I had a convention to attend and other business keeping me busy this week, which meant I didn’t keep up with the full pace of Shadowrun releases this week. But with all the stuff coming out, how could I? Let’s run it down.
First, for you Shadowrun fiction fans, we have a new novella by acclaimed author Jennifer Brozek. Among her many credits include writing some of the much-praised dialogue for Shadowrun Returns as well stories in Shadowrun, Fifth Edition and Seattle 2072, so she is an experienced Shadowrun hand. Her new work is called DocWagon 19 (Battleshop, DriveThruRPG, Amazon), and here’s the rundown:
The Life of a Lifesaver
DocWagon—saviors of the needy, rescuers of the desperate. Willing to go anywhere, rescue anyone, as long as that “anyone” has forked out enough advance cash to justify the effort.
Reporter Amelia Hart has embedded herself with a DocWagon team to see what their life is really like, and she’s in for a wild ride. From an OD’ing celebrity to an aggressive team of hackers, from pesky gangs to an extremely rich and powerful client teetering at death’s door, this night will give the team all they can handle. But will they survive long enough to remember that in the Sixth World, nothing is truly random?
Full of memorable characters and rich Sixth World flavor, DocWagon 19 is a thrilling ride with the people struggling to save lives in a sprawl with a million ways to make people dead. Strap in, hold on, crank up the siren, and get ready for a crazy ride-along through the full chaos of the Shadowrun setting.
All the Rage
One of the things the Sixth World excels at is inventing millions of ways to piss people off. Chicago, particularly the Containment Zone, has a special gift for inciting tempers, with its pockmarked roads, feral gangs, bad-tempered thugs, drugged-out vagrants, and many other elements that are irritating at best, fatal at worst.
Fight promoter Sid Gambetti has a lot of pressures piling on him at once, including financial strain and a massive blackmail demand, and if he doesn’t get some relief, he’s likely to blow. Unfortunately, it seems like just about everyone who has become involved with Sid is just as pressured and just as irritated. Any shadowrunners who take on the job that Sid has for them are going to be walking through a minefield of hot-tempered, bulked-out, Sixth World crazies who are just looking for an excuse to put the hurt on someone. Yeah, there’s a pile of nuyen on the other side of the gauntlet, but it will take some quick thinking and fast moving to claim it without being on the receiving end of huge doses of pain.
The latest Shadowrun Mission set in Chicago, While the City Sleeps can be played as part of an ongoing Chicago-based campaign or all by itself, as an exciting night in one of the wildest cities of Shadowrun’s Sixth World setting.
SRM 05-05: While the City Sleeps is for use with Shadowrun, Fifth Edition.
But wait, there’s more! For fans of classic Shadowrun books, we have some volumes that have been newly released to electronic sale! For anyone wanting more paydata on the Native American Nations, the profiles of those nations–both volume 1 (Battleshop, DriveThruRPG) and volume 2 (Battleshop, DriveThruRPG)–are now available! Get all the dirt on the people, places, and possible threats these territories have, with plot hooks, fascinating characters, political intrigue, and more!
And then we also have the electronic release of Corporate Shadowfiles (Battleshop, DriveThruRPG)! Go back for the earliest look at the most powerful megacorporations in the world–the people who make them go, the grudges they carry, and the work they need done!
That’s everything! Now go play!