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New Shadowrun fiction out–try the Seattle Gambit!

Nothing gets the holidays rolling like new Shadowrun fiction, I always say! Then my relatives stare at me, and then they go about their normal business. But you know what I’m talking about, right? So dive into the new piece of enhanced fiction, The Seattle Gambit—sequel to The Vladivostok Gauntlet and now available at the Catalyst shop, DriveThruRPG, and Amazon! Here’s more info:

Sucked Back In

Former shadowrunner Yuri Yehzov has discovered that the shadows have long tendrils. Life pushed him and Soren, his new partner in crime (and everything else), to Seattle, where they’ll have to do what thousands have done before them—figure out how to scrape by and attempt to build a life.

If there’s one thing the darker corners of the Sixth World have in common, it’s the tendency to explode into violence at any moment. Yuri will discover that Seattle’s shadows are merciless and unkind, but also full of opportunity for those who can think on their feet and keep flying lead from piercing their skin. Can Yuri move fast enough to stay upright in the worldwide capital of shadowrunning? He’s about to find out.

The Seattle Gambit is new Shadowrun fiction that also includes NPC, gear, and other rules that appear in the story. Read the story, then use the rules to dive into the action! The Seattle Gambit’s rules are for use with Shadowrun, Fifth Edition, though the basic concepts and story can also be used with Shadowrun: Anarchy.

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The darkest time of year brings Dark Terrors to Shadowrun!

The sun recently went down in Barrow, Alaska, and it will not be seen again until January 22. Seems like the perfect time to turn our attention to the things that go bump in the night–the things that freeze us between wanting to turn on the lights to see what’s out there, and wanting to stay in the dark because sometimes, it’s better not to know.

Dark Terrors is a new Shadowrun book looking at many of the terrible things and mysteries that hide in the dark corners of the Sixth World. And it’s available for PDF purchase now (Catalyst shop, DriveThruRPG), with print availability to follow. Here’s some more info:

Piercing the Night

You heard the scream. It’s important to remember that. Sometimes, when it’s late, and you hear something that sounds like a scream echoing through dark alleys, you try to convince yourself that it was something else. An animal. An illusion. Anything but what it sounded like.

But it was a scream. You heard it, and you’ll hear it again, because in the Sixth World, the supply of terror is growing. Bug spirits work to devour corporations from within. Shedim claim dead bodies and mobilize to their own dark ends. And the hidden corners of the metaplanes and the Matrix contain creatures that are best not imagined, because to imagine them is to sever ties with reason.

Dark Terrors is a catalog of the horrors lurking under the surface of the Sixth World. With plot updates and hooks, critter stats, and campaign information presented in an immersive style, it’s an invaluable resource for players ready to stay on the edge of their seats. It is for use with Shadowrun, Fifth Edition and Shadowrun: Anarchy.

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Shadowrun action blasting your way with new adventures!

Two new PDF Shadowrun books have come up, and they’re ready for runners to unleash all manner of chaos on them! First up we have Lethal Forces (Catalyst shop, DriveThru), an adventure that will test even experienced runners. Here are the details:

The Price of Power

Value is not a secret. When something is worth a lot of money, or conveys a lot of power, or both, people of the Sixth World know. They make it their business to know. That means that when you’re tracking down something with a lot of value, be cautious. You won’t be the only one after it.

In Lethal Forces, Mr. Johnson comes along spinning tales about secret research in a highly secure facility, which is definitely the sort of thing that has a lot of value. Mr. Johnson may not tell the runners who else might come calling, but what self-respecting team of runners relies on Mr. Johnson to give them the information they need? They’ll have to stay alert, keep their wits about them, and be ready for any and all opposition—including ones with scales.

Lethal Forces is an adventure for Shadowrun, Fifth Edition, especially for experienced runner teams ready for a challenge. The plot elements can also be used with Shadowrun: Anarchy.

Then we have a new Mission for you—Mission 07-06, entitled Windy City Chaos (Catalyst shop, DriveThru). And I’ll tell you this—this Mission more than lives up to its name. Here’s something to whet your appetite:

The Lost Colony

Maybe you might misplace a commlink. Or lose a box holding a few stray bullets. But who loses an entire community? Well, it’s Chicago’s Containment Zone, where a large group of people disappearing is not the strangest thing to happen this month. Or this week. Or today. But even if it’s not the strangest thing, it’s the one someone is willing to pay runners to investigate. So it’s important.

The thing is, a whole group of people doesn’t just disappear easily. Or nicely. Some of the powers that like to stay hidden in the Containment Zone are going to make themselves visible, and shadowrunners need to survive their appearance. And see if they can save some lives while they’re at it.

SRM 07-06: Windy City Chaos is an adventure for Shadowrun, Fifth Edition. Whether you have played a Mission before or are diving in right here, it presents a strong challenge for runners to see if they can survive some of the city’s extremes. Plot elements from this Mission can also be used with Shadowrun: Anarchy.

Shadowrun Missions, Season 7, Adventure 6

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Experience Gen Con now with The Complete Trog and Ripping Reality

When you work for a game company, the phrase “Gen Con will be here before you know it” fills you with simultaneous excitement and dread. Because while Gen Con is an awesome experience of games and people and non-stop activity, it’s also a lot of work to prepare for it. Some of that preparation involves getting books ready to sell, and the good news for all of you out there is that we need them to be done before the con if we want to sell them there. Which means they’re done now and at the printing press. If they’re done, we see no reason why you shouldn’t have PDFs of them if you want, so get a jump on the big con by checking out the electronic versions of two new books!

First up is The Complete Trog (Catalyst shop, DriveThru), your guide to orks and trolls in the Sixth World, with lots of flavor about the ork and troll experience, as well as game mechanics and rules to enhance playing these characters. It works with both Shadowrun, Fifth Edition and Shadowrun: Anarchy! Here’s the full summary:

Big, Bad, and Awesome

They can call you a trog. Sure they can. Let ’em think it’s smear. Let them show you what they don’t know. Let them ignore history, the great accomplishments orks and trolls have made in every field in the Sixth World, the homes and enclaves they’ve built out of nothing. There’s enough talent in the trog population to punch, hack, rig, charm, or enchant that smug smile right off their face. You know what you are. They’ll learn—fast, if they know what’s good for them.

The Complete Trog is the definitive guide for ork and troll characters in Shadowrun. With information on what it’s like to be an ork or troll in dozens of spots across the globe, details on working in corps as a trog (including in ork- and troll-dominated corps) and the heroes and enemies of trog culture, the book helps players add flavor and depth to their characters and the world around them. On top of that, it has gear, qualities, and life modules compatible with both Shadowrun, Fifth Edition and Shadowrun: Anarchy. Plunge into the rich culture of trogs and watch them turn that slur on its head.

Next up is Ripping Reality, and adventure that completes a Denver trilogy following Serrated Edge and False Flag. Whether you’ve played those other adventures or not, Ripping Reality (Catalyst shop, DriveThru) will take you on a wild ride as a life-or-death conflict involving some of the Sixth World’s major powers drags shadowrunners into its wake–and gives them the chance to affect the outcome. Here’s some more info:

Chaos Rising

The Denver sprawl has always been a battleground, but lately it seems to be at war with reality. People are disappearing from the streets, never to be seen again. Strange creatures are materializing out of nowhere, and sometimes they bring entire landscapes with them. Something has gone desperately wrong, and the stakes are so high that two enemies who had been locked in combat are setting aside their fight to find out what is happening and why.

If investigations into bizarre occurrences need to happen, then there are shadowruns to be done. The right team will have the chance to bring in an impressive payday, but they’ll have to navigate their way past old grudges, tainted magic, and creatures of pure destructive power waiting to be turned loose on the sprawl.

Building on plot strands from the previous Denver adventures, Serrated Edge and False Flag, Ripping Reality sends players on a wild ride through a sprawl that seems to be tearing itself apart, giving them a chance to try to keep it together.

Ripping Reality is for use with Shadowrun, Fifth Edition.

Jump into these books and enjoy the fun!

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