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When did you start playing SR?
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:32 PM
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It's a simple question here, people. Did you start playing SR before or after FanPro got the license? If you care to post it, I'd also like to know if you started with SR1, SR2, or SR3.

Personally, I first played the game with SR1, but only a handful of times. Later, I cameo'd in an SR2 game at a friend's insistence and I was hooked from there on out. I'm no fan of the system, but it's one of my favorite game settings ever.
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:38 PM
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I started playing with SR2.01d (read: German second edition) somewhen in 1992.
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:42 PM
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I bought SR2 in 1997, but only made a few testing games. I start playing regularly in 2000, which matches SR3 release (no relation though).
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:45 PM
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You see, fellow Poll maker, there is one problem with this poll.
I only GM Shadowrun (others are too lazy or don't want to), so there is no correct answer for me.

Also setting "Play year", "Play 5 years" would make this poll more interesting and accurate. My answer - I GM for a year.
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:47 PM
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I started playing with SR1 as soon as SR was released...1988? 87? I was already playing Battletech by that point (Summer '86) and the FASA catalogs I received advertized the new, upcoming Shadowrun, which immediately caught my attention. So I put an early order and got Shadowrun when it was released.
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:48 PM
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My first (and so far only) game was this past summer.
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:49 PM
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thrid ed,just before Man and Machine came out.
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:49 PM
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Started playing in my friends SR group they started to test-out the new SR3 rules. It was probably the first printing that was available in the UK but my BBB is older than that (seventh printing).
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:51 PM
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QUOTE (Traks)
You see, fellow Poll maker, there is one problem with this poll.
I only GM Shadowrun (others are too lazy or don't want to), so there is no correct answer for me.

Also setting "Play year", "Play 5 years" would make this poll more interesting and accurate. My answer - I GM for a year.

If you GM, you play. You just play the NPCs instead of the PCs :P

I don't really care about the year information, though people are welcome to post it. What I'm looking to find out is what sort of percentage of players joined post-FASA. I hypothesize that the percentage of new players will be very, very low.
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post Jan 26 2004, 07:57 PM
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I read the Secrets of Power trilogy when they first came out but we didn't start playing until '93.

Ah, I remember like it was yesterday. My buddies and I were sitting aroun because it was raining and we couldn't sk8.
Someone said "Let's play D&D."
I said, "I hate D&D, let's find another game, like Shadowrun."
"What's Shadowrun?"

We went to the comic shop and each chipped in $5 for the rule book (2nd Ed.) and I've been playing ever since. Of the 7 kids form that day 3 of us still play regularly. one of the others now plays Vampire, in fact he wanted to be a vampire that first day.
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post Jan 26 2004, 08:06 PM
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Umm, my answer would have to be: I haven't got a clue. When, exactly, did the changeover take place? The SR3 book that I have is from '98 (I think) and is obviously from FASA-times, but I didn't buy it until ... '99? '00? And I didn't play (GM) it until the summer of '00, I think.
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post Jan 26 2004, 08:09 PM
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SR1, and in some ways I still miss the old damage stagging codes.
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post Jan 26 2004, 08:10 PM
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FanPro's first product was published in summer 2001: Year of the Comet. The latest 3 [maybe four... not sure offhand] printings of the core SR3 book have been from FanPro.
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post Jan 26 2004, 08:14 PM
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SR1 back in 91? then SR2 whenever it came out and on til now...

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post Jan 26 2004, 08:16 PM
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IIRC, FASA closed its doors at the beginning of May, 2001.
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post Jan 26 2004, 08:19 PM
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Pre-FanPro it is, then.
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I hypothesize that the percentage of new players will be very, very low.

The fact that you're asking on a dedicated Shadowrun forum is bound to skew the results somewhat. This might be what you're looking for though, I don't know. But personally I didn't find these forums until over 2 years after I played the game for the first time. I'd guess most newbies don't immediately start browsing through forums for the game.

Perhaps in 2 years you can run a new poll, where the options are: 1) Pre-FanPro; 2) Post-FanPro, Pre-04; 3) '04 or newer. The percentage of people voting for option 2 is likely to be significantly higher than the percentage of people voting for Post-FanPro now.
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post Jan 26 2004, 08:28 PM
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SR2 back in 1992.
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post Jan 26 2004, 08:29 PM
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I had considered that only old-time gamers would be here, but I dismissed it. Internet use has expanded dramatically among households in the past two years and the modern gamer is very likely to hunt down forums and other online resources pertaining to their games of choice.

I found the old ShadowRN lists well before I messed around with Dumpshock and this is actually my second appearance here after some time away from the game.
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post Jan 26 2004, 08:34 PM
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Doing the math, I think I played in my first SR game in 1992. That would be 1st Ed. PLayed for a year, then picked up the GM mantle and haven't looked back. Though I've taken quite a few breaks to run other games in the intervening years...
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post Jan 26 2004, 09:32 PM
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I feel so young with this crowd... I first started playing in 98. This guy kept driving around my high school, offering "CRPGs". First one was free. Eventually they lost their luster and long story short, I started needing my SR hit every week. I've been to meetings, but I just can't get over it.

Your results are going to be VERY skewed, this is true. The people who come here are so immersed in SR, they laugh at jokes about dikoted allied AVS spirits. They're hard core.
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post Jan 26 2004, 09:35 PM
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Not everyone here is an SR3 freak, nezumi. A good percentage of SR3 freaks are here, but I doubt if even 10% of the people on these boards would meet your description. I certainly don't...
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post Jan 26 2004, 09:50 PM
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but but but... we love dikoted allied AVS spirits, and drones to have sex with... its part of the insanity that lives here!
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post Jan 26 2004, 10:12 PM
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So far, I'm very surprised that four people polled hadn't played the game until mid-2001. Percentage-wise, that's far more than I expected, but the poll isn't done yet...
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post Jan 26 2004, 10:18 PM
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I haven't been playing all that long, either.

I joined Sahandrian's group in August of last year, and had my first 'run with them shortly thereafter.

Although I'm a regular contributor to their site as far as posts are concerned, we haven't played together as a group since that 'run finished.

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post Jan 26 2004, 10:25 PM
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I began playing Shadowrun (2nd Edition) in 1994.

The first thing I learned is that you do not fire Viper Slivergun bursts while your mates are busy in a melee. :dead:

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