Shadowrun is probably the premier tabletop RPG for the cyber-punk genre, so it seems natural to include a topic on it here on the boards.
I started playing Shadowrun in 4th edition, and have played a bit of the newer, somewhat simpler 5th edition, but the current campaign I was running for my friends was 4th edition, because we have many of the relevant books. It’s only a two-PC game, but the intimate feel was nice, and I felt like we had something good going. I still have all my notes, so we can pick up anytime, fortunately.
The style of Shadowrun I favor - a quieter, smarter type of team - clashes with all my friends who all prefer “pink mohawk” style - shoot first, second, and third, and then shoot again to make sure everything is dead, especially civilians. Setting up machine-gun turrets to all the exits of a bar and then throwing in a bunch of incendiary grenades was one way the team elected to kill one guy.
The current game includes a basic human decker (hacker)/face, played by my good friend Mark. His characters are all pretty similar to one another - jack of all trades, little patience for bullshit, and a refusal to remember everyone’s name, instead referring to everyone as “Bubba” or “Asshole” or just their race. Luke, on the other hand, refuses to play anything that could possibly be considered conventional, and so is a shapeshifter who can take tiger form and is also an adept (someone with magic turned inward to improve themselves, as opposed to magicians who can case spells). I don’t fully understand all his rules, except I know that silver will basically kill him, and he’s completely oblivious to the world at large, because he was in captivity until just before the campaign started.
Although I gripe about their character choices, being excellent friends with both makes every session a blast, so I really can’t complain. I planned to play up the rivalries between our decker and sysops, so you can recognize patterns in certain defenses and the like, to make hacking feel a bit more personal. Likewise, the better sysops will take note of this and probably prepare some traps too.
Anyway, I was interested to see if anyone else in the community has played or enjoyed Shadowrun, and was thinking we could swap some stories.