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Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
36,276 backers pledged $1,836,447 to help bring this project to life.

"We really shook the pillars of heaven, didn't we Wang?"

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)

Including PayPal, our final total is $1,895,772!!!

A-freaking-mazing!  Wowsers! Bibbidy-bobbidy-boo!

We are so happy to be associated with such a wonderful community. 

Backers, we'll hold our Second City Survey soon and contact you for your Swag info!

For now, we're heading over to and our new forums!

See you on the other side!




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    1. Ori Klein on

      No horse-shit, Jack.

    2. Nicholas Russell on

      @REkz kaRZ
      Aye, it is a positive thing denoting we're on friendly terms. Frankly I don't really want to be friends with someone who panders so heavily you can't help but think he works secretly for EA and is part of this project for some more nefarious and insidious purpose. But you're right, fair's fair so I'll stop calling you dude as well.

    3. REkz kaRZ on

      @ Nicholas -- lighten up, bub. I can call you anything from this side of the terminal, and chummer ain't bad (esp if you read some ShadowRun fiction).
      And you called me dude, so I can call you chummer.
      Bummer, chummer!
      (Turn your frown upside down.)
      Nul sweat is one thing, nul humor another. Or you could say neither are anything (as they are nuls).
      Best not to overthink things.

      @ Rob Rivera -- that'd be "no bulldrek". Anyway...

    4. Nicholas Russell on

      @REkz kaRZ
      Seriously dude my first post wasn't an insult. Also, don't call me chummer.

    5. Rob Rivera on

      No bullsh*t, Jack.

    6. REkz kaRZ on

      @ RC - props, thanks, we are in harmony, chummer!
      'Nuff said

    7. REkz kaRZ on

      @ Nicholas --again, another boring attempt at insulting and deriding, but you clearly don't know the SR 'verse. I'm gonna cut you slack here, Chummer, and just pat you on the back & say "Slot and run." I believe you will find your way -- somehow.
      @ Daryk -- props to you, all is forgiven.
      Comment on comments -- if you are gonna be excited in your posts, go for it!!! If someone feels the need to dump their bucket of judgement all over your enthusiastic elation, well -- they can suck a BTL chip.
      If you ain't got nohing positive to say, then -- shut your fraggin' pie hole! Heh
      'Nuff said!

    8. Nicholas Russell on

      @REkz kaRZ
      So that whole thing wasn't meant as some sort of intelligent satire mocking the very thing that Gabriel feared but really was just a panderous void where intelligent and civil discussions go to die? Well my apologies, I didn't realize you weren't trying to be clever and witty there.
      Yes, and up until that point virtually no one else used the word "Chummers" on this kickstarter project except for him. Therefore I made a joke where I implied that his use of the term and his previous attitude about Shadowrun Returns was more of a Trojan Horse to get our guards down for the moment when he shared the more negative opinion that he did in this update comments thread. Didn't really want to spell the humor out here but since you insisted on it by calling me out here there you go.
      Join me next week when we delve into the philosophical and paleontological fields of depth regarding "Knock knock. Who's there? Orange. Orange Who. Orange you glad to see me?" It's funny and in two hours we'll show you precisely why on the BBC.

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      Daryk Zirkle on

      @REkz kaRZ: No offense to you intended. I wasn't commenting so much on your attitude as Gabriel's apparent reaction to it. My main point is that there isn't really any wrong way to enjoy a game, and being bothered by how other people do so is pointless. I'm just glad to have one more way to enjoy Shadowrun now.

    10. RC on

      Hoi chummers! For those just catching up to us now, join the rest of the community in the Shadowrun Universe @ Where the Shadowrun Returns forums are! Also, the guys at Cliffhanger Productions that are building Shadowrun Online, and everyones best buds at Catalyst Game Labs who bring us all our printed PnP game books and Novels, have joined Jordan Weisman (original creator of Shadowrun!) and his company HareBrained Schemes, in creating the new Shadowrun Universe - where 'runners go to dig up paydata 'n split hares (Hah HAHA HAHAHAHA...ha...ha....ahahahaha)
      And if you still want to get in on funding Shadowrun Returns with pledge rewards via PayPal, is still up and running at this time. So go Go GO!!! Because Shadowrun Returns is going to be AWESOME! ^_^

    11. RC on

      @Ola Hansson I believe you'll still receive Shadowrun Returns backer updates from HareBrained Schemes via E-Mail. And, you can always check out Harebrained Schemes website for updates, even if they're a bit delayed, at

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      Ola Hansson on

      I hope that the existence of forums won't mean the end of Kickstarter updates - not all of us want more websites to follow... if I read the forums for every game I've kickstarted, I would not have any time left over!

      But I would still like to be up to date on the progress, and be able to take part in surveys, etc. - so I hope for continuing regular (possibly backer-only) kickstarter updates!

    13. RC on

      Nicholas Russell said: "@Gabriel Gentile Moral of the story? Never trust anyone who uses the word "chummers"."

      O.o Wut? 'Dat hurts, but I'll still lub you anyway, chummer! ^_^

    14. REkz kaRZ on

      @ Nicholas -- I'd comment on your comment on me, but you are boring me. My comment wasn't vaccuous, it was chock full of the world you just backed.

      @ Gabriel -- flaming is not light you on fire. It's netspeak for calling for a firey cliches to rain down upon your head, which seems to be lacking capacity for expansion.

      @ Daryk -- ShadowRun is a world with language and attitude, which when Gibson coined the phrase was called CyberPunk. There is a concept called EDGE, meaning that you have a tough street attitude + cutting edge tech. If I spoil someone's game, I'm stunned -- it's CYBERPUNK, combined with fantasy (I'll admit that), it's not a dungeon crawling wank-fest.

      I love ShadowRun & played it for years -- it addresses racism, hacking, corp domination, poverty, and more. Read a book or a webpost, fall in love, then give me a break!

      Don't trust anyone that says CHUMMER? Chummer is shadowrun slang for "dude", or "bub", or "fool", or "kid" -- all depends on where you live in USA. It's not an insult particularly (although it's mildly gruff in the world), but you can grow a thicker skin (or buy one) and take it.

      Don't be insulted! Grow a spine, get a monowire whip implanted in a digit, smartlink your SMG, and jump in to a great world full of great people...!

      I believe in you newbs! Learn to chuckle at your newbiness!

    15. Nicholas Russell on

      @Gabriel Gentile
      I don't know about something as grandiose as that. The things you worry about just seem to me like they've been happening since the dawn of pnp dnd and of modern video gaming and that right now both we as a sub culture and gaming as a form of entertainment are evolving in a similar manner as film. You're already starting to see it with games like Braid, Limbo, and Sword and Sworcery and the future, especially as the natural extension of it known as crowd sourced funding becomes more prominent, is already pointing in that direction.
      Still, regarding what REkz said I think you guys are short changing the parody he was going for. I admittedly had the same initial reaction but, upon reading it as a whole a couple of times and realizing the pointlessness rambling nature of it and how it points out the flawed idea that the gamers you fear will "ruin" the game are as cliche as he portays them, the social satire is actually pretty deft in its execution.

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      Daryk Zirkle on

      @Nicholas Russell: Yes, "Good Old Games", not "Great". That's what I get for not double checking before posting. I've downloaded a few games from there, but got wrapped up at Circle of Eight shortly thereafter. And as far as hearing about this particular Kickstarter, it popped up on the Wikipedia page while I was seeing how OOTS was faring.
      @Gabriel Gentile: Attitudes like REkz kaRZ' can only diminish your enjoyment of a single player game if you let them. If it truly distresses you that much, ignore their comments.

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      Justin B. Stevenson on

      Woohoo!!!! Shadowrun Returns!!

    18. Johnathan Glass Devaney on

      I was distracted alternatingly between the dog (squirming to get free) and the girl in the pink shirt (very attractive). Upon watching a second time, message loud and clear. ;)

      I'm so incredibly happy for you guys. And for us, as we'll eventually get this incredible game!

    19. Gabriel Gentile on

      Ah, you're an idealist........
      Don't lose that.
      So you're countering my accusations of sociopathic behavior dominating the gaming scene to the point of becoming the norm by threatening to set me on fire? I applaud your use of irony, sir.
      That IS the effect you were going for, wasn't it?
      It WASN'T?
      Well, in that case... [Points to REkz's post] Ladies and gentlebeings of the jury, the prosecution rests.

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      Tyler Zimmerman on

      Thank you for being awesome! More developers with the experience you guys have need to do more of this kickstarter stuff!

    21. SMasterson on

      Lol. What Rekz said. :)

      Can't wait to play this game and, as Matt Seidl said: please do not abandon posting updates via Kickstarter. It is the only way to know who the legitimate backers are and I think I can speak for us all when I say that we would love to get periodic development updates. :)

    22. REkz kaRZ on

      @ Gabriel - eat my cyberdust, Chummer! You just doubted fans who put up 1.8mil nuyen for a dream. I'd dis you day & night, but bits are precious & you're a waste of bandwidth. A hug -- give him a flame! Crowdsource revolution is in, negative doubters can stick with the corp conqueror mind-lords dominating 2012 trideo hypertainment feeds.

      Funding done. CONGRATS Chummers, for fraggin' crowdsource guru-ing your biz like a chiphead boostergang, then dumping the core back to your own mainframe with this Primerunner app, like BTL paydata on a chromed chipjack (or DNI deck) with more yank than a Ork dripping 'Dorph -- and then you stack a doubletap counterpunch of Phys Ads as an addon -- oh that was edgerunning with monowire slickness!
      Top that with your 'Yak Attack' corp countermaneuver fixing our credsticks at the nanosec of midnight and letting hitcherdeckers juve-newbs join this next 'Run by falsefronting Kickstarter as your new corp Mr Johnson to smoke Lone Star enforcement with false sidejobs like Pebble (a bluetooth watch is edge? Ha! A street slitch has more tech in her anti-preg dermpacks! Did you get a corpdecker to fakedata that sheet?) with a 6.9mil Nuyen funded at 1k% with that op backdoor'ed to this account, ramjamming those creds like a sam's rippers thru the firewall and into the Shadows? Slot and run!
      It's beyond nul sweat, it's a perfect crowdsource wetwork op.
      We're just SINless meat to you, hey?
      (pron 'wrecks cars')
      PS: I'm available to write net-speak for your game, dialogue, etc. (I have a dayjob for the corps, but it's when I'm on a Run, jacked in and packing heat, that my blood sings about true freedom for metas

    23. JimH42092 on

      Congrats! Also, Thank You for using a Big trouble in Little China quote. It really brightened up my emailbox.

    24. Nicholas Russell on

      @Gabriel Gentile
      First, I absolutely must argue one point and this I'll argue to the death. Las Vegas isn't where gaming goes to die, that would be the creativity void that is Florida. If it's not an advertisement it's meaningless in the Sunshine state. :)
      Though seriously it wasn't all that difficult of a thing to actually treat your argument more civilly. It's one that's been spoken since the nineties when neo conservatives and their allies were treating video games like rock n roll was treated way back during its beginnings. The response that most of my fellow backers here unfortunately have decided to go with, that is screaming at the person rather than arguing the point civilly, has simply always failed, be it when its spoken by avid gamers and by the "moral" establishment that sees Night Trap as the epitome of this medium. The only way I've ever known to actually discuss this debate in any meaningful way is through civil dialogue, a case I can say the Supreme Court also agrees with when they discussed the status of video games as a form of free speech relatively recently.
      I can see both where you're coming from and also that you're a bigger Shadowrun fan than most of us backers, myself included. I too see and hope for the potential for this to not just be another game but to both become more an extension of the pnp version as well as incite more of a rennaisance in gaming, a golden age if you prefer where creativity and responsibily chosen content are preferred over the more formulaic "appease the common denominator WoW and HALO crowd" methods that have dominated this medium since its inception. In many ways this perhaps isn't too unlikely as film itself had a similar evolution. Still, I can't help but argue that gaming, even pnp, has always had that aspect. Take the tournament dnd setup now a days for example. I myself have participated in parties where an orc and a high elf work together for the purposes of gathering loot rather than explore the societal problems such a pairing should inevitably incur or any meaningful story-related plots beyond the "go here, kill bad guys, get exp, rinse and repeat" way. In many respects Shadowrun Returns and even DnD 3.5, arguably the most pure and story-driven form of that table top system, share this quality where there's a massive crowd who just want to go on adventures, get loot, and become high level rather than explore the depths their own character's plotlines, their histories, and all the other things that to this day only pnp has managed to achieve some semblance of. The annoying boy screaming "FRAG" and "NOOB" every five seconds is an inevitably large crowd, especially in an age when even pnp dnd is making changes to appease those weaned on WoW.
      The only hope that really exists is that this isn't being run by publishers and that technically as they aren't spending any of their own or a big business' money on this they don't have any real costs to cover. Like Double Fine Adventure and Wasteland 2, Hair Brained Schemes has an opportunity to create a game for the game's own sake rather than to make some corporate backer happy. They don't have to necessarily even appease the majority of us backers if they feel a particular idea works better than what the community at large wants. Even if they do manage to achieve this dream though if there is one thing I've learned since joining Kickstarter its that if the fans want something bad enough they will get it one way or the other. The crowd that both of us would rather avoid will get what they want in the end as they have with every other form of gaming out there. Ironically, as digital distribution and modding tools have proven in the past, we who want the more refined experience will probably get that through the very tools that the other crowd develops. It's inevitable and accepting that reality is how I learned to stop worrying and love the "NOOB, LOOT, T-BAGGING" Bomb.
      @Daryk Zirkle
      Sorry dude, think you mean "Good Old Games". Also known as to those who've never heard of it. How you managed to find out about something as old school as Shadowrun Returns while never hearing of the well spring of old school gems that is is beyond me but I'll give you guys the benefit of a doubt here.

    25. David How on

      Congrats on funding. Really looking forward to seeing the game. Just hearing about what it will contain I'm going to have to play through multiple times.
      1st play thru Street Samurai
      2nd play thru Decker of some sort
      3rd play thru Physical Adept
      and i love that we have races to choose from too. ugh decisions :D

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      Daryk Zirkle on

      In what sense? Some would say D&D 4e was an attempt to pander to "them", but I and quite a few others stuck with 3.5 or went to Pathfinder in response. Now there's going to be a 5th edition and 1e reprints. Another example is Great Old Games. Just because the current market is catering to those you disagree with doesn't mean there aren't ways to get the games we like to play. That's the market recognizing a gap and filling it to our advantage. Shadowrun Returns is the same thing by different means. So yes, hooray for capitalism. The market may be slow, but it can recognize a demand. And this project is proof positive that it can meet them. Don't underestimate yourself, or those of like mind. Our voices are being heard.

    27. Eric "Ervkar" Glocker on

      @Gabriel dude we don't have to under or overestimate them. They can create all the shitty runs they want and tell all their odd little stories. It is a single player game so you don't have to interact with /anyone/ if you don't want to. Personal I like the idea of working with my friends and setting up a Meta Game with a "Mr. Johnson" (GM) assigning missions to runners to get through with there teams building up to an over all final mission for everyone to run through.

      If you want to just play your own player designed missions and the provided ones I'm sure that's fine too. See? You limit the interaction, so there's plenty of control for you over the amount of "those people" that can ruin your gaming experience.

    28. Gabriel Gentile on

      These "people"!

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      Daryk Zirkle on

      Even if it does become a multi-player game online someday, it will still retain single player functionality. Starcraft II does that now. As in your example, you don't have to play with anyone you don't deem worth your time. I've dealt with my share of unpleasant gamers at conventions and online. The beauty of games like Shadowrun are that there are as many ways to enjoy it as there are people playing. Just because you disagree with how some do so doesn't make it any less enjoyable for anyone else.

    30. Jonathan Steele on

      Now us SR backers need to be given access to the Forums :)

    31. Matt on

      Uh, Gabriel... you know it's a single player game, right?

    32. Roflmaou on

      I'm sensing Gabriel needs a hug and/or some competent gaming friends. But thanks for backing!

    33. Gabriel Gentile on

      Whoops! Sorry for the double-post. Could someone delete one of those, please? Thanks.

    34. Gabriel Gentile on

      @Nicholas Russell
      First and foremost, my sincere thanks for resisting the urge to jump down my throat. I can tell this project means a lot to you so to have someone just walk on up and let it be known to the world that this is destined to end in tears must have hit kind of hard. It would have been easy to paint me as a strawman and dismiss me via some foregone conclusion regarding my personality. Instead you not only maintained some measure of objectivity but were noble enough to invite me to express where I dare to draw such sentiment. You have my applause sir, and are welcome at my gaming table any time.
      That said, just where is this bitter drekhead coming from? Let's see, how to express...
      Imagine if you will; You're hosting a tabletop gaming session at your house. It could be anything, Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars The RPG, World of Darkness or a criminally under-appreciated masterpiece called "Shadowrun"* and some twerp who consideres John Norman's "GOR" novels the height of speculative fiction (or would if they ever bothered to read a fragging book) and in their own sad, twisted psychological makeup view the accumulation of power and wealth at the cost of all other aspects of the gaming experience and the abuse thereof, especially on their fellow players, as a way of making up for the pathetic failures they've no doubt allowed themselves to become in real life. Well, as you are the host, you are able to exercise some amount of authority over said twerp, up to and including telling him to take his synthetic cheese powder-encrusted hoop and slot off back to his long-suffering mother's basement.
      Gives you kind of a warm, fuzzy feeling, don't it?
      Now imagine your campaign becomes universal, both in scope and accessibility, as "Shadowrun Returns" is forecasted to be. Congratulations, you have now lost your authority and are left with no means of keeping the game that once filled you with such joy from being infiltrated by... Let's see, what's a good term?
      Twerps, twinks, munchkins, power gamers, rules lawyers, hackers and a myriad of other specimens of homonculi that would once be shunned by society (and rightfully so) but now have a convenient means of communicating and scheming with one another thanks to the internet** have now swarmed the game you once called your own and are doing things to it that would drive Larry Flynt to join the clergy... And there ain't a slotted thing you can do about it.
      Now I know what you're going to say; "Oh, but we can count on the mods and the programmers to prevent that sort of thing from happening, right?" WRONG! Open your eyes to reality, Nick, for every one of you or me, there are thousands... Yes, thousands... Of them. And guess what? They've got disposable income. Now, you're a young, struggling game company that's trying to make it in the all-too-cutthroat marketplace, which side do YOU eventually decide to cater towards?
      Ah, capitalism. Is there any incarnation of beauty in this world it cannot destroy?
      I saw it happen to Kingdoms of Camelot, I saw it happen to City of Heroes, I saw it happen to WoW and I'm watching as it happens to Star Wars: The Old Republic.
      Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong.

      *Which I would KILL to find a decent game of here in Las Vegas: Where Gaming Goes to Die™
      **Thanks Al, thanks so fragging much!

    35. Tweeg on

      I can not wait to see what you guys pull off, especially now that your hands won't be tired by some publisher.

      I fell in love with ShadowRun back in the old days of SNES .... oh my god I'm old.

      Loving that Kickstarter is helping bring back the golden age of gaming.

      *cue angel trumpets*

      Can not wait wooo

      Looks like you guys have a kick ass team put together :)

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      David on

      LOL indeed I already paid you guys HURRY UP AND GIVE ME MY STUFF. But seriously thanks for trying to make this product through Kickstarter, I am really glad we all worked and made this possible. I have not played shadowrun in a really long time but I cant wait to be back in that universe.

    37. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on

      @ Matt Seidl Thanks for the feedback. Helpful!


    38. Raymond Croteau on

      Hey, what are you guys doing slacking on ? GET TO WORK ON THAT GAME WE PAID FOR! ;-)

      Fans might be worse than Publishers. ;-P

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      OcO on

      Will you please add an option to resend the forum account activation email. I tried to register an account and the email did not get sent(yes I checked the spam folder). I tried to reset the password and that email sent just fine so I know the email was entered properly when I first registered.

    40. Matt on

      @Stephen: I still get updates from a project I funded a year and a half ago. I don't have a problem with the new forum per se, I just hope they'll use the existing Kickstarter infrastructure to keep us posted from time to time. We shouldn't have to dig through a forum for updates.

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      Grifman on

      @gerald sears

      No, go back and read the updates. A second city was promised at $1MM in Update 3. Update 5 promised a story tying together the SNES and Sega Genesis Shadowrun stories at $1.5MM. Three cities were never promised.

      @Matt Seidl

      As for abandoning the Kickstarter site, I doubt that a funded project can remain on here indefinitely, tying up KS rescources. Besides a web forum is a much better format for back and forth discussion. Surely backers can find/use a web forum, right? Not sure what the issue is.

    42. Nicholas Russell on

      C'mon guys, you know you want South Park! All hail the rival dragons Mecha Streisand and Mr. Mouse!

    43. Matt on

      @HBS Are you completely abandoning the Kickstarter site? It's the only way to communicate with confirmed backers, so I kind of expected the updates to continue.

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      Gerald Sears on

      Asgeir: THE extra city? I thought they were going to add a third at 1.5 mil? My votes are Ampsterdam, and Bejing.

    45. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on

      Check the main comments page for updates about Sorry if you're having trouble but people are hard at work on it!

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      Asgeir on

      About the extra city, I would really like to vote for a continent, as well as a city for every continent. Meaning that the most popular continent would get it's most popular city as the extra city.

      Just a though, and thank YOU for letting us fun the game we want you to make.

    47. Emery J. Huang on

      Shanghai would be super cool

    48. Draco18s on

      I think you need a beefier server for
      After managing to register for the forums (at 2 minute page load times) I haven't been able to load a single page (15 minute wait so far, with no time-out errors).

    49. T.J. Brumfield on

      I'm excited that HBS blew past their initial goals. With all the stretch goals along the way, I never saw an update that you'd fund running water for the closet/office, let alone toilets. Make sure to put in some air holes and food pellets as well.