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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.

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Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)
Hey All!

Tomorrow, we will announce the title of the new Berlin expansion, Shadowrun: Dragonfall. Along with all the details, we’ll also be unveiling the game’s logo and a cool new illustration to go with it. As our Backers, we wanted to share this with you before the rest of the world gets it.

Here’s the official scoop:

BERLIN. The Flux-State: a stable anarchy enforced by an ever-shifting coalition of megacorps, political factions, and savvy power players. A place where almost anything goes and the right connections can be the difference between success and starvation. Dangerous jobs abound and there’s no better place to earn a quick payday - provided you live long enough to spend it. For you and your team of battle-scarred runners, it’s just another day in the Free City of Berlin.

But a new threat is rising, one that could mean untold chaos and devastation. The only clue: whispers of the DRAGONFALL, a long-forgotten event from the earliest days of the Awakened world. As you find yourself drawn into a maze of veiled dangers and strange machinations, you will come face-to-face with a grim spectre of the past… and alter the course of Berlin’s future.


  • Experience a New Full-Length Campaign: Return to the “Tech meets Magic” future of Shadowrun as you and your team of runners get drawn into a treacherous conspiracy. Operating out of an offbeat central hub neighborhood, you’ll choose which missions to accept and how you’ll approach them while navigating the dark underbelly of “the Flux”.
  • An Exciting New Locale: Shadowrun: Dragonfall transports runners to the Free City of Berlin, a thrilling Shadowrun setting full of gorgeous new hi-res environments, a diverse new cast of characters, and a new soundtrack by the composer of the original Sega Genesis Shadowrun game, Sam Powell.
  • Command Your Team: Lead a small team of shadowrunners, each with their own outlook and backstory. Each member of your team is designed to play an interesting role during missions and has a unique set of skills, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • New Weapons, Cyberware, Enemies & More: Try your hand at the long-range sniper rifle, devastating grenade launcher, or stun-inducing taser. Chrome yourself out in the latest cyberware and take on deadly new enemies - including new magical creatures like gargoyles and fire drakes. Dragonfall brings a host of new items, characters, portraits, and improvements to the Shadowrun Returns experience.
  • Save Anywhere: You can save your progress at any time during the game. This functionality will also be added to the original Shadowrun Returns “Dead Man’s Switch” campaign.
  • New Game Editor Features: A wide range of enhancements to the game editor for community content creators - including a scripting system to better control lighting, tracking mission objectives in the main game UI, placing exploding barrels, and allowing players to input keypad passwords and custom text strings in conversations. In addition, content creators will be able to use all of the new Berlin environment art, items and characters in their own stories along with assets from the original Shadowrun Returns campaign.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall will be released January 2014 for Windows, OSX, and Linux and will be free to Backers. You’ll get the same number of Steam keys you received for the original game via our Backer website and details about how you’ll get your DRM-free version will come in a future update. Dragonfall will launch at $14.99 and we’ll also release the Shadowrun Campaign Pack on the same day. The campaign pack contains the original game and the Dragonfall expansion in one package for only $24.99. We think it’s a great way to get new players into Shadowrun. 

And finally, here’s a new wallpaper for y’all. We can’t wait to show you more Dragonfall over the next two months!

Talk to you soon,  


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DRM's End

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)
Hey Everyone!

We just want to send out a quick update to share some good news. Thanks to a new agreement we were able to negotiate with our partners at Microsoft, Harebrained Schemes is pleased to announce that we are now able to release fully DRM-free versions of Shadowrun Returns and future expansions such as Berlin.

The DRM-free versions of SRR and Berlin will continue to be fully supported. You'll be able to download all game patches, use the Shadowrun Returns editor and experience user-generated content downloaded from third-party sites such as Nexus.

We’re starting work to get Shadowrun Returns available on right now - not sure how long that will take but we’ll let you know as soon as we have an answer.

We’re very excited we’re finally able to offer Shadowrun DRM-free to everyone and look forward to making it available!

Take care,


Linux Time!

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)

We’re pleased to announced that the Linux version of Shadowrun Returns is now available on Steam and in the Download section of your HBS account (which you’ll find here). From this point on, Linux will receive updates at the same time as the Windows and OSX versions of the game. Thanks to all the Linux Beta Testers for their feedback. Much appreciated!

In addition to Linux support, version 1.1 of Shadowrun Returns has moved from Beta to release and the game will automatically update the next time you launch it on Steam. As mentioned in our last update, we also added quite a few new editor features in this release in anticipation of the Berlin campaign. You can find the entire change log here. Our next big code update will feature expanded save game functionality.

In other news, we are doing the final passes on the French, Italian and Spanish versions of the game which will be ready for release in the next few weeks. We anticipate the German and Russian translations to be delivered from our translators in November, and after we do a little in-house testing we will release those as well.

For GMs using the editor to create their own Shadowruns, we’re working on some new tutorial videos for you. We’ll put them up on our YouTube channel in the next couple of weeks.

And while we’re talking about the editor, Jordan and Mitch’s Let’s Play #3: Razor’s Edge by Obsidian_Razor is up on our YouTube channel now. You can grab some popcorn to watch the full version or take a look at the Highlights Reel. We’re very excited about the cool content you’re creating and the boys look forward to playing more of it! And remember, if you subscribe to the channel, you’ll automatically get mail to let you know when a new Let’s Play or tutorial is released.

Onward to Berlin!


Patch 1.1 and Linux now in Beta!

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)


We thought we’d pop our heads up for just a bit and let you guys know about the latest developments for Shadowrun Returns. The big news today is about Patch 1.1, which has two major parts: early access to the code improvements that we are putting in Berlin and the initial release of the Linux version of both the game and editor!

Beta Process

We’re doing things a bit differently than the previous patches we’ve released. We’ve pushed a version up to Steam in a special opt-in “public beta” channel before releasing it to the general public. We will be monitoring this build and the forums closely for any bugs or issues that people may encounter, and if things go smoothly, we expect to promote it to the main release after a week or two.  

So if you’re interested in helping the community by reporting bugs, or just need to play with the new toys right away, you’ll want to head over to the Steam forums to learn how to join the Beta and help out. If you’d rather wait for the main release, that’s fine, too! 

Just a quick note here: we do not plan on providing DRM free versions of Beta builds during this process. We will of course be putting up final builds in the Backer site when the patch is ready for prime time, but while we work through any last minute issues, Steam will be the only place to get the bleeding-edge (possibly slightly buggy) version of Shadowrun Returns.


Patch 1.1 will see the Linux port of Shadowrun Returns sit alongside its Mac and PC brethren as a first class citizen at last. We now have a couple of Linux machines in house, and have been busy ironing out the major kinks internally as fast as we could. We know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for this bad boy, and after we give it a bit of time to cool off in the Beta period (again, the Beta is only available through Steam), we’ll be pushing it live with the rest of the 1.1 goodness. From that point forward, it will receive updates on the same schedule as the Windows and OSX versions.

New UGC Goodies

There are also quite a few new features that come along with the 1.1 patch. We highlight a few in this update, but the full change log can be found here.

Physical Adepts: Chi abilities have been changed to provide passive benefits. They can be “activated” as before to get the full benefit. Physical Adepts now should be able to use Roundhouse Kick and Disarm while Killing Hands is active.

Text & Numpad Input in Conversation: Want to setup a keycode-accessible safe? Or password protect a data terminal? Now you can with these versatile new conversation input options. We’re already having fun with this feature in the Berlin campaign and we’re sure you’ll come up with many great uses for it too.

Light Scripts: We’ve seen a lot of clever tricks people are doing with triggers for lights. In order to make that a lot less painful (and even more powerful), we’ve introduced a small scripting language to control the fading and animation of light colors. That discotheque can now come alive like never before! Check out the wiki page for more info:

Objectives UI Labels: These are on screen elements that allow you to give players feedback toward intra-scene goals. For example: “Bombs to defuse: 2 of 5”. We figured these might come in handy. Again, check out the wiki for more info:

Triggers for Items: We’ve added trigger events for when players use items. This actually winds up being super useful for making a lot of creative and reactive levels. We’ve got our own nefarious plots for this particular feature, but we’re curious what you guys can do with it.

Visible Trigger Regions: You can make trigger regions visible in game now (with a color of your choice!). Sometimes it’s easier to “Get to tha’ choppa’!” if you know where the heck to go. Now you can!

Other Updates of Note

Shadowrun Returns Let’s Play #3: Jordan and Mitch recently had a blast getting their butts kicked in Silver Angel by Nao. If you missed it, check out the video. Perhaps you can do a better job than they did.

We’re pleased to announce that we have cued up the next Let’s Play which will be will be Razor’s Edge by Obsidian_Razor. We’ll be working with him to polish up his mission over the next week or so. Please play through it and send him your feedback. The community has been awesome at supporting SRR Game Masters to make their stories great.

And don’t forget to subscribe to the HBS YouTube Channel if you want to receive notification when a Let’s Play goes live.

Save Game Improvements: We're happy to report that progress is still being made on the improvements to our saved game system. The code architecture is now in place and we are working through all the extra logic required to save the myriad game states that already exist within the code base. As soon as the feature is complete and fully tested, we'll release it for Dead Man's Switch but we don't want to rush something this complex. We definitely plan to have it fully implemented in time for the Berlin release.

Physical Goods: Most of you have already received your Backer rewards, but there are still a few packages still in transit. The final shipments should head out the door by the end of next week -- BUT if you have never provided us with your shipping address, then we don’t know where to send your stuff! Brian in the office here has been drawing up sketches for the fort he plans to build out of leftover Anthology hard-cover books -- but we’d much rather mail them out to you! Please contact us at if you know you have never given us your shipping info.

That’s it for now!

As always, much love from everyone here at HBS!

Final Hours of the Golem Arcana Kickstarter

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)

 We are in the final 2 days of our Kickstarter for Golem Arcana and heading toward the finish line! The project is now 80% funded with about 40 hours to go! We’re very excited and hopeful that we can get there but we could use your help.

We know that all of you aren’t tabletop gamers but we believe that the ease-of-use the technology provides, along with the rich game world offer something you will appreciate.

On the technology side, we've seen a lot of people remain skeptical - computer gamers and tabletop gamers alike - until they tried GA for themselves at GenCon and PAX. Then they saw how easy it was to learn the game and to start having fun right away. As Jordan says, “It’s kind of like peanut butter and chocolate. If I told you they’d taste great together, you might wrinkle your nose at me until you tried it for yourself.”

Here is a highlights reel from a live-streaming Grudge Match we played recently. Check it out and see how fun and easy the game is to play. Mitch hosted a the match played by two of our engineers, Chris "Mad Eye" Aardapple and Garrett  "Pretty Boy" Jacobson. Two beards entered, one beard left...

With our TDI stylus technology, we have a unique opportunity to create a new world, in partnership with a community, in a way that has never been done before. Golem Arcana will be a dynamic world that is directly affected by the people playing the game. That’s incredibly exciting.

As for the game setting, you know Jordan loves to create worlds with great depth and Golem Arcana is no exception. A bunch of great fiction was released during our Kickstarter campaign and we’ve included a few links below to give you a taste. When you read them, you’ll see why we’d love to eventually create an RPG in the World of Eretsu - becoming embroiled in the political factions and delving into the Vaults of the Ancient Ones.

The Dark Witch 

The Gates of Supakva

We hope that you took a look at the project when we first announced it. Since then we have revealed a ton of cool stuff - stories, Figures, Elite Units, Gameplay Mechanics, Free Bonuses - and you can see them in the image below. Click on it and scroll down to see how the Rewards break down for each pledge level.

If you've already backed Golem Arcana, THANK YOU! If you haven't backed yet, we hope you will take another look. And please forward this mail or share our links with friends you think who you think would be interested.