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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.

Survey Away!

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)
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Hey howdy!

As promised, we sent our Second City Survey via email to our Kickstarter and PayPal backers today. We thought everyone would like to see which cities appeared on the list!

(Note that this list is in alphabetical order.) 

Berlin has seen many wars in its history and the Awakened World did not spare it. The EuroWars left it crushed yet again, but like a phoenix it continues to rise from the ashes. While the more modern western half turned to the corps, the more volatile eastern residents voted with their Molotov cocktails that anarchy was the way to go. The result is that Berlin is a dynamic dichotomy;  home to many of Europe’s top corps, including the great dragon Lofwyr’s Seader-Krupp and Daimler-Benz, and home to Europe’s biggest collection of fixers, data thieves and gangs. Every runner considers it a badge of honor to run the streets of Berlin.

In the early 2050s, Chicago was your typical massive American sprawl. At least it was until anarchists blew up the Sears Tower. The falling debris destroyed blocks’ worth of buildings crushing thousands of people. No one has rebuilt any of it in the years since; the ghosts of the dead are said to haunt the area, and the increasing presence of ghouls there earned it the name “Shattergraves.” The rest of the Loop was likewise left to rot, and eventually become fully controlled by the Mafia. And don’t even get us started on the bugs, more and more of these magical entities that see humanity as a good place to lay their eggs seem to appear there.

The Treaty of Denver balkanized this city and now 6 countries control of parts of this sprawl. In an arrangement that made almost nobody happy, the new “owners” decided to wall off their sections from each other. That turned Denver into a smuggler’s paradise and a shadowrunner’s secret love…so many borders, so much valuable goods to sneak across them ... who could ask for anything more? And if that wasn’t enough to get a runner’s blood going, Denver is home to the Nexus. Known as the Denver Data Haven, it is the North American hub of information, and data exchange. And remember children, knowledge is power.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong finds itself now as an independent city/state in 2050. Both ancient and modern Hong Kong seems to be at peace on the same island. It’s corporate sponsored City Center rivals any in the world for splendor and corporate intrigue. All the megcorps are there as well as all smaller ones that love to think they can play with the big boys (and maybe even steal a secret or two). Yet, just outside the city center you will find ancient temples and shrines. Each one situated on the many dragon lines that cross the island. Dragon lines are mysterious and powerful paths of magic that the monks claim hold the secrets of the great dragons themselves. Protecting the monks and running the underworld are the mysterious syndicate called the Triads – gangs that control their island, protect their secret masters and really really hate the Yakuza.

Buckingham Palace, the West End, the Tube, the Castles, Big Ben…it all screams welcome to London, but in 2050 London is not the sparkling jewel it once was. Sure you get those sunny days that allow you to walk the cobblestones of history. But now, the fog and rain are toxic, forcing the creation of the West End Underplex - a thriving city that tries to keep the mood and feel of London artificially alive underneath the acid washed old city. London is a nightmare which contains the bright palaces and friendly pubs as well as the ghetto of lost humanity called “the squeeze” but all of it is under the very heavy thumb of the city's Lord Protector.

More Seattle
Seattle is the home city of the Shadowrun Universe and where the game will be initially set. One option for the game’s “second city” is to add MORE depth to Seattle. Specifically we could add the following: a bigger chunk of the Renraku Arcology (remember it is home to 100,000 employees), a larger version of the Ork Underground, it’s an entire world beneath the streets of the Seattle metroplex, and Council Island where we can show the Native American Tribes flexing their newfound magical and military muscles. 

The survey will be open through Tuesday, May 15th 11:59pm PST and we'll announce the results later next week. 

The survey company only allows 10,000 surveys to go out per day, so it may take a few days to reach you.

Can't wait to see what happens!


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      tim williams on

      i never got the first survey and it wasn't in my spam folder. got the second one, but i'm not too happy about that.

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      absamide on

      Also never got any of the survey mailings. Not in spam or anywhere else that I have been able to look.

    3. Brian Miller on

      Survey was in spam folder.... it's through surveymonkey FYI

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      Dennis on

      i still haven't gotten the survey e-mail and my spam folder is empty. :(

    5. AndonSage on

      Nevermind, I found the e-mail in the Spam Folder.

    6. AndonSage on

      I did not receive any survey yet, either.

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      Jan on

      I didn't get anything. No mail. No survey link. And since the survey is open only until today time is pressing. So please make it work. I want to take part. That's why I backed. Also I'm not sure what this first survey was about. Didn't get anything either. Does not feel good for me.

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      Adam P. Boyd on

      I have not received the survey yet either.

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      Jonathan Michell on

      I also did not get the survey E-mail.

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      Will W. on

      I can not get to the survey..

    11. Brian Miller on

      also still waiting on the e-mail

    12. Phillip Vogel on

      Still waiting as well

    13. Horst Klinkenborg on

      Still haven't received a survey. Shouldn't they have all gone out by now? (36k backers, 10k a day, 4 days?)

    14. Josh Owens on

      I didn't get the survey either

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      Kaerou on

      I still haven't got mine.

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      Adam Winter on

      Curses, my spam folder got emptied and prolly lost the survey amid the junk.

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      fil-cat on

      When was the FIRST survey? I totally must have misted that.

    18. RC on

      Hoi Chummers! Today is the last day the E-mail for the 2nd city Poll/Survey should be going out! Be patient today, check your spam folders, and remember it's coming from NOT Kickstarter! It will have a "surveymonkey" link in it - which is the service HBS is using to conduct the poll! If you do not have your E-mail by the end of the day today, look TOMORROW (Monday morning May 14th in the USA) for a stickied topic in the GAME sub-forum, under Shadowrun Returns, on the Shadowrun Universe forums at - or check the comments here on Kickstarter. Because comments scroll off the page, it'll be easier for you to check the sticky in the forums. A sticky is a post that "sticks" to the top of the message thread list, so everyone can see it clearly. ^_^ And chummers, I can't wait to see the poll results after everyone has voted! Knowing Shadowrun Returns is being developed, getting a chance to contribute ideas, and know they're being heard by the developers themselves, and engaging with a totally wiz Shadowrun community, has me so excited to see SR:R next year, it's like a cranial bomb of AWESOME exploded in my brain!! ^_^

    19. Benjamin Baxter on

      Check the spam. It's buried in the spam folder.

    20. Céline .S. Sauvé on

      Found my email for the survey in the Spam. Of course, I don't know if my bid went in since I was then asked to create an account there, which I refused to do...
      Hong Kong or Chicago are my hopes.

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      Airton Gomes Finoti on

      Where is the survey?

    22. Hyun, Sehwan on

      No survey email either... :(

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      Faark on

      I got my mail this midnight, just found it in my spam folder :)

    24. Neal Brophy on

      Scratch that just found it buried in my spam folder.

    25. Neal Brophy on

      Same here; no survey email :(

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      same too no mail for the vote but count me in berlin to ^^

    27. Soeverein on

      I didn't get the email either :/

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      Marius Heinzmann on

      Didn't get any survey email so far (also checked spam folder and searched through all emails). So I hope to get it soon, otherwise count me in on Berlin!

    29. Thomas King on

      Hong Kong is my vote.

    30. Esotericauthor on

      Denver sounds like great fun! Boy, I never thought I'd say that...

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      Jason Mallory on

      I love the idea of running in the Orient. I'm going to go with Hong Kong on this one.

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      strat77x on

      I vote Pittsburgh. Heinz Field is under attack!

    33. Jake Atkinson on

      Geeze, you guys. NOT EVERYONE HAS BEEN SENT AN EMAIL YET. Less than third will receive it today, in fact!

      Reminder to READ THE ENTIRE POST and check the comments BEFORE leaving a comment!

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      Eric Tan on

      Definitely, Berlin

    35. SnakeX on

      Chicago sounds excellent, voted for it!

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      Benjamin Gratch on

      I want my survey. Berlin looks fun.

    37. Alexander C. Daugherty on

      ok i would like to say this i would like to see all the citys maybe make a update for each one after you release the first one

    38. Battleshark on

      Didn't recieve a link until now. Please send me the link...

    39. Daniel Mackey on

      Ok, Just got an email to the Survey. Tnx.

    40. Barbar on

      Why did I not get a mail to vote on the city?

    41. Daniel Mackey on

      Same here. Didn't get it. Is there a link to it or something?

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      John Swann on

      Same thing for me. No surver. None in trash or spam.

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      Alan Fick on

      No survey for me. Checked trash and spam, found nothing.

    44. Andy Wood on

      If you didn't get a survey - Check your Trash/Spam filter, just found mine!!

    45. Andy Wood on

      No Survey for me :'(