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Shadowrun Sixth World Core Rulebook Released - Pre-Orders for Print Open

The core rulebook for the 6th Edition has been officially released in PDF on DriveThruRPG. Available in PDF format for $19.99, the Shadowrun Sixth World Core Rulebook has been updated from the limited print release at Gen Con with the full ten-page errata.

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Pre-orders for the print version also opened on the Catalyst Game Labs store, all of which include the PDF when ordered through their store. The hardback core rulebook is available for $49.99, a Limited Edition for $99.99 (the one with the silhouette of an Elf street samurai), and an Executive Edition (with the silhouette of the skull logo) for $199.99. No release date has been announced for any of the print versions, but they arrive in stores typically it is 3-6 weeks after the PDF release depending on printing/shipping delays. While the PDF does have the errata released a few weeks ago, the print copies will not as they were part of the same print run as the Gen Con books.

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Abstruse

Adventurer
I'll be updating this space when the announcement happens for the print edition. Also, I did not receive an advanced review copy of this as I did most of the other Sixth World release line, so I'll have my review up for EN World later this week after I've had a chance to dig in.
 

barasawa

Explorer
I think I want it.
Loved the 1st edition. Played so much my book fell apart. Literally. First the spine came off, then the bindings wore out and broke then pages started falling out. Unfortunately it got lost in a move.
The way I normally take care of books, people were often shocked. Most of my books still look new after years or decades.

I haven't played the newer versions, but still.

What I miss most about my 1st shadowrun books is the color plate pages in it. I've been unable to find another one. I even got PDFs, but they don't have the color plates in them.
If anyone knows where I can find that art from the color plates in the 1st printing of the 1st edition, I'd really love to know! (I specified the 1st, because that's what I had, and I suspect they didn't include them in the reprints.)
 

Abstruse

Adventurer
I think I want it.
Loved the 1st edition. Played so much my book fell apart. Literally. First the spine came off, then the bindings wore out and broke then pages started falling out. Unfortunately it got lost in a move.
The way I normally take care of books, people were often shocked. Most of my books still look new after years or decades.
I'll have a full review up later this week if you're on the fence.

I haven't played the newer versions, but still.

What I miss most about my 1st shadowrun books is the color plate pages in it. I've been unable to find another one. I even got PDFs, but they don't have the color plates in them.
If anyone knows where I can find that art from the color plates in the 1st printing of the 1st edition, I'd really love to know! (I specified the 1st, because that's what I had, and I suspect they didn't include them in the reprints.)
Are you sure you're not thinking of 2nd Edition? 1st Edition's color plates were only for the pre-generated characters and for the Critters. 2nd Ed had additional plates for random artwork (I think all of which was repurposed from 1st Ed sourcebook/adventure covers and additional art, though some of it may have been original...been a very long time since I checked the sources).
 

Saelorn

Adventurer
So the massive errata has already been incorporated into the PDF text, and we'll never have to deal with a separate document for that?

Do the limited editions also incorporate all of the errata?
 

Abstruse

Adventurer
So the massive errata has already been incorporated into the PDF text, and we'll never have to deal with a separate document for that?

Do the limited editions also incorporate all of the errata?
I checked myself, the PDF does include all the errata. There's not been an announcement whether the full print run will.

Pure (but educated) speculation: They noticed the issues in the Gen Con print run, so delayed the full print run and PDF release until they could incorporate the errata.
 

Abstruse

Adventurer
Update: I got a confirmation from Jason Hardy (line manager for Shadowrun) that the print books will NOT have the errata. They were all part of the same print run, only they had the Gen Con books air-shipped instead of sent via standard shipping.
 

barasawa

Explorer
Abstruse, No, it was the launch week, so it couldn't be the 2nd printing, unless the first shipment had two different printings in it.
The color plates were kind of in the middle, and they weren't part of the page number sequence. I don't remember if they were even listed in the Table of Contents, but I doubt they were since they had no page numbers.
Not one of those color plates were for characters or the creatures, though I don't remember what they all were. The one I'm looking for most is the last one, it included, among other things, what I thought was a real beauty of a cyberjack.
 

Abstruse

Adventurer
Abstruse, No, it was the launch week, so it couldn't be the 2nd printing, unless the first shipment had two different printings in it.
If you're talking about the 6e print run, it's not uncommon for publishers to do a special print run (either offset or sometimes even POD) just for conventions, particularly the big ones like Origins and Gen Con, with more local/faster printers who are cost-prohibitive for a full mass-market print run if they don't think the larger print run will be in time. Get a couple hundred books for the convention, print your 10,000 copy print run overseas.

Since they haven't announced a release date for the print version of 6e and delayed the PDF release until this week, it was a fair assumption that they wanted the errata in the final print run. It turns out this was not the case.
 

barasawa

Explorer
If you're talking about the 6e print run, it's not uncommon for publishers to do a special print run (either offset or sometimes even POD) just for conventions, particularly the big ones like Origins and Gen Con, with more local/faster printers who are cost-prohibitive for a full mass-market print run if they don't think the larger print run will be in time. Get a couple hundred books for the convention, print your 10,000 copy print run overseas.

Since they haven't announced a release date for the print version of 6e and delayed the PDF release until this week, it was a fair assumption that they wanted the errata in the final print run. It turns out this was not the case.
Nope. Back in the late 80s, 1st Printing, 1st Edition, FASA. We ordered it in the shops Preorders for new products coming out soon. A lot of gamers around here thought the idea of mixing magic with sci-fi, especially cyberpunk, was strange. I'm one of those old schoolers that remember back when a lot of fantasy games had sci-fi components before that silly idea that you can't mix the two got traction in the stuff. (Might & Magic on the computer for example, or Expedition to the Barrier Peaks for D&D, not to mention some older and more obscure stuff as well.)

So, obviously I'm not talking about a book that hasn't been printed yet as I did state it was decades ago and that book was used so much it completely wore out and fell apart.

Well, either way, you apparently don't know what I'm talking about, and I don't know how else to explain it any better. Not that it matters, but I remember that the color plates were a different type of paper from the rest of the pages. Also it was the first time I'd gotten a game book with those in it before. I know mine wasn't some kind of strange oddball since all the ones the store got in were the same.
 

Abstruse

Adventurer
Nope. Back in the late 80s, 1st Printing,
I own the Shadowrun 1st Edition 1st Printing Core Rulebook. The only color plates are the archetypes and the critters. The artwork color plates were in the 2nd Edition core rulebook and featured mostly cover and splash art from 1st Ed sourcebooks and adventures.
 

obeytheFist

Villager
I read (somewhere on the Catalyst site) that the print release was supposed to be August 15th. Which is also the date I get when I type "Shadowrun 6th edition release date" into Google. Obviously this isn't the actual release date, otherwise I would be reading my shiny new book as opposed to typing on an online forum. But it was a source of confusion when I was looking to buy the book at my FLGS.

This doesn't speak well of the companies reliability if they can't even get their story straight about when they're releasing the book.
 

Abstruse

Adventurer
I read (somewhere on the Catalyst site) that the print release was supposed to be August 15th. Which is also the date I get when I type "Shadowrun 6th edition release date" into Google. Obviously this isn't the actual release date, otherwise I would be reading my shiny new book as opposed to typing on an online forum. But it was a source of confusion when I was looking to buy the book at my FLGS.

This doesn't speak well of the companies reliability if they can't even get their story straight about when they're releasing the book.
CGL never gave a firm date for the actual release (trust me, I bugged them about it a few times). I can't remember where the August 15 date came from, but I think it was from an online forum (possibly Reddit) and not from Catalyst Game Labs themselves. My best research points to it being one of those situations where someone posts the date, then someone else posts it citing them as the source, then someone else cites them, then someone else cites them, and so on until it's next to impossible to find the first person who said it as it spreads out until people just take it as fact because they saw it in two or three different places and assume it must have been an official announcement.
 

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