New Releases for December from Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs doing much to diversify the games that they offer. Take, for example, this month’s releases that they just posted. On one side you’ve got Wrath of Dragons. On the other, you have Shadowrun: Crossfire – High Caliber Ops. Yup, a bit of a difference there, but that’s half the fun.
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Catalyst At Gen Con 2015

It just wouldn’t be Gen Con without Randall and Catalyst Game Labs in attendance. As they have for the past… lots of years, they will once more be at the show and they’re gonna be packed with cool stuff to see and do at booths 417, 413, 509, and 617.
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A Shadowrun: Crossfire Expansion is Coming

Catalyst Game Labs has announced the first expansion for their Shadowrun: Crossfire deck-building game. High-Caliber Ops is soon to be headed to print. This isn’t just a couple of cards, but a pretty large expansion that will definitely change the way you play the game.
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Shadowrun: Crossfire Mission contest voting now open

Catalyst Game Labs has opened up voting for their Shadowrun: Crossfire Mission Contest. You sent in your missions, now it’s time to decide which is the best. You can either vote on their forums or send an e-mail directly to Randall.


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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.


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.

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.


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.



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.

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.

Close Portal


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 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.

Shadowrun Crossfire


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.



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.

Shadowrun: Crossfire Street Date announced

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



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.

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!

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.



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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The Dice Tower reviews Shadowrun: Crossfire

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

Shadowrun Crossfire


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

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.



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!

Crossfire At The Printers

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


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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.

Crossfire Character Cards Preview

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


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

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.


From the preview:

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).

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.


From the preview:

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 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.


From the preview:

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.

Catalyst Game Labs posts about being the Face in Shadowrun Crossfire

Catalyst Game Labs takes us more inside the world of Shadowrun Crossfire with a look at being the Face of the group.
As opposed to being the BA or the Hannibal of the group.

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Why can’t I find a spoon around here? Sure, it’s a beat-up, boarded-up, ransacked house, but you’d think there would be an old spoon laying around. I guess not. I’ll go back to that convenience store where I bought my ramen, and along the way I’ll tell you all about being a Face.

Catalyst Game Labs announces Shadowrun: Crossfire demo box program

Catalyst Game Labs created the Shadowrun: Crossfire demo box to help get players into the game quickly and show off the mechanics of the deck-building system. They’ll have the demo boxes with them at events like GenCon and PAX and will also be making them available to retailers.

From the announcement:

If you attended Origins you might have run into Rob Watkins, a member of the Crossfire design team, giving nonstop demos of the game. Rob was using a prototype of the Shadowrun: Crossfire Demo Box.

The Shadowrun: Crossfire Demo Box is a trial version of the game that’s perfect for learning the rules. We carefully picked out a subset of the full game that shows off Crossfire’s feel and mechanics in a small, elegant package. The demo box takes you through a shorter, tighter version of the “Caught in the Crossfire” mission included in the full game—it’s the quickest way for new players to learn how to play.

We’ll have more people demoing Shadowrun: Crossfire at Gen Con and PAX Prime, but that’s not all! In addition, we’ll be making demo boxes available to retail game stores across the country once Shadowrun: Crossfire launches.

Retailers: Once you see new soliciations for Shadowrun: Crossfire, don’t forget to indicate whether you’d like a copy of the demo box

Catalyst Game Labs posts Shadowrun Crossfire design diary about the Street Samurai

Catalyst Game Labs gives us some more looks into the Shadowrun Crossfire deck-building game with a look at the Street Samurai and some of the cards that help them out.

From the article:

Sure the Street Samurai can deal a ton of damage—it’s one of the top damage dealing roles in the game. But the role also has many other tools it puts at your disposal.

So how do you deal damage as the Sammy? By playing Katanas with other weapon cards. A simple combo that’s fun to play. Katanas also stack with each other, so buy lots of them if they show up.

Catalyst Game Labs discusses “trashing cards” in Shadowrun Crossfire

Catalyst Game Labs posted another inside look into the design of Shadowrun Crossfire, their deck-building game. This time it’s about trashing cards.

From the article:

Deck-building games have a tradition of allowing you to remove cards from your deck (“trashing” them) during the course of the game. That allows you to remove the least significant cards from your deck and therefore gain greater access to your best cards. Shadowrun: Crossfire doesn’t have trashing, and I’m here to explain why.