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Bullet Raven
post Apr 29 2005, 07:49 AM
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I was just reading about SR4, and getting annoyed at various parts. However, I am a sucker for metaplot, and I was reading about "The Matrix Crash" it says:

The year is 2070, 5 years since the matrix crash.

My campaign is currently in 2065... Doh! Should I incorporate the matrix crash into my game or should I ignore it? Preferably I would like to keep some continuity for when the new edition is out. Obviously the canon story for it will be totally different to anything I end up running.

What should I do?
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post Apr 29 2005, 07:52 AM
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Wait 'till the book that covers the Matrix crash comes out?
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post Apr 29 2005, 08:34 AM
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That's not particularly helpful. Edit: Although don't get me wrong, I appreciate the suggestion.

Considering it's halfway through 2065 and the runners spend months at a time in hospital, I can see that after a few sessions it'll be the next year.
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post Apr 29 2005, 08:40 AM
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Crash it your self. Just because it crashes, doesn't mean the PCs are going to know who was responsible. The matrix is the basis of most information exchange. If it goes down , it could be quite a while until the who's and how's get sorted out.
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post Apr 29 2005, 09:05 AM
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This was the solution I had thought, I'll give it a try!

thanks.
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post Apr 29 2005, 09:29 AM
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My suggestion would keep running your games as-is. If you're playing in 2066 by the time you get around to having the System Failure events happen, well, that's totally cool, since the events from 2065-2070 won't be hyper-detailed.
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post Apr 29 2005, 10:21 AM
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why not?

I'm hoping for a good amount. I understand it's not going to be a HUGE amount, but still, just 5 years in the current time line covers a lot of stuff. Is this mostly space constraints since (I can only assume) those 5 years are covered in the core book?
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post Apr 29 2005, 01:18 PM
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Adam beat me to it. So your crash happens to happen a few years late and everyone picks themselves up off the floor a bit faster afterwards, who's to know the difference?

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post Apr 29 2005, 02:03 PM
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QUOTE (fistandantilus3.0)
Is this mostly space constraints since (I can only assume) those 5 years are covered in the core book?

The way I understand it the years from 2065 to 2070 will be covered in two books:
The System Failure campaign/source book ("What will happen in the next five years?") and the SR4 core book ("What happened in the last five years?").
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post Apr 30 2005, 08:59 PM
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Thanks for the info, looks like I'll be picking up the System Failure book eventually then :)
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post Apr 30 2005, 09:31 PM
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Keep in mind that there's five years worth of spread to dicker with too. Just have everything that happenned in the book's 2065 happen in your 2066, and so on, compressing a little so everything works out all right in the end.
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post May 1 2005, 01:16 AM
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Wave your hands and declare that it's 2064. Do you think any of your PCs are going to get up and leave the table because the chronology of your game, through no fault of your own, doesn't exactly line up in scientific fashion?
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post May 1 2005, 07:00 AM
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Considering it's halfway through 2065


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Wave your hands and declare that it's 2064.


The players might be suddenly confused as to why time has gone backwards... ;)

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post May 1 2005, 10:14 AM
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QUOTE (Zen Shooter01)
Wave your hands and declare that it's 2064. Do you think any of your PCs are going to get up and leave the table because the chronology of your game, through no fault of your own, doesn't exactly line up in scientific fashion?

The problem with this is that I already told the players that their characters were either in prison or being sustained in a vat. Unfortunately I can't go back now.
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post May 1 2005, 10:54 AM
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that's a quick way to wait out a jail term!
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post May 1 2005, 03:13 PM
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Bullet Raven: You don't go back anywhere. Your campaign goes on exactly as before, except that you changed a 5 to a 4. It won't affect a thing.

Another option is to stop playing Shadowrun until 4th comes out, and say, "Picking up where we left off, the matrix crashed, etc., etc., here we are now, five years later."
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post May 2 2005, 02:00 AM
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So, whats the TN penalty for making the system shock events take place a few years Later than Canon?
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post May 2 2005, 02:10 AM
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I'm pretty sure that the Game Police have better things to do than knocking down doors and beating those who don't adhere to the System Failure perfectly.
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post May 2 2005, 09:52 AM
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QUOTE (Adam)
I'm pretty sure that the Game Police have better things to do than knocking down doors and beating those who don't adhere to the System Failure perfectly.

Definetly, the gaming police will have way too much to do rounding up SR3R players and others who refuse to make the switch to SR4.
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post May 2 2005, 01:28 PM
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:rotfl:
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post May 2 2005, 03:37 PM
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*Sits in his bunker, cleaning and loading his variable TNs*

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post May 2 2005, 03:53 PM
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QUOTE (Kagetenshi)
*Sits in his bunker, cleaning and loading his variable TNs*

~J

.... and in other news a Gaming Police raid on the Cubey Ridge compound turned tragic as several SR3 holdouts were killed in a wild and prolonged gun battle.
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QUOTE (blakkie)
QUOTE (Kagetenshi @ May 2 2005, 09:37 AM)
*Sits in his bunker, cleaning and loading his variable TNs*

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.... and in other news a Gaming Police raid on the Cubey Ridge compound turned tragic as several SR3 holdouts were killed in a wild and prolonged gun battle.

...According to police sources, the SR3 rebels had a TN of 8 to jump across to the next roof, and were easily beaten by their TN 5 rivals.
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post May 2 2005, 04:59 PM
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all of the Gaming Police were killed, however, due to their inability to use combat pool. zing!
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post May 3 2005, 11:40 AM
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QUOTE (mfb)
all of the Gaming Police were killed, however, due to their inability to use combat pool. zing!

:rotfl:
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