|I'm such a sucker for boxed sets.|
Like it says right there on the box, that's the Shadowrun Runner's Toolkit. Before I even got to the back cover copy, I noticed how heavy it is. This thing is packed to the gills. How packed? Let's take a look.
First up is the obligatory GM screen:
GM screens seem to come in two flavors: lightweight and heavy-duty. This one is definitely in the latter category, being mounted on heavy cardboard. It won't stop a bullet, but it definitely can hold up to a breeze or a sneeze.
Next in the box were five sourcebooks:
"On The Run" is a classic SR adventure, updated for SR20th.
"PACKS" stands for Pre-Generated Auxiliary Character Kit System, a new set of modular character creation rules. Creating a character in Shadowrun is not a quick process. There's lots of points to fiddle with, things to buy, and it's only slightly less complex than the HERO System. PACKS takes a page from HERO's Champions Powers, providing modular character components, already built, with the cost pre-determined.
"Anatomy of a Shadowrun" is an example of gameplay, with fiction in one column and mechanics in the other. Nothing I haven't seen plenty of times. Except this example is THIRTY PAGES LONG and covers the entire course of a difficult run. Color me impressed.
"Contacts, Adventures, Sprawl Sites" is just that: a book full of NPC archetypes, adventure seeds and suggestions, and useful locales for your own runs.
Finally, "Compiled Tables" is a 48 page book of tables from SR20th, Arsenal, Augmentation, Street Magic, and Unwired. A game data goldmine.
But that's not all...
|Seriously, how much would you pay?|
And finally, there are these fun bonus items:
A Seattle skyline poster and a Shadowrun sticker. Whee!
And the price? $39.99. Seriously. Considering all the stuff in here, it's an absolute bargain. Between this and Lone Wolf coming out with a Shadowrun module for Hero Lab, I may have to get my armored duster out of storage, crank up the Soundgarden, and stage a raid on Aztechnology.
The only downside? Trying to make room for it next to all the other SR stuff my wife and I have accumulated over the years.
|I should note that at least a third of this stuff is hers. Shadowrun is the only game she'll GM.|