“Watch your back, shoot straight, conserve ammo, and never, EVER cut a deal with a dragon.”
This week in Game Time Decision we take you to a dystopian future where magic has fused with machine. The world of Shadowrun sees megacorporation essentially running the world and the gap between the haves and have-nots puts the grand canyon to shame. Below the have-nots are shadowrunners, deniable assets who do the dirty jobs that people and corporations need done but can’t afford the PR hit if things go bad. In Shadowrun Crossfire you and three other friends are one such team…and things are certainly going to go bad.
From the Website: Shadowrun: Crossfire is a deck-building game in one of the most popular game settings of all time. Crossing cyberpunk with fantasy and plunging players into a world dominated by ruthless megacorporations, Crossfire gives players the chance to dive into the world’s shadows to see if they can survive. They’ll have weapons, spells, contacts, and gear to help them out, and they’re going to need those resources. If they play their cards right, though, they’ll do more than survive–they’ll become legends.
From RTHG Staff (Brandon): Full disclosure I love the Shadowrun IP more than I love Star Wars. It is, without a doubt, my favorite gaming universe, ever. The world of Shadowrun is hyper deadly and it is reflected in this deck building game from Catalyst. The game’s mechanics accurately reflect the urgency of a team on a time sensitive run (read: mission) and the level of challenge placed on the players is one of the toughest I have experienced. Kingdom Death: Monster is probably the toughest board game I’ve experienced and right behind it I’d put the Pandemic line of games and this one.
I also think that Catalyst got it right with the aesthetics as the artwork gets it right in bringing the players into the world of Shadowrun. Anyone familiar with the RPG should no doubt feel at home when looking at the various ability and gear cards.
The game’s cards heavily lean on the idea of cooperation between players and finding that opportune time to collaborate. Crossfire is certainly a game that you can’t sit back and play passively. If you are looking for a test of the mettle of your game group to function as a team Crossfire is your game.