTC
I wonder if same errors are in physical version. I hope not but I'm pretty sure they are. :(
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Rion S July 13, 2019 4:39 pm UTC
Early reports are that this is the case. Since the same problems exist in the PDF, I don't think that we can expect it to not be consistent for the full printed run.
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Martin A July 11, 2019 11:39 am UTC
Please tell me the rules are not the garbled over complicated clunky rubbish from last time
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Dean S July 12, 2019 4:17 am UTC
There are some rules in this edition that I actually prefer to the overly clunky 5E. Magic resistance seems more balanced, things seem a little more streamlined and I actually like the new Edge mechanic -it kind of works like Momentum in Conan 2D20. It's just the editing in this box set is so terrible that it is hard to get past the glaring contradictions.
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July 10, 2019 11:38 am UTC
What exactly is included in this digital version? The card files are they png, pdf, how easy is this to use on VTT like Roll20?
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Dean S July 10, 2019 10:02 pm UTC
The kit includes 10 PDF files: 4x Character Dossiers, 1x Adventure, 1x Quickstart Rules, 1x Reference Cards, 1x Instant Guide (Which is a short Primer on the Setting), 1x Instruction Guide (Which is how to use this Box) and 1x Map of Seattle (Which is quite good). As stated before ALL are PDF files and need some serious attention to the mistakes such as the fireball spell card description actually describing the Armour Spell, contradictions in Quick Start Rules etc.
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Jason A July 12, 2019 8:16 pm UTC
The cards are in a single PDF file which can easily be split (e.g. PDFSam) but the resulting images are probably less than ideal for roll20. (I have not tried to import a deck in roll 20 though so it might work.) I'm simply planning on keeping my cards open for my own reference on my desktop as I play.

Also the map is in serious need of help. It's gorgeous but it has some glaring issues. The most notable I have found is that Aztechnology is no longer in Seattle. The pyramid is still on the map but it is not labeled as Aztechnology. In fact, the number for Aztechnology in the key is not to be found on the map. In other cases things have moved but it is not clear to me yet whether or not that is intentional.
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Dean S July 10, 2019 5:36 am UTC
Wow I was excited for a new edition of Shadowrun but a little disappointed now and more than a little worried about the Core Rules not too far away. Been going through the contents of the Beginner Box and I have to ask did anyone actually read this before it was released? Just going through the Pre-generated Characters and the Starter Rules and its full of mistakes and contradictions. It's terrible.
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Stuart G July 10, 2019 11:34 pm UTC
Probably rushed out to be ready for cons. Or we could be looking at a repeat of 5e's myriad troubles.
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Simon S July 11, 2019 10:10 pm UTC
It's not just 5e and SR6 - poor proofreading and the internal inconsistencies that result seem to be becoming endemic with a number of games/publishers/systems.
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Dean S July 12, 2019 4:08 am UTC
That's the problem, the Con was a month ago and surely somebody would've noticed the mistakes? Yeah it had our group of 7 players worried enough to cancel all the physical preorders with the intention for only one of us to purchase the PDF main rules so we can check if the rulebook is just as terrible. If its okay then we are just going to have to wait a while to get the physical copies in Australia I guess.
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