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Shadowrun: Horizon Adventure 1:A Fistful of Credsticks $15.00 $8.00
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Shadowrun: Horizon Adventure 1:A Fistful of Credsticks
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/03/2012 20:14:01
A Fistful of Credsticks is an adventure that will please some style of players and not others, as it more or less requires the Shadowrunners involved to be seen publically, even though they are not doing anything illegal as they are. But it is fun adventure with lots of twists and the chance to meet some of the media stars of the Shadowrun world.

A Fistful of Credsticks: A Horizon Adventure for Shadowrun written by Adam Large and published by Catalyst Game Labs. It is a PDF organized in the usual style of Shadowrun adventures and well illustrated.

A Fistful of Credsticks is the first part of a three-part arc that reveals secrets, a few of them, of the Horizon Corporation. The characters are sucked into the Hollywood whirl and given the chance to hobnob with the rich and famous, and hopefully make some money in the process. Unfortunately, things will not go smoothly as basic jobs get messy and an experimental program starts to make life extra dangerous for the runners.

The structure is solid though the movement from mission to mission is a little linear and the GM should be ready to adapt on the fly if your players tend to be resistant to the obvious buy in.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Horizon Adventure 1:A Fistful of Credsticks
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Ubiratan A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/18/2011 11:04:30
A Fistful of Credsticks is a decent adventure, but not a truly great one. It does a good job of exposing your shadowrunners to the Sixth World celebrity scene, but despite being labeled as a "Horizon Adventure" the part of it that actually has anything to do with Horizon is a bit contrived. It feels like it was added later, and so this book suffers from a somewhat attenuated form of the problem First Run had. The first half of it is a perfectly fine series of shadowruns, with no relation to Horizon. Getting the second part to happen takes a lot of railroading on the part of the GM, or some work to make it better. It does give those who thought Horizon was "too clean" something to chew on, though.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Shadowrun: Horizon Adventure 1:A Fistful of Credsticks
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs
by Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/03/2011 23:57:06
Fistful of Credsticks is a good intro to what will be a trilogy of modules in the wake of the Horizon Corporations ascent to AAA status. The modules does state that they can be played separately, or together and in any order - which will be interesting to test out.

The module is well laid out, as I've come to expect from Shadowrun modules. The plot is sophisticated enough to keep veterans interested and can be scaled up or down depending on the power level of the runners and the familiarity with the setting. The NPCs are well-detailed, and the scenes offer compartmentalised information so that the GM can easily find out the varying levels of information required. The story flows logically and is a nice mix of action, intrigue, investigation and social interaction.

The module interested me from the angle that it is providing an in-depth look at how an individual corporation works, and Horizon has enough nuances to set it apart from its competitors. The opportunity to get inside the head of a megacorp isn't to be missed.

Secondly is the way that the recent Shadowrun concepts have been developed. SR has had a history of taking the believable and then twisting it to provide an engaging plot hook. This time, it is social media that has come under the magnifying glass. Take one dose of Facebook, combine with a large dose of YouTube, strain through Augmented Reality and then bake with an online, personalised 'Life Guide' and you'll achieve 'a greater good' - or at least that's the recipe that Horizon is following.

I wouldn't recommend this as a first run as it does require some knowledge of the SR world, and especially about how the technology is all-pervasive. For more experienced groups however, I'd recommend this without hesitation.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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