- Author Existence Failure: Nigel D. Findley, R.I.P. 1995.
- Dueling Games: The first editions of this game and Cyberpunk were released at about the same time. Sci-fi purists pretty much stuck with Cyberpunk, but there was some degree of crossover appeal between the two. It can be argued that Shadowrun eventually won out (due to its books being a far more common sight on store shelves, and the near-total consensus of "It doesn't exist," from Cyberpunk fans regarding that game's Third Edition), but both games enjoy dedicated fanbases to this day.
- However, since Cyberpunk is getting a big-budget video game adaptation with creator involvement, as well as a (rumored) new edition that disregards the much-maligned 3E, it seems that the duel may be entering a second round.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: A Night's Work, the original Shadowrun promo from FASA.
- N Word Privledges: Meta example - the Shadowrun: Germany Sourcebook including Neo-Nazis as would be considered poorly researched, stereotypical, and potentially offensive - except it was originally written by German writers and considered worth translating into english.
- Promoted Fanboy: Many of the writers of 3rd and 4th edition grew up playing 1st and 2nd edition, such as Adam Jury, Steven "Bull" Ratokovich, and Bobby "Ancient History" Derie.
- Creator's Pet: Bull has been accused of this, much to the annoyance of Steven Ratokovich, who actually has little influence on the in-game fiction. Despite his complaints, the writers keep the "Bull" character prominent because writing for him is so much fun.
- Running the Asylum: The developers have reintroduced some pre-4th edition mechanics (e.g. cyberdecks and priority-based character generation) to the 5th edition.
- Screwed by the Network: At one point, it looked like Catalyst Game Labs was going to lose the license due to an executive embezzling $850,000 from the company.. Several authors left the line and books were delayed, but the game itself continues.
- Shrug of God: Reading between the lines in the JackPoint parts of the books seems like this. At one point, the JackPointers are wondering if an EMP would trigger a cortex bomb or permanently disable it. We never get a clear answer, so it's up to the GM to decide.
- Technology Marches On: Updates retconned in advancements in Real Life technology which hadn't been foreseen in previous editions, such as computers going wireless. They did get the increased use of RFID tags right though.
- Trope Namer: Chunky Salsa Rule.
- Vaporware: Equinox, a proposed Space Opera sequel set in the Eighth World.
- Equinox was eventually released 2014, but due to rights issues is no longer officially connected to Shadowrun or Earthdawn, and in fact was split into two separate projects, Equinox & Eclipse Phase. Equinox does, at least, have a supplement that includes the Shadowrun playable races.
- The Wiki Rule: The Shadowrun Wiki.
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