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18th Jul '17 7:20:52 PM Kalaong
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* PowerPerversionPotential: In the words of ''Creator/WilliamGibson'', "...the street finds its own uses for things." Of ''course'' people are going to find ways to use {{Cyborg}}s, MagicAndPowers for porn.
** It's a {{Cyberpunk}} game, so TheInternetIsForPorn is taken UpToEleven. Simsense is officially so couch potatoes can visit Aspen to ski or climb mountains, but the primary use is detailed in ''Film/StrangeDays'' - [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence recordings of people screwing, and recordings of people committing crimes]]. There's interactive virtual reality VisualNovels, so of course there's interactive virtual reality porn. There's {{Snuff Film}}s, so there's simulations where users can pretend to ''die'' - which often drives them insane. The ''Augmentation'' supplement has cybernetic genitals. Perhaps most disturbing are "bunraku"; prostitutes with artificial personalities - think Creator/JossWhedon's ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', but used by organized crime on unwilling subjects. Usually these are just attractive men and women with a single brain implant, but particularly ruthless operations will mix-and-match body parts from various subjects to produce an "ideal" and kill the discards.
** Magic gets "perverted" every bit as much. Certain mages have been rumored to use Summoned Spirits for... services. The chapter on Sapient Shapeshifting Animals as [=PCs=] has a sidebar called "But they look Metahuman!", in which a Jackpoint poster attempts to explain the differences between shifters and actual metahumans (resulting in Fastjack having to edit the explicit sexual content out of the post). To top it all off? ''Street Magic'' contains variants on the "Confusion" spell called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Orgasm" and "Orgy"]]. That's not even getting into Seattle's underground sex industry, or the more "creative" uses of various other abilities.
14th Jul '17 2:17:23 PM Yozzy
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** Monitors are as dead as print. If you're a sissy, you can use non-invasive neural interface electrodes, like in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''. ''Real'' users have input/output jacks '''drilled in their skulls''' - it's the new HD!

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** Monitors are as dead as print. The Matrix is accessed with AR these days, but professionals use VR with a Direct Neural Interface. If you're a sissy, sissy (or hanging on to your essence), you can use non-invasive neural interface electrodes, like in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''. ''Real'' users have input/output jacks '''drilled in their skulls''' - it's the new HD!



** The Big Ten came into existence partially by absorbing several real world companies as subsidiaries. Renraku now owns Sony, Saeder-Krupp owns Volkswagen, and so on.



* MagicOrPsychic: Psychics are a form of mage who simply believe that their powers are different, similar to the difference between Hermetic Mages and Shamans. Technomancers, on the other hand, are able to access the matrix without using technology and have abilities that function like programs but are learned like spells.

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* MagicOrPsychic: Psychics are a form of mage who simply believe that their powers are different, similar to the difference between Hermetic Mages and Shamans. Technomancers, on the other hand, are able to access the matrix without using technology and have abilities that function like programs but are learned like spells., and their abilities aren't magically based as far as anyone can tell.



* {{Mayincatec}}: Aztlan. Their corporations are even step-pyramids, and guards dress up like natives (with better armour, of course). Lampshaded in the Aztlan sourcebook, which calls out the Aztlan upper class's pretentious claims of being proud and noble Mayincatecs: in reality, most of them are ethnic Spanish, while the true indigenous population is poor and exploited.

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* {{Mayincatec}}: Aztlan. Their corporations corporate facilities are even step-pyramids, and guards dress up like natives (with better armour, of course). Lampshaded in the Aztlan sourcebook, which calls out the Aztlan upper class's pretentious claims of being proud and noble Mayincatecs: in reality, most of them are ethnic Spanish, while the true indigenous population is poor and exploited.



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* NotUsingTheZWord:
** Discussed off and on if the topic is brought up. The most straight example are ghouls, who are [[TechnicallyLivingZombie still alive]], albeit rotting slowly, and many still have their higher functions intact.
** Another example is the Shedim, who are spirits that manifest by inhabiting a corpse. The Shedim's body can be destroyed, though you still have the problem of a Shedim spirit being in the area.
** A {{Zig Zag}}ged example are cyberzombies, who are again very much alive. Their main problem is that they're artificially kept alive long past the point of [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul when the soul should have left the body]]. That and the side effects qualify as a former of Body horror on its own.



* OnlineAlias: Deckers use mysterious and cool names if they're established and competent and ridiculous and common aliases if they're newbies.

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* OnlineAlias: Deckers use mysterious and cool names if they're established and competent and ridiculous and common aliases if they're newbies. Many runners post under their
8th Jul '17 10:07:48 AM nombretomado
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* AlternateContinuity: the 2007 videogame - [[WordOfGod according to]] [[http://blogs.ign.com/FASA_Studio/ the developers]]/ TheOtherWiki, it should be considered ''Shadowrun'' InNameOnly.

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* AlternateContinuity: the 2007 videogame - [[WordOfGod according to]] [[http://blogs.ign.com/FASA_Studio/ the developers]]/ TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, it should be considered ''Shadowrun'' InNameOnly.
24th Jun '17 11:41:57 AM YgothanEru
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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Of the {{Mega Corp}}s, Ares is this. Sure they smuggle guns, [[WarForFunAndProfit start wars to increase business]], and own [[LawEnforcementInc Knight Errant]], but they aren't [[spoiler: bringing about the EndOfTheWorld through blood rituals like Aztechnology .]] They also [[BugWar fought against the insect spirits in Chicago,]] [[spoiler: and now use captured bug queens to make fleshform insect spirits into guard critters.]] They also are the only Mega Corp that's realtively easy on Shadowrunners. They'll kill you but they generally let you go the second you're off their property as long as you don't cause too much of a mess. Mitsuhama kills any and all intruders, get on the bad side of Aztechnology and you're never heard from again, and Lofwyr just eats you. Ares also has a generally good street rep amongst runners. If you're hired by an Ares Johnson for a run, odds are better than average that the run will avert YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.

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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Of the {{Mega Corp}}s, Ares is this. Sure they smuggle guns, [[WarForFunAndProfit start wars to increase business]], and own [[LawEnforcementInc Knight Errant]], but they aren't [[spoiler: bringing about the EndOfTheWorld through blood rituals like Aztechnology .]] They also [[BugWar fought against the insect spirits in Chicago,]] [[spoiler: and now use captured bug queens to make fleshform insect spirits into guard critters.]] They also are the only Mega Corp that's realtively relatively easy on Shadowrunners. They'll kill you you, but they generally let you go the second you're off their property as long as you don't cause too much of a mess. Mitsuhama kills any and all intruders, get on the bad side of Aztechnology and you're never heard from again, and Lofwyr just eats you. Ares also has a generally good street rep amongst runners. If you're hired by an Ares Johnson for a run, odds are better than average that the run will avert YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
23rd Jun '17 1:21:51 AM YgothanEru
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* ChainsawGood: 5th Edition ''Run & Gun'' introduces the [[ShoutOut Ash]] [[PunnyName Arms]] Combat Chainsaw and a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade monofiliment]] version. While the fluff mentions that users are more likely hack off their own limbs, mechanically they're some of the best melee weapons available, with good reach and high damage and armor penetration; the drawback being that you can't apply your strength to damage.

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* ChainsawGood: 5th Edition ''Run & Gun'' introduces the [[ShoutOut Ash]] [[PunnyName Arms]] Combat Chainsaw and a [[AbsurdlySharpBlade monofiliment]] version. While the fluff mentions that users are more likely to hack off their own limbs, mechanically they're some of the best melee weapons available, with good reach and high damage and armor penetration; the drawback being that you can't apply your strength to damage.
21st Jun '17 4:45:27 PM Kalaong
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** Events stick to Type 2 and possibly ''Type 1'' events on the SlidingScaleOfAlternateHistoryPlausibility until Mayan Doomsday; Warren E. Burger doesn't retire from the US Supreme Court in 1986. UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan throws UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush under the bus during Iran-Contra. The first [=Alt!POTUS=] is Michael Dukakis. The [[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/10/1350793/-John-McCain-and-Congress-helping-mining-company-steal-Apache-land US sells Native reservations to corporations]] to exploit their resources - throwing the residents in camps to expedite the process, which [[NiceJobFixingItVillain spares them]] from the [[DepopulationBomb global pandemic]] which wipes out a quarter of the Earth's population. Two [=SCOTUS=] decisions lead to the rise of {{Mega Corp}}s;

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** Events stick to Type 2 and possibly ''Type 1'' events on the SlidingScaleOfAlternateHistoryPlausibility until Mayan Doomsday; Warren E. Burger doesn't retire from the US Supreme Court in 1986. UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan throws UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush under the bus during Iran-Contra. The first [=Alt!POTUS=] is Michael Dukakis. The [[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/10/1350793/-John-McCain-and-Congress-helping-mining-company-steal-Apache-land US sells Native reservations to corporations]] to exploit their resources - throwing the residents in camps to expedite the process, which [[NiceJobFixingItVillain spares them]] from the [[DepopulationBomb global pandemic]] which that wipes out a quarter of the Earth's population. Two [=SCOTUS=] decisions lead to the rise of {{Mega Corp}}s;
20th Jun '17 4:11:59 PM FordPrefect
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* ArbitraryMissionRestriction: Published adventures sometimes have Mr. Johnson put these type of restrictions on the shadowrunners. For example, if the run involves sending a decker into the target's computer system to retrieve a file, Mr. Johnson may order that the decker is not to look at or copy any of the other files in the system or keep copies of the file for himself. Which is often less arbitrary than you might think. If data is valuable enough for a Mr. Johnson to hire the runners to get, then it's potentially valuable enough for some runners to sell to more than just Mr. Johnson. Often the seemingly arbitrary restrictions that published adventurers (and regular GMs) place on a mission are less than arbitrary when you (as players or characters) do some thinking or digging.

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* ArbitraryMissionRestriction: Published adventures sometimes have Mr. Johnson put these type of restrictions on the shadowrunners. For example, if the run involves sending a decker into the target's computer system to retrieve a file, Mr. Johnson may order that the decker is not to look at or copy any of the other files in the system or keep copies of the file for himself. Which is often less arbitrary than you might think. If data is valuable enough for a Mr. Johnson to hire the runners to get, then it's potentially valuable enough for some runners to sell to more than just Mr. Johnson. Often the seemingly arbitrary restrictions that published adventurers (and regular GMs) [=GMs=]) place on a mission are less than arbitrary when you (as players or characters) do some thinking or digging.
17th Jun '17 7:02:05 PM nombretomado
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''Shadowrun'' handily became the most popular cyberpunk [[TabletopGames role playing game]], a fact which pisses off purists to no end. [[VideoGame/{{Shadowrun}} Video game adaptations of the setting]] were made for both the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis and UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem in the 90's. The two were very different from each other. The Genesis version was considered a classic for its console, while the less-popular SNES version is thought of as one of the console's hidden gems. There was also a Japan-only game for the [[UsefulNotes/OtherSegaSystems Sega CD]]. Another adaptation, a team-based [[FirstPersonShooter FPS]] for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} 360 and PC, however, has been much less well-received. The primary reason you will find it referenced is the rare use of cross-platform multiplayer between the 360 and PC versions. (This game is also the ''reason'' for it rarity, as gameplay was unbalanced in the favor of PC players due to superior controls.) A [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/shadowrun-returns new game started getting funding]] via Website/{{Kickstarter}} and exceeded its $400,000 goal in just 28 hours, making $1,889,416 total.''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'', as it was called, was produced by FASA founder and ''Shadowrun'' co-creator Jordan Weisman and released on July 25th, 2013.

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''Shadowrun'' handily became the most popular cyberpunk [[TabletopGames role playing game]], a fact which pisses off purists to no end. [[VideoGame/{{Shadowrun}} Video game adaptations of the setting]] were made for both the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis and UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem in the 90's. The two were very different from each other. The Genesis version was considered a classic for its console, while the less-popular SNES version is thought of as one of the console's hidden gems. There was also a Japan-only game for the [[UsefulNotes/OtherSegaSystems Sega CD]]. Another adaptation, a team-based [[FirstPersonShooter FPS]] for the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} 360 UsefulNotes/Xbox360 and PC, however, has been much less well-received. The primary reason you will find it referenced is the rare use of cross-platform multiplayer between the 360 and PC versions. (This game is also the ''reason'' for it rarity, as gameplay was unbalanced in the favor of PC players due to superior controls.) A [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/shadowrun-returns new game started getting funding]] via Website/{{Kickstarter}} and exceeded its $400,000 goal in just 28 hours, making $1,889,416 total.''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'', as it was called, was produced by FASA founder and ''Shadowrun'' co-creator Jordan Weisman and released on July 25th, 2013.



* InNameOnly: The XBox360[=/=]PC adaptation was essentially a vehicle for an online, cross-platform multiplayer shooter with the ''Shadowrun'' name tacked on. Accordingly, setting elements such as AllDeathsFinal were discarded when they got in the way of making a multiplayer shooting game.

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* InNameOnly: The XBox360[=/=]PC UsefulNotes/Xbox360[=/=]PC adaptation was essentially a vehicle for an online, cross-platform multiplayer shooter with the ''Shadowrun'' name tacked on. Accordingly, setting elements such as AllDeathsFinal were discarded when they got in the way of making a multiplayer shooting game.
14th Jun '17 10:08:50 PM Yozzy
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** Ghouls have established their own nation of Asamando in West Africa, which feeds itself by porting in the dead from combat zones in neighboring nations. Some see it as a horror show made real, others see it as a step towards progress for ghouls. That said, Asamando is actually fairly well-developed for its part of the world and quite accepting of other awakened metasapients.
14th Jun '17 5:04:01 AM Ramidel
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** According to errata for 5e's Missions metacampaign, the tax database for [=SINners=] is [[HandWave Hand Waved]] as this. They will soak you for exactly fifteen percent of your income, legal or illegal, they will magically know about every nuyen you make, they cannot be avoided or tricked, ''and'' they don't sell your data to any other corporation or law enforcement agency.



** The only reason most shadowrunners get away. Most major players of the Sixth World accept losses from shadowrunners as part of the cost of doing business, and the odds they'll retaliate against you depends entirely on how big (and how public) said losses were. It's said in the sourcebook [[InUniverse by other shadowrunners]] as long as you keep the damage down and not kill any guards, you get away scot free. Now, if you turn the building into a Creator/MichaelBay set and [[KillEmAll kill the guards]], nothing is going to keep you safe. Generally, the more you cost them on damages or replacement personnel, the more they ignore the cost of taking you down.
** There are some secrets and proprietary goodies that the corps ''will'' kill to keep in their hands, no matter how subtly you steal them. Reveal Aztechnology blood rituals or steal a set of the Renraku Red Samurai's signature armour and [[DisproportionateRetribution they might just call down a]] KillSat [[DisproportionateRetribution on you]].

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** The only reason most shadowrunners get away. Most major players of the Sixth World accept losses from shadowrunners as part of the cost of doing business, and the odds they'll retaliate against you depends entirely on how big (and how public) said losses were. It's said in the sourcebook [[InUniverse by other shadowrunners]] as long as you keep the damage down and not kill any guards, you get away scot free. Now, if you turn the building into a Creator/MichaelBay set and [[KillEmAll kill the guards]], nothing is going to keep you safe. Generally, the more you cost them on damages or replacement personnel, the more they ignore the cost of taking you down.
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There are some secrets and proprietary goodies that the corps ''will'' kill to keep in their hands, no matter how subtly you steal them. Reveal Aztechnology blood rituals or steal a set of the Renraku Red Samurai's signature armour and [[DisproportionateRetribution they might just call down a]] KillSat [[DisproportionateRetribution on you]]. Bottom line, when deciding whether to retaliate against shadowrunners, a megacorp will ask "is the juice worth the squeeze?" Smart runners try to make sure that the answer is "no."
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