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Shadowrun Returns First Look! 2D Turn Based RPG
Posted by , 10 March 2013 at 3:43 pm UTC / 5128 views
Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG with an emphasis on storytelling and tactical combat. Pre-Order today and join us in the dark underworld of Shadowrun’s dystopian cyberpunk reality where Man meets Magic meets Machine.



With all these awesome games out for Linux this year I'm not going to have any free time! This looks really awesome and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

Although what seems to be becoming a theme for Linux is getting the game but not editors to make mods and this game is no different. The "Editor" they use to build everything comes with the "PC" (ARGH call it Windows already!) and Mac versions but not Linux.

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Ba7a7chy commented on 10 March 2013 at 10:49 pm UTC

OMFG I Love this Game !!!!!!!!!!

OMFG I Love this Game !!!!!!!!!!

Innocent Bystander commented on 10 March 2013 at 11:15 pm UTC

Hi Liam,

Are you a Linux user who discovers Gaming or the opposite (a Gamer who picks up on Linux). Your experience may help me to convince a few Windows Gamers into using Linux. Unfortunately, I know Linux but I don't play games. Can you please tell me for some convincing arguments? Thanks.

Hi Liam, Are you a Linux user who discovers Gaming or the opposite (a Gamer who picks up on Linux). Your experience may help me to convince a few Windows Gamers into using Linux. Unfortunately, I know Linux but I don't play games. Can you please tell me for some convincing arguments? Thanks.

s_d commented on 11 March 2013 at 6:51 am UTC
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I'm not Liam, but I'll answer your question anyway.  It's been my experience that recommending Linux to happy Windows (and Mac OS X) users is a bad strategy.  I have a far better impact in suggesting, and committing my personal support, for unhappy Windows or Mac users.

For example, if a friend ends up in a bad way with a Windows 8 pre-installed computer, one in which the vendor won't supply up-to-date Windows 7 drivers, that is the time to say "Hey, I'll do whatever it takes for you.  We'll get it figured out with Linux!".  This strategy has helped me get dozens of people going over the years, and is the way that causes the least amount of friction.  Viruses, rootkits, losing data, crashing drivers... all of these are great opportunities to help someone try something new.  Be on call for them, and show them how awesome and supportive our community is (by being that person in the community, first and foremost).

Otherwise, you end up with someone who feels kind of badgered into trying it out, in a half-assed way, and has yet another story of "... oh, I tried that Linux once and it didn't work for me, and I like [whatever] better, and knew it was a bad decision to even try it and, blah blah blah, blah..."

We do not need more versions of that story in the community. 

I'm not Liam, but I'll answer your question anyway.  It's been my experience that recommending Linux to happy Windows (and Mac OS X) users is a bad strategy.  I have a far better impact in suggesting, and committing my personal support, for [b]unhappy[/b] Windows or Mac users. For example, if a friend ends up in a bad way with a Windows 8 pre-installed computer, one in which the vendor won't supply up-to-date Windows 7 drivers, that is the time to say "Hey, I'll do whatever it takes for you.  We'll get it figured out with Linux!".  This strategy has helped me get dozens of people going over the years, and is the way that causes the least amount of friction.  Viruses, rootkits, losing data, crashing drivers... all of these are great opportunities to help someone try something new.  Be on call for them, and show them how awesome and supportive our community is (by [b]being[/b] that person in the community, first and foremost). Otherwise, you end up with someone who feels kind of badgered into trying it out, in a half-assed way, and has yet another story of "... oh, I tried that Linux once and it didn't work for me, and I like [whatever] better, and knew it was a bad decision to even try it and, blah blah blah, blah..." We do [b]not[/b] need more versions of that story in the community.  :)

edgley commented on 11 March 2013 at 2:39 pm UTC

Couldn't agree more with s_d -- convincing people who are happy with Windows usually doesn't work (at least for me).

I've converted a few people who've been fed up with Windows, though they tend not to be big gamers (still a lack of choice *right* now).

Couldn't agree more with s_d -- convincing people who are happy with Windows usually doesn't work (at least for me). I've converted a few people who've been fed up with Windows, though they tend not to be big gamers (still a lack of choice *right* now).

liamdawe commented on 11 March 2013 at 2:43 pm UTC

I agree 100%, I would never think of "convincing" someone who is happy with Windows unless they ask I probably won't really tell them.

Back OT: So excited for this game

I agree 100%, I would never think of "convincing" someone who is happy with Windows unless they ask I probably won't really tell them. Back OT: So excited for this game :D

edgley commented on 11 March 2013 at 3:11 pm UTC

Aha, yeah glad I backed for the closed BETA! We need more RPG's and strategy games, less FPS'.

Also, while I don't mind so much if the editor is not on Linux initially, I would really love them to port that at some point.

Aha, yeah glad I backed for the closed BETA! We need more RPG's and strategy games, less FPS'. Also, while I don't mind so much if the editor is not on Linux initially, I would really love them to port that at some point.

Innocent Bystander commented on 11 March 2013 at 11:27 pm UTC

s_dI'm not Liam, but I'll answer your question anyway.  It's been my experience that recommending Linux to happy Windows (and Mac OS X) users is a bad strategy.

You are right. That was my experience as well. Here I would like to know specifically how a gamer feels in the Linux world, especially those who moved from Windows.

[quote=s_d]I'm not Liam, but I'll answer your question anyway.  It's been my experience that recommending Linux to happy Windows (and Mac OS X) users is a bad strategy.[/quote] You are right. That was my experience as well. Here I would like to know specifically how a gamer feels in the Linux world, especially those who moved from Windows.

s_d commented on 12 March 2013 at 6:24 am UTC
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Innocent BystanderYou are right. That was my experience as well. Here I would like to know specifically how a gamer feels in the Linux world, especially those who moved from Windows.

Well, I feel like I buy a hell of a lot of indie games (really REALLY good ones, actually), and spend way way way too much money on crowd-funding! 

In seriousness, it's kind of a hard road at first.  Once your back-catalog of games to play is stacked dozens deep, then it doesn't feel like too big a deal.  I bought nearly all the Humble Bundles, most of the best Desura games, and now on Steam, I've bought The Cave (which I'm really liking) and The Book Unwritten Tales games.

There's no way I'll be able to finish all of those before my Kickstarter games begin to hit...  also, I'm active in the Adventure Game Studio community, helping get the Linux port pretty solid.  I'm confident that soon, Wadjet Eye Games, who use AGS almost exclusively, will have their catalog of retro-styled 2D adventure games available (and adventure games are my favorite kind), and so I'll buy all of those. 

Not to mention, the AGS community has created loads of hilarious and brilliant free adventure games (hundreds actually) which mostly work.

To make a very long point short;  unless one is a console-addict, or favors AAA mainstream titles, one will never run out of great Linux games to play.  Even then, a few quite old AAA mainstream titles are also available.  At the end of the day... nobody has to pay for Nethack, or Dwarf Fortress either (both are crazy brilliant) but you're also not stuck with only them

[quote=Innocent Bystander]You are right. That was my experience as well. Here I would like to know specifically how a gamer feels in the Linux world, especially those who moved from Windows.[/quote] Well, I feel like I buy a hell of a lot of indie games (really REALLY good ones, actually), and spend way way way too much money on crowd-funding!  :P In seriousness, it's kind of a hard road at first.  Once your back-catalog of games to play is stacked dozens deep, then it doesn't feel like too big a deal.  I bought nearly all the Humble Bundles, most of the best Desura games, and now on Steam, I've bought [i]The Cave[/i] (which I'm really liking) and [i]The Book Unwritten Tales[/i] games. There's [b]no way[/b] I'll be able to finish all of those before my Kickstarter games begin to hit...  also, I'm active in the Adventure Game Studio community, helping get the Linux port pretty solid.  I'm confident that soon, Wadjet Eye Games, who use AGS almost exclusively, will have their catalog of retro-styled 2D adventure games available (and adventure games are my favorite kind), and so I'll buy all of those.  Not to mention, the AGS community has created [i]loads[/i] of hilarious and brilliant free adventure games (hundreds actually) which mostly work. To make a very long point short;  unless one is a console-addict, or favors AAA mainstream titles, one will never run out of great Linux games to play.  Even then, a few quite old AAA mainstream titles are also available.  At the end of the day... nobody has to pay for Nethack, or Dwarf Fortress either (both are crazy brilliant) but you're also not stuck with only them :D

s_d commented on 12 March 2013 at 6:51 am UTC
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edgleyAlso, while I don't mind so much if the editor is not on Linux initially, I would really love them to port that at some point.

Isometric RPGs are my favorite of the RPG genre.  I enjoy turn based, real-time w/pause, and the occasional action-RPG (less so).  Both Shadowrun Returns and also Shadowrun Online are pretty exciting to me, and I backed both... but this video... holy mother of drek, it's fragging badass!

[quote=edgley]Also, while I don't mind so much if the editor is not on Linux initially, I would really love them to port that at some point.[/quote] Isometric RPGs are my favorite of the RPG genre.  I enjoy turn based, real-time w/pause, and the occasional action-RPG (less so).  Both Shadowrun Returns and also Shadowrun Online are pretty exciting to me, and I backed both... but this video... holy mother of drek, it's fragging badass!

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