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Shadowrun 5e: The XYZ

Shadowrun 5e: The XYZ

Shadowrun on Roll20, Discord

Price per player-session

You will be charged when a session starts



  • Duration: 4 to 4 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: None

Price per player-session

About the adventure

You find yourself in a strange position. You've been given the title deed to an apartment in a slum. It is potentially worth hundreds of thousands of nuyen but it comes with a strange catch- you've got to live in the apartment for a year and a day in order to become the legal owner. And that's it. Move into the abandoned arcology they call the XYZ, set up camp in some subhuman hovel and wait for the Earth to take a trip around the Sun. An easy way to make a cool quarter mill. One more thing. You're not alone. It seems there are a handful of other people, equally clueless, who've been given the same strange privilege. Your new neighbours are a queer bunch, but hopefully you can find some common interests to make passing the time easier. Its got to be better than making friends with the Biker Gangs and Ork Degenerates that howl outside your window. Welcome to the XYZ. Odds are you won't survive the year. Mr. Johnson invites you to join a game of Shadowrun 5e set in a tropical paradise buckling under economic collapse and racial tension. Although you have a lot of power to throw around in the lawless slum they call the XYZ, many rivals seek to undercut your ambitions. But there are influential, if subtle, forces working in your favour and the shadow of the Great Dragon Dunkelzahn hangs over everything you do. This setting is a blend of Shadowrun Cairns canon (see Target: Awakened Lands for details) and some Homebrew Hash to flesh it out. It's a somewhat cynical and laid-back campaign that aims toward cinematic action and fun, keeping a hard and brutal edge without descending into the tedium and book-keeping that some Shadowrun games are notorious for. This will be a free-form sandbox where missions are available when you find them, are undertaken when you choose to pursue them and jobs that you don't like can be ignored completely. Inspirations include the Matrix, Grand Theft Auto, Escape from New York, Blade, Mad Max, the Warriors, Aliens, the Terminator, Robocop, American Ninja, Crocodile Dundee, the MCU and Predator. You will be able to go where you want, when you want, for the reasons you want. Yet there are private cops, watchful governments and vengeful corporations that will surely stifle your ambitions. It is only within the XYZ, where authority comes out of the barrel of a gun, that you can expect to act with impunity. Over time, you will come to understand the complex politics that hold the XYZ and Cairns together and just when you feel like you're establishing control, you may discover that you've been in over your head all along.

Arctic (n/a)





Less than a year on StartPlaying


Highly rated for: Creativity, Knows the Rules, Voices


Average response time: 10 hours


Response rate: 100%

Additional Details

How to prepare

Nothing required

What I provide

Discord, Roll20, Chummer and an Excellent Campaign that has been Thoroughly Playtested

Gameplay details

TRIGGER WARNING If you are the sort of person who needs Trigger Warnings, this is not the game for you.

Content warnings


Safety tools used
  • Breaks
  • Open Door
How will character creation work

Create any Character you want. If you are unfamiliar with the rules, we can make one together in the first session.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: High
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Medium
  • Experience Level: None

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