Genesys Roleplaying Shadowrun

Genesys Part 1 Why choose Genesys

Genesys RPG

Building Shadowrun Part 1 – Why Choose Genesys


This is a conceptual post about my journey building a Shadowrun campaign using the Genesys rule systems and how I am planning on introducing it to my players.

Part 1 is a rundown of why I am looking to use the different rules set just as 6th edition of the game is about to be released to the world.

I could just use the official edition of the game, or run a different game all together, but I like the setting, and just want to see if my group can enjoy the game with different rules.

Why the change in the rules

The rules are too complex for the casual play style I like to run as a games master (person running the story). The rules in the core book are not easy to read or reference and focus heavily on the miniature style strategic game play that makes combat resolution a minefield to adjudicate. I did this for 10 years for one storyline and kept running into players either abusing the rules, applying different rules than other players, or arguing the interpretation of the rules. As a person running the game, this is not a fun way to spend my time and is not what I agreed to run.

There is a light version of Shadowrun called Anarchy where they strip down the rules but have the same six sided dice used in the full version of the game. This is described as a narrative ruleset compared to the strategic ruleset of the core rules.

I was going to trial this with my group but some of my players stated that they were not willing to do so.

5th Edition Shadowrun – Simple rules
Genesys core book

I like to use narrative rules as it encourages roleplaying over dice rolling as the solution to outcomes. In a narrative system, you can describe the outcome and have a lot more ownership of it as a player, where as a dice based strategic system you can only narrate your intentions and the games master is required to narrate what happens including the outcome. The genesys system allows the players to have full ownership over the resolution of the dice roll, knowing what the outcome is by a roll of the dice. Their interpretation of the events (as long as its within the constraints of the rules).

An example of this is that you can succeed with complications, and there are a list of complications that can occur with your dice roll. So you can select what happens and narrate it for your character such as you shoot your opponent, hitting them for six damage and run your weapon out of ammunition at the same time.

You can describe this as lining up your opponent, hitting them with a burst of fire ending with your gun clicking on empty.

Now the result of the hit is outside the narrative of the player as that can be determined by the targets abilities, equipment and character type.

How can Genesys simulate Shadowrun?

Shadowrun is a merging of Fantasy and Cyberpunk.

The generic rules of Genesys gives me magic, alternate humans and some fantasy races. It also shows what other setting specific rules maybe considered in the future that will share the Genesys rules.

Terrinoth (fantasy) core book

For a complete set of fantasy rules I can draw from Realms of Terrinoth which gives me more fantasy races and advanced spellcasting rules with magical items.

gen-ter-rt FFG Genesys Realms of Terrinoth
gen-ter-rt FFG Genesys Realms of Terrinoth

Android (cyberpunk) core book

For a complete set of cyberpunk rules I can draw from Android Shadows of the Beanstalk which will provide variations of humanity, hacking and near future technology.

World of Android

A guide to the setting that will provide a number of other useful storylines and setting information.

  • gen-an-sb Genesys Android Shadows of the Beanstalk
  • gen-an-wa Worlds of Android

Keyforge (science fiction) core book

For a complete set of science fiction rules I can draw from keyforge secrets of the crucible which will provide variations of future technology.

gen-key-sc Genesys Keyforge Secrets of the Crucible
gen-key-sc Genesys Keyforge Secrets of the Crucible

Combining the three books will give me a nice starting setting for Shadowrun, which I will rebuild for my players as a setting inspired by Shadowrun, their characters, Android and set the 4th world as Terrinoth, making the 6th world a reawakening of that world into ours.

The planned Setting

So the plan at this stage is to bring the characters together in a timeframe set around now as the re-awaking, with a bunch of characters living through a timeline that will see an asteroid brought into earth’s orbit to form the tether for the space elevator known as the beanstalk.

These characters will either evolve with the return of magic, or become the parents, siblings or contacts of the next generation of characters.

The next article on Building Shadowrun using Genesys this will go into how I plan to do character creation for this game with some specifics.

Content Updates

  • 2022-05-26 – Added in section about keyforge and linked in the android world setting book.
  • 2021-07-31 – Updating the links and menu.
  • 2020-12-21 – Layout cleanup.
  • 2020-04-14 – Structure.
  • 2020-03-16 – Structure.
  • 2019-08-12 – Moved to new site.
Genesys RPG

Building my own Shadowrun in Genesys:

Part 1 – Why choose Genesys
Part 2 – Setting, Races and Careers
Part 3 – Changes to History
Part 4 – Character Creation
Part 5 – Magic System
Part 6 – Hacker System
Part 7 – Player Races
Part 8 – Player Careers
Part 9 – Specialisations
Part 10 – Combat System
Part 11 – Social System
Part 12 – Vehicle System
Part 13 – Equipment System

References: Equipment, Vehicles

ExamplesBolt, Cuscus, Desrin Deadshot, Floggar, George, Rakash, Shadowstar, So-Cal Burns, Womp, Human Mage Arcanist

Shadowrun RPG

Game Management: Choosing a new Campaign, Creating a SR Campaign Skype, Tracking Experience

Locations: Seattle 2069, ShadowSea

Storyline: Seattle Elections 2069

Corporations: Ares, Aztechnology, Evo, Horizon, MCT, NeoNet, Renraku, Saeder-Krupp, Wuxing

References: Corporations, Personalities, Rewards, Timeline, Vehicles

Security: Automated DefencesBarriersCountering Matric ThreatsCountering Physical ThreatsDoorsHTRLandscapingSensors

Campaign 2

Gen 3 – 2050

Campaign 1

Gen 1 Street: The Setup, Year One – Origin Story, Year Two – Emergence

Gen 1 Runner: Year Three – Ghost Cartels, Year Four – Artefacts, Year Five – Horizon

Gen 2 Street: The Setup, Year Five – Horizon, Year Six – Dragons, Year Seven – Jet Set

Gen 2 Runner: Year Eight – Sprawl Wilds, Year Nine – Stolen Souls

Gen 3 Runner: The Setup, Year Nine – Stolen Souls, Year Ten – Lockdown

Gen3 Terrinoth:

Gen3 Prime: Year Ten – Lockdown, Year Elven – The End.

Game Management

GM2021 in Review, Choosing a New Campaign, Downtime Uses, GM’s Luck Roll, House Rules, Running Games over Skype, Sandbox vs Linear, Story RPGs, Table Rules, Tracking Experience

Annotated Stat Blocks: Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Pathfinder 2, Star Wars FFG

Creating a Campaign: D&D Mystara Design (2022), Genesys, Pathfinder, Pathfinder 2 TRAP Design (2022), Shadowrun, Star Wars (Mandalorian, 2022)

Character Creation: Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder 2, Star Wars Beta, Star Wars FFG

Concluding a Campaign: Star Wars

NPCsTalking to NPCs, Working with NPCs.

Virtual Table Top (VTT) Software – d20Pro: Installation, Realm Works: Players and their Characters, Using for D&D, Realm Created

Library of Books

B5, d20 System, Pathfinder, SW

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This site is constantly under revision, no blog posts are final as this is a work in progress place for me to develop my game settings and rules. Some posts might be placeholders for future content, so feel free to check back later for updated information.

Basic Links: Who Am I?, Home, Game Tools, Game Session Videos, My Campaigns, My Library, Site Map, Subscription Information

Game Systems: Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder 1 & 2, Shadowrun, Star Wars. Other Game Systems

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By thedarkelf007

I am a long term gamer, I run 6 RPG's a fortnight, host board game, card game and LANs each about once a quarter and have an addiction to buying more games. Games I am currently running are Pathfinder (1st and 2nd Edition) and Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition).

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