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Shadowrun: Horizon Adventure 1:A Fistful of Credsticks $15.00 $8.00
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/03/2011 23:57:06

Fistful of Credsticks is a good intro to what will be a trilogy of modules in the wake of the Horizon Corporations ascent to AAA status. The modules does state that they can be played separately, or together and in any order - which will be interesting to test out.

The module is well laid out, as I've come to expect from Shadowrun modules. The plot is sophisticated enough to keep veterans interested and can be scaled up or down depending on the power level of the runners and the familiarity with the setting. The NPCs are well-detailed, and the scenes offer compartmentalised information so that the GM can easily find out the varying levels of information required. The story flows logically and is a nice mix of action, intrigue, investigation and social interaction.

The module interested me from the angle that it is providing an in-depth look at how an individual corporation works, and Horizon has enough nuances to set it apart from its competitors. The opportunity to get inside the head of a megacorp isn't to be missed.

Secondly is the way that the recent Shadowrun concepts have been developed. SR has had a history of taking the believable and then twisting it to provide an engaging plot hook. This time, it is social media that has come under the magnifying glass. Take one dose of Facebook, combine with a large dose of YouTube, strain through Augmented Reality and then bake with an online, personalised 'Life Guide' and you'll achieve 'a greater good' - or at least that's the recipe that Horizon is following.

I wouldn't recommend this as a first run as it does require some knowledge of the SR world, and especially about how the technology is all-pervasive. For more experienced groups however, I'd recommend this without hesitation.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Shadowrun: Horizon Adventure 1:A Fistful of Credsticks
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