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January release extravaganza! Three new products for your Shadowrunning pleasure!

We’ve got a slew of products hitting the various markets today, with all sorts of things you can add to your Shadowrun game! So let’s get right to some item describin’. First, there’s the long-awaited follow up to The Way of the Adept in the Shadowrun Options series. The new title is The Way of the Samurai (available as a PDF document from the Battleshop and DriveThruRPG), and it serves up your slice-and-dice needs! Here’s the rundown:

Honor. Skill. And Exceptionally Sharp Blades

They are legends. They are dangerous. They are feared. They are to be avoided—unless you have one of them on your side. They are street samurai.

That title covers a variety of skill sets, from the accuracy to nail a target from a thousand meters away to the stealth needed to sneak into a tightly guarded environment and cut someone’s throat before they—or their security—know you’re there. Street samurai know they need to use every tool at their disposal if they want to maintain that all-important edge on their competition. Luckily, some new tools just became available.

The Way of the Samurai is part of the Shadowrun Options line, which provides optional rules players and gamemasters can use to add flavor to their game and their characters. With new gear, new cybersuite packages specifically targeted at street sammies, new Qualities, and character archetypes showing how these tools can be put to use, The Way of the Samurai is a vital tool for street samurai anxious to stay at the top of their game.

The Way of the Samurai is for use with Shadowrun, Twentieth Anniversary Edition.

Next there’s Sprawl Sites: High Society and Low Life, a new collection of eight full-color maps for use in sprawls across the world, now available for print pre-order or a PDF document from the Battleshop or DriveThruRPG. Here’s what it packs:

Find Your Way Into Wealth—or out of Danger

If your run the shadows long enough and manage to stay alive, you’ll find your way into all sorts of places—from bank vaults where the wealthy store their most previous possessions to densely packed warrens that pack dozens of the poor into tight spaces. Maybe you’ll need to break a patient out of a tightly guarded hospital, or maybe you’ll need to help your client sneak into an exclusive party on the top floor of a luxurious mansion.

Wherever you’re going, it helps to have a map—and some knowledge of who you might run into while you’re there. Sprawl Sites: High Society and Low Life provides eight full-color maps, including a train station, an airport terminal, an automobile chop shop, and a department store, where shadowrunners might encounter all kinds of challenges. Each map is keyed on one side, while the other provides floor plans that can be given to players clever enough to find them. The book also provides information on who runners are likely to meet at each location, security at those locations, and plot hooks to help gamemasters involve the players at each spot.

Sprawl Sites: High Society and Low Life provides locations that can be dropped into any major sprawl, making it useful to runners across the globe.

Sprawl Sites: High Society and Low Life is for use with Shadowrun, Twentieth Anniversary Edition.

 

And finally, we have a classic PDF for you! It’s Paranormal Animals of Europe (Battleshop, DriveThruRPG), your guide to the finest in continental critters. Here’s what it’s got:

Horrible. Strange. Beautiful.

The glorious creatures of the mythic past and horrors undreamt of dwell in the Europe of 2054. Gargoyles and goblins stalk the streets of London. Centaurs and satyrs roam the countryside. A mysterious and menacing menagerie of creatures, both fearsome and friendly, now populates the European landscape.

Paranormal Animals of Europe is a field guide to these magically awakened creatures. Detailed descriptions and nearly 100 illustrations help bring each animal to life. Get back to nature and liven up your Shadowrun campaign with Paranormal Animals of Europe!

The Year of Shadowrun

December 21st marks the end of the Mayan calendar, which launched the return of magic and the beginning of Shadowrun’s “Sixth World.” In our own world, this date launches The Year of Shadowrun, where we bring you an avalanche of superb games set in the ever-popular and fantastic Shadowrun universe, one of the most dynamic and long-standing fictional settings of all time.

Due to timezones spreading from Seattle to Germany dealing with elements of this announcement, bear with us as some things may take a while yet to go live. Runs due go sideways…

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Two Sixth World cities to explore! New release of Montreal 2074, re-release of Seattle Sourcebook!

Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for the Shadowrun fan on your list or just exploring different locales for your own game, we’ve got two location-centric goodies for you! First, there’s the brand-new Montreal 2074 (Battleshop, DriveThruRPG)!

Great White Shadows

Bikers and go-gangs roam the streets of Montreal in 2074. Organized crime outfits struggle for territory. And neo-anarchists add spice and danger to the streets. All this would seem to be nothing more than lawless chaos except for one thing—money. Cheap real estate and savvy moves by the megacorporations have brought some cash into town, and a new city is being built on the remains of the old. And as every runner knows, when you shine the light of money onto the darkness of a ruined city, you get one thing: shadows

Montreal 2074 gives adventurous runners the chance to take their talents to a new locale, doing business on the isle of Montreal. Whether they are dodging the gangs of the West Island or looking to bargain with the Mafiosi of Saint Leonard, runners will find plenty of opportunities in Montreal. They just need to make sure they don’t end up as part of the piles of rubble—and they also need to watch out for the fast, brutal group known as Les Frères Chasseurs.

Montreal 2074 contains information on neighborhoods, gangs, and activities that bring the city to life in the Sixth World setting. With plot hooks and NPC stats, the book provides everything players and gamemasters need to take a trip to the Great White North.

Montreal 2074 is for use with Shadowrun, Twentieth Anniversary Edition.

 

Also out today is the re-release of the classic, the original Seattle Sourcebook (Battleshop, DriveThruRPG)!

Visit Beautiful Seattle, An Interesting Place to Live

A modern frontier town, sandwiched between the Elven nation of Tir Tairngire and the Native American Nations, Seattle is a place where cultures mix—often with explosive results.

A City of Opportunity

Megacorps with private armies trade in technology and information. Crime bosses rule the underworld of illegal trade, violence, and extortion. There is always plenty of work for people who are willing to get their hands dirty, because the turnover is…brisk.

Fun, Friendly People

Seattle is home to over 300,000 squatters who are willing to kill their mother for a pair of shoes. Fortunately, most never knew their mothers.

Sightsee Along Our Breathtaking Waterfront.

Just don’t stay out after dark. If the Elven street gangs don’t get you, the city cops will, and maybe just for target practice.

The Seattle Sourcebook is a gamemasters reference for Shadowrun. It furnishes all the information you might need to run a campaign in Seattle. Hundreds of locations are described in detail—from big to small and from opulent to seedy. The movers and the shakers of Seattle are fully profiled, be they political, corporate, or underworld. A color section details gang colors, corporate security uniforms, and tribal garb. he book is loaded with maps and will be a great addition to any Shadowruncampaign.

Note: This file is scanned from the original 1990 printing.

New street date, and a video for you all

Well, we were hoping the print version of Dirty Tricks would be in stores by Christmas, and we came really, really close–it will hit the streets on December 26th! So if you get a little spending cash, or you do some exchanges of duplicate gifts, you’ll be able to pick it up! Or, you know, just pick it up because you want to! Or pre-order it now! Whatever!

In other news, this here is a video we thought you all might be interested in watching. Give it a look!

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