Aus den Tiefen der Zeit: Shadowrun Geek Code


Uh-oh, Gamer’s Attention Deficit Disorder wieder in vollem Gange im Hause Matausch. Nachdem ich mit größerer Enttäuschung feststellen mußte, daß die erste Shadowrun-Romantrilogie immer noch nicht im Original für den Kindle erhältlich ist, griff ich zur geliebten SR1e und vertiefte mich drin.

Und surfte danach zum absoluten Klassiker der Old School-SR-Szene: Blackjack’s Shadowrun Page. Diese Seite begleitet mich fast seit meinen ersten SR1-Tagen, und immer noch halte ich sie für eine der besten Seiten zum Thema. Auch wenn sie vor 13 Jahren zum letzten Mal upgedated wurde.

Es kam eins zum anderen, und ich landete beim Shadowrun Geek Code — den, glaube ich, habe ich seit meiner Zeit an der Uni nicht mehr gesehen.


Und deshalb ohne Umschweife:

SR1+++ h++++ b+++ B— UB++ IE+ W+ dk+ sa++ ma++ sh++ ad++ ri+ mc++ rk+ m+ gm++ M- P-

pink mohawk

Meine Shadowrun-Regeln. Abgeänderte Version der Regeln, wie sie hier auf der Analogkonsole zu finden sind. Bald.


Shadowrun Geek Code


SRx (where x identifies the edition in question):

For Example: someone who has played second edition Shadowrun but doesn’t really like for it would denote this as „SR2-„.

SRX+++ The ultimate Shadowrun rules!
SRX++ They got it just about right with this edition.
SRX+ Pretty good
SRX I’m indifferent to the rules of this edition.
SRX- I don’t really like this edition.
SRX– This edition sucks drek!
SRX— I almost vowed never to play Shadowrun again after I’d experienced this edition!
!SRx I’ve never played this edition, and don’t want to either!
SRx? What? There’s a new edition out and nobody told me?

House Rules:
h++++ You mean people still use FASA’s rules?!?
h+++ We have more house rules than official ones
h++ FASA left a lot of holes, and we’ve used a lot of putty
h+ Our house rules add a little flavour to the game
h We only have a couple of house rules. More guidelines, really.
h- I won’t play with house rules.
h– House rules are really just cheating.
h— How dare you imply that FASA’s rules aren’t perfect!

Book Ownership:
b++++ I am Jill Lucas.
b+++ I own *everything* SR published by FASA
b++ I have a couple of sourcebooks, and maybe an adventure or two
b+ I have the main book, and Street Samurai Catalog
b I have the main book
b- I remember most of my friend’s copy
b– I looked over it a few times at Waldenbooks, and make up the rest
b— Umm, they’re made out of paper, right?
b? I thought they were just novels
!b Sourcebooks are just another way for elitists to show off, Fight the system!

BABY Numbers:
B+++ Not only was I in line, but I’m below 100!
B++ I’ve got one, but I either had to wait in line forever or hack the HTML on the web sale.
B+ Got one, don’t ask how.
B I caught a glimpse of it once, and I’d do anything for it.
B- Of course a hardcover would be nice, but I don’t need it.
B– Eh, doesn’t really matter to me.
B— Why do I need a BABY? I have a 1st Edition Hardcover!
B? „What’s a BABY?“
!B „Frag off with your elitist BABYs!“
B### List your actual BABY number, if you choose.

Universal Brotherhood:
UB++ Bought it when it came out, won’t part with it for anything.
UB+ I finally got a hold of it, took me 3 years, but I have it.
UB You have the UB? I’ll sell you my firstborn.
UB- UB is old hat, but it would fit well in my collection.
UB– Bugs suck, Chicago sucks, don’t want it.

Immortal Elves:
IE+++ I am Harlequin and shall shape the world!!!!
IE++ IEs are awesome…they are behind everything…
IE+ The Immortal Elves are pretty cool. They’ll probably show up now and then in my game.
IE Immortal Elves, huh? Sounds typical for fantasy elves…
IE- The Immortal Elves are okay, but WAY overused.
IE– The entire Immortal Elf thing should never have happened.
IE— If you even think Immortal Elves within earshot I’ll rip your head off.
!IE I stubbornly refuse to get dragged into the entire Immortal Elf debate.
?IE Immortal Elves? There are Immortal Elves????

ShadowRN Membership
RN++++ I’m a ShadowRN Admin.
RN+++ I’m a member of ShadowRN GridSec.
RN++ I read all my mail and post at least once a day.
RN+ I read most of my mail and post fairly regularly.
RN I’m a list member.
RN- I’m a lurker.
RN– I subscribed once but couldn’t keep up with the email.
RN— What’s ShadowRN?

Other Lists can be indicates as follows:
STK ShadowTK
LST Any other List/Forum/Etc.

Shadowrun Websites
W ++++ I run a major fixture of Shadowrun on the web (The Archive, the Webring, Shadowland, Deep Resonance, Blackjack’s page, FASA’s site etc)
W +++ My site is well known and popular (BKK, HHH, TSS, UOL, Magespace etc)
W ++ I’ve got lots of good original stuff but my site’s not as popular as it deserves yet…
W + I’ve posted a couple of character sheets and a few links
W I mention Shadowrun in my list of hobbies.
W – My page’s Shadowrun section should be up any day now…
W — Nope, no SR stuff here, but check out my custom Omni-Mechs.
W — I wouldn’t give free hype space to SR if FASA paid me! AD&D Rules!!
W —- I am R. Talsorian.
!W I don’t even have a website.
W? What’s an „SR Website?“

This section is under possible revision.
dk++++ I am Fastjack
dk+++ Captain Chaos asks me for advice
dk++ The matrix is everything I need
dk+ I think deckers are cool
dk Deckers can be useful at times
dk- Deckers are a pain in the backside
dk– Deckers make good cannon fodder
dk— I kill every decker I come across

Other character types follow the same pattern with the following code letters. There are so many character types, I would recommend only commenting where you feel really strongly about a character type.
sa Samurai
ma Mage
sh Shaman
ad Adept
ri Rigger
mc Merc
rk Rocker

m+++ Human’s are an allowed character type?!?
m++ Most of my characters are metahuman
m+ Metahumans are cool, I even play one now and then
m Metahuman/human…what’s the difference…
m- I tend toward human characters
m– Metahumans are to unbalanced…I doubt I’ll ever play one
m— I wear pointed ears around my neck…

Greater detail can be provided using the following:
e Elf
o Ork
t Troll
d Dwarf
An example of how this detail may be used is as a modifier to the original. For example: m–(e+++) would be „Metas suck, except elves – they’re really cool!“.

gm+++ The original EvilGM (TM)
gm++ My campaigns are legends in my town.
gm+ I’ve been told I am a pretty good GM
gm I’ve gamemastered from time to time
gm- I tend to avoid gamemastering, it’s not as much fun as playing.
gm– I’m a lousy gamemaster…I pity the player that gets me to GM.
gm— Gamemastering SUCKS. No way I’ll take on that much work.

M+++ Has anyone seen where I put the nukes?
M++ Milspec isn’t good enough for me…
M+ I occasionally go overboard on a character.
M Wiz gear is cool.
M- If it fits the character concept, I’ll go for the good stuff.
M– I never powergame. Every character has at least 3-4 pages of well thought out background.
M— I’ve written deep novels about my characters and feel vaguely ill when standing near a Munchkin.

Frequency/Intensity of Play
P+++ I don’t come out of character long enough to go to class/work
P++ I live/eat/breathe SR
P+ SR is my primary social outlet
P I have a regular group and we play on weekends
P- I don’t play as often as I’d like
P– I haven’t actually played in years
P— I know some folks who have played SR
!P I don’t actually play SR
P* I play, but only by e-mail/IRC


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