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.

Valiant Universe RPG QSR Review

Gamer Goggles posted up a review of the new Quick Start Rules for the Valiant RPG by Catalyst Game Labs.

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From the post:

Have you seen the new quick start rules for Valiant Universe RPG? I have. They made me reminisce on some of my early RPG days. In high school we role-played like it was our life. I can’t tell you how much D&D we played. We also played Marvel Super Heroes, Rifts, and even a little bit of DC mingled its way in. We had countless night where we would sneak out of our respective houses and meet up to play in a tent. Yes, I said a tent. Which didn’t do so well in the winter, but we managed to find a barn. There wasn’t any heat at first but we made it work. …
Valiant universe RPG isn’t storytelling, it’s dating the story.

Shadowrun 5th Edition for Hero Lab Releasing May 23rd

Catalyst Game Labs has announced that the Shadowrun 5th edition update for Hero Lab character-creator will be available on the 23rd.

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From the announcement:

As many of you know, Shadowrun Fifth Edition has been in Beta testing since mid-April, and in last month’s newsletter, we shared that its development was nearing completion. Thanks to our Beta testers and the hard work of Mathias, the lead Shadowrun data file author, things are looking good for the Shadowrunners!

We’re excited to announce that Shadowrun Fifth Edition will be releasing for Hero Lab on May 23rd!

New Shadowrun Mission available

Catalyst Game Labs has released a new mission for all you Shadowrunners out there.
Just watch out for dragons.

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From the release:

When the curtain goes up on a shadowrun in Chicago, you never know who’s going to take the stage. There are all sorts of creepy players out there, ghouls and gangers and more, and once the overture’s done, runners better be ready to dance with whoever emerges, with the rat-a-tat-tat of bullets keeping time.

Valiant RPG QSR review by Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci took a look at the new Valiant RPG Quick-Start Rules from Catalyst Game Labs and lets you know how they feel about them.

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From the review:

The Valiant Universe RPG Quick Start Rules are just 28 pages long packed with all you need to get started playing your favorite heroes right away. It is very well laid out and easy to understand and in the format presented you no longer need a game master to lead the whole game. The role of Lean Narrator or LN will rotate between players during the game. Each character has a “Dossier” containing an image of the character and all relevant stats of course.

Catalyst Announces Valiant RPG Digitial Initiative

Catalyst Game Labs has posted up their Valiant RPG Quick Start Rules online and will be doing a lot of digital fun-times with this set of releases.

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From the announcement:

In concert with award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment, Catalyst Game Labs is proud to announce theValiant Universe RPG Digital Initiative—an all-new, digital-first gaming rollout presenting a red-hot array of select characters and scenarios from the upcoming Valiant Universe RPG before Valiant’s first long-awaited tabletop game goes live on July 5th!
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Hostile Takeover: Designer Blog Part 1

Catalyst Game Labs posted up the first Designer Blog for their upcoming Shadowrun board game, Hostile Takeover.

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From the post:

Hostile Takeover needed to be epic in feel and execution. Not a game about individual runners sneaking around in the shadows and alleyways, like what happens in the roleplaying game; instead this needed to be a game from the other side of the plot—the megacorporations. This was going to be a game where players were the ones doing all the string pulling, but without losing any of the gritty feel of sketchy missions, random violence, and constant under-the-table double crossing that a good Shadowrun game should have!

Crossfire At The Printers

Catalyst Game Labs has sent the files for Shadowrun Crossfire out to the printers.

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From the announcement:

I think that’s worth saying again. Shadowrun: Crossfire is officially at the printers!!! My head does it feel so good to say that.

Why all the delays? Well, as I mentioned in a previous blog, we got a little carried away in our excitement and enthusiasm for all of the awesome-sauce games we want to publish for Shadowrun. While the roleplaying game will always remain near and dear to our hearts, the universe is what makes it sing. And it’s high time that universe was experienced through a variety of ways, from card games to board games and more. Additionally, we tried hard—so very hard, across many months—to see if we couldn’t print this game domestically. But ultimately we finally had to admit defeat and print it overseas.

New & Improved BattleTech Box Set Reprint Available Now

Catalyst Game Labs has released their new and improved Battletech box sets to the world. Run (don’t walk) to your local gaming store and get your copy.

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From the announcement:

Strap yourself into the ultimate suit of armor: the BattleMech. Thirty feet tall and weighing up to a hundred tons, this humanoid engine of destruction is a walking arsenal with enough firepower to level a city block. The BattleTech game system takes you into the world of the 31st Century, where war has become a way of life. You are a MechWarrior. You are in command of the most powerful machine on the battlefield, and hold the fate of empires in your hand!

The BattleTech Anniversary Introductory Box Set thrusts you onto the battlefields of the 31st century.

There’s never been a better time to leap into the action with the best-yet-published Introductory Box Set for the seminal BattleTech game. While our online allotment of orders is sold out, you can order it from your local hobby stores RIGHT NOW!

Go grab the best value in gaming and start clashing across alien worlds in metal titans of action-packed gaming fun!

Run & Gun preview #4 up with tactical tips

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off their 4th Run & Gun preview, including tactical tips on how to use all your new-found knowledge.

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From the preview:

Say, that there Run & Gun book we’ve been talking about from time to time is getting awfully close to electronic release. But before it gets there, we’ve got one more preview for you–this time, you get a look at the Tactics & Tools chapter, which is full of info on how your shadowrunners can work together to get the best results, such as not getting their face filled with flying hot lead. It’s available now at the Battleshop and DriveThruRPG-enjoy!

Valiant & Catalyst Partner for Comic Book-Based Games

Catalyst Game Labs has announced a partnership with Valiant comics in order to publish games based on their superheroes.

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From the announcement:

Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce that it has partnered with Catalyst Game Labs to produce role-playing and tabletop games featuring Valiant’s award-winning library of comic book superheroes. The partnership will lead off in mid-2014 with the release of the Valiant Universe RPG—Valiant’s first-ever role-playing game, designed for the Cue System (the Origins and ENnie awards-nominated system first published in Catalyst’s 1950s Rockets/Rayguns/Robots RPG, Cosmic Patrol). Subsequent releases, spotlighting a wide array of Valiant properties, will follow in 2015 and beyond.

Crossfire Character Cards Preview

Catalyst Game Labs has posted up previews of the character cards from the upcoming Shadowrun: Crossfire deck-building game.

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From the preview:

Thought we’d share a slew of pre-final Character Cards for Shadowrun: Crossfire. Not all of these will appear in the base Crossfire set; some will go into the base set, others will be included in a Character Card Expansion Pack 1

Run & Gun preview #3 up. Check out some of the combat options

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off their 3rd preview for the Shadowrun: Run & Gun supplement.

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From the preview:

Another Run & Gun preview has spun out into the wilds of the Internet—particularly the Battleshop and DriveThruRPG—and if you want a preview of some of the combat options this book is going to offer you, this is a preview you definitely want to check out. Especially since, like the rest of the previews, it’s free! Just so you know, the full chapter from which this is excerpted is nearly 40 pages long and has some sweet martial arts stuff in it, along with offensive options, defensive options, and more!

Leviathans Open Beta Test: Fog of War Initiative PDF? posted

Catalyst Game Labs has the next open beta PDF for Leviathans posted up online. Try it out and help shape the future of the game.

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irst, thanks to everyone that voted…got the tallies below. Really fascinating to see what the community is eager to try and what ranks lower on the list.

Rate of Fire: 13?Faction Abilities: 7?Steering Rolls: 6?Commanders: 5?Fog of War Initiative: 4?Mountains: 4?Range (Expanded): 4?Ship Repairs (Expanded): 4?Breaking the Keel Roll (Expanded): 3?Ramming (Expanded): 1?Cargo Ships: 1?Recoil: 1

So if those are the tallies and Fog of War Initiative is the fifth, why is it first? Easy, it’s ready to go now. I’d pinged Matt a while back to generate that PDF. Then after the fact I thought it would be far cooler to ask you guys what you wanted to see, but in the meantime Matt generated this PDF. So…this one comes first…and then we’ll start flowing into the order above in future weeks.

Run & Gun preview #2 now available

Catalyst Game Labs has their second Shadowrun Run & Gun preview up. Now you can see an overview of the whole book.

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I guess it’s time for another Run & Gun preview, so we’ve got one posted! This time we’ve posted the entire introductory section to give you an idea of what you’ll be able to find in the book and how it can be used. It’s totally free, and available at either the Battleshop or DriveThruRPG, so I can’t conceive of a single reason to not go out and get it. Enjoy!

BattleTech Introductory Box Set Available For Preorder, And For A Short Time A Cool Deal

Catalyst Game Labs has started taking orders for a new introductory box set for BattleTech. They’ve got a special deal going on for people who put their name on the list, too.

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From the announcement:

The reprint of the BattleTech Introductory Box Set has finally hit the US port and so we’re making pre-orders available immediately! As soon as it clears customs and hits our warehouse we’ll provide a Street Date for when it’ll be available to stores as well.

However, don’t forget that this isn’t just a reprint. While all the printed material is the same, we spent the time and resources to hugely increase the quality of the 24 miniatures. So while they are the same BattleMech designs, the quality increase is shockingly awesome! And to top it off, we switched out the previous Thor andLoki for the re-seen BattleMaster and of course the seminal Mad Cat! Below is a quick photo of the quality from the previous box set and the new quality:

BattleTech Historical: Wars of the Republic Era Print Preorder, and Other PDFs, Available

Catalyst Game Labs has some new BattleTech PDFs available to order over in their webshop.

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Historical: Wars of the Republic Era describes the border conflicts that inevitably erupted in the decades after the Word of Blake Jihad. Covering the largest of these conflicts in particular—including the Second Combine-Dominion War, the Victoria War, and the Republic of the Sphere’s own war against the Capellan Confederation—this book provides a hard look at the early years of what would come to be known as the Dark Age Era.

In 2765, the Star League Defense Force was the greatest military ever assembled, unparalleled in numbers and technological prowess—but it was not alone. The House Lords and the rules of the Territorial States in the Periphery each amassed armies of their own. While none of these powers alone could challenge the sheer size and might of the SLDF, each stood ready to defend their own interests against the avarice of their neighbors.

Field Report 2765 AFFS describes the state of House Davion’s Federated Suns just before the events described in Historical: Liberation of Terra, Vol I, including the overall military and logistical condition of one of the Great Houses that would eventually survive the collapse of the Star League and face a new age of endless war.

Board to Death reviews Balance of Power

Board to Death takes a look at Balance of Power from Catalyst Game Labs and gives you their thoughts on the subject.

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From the review:

It is 1815 and the world has been turned upside down. Napoleon Bonaparte has finally been defeated after nearly conquering all of Europe through years of devastating warfare. Now the Great Powers must deal with the chaos left behind. As each nation eagerly tries to grow, a careful balance of governmental, military and economic interests must be maintained.

In Balance of Power, players carefully create and move Kings, Generals and Bankers as they capture territories and expand their empires. A player’s skill and strategy are all that stand between him and ultimate victory!

Run & Gun preview #1 now available

Catalyst Game Labs has their first preview for the core combat book for Shadowrun 5th edition up.

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From the preview:

Did you know that Run & Gun, the Shadowrun, Fifth Edition combat core rulebook is coming soon? And that it will have new weapons, armor, explosives, combat and defense options, martial arts, and more? Did you know the art crew has been doing their usual bang-up job to make things look especially awesome and brutal? Well, all that’s been happening, but we don’t want you to take our word for it. Go check out the first preview for the book instead!

Alpha Strike Point Value System Open Beta

Catalyst Game Labs is running an Open Beta for the Alpha Strike point value system. Go make sure all those mechs are properly balanced.

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From the announcement:

Alpha Strike is a new, fast-playing form of the BattleTech game of futuristic, armored combat. Developed for the modern tabletop miniatures wargamer, this book brings players the ability to wage war on land, sea, and air using the Quick-Strike game system first devised for truly large-scale play, re-scaled to the tactical level of “classic” BattleTech.

An Alpha Strike Companion is in development for release later this year; check out the BattleBlog showcasing the in-progress outline for this book. And one of the key sections will be an all new Point Value system directly built for Alpha Strike game play. The community can participate directly in this play test by downloading the zip file (the description of the 3 files in the zip is found below), and then coming to the BattleTech forums to share their play testing comments!

Run (& Gun) for Cover

Catalyst Game Labs has posted up their Shadowrun Run & Gun cover for all to enjoy.

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From the preview:

Naturally, Victor took the ideas in the art notes and made them better. One of the fun things about seeing the art come in after writing the art notes is to see how the artist interpreted the original idea, and also see what details they chose to throw in to make the image come to life. The Run & Gun cover is full of fun things to look at: the elf’s exposed cyberskull, the multiple arm scars on the ork from years of hard fighting, the cigar-and-cybereyes face of the dwarf, the roto-drone flaming out behind the crew, and plenty more. It’s a tough image of brutal people who look intent on surviving no matter what is thrown at them, which makes it pretty perfect for Shadowrun.

Shadowrun, Fifth Edition errata now available

Catalyst Game Labs posted up the Shadowrun 5th edition Errata up online.
Be sure you’re playing the game correctly!

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Working in gaming is really good for reminding you that you are far from perfect. Repeatedly. Anyway, after spending time playing and enjoying Shadowrun, Fifth Edition, we noticed that there were some changes and improvements that needed to be made. Those changes are listed in an errata document now available.

BattleTech: Alpha Strike Data Package Available For Army Builder

Army Builder, the popular army-creations program, has been updated with BattleTech: Alpha Strike information. Go and get your update now.

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Alpha Strike is a new, fast-playing form of the BattleTech game of futuristic, armored combat. Developed for the modern tabletop miniatures wargamer, this book allows for an alternative in game play that can turn an entire evenings gaming of giant ’Mechs on alien worlds into an hour or less. Complete with sample armies and a ready-to-play campaign system, all you need besides this book are dice, miniatures, and tabletop terrain to fight for control over the Inner Sphere!

Catalyst Game Labs is extremely excited to provide another great tool in support of Alpha Strike with the release of data files for Lone Wolf Development’s brilliant Army Builder Software; and, thanks to the hard work of community volunteer Jim Williamson (thanks Jim!), they’re available for free!

If you’ve ever wanted to try out the 30-year-success of BattleTech but didn’t want to tackle all of those rules and record sheets, there’s never been a better time to dive in and give the game a try. Use the following code at www.battlecorps.com/catalog during check out to receive $5 off the PDF: ALPHASTRIKEPDF. Or use the following code to receive $15 off the PDF/print combo: ALPHASTRIKECOMBO.

Shadowrun Digital Tools Box released

Catalyst Game Labs has released their Shadowrun Digital Tools Box to help make playing Shadowrun 5th edition easier than ever.

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From the announcement:

The Shadowrun Digital Tools Box is 2 box sets in 1! Whether you’re just getting into Shadowrun or you’re a runner that’s been hitting the streets since the 2050s, you’ll find useful material here for running any type of game. Here’s what you get! Continue reading

Catalyst Game Labs stoking the coals of the Leviathans

Catalyst Game Labs is working their way towards another Leviathans Kickstarter, but in the meantime, they’ve still got some new previews up.

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Hey all,

While we’re still in a holding pattern surrounding the Kickstarter due to production (still in negotiations but they’re dragging on, as usual), we’ve got a number of other items we’re working on that I wanted to share.

First, we’ve got a new James Fighting Leviathans PDF in the works; find one of the excerpts we’re looking at below, along with the game stats excerpted from our master spreadsheet.
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Catalyst shows the guts inside their upcoming Intro Box for BattleTech

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off the box contents for the upcoming BattleTech Intro Box. No release date set yet, but soon.

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I got in the following photos last week to approve…then promptly got really sick. As I dig my way out of that, sharing them.

The photos came in a spreadsheet from the printer to show what the exact assembly will be. I review and then approve (or ask for a modification) and the full assembly begins.

Unfortunately they didn’t provide a photo of the 24 miniatures (which will be collated into the other brown corrugated cardboard insert) showing off the new sculpts (remember it’s the same miniatures, but newly done masters and much higher quality plastic). As soon as I have those to show off, I will.

And no, we still don’t have a release date. Once this is on a ship I’ll announce it and that’ll give us a pretty good sense of when it’ll be available again.

But thought you’d enjoy seeing it reach this stage.

Catalyst Game Labs gets a bead on a Crossfire preview

Catalyst Game Labs has posted up a shot of what a game of Shadowrun: Crossfire might look like in their latest preview.

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With holidays and sickness out of the way, time to get back to regular posts surrounding all the awesome-sauce Shadowrun stuff coming down the pipeline.

First up as we get back on track, here’s the pre-final Crossfire game play example that appears in the back of the book; I say pre-final because it might change very slightly between now and the final rulebook (which, if my evil plans work out, we’ll be leaking soon).

Two new PDFs out, GM screen on its way for Shadowrun from Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs has a couple new pdfs available for Shadowrun and the GM screen should be on its way to you soon.

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Do you have some holiday shopping to do this week for the gamers on your list? Including yourself? Well, we’ve got good news for you—two new e-books have been released as PDFs, and the Shadowrun, Fifth Edition Gamemaster’s Screen hits stores this week! Let’s take a look at all the stuff coming out, shall we?

Catalyst Game Labs: Shadowrun Introductory Box Set Now Splitting Into 2 Box Sets

Catalyst Game Labs is going to be splitting their Shadowrun introductory box into 2 boxes.

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As part of the Year of Shadowrun, Catalyst announced a Shadowrun Introductory Box Set, which would be the first ever “starter” box for Shadowrun. Unfortunately, as happens to us sometimes, our passion got the better of us, and right as we were ready to send it to print we realized it was trying too hard to do too many things.

Ultimately we came to the conclusion that regardless of how well put together the overall box was, the following elements would damage its ability to achieve its goals of bringing in new players while providing a plethora of useful tools for existing players

Catalyst Game Labs previews some Mage cards for Shadowrun Crossfire

Catalyst Game Labs has some preview cards posted up for the Mage for Shadowrun Crossfire.

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In Shadowrun: Crossfire, the Mage is the master of deck manipulation and dealing damage. The Face is all about people skills, the Street Samurai is about smashing things in a fight, and the Decker is about hacking (which is what I do), so let’s tap the net for specs on the Mage.

Catalyst Game Labs announces December Street Dates

Catalyst Game Labs has a pair of products dropping on the 18th of December. They’ve got the new Shadowrun DM screen as well as the Total Warfare sourcebook for BattleTech.

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Every shadowrunner knows the value of good information. The right fact, the perfect piece of data, can be the difference between success and failure on a run, between life and death. And in the right hands, information can be more than valuable—it can be powerful.

The Shadowrun Gamemaster Screen provides a collection of useful tables from Shadowrun, Fifth Edition for ease of reference in game play. With range tables, action lists, combat modifiers, social modifiers, and more, this is a critical game aid to make your Shadowrun games faster and more fun. And to provide that all-important secrecy so that the players don’t know what you’re up to.

This screen is for use with Shadowrun, Fifth Edition.

Lone Wolf To Release Shadowrun, Fifth Edition Data Package for Hero Lab

Catalyst Game Labs has announced that Lone Wolf will be creating a Data Package for Hero Lab for Shadowrun, Fifth Edition.

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Catalyst Game Labs is pleased to announce that Lone Wolf Development will release Shadowrun, Fifth Edition data package files for Hero Lab in the first quarter of 2014.

“We’ve gotten off to a fantastic start with Shadowrun, Fifth Edition,” said Randall N. Bills, Managing Developer of Catalyst Game Labs. “We’re starting to get out a series of Runner Resources—such as the Shadowrun Gamemaster Screen and Gear and Spell decks—in support of Shadowrun 5 to make the game easier to use than ever. But for digital space nothing beats Hero Lab and its ability to easily customize and upgrade your character during game play…we can’t wait for this brilliant support to be available. “

Shadowrun GM Screen and Other Runner Resources Preorders Available from Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs is taking orders for their new GM Screen and other resources for Shadowrun 5th edition.
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Good news, Shadowrun players, especially those of you playing Fifth Edition! We have all sorts of new things available now to make playing with the new rules faster, easier, and altogether more fun, and there are a number of ways for you to get a hold of them. Take a look at the wealth of options, and make sure you check out the free wallpapers we just put out.

Catalyst Game Labs previews some of the hacking cards from Shadowrun Crossfire

Catalyst Game Labs is showing off some of the hacking cards that’ll be part of the Shadowrun: Crossfire deck-building game.

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In the Shadowrun: Crossfire adventure deck-building game, the Decker is all about data. We hack into terminals to bypass security and search the Matrix for that crucial piece of intel. Unlike a Street Samurai and their ability to protect your back in a fight, the Mage with their arcane wisdom, and the Face who seems to always have “a guy” for anything, I’m the true master of information and technology. You want the latest tune before it’s released? I’m your man! I’m also the guy to get you through the door, disarm the security systems, and retrieve the megacorps’ most prized information.