Episode 44: The Sixth World of Shadowrun, or Everything’s Fine Here, How Are You? 2

The year is 2050. Or 2053 or 2060 or 2070 or 2075 depending on the edition. This is the Sixth World, where megacorporations dominate a world where magic has returned and technology has advanced beyond our wildest imagination. This episode, we talk about the campaign setting of Shadowrun with a special musical appearance from Opti from the Neo-Anarchist Podcast.

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Our Guests

Rusty Zimmerman

Shadowrun Novella: Neat

Elven Blood

Way of the Adept

Satellite Reign

Steve “Bull” Ratkovich

Catalyst Game Labs

Shadowrun Missions

Shadowrun Missions Facebook


What We’ve Been Playing

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl, Ross)

Tsuro (Darryl)

Shadows of Brimstone (Darryl, Bull)

Shadowrun (Bull)

Eclipse Phase (Rusty)

Smash Up (Rusty)

Vampire: The Masquerade (Rusty)

Shadowrun Crossfire (Bull)

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shadows (Bull)

Star Trek Online (Ross, Bull)

Birthright (Ross) (link goes to our episode on Birthright)

Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director’s Cut (Ross)

Champions (Ross)

The Sixth World

Steven Tinner

Nigel Findley

Universal Brotherhood

Bug City

Renraku Arcology Shutdown


GE Commercial – The Kid Who Beeps

Portfolio of a Dragon: Dunkelzahn’s Secrets

Ancient History’s Annotated Will

Super Tuesday

Tir Tairngire

Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall

Germany Sourcebook

Shadows of Europe

Year of the Comet



One Book to Learn about Shadowrun

Shadowrun 1st Edition Rulebook (Rusty)

Into the Shadows (Bull)

Seattle Sourcebook (Bull)

Shadowbeat (Bull)

Sixth World Almanac (Darryl)

2XS (Darryl)

Street Samurai Catalog (Ross)

For further listening on Shadowrun

The Arcology Podcast

Neo-Anarchist Podcast

Critical Glitch

Hidden Grid

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2 thoughts on “Episode 44: The Sixth World of Shadowrun, or Everything’s Fine Here, How Are You?

  • Shift


    Also, to add to your list about great Shadowrun novel writers, Nix Smith. His language on describing the sprawl was pretty similar to Gibson’s in Neuromancer. All the despair, dirt and quick fixes for down n out people.

    And on another completely different note to the SR5 team, why no stats for the Colt Manhunter? It was used in some of the fiction in the core rule book, but never any info on it. That was Dirk Montgomery’s preferred piece, guys!

    Great podcast guys. I’m listening and loving.

    —Shift in the night

  • mrm1138

    Out of curiosity, is there any chance the Champions game you mention will be recorded as an actual play for the Game Table? I’ve been really curious as to how the game plays, but actual plays seem to be difficult to come by. (And even if they were, the Game Table is one of the few actual play podcasts I genuinely find entertaining to listen to.)

    As for Shadowrun, I’m kind of interested, but I’m kind of ambivalent about the setting itself. I’d be more willing to give it a shot if it were a straight-up cyberpunk game (a la William Gibson’s Sprawl series) and not mashed up with D&D-esque fantasy.

    Speaking of which, I’m curious if the makers of Shadowrun ever responded to Gibson’s comments about their game.