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Review – Way of the Adept (for Shadowrun)

10 May, 2012

Way of the Adept is all about the magical adepts who use the power of magic to improve and remake themselves but it physically or mentally.  This product expands on the options for adept characters in the Shadowrun setting and provides information on how they fit into the setting.

Way of the Adept for the Shadowrun RPG is written by Russell Zimmerman and published by Catalyst Game Labs.  It is a 15-page PDF organized in the usual style of Shadowrun products and well illustrated.

Way of the Adept is a look at the ways that adepts, people who channel magic to improve themselves, are evolving in the Sixth World of Shadowrun.  Much of the product is presented as an ‘in setting’ discussion about adepts and the paths that they follow in using their magic.  This is good background and gives a feel for where and how the adept fit into the setting.

At the end there are three pages of new qualities, the focused Way of X adepts, which allow the character to specialize in particular adept abilities such as the Athlete’s Way (excellence in sports and physical skills) or the Speaker’s Way (talking and social skill mastery) and then a new set of Adept powers tied to various Ways.

It is a useful resource, especially if adepts are popular among your players, but I would have liked to have seen more about how adepts are viewed by and interact with ‘normal’ people in the Shadowrun setting.

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.

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