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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.
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.

Shadowrun Returns Q&A with Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman!

We know we've been being pretty quiet about what we're up to-- Shadowrun Returns wise--and we'd like to be more open with you. So here's what I was thinking (I, by the way, am Sally-- HBS' new Editorial director. Hi there!): how about you guys post your most burning, relevant questions in this forum, and then I'll pick through them for the top ten most popular or most interesting questions.The forum is on,  which you'll need to become a member of (if you aren't already) in order to post. You don't have to pay money or anything, and it'll just take a second :) Sorry for the little bit of hoop-jumping: it was just the easiest medium to use. So if you've got some questions, just go ahead and set up a profile, and post away!

And then comes the fun part: Mitch and Jordan have agreed to stay completely blind up until I make the Q&A video. That is to say, I won't physically blind them (that might make me the worst employee ever), but they won't hear the questions until I start filming. We won't edit the film, so you'll get to see all the awkward pausing, and you'll get totally raw answers. Honesty's the name of the game here, folks, and we want nothing more than to hear what you're wondering! Your questions and feedback are unbelievably valuable to us, and we couldn't be more grateful to have such a passionate, respectful, and opinionated fanbase. I'll be leaving the forum up over the weekend, and most of Monday (I'll probably take it down around 2pm PST), so get to posting as soon as you can! Can't wait to see what you have to say.

Also, if you'd like more updates on SRR, we've been posting regularly on our HBS Facebook page. If you 'like' Harebrained Schemes, you'll be able to get our most recent pictures and snippets! 


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    1. RC on July 7, 2012

      Hoi Chummers! Part III of Fluff & Smoke is up @ - and it looks like I've undergone an Unexplained Genetic Expression of my long dormant troll genes, Whoddathunkit!!? ^_^

    2. Alexander Dietrich on July 4, 2012

      @Larnackel It's really not showing up, should be in the dark-grey bar at the very top. ABP settings maybe? Darkstorm posted the signup link. Thanks Darkstorm!

      @Joshua It's beside the point whether creating a FB account is easy or hard. We simply chose not to. And Kickstarter projects should not require one for being kept in the loop. Thankfully SRR won't. Thanks HBS!

    3. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on July 2, 2012

      Whoops-- sorry, change of plans! The special thing will be coming next week. But be excited! It's exciting and mysterious :)

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      Joshua Sternberg on July 2, 2012

      Lol at all the facebook haters. Like RC said, it's really not hard to make an account with your shadowrun name (or something random), and only use it to like harebrained schemes. No one knows it's you, no one gets in trouble, easy as pie :) If you hate fb imagine being in the 6th world, ar ads spam at you constantly, multiple windows open in your image link feeding you streams of data, People pinging your public profile and sending you messages and calling you constantly Now THAT'S annoying!

    5. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on July 2, 2012

      Hey there, guys!
      I didn't expect to have such an overwhelming anti-Facebook response, but I'll of course address it! I think I may have been unclear: I'm not going to stop posting updates on the Kickstarter. You all will get the most up-to-date, most important information on this medium. Of course! You can look at our Facebook page optionally, because there I'll be posting the less important, sort of moment-to-moment info (things like pictures of our office puppy/ reminders about Fluff and Smoke coming out). I didn't mean at all to make it seem like I was forcing you to look at Facebook or anything of the sort :) If you'd like to get more updates on Kickstarter, please let me know! I'd be happy to keep you all in the loop with the more casual information. And speaking of updates... there's something special coming later today that I think you'll enjoy :) Thanks again so much for everything. I really appreciate your feedback, and I hope I've been more clear this time.

    6. James McKendrew on July 2, 2012

      I recently pulled out of Facebook as well. I don't expect the world to change 'cause I've done so, but if you're counting the people who aren't there, I'm one.

    7. Ray on July 2, 2012

      Facebook? I'll just have to do without those updates. I understand it's business, but ugh... no. ><

    8. Neurothustra on July 2, 2012

      why not a Google Hangout? AMA on Reddit? Or just your forums. Anything but Facebook.

    9. Michael J Dolan on July 1, 2012

      Hate Facebook. Facebook is evil.

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      rk on July 1, 2012

      Would it please be possible to drop the proposed gimmick and do a proper Q&A session instead, allowing the team some time to think about the answers beforehand?

      However much I enjoy somebody stumbling through his words, looking embarrassed and having difficulties following a train of thought; what's the value in doing so?

      As you pointed out, communication from the team has been sparse at best lately and I would much prefer to watch an update which includes some thoughtful answers rather than wasting this opportunity on a "cute" gimmick ("look at me ma, I'm on facebook, I do cool things! and a live Q&A session").

    11. Shervyn von Hoerl
      on July 1, 2012

      Another vote for the no Facebook as your sole source of information. If double posting here is too much of a hassle, which it shouldn't be, post to your fora.

    12. RC on July 1, 2012

      Hoi John!

      Actually, just as a reminder, there are quite a few backers who pledged via Paypal and don't get the Kickstarter E-mails...etc. We shouldn't forget those chummers, those chummers couldn't join us on Kickstarter, but were right there with us all the way! ^_^


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      John on July 1, 2012

      Well multiple venues for the information is not a bad thing. Posting to Facebook is probably more likely to attract attention of non-backers to the game, but for me it is a non-starter because I have just never liked the service.

      Kickstarter is the only venue that all the backers use (or they wouldn't be backers!), so its the only place that you can release the information without leaving a portion of the backers out. Personally I prefer it because the updates come straight to my e-mail, and I'd love to see more of them from this project.

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      Alex Cooksey on June 30, 2012

      frankly facebook is circling the drain - please update us here.

    15. Shaz on June 30, 2012

      I do not use Facebook. Could you please not use it as your preferred method of information release?

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      John B on June 30, 2012

      Question - why do you not use the Kickstarter site to keep in touch with the backers you got via Kickstarter, versus wanting us to get an account on your website?

      Question - Did you by any chance back Rich Berlew's Order of the Stick kickstarter? I'd suggest looking at his updates post-kickstarter - as this has to be a question, is this of any interest to you folks?

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      John on June 30, 2012

      I'd much rather receive updates here than on face book.

    18. darkstorm on June 30, 2012

      @Larnackel - in firefox at least, where that black bar at the top is on your picture are two silver buttons.

      Here's the signup link:

    19. REkz kaRZ on June 30, 2012

      1 - iPhone Safari unable to access forum. iPhone Opera barely can access, can't login. Please fix?

      I have a super question for you -- soon as I can post.


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      Pawel on June 30, 2012

      I'm not a Facebook user as well. Please put all the updates on Kickstarter page and as well.

    21. Larnackel on June 30, 2012

      @ Alexander: I'm blind. I can't see it and it seems, that I can't post a link to the picture of it: imagebanana dot com/view/z4soz418/shadowrun_forums.jpg
      Can you post a link of that page for signing up?

    22. Alexander Dietrich on June 30, 2012

      @Larnackel There's a silver "Sign Up" button at the top right of the page. Not showing for you?

    23. Gonchi on June 30, 2012

      Sign me up for the 'No Facebook' crowd.

    24. Larnackel on June 30, 2012

      I would also be happy, if the news would not only be shared on facebook...

      Also I have to be honest and admit, that I don't find the option to register to your forums. How is that possible?

    25. Ben Mitchell on June 30, 2012

      Another non-facebook user. :(

      I think either a news only thread like Alexander says on the forums or updating here would be best!

    26. Matthew Davis on June 30, 2012

      I do not use facebook as well and never will use anything like it.

    27. Alexander Dietrich on June 30, 2012

      Not using Facebook either, please make sure to post updates here or on the forums as well!

      Double Fine has one central thread on their forum that gets updated whenever something noteworthy happens, so you only have to subscribe to that.

    28. Darklord on June 30, 2012

      Yeah I don't use facebook either! Funny eh are we all anti-technology or what! To be honest I know to many people who have have relationship problems or even been sacked due to comments on facebook, it's made me keep WELL away!

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      Valad Amoleo on June 30, 2012

      I think it's silly to expect us to use Facebook. Surely with us all being subscribed here as backers it would be a better place to put updates.

    30. RC on June 30, 2012

      P.S. You'll also find 'sum amazin Shadowrun artwerk on Shadowrun Online's Facebook page... hate 'da service but chummers, it'z worth checkin out ^_^


    31. RC on June 30, 2012

      Aww Chummers, while I'm not a big fan 'o Facebook either, and you'll note... just about the only thing I use it for is Harebrained Schemes Facebook page, it is unfortunately an important service for companies to use nowdays. Us chummers who don't like it are in 'da minority here. So I set up an account 'dat haz no other personally identifiable info, using an e-mail address w'it no personal contacts, 'an it'z made interactin 'wit HBS real smooth, without makin me like Facebook any more'n I did before. I see it as a way 'ta help support Shadowrun Returns, 'cuz even tho we're da Backers, 'dey still needs ta sell lotsa copies 'o da game after it launches, 'n social networks are gonna help 'em wit dat, regardless of how we feel about 'em. So even if'n ya don't like 'da service, iz okay, cuz you can still at least see 'da page 'wit out loggin in 'ta Facebook. But I did it 'juzz ta help help out our frenz @ HBS. - if'n ya read 'diz 'ere message, ya'kin easily pic muh account out 'da page ^_^



    32. Datayum on June 30, 2012

      More openness can only be a good thing! Answering ten questions is really few but it's a start.
      Also, I'm not going to sign up to facebook, I'd prefer it if you posted updates on a blog on the shadowrun website.

    33. Thomas Schwarz
      on June 30, 2012

      No facebook: Like!

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      Michael Miguel-Sanchez on June 30, 2012

      4th on the no facebook.

    35. darkstorm on June 30, 2012

      yeah, facebook is an awful place for updates.

    36. gon on June 30, 2012

      i second that: no facebook!

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      Matthias Rolf on June 30, 2012

      I'd like to note one thing: I don't use Facebook and I don't intend to start using it now, so your updates on Facebook don't do me any good at all.

    38. Raymond Croteau on June 30, 2012

      You know, you COULD just blindfold them...

    39. Marked One on June 29, 2012

      The link to the website in the E-mail adds a comma to the end which won't load. Might wanna fix that in case people get confused.

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      Dean Kaddatz on June 29, 2012

      here's one: I like to explore a game world, and get excited when i find a well hidden room with loot inside. Are there any plans to have "hidden top secret labs/armory" that can be destroyed/looted/raided, which are hidden behind a secret door/floor hatch/hidden elevator?

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      cursedseishi on June 29, 2012

      "Mitch and Jordan have agreed to stay completely blind up until I make the Q&A video. That is to say, I won't physically blind them (that might make me the worst employee ever"
      Worst employee ever, or most memorable employee of all times? Huh? Huh...?

      I for one think that would be an interesting start to any Q&A video, it would be like Saw! Except instead of grueling tests of physical and mental torture, its... well it could still easily be rather grueling mental torture I suppose...

    42. Zombra on June 29, 2012

      This sounds like a fun experiment, Sally! Hope we get some really good info about the game.

    43. alcaray on June 29, 2012

      Yea, have people really been shy about asking questions, around here?

    44. Zebra3 on June 29, 2012

      Sounds good. Thanks :)

    45. Story Luck on June 29, 2012

      Don't think there is any need for "raw" answers. Especially since you're weeding out the ones you don't like, "aren't interesting," anyway.

      Much prefer answers that were prepped and thought out. Don't need awkward pauses or people being confused. Also appreciate video editing over raw footage.

      Maybe you can do a normal q&a next time. Or just answer people's questions in the forum as you have time.

      Hope it's all going well.

    46. MennisD on June 29, 2012

      This is awesome.

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      Pawel on June 29, 2012

      I like this. It's a good idea for reality TV show! :)