Lazy Friday Video Post: A Night’s Work

In the ‘90s I played a lot of Shadowrun. It has been one of my favorite games for quite a long time and even though I always struggled with the rules I have a lot of fond memories of that game. Yesterday my friend and fellow RPG blogger Roberto pointed this video out to me:

It’s a promotion video created by now-defunct FASA back in 1990 and has been shown at GenCon that year. I have to admit the depiction of the Matrix at the end of the video isn’t that bad, but the acting in the first part is worse than a lot of fan videos I’ve seen over the years. FASA, what have you been thinking?

Nevertheless this is an interesting piece of gaming history and if you ever played Shadowrun, you should watch this short video. And I think we at least have to thank them for trying. Creating a live-action promo video for a roleplaying game is and has been a bold move and I have to admit it would be cool to see what today’s companies could do with the help of modern technology and enthusiastic fans.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

3 thoughts on “Lazy Friday Video Post: A Night’s Work”

  1. Wow, that makes me want to never play Shadowrun again. You're kind, VERY kind in your assessment of the piece! 🙂

    I've only played SR 20th Anniversary. In the old versions, did you have to take skill points in walking sideways? Did they have a "Stripper Mage" class? And did everyone keep their utilities on the outside? 🙂

    (I wish I were as nice as you!)
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