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Shadowrun: Seattle Sprawl Digital Box Set
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by William J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/25/2018 21:22:22

This is a terrible product. You literally get more information from any other Seattle source book, and on top of that compared to something like the old Denver Boxset, this product is laughable.

The map is not only useless because it has no legend, its inaccurate. Things like the Renraku Arcology and Aztechnology Pyrimad are just in the wrong place or missing. Thankfully the German publishers have released their map on drivethru so you can pick that one up and it's in English, so you'll be able to actually use it.

There is just such a lack of detail on Seattle. It doesn't update on any of the movers and shakers. Like I'd like to know what the mafia, triads, or any organized crime are up to. Or even the location of mega corporate headquarters. But if you want those kinds of details, just look up literally any other Seattle sourcebook.

The only thing this product does half decently, is it advances the metaplot and allows players to be a part of Governor Brackhaven's downfall, which they've been setting up earlier in campain books like Splintered State. So if that's something you care about, it might be worth it for that. Else never, EVER touch this product.



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Shadowrun: Seattle Sprawl Digital Box Set
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by James S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/18/2016 22:07:39

Grok this, Chummer.

Seattle's been the scene when it comes to the down and dirty of the Sixth World. Since the Awakening, its been where every runner who's any runner comes to get regular work. Sure, it's dirty and polluted, the politicians are corrupt, the streets are soaked in acid rain and blood - but hey, it's still home, eh?

Seattle Sprawl is a pretty hefty product, and not bad for the nuyen. It goes a bit old school, calling back to the days when you call the full battleplan in a box. Let's break it down for the kiddies.

General Overview: Like everything in the SR5 line, the stuff we get is pretty. It's well laid out, tightly packed and very evocative of the setting.

The Emerald Shadows: 87 pages, this book is pretty much a tour of Seattle. It provides a broad overview of several key locations in the Sprawl, with the typical sidebars and in-setting discussion indicitive to Shadowrun. This is a great primer for providing the feel of Seattle. It might be a bit daunting for new players to try to absorb the city in a large book like this, but you could have a player reach the section associated with one district and they'll get a feel for the part of Seattle they know.

Ruling the Queen City: This is clearly designed for the GM. It gives a brief history of the city, particularly how it stands in the Sixth World. It's also peppered with NPCs and plothooks across about 50 pages.

Tangled Threads: 30 pages. If Ruling the Queen City is NPC focused, this book is location focused. But it's not really specific locations as much as a collection of generic location types within the city and then it provides, as a secondary function, how these locations relate to Seattle. Tey's are clearly designed to be quickly and easily dropped into a campaign. It provides 3 adventure outlines as well, which can be easily expanded.

Map Cards: While this is 55 pages, its actually a set of 11 cards repeated 5 times, which is redundant for a PDF - but given this was clearly designed to primarily be a physical product, that's fine. Its reminicent of "Dungeon Tiles" for fantasy RPGs, but with a Shadowrun bent. Offices, Labs, Bars, etc. They're generic and useful - but not necessarily directly related to Seattle.

Seattle Sprawl Map w/ Gang and Map reference: This is three different PDFs, and while the map is beautiful, it's more an art piece than anything. While it's great to look at, you'll be looking from the reference cards to the map itself to get a sense of what district you're in and who controls it.

Character Cards: 24 two-sided cards (48 PDF pages) gives you a nice spread of NPCs to grab and go for encounters in Seattle, or any other urban location in SR. While this is pretty standard for "box set" style products it makes them no less useful.

Bottom Line: Is Seattle Sprawl Digital Box Set worth it? Well that depends. If you're a casual SR player and don't really ever GM it, I'd say its a pass. Now if you're a big fan of Shadowrun or run it with any regularity, I think the product is well worth it. It its reminicent of the halycon days of box set settings, and there's a lot of useful content here that's flavorful. Now, admitedly the physical product is pricey but if you're just using it to get inspiration and a sense of SR's most iconic setting I'd absolutely recommend the PDF.



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Shadowrun: Seattle Sprawl Digital Box Set
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Dan A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/16/2016 16:50:27

PROS: -The Seattle map is cool. -The books and material are full color and have a good layout and illustrations. CONS: -Repeated cards: the PDF with the city map segment cards includes 55 cards, but there´re 11 diferent ones, repeated 5 times, and not big quality drawings. -The total amount of text in the books is less than 170 pages. The price per page is HUGE. -Even being cool, there´s no written references in the map, so it may work better as a poster than a game prop.

I Will update this review as soon as I read all the content, but This suplement may work perfectly as a guide than a boxed set. Even if the writting is good, I will definitely don´t update this set to print version.



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