Catalyst Game Labs has announced plans to split the Shadowrun Introductory Box Set into two separate releases. The Shadowrun Beginner Box Set and Shadowrun Runner’s Toolkit: Alphaware will both be released in April.
Catalyst had announced the Introductory Box Set, which would be the first ever "starter" box for the Shadowrun RPG, as part of the "Year of Shadowrun." In a letter to retailers, Catalyst admitted that the overall product "was trying too hard to do too many things." Not only did they feel the price point was too high for an introductory item, it was too much information for new players to process. Conversely, existing players would find much of the material repetitive, and not worth the purchase price. So they split it into two items, and pushed back the release to April.
The Shadowrun Beginner Box Set will include a 24-page Universe Primer, Quick-Start Rules, a pre-generated booklet (for a gamemaster and one person to run a solo adventure), four pre-generated character sheets, and dice (D6s). MSRP on the set is $19.95.
Catalyst also shared that the Toolkit contains the "Alphaware" suffix to differentiate it from forthcoming publications of Runner’s Toolkit: Betaware--which will be the 5E version of the Shadowrun Fourth Edition Runner’s Toolkit.
"The Year of Shadowrun" runs from May 2013 to May 2014; for info on other Shadowrun and Catalyst products see "'Shadowrun: Crossfire' this Fall."
Into Two Products
Posted by ICv2 on December 29, 2013 @ 9:28 pm CT