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Shadowrun (Second Edition)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  607 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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Paperback, 286 pages
Published July 1992 by FASA Corp. (first published December 31st 1991)
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Jul 03, 2012 Jed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody - read 5th ed now
Recommended to Jed by: I don't recall, but I'd like to thank that person
Shadowrun 2nd Edition was my first introduction to the game system. I loved it! There were elements of that world, including the resurgence of magic and the reintroduction of "meta-humans" (orks, trolls, elves, dwarves) that really piqued my interest, coming from AD&D.

The system itself is very good for fast-paced action, but not that great for the parts that I really wanted it to be good at: the technology aspects like riggers (drone drivers) and deckers (future hackers). The tech problems a
After Rolemaster, the game that defined my weekends as a teenager. To this day I love the premise, the world, the dark, gritty blend of fantasy and near-future sci-fi that works so much better than it seems it should. System wise, I still feel that the 2nd edition magic system is one of the best ever. Its loose, free-form, and alows the user to amplify power on a near unlimited level, at a high cost of risk and possible death. And of course the net-running rules are quick and intuitive as well. ...more
Carl Klutzke
Amazing setting. But I hated the rules. And the inclusion of cyber space and astral space in the setting meant that some players were going to twiddle their thumbs waiting because they couldn't go there.
Oh my, I remember the cyber-future of 1992. It was all dark and cynical. The Japanese were going to rule the world. All the computers and the people were going to be connected with physical wires. The worldwide network of computers was called the Matrix; you fought virtually in the Grid. Not to mention the big, big hair.

Well, I enjoyed playing it, anyhow.
Despite my fears that mixing fantasy with cyberpunk would create a mess, I found that I liked this game more than R. Talsorian's original Cyberpunk RPG. The thought and consistent details put into the setting really worked well to create a vibrant and evocative world. I was never really able to get a handle on the setting, though, which always seemed overly complex to me.
David Winston
Mar 29, 2013 David Winston rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Best Futuristic game on the market!
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