Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Review

Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box - Catalyst Game Labs - $33.99
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Game title: Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box

Game description: Shadows darken and deepen. They’re cast by the enormous, world-striding megacorporations that grasp for power and strangle humanity in their clutches. By 2080, most of the planet has given in—bowing and scraping before their corporate overlords; selling their souls to the almighty nuyen. The corps gotta make a trillion, no matter who dies. But in the darkest depths, defiance flickers. Spikes, mohawks, and tattoos flash, while blades and appetites sharpen. The ignored and the marginalized refuse to be ground down. And their reactions set their destiny. They may seek to repair the world’s injustices, or build wealth to keep themselves safe, or just strike a match and watch the world burn. Regardless of the chosen path, they stand up and survive. They’re called shadowrunners, and they risk everything … Wrestling magical energies, channeling them into power; Pitting their minds against the electronic void of the Matrix; Trading flesh and blood for chrome and steel to become more than human. Will you stand up, join them, and dare to risk it all?

Overall
2.7
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

RPG starter boxes seem like they’re making a comeback, so why not release a new edition of Shadowrun in time for its 30th anniversary with one? The Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box contains everything you need to get started in the cyberpunk world of megacorps, Deckers, Street Samurai, and Shaman. Inside you’ll find a stripped-down version of the Sixth World rules, a map of 2080 Seattle, an adventure, several pre-generated character folios, reference cards, and a set of dice.

Pros

  • Wonderfully produced
  • Everything you need to get started
  • Amazingly presented pre-generated characters

Cons

  • No character creation options
  • Initial adventure is a bit short
  • Lots of errors in the rules

Full Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Review

RPG starter boxes seem like they’re making a comeback, so why not release a new edition of Shadowrun in time for its 30th anniversary with one? The Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box contains everything you need to get started in the cyberpunk world of megacorps, Deckers, Street Samurai, and Shaman. Inside you’ll find a stripped-down version of the Sixth World rules, a map of 2080 Seattle, an adventure, several pre-generated character folios, reference cards, and a set of dice.

The production of this set is stellar, with quality components that will last longer than the actual use of the boxed set. The shining items inside are the character dossiers, each much more than just a set of pre-generated stats. Each dossier includes a full-color, in-depth look at the character contained within. This helps players get a much better feel of not just the numbers behind each individual, but who they actually are.

Unfortunately, the set’s quick start rules are marred with multiple errors throughout. They’re not game-breaking, but give the product a rushed feel almost as if it were pushed up ahead of schedule to meet the 30th-anniversary milestone. The rules within are much streamlined compared to 5th Edition, so I’m hoping these issues are addressed in the Core Rules. Coming with pre-generated characters, there’s also no character creation rules. Something in common with the D&D Basic Starter Set, later to be fixed by Wizard’s of the Coast with the D&D Essentials Kit. Hopefully, Catalyst comes out with something similar eventually.

Now that we’ve covered that bit, how’s the actual adventure? Cliche, yet fun, though a bit short. Like I stated earlier, you’ll get more life out of the actual physical components than you will out of the content from this set. Don’t fret, though. The box is still an excellent value for what it contains. If you’re looking to get into Sixth Worlds, this is the way to go. You’ll hit the ground running much faster than you would with the Core Rules.

A copy of the Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner’s Box was provided free for this review by Catalyst Game Labs

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