Shadowrun is a classic tabletop RPG and gaming franchise created by Jordan Weisman and L. Ross Babcock III of FASA Corporation that takes place in an urban fantasy, survival horror, crime and detective themed cyberpunk universe where mankind meets magic and machine.


Shadowrun was first developed and published by FASA in 1989 after Jordan Weisman and L. Ross Babcock III of FASA Corporation released the tabletop game’s first edition to fans (seen below). In the early 1990s, the franchise released its first video game series within the universe for the SNES and Sega Genesis helping to cement its place in cyberpunk RPGs. In 1999, FASA sold its videogame branch, FASA Interactive, to the Microsoft corporation but kept the rights to publish novels and pen-and-paper RPGs.

In early 2001, FASA closed its doors and the property was transferred to WizKids, which was founded by former FASA employees. The tabletop game and related merchandise are currently on their sixth edition, which released on August 26th, 2019 (shown below).

In Popular Culture

FASA Corporation releases a total of 40 Shadowrun novelty books published by Roc between 1991 and 2001 until it went out of production between 2001 and 2005 (example shown below).

Video Games

Eight “video games have been developed based on the Shadowrun franchise. The first Shadowrun game is developed by Beam Software for the SNES in 1993 (seen below, left), followed by the second Shadowrun game by BlueSky Software for the Sega Genesis in 1994 (seen below, right). The third Shadowrun game is a Japan-only game for the Sega CD by Group SNE in 1995. The release never made it outside Japan. The fourth Shadowrun game was originally going to be called Shadowrun: Assassin and published by FASA Interactive for the PC in 1998, but unfortunately it was canceled. Instead, the fourth Shadowrun game became a Counter-Strike inspired FPS shooter published by FASA Interactive and owned by Microsoft in May 29th 2007 for…

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