Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Shadows in Focus Sioux Nation

Product– Shadowrun: Shadows in Focus: Sioux Nation

System– Shadowrun 5e

Producer– Catalyst Game Labs

Price– $ 8 here http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/142521/Shadowrun-Shadows-in-Focus-Sioux-Nation

TL; DR– A little pricey, but a great read 92%

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Basics– Time to step out onto the range and head into the NAN!  As you can tell by the title, this is a guide book to the Sioux Nation in 2075, a land constantly preparing for war against a much larger aggressor that doesn’t really care about them.  The book is written in the same Shadowslands BBS style that is always a fan favorite covering the geography, magic, government, people, and underworld of the Sioux Nation.  At the end of the book, there are a few small sections on how to great a Sioux Nation shadowrunner giving quick skill guides as well as roleplaying tips.

Mechanics or Crunch– For a splat book that usually doesn’t have anything at all for mechanics, this one is pretty decent.  The last several pages are character creation.  Now, there isn’t anything that specially makes you need to buy this book like say an amazing quality or spell, but the authors took time to write something and even provided skill break downs for quick character generation.  Not bad, but much more than I honestly expected. 4/5

Theme or Fluff-   Plan to run anywhere need the NAN?  Then you need this book.  Want to learn a ton of Shadowrun world history focusing on the Western US?  Then you need this book.  Want a great Shadowrun history book for cheap?  Then you should get this book.  It’s well done with lots of mission hooks and entire campaign hooks built in.  Honestly, you could run a several months game based on the history in this book alone. 5/5

 

Execution– I’ve been pretty hard on Catalysts bigger books lately.  But, like most of their smaller splat books, this is a well done piece of work.  It flows well, reads quickly, and is fun to get through.  And the price, while a little high, isn’t bad at all for some quality world building. 4.75/5

Summary– This is an amazing nation book.  You get all the information you need with good layout, art, and text.  While there is mechanics and crunch here, my only complaint is I’d like something more mechanically.  Throw in a mentor spirit, some custom gun mod, and maybe a Sioux specific spell, and I’d be on cloud nine.  But as it is, this is a good world book with loots of fluff to start a Shadowrun game or to have on hand when you players decide to knock over a Stuffer Shack in the NAN. 92%

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