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Title: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ixal on (05:59:20/02-08-19)
No Future has been out for some time and it has been a while since a book with mostly fluff and not rules or adventure hooks came out.

So I would like to know how this book has been received and what oarts of it you intend to use (and how).
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Sphinx on (13:25:56/02-08-19)
I bought Shadowbeat when it came out in 1992. That was probably the first time I read a gaming sourcebook with the awareness that I would probably never use any of its contents, and not minding in the slightest. I read it cover to cover in one sitting for the sheer joy of it.

I was wrong, actually. Later I ran a campaign arc featuring Urban Brawl, and then another one about the music industry, and Shadowbeat turned out to be very useful ... but I didn't know that when I bought it, and it wouldn't have mattered to me if I never found a use for it. It was just that fun to read.

Some Shadowrun books are like that, and that's why I love them. The Attitude sourcebook in SR4 and now No Future in SR5 revisit the same ground that Shadowbeat first mapped out back in SR1, and it's still a blast. I don't buy the books because I expect them to contribute immediately to my campaign. I buy them because I love the glimpses they provide into everyday life in the Shadowrun world.

Indirectly, I think they help me paint a more complete and compelling picture of life in the Sixth World. The latest Urban Brawl match on the big trideo screen at Reno's during the meet with Mr. Johnson ("Screamers are leading the Paladins by two points in the third quarter"). The security guards chatting about the latest episode of Chase: Errant Knight while the runners sneak past ("Could you believe it when Muñoz got shot in the eye?" "Dude, spoilers?!"). Searching for a target in the crowd at a Fragging Unicorns concert ("sorry, guys, but Rev. Blackfeather is really killing it tonight, and the audience is kicking up a higher astral background count than expected").

Maybe later some of this content will inspire a truly epic shadowrun, or story arc. Maybe not. Don't care. I eat it up either way.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Stainless Steel Devil Rat on (13:58:33/02-08-19)
Yeah, it's invaluable flavor.  Not just for GMs to ad lib some scenery and background noise, but also for players who want to do one of the ever popular backgrounds of being a former athlete/rocker/investigative reporter.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Marcus on (14:35:22/02-08-19)
While I expect several of the adventages will see play at my table. Shadow culture books shape the world of sr. It meaningful ways, from contless character concepts to how players react various things at the table. Sure it's no plot book. But it is a great piece of setting.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ixal on (10:38:45/02-09-19)
Some Shadowrun books are like that, and that's why I love them. The Attitude sourcebook in SR4 and now No Future in SR5 revisit the same ground that Shadowbeat first mapped out back in SR1, and it's still a blast. I don't buy the books because I expect them to contribute immediately to my campaign. I buy them because I love the glimpses they provide into everyday life in the Shadowrun world.

I always liked the "How do people live" books. When was the last time one of those came out (although information about this often gets mixed into other books).
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Wakshaani on (21:40:00/02-09-19)
While I expect several of the adventages will see play at my table. Shadow culture books shape the world of sr. It meaningful ways, from contless character concepts to how players react various things at the table. Sure it's no plot book. But it is a great piece of setting.

Oh? Care to share which ones? The few comments I've seen are "These will never be at my table" and I never got any feedback there.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (19:46:36/02-10-19)
...I actually played an investigative reporter character in 3e and used Shadowbeat for the basics, even had Jack Q as a contact.  Was a lot of fun as there was some underlying intrigue in the campaign that she was looking to expose.   Her cameraman (and bodyguard) Mel was based loosely on the illustration in the book of the troll with the little camera wearing the fez with and press credentials.

When I was playing Leela for the first time (again in 3e) we used the performance table to gauge the success of her debut concert at New Royal Festival Hall (after which I retired her from play.  Yeah the kid hit a Novastar rating (for the classical world) and earned way, way more in just a couple hours at the piano than her entire shadowrunning career. Beat getting shot at and having spells slung at her.

I also had an Orc ex-Urban Brawl star as a runner as well.  Dressed to the nines (thanks to the high fashion armour in Cannon Companion) and had class.  He even had fans (Group: Followers) as a "contact".

Nice to this revived for 5e.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Marcus on (10:48:01/02-11-19)

You never know for sure. I'm just guessing, but candle on the dark and stollen ware. Further  I'd certainly consider the rock star table if a group would commit to it.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ghost Rigger on (09:32:29/02-12-19)
So far I've only read the game information chapter. Whenever a book comes out, I look for gear and qualities first because mechanical options are the most tangible thing the book can offer me. There wasn't much of interest in the gear department; mostly stuff that's there for NPCs and posing as NPCs. Some builds might get genuine use out of the expanded cybersenses, and I'm still convinced there's a way for me to abuse ProCams. The Molotov cocktail and liter of milk were genuinely good additions.

Now the qualities? If I were playing a character with a Code of Honor, Candle In The Dark would be a no-brainer choice. For five karma, I get two extra Loyalty on all my contacts so long as I don't do that thing that I already avoid doing because it makes me lose karma. It might even be worth getting post-chargen. Stolen Gear might also be fun for a streetsam who starts out with nice toys for a change. Massive Network and Networker? They seem like they would be NPC qualities for the most part, requiring 10 and 5 contacts respectively to pay for themselves. On the other hand, I could see myself making a CHA 7 face adept elf with Candle In The Dark, Code of Honor and 10 contacts; 9 being 4 point contacts and 1 being a 5 point contact, prioritizing Connection rating because I get an effective free two Loyalty with all of them. Assuming, of course, that I can justify such a character from a fluff perspective and figure out how he would work with the rest of the group.....

As for the rest of the book? I've glanced over it, and I'll read it proper sooner or later. The use I'm going to get out of it is having my character make in-universe pop culture references and not much else.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Seras on (12:30:20/02-12-19)
The sports part was a really good read...I in real life I do not watch sports at all, so thats saying something ^^.

I was genuinly happy to read the rules and backround about combat biking and Urban Brawl. It is mentioned everywhere how popular these things are, but now we finally have material about it, that is not from 2nd or 3rd edition

Also the bit about Formula 1 beeing full not just with expensive, state of the art cars, but a testing ground for state of the art bodytech gives me some nice openings for shadowruns.... 8)

Finally Basketball beeing incredibly inclusive and meta/ adept friendly helps me build a more realistic backround...the hoop really is the place where everybody comes together...

I also really enjoyed the little bit about Renraku corp and their media....they really are the Invisible corp, so omnipresent in services and software, that noone pays attention anymore...it helps me as a GM to figure out how the differnt corps think.

And I think I will have my players smuggle TV and movie content into Atzlan...just for the heck of it. Oh the Irony, a nation built by drugsmuggling makes outside media more desirable by banning it  ;D
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (15:34:30/02-13-19)
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Finally Basketball beeing incredibly inclusive and meta/ adept friendly helps me build a more realistic backround...the hoop really is the place where everybody comes together...

...so how would  a human or elf player defend against a Troll centre who can just reach up over them and dunk the ball?
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ixal on (15:47:14/02-13-19)
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Finally Basketball beeing incredibly inclusive and meta/ adept friendly helps me build a more realistic backround...the hoop really is the place where everybody comes together...

...so how would  a human or elf player defend against a Troll centre who can just reach up over them and dunk the ball?

By being an adept or full of cyber. But there are not that many humans in the pro leagues anyway. Mostly trolls, wakyambis and occasional elves and changelings.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (02:45:36/02-14-19)
...that would limit the audience.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Wakshaani on (02:55:57/02-14-19)
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Finally Basketball beeing incredibly inclusive and meta/ adept friendly helps me build a more realistic backround...the hoop really is the place where everybody comes together...

...so how would  a human or elf player defend against a Troll centre who can just reach up over them and dunk the ball?

https://youtu.be/lysH8P9Cbpk?t=53

:D
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (17:40:49/02-14-19)
..against someone 8' -  9' tall though?

Yeah here in Portland we had Damon Stoudamire (5'10") and he could hit a 3 almost blindfolded, as well as like Webb, get underneath a big guy who is dribbling down court to steal the ball. but being posted up at the hoop by someone larger making a shot (in the case of a troll who could simply stand there and drop the ball through the net with his height, bulk, and reach)?

They would have to raise the height of the backboard and basket to at least make it a challenge and then it would be all that much harder for smaller metas to make a shot.

They may also require pads or even armoured suits as well. Imagine being a human and getting body checked by someone 5 times your weight. You'd end up in the 5th row. of the courtside level ,if they even allowed seats that close to the action (imagine a Troll or even bulked up Ork going out of bounds and landing among the spectators).
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Crimsondude on (22:00:28/02-14-19)
...so how would  a human or elf player defend against a Troll centre who can just reach up over them and dunk the ball?
The rules and officiating make it possible. It's the only explanation for how elves, humans, or God forbid, dwarves could ever play American football in Shadowrun. The IRL equivalent is how absurdly and embarrassingly NFL rules and officiating coddle QBs who aren't Cam Newton.




Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ixal on (03:18:13/02-15-19)
...so how would  a human or elf player defend against a Troll centre who can just reach up over them and dunk the ball?
The rules and officiating make it possible. It's the only explanation for how elves, humans, or God forbid, dwarves could ever play American football in Shadowrun. The IRL equivalent is how absurdly and embarrassingly NFL rules and officiating coddle QBs who aren't Cam Newton.

American football gets a longer text about racism in sports (and has their own form of silent protest).
Basically you have "skill positions" which are mostly elves. Agile, good at throwing, and most importantly charismatic and long living. They drive up the sales so their face is everywhere and they get the good contracts and advertisment deals. The other positions are mostly orcs who are seen as disposable. They burn out fast and there are always some more out there who would kill for a chance in sport no matter how bad the contract is.
Tactics wise you also see the occasional dwarf on the team. They won't do touchdowns, but if you absolutely have to run 10 ft. A dwarf with his low center of gravity will manage that even against though opposition.
Trolls are of course very good players, but you can't (or wont) market them as much so they do not get skill positions. And on the "no skill" position they tend to cause deaths when two wired up trolls with bone lacing crash into each other and that is a PR nightmare. So while they exist, orks are still the default.
Sasquatches are also allowed and do well, but the are very rare.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ajax on (11:00:18/02-15-19)
Ever play Blood Bowl?

Elven teams are known for playing a “technical” game, focusing on passing, agility, and running up the score; Orc teams are known for playing a “bashing” game, not worrying about scoring so much as they are about beating the other team so badly they can’t score; Dwarf teams are renowned for their defensive, tanky play style; and lastly, Human teams are “the Mario,” they cannot compete with any of the specialists at their specialty, but they’re flexible enough to do a bit of anything to take advantage of the specialist’s weakness (e.g. bash the elves, outrun the dwarves, etc.)
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: CanRay on (12:26:54/02-15-19)
How easy would it be for a troll to dribble something like a basketball with those Christmas Synthham sized mitts?
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (22:02:54/02-15-19)
...so how would  a human or elf player defend against a Troll centre who can just reach up over them and dunk the ball?
The rules and officiating make it possible. It's the only explanation for how elves, humans, or God forbid, dwarves could ever play American football in Shadowrun. The IRL equivalent is how absurdly and embarrassingly NFL rules and officiating coddle QBs who aren't Cam Newton.
...I thought we were discussing Basketball.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (22:22:28/02-15-19)
Ever play Blood Bowl?

Elven teams are known for playing a “technical” game, focusing on passing, agility, and running up the score; Orc teams are known for playing a “bashing” game, not worrying about scoring so much as they are about beating the other team so badly they can’t score; Dwarf teams are renowned for their defensive, tanky play style; and lastly, Human teams are “the Mario,” they cannot compete with any of the specialists at their specialty, but they’re flexible enough to do a bit of anything to take advantage of the specialist’s weakness (e.g. bash the elves, outrun the dwarves, etc.)
...Ork teams sound like the old NFL West (pre merger days) or old Big Ten, total "smashmouth" football with scores like 12 - 7.

Never played it though.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (22:23:52/02-15-19)
How easy would it be for a troll to dribble something like a basketball with those Christmas Synthham sized mitts?
...actually you just have him by the basket and do an alley oop pass which he simply drops through the hoop while standing there.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Wakshaani on (02:04:17/02-16-19)
Now I'm trying to remember if the courts/goals got changed in Chrome Flesh. I know the football field got bigger but basketball's on the low-end of augmentation. (Football's the most, futball's the least.)
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (02:58:47/02-16-19)
...even back in Shadowbeat, they mentioned that the UCAS Football fields were wider and longer.

My issue with basketball not changing the dimensions of the court and goals is having to deal with 8' - 9' tall players who in two to three steps could almost travel half court and as I mentioned, simply drop the ball through the hoop instead of having to post up a shot.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ajax on (14:54:03/02-16-19)
...even back in Shadowbeat, they mentioned that the UCAS Football fields were wider and longer.

My issue with basketball not changing the dimensions of the court and goals is having to deal with 8' - 9' tall players who in two to three steps could almost travel half court and as I mentioned, simply drop the ball through the hoop instead of having to post up a shot.

Introduce hockey-style icing rules (slowing down the speed you can move up the court) as well as hockey-style checking (adding a bit of blood to the game).

I dunno, I’ve always found basketball incredibly boring to begin with. As it exists now, it just looks like a bunch of seven foot tall men running back and forth across a too small space and making random shots. The winner seems to be the team that misses less... There’s no real defense, no real strategy, no real tactical skill. They shoot three hundred times and score 45%, you shoot three hundred times and score 47%, you win.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (16:12:21/02-16-19)
...what gets me is those guys who are supposedly the best shooters in the league who are paid multi millions, often miss the easiest shot, the free throw.

Then some bald slightly overweight guy from the stands is walked out on the court at halftime and sinks a half court shot to win a new car.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Seras on (16:17:18/02-20-19)
...even back in Shadowbeat, they mentioned that the UCAS Football fields were wider and longer.

My issue with basketball not changing the dimensions of the court and goals is having to deal with 8' - 9' tall players who in two to three steps could almost travel half court and as I mentioned, simply drop the ball through the hoop instead of having to post up a shot.

Well at least it is no contact...I cannot see anyone willingly playing American Football against trolls....in Basketball the troll has to take three steps then throw again.
So I guess with speed ware and adept abilties you can do a lot of ball stealing...unaugmented humans or dwarfs are toast though...
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Stainless Steel Devil Rat on (16:59:50/02-20-19)
I'm sure Sixth World NFL has chronic problems with allegations of racism, and they're probably somewhat valid.  Afterall, who DOES want to block a Troll?  You need a Troll yourself for the O-Line to counter theirs... or a cybered up Ork... or an even more-expensively cybered up other kind of player...  Similarly Elves will dominate the Quarterbacking and Reciever corps, and with QBs being the faces of the League having a reliably elfin face in that role triggers even more racial tension, etc.

Shadowbeat went more into it, but a difference between Urban Brawl and the NFL is in the latter everyone's a pro athlete.  In Urban Brawl, who wants to go toe to toe with a Troll?  Noone really, but you commonly find new recruits for the next game in Corp prisons to replace the ones who died/got broken in the last game.  Face a Troll? No I don't wanna, but if it takes 5 years off my sentence, maybe it's worth it?
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Seras on (17:32:10/02-20-19)
I'm sure Sixth World NFL has chronic problems with allegations of racism, and they're probably somewhat valid.  Afterall, who DOES want to block a Troll?  You need a Troll yourself for the O-Line to counter theirs... or a cybered up Ork... or an even more-expensively cybered up other kind of player...  Similarly Elves will dominate the Quarterbacking and Reciever corps, and with QBs being the faces of the League having a reliably elfin face in that role triggers even more racial tension, etc.

Shadowbeat went more into it, but a difference between Urban Brawl and the NFL is in the latter everyone's a pro athlete.  In Urban Brawl, who wants to go toe to toe with a Troll?  Noone really, but you commonly find new recruits for the next game in Corp prisons to replace the ones who died/got broken in the last game.  Face a Troll? No I don't wanna, but if it takes 5 years off my sentence, maybe it's worth it?

I think it is also important to remember that trolls are actually quite rare in society at large. They are usually around 5% of the population. Now add the fact that construction and/or security pay less but are MUCh safer and the occasional troll with magical talent and you wont find that many trolls in sports.

Thats why orks get a lot more heat, Humans and Orks are constantly trying to outbreed each other and are the most common metas. Thats probably alos why humans and Orks are the most violent competetive types out there...Tyring to be nummero uno, or stay nummero uno. ^^
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Stainless Steel Devil Rat on (17:36:34/02-20-19)
Trolls may be rare, but they'll be over-represented in certain professions where being big and strong is an asset.

Like sports.  At least in sports that actually allow Trolls to compete, anyway.  (Like Football and Urban Brawl, for example)
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (23:23:49/02-20-19)
...now Elves in basketball actually makes a fair amount of sense, more agile, slightly taller than humans on average. I could see Orks doing well at positions like center and guard.   

Interesting that in Shadowbeat, The TT's favourite sport was a fairly brutal one, Hurling.  I've watched Hurling matches in RL and it's like hockey on grass without pads, helmets, or many penalties.  Even makes Aussie Football and Rugby look tame.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ixal on (03:26:37/02-21-19)
Hurling is also mentioned in No Future with a focus on the violence, both on the field (reasonable contact should be expected) and off the field (fans bring hurling sticks to be signed + in Tir many fans having received mandatory peace time training including pain compliance and fighting with batons that look similar to hurling sticks)
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: kyoto kid on (04:07:52/02-21-19)
...so in that respect, little has changed.  Think I'll deal with bugs in the CZ instead, thank you.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ixal on (06:46:29/02-21-19)
I think the only sport that really changed is baseball.
And you have some newcomers like E-Sports.

Sports in No Future (either a single sport or a category including multiple sports)
- Baseball
- Basketball
- Combat Biker
- Courtball
- Drone Racing
- Duello Magicae
- E-Sports
- Football
- Hockey
- Hoverball
- Hurling
- Martial Arts
- Piloted Racing
- The true football (soccer)
- Stickball
- Urban Brawl
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Wenlocke on (07:22:57/02-21-19)
...so in that respect, little has changed.  Think I'll deal with bugs in the CZ instead, thank you.

Before she retired, my mother used to work in an office attached to a factory that had a couple of guys who would fly over to Ireland every few weekends to play Hurling. They'd get back in Monday morning looking like they'd been in a war zone, and come off second-best.

Give me a nice sedate bar brawl any day.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Beta on (07:27:51/02-21-19)
I think the only sport that really changed is baseball.
And you have some newcomers like E-Sports.

Sports in No Future (either a single sport or a category including multiple sports)
- Baseball
- Basketball
- Combat Biker
- Courtball
- Drone Racing
- Duello Magicae
- E-Sports
- Football
- Hockey
- Hoverball
- Hurling
- Martial Arts
- Piloted Racing
- The true football (soccer)
- Stickball
- Urban Brawl
Ice hockey and 'speed hockey' which is really something quite different.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ixal on (07:52:51/02-21-19)
As I said some of them are categories.
Martial Arts for example includes everything from fencing, to sumo, to fully cybered cage matches.
Hockey includes both speed and ice hockey.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ajax on (11:39:09/02-21-19)
As I recall, the ancient Aztec sport of ullamaliztli has also been revived in Aztlán and Amazonia. So it probably has a decent following in the rest of South America and the southwest NAN states.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Wakshaani on (11:51:21/02-21-19)
Jailai's also super-popular in Aztlan, but cyber-augmentations have made it kind of terrifying.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Wenlocke on (13:51:31/02-21-19)
Jailai's also super-popular in Aztlan, but cyber-augmentations have made it kind of terrifying.

and suddenly I wonder if the movement of people people throughout south and southeast Asia brought Kabaddi with it (ans just how odd it can get with super-agile and/or super-deep breathing players)
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Ajax on (14:22:35/02-21-19)
Buzkashi is essentially Combat Biker on horseback, so I could see some form of Kabaddi evolving into a cyber-sport...
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: neomerlin on (17:40:49/03-01-19)
Picked up my copy of No Future, yesterday, and I already have plans. Lump me in with the "folks who loved the hell out of Shadowbeat", and until No Future my favourite supplement so far for 5e was probably Market Panic. More than anything, it's the details of the Shadowrun world that attract me to the game and I'll throw money at anything that gives me more on the daily life and the stuff outside running the shadows. Those sessions where my players are just living out the quiet and personal dramas of their own lives are the sessions I love to run the most. A couple of the PCs in my campaign are big trid watchers. Neil The Ork Barbarian is very popular (two of them also regularly play the MMO Age of Neil: Barbarian Adventures), and Karl Kombat Mage gets a mention from time to time. Between myself and the players we've made up some trids to add to the world like 'Drone Wars' and 'Gunhaver and the Shadow Commandos', but having some canon series with details all made up is lovely and I'm already planning to have my players recruited for a special episode of Berlin Nights shot on location in Seattle. What brings Wolfgang Richter to the UCAS? Who knows! Who cares! What matters is the runners are gunna be on trid, provided they keep Wolfgang alive.

My campaign also takes place against the lead up to the Seattle Olympcs and some of the sports info gives a helpful insight into how the Olympics may have changed by whatever year we're in. I forget. Anyway, it seems team sports are the minority of events in the Olympics* but some of them get some coverage in No Future and that's good plot fodder. The closer we get to the olympics, the more need there will be for some friendly competitive sabotage between nations.

*I think. Honestly, I've haven't watched the Olympics since 1996 when it replaced my morning cartoons and meant I couldn't watch Scooby-Doo. I've had a grudge ever since.
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Tarislar on (22:53:31/03-09-19)
*I think. Honestly, I've haven't watched the Olympics since 1996 when it replaced my morning cartoons and meant I couldn't watch Scooby-Doo. I've had a grudge ever since.

LMAO.    Now that's my kind of grudge!
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: Wakshaani on (22:55:05/03-09-19)
Picked up my copy of No Future, yesterday, and I already have plans. Lump me in with the "folks who loved the hell out of Shadowbeat", and until No Future my favourite supplement so far for 5e was probably Market Panic.

 A tad off-topic, but what did you like in particular about Market Panic?
Title: Re: Your plans with No Future?
Post by: neomerlin on (14:42:28/03-10-19)
Picked up my copy of No Future, yesterday, and I already have plans. Lump me in with the "folks who loved the hell out of Shadowbeat", and until No Future my favourite supplement so far for 5e was probably Market Panic.

 A tad off-topic, but what did you like in particular about Market Panic?
I freakin' loved the first chapter and its detailed view into corp drone life in the 2070s. All those side bars with popular trids and matrix destinations were great additions to our 6th World pop culture knowledge. The chapter was even presented in a fun way.

I liked seeing what the major divisions and major subsidiaries within the megas were. Even without lots of details it is handy to have the names for when I am planning a run.

I loved the sections some corp write ups had about what it is like running for and against the individual corps and wish they all had that.