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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.
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Nothing but Fluff and Smoke

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)

Hey there, guys!

The Shadowrun Returns gears are turning. The sounds of dice rolling and game mechanics mechanic-ing dance about our office with delightful frequency. Things are coming along beautifully so far thanks to you all! 

We're so grateful for your contributions that we wanted to a little something just for you. A brainchild of our own Jordan Weisman and the author Malik Toms, "Nothing but Fluff and Smoke" is a story (posted in a series of twelve installments) about-- you guessed it-- the usual dragons, Orks and harrowing adventures, and... a kitten. 

We have to emphasize that nothing in this story reflects gameplay dynamics or story in the upcoming Shadowrun Returns, but it does keep the classic Shadowrun tone, and it even mentions a few of you backers and HBS supporters! 

So check out the stories every Friday-- the second installment to come this week! We hope you enjoy it :) 


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    1. Missing avatar

      Jack on

      Oh hell this is where we're going to get our dragon eating a kitten story. *sigh* That's hardly news though. Kitten eating a dragon anyone?

    2. RC on

      Hoi Chummers! Chapter 2 is posted, but if you missed the 1st Chapter of Fluff and Smoke, you can read it here!!: ^_^


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      Erick on

      Gunderson?! Sega CTY-360?! Colt L36?! YEAHH!!!

      Love it! I'm so excited for the game... been waiting for more shadowrun since my Genesis days! I really appreciate the little extras like these stories. Keep up the great work guys!

    4. Rhys Corlett on

      Wait.... That's me! Hi-five!

    5. Zebulon Pi on

      Whoohoo! It's been forever since I read some good SR fiction, and I love the way this brought me right back... more please!

    6. RC on

      Null Sweat, Chummer! ^_^

    7. Rolf Buchner on

      (But I do appreciate the information and the update)

    8. Rolf Buchner on

      Yeah, if you look at that site you'll see several posts from me, dating as far back as May of 2011 asking the same basic question "When do we get more fiction?". :-)

    9. RC on

      Also note, chummers - HBS stated that Fluff and Smoke is separate from the in-game Shadowrun Returns plot, and isn't related to the game itself. But, who knows... ^_^


    10. RC on

      Hoi Chummers!

      Shadowrun Returns is set in the 2050's, and uses the 2nd/3rd Shadowrun core rulebooks as a guidline, which used words like drek, and frag instead of f-bombs and other cursing. I think this is why the story reverts to the old style of Shadowrun slang/City Speak/Street Talk.

      To those who were looking for more Shadowrun fiction, Catalyst Game Labs and Topps are working on it. They have some copyright issues to iron out, including bringing us reprints of the orginal 40 English Shadowrun novels if they can. You can keep up with what novels are available as E-Books now, and how they're progressing in bringing us more on their site here:

      @Paul Marzagalli AFAIK - The dragon & kitten meme in the community started with the Shadowrun Kickstarter with one of Jordan's updates. You should watch them all ^_^


    11. Céline .S. Sauvé on

      *winces* Ouch. White on black!
      I shall read it later on my iPod, which has black writing on a pale background when I follow that link.

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      Kent Talmadge on

      Very cool start. Can't wait to see the new update this Friday!

      Also, glad to see the slang and lack of cursing. If a writer needs to resort to cursing, they've sacrificed a great deal. You haven't and I applaud it.

      That being said, I'm a twenty year veteran and have had my moments of cursing like a drunken sailor...even been that drunken sailor a few times. But writing doesn't need it but very, very rarely.

    13. Rolf Buchner on

      Interesting... I have been waiting for more fiction for a long time (Whatever happened to the Pandora book?)

      I noticed that the story has returned to the "old" language ("hoop", "frag", etc. No real-world curse words) as opposed the to "new" language in Spells & Chrome (actual real-world curse words). Is this an indication that future fiction in the Shadowrun universe will follow this convention?

      I may be (must be, given that the books have stopped) in the minority here, but I really do want to see more SR fiction. This is a great start.

    14. Paul Marzagalli on

      I have a thread on the forums called "things I most want to see in SR". Dragons and kittens come up frequently in it. Is this an old Shadowrun in-joke?

    15. Stahlseele on

      *looks at picture*
      now who is playing with whom here?

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      João Paulo on

      I second this !

      We want a HD version of the dragon + kitty :)

    17. Anna Rohwedder on

      Nice! Looking forward to the next part :)

    18. Shervyn von Hoerl

      Please provide an HD version of this image. It is so, so beautiful.

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      Doomedpaladin on

      Needless to say, we need a kitten sprite for the game now. As for cats+chocolate, remember that 95% of Shadowrun food is basically soy. It was probably just chocolate flavored.

    20. russell on

      ........!!!!!!!!! spoiler alert.....!!!!!

      ........!!!!!!!!! spoiler alert.....!!!!!

      ........!!!!!!!!! spoiler alert.....!!!!!

      the kittens the dragon!

    21. RC on

      Never make a deal with a kitten. ^_^

    22. Tobi (Crusader Kickstarter pls!!) on

      awesome :)
      oh and don't feed the troll bouncer guys ;)

    23. James McKendrew

      Dragon ain't nothin' but a fire-breathin' cat toy.

    24. Nicholas Sylvain on

      I bet the kitten takes out the dragon in the end.

    25. Apocryphal Lore on

      Can a drake shift into cat form or just human/dracoform? :s

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      Bieeanshee on

      As a lifelong kitten enthusiast, and admirer of dragons since my younger years, I wholeheartedly endorse this production.

    27. J.R. Riedel on

      You have my stamp of approval. *stamp* ;)

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      Nate Eklund on

      Love it, thanks! Can't wait for more.

    29. Tiago Morelli on

      @Greg I made a simple background image for myself. I posted it on Reddit if you want to use it (

    30. Adam Bertoni on

      Any news on the shirts????

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      Michael Millard on

      Love it
      MORE please

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      Lotus Watcher on

      I heard somewhere that every time you burn a kitten, God takes a hit of Snow Crash. That Dwarf was laughing pretty hard when he told me, though.

    33. Spacebug on

      Don't you know that chocolate is poisonous to cats?! X(

      Seriously though, awesome update! I look forward to more...even though the bit about the chocolate made me wince a bit (

      MORE KITTENS! :D (and less chocolate for them and more for us) :D

    34. Joshua R on

      Cool! Nice to have something to come back to regularly to stay in the mood. :)

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      Andy on

      My take away is that there will be an easter egg in Shadowrun Returns where there's a kitten in an alleyway behind some bar... Don't disappoint! :D

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      Pawel on

      Some random troll with one lame comment already took over the whole thread (with my contribution). Ignore his comment guys. Let's enjoy Shadowrun!

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      Lars Gronholt on

      ugh, white text on black background :(

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      Nate Sexton on

      Also: @Jacob D. Adamo: Get off your high-horse, you troll. These guys are the SHIT. Take your time, do it right. Things like this, to me, are doing it right. Keep it up.

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      Nate Sexton on

      Great read! Looking forward to more surprises! You are doing a fantastic job; keep at it!!

    40. Daniel Mackey on

      Nice, Now I have something ELSE to add to the "To-Do" list.... Read the entry every friday..

      Looks good to me.

    41. Black Kestrel

      @Jacob D Adamo You do realize that fiction has always been part of the Kickstarter campaign? Just look to left starting at the $30 dollar pledge level.

    42. Nicholas Russell on

      @Jacob D Adamo. Adamo Surprisingly they can do both and even more than that. Besides despite the warning the passage written in really small ink on paragraph 3, line 5, 22nd letter from the left reveals the plot twist that'll spoil the entire story of Shadowrun Returns. AND it includes pie. See, it's related dude. :)

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      Pawel on

      @Jacob D. Adamo Be cool man!

    44. Conrad Wong on

      Just have to comment, don't try to feed real life kittens chocolate... Theobromine isn't good for cats and dogs!

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      Gustaf Carstam on

      Sweet. Looking forward to the read :)

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      Drake on

      @jacob if you don't want to read , then don't post .
      I love these updates from projects I donated money too.

      Atleast it shows they still care !

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      Andy on

      Does the kitten get eaten by the dragon?

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      This user's account has been deleted.

    49. GF on

      Is there a wallpaper sized version of this picture anywhere? So awesome ;D.