Catalyst Game Labs releases 2 new ShadowRun books

Catalyst Game Labs takes you into the future with two new ShadowRun books (one an e-release) available now.

The first is Aetherology. When the real-world (full of ogres and dragons) and the net-world (with its sentient programs) aren’t strange enough, there’s Aetherology. This book explores altered states of consciousness (whether your player wants to be part of them or not) and the powers and creatures that govern such states. You thought things could get crazy before? You’ve not seen anything yet.

The second book is London Falling (and yes, now London Calling is stuck in my head), an adventure book for Shadowrun gaming in Jolly, Old London. There are four adventures within it. They were originally designed to be played at conventions, so each one can either be used as a stand-alone, or be integrated into your current campaign.

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New Token Set for Shadowrun: Crossfire from CorSec Engineering

CorSec Engineering helps you keep track of where you are in cyberspace with their new Shadowrun: Crossfire token sets.

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From the release:

CorSec Engineering has released a brand new set of tokens for Shadowrun: Crossfire. This set is available as a set and as individual components. It features a damage indicator that will securely hold your spot for the damage on objectives. It also include Futuristic yen tokens in fluorescent orange acrylic and tokens to mark Health and Max Health.

Catalyst Game Labs announces The Vikings expansion for The Duke

Catalyst Game Labs has announced a new expansion for The Duke tile-laying game. This one’s based on The Vikings TV series.

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From the announcement:

COMING SPRING 2015!

In the long winters between raiding seasons, warriors keep their intellect sharp through games of wits and chance. Ragnar, Rollo, Floki and even the Earl challenge each other to this game of stone placement filled with tactics and subtle maneuvering for victory.

In Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, players move their warriors (tiles) around the board and flip them over after each move. Each tile’s side shows a different movement profile. If you end your movement in a square occupied by an opponent’s tile, you capture that tile. Capture your opponent’s Jarl to win!

Ship Crew & Ship Quirk Cards Preview for Leviathans

Catalyst Game Labs gives us a look at some Ship Crew & Ship Quirk cards for Levithans in this new preview article.

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From the post:

Been a good while since we’ve had an update for Leviathans. Things are still moving behind the scenes. For example we’ve been making progress with smaller, less complex miniatures, which I covered in the Spring in a lengthy update. We’ve started production on the first of the Shadowrun miniatures and we’ve got prototypes for Valiant Universe miniatures (as soon as I have photos to show off, I will).
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Create A Shadowrun: Crossfire Mission Contest

Catalyst Game Labs is running a contest wherein you could get your mission added as part of the official organized play for the kit.

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From the announcement:

Shadowrun: Crossfire is in the wilds, being played and enjoyed by thousands of gamers. Not only has it had great critical acclaim, but it’s rapidly selling out of its first print run; we’re already lining up a second printing, and the first Mission Pack!

With all of that excitement in mind—alongside the wonderful campaign nature of the game in earned karma and stickers—we’re announcing a Create a Shadowrun: Crossfire Mission Contest.

If you love the Shadowrun world and Shadowrun: Crossfire and have a story you’d like to tell, here’s your chance to get in on this action! Design your own mission to have a chance to win!

Board Game Quest posts Shadowrun: Crossfire Review

Board Game Quest plugs into the net and gives us their review of Shadowrun: Crossfire.

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From the post:

You’ve entered the gritty, cyberpunk fantasy world of Shadowrun. It’s a world filled with danger from the most unlikely sources: ultra-violent gangers, flesh-eating ghouls, backstabbing corporate raiders, and even dragons. You and your teammates are a group of runners. You spend your time slinging spells, hacking the matrix, taking that hard sniper shot and talking your way out of any situation. At the end of it all, your goal is to accomplish the mission and get paid.

Does it sound like fun? I hope so because that’s the theme of today’s review of Shadowrun: Crossfire by Catalyst Game Labs. Set in their fantastic Shadowrun universe, this cooperative card game for 2-4 players will have your and your fellow players working as a well-oiled team of runners…for flat lining in the mud if the mission goes south. What’s it like to spend time in this game of hard obstacles and character advancement? Let’s find out!

Shadowrun: Crossfire is a cooperative deck building game for 2-4 players that plays in about 45 minutes. Shadowrun: Crossfire plays best with 4 players.

Hostile Takeover: Designer Blog Part 4

Catalyst Game Labs gives us another look inside the design philosophy of their Hostile Takeover board game with a new entry in their designer’s blog.

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From the website:

Greetings and salutations! I’m back, grabbing some notes and sharing some information about the upcoming Shadowrun: Hostile Takeover. Last time we took a peek at the Missions and Schemes that the players and their megacorporations will be using to create their stranglehold on Seattle… and it’s a big update for you! Today we are going to talk a bit more about whom the players will be portraying in the game. In this designer’s blog segment we are going to peel back the covers off a couple of the Megacorporation player cards.

Gamers on Games : Catalyst Gift Certificate Giveaway

Gamers on Games will be giving away a certificate for Catalyst Game Labs to one of their Patreon contributors next month.

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From the announcement:

Gamers on Games will be giving away a Catalyst Game Labs gift certificate in September 2014! Want a chance to win it? Become a Gamers on Games patron

Another Week…and More Crossfire Action from Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off more Crossfire action with a look at a new mission.

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From the post:

This week? Time for another Mission to use alongside your Demo Kit. Below are the front and back of the Mission; you can also scroll to the bottom of the Downloads page and click on the last link (SHADOWRUN: CROSSFIRE DEMO KIT MISSION: Closing The Portal) to download the free PDF. (If you’ve not yet taken a look at the Shadowrun: Crossfire Demo Kit rules and print & play cards, you can find them at the bottom of that page as well.)

Catalyst To Publish Games Based on Hit Series “Vikings”

Catalyst Game Labs has announced they’ve acquired the license to make games based of the “Vikings” television series.

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From the website:

Catalyst Game Labs announced they have licensed rights to the hit drama series “Vikings” from MGM Consumer Products, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.(MGM), which holds worldwide merchandising, licensing and consumer products rights on behalf of the show.

The first game will be Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, based on the critically-acclaimed game The Duke. This exciting new game brings a slew of new tiles for players to master, even allowing players to place their Vikings tiles directly against The Duke tiles determining the real conqueror! Catalyst Game Labs will publish Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game at the end of this year.

Catalyst Game labs posts Shadowrun: Crossfire rulebook

Catalyst Game Labs has posted the Shadowrun: Crossfire rulebook up online so you can all see how the game works before it comes out.

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From the announcement:

Continuing our weekly release of Shadowrun: Crossfiregoodness, we started with our Crossfire Virtual Run, then we announced a Street Date (and you can order it online if you don’t have a local friendly game store near you), and last week released the Mission: Ambulators, designed specifically for use with the Demo Kit rules and print & play cards.

But this week…what many people have been waiting a good long time to see…the full rules!

New Shadowrun: Crossfire mission posted

Catalyst Game Labs posted a new Shadowrun: Crossfire mission to use with the demo kits while the full release works its way towards us.

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From the post:

Time for a new Mission to use alongside your Demo Kit. Below are the front and back of the Mission; you can also scroll to the bottom of the Downloads page and click on the last link (SHADOWRUN: CROSSFIRE DEMO KIT MISSION: Ambulators) to download the free PDF. If you’ve not yet taken a look at the Shadowrun: Crossfire Demo Kit rules and print & play cards, you can find them at the bottom of that page as well.

Hostile Takeover: Designer Blog Part 3

Catalyst Game Labs gives us our 3rd look into the design of their Shadowrun: Hostile Takeover board game.

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From the post:

Hello again! Yeah, here I am again, filling the Matrix with fresh information about the upcoming Shadowrun: Hostile Takeover. Last time we looked at the employees that the players will be bringing on board to fulfill their grandiose machinations; in this installment of my designer’s blog we are going to look at exactly what those employees—specifically the shadowrunners—will be doing to achieve dominance of Seattle.

Shadowrun: Crossfire Street Date announced

Catalyst Game Labs has announced that Shadowrun: Crossfire’s street date will be August 27th.

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From the announcement:

Shadowrun: Crossfire is the hotly-anticipated deck-building game in one of the most popular game settings of all time. Crossing cyperpunk with fantasy and plunging players into a world dominated by ruthless megacorporations, Crossfire gives players the chance to dive into the world’s shadows to see if they can survive. They’ll have weapons, spells, contacts, and gear to help them out, and they’re going to need those resources. If they play their cards right, they’ll do more than survive—they’ll become legends.

PREORDER & STREET DATE
Visit your local game store to pre-order Crossfire for its August 27th Street Date. However, if you don’t have a friendly local game store, you can preorder it right now online!

Valiant Universe QSR: H.A.R.D. Corps now available

Catalyst Game Labs has released their Valiant Universe Quick Start Rules supplement, Valiant Wars: H.A.R.D. Corps. Go check it out.

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From the release:

The final chapter in the Valiant Universe RPG Quick-Start Rules supplementals allows players to tackle Major Palmer, Shakespeare and others as they come out of retirement and are thrown into the brutal fray!

Shadowrun: Crossfire Virtual Run

Catalyst Game Labs is running a special promotion. Track down the hidden icons across the web and take part in the Virtual Run.

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From the announcement:

The highly-anticipated cooperative deck-building game, Shadowrun: Crossfire, is currently on a ship heading towards US shores, our warehouse, and ultimately your gaming table in the near future.

In the meantime, we’ve got a Matrix job for the right runner. A runner like you!
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Valiant Universe RPG & Cosmic Patrol PDF/Print Preorders Available

Catalyst Game Labs is now taking orders for their Valiant Universe and Cosmic Patrol pdfs and physical copies over in their webshop.

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From the announcement:

For the last two months we’ve been releasing the Valiant Universe RPG Quick-Start Rules (in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day and Free RPG Day), as well as numerous quick-start supplemental PDFs for additional Valiant action. If you’ve not had a chance yet to check out these free PDFs, now’s a great time!

The Next Steps for Shadowrun Missions

Catalyst Game Labs lets us know how things are coming along with with Shadowrun Missions.

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From the update:

Where We’ve Been

Shadowrun Missions Season 5 launched with great fanfare last fall, released a single Missions adventure, and then fizzled for over six months before the second adventure was released. This has left a lot of fans wondering just what happened? There were a number of issues that cropped up, but the biggest was that I had a number of health issues that sidelined me for several months. This derailed Missions pretty badly, since almost all of the work for it was sitting on my hard drive.

To all the fans out there, I apologize most profusely. It was not my intention to leave everyone hanging for so long, especially with little word as to what was going on. We’re picking up steam again, though, and working to make sure we don’t suffer gaps like that again.

The Dice Tower reviews Shadowrun: Crossfire

The Dice Tower gives us their thoughts on Shadowrun: Crossfire from Catalyst Game Labs.

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From the post:

Players: 2–4
Time to Play: minutes
Recommended Ages: +

Designed by Mike Elliott, Rob Heinsoo, Jim Lin, Gregory Marques, Rob Watkins
Published by Catalyst Game Labs
Published in 2014

Reviewed by Tom Vasel and Zee Garcia

Valiant RPG Universe design look from Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs is showing a bit of insight into the design of the Valiant RPG in this editorial post.

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From the post:

Every game company publishing roleplaying games is looking to try and present RPGs in a way that’ll be easier than ever for people to understand. To get RPGs. To see why they’re cool and why you should try ‘em out.

And when it comes to RPGs based upon comic books, that’s even more true. Because the story-telling nature of comics works so wonderfully well with the structure of how most RPGs play out. So every time a new comics-based RPG is published, the company is hoping they’ve found just the right way, the right set of mechanics, the right presentation for how a comics book fan might pick up the RPG and read even just a little bit…and get it. And fall in love with a new way to enjoy storytelling, and join us down at the bottom of the rabbit hole where we’ve all lived for long years in endless, fantastic adventures.

Pairing up Valiant and the Cue System, I hope, lends itself better to that than ever before. And here’s the first words straight out of the Introduction that hopefully snags the attention and conveys that sitting around and talking about comics is amazingly close to roleplaying…

Street Grimoire PDF/Print Preorder Available

Catalyst Game Labs has started taking orders for their new Street Grimoire book for Shadowrun.

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From the website:

And the books are really starting to flow…ready for the next Shadowrun Core Rulebook expansion, cause it’s here: Street Grimoire!

Magic can burn your brain and sear your soul. It can inject power into every millimeter of your veins, or leave you a lump of ashes at the end of a dark alley. It’s dangerous, but to spellslingers in the Sixth World, it’s worth it. Because magic is power, and power in the Sixth World needs to be grabbed with both hands.

Alpha Strike Companion PDF/Print Preorder Available

Catalyst Game Labs is taking orders for their Alpha Strike companion book over on their website.

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From the post:

Alpha Strike Companion adds legions of new rules and expanded options for BattleTech: Alpha Strike, the miniatures war game. With this expansion, players will unlock new tactical abilities, special warrior options, design quirks, and unit types. But more than that, players will find within these pages an expanded abstract aerospace system that will enable them to wage war from planet to jump point, while a handy conversion system opens the path to translating the stats for any BattleTech unit to its fast-playing Alpha Strike equivalent.

Catalyst Game Labs posts Alpha Strike Companion Table Of Contents

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off the table of contents for their Alpha Strike Companion. Go check out what’ll be inside the book.

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I’ve seen a fair bit of discussion about what exactly will be in the Alpha Strike Companion. Well, the book was uploaded to the printer this week and will be available for PDF/print pre-order here in very short order, so thought I’d share the Table of Contents…can’t wait to try some of these out myself!

A somber Leviathans update

Catalyst Game Labs has a new update about Leviathans up. It’s not the most upbeat post ever about the future of the game.

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Been a number of months since the last update as we’ve continued to investigate how to proceed with Leviathans. And the conclusions we’ve come to at this stage is there simply isn’t a short-term fix.

It’s a multifaceted problem

Win an Advanced Copy of Crossfire at Origins

Catalyst Game Labs is giving you a chance to win their Shadowrun: Crossfire deck-building game at Origins.

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From the announcement:

The highly anticipated Shadowrun: Crossfire deck-building game is slated for release in late summer and is only weeks away from loading onto a ship to head to our shores. But for those attending the Origins Game Fair, you can win an advanced copy for free!

Bullets & Bandages available now. Medical rules, gear, and more

Shadowrun can be a dangerous game for your PCs. There’s all manner of sci-fi and fantasy sharp pointy things and zappy bits. Catalyst Game Labs helps your players stay alive with Bullets & Bandages.

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From the release:

We have a new electronic release for you today! Bullets & Bandages, the latest book in our Shadowrun Options line, is now out. Packed with fun info about medtech, high-threat response teams, and optional rules to use in you Shadowrun game, Bullets & Bandages gives you the chance to add more details to healing the bumps, bruises, and bullet wounds runners in the Sixth World often take. And it’s got information that will make it usable to both Shadowrun, Fifth Edition players and those using Shadowrun, Twentieth Anniversary Edition.

Introductory Box Set Reprint & Lance Packs from Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs got some more reprints of their BattleTech introductory box sets in stock. They’ve also made new Lance packs to help you break into the game.

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Following on that success, Catalyst Game Labs, as part of BattleTech’s 30th anniversary, is pleased to announce the launch of a line of Lance Packs, making it easier than ever to bring additional action to your gaming table.

The line will start, following the return of the Introductory Box Set to retailer shelves, with the Assault Lance Pack and Pursuit Lance Pack. Future releases will occur every two to three months there after throughout 2015. Each $19.99 Lance Pack includes four plastic BattleMechs in the same great quality as those from the Introductory Box Set. With no parts to assemble (beyond painting if you want to add your favorite camo scheme to the mix), these are ready-to-play as soon as you open a box.

Sprawl Gangers (& Miniatures!) Update

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off some new renders of minis they’re working on for Sprawl Gangers, along with a general update on how things are going for the game.

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From the update:

Been a number of months since the last update on Sprawl Gangers. Since it has been a while, gonna be a big update here…so brace yourself…

Why the long delay…production issues. We haven’t been able to produce the miniatures and without that, the game simply has been in a holding pattern.

Hostile Takeover: Designer Blog Part 2

Catalyst Game Labs has posted up Design Diary #2 for their upcoming Shadowrun board game, Hostile Takeover.

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Oy, chummers! Guess what time it is? Time for Mister Steele to tell you a little bit more about Shadowrun: Hostile Takeover! When last we met, I had told you the general idea behind the game—become a megacorporation and take over the city of Seattle by any means necessary. This time around, let’s look at who is going to be actually turning the wheels and manipulating the pieces of the puzzle.

Free Valiant Universe RPG QSR Supplemental: Bloodshot

Catalyst Game Labs has a new, free, supplement for their Valiant Universe RPG Quick Start Rules. Take aim with Bloodshot.

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From the release:

As we announced in the Valiant Universe RPG Digital Initiative just before Free Comic Book Day, the first in a series of QSR PDF Supplementals exploring Valiant’s brilliant comics crossover event in Harbinger Wars is now available!

Go and download the free QSR Supplemental: Harbinger Wars (Bloodshot) either at catalystgamelabs.com/valiant or on DriveThruRPG.com. Make sure you’ve already got your hands on the Quick-Start Rules and then you just substitute in the Events and Character Dossiers from Bloodshot and you’re off to the action!

Stolen Souls now available

Catalyst Game Labs has released Stolen Souls, their latest adventure as part of Shadowrun’s Deep Shadows line.

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From the release:

Building on plot threads presented in Storm Front and Splintered State, Stolen Souls details a crisis shaking up all parts of the Sixth World, including the refuges of the richest and most powerful individuals on the planet. People are losing something they can’t replace–themselves. Their minds and their personalities are being taken from them, with few prospects of getting it back. People are running scared, and they want answers. That means the market for people who might have answers has skyrocketed, and corporations are working over time to snatch the best and brightest minds from each other, in order to find answers to the growing problem–and perhaps discover who was behind it in the first place.