The Let's Play Archive

Shadowrun (Genesis)

by Turtlicious

Part 1: Chapter I: Hello Seattle!

Alright, now before we get started Proper, I need your help choosing something. There are three "archetypes" that Joshua can fall under, and they're vastly different. What I need from you is a few votes on what I will play as, our choices are...


A Samurai is the full bore fighting character of the game. They start with hand razors, retractable claws from the fingertips, as well as the best combat oriented stats (though that is hardly saying anything). The single greatest advantage a Samurai has is his ability to gain karma just from killing creatures. That's a slight edge that can make a slight difference in the long run, as far as building up the character. The only other advantage is the lack of a disadvantage posed by an advantage of a magic user. Since he can't cast magic anyway, he doesn't have to worry about losing essence when he cybers up.


A Decker is like a cyber Mage. He has awesome power, but only in the Matrix. Since the Matrix doesn't exist except in computers, and since the rest of the time the Decker must rely on skills and equipment totally different than his specialty, that's bad. But since the Matrix is where all the info is, not to mention the place where the most money can be made, that's good. A Decker starts with a datajack. A very poor cyberdeck will be made available almost immediately after beginning the main story, so that's no worry, either. We can also hire one for all the decking stuff, and generally that'll come cheaper then trying to buy better stuff.


A Gator Shaman is a cross between a priest and a mage. As far as the Genesis game is concerned, the only difference is that a Shaman has to sacrifice one of his item slots for carrying his totem, which symbolizes his relationship to his patron. As a shaman, you take on the aspects of your beast patron. Being a Gator means your bite is MUCH worse than your bark. A Rat Shaman would prefer to specialize in invisibility and stink spells for infiltration and escape; a Gator will simply walk in with magically armored skin and display an affinity for pyrotechnics.

Now no matter what you pick, I'll be showing off all the spells, all the matrix stuff, and all the guns, cyberware, and shit you can get. It might not be Joshua who is doing said spell slinging, hacking, or man-shooting, but it will be shown off.

I'm just going to do the first bit of story right now, then I'll restart as whatever you pick. So first things first, let's go see what are dead brother was doing at this dingy hotel. As it said in the intro, this is the last transaction his CredStick had, which is why we're starting here.


(A) or (B) Sometimes, no matter what you say, or multiple answers, will lead to the same response. I will show all responses you can get like this, and make sure I get everything from everyone.

Alright, so before we can get what (I imagine) is ours by like... A will or something, we have to pay Michael's Rent. (What a deadbeat.) Now Gimlie over here told us to check out the Jump House, so that's what we're going to do, but we're new to Redmond's Barrens, so let's check out all the local area's first...

Now then, here's a map of Redmond's Barrens

1) Jump House: The Jump House has our first Johnson, so that we can earn the 250 Nuyen so that we can buy our Brother's stuff from that prick at the motel.

2) Jackal's Lantern: All this will have is the first Shadowrunner you can hire. You'll learn more about him later.

3) Boris' Greenhouse: Boris is a guy who has an office in a greenhouse, he sells information, contacts, and fake passports to parts of the map. We won't be needing him for a while.

4) Abandoned Warehouse: This place is where we'll go to waste ghouls for certain Jobs, if you're a street Sam, it's a good place to grind for Karma

5) Hollywood Correctional Facility: This is a prison, be careful what you do or you might end up there.

6) Stoker's Coffin Motel: Rest for 20 nuyen -> When you rest you can spend Karma, essentially leveling up

7) Ares Weapon Emporium: Has Cheap Guns, but that really doesn't matter because you can buy some of the best guns in the game from the very beginning.

8) Little Chiba's Chop Shop: This is the hospital, in the beginning of the game when you die, you'll end up here. They also sell cyberware.

9) Rat's Nest: This is a little shanty town, if you enter any building here, it'll tell you Lonestar are around.

10) Shiawase Atomics Nuclear Plant: This place is guarded by an asshole.

11) Halloweeners: Headquarters of Redmond's Halloweener gang, you gotta pay 1.5k nuyen just to talk to anybody, and after that another 3k just to buy a contact. It's a huge PITA to be honest.

Alright Goons, which will it be? Decker, Samurai, or Shaman? First to 2 wins! In retrospect, popular vote would be best.